NIBuilder 33-6 Dec-Jan


SAM, the UK’s leading manufacturer of MDF mouldings, has invested over one million pounds in developing its latest primed mouldings solution. The significant investment has enabled the Antrim-based company to deliver an improved primed product, ensuring the profiles have a superior and robust finish. Trade professionals, contractors and housebuilders can now expect a better standard and higher quality on level with a semi-finished product. The new primed finish also brings a brighter, whiter product that will capture customers’ attention, a smoother surface to achieve a superior final appearance and a standout product that offers a competitive edge. Cat McCrea, Commercial Director at SAM, commented, “This initial investment is the first of many improvements we will be making in 2023 to strengthen our stock range and lead times. Through our customer network, we want to give contractors and house builders confidence to achieve the best possible standard and finish on their MDF mouldings, and this new primed finish does exactly that.” ANTRIM FIRM INVESTS £1M INTO IMPROVED MOULDINGS OFFERING FOR 2023

Some of the Belfast-based Collins Rolston team (L-R): Jennifer Whittaker, Mark Cooper, Gemma Beattie, Harry Rolston, James McConnell, and Mark Collins.

Belfast-based architectural practice Collins Rolston is poised for a new growth phase as it enters its 30th year in business under new ownership. The company has been acquired by long-standing Director, Mark Collins, and Rolston Architects has been rebranded as Collins Rolston. Collins Rolston has experienced significant growth over the past two years with the number of professional staff tripling and fee turnover increasing, which Mark Collins attributes to “an authentic can-do attitude, focus on value engineering, underpinned by design excellence.” The practice has consciously diversified its project portfolio to now incorporate health, education, retail, office, heritage and social regeneration schemes as well as residential development, social housing and high-end residential schemes. “The team, that I’m now honoured to lead, is excited to be entering a new era of growth and practice development that will incorporate the delivery of an increasing number of projects in Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and England,” Mark commented. BELFAST ARCHITECTURAL PRACTICE POISED FOR GROWTH UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP

SAM’s new primed finish.


The Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations (NIFHA) announced the appointment of Seamus Leheny as the new Chief Executive. Seamus joins NIFHA from Logistics UK, one of the UK’s largest trade associations, where he was the Northern Ireland Policy Lead with responsibility for policy, communications, and public affairs. Seamus will now lead the NIFHA team of 20 members who manage over 57,000 homes and provide care and support services for thousands of people. Seamus will

represent the views of the social housing sector through engagement with Government and key stakeholders, ensuring that housing policy is strategically developed and that investment in social housing is prioritised. As he started his new role, Seamus said, “I am delighted to take up this new challenge with NIFHA. Housing is a critical matter for communities right across the region and I look forward to representing those interests and building on the great work of the NIFHA team and its members.”

NIFHA’s new Chief Executive Seamus Leheny.



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