Leading construction, refurbishment and fit-out contractor Gilbert-Ash has recently completed construction of a new £5million headquarters in Boucher Place, Belfast. Investment in a new state-of the-art building on this scale marks a significant milestone for the multi award- winning company.
To mark the occasion, the entire Gilbert-Ash team from across the UK and Europe took part in a unique virtual celebration where Managing Director Ray Hutchinson thanked them for their hard work and resilience: “Over the past few months, everyone who works for Gilbert-Ash has been genuinely amazing. Distance, it turns out, doesn’t distance us as a team. I am incredibly proud of the Gilbert- Ash team – this worst of times has brought out the best in us and we have lots to look forward to – not least moving into our brand-new offices when it is safe to do so.”
Gilbert Ash’s new headquarters can accommodate up to 100 staff. The project, led from the outset by Gilbert-Ash Technical Director, Finbarr McMeel, followed a design concept where the interior featured space and natural light, while the exterior utilised coloured glass and modern fibre cement boards to create a contemporary outline. Gilbert-Ash attributes its continued success to the company’s ‘As One’ approach. The unique working culture and family feel are amongst the benefits of being employee- owned. They also ensure a unified front in the face of difficult times.
Ray Hutchinson concluded: “It has undoubtedly been an incredibly challenging period for us all. Our team has demonstrated remarkable resilience and dedication during this time, either working remotely or on our client sites. We have been encouraged by the feedback from clients commending our sites as an example of industry best practice in relation to health and safety.”