Local firm Felix O’Hare Ltd has been appointed as the contractor for the £18million project, which is key to the delivery of the overall City Quays masterplan. The development is required by both existing and future City Quays office occupiers as an integral part of the offer, sitting alongside other forms of travel to work methods.
It is hoped that the 12-month project, located on the former SeaCat surface car park site – situated between Donegall Quay, Tomb Street and the Cross-Harbour Bridge - will create 100 construction jobs.
The multi-storey carpark will be developed and owned by Belfast Harbour who, when complete, will contract out the operation of the carpark.
Graeme Johnson, Belfast Harbour’s Property Director, said: “We’re delighted that work is getting underway on a project which will allow us to plan ahead and implement future phases of commercial development within City Quays.
“City Quays has been an unrivalled success and this is another milestone in its development. We are delighted that another local Northern Ireland construction firm is engaged in building this project and bringing it to fruition. We are very much looking forward to working with Felix O’Hare Ltd.”
Gerry Gray, Managing Director from Felix O’Hare Ltd added: “This is a significant contract for our firm and we are pleased to be contributing to the phenomenal success of City Quays. These are exactly the types of construction projects that the industry in Northern Ireland needs at this time and Belfast Harbour are to the forefront of its growth through developments such City Quays.”
The car park will deliver leading edge parking solutions including mobile payment platforms as well as the provision of electric car charging points.
Design features will include provision of dedicated pedestrian walkways along the car park decks, enlarged car parking space size and greater floor to ceiling height to allow for the unhindered rear access to estate cars and SUVs.
The external façade has also been designed to ensure the building sits within the design quality of the rest of the City Quays masterplan.