Merchant Square – New to PwC, but for some staff it’s #cominghome

For some PwC staff, the announcement that PwC will relocate to the new 200,000 sq. ft. Merchant Square office complex is less about a new move and more about coming home.

Royston House in Queen Street represents around half of the new Merchant Square development and from the 1970s till 2001 was the legacy headquarters of Price Waterhouse (PW). Fondly remembered as home by ex PW staff, as well as for its quirky carpeting, which partially covered walls as well as floors, the intended move to Merchant Square is reviving some old memories.

PW and legacy Coopers & Lybrand (C&L) merged in 2008, to become PwC, but continued to occupy their previous locations which included Royston House till all 650 PwC staff relocated to Waterfront Plaza in December 2001.

PwC proposals manager Clarke Fyfe has fond memories of his days in Royston. “It was a great office, right in the city centre, but those were more formal days. Partners were called Mister, technology was minimal and the working day was strictly defined, with the power shut off and doors locked at 7:00 pm.

“One unfortunate PW visitor from Birmingham was locked in the building when the power went off and had to phone a partner to come and rescue him.”

Darren Finlayson, PwC’s Northern Ireland IT head and another legacy PW staffer, remembers the day of the PW / C&L merger. “It was 1st of July 2008 and both groups of staff went to Waterfront Hall for the announcement. Then Stephen Kingon (legacy C&L managing partner) and Paul Rowan (legacy PW managing partner) walked across the stage of the Waterfront Hall and shook hands.

“I remember Stephen Kingon, who was to be managing partner of the new PwC firm saying, “Some of you may know me, many of you don’t; but for all of us, it’s our first day in a new job.” At that point we knew big changes were happening, but now some nostalgia is kicking-in and I’m looking forward to #cominghome to see what’s happened to the old building.”

 

"At that point we knew big changes were happening, but now some nostalgia is kicking-in and I’m looking forward to #cominghome to see what’s happened to the old building"

Darren Finlayson PwC Northern Ireland IT head and legacy PW staffer

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