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All shipshape as fit-out firm lands £1m Cunard deal

By Margaret Canning

Co Anrim fit-out firm McCue has secured a deal worth at least £1m to overhaul areas of Cunard's flagship,  Queen Mary 2.

Staff from McCue Marine in Carrickfergus will work on the 2620-passenger ocean liner at the Blohm & Voss Shipyard in Hamburg, Germany in May and June.

The exact value of the deal has not been disclosed but is understood to be for a seven-figure sum. McCue, which employs 120 people, will upgrade the Queen's Grill and Princess Grill restaurants, and the Queen's Grill Lounge.

Stephen Mills, business development manager at McCue Marine said: "This is a great accolade for McCue Marine.

"We will be involved in fitting out  some of the most prestigious public areas on the vessel. This contract is a very big win for us, and testament to our previous work in the fit-out industry."

And he said the company was taking inspiration from the original Queen Mary. McCue Fit-Out has been operating in the marine sector since 2014 and is also known for shop fit-out work. That retail experience had helped it in the task of remodelling a designer shop selling jewellery on board the ship.

Fixtures and fittings for the ship - made of timber veneers, marble, glass and metalwork - have been manufactured at McCue's factory to allow for faster installation. The firm, which has been operating for more than 60 years, is headed by managing director Les McCracken.

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