When OHMG started work on Shelbourne Motors’ new £5m showroom facility in October 2018, they soon found themselves between a rock and…a soft place.
Expecting a tough initial few weeks excavating rock from the greenfield site just off the Armagh Road in Newry, it turned out to be some good old fashioned ‘glar’ that attempted to apply the brakes. OHMG’s Contracts Manager Peter McKeown explains: “There was a major amount of rock in the footprint of the building that needed to be cleared, crushed, and subsequently re-used. That clearance actually went better than expected, and it was a soft area of land at the bottom of the site that ended up presenting the biggest challenge.”
However, when you’re a multi award-winning construction company with more than four decades of experience in the industry. From the start of site clearance until handing over the finished showroom and landscaped surrounds took just under 12-months. These challenges become part of everyday management of the risk of the project.
That’s a 50,000 square feet multi-franchise complex that is now home to Renault, Dacia, and Kia dealerships, and a purpose-built AutoSelect Used Car showroom. “As a build everything went really smoothly. The weather was kind to us for most of the time and after the first week’s major inspection and the site clearance, the team was able to push on with foundations, composite floor slabs, steel frame, block work, curtain walling, and eventually the roof.”
In addition to the stunning new showrooms, complete with their soft lounge area and café, the OHMG, a company promoting Sustainable Construction Development (‘that contributes economically, environmentally, and socially to the communities in which we operate’) should play such a prominent role in building a £5m complex that has created 60 new jobs.
Sikafloor-263 was the material of choice for the workshop flooring at Shelbourne Motors new £5m showroom facility in Newry. Experience and expertise across all forms of industrial flooring informed DMSC’s decision to choose this two-part seamless epoxy resin. “It’s hard-wearing and low maintenance,” explained DMSC’s David Menary.
“Sikafloor-263 is also easy to clean, waterproof, has good chemical and mechanical resistance, and importantly, is slip-resistant. In all, we laid close to 1000 square metres in the workshop at the Shelbourne showroom, working alongside the main contractor O’Hare McGovern.”
DMSC, established in 2012 and based in Lurgan, has developed a strong reputation for all facets of industrial flooring, and are the first port of call for established clients like Warmflow Ltd (Lisburn) and Cubis Systems (Lurgan). The company’s services also include concrete repair and preparation, plus the provision of silicone and joint sealants.
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Advanced Concrete and Formwork Ltd (ACF) were delighted to work hand- in-hand with main contractor O’Hare McGovern on Shelbourne Motors striking new showroom facility in Newry.
The Omagh-based company, established in 2010, specializes in concrete works, with a proven track record on projects in Northern Ireland and mainland UK.
“We were on site at the new Shelbourne Motors showroom on and off for about four months,” said ACF’s Brendan Boggs. “In all we laid 5,000m2 of concrete slabs across the upper and lower floors, including the main showroom floor.”
As with all projects, from small private jobs to large scale civil works like the Ulster Hospital Phase B (Generic Ward Block and Acute Services Block), ACF’s aim was to deliver top quality work on time and on budget. The impressive new Shelbourne showroom facility is the latest to benefit from their trademark positive, professional, and proactive approach.