Belfast Telegraph

London's revival sees building firm McMullen Facades flourish

By Lesley Houston

The revival of the hi-rise property market London has bolstered a Co Down construction firm's aspirations of growth, leading to the creation of 60 new jobs by the end of the year.

McMullen Facades in Moira is on a major recruitment drive after securing £30m in new contracts and will be seeking new employees across a number of disciplines. Its thriving order book – for projects in the capital as well as others across the UK – requires the supplementing of its workforce at the firm's manufacturing facility in Moira.

The specialist construction company, which became part of the Winchester-based Lakesmere Group in 2012, focuses on the manufacture, design and installation of glazing, unitised curtain walling and specialist facades.

McMullen has already created nearly 40 new posts this year, and the additional 20 positions will take the yearly total to 60.

The firm said the boost in its Northern Ireland workforce follows Lakesmere Group Limited's recently announced financial results which showed an increase of turnover to £86.3m to the year ending January 2014. Turnover is hoped to exceed £100m this year.

McMullen Facades managing director Ted McMullen was upbeat about the "sure but steady revival of the construction industry".

"We have secured a number of prestigious and high-value contracts with leading clients. We may be operating in the national construction market but we are very much a local company at heart and we are delighted to be able to support our local community and manufacturing industry through the expansion of our workforce."

McMullen's portfolio includes the Stirling prize-winner, the Evelyn Grace Academy in London, and the Obel building.

Belfast Telegraph