UP to 50 new jobs are to be created in Northern Ireland as a result of a Belfast-based company being awarded one of the province’s biggest ever housing association maintenance contracts.
Installation and maintenance company Contract Services, which operates out of headquarters in Kennedy Way Industrial Estate, secured the £30 MILLION contract after a rigorous tendering process carried out by the Abacus Housing Consortium, a co-operative body which acts as a central purchasing unit for five housing associations including OakleeTrinity, South Ulster, Open Door, Ark and Ulidia.
The biggest ‘all trades’ measured term contract of its kind in Northern Ireland, worth up to £6m per annum over five years, will see Contract Services deliver a full range of maintenance services – including mechanical, electrical and general building services – across two regions, covering approximately 6,000 properties initially in the North East and South East of the province including Belfast.
This number is expected to increase to 10,000 homes.
In order to fulfil the contract’s huge requirement, Contract Services, which also has offices in Derry~Londonderry and Dublin, is creating 36 new jobs initially, which is expected to rise to up to 50, and investing in a fleet of 50 new vehicles.
Contract Services founder and managing director Rory McNaughton claims that his company’s ability to service such an extensive contract ‘in-house’ was key to winning the business.
“This is a hugely important contract and a very exciting time for Contract Services,” said Mr McNaughton. “From our humble beginnings in 2005 with a single engineer on the road, we have developed and grown year on year to get to the point where we can win and deliver a huge contract like this by providing a team of dedicated and skilled in-house tradesmen to provide all the required services.
“We offer customers the opportunity to make one phone call and all their needs will be taken care of – underpinned by the highest standards of delivery and value for money. No other company supplying installation and maintenance services has the in-house capability that we have and I believe that being a ‘one-stop shop’ for housing associations was a key factor in securing us this prestigious contract,” continued Rory.
“Winning the Abacus contract is not just beneficial to Contract Services but also to the local economy as we are investing heavily in new jobs and vehicles to help deliver the huge job at hand.
“With some bad news on the NI job front in recent weeks, we are delighted to announce that we are creating 36 new jobs immediately with the expectancy that this will increase to 50, as well as investing in a fleet of 50 new vehicles – all sourced locally of course,” he added.
Today, Contract Services boasts an impressive and comprehensive suite of internal services including full mechanical, electrical and building fabric, as well as cleaning, air-conditioning, ground works, roofing, flooring and ceilings, maintenance, fit out programmes, interior design, complete fit-out and furniture supply.
Despite the economic uncertainly of the past 10 years, during which building companies in particular were hit extremely hard, Contract Services has managed to grow significantly year on year and now employs more than 150 people.
Indeed, the last financial year saw the company enjoy its best year to date with a turnover in excess of £12 million.
Managing Director Rory McNaughton is proud of what his company has achieved.
“We set out with a clear vision of providing quality service at competitive rates, recognising a niche in the market for the provision of a volume of service right across the board offering everything from mechanical, electrical and general building fabric, repairs, ongoing installation, maintenance, and design,” he said.
“I am proud that, despite an incredibly challenging economic climate, this vision has now become a reality thanks to the determination of our management team and staff which is the principle reason behind our success and has enabled Contract Services to lead the field in this sector,” concluded Rory.