October 6, 2008
Tyrone Company Flying High With Pounds 700k Airport Contract
By MARGARET CANNING
AN OFF-site building company in Co Tyrone has won a Pounds 700,000 contract from the British Airports Authority for a new detention centre at Edinburgh International Airport.McAvoy Off-Site Building Solutions will manufacture the immigration detention centre to UK Home Office regulations at the airport.
The two-storey, steel-framed modular building will be manufactured at the McAvoy's Dungannon factory and is due to be handed over in February 2009.
The contract is McAvoy's first at a BAA airport though it has manufactured buildings for other airports in the UK and the Republic, including a major contract at Dublin Airport's Terminal 2 development. Modular buildings were supplied by the company to the George Belfast Belfast City Airport.
The new immigration detention centre at Edinburgh Airport will have extensive security features and will be located airside. McAvoy will carry out complex mechanical and electrical work as well as security installations including CCTV.
Eugene Lynch, McAvoy Off-Site managing director, said: "This is a very significant contract for us from one of Europe's most important airport operators.
"We secured the business through a competitive tendering process, the outcome of which was undoubtedly influenced by our knowledge and experience gained in providing a wide range of high quality buildings for passengers and staff, on time and on budget, at Dublin International Airport.
"Our work at Dublin included the design, manufacture off-site and installation of a complex of departure gates for passengers and buildings for airport personnel. The Edinburgh contract is for a complex and high security building. We will be working alongside the airport's project team in developing the design of the building to meet exacting specifications."
McAvoy Off-Site Solutions employs around 300 people in factories in Dungannon and Lisburn in the design, manufacture, installation and completion of modular buildings for clients in the public and private sectors in the UK and Republic of Ireland
Its buildings have also been used in schools and hospitals, including the Royal Victoria and Ulster hospitals in Belfast, as well as at Altnagelvin and Craigavon hospitals. The company has also supplied modular buildings to clients in Europe, the Middle East, West Africa, Scandinavia and the Caribbean.
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