29/08/2008

Other NI News In Brief

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.

(BMcC)

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