Marking 60 years of construction history

The Gribbin Family (from left) - Joe Gribbin, nephew Niall Gribbin, Eamon Gribbin, nephew Mark Gribbin and Liam Gribbin

SOUTH Derry firm Setanta Construction has celebrated its 60th anniversary with plans for future growth.

From the early days of Gribbin Construction, established in 1963 by brothers Joe, Eamon and Liam, the business has evolved over the decades into an innovative and dynamic construction company, specialising in the design and build of bespoke timber-frame homes and off-site modular construction.

In 2000, nephews Mark and Niall Gribbin became current directors of what is now named Setanta, and they have grown the business from strength to strength, expanding into new markets and developing an extensive client base.

They’ve also made significant business improvements over the years, not least by investing in a new 30,000 sq ft purpose-built factory and offices on a 15 acre site at Ronan Valley Business Park in Magherafelt to accommodate the continued growth of the business.

Since then, the business has transformed into a leading construction company that works to deliver prestigious projects for clients including Developer Paddy McKillen, of Claridge’s Hotel, London and The Richard Rogers Art Gallery, Aix-en-Provence, France.

Mark said: “It’s incredible to think how far the business has come, not simply because of the amount of time that’s passed, but because of all the small wins and big successes over the past 60 years, you really do realise what has been achieved by us all.”

Acknowledging the core family values that still remain to combine a sense of tradition, teamwork and shared goals, he added: “Our continued success has been made possible by the people around us and we’re fortunate to have an entire team of outstanding, highly skilled and reliable tradespeople, subcontractors and workplace professionals.”

Last year, Setanta launched a pilot test project ‘SoLow’ passive homes, which when finalised has the potential to change how affordable homes are built for future generations.