Sporting triumph at the Construction Excellence Award

Sporting triumph at the Construction Excellence Award
Martin Lennon (left) and Nick Oldfield (right) celebrate O’Hare & McGovern’s success in winning the Overall Award for the IFA National Stadium project along with David Henry, CEF President.

For the second year in a row, Newry-based construction company O’Hare & McGovern has won the Overall Award at the Construction Excellence Awards.

The awards’ gala evening, held at the Culloden Hotel & Spa, saw the firm win this accolade for its work on the IFA National Football Stadium at Windsor Park – just two days before the redeveloped stadium was officially opened.

Hosted by the Construction Employers Federation (CEF), the awards also recognised an additional 14 category winners from across the construction industry in Northern Ireland for excellence in general construction, housing, infrastructure and quality performance.

Congratulating the overall winners, CEF Managing Director, John Armstrong, said, “O’Hare & McGovern’s work in delivering the wonderful stadium is an excellent example of how our local construction industry is pivotal to the development of so many important projects across a wide range of sectors in Northern Ireland each year.

“Winning the ‘Overall Award’ for a second year in a row is a significant achievement and it speaks volumes for the relationship that O’Hare & McGovern consistently have with clients, sub-contractors and other construction professionals in terms of delivering high quality infrastructure”.

John also commended each of the 14 category award winners for their success against what he described as a “time of significant sustainability challenge” for the construction industry in Northern Ireland.

“Beyond any doubt, the construction industry and the wider business community in Northern Ireland are presently facing a time of immense challenge and uncertainty. While the realities of the situation that confront us still, in the immediate sense, pale in comparison to those of the 2008/09 recession and its aftermath, there is a clear risk that the current lack of investor and investment confidence could quickly reverse any of the modest growth our sector has seen in the past three years and have a significantly detrimental effect on industry sustainability.

“Let us not doubt that, in these challenging times, there still lies significant opportunity. Enhancing Northern Ireland’s competitiveness and attractiveness as a region to do business and invest in, remains our ultimate goal. The finalists at this year’s awards continue to innovate and strive towards that goal, and we are delighted to celebrate their achievements again.”

Now in their 17th year, the Construction Excellence Awards continue to go from strength to strength, with this year seeing a record number of over 110 entries across all 14 categories.

Find out more about this year’s winners with our complete feature on the Construction Excellence Awards – CLICK HERE

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