Belfast Telegraph

Moira glass company secures £18m deal for London scheme

By Mark Edwards

A Co Down glass business has secured an £18m contract to deliver the glazed facade for a 30-storey residential tower that will form part of the new Southbank Place scheme in London.

McMullen Facades, based in Moira, has landed the deal with Canary Wharf Contractors which will see its team deliver a bay window system to be manufactured at the company's facility in Portadown.

The project will also see McMullen collaborating closely with Laing O'Rourke's Expanded Group to deliver the off-site manufacturing.

Mega precast panels will be manufactured to accommodate two bay windows with Juliet balconies, which will be installed by McMullen in Laing O'Rourke's off-site facility.

Meanwhile, various smaller panels with screens, vents and sliding doors also make up the scope of works. In addition, the project will include ground floor screens with entrance doors and a plant screen on the roof.

Production is currently under way and installation will begin on site late this year.

The new Southbank Place scheme is a joint venture between developers Canary Wharf Group and Qatari Diar, and will see the area revitalised with new offices, homes, retail spaces and public areas.

McMullen has worked on offices and apartments in Belfast including the Obel Tower, the Boat and the Soloist.

The firm has also worked on the Evelyn Grace Academy in London, which won the Stirling prize for architecture in 2012.

While the company still bears the name of its founders, it has been part of the UK-wide Lakesmere Group since 2012.

It was founded as McMullen Architectural Systems in 1971 by Edward McMullen. Last year, it managed to triple pre-tax profits to nearly £1m as it continues to secure new contracts in London. McMullen Facades employs nearly 200 people making glazing and specialist facades for buildings.

For the year to January 31, 2016, McMullen Facades reported turnover of £37.3m, up 44% from £25.9m in the previous 12 months.

Pre-tax profits also grew from £310,838 to £968,981 as the company secured more deals.

It said it expected turnover to continue to grow in the present financial year, thanks to a stable supply chain, high demand and its dedicated workforce.

McMullen Facades added that it was now able to negotiate directly with clients as a preferred supplier, instead of entering the "protracted and uncertain route of competitive tendering".

The company has been based in Moira since it was first established 46 years ago, and last year revealed it was opening a new manufacturing premises on Mahon Road in Portadown.

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