WORK has begun by global customer services firm Concentrix to convert the old Maysfield Leisure Centre site into state-of-the-art office space.

Philip Cassidy, a senior vice president at Concentrix, said: “We will have space for 1,600 seats, hopefully work will be finished by early next year. We’ve just finished the internal demolition and within the next few weeks we will be into the main contract. We are specialists in customer service and technical support. It’s great to redevelop something that’s been lying empty for so long. This site has been vacant for fifteen years, it’s good that Concentrix can develop it and bring jobs to the city as a result.”

This will be Concentrix’s fifth site in Belfast with other sites in Lanyon Place, River House in High Street, Lesley Exchange in East Bridge Street and Concentrix House in Fountain Street.

Chris Caldwell, President and CEO of Concentrix, said: “We’ve been in Belfast for five years now and to us Belfast is key, it’s our European headquarters. In our five years here we’ve almost tripled the size of the business, the investment in Maysfield is the next step, this will continue to allow us to triple in size again over the next few years.”

Chris added: “We are very excited to get it done, it took us a while to find a property to redevelop, it’s a great landmark and we look forward to getting it up and running.”

The former South Belfast leisure centre has been vacant since 2004. In its heyday Maysfield played host to many major concerts including big names such as REM and U2.

In January, 1984 a tragic  fire in the leisure centre claimed the lives of six people.