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Creagh Concrete – four decades of growth

Next year sees Creagh Concrete celebrating its 40th anniversary and since its creation in 1976 it has grown to become one of the largest and most innovative producers of concrete products in a diverse range of market sectors throughout the UK and Ireland including construction, civil engineering, house building, gardening and agricultural. Supported by over 500 staff, the company is able to design, manufacture and supply an extensive range of concrete products operating from its head office in Toomebridge, Northern Ireland, with bases in Ardboe, Dunloy, Draperstown and Magheraglass, as well as in Nottingham and Edinburgh in the mainland UK.

In terms of recent developments, Creagh has been involved in the £11m design and build development of four tower blocks in the latest phase of the Stoneywood Estate residential scheme in Aberdeen. It is working for developer Dandara Ltd to design, manufacture and install the complete frame and facade.

The frame consists of precast cross walls and hollowcore flooring, while the external façade utilises a combination of white acid sandwich panels and brick faced sandwich panels. Internal walls are cast vertically with integrated M&E and supplied with a mist coat finish ready for direct decoration on site.

“We nearly always take on the design, the manufacturing and the installation elements of a project as we like to have complete control over a development whenever possible,” explains Ian Brogan, Projects Director. “Having this level of involvement and retaining so many of the elements in-house enables us to keep standards high. By utilising off-site fabrication we are also able to ensure the quality is never compromised because we’re operating within a controlled environment, while also cutting lead times and providing a much safer option. Doing as much as we can off-site also helps greatly with regards to the growing skills shortage within the construction industry.”

With its well-developed infrastructure and experience, Creagh has been increasingly able to capitalise on the growing opportunities it is seeing within the marketplace. “We’ve definitely seen a rise in the number of enquiries about off-site fabrication, particularly as we are able to operate across a wide cross-section of the marketplace from custodial through to car parks and tower blocks. When you combine the Government’s commitment to produce more accommodation to combat the housing shortage with the skills shortage issue within the construction industry then the benefits of off-site are increasingly come to the fore.”

“We nearly always take on the design, the manufacturing and the installation elements of a project as we like to have complete control over a development whenever possible. Having this level of involvement and retaining so many of the elements in-house enables us to keep standards high. By utilising off-site fabrication we are also able to ensure the quality is never compromised because we’re operating within a controlled environment, while also cutting lead times and providing a much safer option.”

Ian Brogan, Projects Director

Although the wider construction industry is feeling the detrimental effects of the skills shortage issue, for its part Creagh has been keen to develop its own staff by training them up to NVQ standard. This ties in with the company’s ethos of building strong relationships with both its employees and its customers. It is committed to manufacturing quality products, providing products and services that meet customers’ specified contractual and project requirements and has developed an Integrated Management System that conforms to the requirements of: ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004 and OHAS 18001:2007. The scope of the registration covers the design, production, control and supply of precast and readymix concrete and production of aggregates for use in concrete products. Creagh Concrete is a member of the Quality Scheme for Readymix Concrete, which certifies concrete to BSEN 8500 and operates a UKAS approved testing laboratory which meets the requirements of ISO 17025.

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Business growth is facilitated through continuous product development, investment in state of the art production technology and the ongoing training and development of all employees. Creagh’s professional and dedicated workforce is committed to providing total customer satisfaction by treating customers as partners and this approach has helped the business to achieve 40 years of success with many more sure to follow in the future.