Draperstown firm Heron Bros will lead the consortium which will build the £76 million upgrade of the Casement Park GAA stadium in Belfast.
Last week, the Environment minister announced planning approval for the stadium, which has attracted strong opposition from local residents.
On Friday, the Ulster GAA council revealed that Heron Buckingham’s JV has been awarded the massive contract, which deliver a 38,000 seater stadium, the largest in Northern Ireland.
Heron Buckingham’s JV is a consortium led by County Derry based Developer’s Heron Bros supported by Stadium Development specialists the Buckingham Group who have developed similar sized projects in Britain in recent years at MK Dons (London) and Brighton & Hove Albion FC.
In 2012 Heron Bros successfully delivered Northern Ireland’s first 50 metre swimming pool at Magherafelt Leisure Centre. In recent years they have also constructed a host of major projects including the new building for Magherafelt High School and a major stand at Ravenhill, the home of Ulster Rugby.
In a statement, Damian Heron, Group Managing Director of Heron Bros. Ltd and Mike Kempley, Group Managing Director of Stowe based Buckingham Group promised to work closely with the local community in the construction of the stadium:
“The Heron-Buckingham Joint Venture are delighted in having been chosen as the contractor for the new 38,000 all seater Casement Park stadium in Belfast,” they said.
“We look forward to delivering this fantastic project in conjunction with the Stadium Project Board of the Ulster GAA, DCAL and the design team in the months ahead, and to working very closely with the local community and the local supply chain in it’s delivery.”
Dr. Danny Murphy, Ulster GAA Provincial Director said he welcomed the commitment of the contractors to engage with the community.
We are very pleased that HBJV have committed to a meaningful community engagement programme in partnership with the Ulster GAA during construction.
“This will be a continuation of our work over the last 20 months and will see the project leaving a fitting legacy that the entire community can share in and benefit from.”