Antrim Construction Company Limited is one of the largest and most established private housing developers in Northern Ireland.
This family business was founded by its current chairman Mr Thomas McMullan in 1966 and has been successfully trading for 54 years.
Three successful generations of the McMullan family have been committed to building new homes. Known locally as ACC, it is the principal company in the Ladyhill Holdings Group which includes Boville McMullan Ltd/Quarrystore – a quarry and specialist aggregate company near Ballymena and Prospect Private Nursing Home on Ballymena’s prestigious Old Galgorm Road. The company’s headquarters is in a self-built office block off Holywood’s High Street – Ladyhill House.
ACC initially worked on private builds and government housing projects before switching focus to larger residential developments. As it evolved it noticed a gap in the local industry for industrial and agricultural projects.
An agricultural and industrial department was established and they specialised in this area for 25 years. As the demand for quality private housing increased, the company decided to concentrate its efforts on residential development resulting in the acquisition of the Holywood-based John Mowlem Homes NI Division.
Customer focused with a leadership ethos to match its core business remains acquiring the most suitable land, obtaining planning and building the highest quality homes where people aspire to live. This is supported by an experienced team of professionals in design, construction and sales and marketing.
It is fitting testimony to a quality driven company that their team of site managers are regular National House Building Council award winners. ACC can look back with pride at completed residential schemes providing some 16,000 homes across Northern Ireland. The company routinely manages five to six major private developments at any given time.
Progressive thinking is encouraged with the average length of service for its 33 staff in support of over 150 sub-contractors sitting around 20 years.
Allan Davison was recently presented with a gift from the directors marking 40 years’ service. He began his career as a junior surveyor with Unit Construction, part of the London owned Alfred Booth group.
He was the senior surveyor when the company transferred to the John Mowlem Group and was promoted to general manager at Antrim Construction following the merger of Down and Antrim Construction in 2005. He said his biggest change was managing the transition from public to private housing. He recommends a career in construction and enjoys the variety of work; one week is never the same as the next.