Heron Bros has got 2017 off to a flying start by announcing over £110m worth of new construction projects in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

The projects include Belfast Leisure Transformation Programme, Dairy Hall Leisure Complex in Newtownards, new Porsche dealership in Belfast, Bargarran Primary School in Renfrewshire and Arthurlie Family Centre in East Renfrewshire.


The Belfast Leisure Transformation Programme is the largest single capital contract ever let by Belfast City Council at £105m. Heron Bros will initially begin work on three new leisure facilities across the city with a capital value of £60m. These will replace the existing facilities at Andersonstown Leisure Centre, the Robinson Centre and Brook Activity Centre. Preparatory works are already underway at the Robinson Centre, with building also scheduled to start this summer at Andersonstown and Brook. All three new centres are due for completion by summer 2019.

The new £30M Leisure Facility at Dairy Hall will act as the primary leisure destination for Newtownards and the surrounding area. Inside the centre there will be 3 swimming pools, gym, spa facilities, spin & dance studios, 6-court sports hall, changing areas, internal play areas, support spaces, party rooms, café and kitchen area. The outdoor facilities are to include a 60m x 43m covered pitch, External play areas, Adventure Park and Skate Park and a proposed external BMX/Mountain Bike track. Heron Bros is to begin on site in Newtownards in February 2017 and the scheme is to last 20 months, with handover expected to take place in October 2018.

Heron Bros has also commenced on site the new £4.5M Porsche dealership. The facility will comprise Porsche’s new centre for sales and servicing in the Titanic Quarter, as part of the larger regeneration of Belfast’s Titanic Quarter. Project completion is expected in late 2017.

Heron Bros is set to continue their expansion in Scotland, having been recently awarded two prestigious projects by Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire Councils.

In Renfrewshire, Heron Bros has been appointed as main contractor of the £14M Bargarran Primary School, St John’s Bosco Joint Faith Primary School & Nursery. The project involves the construction of a new two storey building and shared site facility to replace the existing two adjacent schools. The works are to be carried out in phases to ensure the safe running of both existing live schools while the new shared building is being constructed. Works are scheduled to last 185 weeks, beginning in February 2017 with handover expected in January 2019.

In East Renfrewshire, the £5M Arthurlie Family Centre is located within the grounds of the former Auchenback Primary School. The contract involves the construction of new single storey building to create a family centre, providing early education for age 0-5 year olds with a total capacity for 170 child spaces. Heron Bros are also to provide secure outdoor play areas and sufficient car parking and drop off areas for parents. The project is to be delivered over 42 weeks with work beginning on-site in January 2017 and is expected to be completed in November 2017.

Damian Heron, Group Managing Director at Heron Bros, said;

“Following a successful 2016, we are delighted to begin a New Year by announcing that Heron Bros has been awarded over £110M worth of construction work both in Northern Ireland and Scotland.”

“The Belfast Leisure Transformation Programme and the New Ards Leisure facility will enable us to expand on our impressive portfolio of leisure facilities whilst providing significant community benefits to the wider Belfast and Newtownards areas. Heron Bros will deliver a world-class, luxury Porsche dealership in Titanic Belfast illustrating our continued ability to construct high-end facilities.”

“Bargarran Primary school further cements our reputation on high quality education projects, whilst the Arthurlie Family Centre showcases our expertise in delivering specialist education and secure facilities.”

“Heron Bros is committed to developing long-lasting and collaborative relationships with our supply chain partners as we recognise the value this adds to our business. As always we are eager to build a network of contacts in the respective locations so that we can make our local supply chain as robust as possible.”

Heron Bros’ Subcontractor Handbook is now available on their website. This handbook provides more information about the company and further details on how to become an approved partner. Applications to become a quality-approved subcontractor can also be submitted online at: www.heronbros.com/connect/work-with-us/supply-chain