Northern Ireland

Graham Construction wins £19m port contract

The Peace Bridge in Derry
Image caption The firm was involved in building the peace bridge in Derry

County Down construction firm Graham has won a £19m contract to design and build a new port facility in England.

The contract is for a roll-on/roll-off terminal used for the import and export of cars.

It will involve building two jetties, a floating pontoon and a bridge at the Port of Grimsby.

Graham is one of Northern Ireland's biggest construction firms and employs about 1,000 people working on contracts across Ireland and Great Britain.

One of the firm's specialities is in marine and rivers engineering with recent projects including the Peace Bridge across the River Foyle.

Work in Grimsby is due to start later this month and is scheduled for completion in March 2013.

Although Northern Ireland is experiencing a deep recession in the construction sector, Graham Construction has managed to stay profitable through the downturn.

Last year it made a pre-tax profit of £4m on turnover of £218m

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