Graham Construction achieves major industry certification

Shahm Barhom, operations director UK & Ireland at BSI and Melanie Dawson, Head of BIM at Graham.
Gareth McKeown

A CO Down building firm has become first contractor in the UK and Ireland to achieve a special industry certification.

Graham Construction's pioneering approach to Building Information Modelling (BIM) has been given the ultimate seal of approval after achieving the highly recognised BSI (British Standards Institution) Kitemark certification for both BIM Design and Construction and Asset Management.

BIM is a collaborative way of working that uses digital technologies to enable more efficient methods of design, construction and operation, ultimately driving out inefficiencies and reducing costs and environmental impact.

The BSI Kitemark is one of the most recognisable trust marks in existence today and demonstrates that each Kitemark approved product or service has gone above and beyond the normal requirements to achieve the highest standards.

Head of BIM at Graham, Melanie Dawson hailed the "fantastic achievement".

“This prestigious dual UK and Ireland certification for BIM is a fantastic achievement and is testament to the Graham commitment to investing in, and utilising, BIM and digital technology," she said.

“The independent third party certification is a formal recognition that Graham adheres to world leading standards. It gives our clients and stakeholders the confidence and assurance that we will deliver consistent excellence from project inception through to the asset management and beyond.”

Graham Construction is Northern Ireland's largest construction company, delivers building, civil engineering and fit out projects for both public and private sector clients across the UK and Ireland. The company, which has its headquarters in Hillsborough, employs around 2,100 employees, with 1,100 from Northern Ireland

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