Belfast Telegraph

Tyrone firm wins huge building projects

By Clare Weir

A Tyrone construction firm has won two multi-million pound contracts in the Republic of Ireland.

Western has announced a €9m (£7.5m) contract to build three schools in Cork later this year. It was also named preferred bidder for a major new €11m (£9.2m) hospital building in Drogheda, Co Louth.

The company is due to complete the construction of a £3.4m supermarket project in Coalisland, Co Tyrone, next month, and is currently exploring opportunities to increase its portfolio in retail. These latest wins bring Western's order book for the year to £33m.

Western chief executive Martin McCloskey said that the announcement is a strong boost for the local construction sector.

"The company has bucked the downward trend in the construction industry in recent times, growing its turnover from £11m to £26m between 2011 and 2012, and is on target to grow that figure to £35m in 2013," he said.

"We are delighted to announce these new business wins as major building blocks in what is shaping up to be the strongest year yet for Western.

"Our recent growth has largely centred on the education and health sectors in the Republic of Ireland and the UK, where we have built up a solid reputation as a provider of high quality buildings within extremely tight timeframes and budgets."

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