Mon Nov 4 2013
McConnell Chartered Surveyors have moved to new, bright, modern offices
Our new address is:
29-31 Montgomery Street
Our telephone, email, web and DX addresses all remain unchanged.
We look forward to welcoming clients, new and old, in Montgomery House.
Tue Sep 17 2013
Two recent restaurant lettings have given a fresh boost to the food offering within Cathedral Quarter.
Niall McKenna, owner of the fine dining, James Street South restaurant and its recent addition JSS Bar & Grill, has just acquired new premises at 33 Donegall Street/Commercial Court, close to the Duke of York.
The premises, which are undergoing a significant refurbishment and re-fit, will open as a casual dining restaurant, to be known as Hadskis, and will complement the increasingly busy nightlife that exists within Cathedral Quarter.
Emma Bricknell of Made in Belfast has acquired the former Hill Street Brasserie premises which recently closed and is in the process of re-fitting for her new restaurant, Le Coop.
It is due to open at the end of October and will be based on a French-Canadian style of cuisine.
Frazer Hood of McConnell Chartered Surveyors who was instrumental in securing both restaurant operators said, “With the recent closure of Nick’s Warehouse this has provided an ideal opportunity for both these restaurateurs to significantly add to the food offering within Cathedral Quarter, whilst creating a number of new jobs which all adds to and improves the vitality of the area”.
Tue Sep 10 2013
McConnell Chartered Surveyors is delighted to announce the appointment of Ciara McCusker as Associate Director and Head of Property Management.
A McConnells "lifer", Ciara first joined the firm in her university placement year in 2000 and now has over 12 years property management experience
Ciara specialises in compliance including asbestos, fire and general health & safety legislation.
She will oversee the firm's extensive and varied commercial property portfolio which encompasses the whole spectrum of properties, from single shop units, through multi-let office buildings to industrial parks and retail centres.
Fri Aug 2 2013
Ken Small, Property Manager at McConnell Chartered Surveyors, was called up to perform an unusual task at the World Police & Fire Games - presenting medals to the successful competitors in the Dragon Boat Racing event held on the River Lagan in central Belfast.
Lanyon Place, which Ken is responsible for managing, was the venue for three days of exciting racing
Thousands of police officers and firefighters from around the world converged on Northern Ireland in August for their own version of the Olympic Games which takes place over 10 days and features a range of sports as well as some unique contests including the "Stair Race" held at the nearby 28 storey Obel Tower
It is the first time the event has been held in the United Kingdom in the Games' 30 year history.
Mon Jun 24 2013
For once Northern Ireland is basking in positive publicity, having hosted a successful and trouble free G8 Conference in the picturesque setting of the Lough Erne Resort in Co Fermanagh. Never before has the Province welcomed such an auspicious gathering of world leaders, and now is the time to capitalise from the good news that is headlining around the world.
On the property front we are detecting what might be termed as faint whispers of increased activity; probably too little yet to describe as the green shoots of recovery, but nevertheless enough to signal that there might be something positive happening out there. But it’s still very much a buyers / tenants market.
Increased liquidity in the property investment market is providing fresh opportunities for UK and overseas funds to come back into the market here.
On the jobs front, Northern Ireland’s property and labour costs are amongst the most competitive in Europe, and this coupled with generous Government grants, should put the Province high on any potential inward investor’s list.
Whether you need occupational or investment advice, McConnells are well placed to assist.
McConnell Chartered Surveyors has been re-appointed by the Lanyon Place Management Company to continue the management of all of the public open space at Lanyon Place, on Belfast's waterfront
Lanyon Place is the 14 acre flagship development site within the Laganside development area. Occupiers include the Waterfront Hall, Hilton Hotel and British Telecom Regional Headquarters building, Waterfront Plaza. The site includes multi-storey car parks and office blocks including Lanyon Plaza and The Soloist Building.
The Development is in a high quality landscaped setting along the River Lagan and the instruction involves the day to day management of cleaning, security and general maintenance of all of the external open space at Lanyon Place.
McConnells has provided management services to Lanyon Place Management Company since 2006, when they were awarded the contract formerly held by Irish Estates.
McConnell Chartered Surveyors, acting for the First Church of Christ, Scientist, has completed the sale of this iconic church property on University Avenue, South Belfast.
The purchaser is Iglesia Ni Cristo, one of the largest churches in the developing world which originated in the Philippine Islands.
Iglesia Ni Cristo translates from the Philippine language, Tagalog, as Church of Christ.
The important Grade B+ Listed church, together with Sunday school building and adjacent caretaker’s cottage, was brought to the market by McConnells in the summer of 2012 and attracted very considerable interest from a host of religious organisations.
The main church was designed by Clough Williams-Ellis, most famous for the creation of the village of Portmeirion in Gwynedd, Wales, and is a fine example of neo-Georgian architecture.
The results of the latest EGi Annual Deals Competition have just been announced in the leading property journal, Estates Gazette, and for the second year running McConnell Chartered Surveyors has done well.
The firm has secured the title as the most active Industrial Agent in Northern Ireland.
We also gained second place in both the Offices and Hotels & Leisure categories and were placed 4th in Retail.
Commenting on the announcement, Rory McConnell head of Agency at McConnells, said “The results of the EGi Annual Survey, which are based purely on the volume of transactions each agent conducted in 2012, confirm that we performed really well in all sectors of the market last year. This accolade is a credit to our Agency Team in particular, and confirms that the firm as a whole is now firmly established as a force to be reckoned with in the local market.”
McConnell Chartered Surveyors has advised private clients on the acquisition of The Warehouse, a six storey office investment situated on James Street South in Belfast city centre.
Well located within the Linen Quarter to the rear of Belfast City Hall, The Warehouse was brought to the market by Savills acting as Fixed Charge Receivers for Alburn Investments.
Shaun Wallace at McConnells introduced the investment to retained private clients and negotiated the acquisition. McConnells are retained by the purchasers in the continuing asset management.
Whilst details of the deal remain confidential, Shaun commented “The Warehouse was fully let to five separate tenants and, taking advantage of a relative quiet market, we succeeded in negotiating a purchase well below asking price to deliver a very healthy double digit yield”
McConnell Chartered Surveyors Agency team concluded a busy 2012 with a flurry of transactions, including a hat trick of deals to Legal Firms
Geo L Maclaine & Co which has operated from Lombard Street for almost 100 years, and has been in existence since 1822, moved around the corner to newly refurbished premises at Imperial Buildings on High Street – David Thompson at McConnells acted for the landlord
94 Ann Street (pictured) was sold by Andrew Agnew at McConnells in December to Bernard Campbell & Co who will move round from Victoria Street
To complete the hat trick, a new firm, Andrew Russell & Co, have taken offices on the first floor of Alpha House on Rosemary Street, in a deal again brokered by Andrew Agnew
In total McConnells were involved in some 130 commercial agency deals during 2012 – a creditable 16% increase on the previous year, and a testament to the hard work of the whole Agency team in a difficult market.
Acting for the landlord, McConnell Chartered Surveyors has completed a letting of the 2,075 sq ft 4th floor at The Warehouse on James
Street South to Instil Software, a local IT company specialising in bespoke software development and training.
Instil develops software solutions for mobile, desktop, web and the back-end, creating systems across a variety of domains.
The Warehouse is, as its name suggests, a period building which has been sympathetically refurbished to provide superb modern open plan office accommodation with exposed red brick walls, appealing to a new breed of young entrepreneurial firms.
Located just off Bedford Street, a stone’s throw from City Hall, The Warehouse is now fully let.
Acting on behalf outdoor clothing retailer, Trespass, McConnell Chartered Surveyors has just completed the leasehold acquisition of two more stores, this time at Boucher Shopping Park in Belfast and Rushmere Shopping at Craigavon, both of which will be opening in time for Christmas trading.
This brings to six the number of units we have negotiated for Trespass in the last twelve months - the others being at Donegall Place, Belfast (pictured); Richmond Centre, Derry; Bloomfield Centre, Bangor and at Erneside in Enniskillen.
Trespass, one of the very few major retailers on the expansion trail, are reporting strong sales accross Northern Ireland.
Rory McConnell, who handles the Trespass account at McConnells said "We have been taking advantage of a weak retail market to deliver some cracking deals for Trespass, and it's refreshing to be working with such an agressively expanding retailer".
McConnell Chartered Surveyors has been appointed by the Northern Ireland Transport Holding Company in what is thought to be the biggest city centre retail property instruction of the year.
The 30,000 Sq Ft Hi-Park Centre on High Street was recently vacated by In-Shops and is being offered under lease either as a whole, or split into a number of smaller units.
Frazer Hood, Associate Director at McConnells who is handling the instruction, said " We are delighted to have been retained by the Transoprt Holding Company to market the Hi-Park Centre, which offers an opportunity to large space retailers, or perhaps leisure operators, to get a foothold in Belfast City Centre in a high profile location with good pedestrian footfall"