Belfast Telegraph

£27m Scottish deal for Toome concrete firm

By Margaret Canning

Northern Ireland company Creagh Concrete has said it's creating at least 30 new jobs in Scotland, where it's won a major contract worth up to £27m.

The Toomebridge family company's latest deal is to supply 6,000 containers for storing low-grade waste from the decommissioning of Dounreay Nuclear Power Station.

And the firm said its continued growth in Northern Ireland would lead to the creation of 50 new jobs.

The firm last year announced pre-tax profits of £3m, following losses of £1m a year earlier.

It employs 650 full-time staff and sub-contractors in its seven locations. There are 130 employees in Scotland.

The latest job creation in Scotland is at its Edinburgh manufacturing plant, where it makes its Spantherm concrete product.

James McKeague, director of Creagh Scotland, said the firm hoped to become a "major player" in the construction sector in Scotland.

"Creagh Concrete is growing rapidly, based on the success of our business model which combines a family business focus on customer relationships and our corporate approach to quality and innovation. The Dounreay project is particularly important to our company development, and we are proud and delighted to have won so many significant construction projects across Scotland.

"Meanwhile, our Spantherm and Precast plant in Edinburgh will continue to grow and we expect to create at least 30 new jobs there in the near future."

The firm has carried out other major contracts in Scotland, including a £2m contract with Barratt Homes to build 77 apartments in Aberdeen. It's also built 250 apartments for Dandara in the city.

And in the civil engineering sector, it has built railway platforms on the Border Railways, and worked on Blackhillock substation. Closer to home, it's working on a £3m flooring project at Ulster University's new campus in Belfast city centre.

According to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), nearly half of the work being done by construction firms here is on jobs in Great Britain.

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