McAvoy launches new pods

Dungannon company McAvoy Off-Site Solutions has launched two innovative, modular room pods at a construction industry conference in Belfast.

The pods are complete bedroom and living space units which are constructed off-site and delivered to a construction site fully furnished, decorated and with a cladded weather-proof exterior.

Development of the pods was the result of a £600,000 investment supported by a £200,000 contribution from Invest Northern Ireland for the development of a range of new modular buildings.

The first two models are aimed at new hotel developments and the student accommodation market. Further models intended for social housing and nursing homes are planned.

Launching the products at the first Northern Ireland Off-Site Construction Conference, managing director of the McAvoy Group, Orla Corr, said: ‘Having specialised in the construction of modular buildings for over 30 years, and achieved considerable success in both local and external markets, we identified a viable opportunity for complete pods which could be adapted for a number of possible uses.

‘We developed the first pods available on the market which feature fully finished interiors and exteriors. They can be erected on their own or with other pods, whether temporary or permanent, and may also be built in conjunction with bricks and mortar to create “hybrid” buildings. In addition, they are fully plumbed and wired, featuring insulation that meets the standard of new conventional buildings and complies with all the latest environmental legislation.

‘As well as the student, hotel and other markets identified so far, we anticipate that the quality and adaptability of the new products will enable us to compete for business arising from the need for athlete accommodation for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.’

John Thompson, Invest NI’s director of innovation, research and technology, said: ‘The McAvoy Group has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to innovation which continues to reap dividends for the company’s export turnover. This latest R&D investment puts the company in a market-leading position and I have no doubt that the firm can go on to achieve even more success in what is a highly competitive market.’