Belfast Telegraph

Building firm wins £2m schools contracts

By Symon Ross

Western Building Systems has won contracts worth a combined £2m to build or extend four schools in Belfast, Co Meath and The Shetland Islands.

The new work is under way on projects at Strathearn College and Gaelscoil na Móna in Belfast, at Coláiste na hInse in Laytown in Co Meath, and at Anderson High School in The Shetland Islands — a project on which the Tyrone company has been sub-contracted to work by fellow Ulster outift O’Hare and McGovern.

The Coalisland-based firm said the strong reputation it had built up in the education sector has helped it to defy the downturn.

Stuart Hegarty, senior quantity surveyor at Western Building Systems, said: “It’s absolutely critical for our work to come in on time, and clients know that we have a significant track record in the education sector. Much of our work is also price-driven, and the entire team recognises that we have to work together to create cost effective proposals to have any chance of success”.

He added: “We’ve been working with government departments on both parts of the island for many years, and there’s no doubt that recent successfully completed projects have helped us to build Western’s profile and secure new business.”

The four projects are to be completed before term time in September. The work at Strathearn College in Belfast involves the complete construction and fit-out of up to 12 large classrooms, an IT suite and a science laboratory. Preparation work has already commenced and Western are due on-site before July with a team of up to 40 people.

Work at Gaelscoil na Móna in Belfast is at an early design stage and is due to begin shortly. The work involves the creation of a permanent structure and follows on from Western’s completion of similar projects in the Republic.

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