Game, set and match for Creagh Concrete at Wimbledon

Wimbledon's iconic No 1 court, where Creagh Concrete was involved in a £200 million refurbishment contract
Gary McDonald Business Editor

CREAGH Concrete, a pioneer of pre-cast for more than four decades, has just completed a multi-million pound contract at Wimbledon's iconic No 1 court, scene of one of the tournament's biggest-ever shocks earlier this week.

The Toomebridge firm, which employs close to 500 people, has been pivotal to the reconstruction of the tennis stadium's second most important court, where on Monday the five-times women's champion Venus Williams was sensationally dumped out by 15-year-old qualifier Cori Gauff.

In the last two years Creagh has been among companies taking part in around 40 different construction projects at the venue, the most eye-catching being the new No 1 Court’s retractable roof, the centrepiece of a £200 million refurbishment, which increases its capacity by 900 to 12,400.

Creagh, which has grown to become one of the largest producers of concrete products for a diverse range of market sectors across the UK, supplied 173 ton of pre-cast concrete terracing units on to which the spectator seating has been located.

The firm successfully tendered for the pre-cast concrete special terracing units and steps, and worked closely with the team at main contractors Byrne Bros throughout the build programme to ensure all product specifications and delivery requirements were met.

Some 12.2 ton of pre-cast concrete step units were also supplied, manufactured from bespoke moulds.

A spokesman for the company said: "We are delighted to be involved in such a prestigious scheme, and the contribution that Creagh's products have made can be clearly seen around the arena."

Under the guidance of managing director Seamus McKeague, Creagh Concrete operates a number of quarries and manufacturing facilities across the north, as well as in Edinburgh and Nottingham.

Other recent landmark contracts it has been involved in over recent years include the nuclear site restoration in Dounreay, Lords Cricket Ground and Ulster University's new campus in Belfast.

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