01 Dec McCue Continues their Craft with Completion of Local Contracts
PROJECT management and fit-out company, McCue has made their mark on Northern Ireland this year, with the completion of a number of local contracts with many of the region’s most prestigious organisations, in spite of the ongoing challenges.
The Carrickfergus-based company, known for its work with luxurious five-star hotels in Central London, has seen an increase in projects closer to home throughout 2020. These included McAtamney’s Butchers new flagship store in Lisnagelvin Shopping Centre; Holiday Inn Express Belfast’s ‘New Generation Concept’ lobby; health and beauty retailer, Superdrug’s refurbished 755m2 Castlecourt store, Shu Restaurant, as well as Danske Bank’s branch, refreshes in Banbridge, Abbeycentre and Ballymena, in addition to the internal refurbishment of its Donegall Square West Headquarters.
Award-winning McCue also completed the fit-out of the spa and wellness facilities at Culloden Estate and Spa, Co Down following its £750k investment. The fit-out at the luxury five-star hotel included the installation of a new linear vitality pool and Tylarium – an innovative combination of sauna and steam bath. A larger steam room, including a feature shower – one of the newest amenities of modern spa design, was also fitted, as well as a new couples’ treatment room and two bespoke pedicure rooms.
Showcasing the intricate, bespoke and high-quality joinery skills that they are renowned for, McCue also crafted a new external timber façade, which helps create a ‘Nordic’ look and feel throughout.
Speaking about working with McCue, Managing Director of Hastings Hotels, Howard Hastings said, “With our recent investment in our spa and wellness facilities, we wanted to maintain the high level of luxury that we are known for and with McCue overseeing and executing the project, this is exactly what we got. We are delighted with the end result from McCue’s team and thank them for their expertise and professionalism, as well as their exceptional craftmanship throughout this project.”
Gary Purdy, Managing Director at McCue said, “The onset of the current pandemic has had a serious impact on many businesses and organisations throughout the UK and Ireland, and McCue is not exempt from that. One of the silver linings for us though is that it has allowed us to conduct work closer to home, which is always great for our team. We love having the opportunity to leave our mark on prestigious projects such as The Spa at The Culloden Estate and Shu Restaurant.”
McCue’s team completed an extensive overhaul of SHU restaurant, transforming the existing restaurant into three different dining experiences: SHU, The Upper House and Jul’s, each with their own style. The restaurant, which reopened in October, was forced to close a mere one week after opening due to the current restrictions.
Co-owner and Head Chef of SHU, Brian McCann commented, “Whilst it has been an extremely difficult time for our team and the hospitality sector in general, our refurbishment was made a lot easier by the fantastic team at McCue whose professionalism and dedication got us to where we needed to be prior to opening.”
A large volume of the woodwork throughout the three spaces, including the interwoven wicker and woven fabric inset wall panels, was created bespoke for the project at McCue’s 5,500m2 manufacturing facility. Reinforcing their commitment to sustainability practices, reclaimed and existing wood flooring was also used by the team, where possible.
McCue has recently been recognised for their sustainability practices through their participation in the Northern Ireland Environmental Benchmarking survey, where they achieved gold. The survey, organised by Business in the Community, recognises companies that are committed to improving their environmental impacts and performance, ensuring a sustainable future.
With a renewed emphasis being placed on supporting local in recent times, it’s reassuring that to see this messaging being extended throughout sectors.