Belfast Telegraph

Firm wins £100k Games deal

Acoustic equipment provider to furnish Olympics media centre

By Clare Weir

A Co Armagh company is poised to reap the rewards from securing a £100,000 contract to provide acoustic equipment for the media centre for the London Olympics.

SDG Construction Technology will make the panelling for the huge International Broadcast Centre, which will house over 20,000 journalists during the global sporting event.

The company, which is based on Armagh’s Moy Road, has also installed equipment in the media areas of the Aviva Stadium.

SDG are also exploring whether the recent boom in television and film production in Northern Ireland could also be a big boost for business.

The company’s specification manager, Mark Donnelly, said that he had been watching developments at the Olympic sites for some time and said that Northern Ireland companies can’t afford to wait for opportunities to fall into their laps.

“I had been tracking this project for nearly three years and was aware of the specifications and requirements this building would need,” he said. “Not every company would be able to provide this equipment and we had to be very pro-active in terms of making sure we were that company.”

He had some advice for companies seeking to expand despite the downturn.

“I think you have to be pro-active and forward-thinking in this economic climate, and looking ahead and meeting expectations certainly worked to our advantage.

“There is not as much happening in Northern Ireland and the Republic and you do have to look further afield these days in order to survive.”

He added: “The Olympics project will be a great showcase for our work. This is our first work in this sector in the south of England as our previous work has taken place in Scotland and the north of England.”

The panelling will be installed by Dublin firm Platt and Reilly when it arrives in London.

Belfast Telegraph