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First phase of €10m Dublin school transformation complete 
  • Posted 3 weeks ago


First phase of €10m Dublin school transformation complete

Tyrone-based Western Building Systems have completed the first phase of a major contract at Firhouse Educate Together National School, Dublin 24.

The project forms part of the Department of Education and Skills’ wider Design and Build Schools 2016-2017 framework. Western Building Systems was appointed to complete the build of 2 new schools at the Firhouse Campus. The project involved the detailed design, construction, removal of existing schools, landscaping and access route improvement for the site which accommodates two schools; Firhouse Educate Together National School and neighbouring Irish speaking school, Gaelscoil na Giuise.

With a total contract award figure of €10,299,000.00, the project represents considerable investment in the education needs of the surrounding South Dublin community at Firhouse.

Phase one saw the construction of Firhouse Educate Together National School. Spanning an impressive 3050 square meters the build included the construction of a state-of-the-art steel-framed building housing 16 classrooms, two special needs units, support teaching spaces as well as various other accommodation spaces.

The second school, Gaelsccoil na Giuise, will occupy a similar layout of 16 brand new classrooms, two special needs units, support teaching spaces and various other versatile spaces. In total the school will span 3165 square metres.

With the entire site spanning 1.9 hectares, external works will see a further two storage buildings, bin stores, a playing pitch, ball courts, project gardens, cycle storage, landscaping, boundary treatment as well as the construction of a new permanent vehicular access road.

Eamonn Boyle, Project Manager at Western Building Systems commented: “We are incredibly proud to hand over the first phase of Firhouse ETNs with such a high-quality finish on time and on budget. The next phase of the project, the transformation of the Irish speaking school, Gaelscoil na Giuise, looks set be another fantastic addition for the surrounding community to enjoy for years to come.”

Western Building Systems is a family-owned specialist construction business that celebrates its 35th anniversary in 2018. It has delivered a wide range of significant traditional, offsite and hybrid construction projects throughout the UK and Ireland within the health, education, industrial, commercial and residential sectors. Western’s ability to design and manufacture all of its buildings’ key components including windows, internal door sets, furniture and walls gives it a unique competitive edge and ensures both consistent quality as well a controlled programme delivery.



LacPatrick Announces Milk Quality Award Winners 
  • Posted 3 weeks ago

John and David Hunter of Hunters farm became the big winners in the inaugural LacPatrick Milk Quality awards held in Cookstown.

The Hunters farm in Newtownstewart picked up the Farm Development Award presented by rugby star Stephen Ferris at the awards ceremony attended by 200 LacPatrick suppliers.

The judges paid tribute to John and David, commending them for the rapid development of their farm from a beef/sheep unit to a grass-based dairy system in recent years.

The LacPatrick Milk Quality Awards saw dairy suppliers from across the LacPatrick milk pool being recognised for their top milk quality, quality assurance accreditation and farm development enterprises.

The awards consisted of seven categories ranging from milk hygiene through to farm development.

The in-depth judging process included detailed assessments against strict criteria as well as on-site farm inspections for the farm development award. Judges for the farm development award included Donal Patton (Teagasc), Martin Mulholland (CAFRE) and Robert McCullough (Danske Bank).

The judges confirmed the exceptionally high standard of the Development Award finalists stating that the judging process was extremely difficult for the Farm Development award due to the high calibre of finalists put forward.

Martin Mulholland commented: “Seeing first-hand the incredibly hard work undertaken each day by the suppliers and their families was a real eye-opener. All of the finalists demonstrated a remarkable drive to supply quality milk day after day and they should be very proud of the work they do.

“The decision was incredibly difficult but as a recent entrant to dairy farming David Hunter, with support from his father John, has already developed a very productive and progressive dairy farm making maximum use of the resources available to him”

The awards ceremony kicked off with a drinks reception followed by a three-course dinner and award presentations. The evening was rounded off with a guest appearance from renowned retired British and Irish Lion, Stephen Ferris who recounted standout moments from his remarkable career.

Andrew McConkey, LacPatrick Chairman commented: “The inaugural LacPatrick Co-op milk quality awards serve to acknowledge and encourage the excellence of milk quality of our suppliers across the region.

“A milk pool of the highest quality and standard is the cornerstone in which every other aspect of the business is built and relies.

“It is fitting that we hold these awards to celebrate the commitment and endeavour of our suppliers.

“Congratulations to John and David Hunter and indeed to all of the winners and finalists for the extremely high standards that they have attained.”

The overall winners included:

Lowest somatic cell count (SCC) – Billy Dawson, Monaghan

Lowest total bacteria count (TBC) – John and Samuel McCaughan, Co Londonderry

Milk solids improvement ROI – Neville Reid, Monaghan

Milk solids improvement NI – David Armstrong, Co Tyrone

Quality assurance award ROI- David McCoy, Monaghan

Quality assurance award NI – Sean McNaughton, Co Antrim

Farm development award – John and David Hunter, Co Tyrone

With a roster of more than 1050 farmers and employing 300 people, LacPatrick delivers 600 million litres of milk annually. Combining rich heritage and innovative production facilities, LacPatrick products are exported and enjoyed across the world.



Panel think-tank to explore the potential and challenges for Belfast 2035 
  • Posted 4 weeks ago

Major event planned for Titanic Hotel on 21 November

The infrastructural challenges facing Belfast over the next two decades are to be explored at a major think-tank event being organised at the city’s new Titanic Hotel on 21 November.

Entitled Belfast 2035 the event will be facilitated by leading local law firm, Cleaver Fulton Rankin which has advised on many aspects of development within the burgeoning Titanic Quarter.

The evening will take the form of a panel discussion involving leading figures from civic society and will be attended by representatives from the local property, development, strategic planning and infrastructure sectors.

Panellists for the evening will be Suzanne Wylie – Chief Executive of Belfast City, John McGrillen, CEO of Tourism Ireland, Chris Conway, Group Chief Executive of NI Transport Holdings Company and Translink and Shane Quinn, Development Officer with the Belfast Buildings Trust.   The discussion will be chaired by Cleaver Fulton Rankin’s Head of Commercial Property, Joe Marley.

Joe Marley says: “We will be exploring what Belfast will or should be like in 2035. We chose 2035 as it ties in nicely with the Council’s proposed Local Development Plan 2020-2035 but as you might imagine we will also be discussing the more immediate challenges and opportunities for the City.

 “Belfast has a lot to be proud of in recent years, having achieved so much in areas such as tourism, inward investment and regeneration and the momentum this has created should form the foundation for tackling the challenges that lie ahead. I firmly believe that our cities have a role to play in driving the wider economy and mitigating the worst effects of challenges such as Brexit. I’m looking forward to exploring this further during the discussion.    

 “Whilst some of the discussion will examine the implications for the commercial property market between now and 2035 we will also be examining a much wider range of topics, including tourism, transport, economic development, regeneration, preservation, social inclusion and of course, Brexit.

 “As a city Belfast has many challenges to overcome in the next few decades, not least in the form of Brexit. There is just no hiding from the fact this is the prominent challenge of the day. Aside from that, we know a city’s prosperity does not necessarily benefit all, and Belfast is no different than any other City in this regard, with inequalities and deprivation in some neighbouring and surrounding areas of Belfast. It will be interesting to hear the panellists’ views on how best to tackle that.”

Joe Marley believes Belfast can draw infrastructure inspiration from other UK cities such as Manchester.

“Manchester is an obvious example but Belfast is an example in itself of what can be achieved. The question is how to build on the successes to date.  Hopefully we will be able to unpack this complex topic between our panellists and guests on 21 November.”

Belfast 2035 takes place in the impressive new Titanic Hotel Belfast in one of the historic Drawing Rooms on Tuesday 21st November. The event will commence with a reception at 6pm, with the panel discussion taking place from 6.30-7pm, followed by a drinks reception and canapés.

Numbers are limited bit there are a few tickets remaining.

To reserve your place please contact

International conference for lawyers comes to Belfast 
  • Posted 2 months ago

Lawyers from across Europe have gathered in Belfast for the International Lawyers Network (ILN) 2017 European Regional Conference which this year was hosted by Cleaver Fulton Rankin.

The ILN is an association of full-service law firms with over 5,000 lawyers worldwide, providing clients with easily accessible legal services in 67 countries on six continents. Cleaver Fulton Rankin is the only law firm in Northern Ireland to be a member of the ILN.

The conference gave attendees the opportunity to build their knowledge through a series of meetings including two plenary sessions whilst also showcasing the very best that Northern Ireland has to offer through various organised tours.

A total of 55 international delegates attended the event which was hosted by 17 senior staff members from Cleaver Fulton Rankin with expertise spanning from commercial law to public and administrative law. Catherine Brunsden and Jeremy Fitch from Invest Northern Ireland facilitated the event alongside Steven McCarty from UHY Advisors.

The conference, which took place at The Europa Hotel  also gave attendees the opportunity to build relationships and network. Two separate plenary sessions focused on topical issues in the industry, namely: “Technology Driving the Business of Law” and “EU General Data Protection Regulation Compliance”.

Guests were given the opportunity to relax and enjoy Belfast’s rich culture through various organised activities including excursions to the Titanic Exhibition and Castle Ward visit as well as Black Cab tours and a Game of Thrones’ tour.

As part of the conference guests were also invited to Cleaver Fulton Rankin’s offices in Belfast for cocktails before setting off on a Dine Around tour, taking sampling several of Belfast’s top restaurants in one evening.


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Fire incident at Lough Erne Resort 
  • Posted 2 months ago

A spokesman for the Lough Erne Resort said a fire had broken out adjacent to the hotel’s main reception area late this afternoon.

However, he stressed no one was at risk at any stage.

“In line with our normal emergency planning all guests were evacuated to a separate area within the hotel. The Fire Service was contacted immediately and arrived quickly to deal with the incident.”

The spokesman added that a full enquiry would get underway to establish the cause of the incident.

Guests are advised to check with the hotel prior to arrival tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday.


Cleaver Fulton Rankin and The Speakeasy Club promote the art of good communication 
  • Posted 2 months ago

Belfast law firm, Cleaver Fulton Rankin is to help host a unique programme aimed at helping both reluctant and seasoned communicators to speak with impact throughout 2017 and 2018.

Bespoke Communications is to deliver the programme in three formats – Speakeasy Club Foundations, Speakeasy Club for Business Storytelling and Speakeasy Club for Media Interviews.  The Speakeasy Club takes place at locations all over Northern Ireland, and Cleaver Fulton Rankin is to host the Belfast Clubs at its office in Bedford St in central Belfast.

 “In a world of information overload, it’s become more important than ever to invest in personal communication skills”, explained Sarah Travers, director of Bespoke Communications.

“Attention spans have contracted, and it can be hard to differentiate yourself in a crowded marketplace.  We’re delighted that Cleaver Fulton Rankin is hosting the Speakeasy Club, so that people from all walks of professional life in Belfast can come together to build up their skills.”

Jonathan Forrester, Managing Director at Cleaver Fulton Rankin said: “We believe strongly in collaboration, so we’re pleased to host the Speakeasy Club with the team at Bespoke Communications. Workshops like the Speakeasy Club offer not only the chance to develop skills, but are an important networking opportunity as well. This aligns with our ethos of innovation and relationship building.”



Cleaver Fulton Rankin awarded Security Management Certification 
  • Posted 3 months ago

Leading Belfast law firm Cleaver Fulton Rankin has been awarded the ISO 27001:2013 Information Security Management System (ISMS) certification from IMS International. The certification was accredited by the UK’s national accreditation body, UKAS.

Cleaver Fulton Rankin was also the first law firm in Northern Ireland to obtain the UK Cyber Essentials, IASME and ISO27001 certifications.

An ISMS is a framework consisting of policies and procedures, encapsulating legal, physical and technical controls which are involved in an organisation’s information risk management processes.

The scope of supply includes the management of Information Security in the Provision of Legal Services Including Corporate; Banking and Finance; Property; Planning and Environmental; Litigation; Business Restructuring/Insolvency; Employment and Equality; Private Client and Public Law and Education.

The standard ensures that information security is managed under critical and established controls, having a formal specification in place concerning management systems and auditing.

Finance and IT Director, Patrick Fleming said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the ISO 27001:2013 certification which has recognised the sophisticated systems we have in place and has also raised awareness internally, regarding potential threats to information and how to protect it. The standard has helped us ensure that the processes we have in place, including our risk assessment method, information security control system, management practice, information security policy and ability to meet legal and stakeholder data protection requirements are both effective and secure.”


Western Building Systems confirms 58 new homes for Dungannon 
  • Posted 3 months ago

‘New scheme will meet pent-up demand for high quality, affordable homes’

A Tyrone construction company has confirmed it is to build a total of 58 new eco-friendly homes at a site on the outskirts of Dungannon.

Western Homes – part of the Western Building Systems’ Group which is a family-owned business specialising in the latest building techniques will spend around £6m on the new scheme at Derrywinnen Heights, off Bush Road.

The new timber framed homes will come in a variety of three and four bedroom semi-detached and four bedroom detached house types.

According to Shane Canavan of Western Building Systems the new scheme will help meet a pent-up demand for new homes in the Dungannon area.

“With prices starting at £135,000 these turn-key homes which are characterised by strong levels of thermal efficiency and acoustic performance are exceptionally good value for money. The specification created by our bespoke team of designers includes full internal and external turn-key finishes, triple glazed windows, composite external doors and solid fuel stoves.

“We know there is a strong demand for high quality, affordable housing in the Dungannon area.  The location of these new homes makes them a sensible choice for those wishing to commute to local towns such as Cookstown or Dungannon or further afield to Belfast with their proximity to the M1.”

Timber frame construction is the fastest growing method of construction in the UK and Ireland and has been widely adopted across both the public and private housing sectors. It also accounts for about 75% of the self-build market.

Timber frame has the lowest embodied CO2 of any commercially available building material, while delivering up to a 33% reduction in energy consumption for large detached houses and up to 20% for apartments.

Shane Canavan continued: “Western has been a long-standing pioneer within the timber-frame sector – long before it became ‘fashionable’ and over the past number of years we have invested in specialist equipment and training required to deliver large-scale, high-quality fast track projects.

“The sustainable nature of timber makes timber frame construction one of the most sustainable building methods available. In April 2007, the government introduced the Code For Sustainable Homes (CSH). Since May 2008, all new homes have to be rated for sustainability based on energy use, carbon emissions, water, materials, waste, health and other aspects of environmental impact.

 “A timber frame home designed and built by Western Homes will deliver a higher CSH rating, thereby helping to protect the environment for future generations. Timber frame has the lowest carbon cost of any commercial building material with every completed home saving approximately 4 tonnes of CO2.

Western is renowned for the quality of its housing developments and is well placed to developing stylish, environmentally friendly, desirable homes offering affordability to potential home owners and first-time buyers.

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Hillstown Brewery says ‘cheers’ to new Tesco NI listing 
  • Posted 6 months ago

Northern Irish Craft Beer Company Secures £90k Listing with Tesco NI

The Antrim based drinks company, Hillstown Brewery, has secured a listing with Tesco Northern Ireland that will see the leading retailer stock an extended range of its handcrafted beer in stores across the province, with sales of more than £90K forecasted for the first year.

Based in Randalstown, Hillstown Brewery is a small-scale microbrewery that produces handcrafted, unique beer direct from the farm.  On the back of the new listing with Tesco NI, Hillstown Brewery has invested in a larger brewing system to keep up with the demand of its expanded consumer base.

Starting with an unusual introduction to the world of craft brewing, the food and drinks company started with the intention to brew beer to feed cattle in order to produce Wagyu beef; however the demand for its beer resulted in Hillstown Brewery making the finest craft beer for humans too.

The new listing with Tesco NI means that the retailer will now stock the full range of Hillstown Beers. The brand’s uniquely named Massey Red Ale, The Drunken Donkey Lager, and The Squealing Pig IPA will join The Spitting Llama Belgian Ale, The Goats Butt Wheat Beer and The Horny Bull Stout on Tesco shelves across Northern Ireland.

Jonathan McWhinney ‎Packaged Food Buying Manager, Tesco Northern Ireland, said “The Northern Irish craft beer culture continues to grow and, in support of that, Tesco now stocks over 30 local beers, ales and stout on its shelves in Northern Ireland. We find that our customers are increasingly willing to buy premium beers, especially if they are from local Northern Irish brands. We are delighted to stock these additional lines from Hillstown Brewery and expand our relationship with them, as they give our shoppers more flavours to choose from – while furthering our commitment to supporting local food and drink.”

The iconic Northern Irish beers from Hillstown Brewery are available from selected Tesco stores across Northern Ireland.

Tesco spends almost £590 million on Northern Irish products each year. It has over 1,200 local product lines on its shelves produced over by 90 suppliers and 6,000 farmers.  For more information on local Northern Irish food and recipes, visit, Tesco Northern Ireland’s new online magazine that celebrates local food and drink.


Tesco NI supports ‘re-gin-eration’ of craft spirit industry with Belfast 1912 Cask Gin listing 
  • Posted 6 months ago

Northern Irish Craft Gin Company Secures £250k Listing with Tesco NI

The Northern Irish drinks company, BOTL Ltd, has secured a listing with Tesco that means its Belfast 1912 Cask Gin is stocked in Tesco stores across Northern Ireland, with sales of more than £250,000 forecasted for the first year, which will please the rising number of gin aficionados in the province.

A secret spirit recipe circa 1912 was discovered in 1994 and research confirmed it was connected to the old Avoniel Distillery in Belfast.  After several years in development, Avoniel Distillers Ltd finally launched Belfast 1912 Cask Gin onto the market under the Belfast 1912 Cask Gin brand in recent years.

Belfast 1912 Cask Gin is a perfectly balanced classic Juniper-led gin London Dry Gin with a dry mid-palate. The new listing with Tesco NI reinforces Belfast 1912 Gin Cask’s position as a premium craft gin that delivers both in flavour as well as classic design.

Conor O’Neill, Sales Director of BOTL Ltd, the global distributor for Belfast 1912 Cask Gin, said: “Since we launched Belfast 1912 Cask Gin, it has been a goal of the company to secure a listing with a large retailer such as Tesco. We are delighted we will now see our distinctive blue bottle on the shelves of Tesco stores across the province. A listing like this has introduced many new customers to the product and we are thrilled with the positive response so far.”

Jonathan McWhinney ‎Packaged Food Buying Manager, Tesco Northern Ireland, said “The Northern Irish love affair with craft gin continues to grow and when you marry the resurgence of the spirit with our customers’ desire for locally sourced products – it meant the decision to stock Belfast Cask Gin was an easy one. The Northern Irish palate has changed and our shoppers want something more than just a great taste, they want a premium experience, and a gin that deserves to be savoured – Belfast 1912 Cask Gin delivers all that and more and we are delighted to bring it to our customers.”

Belfast Cask Gin is available in a distinctive blue 70cl bottle ‘from selected Tesco stores across Northern Ireland.

Tesco spends almost £590 million on Northern Irish products each year. It has over 1,200 local product lines on its shelves produced over by 90 suppliers and 6,000 farmers.  For more information on local Northern Irish food and recipes, visit, Tesco Northern Ireland’s new online magazine that celebrates local food and drink.


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