Belfast Telegraph

Mobile building firm lands £1m pharmaceuticals contract

By Margaret Canning

A Co Tyrone mobile building company has won a deal worth around £1m with a major pharmaceutical company.

The McAvoy Group has hired out a 2,000 sqm two-storey building to Amgen's headquarters in Dun Laoghaire.

Amgen recently announced it would be creating 100 new jobs at the plant.

Now McAvoy has adapted pre-made buildings to provide office and meeting rooms for 250 people, and canteens, serving areas, toilet blocks and changing facilities for around 950 people.

Eoin Daly, director of sales at Maccom/McAvoy, said the buildings were made of 80 sections which were supplied with carpets, air-conditioning and IT cabling.

He sad: "This type of ex-stock modular solution was perfect in that we could adapt an existing building, make it fit for our client's purpose and deliver it in a fast-track time-frame with manageable fixed costs.

"Most importantly, it meant the client didn't have to build accommodation which would only be required for a fixed period of time, thereby cutting down on carbon footprint and working efficiently all-round."

McAvoy Hire provides portable and modular accommodation units for sale or hire in the UK or Ireland. It has been in business for nearly 40 years and has two manufacturing plants in Dungannon and Lisburn.

Amgen bought out the former Pfizer plant in Dun Laoghaire in March last year. It has already started recruiting for the 100 vacant posts, which will include roles in research and development and are in addition to around 250 staff who already worked for Pfizer.

Amgen was to manufacture Pfizer products at the plant for a short time before developing its own products at the plant.