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Construction firm secures €450m Polish road project

An Irish construction company has won a major contract worth over €450m to build a 35km motorway in Poland.

SIAC Construction, which also has a base in Northern Ireland, will start work on the contract next month. It is expected to take two years to complete.

John Geoghegan, SIAC operations director, said: "This will be an exciting challenge for us, and we have already deployed some of our senior managers to Poland to commence working on this project."

The scheme, which is part of the motorway between Krakow and Rzeszow, includes 28 bridges.

SIAC (Northern Ireland) recently won a quality award for its environmental improvement scheme in Armagh and the firm will shortly complete similar schemes in Lurgan and Portadown town centres.

Ronnie Foreman, chairman of SIAC (NI), said: "With the downturn in the economy reducing major infrastructure project opportunities across Ireland and Great Britain, we took a strategic decision to try and develop international markets where we saw potential.

"We are delighted to have secured this contract. We are well equipped to undertake multi- disciplinary projects of this sort of scale and complexity."

SIAC built the Boyne Bridge on the M1 motorway and the A1/N1 Newry/Dundalk link road.

A company spokesman said: "SIAC (NI) has been speaking to several Northern Ireland sub- contractors who have expressed an interest in working with us on the Polish contract."