Belfast Telegraph

Fit-out firm 'exceed targets' after securing £20m deals

By Stephanie Bell

Fit-out firm mac-interiors has secured new business in Great Britain and Ireland worth more than €27m (£19.9m).

The Newry company's latest deals include a 12-month contract with accountancy firm KPMG for the refurbishment of 120,000 sq ft of office space in multiple phases in their Dublin headquarters.

The company has also secured contracts with Hibernia REIT to refurbish Commerzbank House in Dublin and were awarded a second contract for St Modwens plc in Swansea University.

In addition, they have just entered a significant three-year framework agreement with a global US investment company and have started work on their Dublin headquarters.

Mac-interiors has previously completed several high profile jobs in Northern Ireland, including the fit-out of global giant Citi's landmark headquarters in Titanic Quarter.

It also counts other blue chip companies among its clients in Belfast, including BT, Grant Thornton and Diageo.

Paul McKenna, managing director of mac-interiors, said: "Over the past six months, we have won several major contracts across Great Britain and Ireland.

"These major contract wins are testament to the high quality of work we have carried out for clients over the past 13 years.

"The company has exceeded its 2015 targets and is set to turn over €75m (£52.6m) this year."

The company has recently revealed plans to strategically manage its growth over the medium term by focusing on the tech, pharma and commercial redevelopment sectors.

The specialist firm is a leading contractor in the refurbishment and fit-out of office space and commercial buildings.

Established in 2002, it currently has offices in Newry, Dublin, London and Hamburg and employs a workforce of 60.

The company is also sponsoring the Commercial Estate Agency of the Year category in the Belfast Telegraph 2015 Property Awards.

Mr McKenna told this paper: "I believe that one of the key drivers to our recent success is that we offer a specialist interior fit-out construction management solution.

"Our service offering is uniquely different to our competitors, with the focus being on the people in the building - the other tenants, the neighbours and the people who will occupy the space when the work is complete.

"As a result of our steady growth and the specialist nature of our offering, particularly in the growing pharma, tech and financial sectors, we are looking to add to our workforce.

"We're starting to see some substantial contracts now taking place in Belfast as the lack of grade A office space means that companies choose to refurbish existing offices and fit-out new space.

"We completed the fit-out of Diageo's new Belfast office in April this year and we look forward to working on more projects in Northern Ireland."

The Belfast Telegraph Property Awards take place in the Culloden Hotel outside Belfast tomorrow.

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