Belfast Telegraph

£6.5m London contract the Pinnacle of firm's success

By Margaret Canning

A construction company in Co Down which specialises in building facades – including the front of the Obel building in Belfast – has won a contract in London worth £6.5m.

McMullen Facades in Moira, which has been part of the Lakesmere Group in England since 2012, will install the vertical facade of The Pinnacle.

The building is the focal point of Battersea Reach, a much-discussed riverside residential development in the capital city which is being developed by St George plc.

McMullen will work on glazing panels with bolt-on balconies and feature penthouse terraces from its factory in Moira, with completion of the facade expected within just 19 weeks.

It was already appointed to carry out work on the Quarter House at the same development.

A spokeswoman for the Lakesmere Group said: "The successful integration between the two companies has helped to build upon McMullen's 40-year heritage and impressive portfolio of projects which includes the Stirling prize-winner the Evelyn Grace Academy in London and Obel, the tallest building in Ireland.

"The addition of McMullen's specialist facade expertise has also established the Lakesmere Group as the only UK-based company to provide the full range of building envelope services."

Other contract wins by McMullen in London included work on Tribeca Square in Elephant & Castle.

In 2012, Lakesmere said it was acquiring the company then known as Mullen Architectural Systems after the Co Down company's financial performance deteriorated.

The deterioration was due to the downturn, pressure on margins and "significant investments made into foreign markets".

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