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Celebrating 45 years with a £300K investment
Building services engineering contractor Sheridan & Hood is celebrating 45 years in business, and to mark the milestone has invested over £300,000 in new 6,000sqft premises in Tamar Street, Belfast.

Since 1968, Sheridan & Hood, which employs 50 people, has played an important part in mechanical and electrical engineering within the construction industry. In 2000, the company diversified its offering by launching a new pre-packaged plant room and biomass boiler manufacturing division, BSH, and it is the growth and development of this side of the business which has prompted the organisation to invest £300,000 in developing this site, a former tram depot, which features expanded production facilities.

Speaking about the investment, Managing Director Brian Hood said, “There has been considerable interest in our pre-packaged plant rooms in recent years by retail giants including Tesco in the UK and Ireland. More recently our biomass boiler manufacturing business has really taken off, and the move to larger premises is giving us the space we need to meet the demands of the manufacturing side of our business. Based on the current interest in our products, our plan is double the workforce within the next 24 months.

Diversifying and gaining a reputation for innovation in the renewables market has been a major focus for BS Holdings over the last year, since the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme was launched.

“There is no doubt that the RHI is driving demand for biomass in Northern Ireland,” said Brian. “One year into the scheme, we have a number of clients who are now benefiting from vast carbon savings and essentially free of charge heating as they are being paid for the renewable heat they generate.”

BSH is also the first company in Northern Ireland to develop a unique cooling plant using biomass which includes absorption chillers. This plant is currently in operation at the new Charles Hurst Ferrari showroom in Belfast. “Not only does this unique system reduce the end user’s carbon footprint for air conditioning, it also qualifies them for RHI payments because heat is generated to drive the cooling process.” added Brian.

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