Campbell College, Belfast

A challenging project finished to a very high standard by QMAC Construction


QMAC Construction Ltd was the main contractor on the major transformation of the boarding facilities at Campbell College in Belfast. The school is currently home to over 150 boarders from 30 different countries.

The extension of the existing boarding accommodation saw the creation of 65 new bedrooms over four floors for the pupils along with an apartment to provide staff accommodation, kitchen, utility, laundry and games rooms. Works to the existing boarding accommodation also consisted of forming openings, minor alterations and internal decorations. The project also included associated site works. In addition, the works comprised; mechanical and electrical services including providing drainage, telephone installation, gas and water installation.

External works included alterations to the existing drainage installation, new retaining walls, re-surfacing at existing entrances, landscaping and installation of new surfaces to the perimeter of the new extension and courtyard. Finally there was the provision of foul and surface drainage connections.

Established in 1982, QMAC Construction Ltd has developed into one of Northern Ireland’s leading building firms, working across a range of sectors. This includes Commercial, Heritage, Sports and Leisure, Education, Health and Social Housing. QMAC is based in Donaghmore, County Tyrone but works throughout Ireland.

The Campbell College contract commenced on October 30, 2018 and completed on June 13, 2019 with the client and design team very pleased with the finished building. QMAC were commended at handover on the quality product that had been delivered.

The project brought with it a number of challenges, including the significant challenge of working in a school environment during term time. To keep disruption to a minimum and to ensure the normal running of the school all deliveries had to be carefully programmed. “Another significant challenge was to get works completed in the existing school as there was a small window to get this done in terms of time however with careful programming and constant liaison with the school all works were completed on time,” said QMAC Construction’s Contracts Manager, Stephen McCaffrey. QMAC pursues excellence in all aspects of its work by exceeding customer expectations. The company delivers all projects on time, within budget and to the optimum quality standard. As a company QMAC aims to deliver every project defect-free. The concept of partnership development with clients has been eagerly embraced by QMAC, and is confirmed by the significant number of clients with whom they have developed longstanding relationships. QMAC is committed to building and developing relationships with all clients to ensure the successful delivery of projects.

QMAC Construction has been successfully delivering quality projects for over 28 years, and quality has been the hallmark of the company’s business approach. It is committed to achieving high standards in all aspects of its activities so that QMAC can maintain and grow its reputation as a leading contractor with the ability to exceed customers’ expectations.

QMAC has developed a documentation based, quality control system in which all employees are trained, and to which all adhere. The company’s ethos is to improve the delivery of projects by continually monitoring and reviewing the management processes which enables the team to meet, and where practicable, exceed customer expectations.

QMAC Construction Ltd, Coolmaghery, 156 Pomeroy Road, Dungannon, Co Tyrone. BT70 2TY.
T: 028 8776 7088

Edgeline Metal Roofing Ltd fitted the standing seam zinc wall cladding to the exterior of the newly refurbished boarding department at Campbell College in Belfast. The cladding was VM Quartz specification which will mimic a naturally aged patina.

The extension of the existing boarding accommodation saw the creation of 65 new bedrooms over four floors for the pupils along with an apartment to provide staff accommodation, kitchen, utility, laundry and games rooms. Works to the existing boarding accommodation also consisted of forming openings, minor alterations and internal decorations. The project also included associated site works. Based in Magherafelt, Edgeline Metal Roofing offers homeowners and businesses across Ireland and the UK the very best in comprehensive roofing services. Established from Edgeline contracts in 1999, the company has delivered the highest standards in bespoke private dwelling roofs and commercial roofing services for over 25 years. Working directly alongside homeowners on some really challenging, unique and beautiful projects, as well as major contractors on vast commercial jobs, Edgeline have always managed to deliver what it promises which is a great source of pride for the workforce.

In addition to market-leading customer service and installations Edgeline strives to be at the cutting edge of the latest technology. From the impressive solar tile through to beautiful roof finishes, Edgeline has something to suit all tastes, adding that ‘wow’ factor to your home or business exterior. The company has seen its annual turnover continue to grow in recent years and seeks to achieve the impossible with roof/cladding shapes and sizes, efficient and effective on-site delivery and application of materials, back- up systems in conjunction with suppliers. Edgeline Metal Roofing Ltd has a workforce eager to meet the client’s requirements on either small or large projects.

“Our aim is that our customers will be totally satisfied with the end product, this has given us an edge over many other companies/ materials,” said Edgeline Metal Roofing Managing Director, Ivan Forsythe.

“A good job is often forgotten about; a bad job is talked about for years. Our reputation has been secured through quality with many of our leads directly following excellent recommendations on completed projects, allowing us to further encourage and expand interest in this specialist market.”

That quality was to the fore when Edgeline won back-to-back House of the Year titles in 2010 and 2011. Edgeline specialises in supply and fit of zinc, copper, aluminium roofing, cladding and Alkor PVC Membrane roofing systems.

Edgeline Metal Roofing Ltd, 44 Smith Street, Moneymore, Magherafelt. County Londonderry, BT45 7PG.
T: 028 8674 8455

Doorways installed the access controls and automatic door system at Campbell College’s boarding department. The Belfast company installed a system which allows pupils and staff access to the department via a wrist-worn band. Each band, which is assigned to a named individual, provides varying levels of access to the department – for example a staff member could have access throughout the building while a pupil may only have access to certain areas. The system also logs which bands have been used to either gain access or exit the building which can help at times of emergency evacuations. Doorways Sales Manager, Robert McNeill said the Campbell College scheme was finished to a high standard.

“We were pleased with the completed job,” said Robert. “We did foresee some challenges around integrating the system with Campbell’s network but we were able to work closely with the school to get the right solutions.”

Doorways recently invested in training its engineers to allow them to work through customer and site requirements. The company has also invested in a new app for their team of engineers to drive efficiencies and track jobs. They also have a number of prestigious service contracts with schools, universities and council buildings in every county across the province.

“We have introduced new processes and we hope to look at more ways to implement this type of technology across our business,” said Robert. “Through the app we can monitor jobs in real time while also making sure that we are fully compliant with BS EN16005”.

As members of the Automatic Door Suppliers Association (ADSA) Doorways fully comply with the European Standard that is the code of practice for safety in use of automatic doors for pedestrian use. Fully automatic access controls help create safe and secure environments in buildings such as schools, nursing homes and offices and come in a number of different options including video/audio, door entry kits and keypads for buzzer entry systems. Doorways can also assist building owners in complying with the requirements of The Equality Act 2010 and the guidelines within BS 8300:2009.

Their technical team will provide a comprehensive access audit schedule and co-ordinate your egress control, digital entry phone and automatic door operator systems.

T: 028 9032 2802

Mooney Mechanical Installations Ltd installed the plumbing and heating and ventilation systems at the new boarding department at Campbell College in Belfast.

The project involved providing full mechanical services for 65 en-suite bedrooms and communal facilities for junior boarding students. Services provided included LTHW systems, a gas-fired boiler system, ventilation, space heating, pump installation, sanitary-ware and fully-automated BMS wiring installation.

“We have a very good working relationship with the QMAC Construction therefore this was a very good job for us to be involved in,” said Director, Dan Mooney.

T: 028 2957 1530

Noone Construction carried out the internal plastering work throughout the new boarding accommodation at Campbell College, Belfast. T

he Londonderry-based company specialises in all types of plastering including restoration work and new builds – both interior and exterior.

With over 20 years in business, Noone Construction has worked with Qmac Construction Ltd on a number of previous jobs and enjoys a good working relationship with the contractor.

T: Michael Noone 078 8579 0196

Carryduff Building Supplies supplied and fitted 2,500 square metres at a depth of 75mm of quick drying screed for the development of new boarding facilities at Campbell College in Belfast. QMAC Construction and Carryduff Building Supplies have worked together on a number of projects and enjoy a good working relationship.

Carryduff Building Supplies sells the majority of products required for the construction, landscaping and DIY markets. As a company, which is always moving forward, in 1997 a ready mix concrete plant was installed to allow an even greater service to customers for their building needs. At this time, concrete precast manufacture started in a small way with just a few individual hand filled moulds.

However, with the construction industry booming in the early 2000s there was yet again more expansion when the company installed an automated pre- cast unit, which allowed mass production of concrete products. With the success of the pre- cast production facility, it made sense to start manufacturing concrete blocks and bricks so in 2006 a Finlay block making and strapping machine were installed.

In 2012, right in the middle of the recession, the company took the bold step of installing a new pre- cast production facility to further diversify the range of products on offer.

T: 028 9081 3396