HMRC sign commercial property lease on new Belfast office

By Neil Logan

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has signed a new commercial property lease that will see 1,600 employees situated in the Erskine House in Belfast from 2021.

Erskine House is a new eight storey commercial property in Belfast that will be comprised of office space and ground floor retail units. The site is situated on Arthur Place, Arthurs Street and Chichester Street, and the planning application was originally approved in February 2011 though building work was not commenced. A new planning application was submitted by Orby Investment Ltd and Todd Architects in August 2016 and was approved in February 2017. Demolition of the existing building was completed in the same month and construction is scheduled to commence in autumn 2017, and is expected to be completed during 2019.

The 25-year lease was signalled by HMRC chief executive Jon Thompson as “another step in HMRC’s transformation into a modern, digitally-advanced tax authority”. He said the Belfast building will house “state-of-the-art facilities” that will increase HMRC’s “effectiveness in collecting taxes and targeting the minority who don’t pay”. The departments that will work from the new commercial property include business compliance, debt management, tax credits and fraud investigation.”

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