The McVey Way

4 Mar , 2024  

No stranger to winning awards, P McVey Building Systems was pleased to be a finalist in the 2023 Irish Construction Industry Awards for its successful delivery of 8,500 sq. ft. of modular accommodation at Sport Ireland’s Campus in Dublin.

Shortlisted in the MMC Project of the Year category, the Toomebridge, Co. Antrim-headquartered company was appointed to design and build three standalone single storey modular units by main contractor Conneely Builders for client Sport Ireland. All units were fully steel framed with vertical larch cladding, insulated roof panel and anthracite windows and doors. P McVey Building Systems is a successful family-owned business which has been delivering bespoke, high quality off-site projects and modular buildings for the past 38 years.

Launched in 2014, the Irish Construction Industry Awards recognise, encourage and celebrate original and innovative contractors, businesses, teams, consultants and projects that demonstrate excellence in the built environment.

“It was a great achievement to be nominated in the same category as John Sisk & Son and JJ Rhatigan. They are massive companies compared to us,” P McVey Building Systems Commercial Director Mike McVey modestly says.

“It reflects very favourably on our team and systems. We were appointed to design and build new environmentally-friendly modular office blocks to a high quality and high specification for Sport Ireland in Blanchardstown. They were very happy with the end result and are interested in using us again in the future.”

McVey Building Systems was founded in The Loup, Co. Derry by Managing Director Pat Vey who has since been joined by his sons Mike, Adrian (Operators Director), Timothy (Logistics Manager) and Shea (Site Manager). The company has grown to employ 50 people who are supported by up to 100 tried and trusted subcontractors. McVey Building Systems operates three purpose-built manufacturing facilities, two in Toomebridge and another in nearby Magherafelt.

The family business has grown by a whopping 1,500% in the last five years, during which time it acquired Donnelly Cabin and its modern factory in Toomebridge, to which a 35,000 sq. ft. extension was added 18 months ago.  The deal also brought all Donnelly Cabin employees under its umbrella. P McVey Building Systems will open a Liverpool site with office accommodation in the coming months that will allow it to grow further its UK market share.

Having initially specialised in buying, selling and refurbishing used modular buildings and classrooms, the award-winning company began manufacturing modular buildings a decade ago which has expedited growth. Modular projects are completed 30-50% faster than traditional construction with a greater certainty of completion on time and within budget – significantly reducing P McVey Building Systems’ carbon footprint.

Offering consultation, planning, design, build, delivery, installation and maintenance, P McVey Building Systems is a one-stop shop for all your modular needs.

“By focusing on bespoke high-quality modular building solutions, we have gotten ourselves onto a number of Government frameworks. In the UK, we’re on the Fusion 21, Crown Commercial Service, ESPO, KCS, Department for Education and EANI frameworks, while we’re on the DOE HSE and Irish Rail frameworks in the Republic. While education and healthcare are the main sectors we concentrate on, we’re also involved in commercial and residential projects,” Mike explains.

“All of the management are hands-on and very involved in the day-to-day running of the business. This has played an integral part in our success, as has the contribution of our team. It goes without saying that our people are our greatest asset. We’re equipped to take on any job as a main contractor, from build and design to installation. We have our own fleet of trucks with hiab cranes and trailers, which can deliver anywhere in Ireland and the UK.

“In addition, we carry our own independent fire certification, thereby ticking all the boxes from an insurance point of view. Our goal is to provide quality on-time projects to our valued clients.”

For the Sport Ireland project, P McVey Building Systems was required to minimise Health & Safety in a live working environment. The client required a quick turnaround project to accommodate growing needs at its Blanchardstown HQ. P McVey’s design team and design subcontractors consisted of MMA Architects (Modular Sub Contractor Architectural), Beattie Flanagan (Modular Building Services Design), George Dawson Ltd (Modular Structural Engineer), 360 Degree (Modular Energy Consultant), Tyrone Electrical (Modular Electrical Contractor) and HTC Mechanical (Modular Mechanical Contractor).

This off-site project was carried out in several phases. Phase 1 consisted of an open plan canteen with a cooking area along with male and female toilets, shower room, disabled toilet and shower rooms. Phase 2 comprised three separate office accommodation, each with open plan offices, individual offices and glazed meeting room. Phase 3 consisted of two separate office accommodation, each with open plan offices, individual offices and a glazed meeting room.

Specifications included air conditioning and energy-efficient LED lighting throughout with programmable PIR presence detection sensors. Energy usage was offset by the installation of 22kw photovoltaic panels on the roof.

The Building Services Design was planned from an early stage of the project with P McVey’s detailed design being completed with ease of commission ability in mind. Pre-commissioning included circuit testing throughout along with pre-demonstrations to the design team prior to client handover. Inspection and test plans were agreed with the client’s design representatives, the main contractor and the McVey design team, allowing witnessing / certification to be completed as they required.

Client Demonstration timetable was agreed well in advance of project completion to ensure personnel were available for demonstration and training in the system’s use. Strict adherence and cooperation from all parties resulted in a smooth handover to the client on-time (the project took seven months to complete) and within budget.

While onsite, the modular buildings specialist upheld a no waste policy to help support Sport Ireland’s carbon saving commitment, which was 35% less embodied when compared to traditional construction.

As P McVey Building Systems continues to go from strength to strength, it would like to take this opportunity to thank its clients and suppliers for their support as well as its staff and subcontractors for their hard work, dedication and expertise.

P McVey Building Systems


Unit 3,

Creagh Business Park,


Co. Antrim,

BT41 3UF.

Telephone: 028 794 18670

Email: [email protected]

Web: www.pmcveybuildingsystems.com

This article was published in Building Ireland Magazine, March 2024, Vol 10 No 3