Belfast Telegraph

Ulster firm's prefabricated build puts Shetlands' hotel on the map

A NEW modular hotel made in Northern Ireland has opened its doors in Scotland marking a new era of pre-fabrication.

The Moorfield Hotel's 150 fully-fitted bedrooms, complete with nine ancillary rooms, made the journey from Warrenpoint to the Shetland village of Brae.

The requisite components to build a restaurant, gym and reception were included in the shipment which was assembled by Northern Ireland firm McAleer and Rushe.

The bedroom modules were built in Co Down by Sipfit with the 100-bedroom hotel the new acquisition of BDL Shetland.

The hotel will primarily provide a roof over the heads of workers at Total's new gas plant at Sullom Voe.

Stuart McCaffer, chairman of BDL Shetland, said: "With the Shetlands currently experiencing a boom due to the discovery of new oil and gas fields, our link-up with Total will secure the hotel's future."

Martin Magee, construction director for McAleer & Rushe, which completed the hotel ahead of schedule in under a year, said the firm was proud of its project.

"We were set a very demanding design-and-build but I believe our innovative solution met the challenge."

Belfast Telegraph