Major business spin-off opportunity from Desertcreat college for Mid Ulster firms

How the new police and fire training college will look once complete
How the new police and fire training college will look once complete

Local companies are to be given the chance to reap spin-off business from the new police and fire training college at Desertcreat through two upcoming events.

The FGP Partnership, who have been appointed to build the Northern Ireland Community Safety College just outside Cookstown, is calling on companies from across the building and trade sectors to tender for work beginning in June.

The first event — the Get Ready to Tender seminar — which is to be held at Glenavon House Hotel on Tuesday, February 25 at 10.45am will give small and medium sized firms an insight into the opportunities available.

Funded by Cookstown District Council, and supported by FGP and Global Education (NI) Limited (GEL), Get Ready to Tender is also part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund under the Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for Northern Ireland. Rafael Foulquie Echevarria from the FGP Partnership will be on hand to outline the details and timescale of the project, including opportunities during the construction and post-construction phases at the seminar.

Managing director of GEL, Janis Simpson-Mahoney, will then detail the practical steps that companies need to take if they want to bid for work.

But, businesses must pre-register for this event by contacting Melissa Rutherford or Simon Eakin at GEL on 028 7134 7631 by 4pm tomorrow.

The second opportunity to get involved — a Meet the Buyer Event — is more geared towards potential suppliers and is planned for on Tuesday, March 4 from 8am-6pm, also in the Glenavon House Hotel.

And local companies, suppliers and sub-contractors who want to get on board with the project are also invited to attend this event.

The new college will provide a state-of-the-art training facility for Police, Fire and Rescue and Prison Service staff to train together on one purpose built site for the next 50 years and will be the first of its kind in Europe.

Cookstown, Dungannon & South Tyrone and Magherafelt Councils have joined forces to urge companies from across Mid Ulster to attend these important events as it will provide them with a unique chance to meet directly with buyers, with a view to gaining a foothold in the supply chain for the major works.

A wide number of opportunities exist for suppliers of the following materials and services:

• Mechanical and Electrical Services; Curtain Walling, Envelope, Roofs and External Glazing; Groundworks and Drainage; Landscaping and Fencing; Partitions and Ceiling; Internal Finishes, Carpentry and Joinery; Plant Hire, Material Supplies; Site Services (fitted furniture, cleaning services, catering, vending); Steelwork, Metalwork, Block and Brickwork.

Further details about Meet the Buyer can be obtained by contacting Fiona McKeown at Cookstown District Council on 028 867 62205 or email fiona.mck