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Fergus Merriman

The Irish Heritage Seed Bank Building at Irish Seedsavers Association Capparoe Scarriff.

“We have over the years used McGrath Quarries very successfully on many occasions, however, I am writing to you to state how particularly pleased we were with the assistance and service you gave us on the specification and delivery of the concrete and stone for the Heritage Seed Bank Project.

The stone fill for the gabions has proved very successful being easy to place and stable as well as providing an aesthetic admired by many.

The floor slab is particularly satisfactory, our requirement was for an ecologically sound floor that would provide a hard wearing dust free and pleasing finish that had also to withstand the potential for robust use of seed drying equipment and be easily cleaned with minimal possibility of contamination. We also required a product that embodied minimum energy both in terms of its production and its overall sustainable credentials.

The resultant ground and polished slab has achieved all that and more, even to the extent that a TD enquired where they could “get a roll of it” because it looked so good!

Grinding the floor at an early stage, soon after pouring and before erection of walls commenced, was critical to achieving a consistent finish, the early setting strength backed up by your quality assurance department ensured we were able to complete the grinding without impact on programme.

The consistency of mix also ensured we could provide a homogeneous graduated polish without undue requirement to grind excessively and this also saved cost and time on the programme.

Overall, we congratulate McGrath Quarries for helping us provide an excellent finished product that will perform beyond the life expectancy of the building with the minimum maintenance and that will always look great.

We look forward to working with you on future projects.”


Kind Regards



Fergus Merriman MSCSI MRICS

Registered Building Surveyor