Hillsborough Office Park

Developing the ‘best corporate workplace’ in the UK

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Project Overview

Project value £22m
Expertise Investments
Sector Office
Timeline Sept 2009 - Dec 2010 (ph1) / 2023 (ph2)
Location Northern Ireland
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Project summary

Anchored by a 40,000 sq. ft. office block that was named the “best corporate workplace” in 2011, the Hillsborough Office Park is undergoing a major expansion programme with the addition of four further properties, each 10,000 sq. ft. Scheduled for completion in 2023, these Grade A commercial units have been designed to complement the existing centrepiece property, which has been the home of GRAHAM since 2010. The funding model for Phase 1 was a traditional bank debt from Danske Bank. Looking forward to Phase 2, the four office blocks are currently under development for sale and lease, and will offer an attractive hub for commercial tenants from a location that enjoys excellent connectivity to both Belfast and Dublin.

The detail

The Hillsborough Office Park is an exemplar development project for energy efficiency and the achievement of net zero carbon targets. The building is orientated to reduce heat demand in winter and heat gains in summer. Natural ventilation is achieved through automatic louvres and controlled via a BMS system while automated controls exist within the central atrium to create passive stack ventilation. Natural lighting is maximised through a glass roof, and only energy efficient light fittings are utilised, controlled via presence detectors. Significantly, a biomass boiler was installed, equating to carbon savings in the region of 58 tonnes per annum, and, most recently at the end of 2020, EV charging points were created. The building was EPC A rated, certified as “BREEAM Excellent” and has an impressive haul of accolades to its name including three “most sustainable building” awards. Sustainable features will also be at the heart of the future development of the four, three-storey additional office blocks that will be accessed from a central pedestrian space.

“Our new head office is testament to our ability to deliver highly sustainable energy efficient facilities.”

Michael Graham, Group Executive Chairman