mac-interiors toasts Belfast and Dublin contract wins

Operations director Brendan Moley and commercial director Ronan McGovern of mac interiors pictured with John Priest, global workplace projects manager at Diageo
Operations director Brendan Moley and commercial director Ronan McGovern of mac interiors pictured with John Priest, global workplace projects manager at Diageo

A Newry-headquartered fit-out firm is targeting further growth in 2015 after securing contracts worth more than €40m in Dublin since the start of the year.

mac-interiors has also completed its first major contract of the year in Belfast after it signed a deal to fit out Diageo’s new offices on Wellington Place in the centre of the city.

The specialist firm is a leading main contractor in the refurbishment and fit-out of office space and commercial buildings. Established in 2002, it currently has offices in Newry, Dublin, London and Hamburg and employs a direct workforce of 53.

The latest run of new business wins will see the creation of new jobs across its operations in the coming months.

“Our steady growth over the past few years is reward for our considerable investment in CPD, LEED principals, lean construction techniques and creating a strong senior management team,” said MD Paul McKenna.

“Over the past year it has become clear that the commercial property market in Dublin has started to pick up again and we have been able to secure some high value contracts in that market.

“But it is encouraging to see the development of City Quays at Belfast Harbour and hopefully a stronger economy and the possibility of lower corporation tax will attract more external investors to the market and more new build activity.”

mac-interiors has previously completed several high profile jobs in the province, including the fit out of Citi’s landmark headquarters in Titanic Quarter. It counts a number of large blue chip companies among its clients in Belfast, including BT, Grant Thornton and Diageo.

When the recession hit in early 2008, the company diversified into export markets, opening offices in London and Hamburg in Germany. That helped it secure high profile projects in Europe including the fit out of the Kotva shopping centre in Prague in 2010, the fit out of Intel’s HQ in Munich in 2011, and most recently new offices for biopharmacetutical company Abbvie in Holland and Facebook in Germany.

Amongst the contracts secured since the start of this year are the refit of a 106,000 sq ft Grade A office building owned by US private equity fund Lone Star, a 60,000 sq ft refurbishment for Oracle , a rolling refurbishment contract for leasing firm SMBC Aviation and a fast track, 12 week multi-million corporate HQ for US bank, Brown Brothers Harriman all in Dublin.

Last year the firm also fitted out the new state-of-the-art studios for UTV Ireland in Dublin docklands, which has been shortlisted for a number of industry awards.