Belfast Telegraph

Plastics firm gets role in construction of iconic arts centre

By Heather McGarrigle

A Co Antrim plastics manufacturer has secured a role in the construction of the £17.7m MAC centre.

Brett Martin in Mallusk supplied construction products for the new arts centre in Belfast, believed to be Northern Ireland’s largest ever arts infrastructure project.

The MAC (Metropolitan Arts Centre) is due to open in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter early in 2012 and is a successor to the Old Museum Arts Centre (OMAC).

Hollywood actress Meryl Streep famously championed the building of the new centre when she visited OMAC in 2007.

Brett Martin, which specialises in plastic-based construction products, supplied drainage products for use in building the |MAC.

Bowen Mascot is the contractor, tasked with transforming the site into a six storey structure.

Bob King from Brett Martin has described it as a significant project for the company and for Belfast.

He said: “Brett Martin, through its various divisions, has been closely involved in many iconic buildings, including football stadia such as Wembley and The Emirates in London, as well as major commercial premises for IKEA, Asda and others.

“We are delighted to play a role in the construction of The MAC which will be one of the most iconic buildings in the city.”

Brett Martin has subsidiaries in Great Britain and the Netherlands and the company exports its products to over 70 countries.

Belfast Telegraph