NI firm wins £1m mall contracts

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One of the mall projects designed by the company

A Northern Ireland company has won £1m of new business in eastern Europe.

Delap and Waller are a mechanical, electrical and sustainability design consultancy.

The company has secured contracts in Romania and Poland, designing shopping centres, offices, residential accommodation and retirement homes.

The company has offices in various locations around Ireland, including Londonderry and Antrim.

Delap and Waller's managing director Liam O'Hagan said they were pleased they had won the contracts.

"It has been a difficult few years, and we were forced to shed a number of staff," Mr O'Hagan said.

"The decision to focus resources on business opportunities in eastern and central Europe is now producing significant benefits for the company, and is important in safeguarding jobs in our Northern Ireland business."

Mr O'Hagan said that it was likely that within the next financial year, up to 40% of the company's work on building projects would be outside Northern Ireland.

Mr O'Hagan said based on market research, the company had identified the eastern European markets as having substantial potential for growth.

"Among the six major projects recently procured by Delap & Waller is design work on two major shopping centres, one on Romania and one in Poland.

"I am now in Poland at least once a month and in Romania every two months.

"In between these visits, I am involved in researching other developing opportunities, particularly in the Middle East."

He said that he had made good use of Invest NI trade missions to develop business in established markets and to explore new ones.

"We have also been fortunate in that we are still doing good business in the Republic," Mr O'Hagan added.

"We are also involved in sizeable contracts for University College Dublin, Trinity College, and at Dublin Airport."

Delap & Waller will celebrate its centenary year next year, and has been involved with some of Ireland's largest projects, including Titanic Quarter, the Odyssey Arena, and Sprucefield.

It employs almost 150 fully qualified engineers in its offices in Ireland, London, Poland, Romania and Abu Dhabi.