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Local firm seals deal to develop temple

A CONSTRUCTION decontamination specialist in Co Londonderry will work on building a new Sikh Temple in Glasgow as part of a six-figure deal.

The contract for ATG Services, which employs 11 people in Coleraine, is the latest in a string of deals for the firm in the UK and the Republic.

Their Scottish deal, which is worth £300,000, will see them working with T-amp;A Kernoghan in Co Antrim for client Gurdwara Singh Sabha, which is developing the temple for around 2,000 worshippers.

ATG will clear and grade contamination at the site, which also includes underground car parking.

Managing director Dr Mark McKinney said: "We are experiencing a significant growth in demand for our expertise from a broad range of clients. As a result, our turnover has doubled over the past year and business outside Northern Ireland now accounts for almost 30% of sales.

"The contract at the Sikh temple in Glasgow is an excellent example of our expertise in land remediation services. Increasingly, developers are turning to us for help in developing solutions that avoid the high cost of disposing waste at landfill sites. What we offer is a brownfield land decontamination service that involves the re-grading of waste for recycling and other uses."

He said the project required extra care as it was close to a temple, a primary school and the home of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO).

"We've been liaising closely with the Sikh community on the project, as well as Glasgow City Council, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency and the musical director of the RSNO."

Des Gartland, manager of Invest NI's north west office which helped the firm, said: "ATG's achievements in markets outside Northern Ireland, especially against a background of recession, are immensely encouraging and will position the business for further growth when economic conditions improve."