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London calls as Northern Ireland firm Graham lands £150m construction deal

By Staff Reporter

Published 26/10/2016

Councillor Richard Cornelius
Councillor Richard Cornelius

Northern Ireland construction firm Graham has won a £150m contract for building projects for Barnet Council in London.

Graham, which is based in Hillborough, will build new schools, leisure and community centres as part of a local government capital projects programme in Barnet - London's most populous borough.

Work on the contract will be spread over the next five years, with Graham already starting work on a leisure centre scheme and school development.

The family company has been picking up major infrastructure and commercial contracts across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

In its most recent results, it had turnover of around £500m, operating profit of £7.1m and a workforce of 1,900 people.

Rod McMullan, Graham Construction director for its partnership with Barnet, said it was "confident that the knowledge and experience gained from our extensive ongoing education portfolio and inner London projects such as the redevelopment of Kingsgate Primary School in the neighbouring borough of Camden, will ensure the council's capital projects pipeline is delivered on time and within budget".

He added: "We are looking forward to working with the council and the wider team to strengthen Barnet's reputation as a thriving environment."

Councillor Richard Cornelius, leader of Barnet Council, said: "As our borough expands so does the need for us to provide more housing, school places, leisure centres and community facilities for our residents, which is why we are investing £565m in the future of the borough."

Graham Construction said the deal was a major milestone for the growth of its office in St Albans, Hertfordshire. It has six offices in England and three in Scotland, as well as an office in Dublin. It was recently appointed to a UK Department of Health procurement framework.

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