Belfast Telegraph

Firm finishes Dutch project after Titanic job creates 'huge interest'

By Margaret Canning

A Manufacturer of architectural facades which made the finishing touches to Titanic Belfast has now completed a major project in Amsterdam.

Spanwall in Carryduff, just outside Belfast, designed 2,500 square metres of panels for the exterior of a building for IT company Terremark in Schiphol.

The panels were laser-cut and punched with a binary number design at Spanwall's advanced manufacturing plant.

Spanwall managing director Keith Toner said its work on Titanic Belfast's rainscreen cladding had generated "huge interest" in the company's work.

"This project in the Netherlands is another example of not only our engineering expertise but also our ability to collaborate with other industry specialists - in this case even in a cross-border situation," he said.

"We find this approach a very productive and rewarding one."

Kevin McCann, Invest NI director of transport, construction and tourism, said the project was a "significant achievement" for Spanwall.

"The firm has invested considerable time and resources, with advice and support from Invest NI, to ensure it can compete globally for new business," he said.

"It is a good example of how Northern Ireland manufacturers continue to be internationally competitive."

Spanwall was commissioned by Irish facade company Architectural Aluminium on behalf of contractor Mercury Engineering.

The main designer was Dutch firm Van Aken Architecten.