Irish building systems manufacturer Errigal Contracts has bought a 70-acre site across the border in County Antrim, Northern Ireland to prepare for Brexit after doubling its turnover since 2016.
The UK is a major market for the Monaghan-headquartered company, which specialises in partition systems, external facade, interior fitout, and ceilings.
It will invest £20m over three years at the former Enkalon industrial estate, with plans to create a centre of excellence for off-site construction.
In the last three years, Errigal has more than doubled its employee count to 325 and expects to grow that number to 450 in the coming year. It also has an extended workforce of over 1,500 currently working on-site across projects.
Turnover has grown from £52.4m in 2016 to £116.2m in 2019, with operating profit in the last year of £7.1m.
Current projects include the completion of London’s 22 Bishopsgate, while data centres are providing business in Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden, Germany and Switzerland. The company has opened offices in Amsterdam and Zurich to support this growth.
Errigal director Cormac McCloskey (pictured) said: "It is becoming increasingly important to do as much construction as possible off-site, reducing the number of people required on-site to install works."
Some 30 acres of the Antrim site includes a functioning distribution warehouse centre which the company aims to develop with support from Invest NI.
Errigal will encourage suppliers companies to locate around the site.
The plans include a residential development on 15 acres.
Image: Errigal director Cormac McCloskey (Courtesy of Errigal Contracts)