NITEC Building Award

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Before: The old entrance and small office building at the front of M4 being demolished. This had initially been the Spalding plant and for a long time that name was still deep in the STC conversation. “I’m heading up to Spaldings” was a phrase which left me totally confused in my first week at work.  But then again the “Raceview loading bay” in the M3 plant was still talked about 20 years after the Raceview site in Enniskillen had closed.

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During: The new shape of Nitec starting to unfold. This was a significant building effort not seen on the site for one, maybe two, decades before. The building would not be any use if we didn’t get Broadband into it, and this was one of our first experiences of being a Customer to one of the early cable companies who were becoming our new Customers.  Not a straight forward experience. I think the lead time for the cable was longer than the building.

(I don’t remember it being called Broadband in those days…. Ethernet has a ring to it)

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After: The NITEC building won the W & G Baird Business Environmental Endeavour (BEE) award. This scheme is aimed at encouraging excellence in the design of the working environment.
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Pictured here with NITEC’s director, Dr Danny McCaughan, are mechanical design engineers Gillian McColgan and Irwin Potts

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The assessor gave the site high marks for being “well integrated into the suburban environment” Des Cave the Project Manager received the award from Richard Needham, Minister of State for Northern Ireland, at a lunch at Shane’s Castle

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