Hamilton Architects and Harvey Group land huge deals in GB
Two major firms in the construction sector have announced new offices and multi-million pound contracts in Great Britain.
Belfast firm Hamilton Architects has landed £30m worth of new contracts as it opens its first London office and expands its workforce.
The firm, which already has offices in Belfast and Londonderry, is also planning to increase turnover by 50% over the next five years, and more than double its workforce.
And Harvey Group in Newtownabbey has announced it's opening an office in Berkshire as its workload increases in the south east of England.
In common with other Northern Ireland construction-related firms, both are finding more and more work in Great Britain.
Hamilton Architects, which has been in business over 40 years, said it is spending £750,000 on its new offices. It has also clinched its first city contract, with Ealing Council. It currently employs 38 people.
Partner Paul Millar said: "We are delighted to be going into a new year on an extremely positive note. These wins coincide with the initiation of a plan aimed at driving a strong growth surge which will see our business expand across the UK and into Europe over the next several years.
"Our first contract in London, to design social housing for Ealing Council, is a modest but significant one which has already led to further opportunities.
"Our new offices, in Old Broad Street, will officially open in the spring and will give us a permanent presence in the city."
Some of its latest major education contracts include deals with South West College, for a new campus on part of the former Erne Hospital site, a new primary school and nursery unit at Gaelscoil na gCrann Primary School in Omagh, and a new 600 pupil secondary school for St Joseph's High School in Crossmaglen.
Meanwhile, mechanical and electrical services firm the Harvey Group has set up a new office in Berkshire as it gets to grips with a £20m order book for Great Britain.
The Newtownabbey company said the base would lead to further growth, especially in the south east of England.
Operations director Herbie Watterson said the move was in response to the growing number of contracts it was winning in Great Britain.
Its order book for the year includes work at Luton Airport, an office fit-out in Fenchurch Street in London and work on an academy in Reading. Around 15 staff will work in the new Dunstable office.