Heron Bros take top construction prize for Foyle College

Heron Bros commercial director Noel Mullan (centre) receives his Construction Excellence Award from Ray Hutchinson (CEF president and managing director of Gilbert-Ash) and Raymonde Nathan (regional director of JLT, awards sponsor). Photo: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye

SOUTH Derry construction and property development company Heron Bros has taken the top award at the 2018 Construction Excellence Awards run by Specify magazine.

The Draperstown company - now in its 60th year and with 250 people and a £90m-plus turnover - was recognised for the new Foyle College and Ebrington Primary School scheme in Derry, a £27m new build at the former Clooney Army base.

“The judging panel was especially impressed at the best-practice construction techniques used by Heron Bros over the 38-acre site, innovative value engineering, and the use of new mobile technology to manage their supply chain,'' Specify publisher James Greer said.

The awards, which were hosted by the Construction Employers Federation (CEF) in partnership with Specify, recognised another 14 category winners from across the construction industry in Northern Ireland for excellence in general construction, housing, infrastructure and quality performance.

Now in their 19th year, the Construction Excellence Awards continue to go from strength to strength, with this year seeing a record number of more than 120 entries.

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