Two McConnell Instructions Shortlisted for Awards

Thu Feb 21 2019

Artola House and River House Both on RICS Awards Shortlist

Delighted to report that two of our office developments in Belfast city centre have been shortlisted for the 2019 RICS NI Awards

Artola House on Victoria Street is a 20,000 sq ft former linen warehouse, newly rebuild behind the retained red brick facades to provide fabulous state of the art Grade A office space with character

Interest in the building is good and we hope to secure our first tenants shortly

River House on High Street is an amazing 80,000 sq ft office refurbishment, again to Grade A specification, and we have secured TLT solicitors as the first tenant in 12,000 sq ft, with more lettings agreed and in the pipeline

McConnells are letting and managing agents on both schemes

For details on either building please contact Rory McConnell or Katie McConnell on +44(0)28 90 205 900

Clockwise Serviced Offices Launch in River House

Fri Jan 4 2019

Flexible Office Space on the edge of Cathedral Quarter, the heart of Belfast's City Centre

Clockwise has opened its Serviced Office and Managed Space facility in Belfast's most exciting new address, River House on High Street, taking five floors in the recently completed building.

Any size requirement can be catered for, from a single desk to dedicated office space for 100+ people, and, with flexibility in mind, monthly contracts are offered for own door offices and single desks, so that growing organisations don't get caught in a long lease.

Starting with Club Desks, a hot-desk arrangement, from just £150 per month plus VAT; Dedicated Desks from £250 per month + VAT; and private Serviced Offices from just £325 per month plus VAT per desk.

Clockwise has spatious break-out areas; meeting rooms for hire; an outdoor terrace and a full on-site Cafe in addition to kitchenettes on each floor. Generous on-site bike storage, showers and changing facilities in the building, and the convenience of public transport, including the new Belfast Glider service, right on your doorstep!

Call or email for further info or to arrange a tour:

Rory McConnell +44(0)7802408170

Katie McConnell +44(0)2890205900

Happy New Year..! Big Year for McConnells

Thu Jan 3 2019

We're Celebrating Our 165th Anniversary in 2019

At McConnell Chartered Surveyors we're celebrating our 165th Anniversary this year - the firm traces its origins back to 1854 when Ephraim Brown opened on Belfast's Donegall Street.

RJ McConnell started his business on Royal Avenue in 1872 and the two firms later merged to become Brown McConnell.

Over the years McConnells has grown through further mergers and acquisitions, most recently bringing together Brown McConnnell Clark McKee and McConnell Martin in 2010 and acquiring Knight & Co in 2011.

Now we're not only the oldest, but amongst the largest and most respected Chartered Surveying practices in Northern Ireland.

Please contact any of our Directors to discuss how we might be able to assist you or your business.

McConnells Supporting Cancer Fund for Children

Mon Dec 10 2018

McConnell Chartered Surveyors Announces New Charity Partnership

McConnells are delighted to announce that we have chosen the Cancer Fund for Children as our official charity partner.

The new partnership will span two years, and we hope to raise much needed funds for children and young people diagnosed with cancer, or living with a parent diagnosed with cancer.

McConnells Director, Rory Clark, said "As a firm we regularly support charitable causes that are close to the hearts of our employees. We are committed to fundraising where we feel we can make a real difference, and this coupled with the fact that Cancer Fund for Children is a local charity, is why we chose them."

"Our fundraising is well underway with a range of activities happening already, which is fantastic. Other fundraising events in the pipeline include coffee mornings and dress down days with our staff. Everyone is looking forward to working together to raise as much money as we can to help Cancer Fund for Children."

Fraser McConnell, Director at McConnells, added "We are very excited about this partnership, and hope to use this as an opportunity to raise funds and combine it with our big birthday in 2019, when we celebrate to company being in business for 165 years".

First Office Letting at River House Belfast

Mon Dec 10 2018

McConnells completes new letting to TLT Solicitors

McConnells, acting on behalf of the Landlords, has negotiated the first office letting at the newly refurbished River House on Belfast's High Street

TLT Solicitors has signed for around 12,000 sq ft on the 12th and 13th floors

River House has been completely refurbished into Grade A offices, with new curtain walling, full air-conditioning, raised access floors and without doubt the most impressive entrance foyer of any office building in Belfast

in addition to the conventional office acommodation, River House also provides Clockwise Serviced offices on the 1st to 5th floors

for details of both traditional and serviced space at River please contact Rory McConnell or Katie McConnell 028 90 205 900

McConnells Handles Most Belfast Office Deals

Tue Oct 30 2018

McConnells has transacted more Belfast City Centre Office Deals than Any Other Agent

In the latest Radius DX Office Agents League Table, published by EGi and Estates Gazette, McConnells has emerged as the agent having transacted the most number of office deals in Belfast during the past 12 months.

McConnells was ranked 4th overall in terms of the number of square feet leased or sold, but were well ahead of the competition on the total number of deals completed, with over 21% of all Belfast lettings being handled by the firm.

The Belfast office market has seen strong growth over the last few years, with headline Grade A rentals now well above £20 per sq ft, and strong demand from both FDIs and indigenous companies either expanding or upgrading.

Commenting on the League Table, Rory McConnell said: "This result is a testament to the hard work, commitment and tenacity of our Agency Team, and it is great to see the firm continuing to punch above its weight in the local market."


Seasalt of Cornwall Lands on Arthur Street

Fri Sep 14 2018

Another Great Retailer for Belfast's Hottest Street

Seasalt of Cornwall has chosen Arthur Street to launch it's first Northern Ireland Store,taking a lease from a Private Client of McConnells of the former coffee shop at Number 11.

Commenting on the deal, Rory McConnell said "Arthur Street is bucking the trend in High Street Retail and we are delighted to have attracted Seasalt, just a year after we put Oliver Bonas in next door. Generally the retail market is fickle, but Belfast's Arthur Street is going from strength to strength".

Robert Scott at Cushman & Wakefield represented the tenants.


Two More Belfast City Centre Office Lettings

Mon Aug 20 2018

Dax House Attracts New Tenants

McConnell Chartered Surveyors has agreed two Belfast city centre office lettings, at Dax House on Howard Street

Each of the 1st and 2nd floors extend to around 1,560 sq ft and the new tenants are both expanding local companies which are relocating from serviced office space in nearby Scottish Provident Buildings

Our client has carried out substantial upgrading work at Dax House, including a refreshed and remodelled entrance foyer, and complete refurbishment of the office floors including air-conditioning

Adam Bolton at McConnells acted for the Landlords


Congratulations to our Two New Chartered Surveyors

Fri May 18 2018

Management Surveyors Simon Hollywood and Sean Nelson Both Pass APCs

Both of McConnell’s RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) candidates have passed with flying colours and are now qualified Chartered Surveyors.

Simon Hollywood joined McConnells in November 2013 and manages a mixed portfolio of commercial assets, including Arthur House and the soon to be completed Artola House, in Belfast.

Sean Nelson joined the firm’s residential management department in July 2014, and transferred into the commercial team in October 2015. Sean is responsible for the management of a diverse property portfolio including Kilroot Business Park in Carrickfergus.

Congratulations to both on their Chartership, and well done to our APC training team for helping to get them through the assessment...!


For Sale – Major Industrial Facility

Thu May 10 2018

McConnells appointed to sell 165,000 sq ft / 15 acre Schlumberger facility at Monkstown Northern Ireland

Hot on the heels of our success selling the 300,000 sq ft Caterpillar factory at Monkstown, Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim, we have been appointed as sole selling agents on the nearby Schlumberger facility on Cloughfern Avenue.

The property comprises two main industrial buildings totalling some 165,000 sq ft on a 15 acre site, which could be used for industrial, manufacturing or for logistics warehousing.

For full details please contact Frazer Hood, or Rory McConnell on +44(0) 28 90 205 900

Bayburn Institution Sold

Wed Apr 25 2018

Crawfordsburn Service Station in Co Down Sold to Hendersons

The Crawfordsburn Service Station convenience store is “part of the furniture” in this busy seaside village on the County Down coast of Belfast Lough. The business was started by the present owner’s father in 1955 and has remained in the same family ever since.

Over the years the irrepressible Linda McCormick developed the business, catering both for the affluent local populations of Crawfordsburn and Helens Bay, and for the huge influx of visitors who descend on the village throughout the year,

Now Linda has decided to hang up her boots, and McConnells has completed the sale of the business and property to local Spar operator, Hendersons, who will continue to operate the Station with a new management team.

McConnells Deliver on Challenging Retail Letting

Thu Apr 5 2018

2,500 sq ft Retail Unit at Ballysillan Road Leased to Leon and Nico’s

McConnells were handed a challenging retail instruction by Iceland Frozen Foods to market two retail properties situated beside Iceland stores in East and North Belfast which had both lain vacant for many years.

Hot on the heels of Adam Bolton’s success letting the Newtownards Road unit to Karolina Polish Supermarket last year, Katie McConnell has now completed the letting of a 2,500 sq ft retail property adjacent to the Iceland food store on Ballysillan Road, in North Belfast, to Leon & Nicos Home Stores, which has just opened selling a range or home furnishings, beds and white goods.

As Katie remarked “this was a challenging instruction to find a tenant for this unit which had never been occupied since the Iceland store was developed in the early 2000s.”

Following our successes in Belfast, we have now been instructed to dispose of further surplus Iceland properties in Strabane and Newry.

SOLD - 300,000 sq ft Caterpillar NI Plant

Mon Mar 5 2018

McConnells and JLL Advise Caterpillar in Sale of Monkstown Plant to CDE Group

In one of the largest industrial property deals in recent years, McConnell Chartered Surveyors, working with our Alliance Partners at JLL in Dublin and Dallas, Texas, has negotiated the sale of the 300,000 sq ft Caterpillar manufacturing facility located at Monkstown Northern Ireland to CDE Group, the Cookstown headquartered supplier of equipment for the global mining and quarry industries.

By the end of September this year, CDE will take possession of the building and add the latest fabrication and painting equipment required to build the components necessary for their worldwide sales operations.


The Wraps are Coming Off…!

Fri Dec 1 2017

River House redevelopment will deliver 80,000 sq ft of Grade A office accommodation in Cathedral Quarter

Construction work at River House in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter is coming on apace, with the new curtain walling system being installed from the top down, followed by Landlords Cat A fit-out of the office floors, including raised access floors, air-conditioning and continuous extruded LED profile lighting.

River House will provide a total of c. 80,000 sq ft of Grade A offices in floors of c. 6,000 sq ft and will be ready for occupation in Q2 2018.

The common areas have been reconfigured to provide an impressive fully glazed double height reception with feature glass lift and reconfigured cores. Typical floor plates are open plan with services configured to enable subdivision.

Our show floor on Level 13 is now available to view and we will be delighted to give prospective tenants a tour of the building – contact Rory McConnell at McConnells, or our joint agent David Wright at CBRE

New Grade A Offices Construction Underway

Thu Nov 30 2017

Artola House - New-Build Belfast City Centre Office Development Taking Shape

Construction work is well under way at Artola House on Belfast’s Victoria Street.

Steelwork is complete and all floor slabs are poured.

Artola is a complete new build Grade A Office development, constructed behind the retained red brick external walls of the original 1870s linen warehouse, which will provide some 19,000 sq ft of bright modern office accommodation over ground and four upper floors.

Available to lease as a single HQ building, or on a floor by floor basis to multiple tenants, the development will have typical net floorplates of around 3,900 sq ft, with raised access floors and full air-conditioning.

An impressive entrance foyer provides access from Victoria Street and the fit-out throughout will be to the very highest quality.

Artola will deliver an eclectic mix of old and new – incorporating many features of an original Victorian building into a state of the art modern new-build office development.

The ground floor has been designed to accommodate either office or restaurant uses.

Completion is on target for Q2 2018 and we will be delighted to show potential tenants round the building shortly.

Oliver Bonas Opens in Belfast City Centre

Mon Nov 13 2017

McConnells Let Prime Arthur Street Retail Unit

Oliver Bonas have opened their new Belfast store on Arthur Street, the city’s hottest shopping street for aspirational retailers.

The new shop is in addition to the luxury fashion, jewellery and homeware retailer’s Lisburn Road store, which opened last year.

McConnells negotiated the letting on behalf of private client landlords. Colliers in London acted for Oliver Bonas.

SOLD 83-85 Great Victoria Street, Belfast

Tue Oct 31 2017

McConnells Sell Rankin Furniture Building

McConnell Chartered Surveyors has agreed the sale of 83-85 Great Victoria Street, Belfast, a well presented building constructed in the mid-1990s which extends to c. 11,000 sq ft over four floors. 

The building is home to Rankin’s Furniture, a business which has been open in Belfast since the 1850s, and was offered for sale due to the imminent retirement of the current owner Mr. Robert Rankin.

The property offered the opportunity for either a high profile owner occupier, or an investor, to acquire an excellent building with retail accommodation on both the ground and first, and office space on the second and third floors.

Adam Bolton of McConnells negotiated the sale of the property to local investor & developer Glenbank Holdings, for an undisclosed price.

Merville Is Best Kept Large Housing Area

Mon Oct 30 2017

Merville Garden Village Wins at the Best Kept City, Town, Village and Housing Area Awards

The outstanding work by the management team at McConnell Chartered Surveyors has helped Merville Garden Village clinch the Best Kept Large Housing Area award at the Northern Ireland Best Kept City, Town, Village and Housing Area Awards, sponsored by George Best Belfast City Airport.

This is the third consecutive year that Merville has received the award, as representatives from the Northern Ireland Council areas gathered at Belfast City Hall for the Northern Ireland Amenity Council’s final Best Kept City, Town, Village and Housing Area Awards ceremony.

The Awards were attended by Mr Clark Bailie, Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, who assisted in the presentation of awards to all housing winners.

Speaking at the ceremony, McConnell’s Chairman Rory Clark said, “Winning this award for the third consecutive year is a remarkable achievement, and testament to the huge amount of hard work which our residential management team has put into Merville Garden Village. I am exceptionally proud of our team and delighted for the residents of Merville.”

McConnells manages Merville Garden Village on behalf of their client Ulster Garden Villages.

McConnell Teams Climb for Caudwell Children

Mon Sep 25 2017

Two McConnell Teams Complete River House Challenge

McConnell Chartered Surveyors were well represented at the River House Belfast charity event on Friday, with two teams completing the climb of the 15 storey building which is currently undergoing complete refurbishment to Grade A offices

Our clients, Castleforge Partners, teamed up with charity Caudwell Children to kick start Belfast's Culture Night with teams and individuals racing 235 steps to the top of River House

River House will be completed in Summer 2018 and will provide some 80,000 sq ft of much needed Grade A office accommodation on the edge of Cathedral Quarter in the heart of Belfast city centre

McConnells are managing and joint letting agents on the scheme

HMRC Signs Up For 104,000 sq ft Belfast Office Pre

Mon Jul 31 2017

McConnells and JLL Represent HMRC in one of Belfast's Largest Ever Pre-lets

HM Revenue and Customs has signed an Agreement for Lease with Orby Investment to take the whole of the upper floors, comprising 104,220 sq ft, at Erskine House, Chichester Street in the centre of Belfast.

McConnell Chartered Surveyors and their Alliance Partner JLL advised HMRC in the transaction, which is one of the largest ever office pre-lets in the local NI market.

The building, which will occupy a highly prominent location in the city centre, on the corner of Chichester Street and Arthur Street, a stone's throw from City Hall, will accommodate some 1,600 full time equivalent HMRC employees.

Site preparation and demolition work has already started and construction is due to commence in the autumn with completion and hand-over for tenant fit-out in 2019.

McConnells are JLL's formal Northern Ireland Alliance Partner, and the HMRC acquisition is just one of several high-profile exercises the two firms are working on together in the province.

Hotel Chocolat Opens New Belfast City Centre Store

Fri Jun 2 2017

McConnells Negotiates New Letting for Landlord, Linen Hall Library

Hotel Chocolat have opened their new state of the art chocolate shop with Cafe on Belfast's Donegall Square North

Located on one of Belfast's busiest thoroughfares, on the corner of Donegall Square and Fountain Street, the unit is just a stone's throw from City Hall

A complete re-fit of the unit has resulted in an ultra modern feel internally, complementing the listed building which is also home to Hotel Chocolat's Landlord, the Linen Hall Library, and Molton Brown.

McConnells acted for the landlords in the letting to Hotel Chocolat and are retained to manage the building

Bedford House Announces New Gym Facility

Fri May 26 2017

Pop Up Picnic Event Raises £500 for Chest Heart Stroke

Bedford House, one of Belfast's most successful office buildings, has revealed plans for a new state of the art in-house gym facility, together with meeting and conference rooms, which will be available exclusively for Bedford House tenants.

The initiative was announced at a pop-up picnic event at Bedford House which also raised over £500 for Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke.

McConnell staff members, Rebecca Scott and Simon Hollywood did their bit by taking part in the Static Cycle Challenge watched by Leanne Armstrong, Front of House at Bedford House.

McConnells are managing agents and joint letting agents at Bedford House.

For information on office accommodation available at Bedford House please contact Caroline McKillen at McConnells - +44(0)2890205900.

To Let - Prime Belfast City Centre Retail

Thu May 18 2017

17-19 Arthur Street Occupies one of the Hottest Trading Locations in Belfast

McConnells are marketing this superb prime shop unit on Belfast’s Arthur Street, which extends to some 2,354 sq ft.

Formerly occupied by Jaeger and in an excellent position with a frontage of 31 feet to Arthur Street, one of Belfast’s hottest pedestrianised retail locations, the unit is exceptionally well fitted out with air-conditioning, recessed display lighting, internal roller shutters, stock room and good ancillary accommodation.

The unit is key-ready and available for immediate occupation, and presents the perfect opportunity for a retailer to get into one of Belfast’s best retail streets.

For full details, go to:



Artola House Office Redevelopment Well Underway

Wed May 17 2017

20,000 sq ft of Grade A Offices will Complete in Quarter 1 2018

Construction work is well underway at Artola House on Victoria Street and Upper Church Lane in Belfast city centre.

The office scheme involves a complete redevelopment behind the retained existing red brick frontages, and will deliver some 20,000 sq ft of Grade A offices when complete in Quarter 1 2018.

With typical floorplates of 3,900 sq ft the building will suit either a single let HQ or it could be let floor by floor.

Internally, the landlord fit-out will be first rate - totally modern but incorporating features of the original 1870s linen warehouse, and including full air-conditioning, raised access floors, floor to ceiling heights ranging from 2.7m – 3.2m, 10 person passenger lift and high quality WCs.

The prime city centre location, right beside Victoria Square Shopping Centre and a stone’s throw from the Courts complex, could not be better.

McConnells are sole letting agents – contact Rory McConnell on 028 92 205 900

McConnells Acquires Belfast Iceland Investment

Thu May 11 2017

Antrim Road Iceland Investment Acquired for Local Charitable Trust

Acting on behalf of a locally based Charitable Trust, McConnells has acquired the Iceland investment at 475-477 Antrim Road, Belfast.

At a purchase price of £1.3m the net initial yield equates to 7% after allowing for purchaser’s costs.

Commenting on the investment market, McConnells director Rory Clark says:

“Competitive bidding has returned to the market, reflecting the lack of good investment stock, and a strong appetite for small to medium sized lots, particularly from high net worth individuals.

We anticipate that yields will continue to hold up in 2017 for property assets, particularly with comparatively low returns from alternative forms of investment.

More enthusiasm from the lending institutions will also help to bolster demand.

All of this despite a level of uncertainty as a result of Brexit and the forthcoming General Election.”

Karolina Open New Supermarket on Newtownards Road

Mon May 8 2017

McConnells Negotiates New Lease on behalf of Landlord, Iceland, to Leading Polish Foodstore Group

Karolina Shops, Northern Ireland's leading Polish Foodstore Group, has taken a new unit on the Newtownards Road in East Belfast.

Karolina International Foods Ltd has the largest network of Polish stores throughout Northern Ireland, with some 17 outlets called "Karolina Shop". These are multifunctional food stores with a wide assortment of over 3500 to 4000 Polish products.

At over 3,700 sq ft on the ground floor, plus first floor storage, the new unit will be one of the largest in the Karolina network.

McConnells were appointed by Iceland Frozen Foods in November last year to market the unit which had lain vacant for a long period of time.

Adam Bolton at McConnells negotiated the deal on behalf of the Landlord, Iceland.