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Northstone (NI) Limited, headquartered in Dunmurry, Belfast has three operating divisions, namely Farrans, Northstone Materials and CUBIS Systems. Overall the Company employs 1,200 employees and has an extensive supply chain.

The Company came into being in 1941 under the leadership of the late Sam Taggart, the managing director of Farrans Limited. There followed several acquisitions as Sam sought to develop a vertically integrated business with quarries, concrete manufacturers, engineering companies and sand producers joining the Farrans Ltd Group.

In 1977 Farrans Ltd was acquired by the T.B.F. Thompson (Garvagh) Limited Group which then became the largest construction and building materials Company in Northern Ireland at that time.

The following year, CRH plc, acquired the T.B.F. Thompson (Garvagh) Limited Group and thereby maintaining the Company’s market leading position in construction, building materials and access chambers.

In 2005 the Company was rebranded as Northstone (NI) Limited with the Company’s characteristic three chevron logo denoting the coming together of three separate businesses. Today those three businesses are integral divisions of Northstone (NI) Limited.

  • Farrans Construction are an established, innovative building and civil engineering contractor with operational interests throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland as well as Europe.
  • Northstone Materials are a major supplier of quarry products, ready mixed concrete, bituminous coated materials, concrete roof tiles, concrete blocks and bricks as well as sand within Northern Ireland. Northstone products are also exported to Great Britain.
  • CUBIS Systems is Europe’s leading manufacturer of access chambers and ducting systems, used in the construction of infrastructures networks. Recent acquisition activity has meant that CUBIS Industries now has manufacturing facilities in Ireland, England and Australia and exports its products to over 25 countries worldwide as leaders in innovating underground networks access.
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News
  • Amy makes the Cut
    Amy Wright from Farrans has been included in the Women’s Engineering Society recently published Top 50 Women in Engineering Under 35 list.
    8 September 2017
  • Northstone Supporting Kids in West Belfast
    The generosity of Northstone people in supporting worthy causes is well known and this year, sponsorship funding for participation in the Belfast Marathon in early May was donated to the Local Neptune Special Olympics Swimming Club based the Whiterock Leisure Centre in Belfast.
    7 September 2017
  • Northstone's CRH Ambassador
    Gary Blair, the Pre-Construction Manager at Farrans, has been appointed as the Northstone CRH Ambassador.
    6 September 2017