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McLaughlin & Harvey and Barr Construction join forces


McLaughlin & Harvey and Barr Construction are coming together under a single trading brand.

Scottish-based Barr Construction is being brought under the McLaughlin & Harvey banner to form one UK-wide operator with a combined turnover in excess of £400 million and real potential to create new jobs within the expanded operation.

McLaughlin & Harvey is one of Northern Ireland’s largest construction firms and it completed the acquisition of Barr Holdings in 2007.

Rebranding the whole construction division under the McLaughlin & Harvey name will have no negative impact on job numbers and the senior management and personnel at both McLaughlin & Harvey in Belfast and Barr Construction in Glasgow will remain in place.

The migration to the McLaughlin & Harvey brand is expected to take place early in 2015.

Philip Cheevers, chairman of Barr Holdings Ltd and managing director of McLaughlin & Harvey said:

“We have been part of one group for 7 years already, so it makes sense to bring McLaughlin & Harvey and Barr Construction together. This is a positive move which allows us to work more closely together and bring all of the expertise of the wider group under the same umbrella. By working together, the combined McLaughlin & Harvey will be in a strong position to create jobs, attract the best talent in the industry and compete for larger contracts and projects we cannot currently approach independently. After a few difficult years as a result of the global economic situation, the sector as a whole appears to be on the road to recovery and our ambition, in integrating Barr Construction and McLaughlin & Harvey, is to jointly create a much more significant force in the UK construction industry.”

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