Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Concrete deal to boost Ardmore

A Northern Ireland company has landed a contract worth nearly €1m to supply concrete blocks to help build a quay on the Aran Islands in Co Galway.

Ardmore Pre-Cast will supply 342 blocks — which weigh up to 23 tonnes — to help build the first phase of the quay on Inis Mór, the largest of the islands.

The Cill Rónáin Quay project is a major infrastructure scheme in the West of Ireland.

The blocks will be shipped from Derry's Lisahally port to Inis Mór in six loads over the next month.

The contract is good news for the Ardmore company as it has secured jobs and helped open doors to other contracts, according to managing director Eamonn McLaughlin, who added: “It has helped put us on the map.”

Mr McLaughlin believes that the company could secure more work on the second phase of the quay building project but in the meantime they are dealing with enquiries from companies that previously would not have considered them.

Mr McLaughlin said: “This is a hugely important project |for the company because it is helping us develop our position in the Republic, a key market for us and which we are keen to grow.”

“The contract shows other clients that we have the capacity to produce and deliver quality blocks for major projects on time and to specification.

Invest Northern Ireland worked with Ardmore Pre-Cast to open the Republic's market to the company's services.