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BBC Boost For NI Building Firm

A Moira building firm is bucking the trend on the continued slow-down in the construction industry and has been awarded a £12 million contract to construct part of the BBC's new Manchester base. McMullen Architectural Systems will undertake the curtain-walling work at the corporation's new site, which will incorporate a TV and radio centre, as well a 19-floor office building and 16-floor hotel. Work is expected to begin on site in January, when the £12.4m project will be kick-started. McMullen, an internationally recognised specialist, has doubled turnover in the last two years, working on projects across the UK, Ireland and USA.

Ballymena Childcare Gets Ministerial Backing
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NI Communities Minister Margaret Ritchie has officially opened a newly built childcare facility in the Ballee area of Ballymena. The Minister said: "The new building will provide excellent facilities for the pre-school playgroup and after-schools club which are run by the local community. I am pleased that by working with the local community, my Department has been able to make this project happen. I think it provides the clearest possible demonstration of the real benefits that our support for communities like Ballee can deliver," she said, noting that the childcare project cost £825,000 to build.

Robbery In Belfast

There has been an attempted robbery at a bank in the Ormeau Road area of south Belfast. A man armed with a handgun entered the Ulster Bank premises at about 9.45am on Thursday and demanded cash but made off empty-handed. Later, a man was arrested in nearby Kimberly Street.


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13 March 2020
Local Coronavirus Response Under 'Daily Review'
Political leaders in Northern Ireland have said measures to combat the spread of coronavirus, including the closure of schools, are under daily review. A total of 20 people have tested positive for the Covid-19 strain of the virus in Northern Ireland.
12 March 2020
Coronavirus: BCC To Hold Special Meeting
Belfast City councillors are to convene in a special meeting to assess the growing threat of coronavirus. It comes after it emerged that protection measures are to be stepped up in the Republic of Ireland, with all schools, colleges and childcare facilities to close. A total of 20 cases of the virus have been confirmed in Northern Ireland.
12 March 2020
NI Covid-19 Total Rises By Two
Two further people have tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland, the Department of Health has revealed. Both cases are adults and are declared as secondary transmissions. One of the individuals had recently travelled from northern Italy, while the other has been linked to a previously reported patient who travelled to the region.
30 May 2007
Ruane cuts first sod at Glengormley building project
Education Minister, Caitriona Ruane, today cut the first sod at a £1m building project at Edmund Rice College, Glengormley. The sod cutting marks the start of building work to create a new Technology & Design Block at the school.
31 March 2009
Romanian Building Project Seeks Volunteers
A local charity is seeking volunteers for an imaginative Romanian building project. Habitat for Humanity Northern Ireland has just launched the initiative, Big Build 09 and need to find 250 volunteers from across Northern Ireland prepared to travel to Romania and help build 10 homes.