Legendary liner contract ‘very big win’ for Carrick company

The Queen's Grill on the luxury ocean liner. INCT 06-703-CON
The Queen's Grill on the luxury ocean liner. INCT 06-703-CON

A Carrickfergus-based company has secured its most prestigious marine contract to remaster areas of Cunard’s luxurious flagship, Queen Mary 2

The 2,620 passenger ocean liner will be fitted out by McCue Marine during a 25-day multi-million pound dry-dock at the Blohm & Voss Shipyard in Hamburg, Germany, between May 27 and June 21.

The Princess Grill that McCue is due to upgrade. INCT 06-702-CON

The Princess Grill that McCue is due to upgrade. INCT 06-702-CON

The Sloefield Drive firm will upgrade the Queen’s Grill and Princess Grill restaurants, in addition to the Queen’s Grill Lounge.

Commenting on the seven-figure sum deal, Stephen Mills, business development manager, McCue Marine, said: “This is a great accolade for McCue Marine. We will be involved in fitting out some of the most prestigious public areas on the vessel. This contract is a very big win for us, and testament to our previous work in the fit out industry.

“Particular attention has been paid to take inspiration from the original Queen Mary, enhancing the existing designs and emphasising the feeling of understated elegance that Queen Mary 2 is renowned for.

“The former Todd English Restaurant will be remastered into The Verandah Restaurant, a private dining area for foodie guests wanting something with an alternative twist. The interiors will reflect the original Verandah found on Cunard’s Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth ships, staying true to their classic art deco heritage, while offering updated, crisp, contemporary interiors.”

McCue Crafted Fit entered the ship refurbishment market with the launch of McCue Marine in 2014 and has built upon its successful experience on land and taken it to sea.

The company’s wealth of high street fit out experience was also a key factor in securing an extensive remodelling in one of the outlets in the Mayfair shop area onboard on Deck Three to house designer brands for fine jewellery and watches.

Mr Mills added: “To ensure that work is completed within this very tight frame, one of the client’s prerequisites was that new bespoke fixtures and fittings contain a mixture of timber veneers, marble, glass and architectural metalwork, which can be preassembled offsite to allow for a fast installation on board. McCue’s 60,000 sq ft production facility in Carrickfergus certainly met that mark.”