Belfast Telegraph

Antrim firm Creagh cements £5m deal to build new library for English university

By Margaret Canning

Co Antrim firm Creagh Concrete has announced a £5m deal to build a new library at the University of Roehampton in England.

The Toomebridge business, which makes concrete products, said it was one of many major contracts it would be announcing this year.

It will work on the Roehampton University project for around 10 months.

And Co Tyrone concrete manufacturer Acheson & Glover also announced that its biggest contract - also in Great Britain - was well in progress.

Creagh Concrete managing director Seamus McKeague said the company was entering 2016 "in confident mood".

The firm is also working on a new £3m flooring project at the new Ulster University campus in Belfast's York Street, a £2.1m car park in Leeds and a new £1m school project in London.

In common with other construction-related firms in Northern Ireland, it's been seeking work in Great Britain.

A survey by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) earlier this month said nearly half of all work done by the province's building firms was being done outside Northern Ireland.

Creagh Concrete's Roehampton deal involves building an exposed concrete frame with brick-faced facade.

Mr McKeague said it would be working with architect Feilden Clegg Bradley after already completing work with the firm at Manchester Metropolitan University Student Union.

The managing director added: "We hope to make more significant announcements in the coming weeks and months as Creagh Concrete develops its range of contracts and expertise."

The firm has said it's made a successful turnaround over the last year and hired 100 more staff during 2015. It now has 650 full-time staff and contractors on its books.

Meanwhile, Acheson & Glover in Co Tyrone, which also makes concrete products, has announced it's taken on 33 new staff to work on a project with Carillion to build eight schools in Great Britain.

The firm said the deal with the listed support services firm was its "biggest ever". Acheson & Glover's chief executive Raymond Acheson led a buy-out of the company in 2014.

New roles created by the firm include operative staff and roles in human resources and digital marketing.

Managing director Stephen Acheson said: "At a time when our manufacturing industry is facing challenges, positive news such as the creation of new jobs is most welcome.

"Winning contracts of this nature in Great Britain enhances our reputation for quality products and service delivery.

"It showcases our capabilities in this arena and marketplace and will only seek to secure future wins, which in turn creates more jobs for Northern Ireland and encourages indigenous construction activity on our own shores."

Acheson & Glover now employs around 380 people.

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