Belfast Telegraph

Ulster firm lands major contract for new motor trade port

By Clare Weir

A Northern Ireland firm has announced a £19m deal to build a new port in the north of England.

Graham Construction is the latest in a string of building companies here to secure big-money deals in Great Britain.

The company, which employs around 1,000 people, was behind projects including the Peace Bridge in Londonderry and the refurbishment of the Lagan Weir. It has worked on major hotels like the Europa and Culloden and transport hubs including Dublin Airport.

Graham has also recently won business on major marine projects in Scotland including Kennacraig Ferry Terminal and Fife Energy Park. The latest contract has been placed by Associated British Ports (ABP) which owns and operates 21 ports in England, Scotland and Wales, and handles around a quarter of the Britain's seaborne trade.

Graham has been tasked to design and build a new roll on-roll off facility mainly for the import and export of vehicles.

The firm will construct a new 250m jetty, a 195m pier jetty, a floating pontoon and a linkspan bridge.

The scheme will also include dredging and construction of a car park. Work is due to start on site this month with completion scheduled for March 2013.

Graham was incorporated as a limited company in 1955 and has offices all over the UK and the Republic including in Belfast, Dublin, London, Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh,

As well as construction, the company carries out civil engineering, fit-out, facilities management and environmental and highways maintenance.

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster congratulated Graham on winning the contract.

"It is encouraging to see companies in the construction sector such as John Graham Dromore Ltd striving ahead by looking for opportunities and doing business outside Northern Ireland," she said.

"Graham's expertise in marine engineering has undoubtedly helped the company win this prestigious contract.

"Invest Northern Ireland has continuous involvement with Graham and is working closely with the management team to assist them with the development of the company strategy."

"The construction sector has been severely impacted by the economic downturn but practical support is available, not least by the Executive's decision to fund a number of capital projects which will create in excess of 2,500 jobs."

1,000

The number of people employed by Graham Construction company

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