Belfast Telegraph

Cruise ship specialist seeks more staff as orders roll in

By Heather McGarrigle

An Antrim construction company has gone on a recruitment drive as it prepares to expand further into international markets.

Specialist firm Mivan recently secured £6.5m of work in the prime residential and cruise ship sectors.

The company has now launched a search for potential overseas projects in locations such as Libya, the Middle East, Europe and Egypt.

It is on the lookout for site managers, project managers, quantity surveyors and estimators.

The cruise ship branch of the business is set to bring in £3.3m with work for the P&O Adonia and for Princess Cruises.

Lee Campbell, marketing manager for Mivan, said the company were continuing to explore opportunities in markets around the globe.

He said that although specific projects were not yet secured, the latest recruitment trawl represented the company’s pro-active approach to international expansion.

“The company is currently looking at several overseas markets,” he said.

“They are currently pricing for more work in Egypt and have put in a bid for a contract to complete the Four Seasons hotel in Luxor.”

The company is hoping that Egypt will continue to be a source of lucrative work.

Its new high-end residential brand, Mivan Prime, began work this year on The Bluff, a £3.1m project which will involve demolishing an existing house and replacing it with a contemporary five-bedroom house set into the hillside in Oxfordshire.

In August, Mivan announced winning a £90m commercial and residential construction project working for Al Futtaim real estate development in Egypt at the Cairo Festival City project. They had also recently completed another project on the Festival City site for the same company. Mivan will be responsible for the construction of offices, apartment blocks and retail units and will also look after excavation, ground enhancement measures, structural work plus the fit-out of the apartments, offices and retail space. The company expects to be on-site until August 2013.

Speaking at the time, Mivan acting chief executive Mervyn McCall described the Festival City project as “one of the most impressive masterplans for the region”.

He said: “Egypt, and Cairo in particular, is going through exciting changes and Mivan is pleased to be involved with its development.

“This series of contracts marks our first project with Al Futtaim.”

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