UTV appoints McLaughlin & Harvey for move

Jacqui Bradley, head of support services at ITV with Rhianna Jordan and Ivan Hutchinson, McLaughlin & Harvey and UTVs Alan Mackey
Jacqui Bradley, head of support services at ITV with Rhianna Jordan and Ivan Hutchinson, McLaughlin & Harvey and UTVs Alan Mackey

UTV has announced that local engineering and construction firm McLaughlin & Harvey has been appointed to carry out the fit out of their new broadcast facility at City Quays 2 at Belfast Harbour Estate.

The new facility represents a multi-million pound investment by ITV, since it acquired UTV over a year ago.

The work, due to start next month involves the complete fit out of the entire floor from its current shell, and is expected to take 16 weeks.

UTV is taking the eighth floor of the building, and when work is complete, it will be home to a modern broadcasting centre, with an HD studio, the latest in editing technology, corporate offices, with administration, finance and sales areas to accommodate all UTV staff.

More than 100 people will work on the project including McLaughlin & Harvey staff and subcontractors as contract manger Ivan Hutchinson explained.

“This is a really exciting project for us and the first with UTV. McLaughlin & Harvey pride themselves on delivering high quality fit-outs, and have over 160 years’ experience.”

Terry Brennan, head of news and programmes at UTV said, “Today’s announcement marks a major milestone in our plans.

“We are delighted to have got to this stage with such a well-established local company as McLaughlin & Harvey.

“We are looking forward to them being on site from the end of August and, by the summer of 2018, UTV will be broadcasting from one of the most modern news centres in Europe.”