Farrans is a leading civil and building engineering company with operational interests throughout the UK, Ireland and Europe. They are an operating division within Northstone (NI) Limited whose activities also include aggregate production, manufacture and supply of quality building materials and utility access chambers. Northstone is a wholly owned subsidiary of CRH plc. CRH have a turnover of over €18billion and operates in 35 countries, employs approximately 75,000 people.

Project Management and Governance

Northstone Group implemented Oracle Cloud HCM with a vision to have one system for Human Resources to cover a number of HR data services. Northstone wanted to grow confidence in the system so Nine Feet Tall were brought in to run high level workshops and to assess the HCM Functionality. Recommendations to address specific issues were quickly established.


Farrans' Leadership Team were delighted with the results and requested further support from Nine Feet Tall. This involved implementing a number of the recommendations in the initial Information Management report.

Business & Digital Transformation

Farrans wanted to address growing resource costs and manual reporting within their business, in order to gain efficiencies. Nine Feet Tall were engaged to scope efficiency savings across all back-office processes with a view to improving current processes across IT, Training, Finance, Commercial, Health & Safety and Operations. A gap analysis was conducted to identify future value adding opportunities for Farrans. Nine Feet Tall also facilitated over 20 process mapping workshops, and lead vision workshops to define where Farrans wants to be in the medium- and long-term future. Key findings and a forward plan for change implementation were presented in a formal report the business.

Workshops delivered

27 across 10 departments

Nine Feet Tall provided us with an invaluable service. They are very professional and agile and during ongoing consultation with us on a large IT Project, they have been able to tailor their approach to suit our business processes and requirements. The project deliverables to date have been very detailed and informative and the outcomes will bring a lot of benefits to our business.