Newry's mac group joins with US firm to meet growing housing demand in Ireland

Mac-group managing director, Paul McKenna

NEWRY-based mac-group has joined together with a US modular construction firm to tap into the growing market for new homes.

New York contractor, Skystone Group is part of the mac Skystone joint venture, aimed at the residential, student accommodation and hotel markets in Ireland and the UK.

The new company offers the construction of high quality buildings faster and cheaper by using modular technology.

It is also not vulnerable to weather conditions like traditional construction methods, with work carried out offsite in a factory environment.

The mac Skystone joint venture has already partnered with multiple developers to complete significant modular projects, including the world's tallest modular hotel, the Citizen M Bowery in Manhattan, New York.

Paul McKenna, mac-group's managing director believes there is a real opportunity in Ireland to use modular technology to increase the supply of housing stock in a sustainable, timely and cost-effective manner.

“Mac and Skystone share an ambition to bring the advantages of modular construction to the Irish and UK market," he said.

"We are combining the expertise of both companies to bring a turnkey solution to the private and public sectors, and our focus is to maximise the benefits of modular through continuity across the entire project delivery process for our clients.”

Jack Dooley, CEO of Skystone added: “We strongly believe this joint venture can make a real difference to the people of Ireland in terms of meeting the surging demand for affordable quality houses in a cost-effective and rapid way.”

Mac-group was established in 2002, and operates in the Irish, UK and European markets. The company employs 180 staff at offices in Newry, Birmingham, Dublin and London

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