The growth of the retail and distribution sector in Northern Ireland following Brexit has prompted a global architecture firm to open a new office in Belfast.
Hyphen, which has offices in Europe, the United States, Chile and India, said the move follows the opening of its Dublin office last year, which discovered a “wealth of opportunities north of the border.
“Belfast is currently in a unique position, in that it is part of the UK but also part of the European single market,” it said in a statement on its website. “This has created post-Brexit opportunities, including the rapid growth of the region’s logistics sector as customers seek to improve their access to the EU.”
Additionally, the company said the Belfast base gives it easy access to northern England and Scotland.
Eddie Miles, CEO of Hyphen, said the local team will provide regional expertise across Northern Ireland.
“Belfast is a city I have known for many years and it is exciting to open an office there,” he said. “Over the years we have worked with several consultants and contractors based in Northern Ireland and I have always been impressed with the quality and professionalism of their work.
“I look forward to building and expanding these relationships in the future.”
The Belfast office will be led by partner Georgina Mullen, who will work closely with the firm’s team in the Republic.
‘There are two very large and very good universities in Belfast, producing a flow of talented and experienced architects and architectural technologists,’ she said. “This makes Belfast a good location to build and retain a quality team of staff.
“The team we have blends really well and is 100% female, which I’m very proud of. We had no intention of doing this, but we hired based on who had the right skills and experience, and who would work well together.”
Georgina joined the firm in 2021 and has over 20 years of experience delivering architectural projects for a variety of international, public sector and commercial clients. She studied architecture at Queens University Belfast and the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.