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Notts firm secures multi-million euro deal for new Dublin hospital

A1 Flue Systems has secured a multi-million euro contract to design, manufacture and install flue and chimney systems for a new children’s hospital that is under construction in Dublin.

The multi-award-winning Ollerton-based company – which is the UK market leader in the design, manufacture and installation of commercial and industrial chimney, flue and exhaust systems – has secured the contract with Jones Engineering, a leading international engineering contracting company providing mechanical, electrical, instrumentation, fire protection and maintenance solutions around the world.

The new National Children’s Hospital is in the grounds of the sixty-acre St James Hospital campus in the city – which is close to the original Guinness Brewery – and is expected to be completed by 2022.

A1 Flues and Jones Engineering have finalised the full design for the project, which will include installing a new support mast for the 16 new flues of the hospital’s CHP (combined heat and power) plant, LPHW boilers, steam boilers and emergency generators. The existing hospital operational flues will be transferred to the new flue mast in a complex logistical process while maintaining 24/7 availability of the adult hospital steam boilers and CHP. The existing mast then will be decommissioned and demolished after over 40 years in operation.

The contract is being managed by A1 Flues’ team in its Belfast office; work is underway and is scheduled to be completed by December 2020.

Speaking about securing the contract, Managing Director John Hamnett said he was delighted that Jones Engineering chose A1 Flues for what is a high-profile project in Dublin.

“Securing the project is testament to the brilliance of all 140 people who work at A1 Flues, who have made our company a world beater in the design, manufacture and installation of commercial and industrial chimney, flue and exhaust systems,” said John.

“This is another huge project for A1 Flues and adds to our portfolio of prestigious projects, which includes Battersea Power Station, The Shard and the Grand Central Hotel in Belfast, where we installed an 80m tall chimney – which we understand to be the tallest in the city.

“A special mention must also be made to Robert McGookin at our Belfast office, who has worked closely with Jones Engineering over the last couple of years to provide expert support as the plans for the flue and chimney systems have taken shape.”

Donal Collins from Jones Engineering said that they selected A1 Flues for such an important project because of the company’s track record and the quality of its manufacturing.

“We had no doubts about awarding the contract to A1 Flues because we have worked with them on previous projects, so we know that their engineering capabilities and manufacturing standards are first class – and this is vitally important on such an important project for Jones Engineering,” said Donal Collins.

The awarding of the contract will not lead to the creation of more jobs at A1 Flues, even though the company is also currently working on the project to manufacture nine 100m tall chimney systems that will be installed inside two of the four iconic chimneys at Battersea Power Station in London.

Mr Hamnett said that the company has sufficient flexibility within its own committed labour force to fulfil the contract.

“I am very proud that an award-winning business in North Nottinghamshire has become the UK centre of excellence in flue and chimney design and that a company of the size and stature of Jones Engineering has chosen to work with us again by selecting us for what is a high-profile project in Dublin,” he said.


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