Work underway on new retail and fuel forecourt at Belfast Internatinonal

South Antrim MP, Danny Kinahan, with Canice Mallaghan, Moorefield Contracts, Brian Carlin, BIA,  and Robert McKelvey, RJ McKelvey Ltd
South Antrim MP, Danny Kinahan, with Canice Mallaghan, Moorefield Contracts, Brian Carlin, BIA, and Robert McKelvey, RJ McKelvey Ltd

Work is underway on the new £2.5 million retail, food hall and fuel forecourt at Belfast International Airport which is set to create up to 35 full and part-time jobs.

The contract to build on the 1.6-acre site has been awarded to building and civil engineering contractors, RJ McKelvey Ltd of Castlederg, Co Tyrone and which will help maintain approximately 30 construction jobs over the next seven months.

“We have some top ‘High Street’ names lined up to take space in our development,” said Canice Mallaghan of Moorefield Contracts.

“We’re currently completing negotiations with retail and food providers which will add a whole new and exciting dimension to what’s currently available in the immediate airport area. We expect to be a position to confirm names in coming weeks.”

Robert McKelvey of RJ McKelvey Ltd said: “We’re delighted to have won this important contract.

“This is a home-grown company awarding a contract to another local firm, and that means it’s a win-win for the local economy.

“Moorefield Contracts have spotted an opening in the market near Belfast International Airport and I have no doubt but that it will be an unqualified success.”

Belfast International Airport director of commercial development, Brian Carlin, said: “This decision to award the contract to RJ McKelvey Ltd moves the project into an exciting phase for the developer.

“Moorefield Contracts knows our current and future airport growth is impressive. We will have a record-breaking 2017, and that means higher demand for what will be on offer at this new, much-needed facility.”