Belfast Telegraph

Family-run builder in Tyrone triples its turnover to £4m

By John Mulgrew

A Co Tyrone family-run building firm has tripled turnover in three years, with revenue now reaching £4m.

Cookstown-based JDC Building Works was set up by Frank McGurk in 1982.

His son, Frank McGurk Jnr (32) told the Belfast Telegraph the company - which has completed several major contracts worth over £1m this summer alone - had weathered the recession, and now has plans to expand.

"In three years we have tripled turnover, with nearly £4m - we have seen a good improvement, and are now hitting the English market," he said.

And it is growing its workforce once again, with plans for a further five staff.

"It started as a joinery works in the early Eighties, with small contract work - now it's mainly construction throughout Northern Ireland. That includes traditional builds, extensions and civil works. We moved on in 2004 to modular work."

Work includes builds for the health service and education, including steel frame modular classrooms.

"It would be new builds for health, and steel frame modular classrooms. They are tight for time and modular building can easily hold as many people."

JDC now employs around 20 staff, plus extra sub-contractors.

And the company has come out strong, after the global recession and economic slowdown in 2008.

Frank said: "We are trading well - but it's very cut-throat and nothing is handed to you. For example, you might have 50 contractors going for one tender - it's like an elimination process."

Projects this year including a gym extension and refurbishment of the Old Library Trust building in the Creggan area of Londonderry, and relocation and building work for the newly amalgamated Newtownbreda and Knockbreda high schools in Belfast.

"We've just completed six projects, including a brand new sports hall - that was £500,000," he said. "It's the whole thing, from green field to turnkey.

"And we worked for the Newtownbreda and Knockbreda schools. That was all the site works and the relocation."

JDC also completed work on four schools for the Southern Education and Library Board (SELB).

The firm is based at a 10,000 sq ft manufacturing complex on a 10-acre site in Cookstown.

It also works on social and private housing projects, and civil engineering works.

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