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Firm behind Northern Ireland listed-building restorations sees surge in earnings

By John Mulgrew

An engineering firm which has carried out works on some of Northern Ireland's top listed buildings has seen its pre-tax profits triple.

McAleer & Teague, based outside Omagh, saw profits rising from £35,884 to £113,811 in the year ending September 30, 2016.

The company also saw sales rise by around 5%, up to £16.3m.

The family-run civil engineering business has carried out works on a range of buildings.

That includes restoration work on grade A listed Florence Court house in Enniskillen, as well as modern refurbishment of the Lagan Valley Leisureplex in Lisburn.

In the latest accounts, the company says that "the level of business during the period was satisfactory".

In the strategic report, it says: "It is the intention of directors to develop present activities to ensure an increase in turnover and profitability."

The company was set up in 1953 as an engineering business.

Speaking about its work at Florence Court house - an 18th century property and the former home of the Earls of Enniskillen - the company said the project "involved the refurbishment and restoration works to the main house and laundry yard".

"The works can be generally described as the upgrading of three apartments within the laundry yard and the upgrading of the existing second floor apartment within the main house.

"McAleer & Teague's regular consultation with the National Trust representatives ensured works were coordinated around public open days and times.

"The use of innovative construction methods such as dust-less technology ensured the highest protection was offered to this quality building."

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