Magherafelt and Draperstown firms celebrate top construction awards

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Magherafelt construction firms Henry Brothers and Heron Bros. were both presented with awards at the recent Construction Excellence Awards 2015 at the Culloden Estate & Spa.

Henry Brothers was presented with the ‘Health & Safety Award’, while Heron Bros. was presented with the ‘Commercial Construction Award’ in recognition of its work on North West Regional Science Park.

Both of these firms serve as an excellent example of how our local construction industry is pivotal to the development of so many important projects across a wide range of sectors in Northern Ireland each year.

Hosted by the CEF in partnership with SPECIFY magazine and in association with Ulster Business, the awards also recognised 13 other category winners from across the construction industry in Northern Ireland for excellence in general construction, housing, infrastructure and quality assurance.

Congratulating Henry Brothers and Heron Bros., CEF Managing Director John Armstrong said: “Both of these firms serve as an excellent example of how our local construction industry is pivotal to the development of so many important projects across a wide range of sectors in Northern Ireland each year.”

Mr Armstrong commended each of the 14 category award winners for their success against what he described as a ‘challenging backdrop’ for the construction industry in Northern Ireland.

“The local construction sector is undoubtedly in a stronger position than it was at its lowest point a couple of years ago, but there remain significant headwinds that confront the industry – not least the continuing political malaise at Stormont, alongside insufficient investment in public infrastructure in Northern Ireland.

“Despite these challenges, however, our local construction industry continues to deliver exceptionally high-quality work both at home and abroad, as demonstrated so well by each of our shortlisted finalists and category award winners this evening.”

The Construction Excellence Awards have been running for 16 years now and recognise the industry’s contribution to society in providing clean water, new roads, new homes, modern hospitals, fit-for-purpose schools and places to shop, work, worship and socialise.

The Awards also celebrate the preservation of Northern Ireland’s built heritage and the efforts of construction companies across the province to protect their workers, the environment and jobs.