ULSTER Unionist Party Assembly Member for Mid-Ulster, Sandra Overend, a guest at the annual Construction Employment Federation 2013 Construction Excellence Awards recently, was honoured to be invited to present the Commercial Construction Award, an award which was given to local winner, Henry Bros (Magherafelt).
She delighted in celebrating the wins by Henry Bros and the other local construction companies from Mid-Ulster.
“I had the esteemed privilege of presenting the Commercial Construction Award to Henry Bros, of Magherafelt, at the 2013 Construction Employers Federation Construction Excellence Awards, held at the Culloden Hotel,” she said after the awards.
“This prestigious award is testament to the excellent and professional work which Henry Bros exhibited during the work they completed at HMP Maghaberry, and it was an honour to present it to them at the ceremony.
“The construction industry in Northern Ireland was particularly badly hit by the downturn, with Mid-Ulster suffering more so than many other areas in Northern Ireland, and indeed across the United Kingdom. Only recently has employment in the sector began to rise, following nearly 6 years of contraction.
“Despite this, firms in Mid-Ulster have adapted. It was fantastic to be there; it was great to see the great work which is being done by the construction industry in Mid-Ulster; and it is encouraging to see so many firms from Mid-Ulster receive awards.”
Ms Overend, who is the Ulster Unionist Party Spokesperson for the Economy, continued,
“Other winners from Mid-Ulster were Windell, a sister company of Henry Brothers, who were awarded the Exporting Award, in the Quality Performance category. Donaghmore Construction, from Dungannon, won the Environmental Sustainability Award in the same category.
Fireglass Direct from Castledawson won the Health Infrastructure Award, in the Infrastructure category, for their work on the Isolation and Critical Care Suites in the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, and QMAC, from Pomeroy were awarded the Achieving Excellence in Partnering Award, for their work on Ashleywood House, Londonderry.
“These firms have outperformed rivals from across Northern Ireland, and have in this last year showcased the best of the construction industry in Mid-Ulster. I would like to offer them all my sincerest congratulations, and hope that their success can continue well into the future.”