Erskine House is a prime 130,000 sq. ft glass clad office development, and the plush new regional home of HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). In January 2020, over 1,500 employees moved into the “smart, high-tech” eight-storey building that is helping the tax authority “transform” the way it operates and interacts with its customers. On the site of a disused four-storey property and operational car park, we initially assumed responsibility for the design and construction of the building, incorporating a concrete frame, shell and core retail units, with a reception and lift lobby. Once complete, our interior fit-out experts then picked up the baton (June 2019), creating a forward-thinking, adaptable internal workspace that is “setting a marker” across both private and public offices.
Demonstrating the prestige nature of Erskine House, HMRC has signed an agreement to lease over 100,000 sq. ft of office space within the building for a period of 25 years. Beginning in September 2017, our works programme involved CFA piling, piling platforms, concrete pile caps, and the construction of ground beams and slabs, plus a reinforced in-situ concrete frame and upper floors. An aluminium curtain walling system, together with stone cladding and rendered facades, were also features of the scheme. Following completion in June 2019, our interior fit-out specialists then finalised the project, working collaboratively to deliver new state-of-the-art office areas, multi-purpose rooms, break out areas, core workspaces, tea points and eateries. Notably, the high-specification fit-out considered the needs of a diverse range of staff, with both visible and unseen disabilities, and encompassed increased door widths to enhance inclusivity and accessibility, gender neutral toilet facilities, and improved wayfinding for visually impaired staff.
“The opening of Erskine House as the Belfast Regional Centre marks an important milestone on a journey to transform the way we operate and interact with our customers. This modern building will bring teams together so they have the opportunity to work differently and more effectively. Crucially, it will also deliver an efficient service for our customers, making HMRC a tax authority fit for the future.”