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Antrim fit-out firm Marcon soaring with deal to fit out air museum

By Audrey Watson

Published 11/09/2015

Some of the aircraft on display at Duxford, where Marcon will be working on a major refit
Some of the aircraft on display at Duxford, where Marcon will be working on a major refit

Antrim fit-out firm Marcon is today announcing a major contract with the American Air Museum in England.

Marcon Fit-Out, which employs 45 people, will transform an exhibition space at the museum, which will reopen next year after a major refurbishment.

The museum in Duxford, Cambridge, is part of Imperial War Museums (IWM) and boasts the largest public display of American aircraft outside the US.

Duxford was home to the US Eighth Air Force's 78th fighter group from 1943-5.

The deal is Marcon's first big museum contract in Britain, and will involve working closely with interpretive designers Redman Partnership on ways to improve the visitor experience.

Marcon director Mark O'Connor said: "We are really proud to have been entrusted with such a prestigious project by Imperial War Museums.

"I am really pleased, because this significant project further enhances our growing reputation within the museum and heritage sector. To be linked with such a prestigious brand as the Imperial War Museum is a key milestone for our business.

"Our in-house joinery manufacturing facility is key to the company's ongoing success and allows us to control the high quality of our bespoke joinery items," said Mr O'Connor.

"We have become a benchmark for a number of clients as to how they judge the quality of joinery work from their contractor base.

"The American Air Museum is Marcon's first major museum contract outside Northern Ireland.

"It gives us an excellent platform from which to pursue further contracts in a very niche area."

Jenny Cousins, American Air Museum project leader, added: "We are delighted to appoint Marcon Fit-Out to the American Air Museum redevelopment project at IWM Duxford.

"The project will see the transformed American Air Museum encourage new and returning visitors to IWM Duxford, one of the premier visitor attractions in the east of England, at Easter 2016."

Bryn Redman, partner at Redman Design, said: "We were impressed by Marcon's commitment to delivering a high-quality end product for this important project at IWM Duxford."

Marcon has a museum/heritage specialism, and has fitted out schemes like Navan Fort, Carrickfergus Castle, Down County Museum, the Guildhall and the Gobbins Path Visitors Centre.

The company was trade and enterprise category winner at the Museum and Heritage Awards in 2013, and the same year was overall winner at the National Association of Shopfitters Awards for its fit-out of Titanic Belfast.

Working with event and audio-visual specialists, Marcon helped to bring the interior design team's vision to life. The company built and installed the exhibition area's setwork - incorporating interactive touch screen panels and 3D displays - as well as fitting out the venue's shop, restaurants, offices and staff areas.

Marcon Fit-Out was started in 2004 by Mr O'Connor and co-director Mark McElroy.

The company is based at Kilbegs Road in Antrim.

Belfast Telegraph

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