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Ballymena Borough Business Excellence Awards 2013


We’ve been short-listed for the “most promising new business award”

by the Ballymena Borough Chamber of Commerce and Industry and sponsored by Into Business Magazine. A Local magazine that concentrates on local businesses… We appeared in the last magazine 🙂
This time last year we were short listed for the best new website (which were finalists, after 3 months of starting up) this year, in our eyes, we’ve went one better to be short listed for the most promising new business.
We were interviewed last week on everything about our business & the judges we’re shocked to hear we’ve only been going just over a year!!
We were judged on

• Business profile and objectives
• Innovation & individuality
• Business structure and management
• Business performance to date
• Sustainability

This will be another great night at Tullyglass Hotel for the Ballymena Borough Business Excellence Awards 2013!!

Ballymena Borough Business Excellence Awards 2013

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where are we at today??

a day out surveying!! – guess where we’re at?

Our for a survey at a well known building in Ballymena!!

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where are we at today??

New project in Templepatrick

We’ve been appointed as architects for our clients exciting extension & renovation project in Templepatrick, County Antrim …. can’t wait to get started!!

New project in Templepatrick



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site meetings in the cold!!

2 site meetings this morning in Templepatrick & Ahoghill.
Thankfully we’re back in the office as it’s baltic!!
Another survey in Ballymena in the morning…thankfully it’s indoors!!


new images for Poseyhill house Doagh

Poseyhill House, Doagh, County Antrim

Check out a sample of an image of our clients project on outside Doagh on the Poseyhill Road.
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New project – dunfane park ballymena

We’ve been appointed as architects for an extension & renovation (NIHE Grant) for a project in Dunfane Park, Ballymena

glarryford house complete

Stay tuned to our Blog & Social Media to see what our Glarryford house photo’s turns out like!!

Here’s Steven at it trying to look busy 🙂

glarryford house complete

Woodside Gym Ballymena

Woodside Road Gym nearing completion

Another 2/3 weeks until the Gym opens on the Woodside Road.
An exciting time for The Fitness Factor as they are for taking on this.
The Fitness Factor is one of Northern Ireland’s leading gyms that prides itself on being unique. How? Its driven by members, and not the number of members! 1 on 1 training with highly qualified and motivated fitness coaches is not only here to help each of the members achieve their fitness goals, but to develop new levels of fitness in all areas.
This is the approach that they are taking into their Woodside Road Gym.
Opening up their 3rd Gym in the Ballymena area just shows how committed they are to their industry & the local community.

Along with ourselves, Studio21 an interior design company based in Dublin have had a large input into how the unit has been fitted out.

This will defiantly be one of the best looking gyms in the local area!!
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Woodside Gym Ballymena

milk cup tournament northern ireland

milk cup tournament 2013 at Ballymena Showgrounds

We’ve been kindly invited to tonight’s Milk Cup tournament (Northern Ireland) final at Ballymena Showgrounds by McKendry Fabrications.
McKendry fabrications provides a range of products and services from design & drafting to fabrication & installation of products in Stainless Steel, Aluminium, Brass, Copper, Mild Steel, Galvanised Steel and Powder Coated Steel.
And also a bespoke customer specific designs including,

  • Landmark Sculptures
  • Factory & Commercial Equipment
  • Structural Steel
  • Balustrades
  • Handrails
  • Guard Rails
  • Gates
  • Staircases (Helical, Spiral & Straight)
  • Access Ladders
  • Working Platforms
  • Stainless steel process pipework
  • Carbon steel pipework

Tonight’s finals consist of

County Antrim v Everton at 4-00pm
Northern Ireland v Mexico Elite teams at approx 6-00pm!
County Tyrone v Manchester United at approx 8-00pm  

All held at Ballymena Showgrounds!!
Best of all tonight is that along with all the young & hopefully future stars….there is a team in each final from Northern Ireland. With any luck there’ll be a sell out crowd and some decent weather


Since the Milk Cup started back in 1983 it has attracted entries from Clubs and Nations all over the world.
Now with it in it’s 30th year, all us locals in Northern Ireland & those that visit for the tournament, have been amazed to see some of the young players “make it big”
In the United team one year was bursting with future stars including Nicky Butt, Gary Neville, Paul Scholes, Robbie Savage and Ben Thornley as well as our own Colin Murdock and Keith Gillespie.
Eight of the England squad at World Cup finals in South Africa played at Milk Cup –Wayne Rooney (with Everton) Joe Cole (West Ham), Michael Carrick  (West Ham), James Milner (Leeds Utd), Aaron Lennon (Leeds), Jermain Defoe (Spurs), Peter Crouch (Spurs), Ledley King (Spurs).

So all in all it’s one of the best youth tournament in the World.


milk cup tournament northern ireland

We attended the Launch of Business Excellence Awards 2013

Ballymena Borough Business Excellence Awards 2013

We attended the launch of the Ballymena Borough Business Excellence Awards 2013 hosted by Ballymena Borough Chamber of Commerce and Industry  in Ballymena Town Hall – The Braid.

After being finalists in last years ‘Website of the Year’ we are looking at possibly entering another category this year.
We’re also looking forward to a great night out in Ballymena, Tullyglass Hotel

Announcing the sponsorship deal, Thomas McKillen, Chamber President said

“I am delighted to announce that Ballymena Borough Council will be the principal sponsor for the 2013 Business Awards. The Council was also principal sponsor in 2012 and I thank them for their continued support of the awards.

We’ve seen growth in interest, attendance and applications for the awards every year since we started, with last year 440 people attending the Gala evening. It’s always great to see the mix of businesses at the awards, representing sectors from retail to manufacturing to services. And it allows Ballymena to showcase the best businesses and practices to outside bodies perhaps looking to locate new businesses.

I’m glad to say that Chamber has had an excellent working relationship with Ballymena Borough Council over many years and I thank them for their continued support, not only of the awards but Chamber in general. I look forward to this business focused approach continuing into the future”.

Ex Mayor of Ballymena, Alderman PJ McAvoy said “As principal sponsor of the awards, Ballymena Borough Council is fully committed to creating the environment that commerce can operate in. These awards demonstrate the commitment to excellence shown by many businesses within the Borough. Ballymena can be a place for business excellence and we are proud to be home for some globally recognised organisations.

Ballymena Borough Council is delighted to be the principal sponsor at the awards for 2013, and will continue to work in partnership with the local business community to support growth and prosperity for our people and our place – Ballymena.

Minister Arlene Foster MLA visited Ballymena recently and I took the opportunity to invite her to attend the Gala evening in October, and we are now in communication with her office”.

Alison Moore, who heads up the organizing committee for the awards, added

“Planning is already well under way for this year’s awards. Once again Chamber will be employing Insight Mystery Shopping to carry out the judging and the Tullyglass House Hotel, an excellent facility we are fortunate to have in Ballymena, will again be hosting the gala evening. The date for this year’s award ceremony is Thursday 10th October – which may seem a long way off but it will soon come round so put this date in your diary now. I am confident that this will be another brilliant evening”.

If you require any further information about the Ballymena Borough Business Excellence Awards  please contact Chris Wales at or 07876 758 797

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Mayor of Ballymena – Councillor Mrs. Audrey Wales (MBE) speaking at the launch.




NI councils receive funds to tackle dereliction

Fifteen Northern Ireland councils are to share £1.5m from the Department of Environment (DoE) to tackle decay and dereliction in their areas.

Environment Minister Alex Attwood said the funds would be used to enhance the environment and in turn boost tourism and local trade.
He said the dereliction funding scheme was going from strength to strength.
The money was confirmed by Finance Minister Sammy Wilson two weeks ago as part of the June Monitoring round.

‘Increasing significance’

Mr Attwood said £2m had already been spent in nine council areas, including Belfast.
“Many more can now do so. This is a project of increasing significance,” he said.
“Tourists will be put off by eyesores. If we deal with dereliction, vacant properties and abandoned building sites, we create the opportunity to attract local investment and tourists.”
Mr Attwood said councils that received funding should “press on” while he continued to bid for funds to take the scheme forward.
“This investment is also for the people of the area. They will have the character of their built environment improved,” he said.


Councils to receive funding

Ballymena £160,000
Armagh £45,000
Ballymoney £100,000
Larne £160,000
Coleraine £140,000
Carrick £100,000
Cookstown £120,000
Newry and Mourne £80,000
Omagh £120,000
Strabane £200,000
Antrim £70,000
Dungannon £17,000
Newtownabbey £80,000
Banbridge £50,000
Castlereagh £30,000

information taken directly from BBC website


ballymena architects planning consultants celebrate 1st anniversary

ballymena architects & planning consultants, Slemish Design Studio celebrate thier 1st anniversary

today’s our official 1st anniversary!!

from being made redundant over a year ago, to starting up our business, we’ve been through a few ups & downs.
but over this past year, thankfully more ups 🙂
We’d like to thank all those that have came to us about all types of planning & architectural projects & also to everyone else in helping get our name off the ground.

Steven & Joe

ballymena architects planning consultants anniversary


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Planning approval on Deerfin Road, Ballymena

Ballymena architects receive planning approval at another site in Ballymena

We just received planning approval for a site on the Deerfin Road, Ballymena, County Antrim
After what was initially thought by planning to be a refusal, we manage to get the correct information to prove that they were indeed wrong & that our application should be approved.
This then took 6 months for the approval to come thought!!!!
Usually we’ve approvals in less time, but with some more sensitive application, extra time should be allowed.

Once approval came in we went straight in to Building Control with their application.
I’m now pleased to say our client has at long last got started on site 🙂

We’ll keep up-to-date with this project (like all our projects) to keep you all informed.
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Planning approval Deerfin Road, Ballymena

Attwood announces easing of planning rules for farmers

Environment Minister Alex Attwood today announced the easing of planning rules for farmers

The new rights, known as permitted development rights, will come in to operation in August 2013. They will increase the range of agricultural development that no longer needs planning permission.

Farmers will now be able to undertake new build or extend agricultural buildings including sheds for hay and straw, storage and maintenance of agricultural machinery and plant, milking parlours, slurry storage tanks and chicken and other livestock sheds without having to go through the planning application process.

This means farmers can construct buildings up to 500 square metres without the need for a planning application (the equivalent of over 5,000 square feet). Currently they can only erect up to 300 square metres without the need for a planning application.

Alex Attwood said: “These new rights, the most generous on these islands, will eliminate unnecessary red tape to enable agriculture to grow in a challenging economic climate. Extensive research has been carried out and I have listened and met with various groups and these changes are warmly welcomed. I want to help expand our agri-food business by 40% in the next few years. That is what producers tell me they hope to achieve – these changes can help the industry to do so.

“These new rights strike an essential balance, they free up farmers to make improvements with safeguards to protect neighbours and ensure that development is of an appropriate scale and character.”

The new rights will also provide for the installation of structures of up to 500 square metres to house anaerobic digestion plant on agricultural units. Put simply, anaerobic digestion is a treatment process using, for example, farm crops and animal waste to produce biogas which can be used as a fuel to power and heat the farm.

Alex Attwood continued: “Renewable energy and technology is our single biggest economic opportunity. This is why I am working hard to get planning better fit for purpose with more renewable approvals. Statistics published this week show an increase of 90% in renewable energy applications with almost nine in ten of these approved. This will help our economy and meet Executive Renewable Energy targets.

“These new rules will help farmers seize the benefits of renewable technologies such as anaerobic digesters which can help to make savings and reduce running costs in the longer term.”

The Minister concluded: “This year I have already paved the way for schools, businesses and farm buildings to install solar panels without planning permission and announced further rights to boost mobile phone and internet coverage in Northern Ireland.

“This is further proof that planning is turning corners. Over the past two years I have driven through changes and set challenging targets to speed up the planning process. Whether it is Article 31/ ministerial decisions, renewable energy decisions or new policies on tourism and heritage, reform is working. Planning is delivering benefits to the economy in an efficient and timely manner whilst protecting our environment. The DOE is leading in protecting the environment and in supporting economic recovery. These new rules further demonstrate this.”

easing planning rules for Northern Ireland farmers

information taking from the Northern Ireland Executive wesbite

Sligo Extension and Renovation

update on Sligo extension and renovation

Our clients sent us a few pictures of how their extension and renovation is coming along in Ballymote, Co. Sligo.
It’s great to see everything taking place & we cannot wait to get down to see it in person.


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