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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
  • Update from Woking Office
    Warren Wright, Director of England South, the new Farrans region in England has kindly provided Northlink with an update on his area of responsibility.
    28 April 2017
  • Richard and Diane decide to retire
    Richard McDermott, the Northstone Materials Commercial Director, and his wife, Diane, have both decided to retire this Christmas and bring to an end a total of 48 years of service to our Company.
    28 April 2017
  • Significant Progress at New Wear Crossing
    The past 6 months have seen significant visible progress on the Farrans New Wear Crossing contract under the guiding hand of Project Director, Stephen McCaffrey.
    28 April 2017