New Belfast workspace to be 'on par with Empire State Building'

  • Property firm Magell Limited has revealed its new flexible workspace, located in Belfast’s Eagle Star House, which will open in summer 2020.

    Named Urban HQ, the “design-led workspace” will accommodate more than 500 desks over eight floors. The firm said it will be “the first of its kind to be delivered in the city”.

    Third-generation family business Magell stated that it will also be the “first and only flexible workspace in Northern Ireland to achieve the coveted Wired Certification Platinum from WiredScore”.

    William Newton, WiredScore’s president and managing director, said that receiving this global rating “puts Urban HQ on a par within buildings like London’s Shard and New York City’s Empire State Building. It ensures the building will benefit from a level of connectivity able to support the highest technology requirements and provide a seamless user experience, and guarantees the building is future-proofed for years to come.”

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    The 32,000 sq. ft. building will include “bright meeting rooms, offices, focus rooms, phone booths, central lounge areas, event spaces, a rooftop terrace and a dedicated wellness room.” Magell added that it will be an eco-friendly zone free from single use plastic, with energy and waste reduction measures in place.

    Urban HQ’s managing director Jamie McCoubrey has more than 15 years’ experience in the flexible office sector. He said the new building “will rival workspace available in Dublin and even London”.

    No deposit is required from members wishing to use however much space is required, “whether that is one desk or 200” continued Jamie. Up to three months’ rent will be free for all new deals agreed prior to opening.

    The building is located on Upper Queen Street, a short distance from Belfast City Hall, just off Donegall Square West.

    A show office will be available early next year for interested parties to get a first look at the building’s best in class specification.

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    For more information or to register interest in Urban HQ, please visit

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