Belfast Telegraph

All shipshape as fit-out firm lands £1m Cunard deal

By Margaret Canning

Co Anrim fit-out firm McCue has secured a deal worth at least £1m to overhaul areas of Cunard's flagship,  Queen Mary 2.

Staff from McCue Marine in Carrickfergus will work on the 2620-passenger ocean liner at the Blohm & Voss Shipyard in Hamburg, Germany in May and June.

The exact value of the deal has not been disclosed but is understood to be for a seven-figure sum. McCue, which employs 120 people, will upgrade the Queen's Grill and Princess Grill restaurants, and the Queen's Grill Lounge.

Stephen Mills, business development manager at McCue Marine said: "This is a great accolade for McCue Marine.

"We will be involved in fitting out  some of the most prestigious public areas on the vessel. This contract is a very big win for us, and testament to our previous work in the fit-out industry."

And he said the company was taking inspiration from the original Queen Mary. McCue Fit-Out has been operating in the marine sector since 2014 and is also known for shop fit-out work. That retail experience had helped it in the task of remodelling a designer shop selling jewellery on board the ship.

Fixtures and fittings for the ship - made of timber veneers, marble, glass and metalwork - have been manufactured at McCue's factory to allow for faster installation. The firm, which has been operating for more than 60 years, is headed by managing director Les McCracken.

Belfast Telegraph