The exterior of Custom House in Belfast
10 March 2020

Belfast’s iconic Custom House on the market


One of Belfast’s most iconic buildings, Custom House, has been put on the property market after its previous occupiers moved out.

Located in a prominent location, fronting onto Custom House Square at Donegall Quay, this Grade B+ listed building has been put up for sale after the relocation of HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to Erskine House in January.

Designed in 1847 by renowned architect Sir Charles Lanyon, this four-storey building was constructed by D & J Fulton between 1854 and 1857. The construction cost £30,000.

The listing is being marketed by Frazer Kidd and Osborne King who believes the building is appropriate for a variety of uses, subject to planning approval.

Possible options include offices, hotel, apartments, private event space, restaurant, bar or a museum.

The selling agents said: “Custom House is an iconic building in the heart of Belfast city centre”

“It is rare that a property of such historic importance comes to market. Although the premises are currently being utilised as office accommodation, the building lends itself to refurbishment and alternative uses.

“The site is within walking distance to many of Belfast’s main attractions and we are confident it will generate a lot of interest from prospective buyers.”

The exterior of Custom House in Belfast

The building stands tall over Custom House Square which has hosted several events throughout the years including Belsonic and moving to its own set of concerts, CHSQ.

The sale of this landmark building is not expected to affect future events as Custom House Square is not part of the property.

The structure has many decorative carvings including three figures on the eastern elevation that symbolise Neptune, Mercury and Britannia. Also on the eastern elevation are figures that represents Manufacture, Peace, Commerce and Industry.

Custom House was administered by the Belfast Board of Works until approximately 1930. During this time it was occupied by organisations such as the Inland Revenue, Post Office, Income Tax, and Mercantile Marine.

This building is owned by Mapeley, a Watford-based property management company. Internally, the floor space extends to circa 58,000 sq ft.

Located in the heart of Belfast city centre, Custom House is within walking distance of Belfast City Centre, Titanic Quarter, Waterfront Hall, SSE Arena, Victoria Square Shopping Centre, Laganside Bus Station, and GoPark, a 282 space car park.

View Custom House here

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