Urban HQ: Belfast’s 8-Storey Co-Working Office

Developers, Magell Ltd. are set to launch their 8-storey co-working development within Belfast’s Eagle Star House on Upper Queen Street.

Urban HQ will have the capacity for 500 desks, making it one of the largest flexible work-spaces in the country.

The refurbishment will provide ‘design-led’ workshops spanning over 8 floors.

Urban HQ will also feature meeting rooms, lounges, a large roof terrace and spaces for events and networking.

The finished scheme is expected feel more akin to a hotel than an office. The scheme will be Northern Ireland’s first WiredScore Platinum certified flexible workspace.

Urban HQ managing director Jamie McCoubrey commented “Flexible workspace is accounting for an increasing level of total market demand and Urban HQ is a unique proposition that will take Belfast’s offering to the next level with a product that will rival workspace available in Dublin and even London.

“Our name, Urban HQ, reflects the fact that this is a place within the city centre where work will happen. We understand the way people work has changed significantly and every decision at Urban HQ has been fully considered and made to ensure we support the innovation and diversity of the local workforce with real flexibility and transparency.”

Main contractor Graham Interior Fit-Out, is undertaking the construction works involved in the refurbishment of the existing Eagle Star House office building providing a new curtain walling facade system and replacing all windows.

CGI consultants, 3D Design Bureau liaised with Kingston Lafferty Design to produce a series of 3D marketing solutions of the Urban HQ scheme. 3D Design Bureau produced interior CGIs, a 3D animation walk-through and an off-plans 360 virtual tour which are being used to showcase the development while it is in the construction phase.

Interior CGI of Urban HQ lobby at Eagle Star House, Belfast.
Interior CGI of Urban HQ lobby at Eagle Star House, Belfast.

Full Project Details:

Project name: Urban HQ Co-working Belfast (Eagle Star)

Site location: Eagle Star House, 5-7 Upper Queen Street, Belfast, BT1 6QD.

Contract stage: Complete

Planning documents: Belfast City Council

Floor area: 4024 m2

Launch date: 23 June 2020

Storeys: 8

Interior CGI of Urban HQ Terrace at Eagle Star House, Belfast.
Interior CGI of Urban HQ Terrace at Eagle Star House, Belfast.

Development team:

Developer: Magell Limited is a family owned and operated property investment and development company based in Ballymena, Northern Ireland. Magell has two decades of experience operating in the office, retail, industrial and residential property sectors throughout the United Kingdom.

Architect: Like Architects are lead by Michael Martin and Ciaran Deazley, bringing more than thirty years’ experience in retail, leisure, commercial, conservation and residential design. They are based in Belfast.

Interior designer: Kingston Lafferty Design were founded in 2010 by award-winning designer Róisín Lafferty. Kingston Lafferty Design quickly made its mark as a respected interior architecture and design agency across Ireland and Europe.

Planning consultant: O’Toole & Starkey (OTS) are an RTPI accredited planning consultancy based in Belfast.  We have extensive experience in all aspects of town and country planning and have a proud tradition of putting clients first, delivering sound planning advice and excellent service. They are based in Belfast.

Main contractor: Graham Interior Fit-Out are a multidisciplinary construction company that provide building, civil engineering, interior fit-out, facilities management and investments.

Mechanical & electrical contractor: Antrim Electrical & Mechanical Engineers Limited (AEM) was established in 1985 and is ranked as one of Ireland’s foremost Electrical and Mechanical Building services and Facility Management Contractors. They have offices in Belfast and Glasgow.

CGI consultants: 3D Design Bureau are specialists in Architectural Visualisation, BIM and VR – Delivering Quality Design Planning and Marketing Solutions. For this project, 3D Design Bureau produced interior CGIs, a 3D animation walk-through and an off-plans 360 virtual tour which are being used to showcase the development while it is in the construction phase.

We’d love to hear about your project: