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October 2017 – Success at CEF Construction Excellence Awards

For the third year in a row, we were delighted to scoop the Social Housing Award at the 2017 CEF Construction Excellence Awards for our scheme at North Queen Street, Belfast! This project involved the construction of 26Nr social houses on behalf of Apex and Newington Housing Associations.

In their feedback, the judges noted that “what made this development stand out was the way in which the numerous complex challenges were tackled in such a positive way (including the site’s location adjacent to a listed building, the Westlink and a busy arterial road not to mention the contamination issues and underpinning requirements) whilst still maintaining a clear focus on excellent place making and design. The panel was particularly impressed with the positive feedback regarding the scheme, the sense of pride of place which they witnessed and the way in which this development plays a pivotal role in fostering an overall sense of community.”

Well done to the entire project team!

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October 2017 – NIFHA Conference

Managing Director of Donaghmore Construction Ltd, Mark Currie, was recently invited to take part in a panel discussion entitled “Developing new homes in times of uncertainity” at the 2017 NIFHA Annual Conference held in the Slieve Donard Hotel, Newcastle. Chaired by Jennie Donald (former Deputy Chief Executive, NIFHA), other panellists included Carol McTaggart (Director of Development, Clanmil Housing) & Tom Barclay (Director of Property, Wheatley Group). The group explored the challenges for housebuilders across all tenures in an uncertain & difficult environment. They also discussed the opportunities for partnership working to deliver more homes, in different ways, ultimately achieving beneficial outcomes for individuals & communities.

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September 2017 – New contract at LIDL Magherafelt

Donaghmore Construction have recently been appointed by Lidl Northern Ireland GmBH to construct a new  2,114 sqm state-of-the-art store at Castledawson Road, Magherafelt. Lidl currently operates 38 stores across Northern Ireland & employs almost 900 people. In recent market share information released by Kantar, Lidl Northern Ireland is the fastest growing retailer in the region. The new build store will offer Lidl’s growing customer base a superior shopping experience.

As always, we are keen to maximise opportunities for local supply chain partners. If you are interested in any element of this work, please get in touch with our Quantity Surveyor, Michael McCann (michael.mccann@donaghmoreconstruction.com).

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September 2017 – Construction Excellence Awards

Donaghmore Construction are delighted to have our scheme at North Queen Street amongst the finalists in the social housing category at this year’s CEF/Specify Construction Excellence Awards. This recently completed project, for Newington Housing Association (in partnership with Apex Housing Association), involved the construction of 26Nr new social housing units on the site of the former PSNI Station. The site, previously a reminder of the area’s troublesome past, has now been rejuvenated, helping to meet the need for social housing & providing a place where people of all persuasions can live. The winners will be announced at a gala dinner in the Culloden Hotel next month.

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May 2017 – Double success at RICS Awards

Donaghmore Construction were delighted to have two of our recent projects recognised at the 2017 RICS Awards.

North Queen Street, a project involving the construction of 26 social houses on the site of the former PSNI Station, won the hotly-contested Regeneration category. The scheme demonstrates what can be achieved by ingenuity, creative thinking & bold leadership when it comes to housing-led regeneration, transforming a former ‘flashpoint” into a home for so many families. The North Queen Street project will now go on to compete against regional entries from across the UK at the RICS Awards Grand Final in London later this year.

Meadowvale Court, a supported living facility designed for adults with brain injuries, physical, sensory & neurological disabilities, was Highly Commended in the Residential category. The scheme provides state-of-the-art, sustainably-excellent accommodation that fully meets the needs of the residents, whilst encouraging them to retain a degree of independence thanks in part to the integration of an intelligent “SimpleHome” automation system.

Well done & thank you to all those who helped make both schemes such a success!

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February 2017 – Two schemes shortlisted in RICS Awards

We are delighted that two of our projects have been shortlisted for this years RICS Awards! Meadowvale Court, a specialist supported housing facility for Triangle Housing Association has been named in the ‘Residential’ category, whilst North Queen Street, a development of 26 social housing units for Apex Housing Association is a finalist in the ‘Regeneration’ category. The winners will be announced at a gala dinner on 25th May. A full list of the finalists can be found here

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January 2017 – Presentation of cheques to nominated charities

We recently presented cheques to Action Mental Health & Autism NI – our two nominated charities for 2016. The total amount raised was £4,225, hopefully going some way in helping these worthwhile causes to continue their good work in Northern Ireland. Various events were held throughout the year including a car wash on site at Banbridge, Giants Causeway Coast Sportive, abseil down the Europa Hotel & Christmas Jumper Day. Furthermore, our supply chain partners gave generously in lieu of gifts at Christmas. Thank you to all who contributed throughout the year!

Looking forward to 2017, our chosen charity is Air Ambulance NI & we already have an array of exciting fundraising events planned. We’ll keep you up-to-date on our website & social media platforms!

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November 2016 – Ballymisert: the UK’s best social housing scheme

Following our success at the Construction Excellence Awards with Ballymisert Supported Housing, the scheme continues to pick up prestigious accolades in recognition of its excellence. The scheme was recently named “Best UK Social Housing Scheme” & “Best Sustainable Residential Supported Housing Scheme” at the 2016 “Build” Sustainable Building Awards. The awards are focused on rewarding the efforts of firms who have helped shape the works of eco-friendly & sustainable buildings across the globe.

Kaven Cooper, Awards Co-ordinator, said: “With these awards, we pay tribute to the outstanding firms who are dedicated to supporting the environment and all those who live in it. I am proud to be able to turn the spotlight on these exemplary firms and would like to wish them continued success in the future.”

To find out more about the awards, click here to view the winners supplement & full winners list.

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October 2016 – Success at Construction Excellence Awards

We were delighted to win the Social Housing Award for Ballymisert Supported Housing at the 2016 Construction Excellence Awards, held in the Culloden Hotel on 6th October. Ballymisert is a purpose-built supported housing scheme, providing state-of-the-art accommodation for 21 residents with mental health needs. The development also features offices/staff accommodation & a common room – designed to promote social interaction amongst residents. The housing is set within a beautifully landscaped site, providing further opportunities for recreation.

Ballymisert was designed & delivered with its future residents at the heart of every decision made. Medical & construction experts (including our supply chain partners) joined forces, working together from inception to completion to optimise best outturn. Their collaborative endeavour resulted in a state-of-the-art facility which has been revered as a phenomenal success by both Triangle, Beacon & the families/friends of those now resident there.

Well done to all those who contributed to the success of this scheme!

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September 2016 – #thisiscivilengineering

Representatives from ICE Northern Ireland recently met with project partners to unveil a ‘This is Civil Engineering’ banner at the site of the future Whiterock Community Corridor in West Belfast. The project, currently being constructed by Donaghmore Construction Ltd, will provide facilities that benefit the local community including a public amenities area, MUGA pitch, playground & improved accessibility from Whiterock Road to Falls Park.

Due to be completed this October, the project is intended to increase community activity & participation by developing a previously unusable area. The landscaped, open space will feature gardens, seating, footpaths & lighting. In addition, the new playground has the potential to benefit up to 2,000 local children.

“The project is important for the regeneration of the area,” said Donaghmore Construction Contracts Manager Niall Smith. “The reduction of the fencing spec gives the perception of normality, rather than the high-security fencing which was previously present.”

ICE Regional Director Richard Kirk said that the Corridor is a shining example of how infrastructure can improve quality of life for both individuals & communities. “The transformation of a derelict lot to an area that conveys a sense of welcoming & safety is civil engineering at its finest,” Richard said. “This is what the campaign is all about – showing how our profession benefits society.”

For further information on the #thisiscivilengineering scheme, please click here