Belfast Telegraph

Co Down construction company Graham to work on £7.9m revamp of Blanchardstown shopping centre

An artist’s impression of the centre after the redevelopment
An artist’s impression of the centre after the redevelopment
Margaret Canning

Margaret Canning

A Co Down construction company is to start work on a year-long €9.3m (£7.9m) redevelopment of one of the Republic's biggest shopping centres.

Graham will work on the revamp of Blanchardstown Centre, which is adding eight new stores as part of the plans.

It's Graham's latest big retail contract after winning a £25m deal to refurbish four Primark stores, continuing a long-term relationship with the retailer.

The Hillsborough-based company was appointed to take on the ambitious Blanchardstown project by Multi Ireland Ltd, which manages the centre for Blackstone. It acquired the Dublin outlet in 2016.

Over 65 Graham employees and subcontractors will be working on the project.

It will involve new floors at level one and two and replacing internal suspended ceilings at level one.

There will also be alterations made to the central mall area with travellators replaced with escalators and two lifts, the removal of a water feature and the addition of a children's play area.

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Blanchardstown, which sits on the outskirts of Dublin, will continue trading as normal during the work.

Graham contracts director Neill Gillespie said: "Given our recent experience in shopping centre refurbishments of this scale we are confident we have the right team to overcome the challenges this type of project bring and successfully deliver a project everyone will be proud of, handing over a modernised shopping and leisure environment that will benefit both the tenants and visitors of Blanchardstown Centre."

Tenants at the centre include Dunnes Stores, M&S, Debenhams and Penneys. Following the revamp, new tenants including JD Sports and Aldi will join them.

Graham carries out building, civil engineering, interior fit-out, facilities management and investment projects.

It has an annual turnover of £735m and a network of 23 regional offices in the UK and Ireland, with around 2,200 staff.

At £735m, turnover for the year to the end of March 2019 was down 4% on the previous year's figure of £767.6m.

At £8.2m, pre-tax profits were down from £13.1m a year earlier.

But in July, executive chairman Michael Graham said the company "continues to be in a strong financial position" with an order book of £1.2bn and a balance between public and private work.

"This leaves us well placed for 2020 with strong levels of secured work, and a forecast revenue of £875m."

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