New A1 Flues recruit off to flying start with £100,000 of orders

Robert McGookin

A1 Flue Systems’ newest recruit has hit the ground running after securing five new projects totalling more than £100,000 in the first two weeks of him joining the company.

Robert McGookin has joined the multi award-winning team in a sales role to cover the whole of Ireland, and he’s wasted no time in picking up orders for commercial flue and chimney systems for new office and apartment blocks that are springing up in Dublin Quays.

McGookin is a well-known figure in the Irish heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) industry, with more than 35 years’ experience, including working for PLC businesses, operating chains of builders’ merchants and running his own company.

He puts his instant impact down to the expertise of A1 Flue Systems – which is based in Ollerton near Newark in Nottinghamshire and employs 140 people – being the only company in the UK able to design, manufacture and install complex industrial flue and chimney systems.

He said: “A1 Flue Systems is the market leader with a track record that speaks for itself on projects such as The Shard in London – which is the tallest building in the UK.

“The strength of A1’s portfolio is already opening doors for us.

“But what best exemplifies A1’s capabilities in Ireland is that it installed the flue and chimney systems in Stormont – because A1 was the company able to get rid of so much hot air!”

He added: “It feels like the Celtic Tiger is starting to roar again, and A1 is very well placed to support the construction of new projects that need flue and chimney systems connected to the boiler systems that power a building’s heating and hot water systems.

“Similarly, we specialise in refurbishment projects where new systems need to be installed as part of building improvements on schools, hospitals, office blocks, hotels and public buildings”.

A1 Flue Systems director Tracy-Jane (TJ) Duncan-Moir said: “We have had a presence in Ireland for a number of years, but Robert’s appointment signals our intent to increase our activities and capitalise on the opportunities both north and south of the border.

“Our strength is being able to offer solutions that architects and construction companies either hadn’t thought of or don’t think are possible – which is why we are UK market leaders and get invited to work on projects such as the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station in London”.