Belfast Telegraph

Building company top of class after winning award

By Heather McGarrigle

A Belfast construction firm has won the industry's top Northern Ireland accolade.

Farrans Construction was last week named overall winner at the Construction Excellence Awards.

The award recognised the firm's work on the Belfast Boys' Model School, after it was named the winner of the education infrastructure category.

Farrans faced competition from the other 14 category winners, including the Lyric Theatre by Gilbert Ash, the Peace Bridge by Graham Construction and the £250m roads scheme on the A1 and A4 by Lagan Ferrovial. It is the latest win for the company, which also picked up the prize in the public sector category of the Engineers Ireland Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Company of the Year award.

The Construction Excellence Awards are run by the Construction Employers' Federation (CEF).

CEF managing director John Armstrong said: "The judges' view was that the £27m project has brought school design and construction to a new level.

"Farrans Construction took the innovation, buildability, feedback and learning from recent schools projects to produce a truly outstanding building."

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