Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Who's Building What

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Who's Building What

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Byline: By Ron Taylor

Charlie Wandless must be wondering when the good Lord is to provide not seven but eight days in the week.

For to quote the managing director of M Rooney Construction: "The company is stashed out with work and we're going flat out."

That's a healthy situation for Mr Wandless and his co-director wife Margaret to be in after buying out the former Michael Rooney-owned company barely eight months ago.

Last month alone, the North Tyneside firm booked pounds 1.8m of new business and seems destined to be again heading the tender list on another attractive project shortly.

Considering its latest winning streak, Rooney Construction is nothing if not versatile. Contracts stem from health and vocational sectors through to well-heeled customers ordering the grandest of dwellings.

The Rooney name has been synonymous with work in the region's hospitals, particularly at the Queen Elizabeth, Gateshead.

It's not surprising, therefore, that a start is imminent on the construction of a generator house, a loading dock, water tank building and refurbishment of the hospital's laundry.

Together worth pounds 298,000 to the contractor, the jobs will be undertaken under the direction of Gateshead Hospital NHS Trust's estates department with specialist M&E design input from A & E Robb & Partners.

It may seem that pounds 510,751 is a lot to refurbish the Langley and Lindisfarne wards of Hunters Moor Hospital, Newcastle, but there's no spend more worthwhile to some than that for the care of those suffering severe trauma after brain injury.

Both Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals and Northgate & Prudhoe Hospitals NHS Trusts are closely involved in Rooney Construction's current remodelling work at the Spital Tongues project, with contract administration by chartered building surveyors Peter Fall Cowie.

Nor will funding be better used than at The Marie Curie home for the care of sufferers from cancer staying at the charity's centre off Bentinck Road, Newcastle. …

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