Contractor Wins £15M Road Contract in Republic

Oct 13, 2004

PT McWilliams Limited, a construction company based at Seskinore, Co Tyrone, has won a £15 million contract for a dual carriageway, including access roads and 5 principle structures, including one over the Dublin Sligo railway line and one over The Royal Canal, in Westmeath.
18/2/2004

PT McWilliams Limited, a construction company based at Seskinore, Co Tyrone, has won a £15 million contract for a dual carriageway, including access roads and 5 principle structures, including one over the Dublin Sligo railway line and one over The Royal Canal, in Westmeath.

The contract, placed by the Republic’s National Roads Authority, will see PT McWilliams Limited build a 4.3km carriageway linking McNead’s Bridge and Kinnegad, near Mullingar, around five kilometres of link and access roads and provide other works such as carriageway lighting, road marking and landscaping.

The new contract is a further significant boost for a company which has increased turnover by 19 per cent to over £4 million in the three years to 2002. The company also achieved a significant growth in export sales, rising to 65 per cent from one per cent in the same period.

Managing Director Martin McWilliams described the contract as the company’s “most valuable to date in a market we have targeted for fast growth during 2004”.

“This very substantial contract positions us to meet our ambitious target of turnover growth of 23 per cent and exports contributing in excess of 50 per cent of our business by 2005. Our marketing plan, in particular, was drafted during our participation on Invest NI’s Marketing Awareness Programme,.

“The new three-year business strategy commits the company to further investment in capability areas such as management skills and systems, finance, IT, health and safety and tendering, as well as on new plant and machinery,” he added.

Patricia Devine, manager of Invest NI’s Western Local Office in Omagh, said: “This is very good news for this ambitious locally-owned company. We’ve helped the company with specific actions to ensure competitiveness and profitability from large-scale tenders. This has included support for the introduction of new and specialist software.

“Further assistance to help the company compete for business has been provided by Invest NI in areas such as quality, project management and compliance with contract legislation. This has included help for the implementation of an integrated management standard covering quality, environmental and health and safety systems such as ISO 9002, ISO 14001 and Health and Safety 2000,” she added.

An entrepreneurial business formed by Patrick McWilliams as a sole trader in 1972, the company is being assisted by Invest NI to achieve ambitious growth targets through support for management development, marketing, IT and other capability activities.

Initially the company provided specialist services to other and larger contractors but has developed its own expertise and experience in these areas and now undertakes a broad range of construction projects, including roads; landfill sites; watermains; industrial estates; large earthworks and coastal/harbour developments. Roads construction, for example, now provides around 43 per cent of the companies business.

PT McWilliams Limited currently employs 49 people.


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