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Eamon O’Hare

Eamon O’Hare

Eamon O’Hare

Two of Northern Ireland's leading construction companies have announced major contract wins, worth a combined £38m.

Southern Regional College has appointed O'Hare & McGovern Limited in Newry as the main contractor to build a further education campus in Banbridge, creating 150 jobs on site.

And the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) has awarded a £23m contract to Lagan Aviation & Infrastructure, part of Lagan Construction Services, to resurface the runway at RAF Northolt.

The contracts are good news for both companies.

O'Hare & McGovern, led by Eamon O'Hare, recently reported a dip in pre-tax profits for 2017, citing "a challenging business environment".

And four companies within Lagan Construction Group went into administration earlier this year. However, the aviation arm of the business was unaffected.

O'Hare & McGovern's new 4,500sqm campus in Banbridge will become a specialist hub for digital media and design, promoting learning and skills development with the latest technology and educational resources.

It will offer a range of full-time and part-time courses through to degree level.

Southern Regional College's chief executive Brian Doran said: "Our investment and plans, in partnership with the Department for the Economy, demonstrate our commitment to delivering a real impact on people's lives, enhancing opportunities and ensuring our local and regional economy has the right skills, talent and know-how to deliver a real and positive impact."

Meanwhile, the upgrade to the existing runway at RAF Northolt by Lagan Aviation & Infrastructure will improve drainage and safety. The resurfacing work will extend the life of the runway by 10 to 15 years.

Clement Adekoyejo, DIO's project manager for the work, said: "We are pleased to have successfully awarded the contract for this vital project for military capability to Lagan Aviation & Infrastructure as the main contractor, and Mott MacDonald as our principal support provider. DIO plays a crucial role in maintaining infrastructure to allow the Armed Forces to live, work and train. We appreciate the public support for the station and will endeavour to keep disruption to a minimum."

Belfast Telegraph