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Tyrone-based McAvoy Group secures place on £500m public sector framework

Previous contracts won by the McAvoy Group include the £18m Goresbrook School in London

TYRONE offsite construction specialist the McAvoy Group has secured work as part of a new £500 million public sector framework

The Dungannon-based firm has been awarded four lots on the four-year Modular Building Solutions framework by CCS (Crown Commercial Service) - the largest public sector procurement organisation in the UK.

Under the new agreement, McAvoy has secured the opportunity to provide bespoke modular buildings and interim hire facilities as part of the four-year framework, with a particular focus on the education and healthcare sectors.

The UK-wide deal also covers facilities for the emergency services, MOD, community centres, offices, care homes, student accommodation and residential schemes.

The latest agreement is the fourth consecutive CCS framework that McAvoy has been awarded and is on the back of a rigorous independent assessment process.

Under previous CCS frameworks, the group won a number of lucrative school projects, which were all manufactured offsite in Northern Ireland. These included the £20m Lynch Hill Enterprise Academy in Slough and £18m Goresbrook School in London.

McAvoy Group chief executive, Eugene Lynch welcomed the latest public sector framework agreement.

“Long-term frameworks are very important to our business and are a major source of new contracts, helping us to continue to grow sustainably. We look forward to working with CCS over the next four years," he said.

“The advantages of offsite construction for new public sector facilities are proven and clear. We can reduce the build programmes by up to 50 per cent for earlier occupation and offer significant quality improvements. Our approach also provides much greater certainty of delivery on time and on budget. These factors are very important for all public sector clients – from schools and hospitals to the emergency services, universities and local authorities.”

The McAvoy Group, which for half a century has specialised in off-site construction for schools, hospitals and commercial buildings, announced last year its first foray into the residential market.

The manufacture of 40 new homes on the site of the former Woodside's food-store in Carrickfergus for the Clanmil Group is the first example of social housing in Northern Ireland being delivered using off-site construction.

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