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Suite success as Mivan scoops £20m deal to fit out King Abdullah's pad

BY CLARE WEIR

A Co Antrim fit-out company is celebrating after scooping £20m in business from high-profile clients in London and Saudi Arabia.

After the Belfast Telegraph revealed exclusively last Friday that Mivan has secured a £7m contract for the Royal Suite of the new King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah, it's also emerged that the company has picked up £15m of prime residential contracts with key client Sir Robert McAlpine Limited in London.

The Fitzroy Place project by Exemplar is the largest of the contracts at over £12.5m and will be the most significant in the Fitzrovia area of London in 50 years.

It will include apartments, penthouses and commercial office space.

Mivan will supply European oak fittings made in Northern Ireland, including doorsets, skirting, ceiling and wall panelling, bathroom vanity units, wardrobes and staircases.

The project is due for completion in April 2014.

Mivan is also working on the £2m manufacture and installation of 40 staircases for the De Vere Gardens residential project in Kensington.

A number of the staircases are currently being constructed in Mivan's manufacturing facility which will then be dis-assembled and re-built on-site in London.

Mivan chief executive Dr Ivan McCabrey said that the company has already carried out a multi-million pound fit-out at the Bulgari Hotel & Residences for McAlpine.

"Mivan has delivered a number of projects for Sir Robert McAlpine in the past decade including the O2 Arena in London, the Bulgari Hotel & Residences, and is currently involved in the £4m fit-out of a number of apartments in St James's Square which will complete this year," he said.

Described as a 'Jewel in the Desert', the £384m Saudi Arabia development is seen as one of the most important projects in the history of modern construction in Saudi Arabia and is being overseen by King Abdullah himself.

The stadium, which will host club, national and international football, has a capacity of 60,000, 45,000 car parking spaces and even includes a 500-person mosque and will be completed later this year.

There will also be tennis courts and athletics tracks.

Members of Mivan's management, design and commercial teams will be running the project with all design and joinery manufacture taking place at the firm's head office in Antrim town. The company has completed similar projects at Ascot Racecourse, the new Wembley Stadium, the ECHO Arena Liverpool and the O2 in Greenwich, London.

The company recently announced that it had secured over £8m in cruise ship fit-outs during 2013 and £70m of new projects in London in the past 12 months.

Mivan's business development director Stephen Mills said that the company has also been seeking new business in Sri Lanka and Moscow.

He added that the company's attention to detail and ability to deliver high-quality work in a short timeframe is standing it in good stead with high-profile clients across the word.

"We have a good market in Cairo and we have been trying to explore some new markets including Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka and Moscow, trying to target large prestigious projects that our experience matches up with," he said.

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