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Eugene Lynch retires as McAvoy completes £3m project


The exterior of the offices for Homes England in Northstowe

The exterior of the offices for Homes England in Northstowe

The exterior of the offices for Homes England in Northstowe

The chief executive of Co Tyrone off-site building firm McAvoy Group has retired from the role after six months in the job.

Eugene Lynch (59) was appointed chief executive of McAvoy Group in Dungannon in May last year, after filling the role of managing director for 12 years.

According to recent Company House filings, he ceased to be a director in November. Rory Miskelly also left at the end of the year after completing his second term as a non-executive director.

A spokeswoman for the Dungannon-based firm said Mr Lynch had taken a planned retirement.

Managing director Mark Lowry, also appointed in May, is to continue with overall responsibility.

Orla Corr, a shareholder and executive director, also remains directly involved.

McAvoy Group is one of the biggest offsite specialists in the UK and Ireland, designing and manufacturing buildings for education, health, commercial and infrastructure.

The firm has announced it has completed work on a £3.37m project to build a regional office for a major government agency.

The company, which has 217 staff, built the two-storey regional office for Homes England in the new town of Northstowe in Cambridgeshire.

The building was manufactured offsite by McAvoy at its Lisburn factory.

As part of the process, 14 steel-framed modules were lowered into position over the course of three days.

Plumbing, electrics and ventilation systems were all pre-installed.

Northstowe is a new town that is set to provide 10,000 homes in Cambridgeshire.

The offices of Homes England are to accommodate up to 60 people and have been built on the site of a former RAF airfield.

Raymond Millar, pre-construction director at the McAvoy Group, said the new offices were a prime example of offsite manufacturing, which he said would be a defining feature of the new town of Northstowe.

Speaking when the contract was announced in December 2018, Mr Millar said that carrying out construction in a factory brought advantages including minimising disruption to residents. McAvoy used 3D visualisations and virtual reality in the early stages of planning the project, while Homes England also visited the McAvoy factory.

In its accounts for the year ending October 2018, McAvoy Group blamed Br exit uncertainty for a 25% dip in turnover to £45m. It suffered a pre-tax loss of £1.8m.

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