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CONSTRUCTION the official magazine of the construction industry federation MAY/june 2017

taking off: the leadership issue

Construction’s top 50 CIF contractors

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his year’s Construction CIF Top 50 Contractors Listing is indicative of an industry that is in resurgence. The range of complex projects that Irish contractors have been engaged in at home and abroad is testament to an industry that has faced and overcome immense challenges in the past number of years. In a year when Commercial and FDI projects have been the focus for many contractors, acknowledgement must go also to other contractors – particularly Civil and Mechanical & Electrical contractors – who have made their mark across Europe with some very prestigious work. In addition, a number of fit-out contractors have performed well in the Top 50, with projects in major urban centres in Ireland and the UK. Few house builders have made the list this year. However, figures outlined by Construction Information Services (CIS) elsewhere in this issue suggest that 2017 may be the year when house building activity returns to more positive growth.

The top firm in this year’s list achieved a turnover figure of €1.05bn, while the 50th placed company posted a very healthy turnover of €15.45m. The overall turnover figure for the Top 50 companies was €6bn. This is an increase of €1.1bn on the overall Top 50 turnover for last year. The turnover that can be attributed to Republic of Ireland based projects is €4.31bn, meaning that the Top 50 CIF Contractors exported €1.69bn in construction services in the past year. Success for the sector also results in major job creation, not just in construction, but also, in the numerous sectors that provide services to construction, bringing a welcome resurgence in growth across the broader economy. Next year will tell its own story. But, for now, we are happy to bring you this snapshot of an industry in resurgence, and an industry playing its part in rebuilding the Irish economy. C Robbie Cousins Editor

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Economic and Policy Research: Jeanette Mair MAIN CONTRACTING: Martin Lang, Alison Irving SPECIALIST CONTRACTING: Sean Downey, Gillian Ross INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS & EMPLOYMENT SERVICES: Jean Winters, Cheryl Treanor EASTERN REGION: Hubert Fitzpatrick SOUTHERN REGION: Conor O’Connell, Ronan O’Brien WESTERN / MIDLAND REGION: Justin Molloy Safety & Training: Dermot Carey LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT: Robert Butler MEMBERSHIP: Renee McManus, Bernadine Walsh FINANCE / ACCOUNTS: Gabriel MacGrath COMMUNICATIONS: Shane Dempsey, Joanna Kiernan

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14 LEADING THE WAY Five leadership experts define the qualities required to lead

16 SISK plan for the future Interview with new Sisk CEO Stephen Bowcott

18 CIF VIEW Diversity and Inclusion Increases Productivity and Attracts Talent



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EVENTS 71 IRISH WATER BRIEFING TO CIF MEMBERS Irish Water team outline upcoming plans

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65 PENSIONS Susan O’Mara outlines the differences between certain pension schemes

66 CIS UPDATE Overview of primary construction stage activity in Q1, 2017

72 FUTURE OF HERITAGE CONTRACTING 76 CIF WESTERN REGION GALA BALL RETURNS INDUSTRY NEWS 86 Events, developments and achievements – from the wider industry 94 APPOINTMENTS Latest industry appointments

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Now is the time for strong, decisive leadership A message from CIF Director General Tom Parlon


he timing for our leadership issue is apt considering the recent appointment of our new Taoiseach, who will face significant challenges over the coming months. Abroad too there have been significant shifts in leadership. Many complex challenges now face British Prime Minister Theresa May. The world remains, however, a very small and inter-connected place. We have lived through the ripple effects of global recession and thankfully we are now benefitting from an altogether more positive global economy. We all have our part to play in the recovery and the role of strong, connected leadership has never been more important. There is a great Greek proverb, which reads: “A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” Will our new leader make the hard choices required now to prioritise long term planning and investment? Will he have the foresight to invest now in projects that might not fully materialise during their tenure? Time will bring the answer. It is very encouraging that our new Taoiseach has indicated that he intends to invest strongly in infrastructure, a move which could produce a significant positive impact, not just on our industry, but on Ireland’s wider economy. Throughout the construction industry, the challenges of leadership are changing. There are still areas where leadership means survival. The reality for many companies, particularly those in the regions, is that many difficulties remain. A lack of strategic planning means that many construction companies do not have a pipeline of work to provide the certainty required to invest in their business and too many contractors are having to travel to Dublin to work. As the regional recovery takes root,

CIF Director General Tom Parlon we need to ensure our house builders and contractors can get access to finance to invest in their business and deliver activity. The CIF will soon be launching its Access to Finance survey and we will be calling for the establishment of a sectorspecific fund to support construction companies in building their businesses and increasing the industry’s capacity to deliver domestically and internationally. Brexit poses a further challenge to the industry with many of our companies involved in works throughout the UK. In April, the CIF launched its Regional Development Roadmap, which highlighted the importance of investing in infrastructure to improve Ireland’s connectivity between rural and urban clusters of economic activity. In the wake of Brexit, these measures would provide a level of safeguarding for industry around Ireland, particularly those involved in export. Ireland has a huge amount to offer both indigenous business and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and we must protect this. The National Competitiveness Council, the Economic and Social Research

Institute (ESRI), the unions, employers’ group Ibec, business chambers, the EU Commission and the World Economic Forum, have all identified the need for greater investment in Ireland’s productive infrastructure from roads and rail, to broadband and ports. Without infrastructure, Brexit will have a worse impact, transporting our exports to markets in continental Europe will be more expensive and difficult, our FDI companies may move investment to better serviced nations and our citizens will continue to suffer from inadequate services. Investing in our infrastructure is key to strengthening our industry and our economy. We need more ambition in infrastructure investment to generate the jobs, regional development and economic connectedness to sustain growth in our economy. The CIF has and will continue to make a strong case for an increase in infrastructure investment by Government from the unsustainably low level of 2% to at least 5% in the medium term. The connection between effective, proactive leadership and the companies featured throughout the following pages – on our Top 50 Contractors listing – is undeniable. The Irish construction industry, by its very nature, is built on strong channels of communication and co-operation, fostered by innovative, forward-thinking leaders. I am confident that all sectors of the construction industry, given the right support from Government, can deliver on Ireland’s economic and societal requirements into the future. Now is the time for strong, decisive leadership. Now is the time to plant those trees. C

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CIF news



ow levels of infrastructure investment in regional areas will fundamentally undermine Ireland’s economic performance in the next decade. This was the clear warning heard by attendees, which included Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Heather Humphreys TD, at the launch of the CIF’s Regional Development Roadmap in the Tullamore D.E.W Distillery. Analysis, carried out by Construction Information Services (CIS), on behalf of CIF showed that approximately 30 percent of the State’s investment in road, rail and utilities is concentrated in the Greater Dublin Area. When the €1.2bn Dublin to Shannon pipeline – a project aimed at alleviating pressure on Dublin’s water infrastructure – is included, the proportion of investment reaches 48 percent of the total funding in this sector. This analysis shows the level of investment in roads, rail and utilities such as water and flood defences on a county-by-county basis. 


L – R: Dominic Doheny (President, CIF), Heather Humphreys TD (Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs) and Tom Parlon (Director General, CIF)

Speaking at the launch in April, CIF President, Dominic Doheny said: “The formula for sustained Irish economic success is a strong capital city competing globally for FDI and talent, complemented by dynamic regional economies that are all connected by world-class productive infrastructure. “Through a lack of strategic planning and demographic trends, the capital has become the focal point for economic growth in Ireland. “We need to think of Ireland, North and South, as a region that must compete globally instead of our current fragmented approach. “In this scenario for example, Cork, Limerick, Galway, Waterford are shaped into a hub that specialises in supporting high-tech, pharma, bio-tech and life sciences. They are connected to each other, to Dublin and globally from advanced port facilities and airports. “CIF analysis shows that every €1bn invested in infrastructure generates and sustains 12,000 direct and indirect constructionrelated jobs in the economy. This is before you calculate the social, economic, and personal benefits of better hospitals, water networks, connectivity through broadband, better public transport, and reduced commuting times.” CIF Director General, Tom Parlon noted that the National Competitiveness Council, the ESRI, the Unions, Ibec, Chambers, the EU Commission, and the World Economic Forum, have “all identified the need to invest more in our productive infrastructure; from roads and rail, to broadband and ports. “Our population has grown by 30 percent in a generation and we have not taken this into account in our strategic infrastructure,”

Tom added. “Without infrastructure, Brexit will have a worse impact, the hard border will be harder, transporting our exports to markets in continental Europe will be more expensive and difficult, our FDI companies may move investment to better serviced nations and our citizens will continue to suffer from inadequate services. Without the provision of infrastructure, zoned residential and commercial lands will not be able to be built on.”


The CIF is calling for a nationwide focus on the development of supportive, accessible regions to address the current situation in which a congested capital that continues to labour under the weight of producing nearly 50 percent of Irish GDP. “In 2017, the CIF is calling for a significant increase in capital expenditure in the upcoming review of the public capital programme.” Tom said. “This review, coupled with the imminent National Planning Framework will be seminal for Irish economic development over the next few decades. We must get it right. Currently infrastructure funding is at record lows and any increase in the budget will not be felt by the civil engineering sector for two to three years due to lead in times. We also know that while recovery is taking place in urban centres, it is yet to have an impact in many regional areas and this imbalance must be addressed urgently.” According to the CIF Regional Development Report completing Ireland’s road network and connecting the many regional clusters of economic activity, would facilitate the expansion of this economic activity, while complementing growth in urban centres. C

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Government moves closer to making CIRI registration a prerequisite for work


he CIF has welcomed Government approval for the drafting and publication of the General Scheme of the Building Control (Construction Industry Register Ireland) (CIRI) Bill 2017. CIRI was established by the CIF in consultation with the Department of the Environment (DoE) as a definitive listing of main contractors and sub-contractors operating in Ireland, competent to carry out works on behalf of public and private clients. Each company on the register must meet particular prequalification criteria to qualify for CIRI registration. CIF Director General Tom Parlon said: “The overall goal of CIRI is to foster

improved standards and continuous professional development throughout the Irish construction industry,” CIF Director General Tom Parlon said: “By registering with CIRI, members commit to delivering excellence in every aspect of their work.” CIRI covers a range of Registration Categories from Builders and Building Services Contractors to Specialist Contractors. Applicants under the current CIRI registration process must demonstrate

tax clearance and confirmation that appropriate insurances are in place. Applicants are required to demonstrate practical hands on experience of working in construction, generally for a period of no less than three years and demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the legislative and regulatory context in which construction is practiced. Applicants must outline details of a minimum of three projects demonstrating their construction experience and matching the competencies claimed as part of the application process for registration. Companies can register by contacting the CIRI office or visit and complete the online application form. C


CIF and Irish Cancer Society team up to minimise skin cancer risks to construction workers assessment and put in place a policy in relation to protection from sun exposure.

IF has teamed up with Irish Cancer Society to support its annual SunSmart campaign, which outlines simple measures that can be taken by outdoor workers to minimise their risk of contracting skin cancer.


Launching the campaign, Tom Parlon, CIF Director General said, “There is a very clear indication that we need to take skin protection on building sites very seriously. Our members work in all weathers and trades like bricklayers and labourers spend a huge amount of time in direct sunlight. This is our first year partnering with the Irish Cancer Society’s campaign and we are determined to do all we can to spread the SunSmart message among our members. It’s too serious not to.” Kevin O’Hagan, Cancer Prevention Manager with the Irish Cancer Society

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Kevin O’Hagan, Cancer Prevention Manager with the Irish Cancer Society said, “CSO figures show that in 2014, we had around one death every week in Ireland that is related to sun exposure at work. It’s vital that we pay heed to this in Ireland this summer. It would be really useful if work places, whose employees work predominately outdoors, did a risk

The SunSmart Code is advises the following precautions be taken: • Seek shade where possible • Wear appropriate clothes; don’t strip off • Wear sunglasses • Use sunscreen • Know the UV index CIF has produced a leaflet for members on how to be safe in the sun and how to reduce their risk of skin cancer. C

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nthony Neville of Anthony Neville Homes Ltd took over as Chairman of the Irish Housebuilders Association (IHBA) at the IHBA AGM on 16th May 2017. Anthony, who will hold the position for the next two years, takes over from Hugh O’Neill of Castlethorn Construction. C

Hugh O’Neill (left) hands over the role of IHBA Chairman to Anthony Neville

OPW receives Safe-T-Cert B

uilding Maintenance Services, a branch of the Office of Public Works (OPW) has been successful in its audit with Safe-T-Cert. CIF Director General, Tom Parlon, made a presentation to workers at Collins Barracks, Dublin.


Pictured receiving the certification from Tom Parlon, on left, is Dave Farrell, Safety Advisor, Health and Safety Services, OPW 

Dermot Carey Director Safety & Training/Safe-T-Cert Scheme Manager (ROI) commented on the significance of the OPW Maintenance Section choosing Safe-T-Cert for its certification. “This is huge for the scheme,” Dermot said. It demonstrates that the Safe-T-Cert Scheme can hold its own with International Standards such as OHSAS 18001 and we take great pride in the fact that the OPW chose to seek Safe-T-Cert certification because of the OPW’s role as both client and contractor.” C

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“We can never become complacent”

CIF gathers with other industry leaders to mark Workers’ Memorial Day

Pictured at this year’s ceremony L–R: Congress General Secretary Patricia King, CIF Director General Tom Parlon, Ibec Director of Employer Relations Maeve McElwee, Minister for Employment and Small Business Pat Breen TD and HSA Chief Executive Martin O’Halloran


he third annual Workers’ Memorial Day Ireland, was marked by the Construction Industry Federation, the Government, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (Congress), IBEC and the Health & Safety Authority (HSA) collectively. The day is the national and annual commemorative event to remember people killed, injured and bereaved through workplace accidents. In the 10-year period between 2007 and 2016, 520 people were killed in workrelated accidents in Ireland and many thousands more badly injured. Minister for Employment and Small Business Pat Breen TD represented the Government. Minister Breen called for an increased focus on safety in the workplace. Everyone has a role to play and everyone can benefit, was the message. This was echoed by CIF Director of Safety and Training Dermot Carey who reflected on the progress the industry has made in Health & Safety and the constant need for companies to adapt their approach in an ever-changing working environment. Dermot said: “Construction companies


have worked tirelessly with their industry partners to reduce workplace accidents and fatalities. “Our industry, which employs over 140,000 people directly, continuously strives to improve safety management and awareness in the sector. “However, Health & Safety Authority statistics show us that tragic accidents are much more likely to occur within the micro-enterprise and self-employed sectors of the industry. “It is vital that we increase our efforts to get the safety message to smaller companies and sole traders to reduce accidents. We must strive to become a zero-fatality industry.”


DKM estimates that construction activity is set to grow by 9% a year up to 2020. This growth will be driven by ambitious Government targets in housebuilding and infrastructure development as well as commercial growth. Dermot Carey added: “With this strong increase in activity, there will be a subsequent need to expand the

workforce and we expect a strong growth of new employees coming onsite, along with those returning to Ireland for work, adding approximately 112,000 people to the workforce. “This growth will bring an increase in risk. Now is the time to reflect on our current health and safety procedures so workers can be busy and safe. “For decades, employers and workers within the construction industry have been investing time and money to drive improvements and ensure that all workers can work safely on construction projects in Ireland. “We must ensure that the industry maintains its strong record on the management and awareness of safety and health issues. “Approximately 90,000 workers complete the Safe Pass Programme every year. However, progress and innovation are constant requirements in an ever-evolving working environment. “We can never become complacent. Health and safety should be to the fore when planning every project – regardless of size- and on workers’ minds at all times.” C

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“STRONG STABLE LEADERSHIP IS THE KEY TO OUR INDUSTRY’S SUCCESS” CIF President Dominic Doheny says it will take strong leadership and a clear vision within construction, Government and the Public Sector to move the industry on to a sustainable footing. He outlines to Robbie Cousins how this could be achieved.


ominic Doheny is clear on what he thinks are the qualities that go into making a good leader. “Strength, determination, vision and an ability to bring people with you. These are many of the qualities contractors across the country called upon over the past 10 years to negotiate and overcome the immense challenges they faced, Dominic says. “Many of the contractors who have survived and come out the other side will also acknowledge that it was not just their determination that got them through, but the backing of good management teams and the support of workers and their families.”

“CIF have taken the lead by proposing Constructing Ireland 2030, which will help us chart the direction of the construction industry up to 2030,” Dominic adds. “We want the Government to take ownership of this plan, under the auspices of one Department, and change the present situation of engaging with Government across eight or nine departments. “Through such a plan Irish contractors, particularly SMEs, could receive support to assist them in adopting practices such as Lean and BIM into their operations. “CIF has taken the lead over the past few years in adapting Lean for the construction industry. However, adopting these and other practices is costly and time consuming for contractors, many of whom are solely focussed on their next project. I feel Government have a leadership role to play in this.”

10-Year National Infrastructure Plan

Dominic knows that contractors, having overcome these many challenges also need support from leaders in Government and the Public Services to put the construction sector on a more sustainable footing. “The construction industry can transition from the cyclical boom-bust mode of the past to a more sustainable footing, but the right elements will have to be put in place by the Government and industry itself,” he says. “Firstly, this can be achieved if the muchneeded 10-year National Infrastructure Plan is established. This plan would give contractors confidence to invest in developing their businesses. It could ensure a continuing flow of Foreign Direct Investment into the country, as we would have transparency on what is in the infrastructure pipeline. “It would also help to keep the Irish economy apace with other economies, particularly a post-Brexit UK where infrastructure investment has been set as a priority.” Despite the fiscal constraints that Government is operating under Dominic believes that with the right leadership creative solutions can be found to deliver on these plans.

CIF Leading with Creative Solutions

“In recent years CIF’s investment in independent research has resulted in creative solutions being found to the challenges that the construction industry and the wider economy is facing. “Positive engagement with Government

Dominic Doheny, President, CIF and semi-state bodies, whereby the CIF are presenting practical solutions to challenges rather than lobbying and highlighting issues is proving very successful.” “CIF has brought about a high level of engagement through this approach and they are receptive to the industry because the solutions that we present are practical and workable.” “CIF’s initiative to address the impending skills gap up to 2020, whereby we are engaging with public services and education bodies and attempting to attract young people into the industry, is a good example of how this approach is working. “It is important that young people can see potential for a long term career in the Irish construction industry and a transparent 10-year infrastructure plan would play a significant part in achieving this,” Dominic explains.

Constructing Ireland 2030

Dominic believes that a long-term strategy, similar to Harvest 2020 – the 10-year strategy to chart the direction of agri-food, forestry and fisheries – will be required to give the industry clear direction as well as assist contractors in catching up with how the industry operates today.

Leadership hero

Dominic’s own leadership hero, Irish Civil servant, TK Whitaker, springs to mind. “TK Whitaker was a true visionary who changed the economic fortunes of this country. His creative thinking as Secretary of the Department of Finance put in place a plan that would take the Irish economy out of the doldrums of the 1950s and stimulated massive direct foreign investment,” he explains.

New finance models

In closing, Dominic mentions the emergence of new financing models which have emerged in the past few years and the need for professionals, who advise contractors and their representative bodies, to be fully aware of available options in order to advise their clients fully. He believes it is significant that the European Investment Bank (EIB) has opened an office in Dublin. Retiring Minister for Finance Michael Noonan TD recently noted that EIB is likely to play a key role in funding infrastructural projects in the coming years, specifically in the areas of housing and transport. Dominic is confident that with forward thinking and strong leadership, the construction industry and economy can continue to grow, in a sustainable manner over the next 10 years and beyond. C

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Good leadership is critical to the success of any organisation and good leaders require a broad mix of skills and qualities. Construction asked five leadership experts what they believe are the necessary skills to lead effectively and how or if these skills can be acquired John O’Shaughnessy, MD, Clancy Construction

One of the fundamental requirements of a leader is the need to take responsibility for their business explains John O’Shaughnessy, Managing Director of Clancy Construction. “At the end of the day, we, as leaders, have a responsibility to our staff – and indeed to the industry as a whole,” John says. “Strong leadership requires vision to look to the future, to what the challenges may be, and to put plans in place to deal with those challenges. Then, from there communicate those plans to all in the organisation and the industry.”

Mary Buckley, CEO, IDA Ireland

Mary Buckley, CEO, IDA Ireland

With offices all over the world, a key element of IDA Ireland’s role is to engage at a very high level with companies from across a broad spectrum of sectors. One person who is eminently qualified to understand how business leaders operate is IDA Ireland Chief Executive Officer Mary Buckley. “At a very senior level it is business leaders’ ambitions for their companies that stands out,” Mary Buckley says. “They want their companies to be really successful and to be top players. “Across the board, it is strong leadership that sustains companies through crises or challenges – within those companies and in the external environment. It is a key factor.” “These leaders have the ambition and the perseverance to drive their companies and they are always looking at innovation,” Mary adds. “When I say innovation, this can have to do with process type efficiencies – enhancing products or developing new products – but they are always looking to be more and more innovative.”

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in the context of the market, and not to get so distracted by it, so you are not impeded from having a clear plan to work through and deal with most of the challenges you meet.” For Pat Gilroy, it is about having an eye to the outside world while also having strategies and plans in place to allow you – in as far as it is possible – to be insulated from the effects of what is taking place. He says: “There is no doubting the scale of the challenge of staying focussed. It is one that a lot of business leaders face, especially those who work on a global basis. With the need for strong leadership in mind, Designer Group has embarked on a leadership development programme, which has been very successful. Pat explains, “we took 16 managers through an intensive programme to give them some of the skills they might not be using day-to-day at the moment, but would need in the future.” “It focussed on broadening their horizons so they start to understand more about strategy and about how groups and teams work, and enable them to better deal with conflict situations.”

John O’Shaughnessy, MD, Clancy Construction

Pat Gilroy, MD, Designer Group

Pat Gilroy, Managing Director with Designer Group and former All Ireland winning Dublin Football manager, believes that the most effective leaders are those who evolve with their industry. “The dynamics of the market we operate in are changing so quickly and this naturally, poses challenges to today’s leaders, Pat says. “There is a big challenge to both keep up-to-date with what is going on

Pat Gilroy Irish Managing Director, Designer Group

leadership The participants have now completed the first phase of the programme. This involved ‘experiential’ learning, which included classroom-based live rehearsals and role-playing scenarios. In general, the idea of more collaboration and bringing people on board with you was always a good concept – but it is perhaps more so since the crash, agree most people we talked to. Pat Gilroy continues: “Numbers were sometimes cut back and there were not as many resources in a lot of companies. Leaders had to really develop to make sure they got the most from their teams and that they were bringing them along with them. “People being involved in development strategies and development programmes has become, I think, an expectation of the younger generation. I think that it is also a more efficient way to do things.

“When the crash happened, many leaders adapted and addressed the challenge head on. Brexit presents a whole new set of challenges. But there is still no clarity on what these challenges might be. But, good leaders will be planning and be prepared to deal with the challenges that arise.” Enterprise Ireland has a programme – Leadership for Growth – that is a bespoke programme for Irish executives in top positions in its cohort of companies. Stephen explains: “The programme was established to enable top executives take a step back and reflect on how they view the future of their company and what they need to do in order to take things to the next level. “Those who have participated and engaged in the programme have said the programmes was a game changing moment for them.” Stephen advises that all construction leaders should take the time out now to assess where their businesses are at and prepare for the challenges they will face in the coming years. “Enterprise Ireland supports organisations looking to develop leadership. We want companies to buy into the importance of leadership development and want business leaders to use the skills they can acquire through us to move their companies to the next level.”

Eddie Molloy, Management Consultant

Stephen Hughes, Head of Construction, Enterprise Ireland

Stephen Hughes, Head of Construction, Enterprise Ireland

Stephen Hughes, Head of Construction, Clean-tech and Consumer, Enterprise Ireland, believes strong leadership and a clear vision of where a company needs to go are prerequisites for a good leader. “Strong leadership is one of the most important qualities that we look for in a company,” Stephen says. “Many business owners and managers in the construction sector have demonstrated their leadership credentials by weathering and surviving the downturn. But new challenges lie ahead.” He cites Brexit as an example of an immediate challenge on the horizon.

Eddie Molloy is a management consultant who specialises in strategy, large-scale organisation change and innovation. Eddie believes that while good leaders should always be planning ahead, they should also be able to step back, identify the potential problems and address these in a meaningful way before they become issues. He says this is particularly pertinent for the construction industry, having come through such a difficult time in the past few years. “Construction leaders, should reflect on the challenges they have overcome,” Eddie explains, and ask ‘What actions can I take to ensure in so far as I can that these problems do not arise again?’” Eddie believes if answers cannot be found within the sector, companies should look at successful business models in other sectors, and examine if any of the tools or practices business in these sectors use can be adapted for the construction business model. He cites Lean as a practice that was developed in another industry that has been successfully adapted, and is being adopted by an increasing number of companies in the construction industry.

Eddie Molloy, Management Consultant “BIM, and the practice of greater engagement that goes with it, is also having a huge beneficial impact on the construction industry’ Eddie adds. “I also believe one of the older practices, Just in Time Management, if not already used would make an immense difference to any construction business, no matter what level they operate at.” Expanding further on the point about reflection on business issues, Eddie advocates that the full management team of any business should take time out of the office at least once a year to examine how the business is performing and what improvements can be made. “This engages the full team in a collaborative process around the business, Eddie says. “This can facilitate the emergence of new leaders. “This type of company conference also presents an opportunity to look externally and learn from leaders in other sectors on how they have addressed and overcome the challenges they have faced.” Finally, Eddie strongly believes successful businesses celebrate diversity and have this message instilled across their organisation. “Irish IT and Food industries have embraced diversity and, as a result, have benefited from the broader mindset that goes with it,” Eddie says. “I believe greater diversity will give construction firms greater capacity to address the challenges ahead because they will have a broader set of solutions to enable them to move forward.” According to these five leadership experts, a modern leader should always be strong and take every opportunity to learn and develop their leadership skills, without losing sight of their immediate concerns and how they impact on their ambitions for their business. Ultimately, good leaders are strong, driven and aware, and should be able to enshrine this drive throughout their organisations. C

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“Successful leaders create collaborative environments”

When Stephen Bowcott took over as CEO of John Sisk & Son, Sisk’s construction business, he brought a unique perspective to the job, gained from 40 years of experience running other blue chip companies. Martin Foran met the affable Welshman. Stephen Bowcott, CEO, John Sisk & Son


tephen Bowcott had always been on what one might call the fast track career-wise. This began at university where he pursued a degree course in Civil Engineering sponsored by the UK building giant George Wimpey. He worked in several countries during his training and became a Managing Director at the age of 29. Next came a move to the executive board of John Mowlem, where he would spend 20 years. This was followed by 12 years at Kier where Stephen Bowcott became Chief Operations Officer for the £3.5bn revenue group.


It was on stepping down from the Kier board that Stephen was approached with a view to taking over the role at John Sisk. “I always knew they [Sisk] had a super reputation and they had a good brand in the UK, though a more low key presence, Stephen says, “I had also worked with

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people who had come from Sisk and knew about the behaviour and culture in the company. “From a behavioural point of view what I liked about Sisk and what I always looked for in my career was a strong ‘can do’ culture – we respect everyone who works with us and for us, and we expect the best quality.”


When it comes to Irish culture and attitudes Stephen Bowcott observes: “The Irish as a nation are very much like the Welsh. We don’t like confrontation. “Collaboration is in the DNA, which is great for the industry. The approach in some other cultures might be described as being more confrontational. “The thing is, in a collaborative environment you still have to perform. And I’ve found that we don’t measure performance as well in Ireland compared

with some other countries. It’s something that, given the strong building culture of the Irish across the world, should be there. But it has perhaps slipped through the recession in how we train our young people.” ‘We at Sisk are reinforcing this culture of how measuring our performance a lot more allows the team to get back to basics on how many bricks we lay, our frame outputs, measuring wastage, insurance claims; whatever it is about, we measure it.” This even extends to the health of staff members –on a voluntary basis – as the company has now introduced health screening. “In general, measuring performance can be something of a challenge to collaborative working,” observes Stephen Bowcott. “We are saying, ‘yes we work collaboratively, but we also want to work effectively as well, and in the best interest of the project’. “It’s about getting people to ‘buy-in’ and see why we are doing things. If we are successful and produce things quicker with the best quality and safety standards, then, everyone wins.”


It is perhaps impossible to chat to Stephen Bowcott about his arrival at Sisk without making reference to the timing – as the industry was really finding its collective feet after many challenging years. Stephen is of course, well aware of this, and also of what he sees as some deep scars that were left by recession. “One of the biggest scars is safety,” He stresses. “We were making good progress when recession hit, and the industry has lost some of that focus. We retained ours. But as the industry now gets busier, we need to be aware of the lack of ability or focus on some of those people who might come to our projects. “Here [at Sisk], as we have done for many years, we need to show leadership and we

leadership are going to make a step-change in terms of safety.” It is, says Stephen, about a better way of doing things. It is about engagement and a lot of communication. Drug and alcohol testing is one area that is singled out by the Sisk man for special mention. It is standard in some other country, he notes. “What we have seen from those experiences is that generally people don’t fail alcohol testing, and in four years of testing thousands of people in the UK this was the case. “Yet, between the ages of 22 and 34 we had a 19% failure rate for drugs – Class A drugs. These are incidents on sites, which then reduced substantially due to education and awareness. “Anyone with marijuana was coached through a six-week period to clean up. Then, they were back on site when clean. “Anyone with traces of drugs like heroin or cocaine etc would be removed – for good.”


One of the first things that struck Stephen Bowcott about Sisk, he says, is “how well we build. “The quality and the speed is impressive and there is a love for innovation and technology here that is very noticeable,” he says. “In other companies, I’ve seen millions spent on BIM in house and getting traction with our own staff was a massive challenge while getting traction with designers was easy. “Here, getting traction with staff was easy. However, with some of the design community in Ireland it’s tougher. It’s important that it is led from he clients to enable the designers as well as ourselves, and in particular the major MEP [Mechanical Electrical and Plumbing] contractors, who have been proactive in adopting it.

formwork carpenters and dry-liners. One of the problems is not the availability of people, it’s the ability of those people to become productive in a short space of time. Some training courses that you see train in a very slow outdated manner. Training has to move in line with modern construction techniques if we are to meet the needs of the industry in a productive way. “I went to CIF and they brought in Solas and between us we have helped open an industry training centre an hour south of here (We are speaking at the Sisk offices on Naas Road). “It is a fantastic training centre run by Solas and it has three ex-Sisk managers running it. They were trained here.”


Opportunities and Challenges

Generally speaking, most people at Sisk have been on training and development programmes, and they are continually refreshing the way that they are delivered with changing patterns in learning. One of the most well-know is the Sisk Training Centre, featured in the last issue of Construction. The centre is, says Stephen, a fantastic school. “It is something we have never even considered reducing and it is a core part of our future managers’ pipeline, as you can see from some of our managers on the ground who started there. They have a great eye for quality and also have the confidence in their knowledge and ability to make a great impact on projects. “However, that is only part of what we think is needed. We need 1,500 more tradespersons in the next 18 months. We need steel-fixers,

As a country, Stephen Bowcott believes we are losing opportunities due to a number of factors. “We have to sort out several things,” he says. “First, if someone lands here for three or four years we should have a ‘soft landing’ personal tax regime. It is why people are going to other parts of Europe. “We also need to make sure we have appropriate schooling and housing,” says Stepphen. “From an infrastructural point of view, it is well known that, for every euro spent on infrastructure you create €2.8 of GDP,” Stephen continues. “Look at the European countries and look at America, they are ploughing money into the built environment. “I disagree with the idea of a ‘rainy day’ budget. The best way to stop rainy days is to

get money into the Capital Expenditure to create growth. “Capital expenditure is also important for regional development; If you can get from Dublin to Cork on a high speed train, Cork will get more business. If you can get from Cork to Limerick on a good road, Limerick will get more business.” When it comes to financing such projects, there is “a huge amount of potential to fund these schemes through debt, stresses Stephen Bowcott. Infrastructure is currently very attractive as an investment asset across the world and we should be enabling those investments. “So, build Cork to Limerick using external debt over 25 years in a Public Private Partnership model, for instance. “Finally, from an external point of view we have to get public procurement in the right place. It is adversarial. The industry and government are moving backwards in this regard. Ultimately, construction projects are complex and dynamic and to think that designers have designed everything perfectly and the project will run like clockwork is an unhelpful fallacy. The question should be how do you handle change. We at Sisk have always sought to work collaboratively and that is how we deal with change.. The Government Form of Contract does not do this. It gets in the way of innovation and productivity, as from the moment the project starts both sides go into protection mode. There are many Public projects, which we ask ourselves ‘why would we even think about bidding for this, it’ll be won by someone who will end up being in court at day one’. It’s not the way we do business.” C

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CIF VIEW: DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION INCREASES PRODUCTIVITY AND ATTRACTS TALENT The most successful business leaders are those who recognise the impact of creating a diverse and inclusive workplace, writes Jean Winters, CIF Director of Industrial Relations and Employment Services


ttracting workers into construction will require a radical shift in the sector’s corporate culture, but make careers in the industry more desirable to a wider talent pool. The DKM Report Demand for Skills in Construction to 2020 predicts the industry could expand by 33% to €20 billion by 2020, requiring 112,000 additional employees across management, crafts and trades to deliver the houses and infrastructure needed to support Ireland’s rapidly growing population and economy. As construction activity expands and competition for talent intensifies, it is time for the industry to recalibrate in order to facilitate greater diversity and cultural difference on- and off-site. In its broadest sense, diversity refers to those dimensions that can be used to differentiate groups and individuals from one another. In a work context, it means respect for and appreciation of differences in ethnicity, gender, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, education, and religion. Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) has become a “Big Idea” in business and society. It is being seen as a source and driver of innovation, and of greater business success.


The CIF Breakfast Briefing on Increasing Female Participation in Construction, held to mark International Women’s Day, was attended by a large cross section of women working in the industry, as well as a number of male industry leaders. Response to the event shows that there is an appetite for change and the promotion greater inclusion of women in the industry.


The need for a more diverse and inclusive industry is further highlighted in the recently published EY Diversity & Inclusion

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organisation and ask yourself if your company and staff would benefit from having a D&I Strategy with clear goals and targets in place.


Jean Winters, Director, Industrial Relations Report – the first ever piece of research carried out in the Irish market to look at all elements of Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) within business. The Report found that one in four Irish businesses attribute higher revenue and profitability to their having a D&I strategy in place. The vast majority (94%) of Irish business leaders believe that an inclusive environment is vital to business performance. Most significantly the Report found that the majority of executives believe that D&I contributes to attracting and retaining the best talent (97%) and that it is vital for business performance (94%). Despite this, only half (50%) of Irish firms have a D&I strategy in place and less than a third (31%) have set D&I goals and targets within their organisation.


The findings of this Report may have an even greater bearing on the construction sector when you consider that of the 140,000 workers employed in the construction sector, just eight percent of those are female. If you are a construction business owner, director or HR manager, take a moment to consider this statistic in terms of your

Companies competing to attract new talent and retain key staff will be fully aware that there is a Talent War ongoing and that this war is heating up. Having a D&I Strategy in place could go some way to helping your organisation in that war. Having a D&I Strategy in place will also help make your organisation an attractive career choice for a very important and growing pool of talent.


There are now more than half a million millennials (The generation born between the early 80s and 00s) in the Irish population. In 10 years, millennials will account for nearly 75% of the Irish workforce. If an organisation is looking to attract millennials to join its ranks, having a progressive D&I policy in place will be a prerequisite before the vast majority of them consider your company as a potential employer as the millennial generation absolutely expect Diversity as a matter of course. Research from the US-based Billie Jean King leadership initiative reports that millennials see D&I through a completely different lens and that there is now a trench between the generational mind-sets on the issue. Fundamentally, for millennials D&I is a necessary element for innovation. For a company to survive and thrive into the coming years it will be vital that its management has a clear understanding of the motivating factors that drive staff and present the organisation to outside talent pools as a progressive place where any talented person, regardless of gender, background or belief, can develop as an individual, be rewarded appropriately for contributing to the success of the organisation and build a sustainable career. C



“The Top 50 Contractors had a combined turnover of €6bn in the past year.”


he Construction Industry Federation Top 50 Contractors 2017 is a snapshot of an overall Irish construction industry that has overcome immense challenges in the past few years, and is an industry that is, once again, delivering major projects at home and increasingly on the international stage. These results are based on the official turnover figures of companies in their last financial year. The Top 50 CIF Contractors had a combined turnover of €6bn in the past year. It was a year marked by further increases in activity in the Eastern Region, particularly around the Capital with commercial development leading the way. The level of new commercial office space and fit-outs in the Greater Dublin Area and the development of retail and hospitality projects continued to increase in the year. Many of the companies featured in the Top 50 highlight their involvement, for instance, in the large commercial and mixed-use developments being built around the Dublin Docklands Area. Others are part of the major roll-out of new data centres happening across the country and Europe. A number are making their mark with major developments in the City of London. In the residential sector, activity is increasing. According to data from CIS Ireland, the number of residential developments that commenced on-site in Ireland in Q1 of 2017 has increased by 34.6% on the same period in 2016. Increasing demand in major urban areas should see a marked increase in residential development in the coming year. Pressure is mounting on Government to fast-track the rollout of infrastructure to facilitate required development across

the country. Looking closer at the Top 50, all of the names here are familiar. A number of the more newly established companies have increased their ranking. There is also an increase in the number of more complex projects being completed. Leadership and staff development; investment in new technology and investment in Lean and BIM are all notable undertakings by an increasing number of companies. As the contractors ranked in this Top 50 have shown, they have weathered storms and shown themselves to be a resilient and resourceful group of companies. They are also part of a larger Irish construction industry that is ready and waiting to address the challenges that lie ahead. Notes on the compilation and presentation of data: In The Construction Top 50 CIF Contractors 2017, companies are listed according to their overall turnover figure. Turnover figures are sourced from CIF member companies who have their primary business based in Republic of Ireland (ROI). We directly requested the audited Overall Turnover Figure and ROI Turnover Figure for the last financial year from over 100 CIF contractor members. The turnover figure used to compile this list is either the turnover of an Irish contractor operating in Ireland and/ or overseas, or the turnover of the Irish wing of a foreign based contractor. These are the actual turnover figures as provided by the aforementioned contractors to Foundation Media Ltd, the publisher of Construction magazine. Foundation Media Ltd has taken due care to ensure that all figures are correct as supplied at time of publication.



50 companies

John Sisk & Son Limited Turnover: €1,050M

ROI TURNOVER: €693M year end: 31/12/16 address: Wilton Works, Naas Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 22

phone: 01 4091500 web: key executives: Stephen Bowcott, CEO.

Regional Managing Directors: Paul Hackett, Ireland East & Middle East; Frank Quirk, Ireland South & North; Pat Lucey, Civils Ireland & UK; Guy Fowler, UK Major Projects & UK Regions; Ajaz Shafi, London & UK South; Maura Toles, Director of Finance, Ireland & UK; Mark McGreevy, Commercial Director, Ireland & UK; Tony Sheridan, Health, Safety, Quality, Environmental & Sustainability Director, Ireland & UK key activities: Main Contractor

Fit out for Arthur Cox


Sisk employs 1,300 people across its operations in Ireland, the UK and Europe. Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin, development for Clancourt


Baggot Plaza, Dublin for Kennedy Wilson


nce again, John Sisk & Son takes Number One place in the Top 50 CIF Contractors in 2017. Sisk puts its success down to maintaining its focus on being an innovative, international, engineering and construction company that invests in the development of its staff and the latest technology. Operating since 1859, Sisk is Ireland’s top provider of construction services with extensive operations across Ireland, the United Kingdom and Mainland Europe. Sisk has the track record, scale and capacity to successfully undertake large, complex, multidisciplinary programmes and is recognised by its international customer base as a world leader in safe delivery. Sisk employs 1,300 people across its operations in Ireland, the UK and Europe. Over its 158-year history, the company has stayed true to John Sisk’s vision of providing exceptionally high levels of construction expertise and customer service by employing, training and motivating capable staff. It is focussed on offering its people the best opportunities, developing them and providing a rewarding and fulfilling professional environment. Sisk invests heavily in its business, people and technology, and in innovation to drive the future growth and success of Sisk and safeguard its long-term sustainability.

Analogue Devices R&D Building

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50 companies


Turnover: €385M

ROI TURNOVER: €385M year end: 31/12/16 address: Hartwell Lower, Kill, County Kildare phone: 045 886400 web: key executives: Theo Cullinane, CEO. Management: John O’Sullivan, Civils; Tadhg Lucey, Marine/ International; Ger Harrington, Building/Property; Lorna Cross, Finance Director key activities: Civil Engineering and Main Building Contractor


stablished in 1958, BAM Ireland is the largest multinational construction business operating nationally with expertise and experience in delivering many of Ireland’s flagship infrastructural and building projects using PPP, Design & Build and traditional contract models. BAM currently employs 2,000 directly and indirectly. Recent key projects include the completion of new developments at One Albert Quay and the Capitol Cinema site, both in Cork for JCD. Works are progressing well on One Molesworth Street, Dublin for Green REIT, 400bed student accommodation for GSA (Global Student Accommodation) in Dublin city centre and on the construction of a HQ office building for an international client, at Sandyford. BAM continues to make a significant lasting investment in the infrastructure of the country through Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects. These include: Schools Bundle 4; Courts Bundle PPP; the €230


BAM recently won Engineering Project of the Year for its work on N11 Arklow Rathnew PPP / N7 Newlands Cross Flyover at the CMG Irish Building and Design Awards


Capital Cinema, Cork redevelopment for JCD

N7 Newlands Cross Flyover million N25 New Ross Bypass PPP; and the €350 million M11 Gorey to Enniscorthy PPP motorway project. BAM Ireland has contributed its expertise to several significant overseas projects, including ones in Jordan and Abu Dhabi, in recent years. BAM also recently won Engineering Project of the Year for its work on N11 Arklow Rathnew PPP / N7 Newlands Cross Flyover at the CMG Irish Building and Design Awards, while the Beyond Zero Safety Behavioural Programme won the Health and Safety Award at the Irish Building & Design Awards. Its Corrib Onshore Gas Pipeline project is another award winner. It was awarded the 2016 Engineering Project of the Year by Engineers Ireland, and also won two accolades at the 2016 Green Awards. BAM is also making a positive impact on local communities through its “Enhancing Lives” programme. Most recently at the 2017 Irish Construction Industry Awards BAM was awarded: • Excellence in Health & Safety for ‘Beyond Zero’ Behavioural Programme • BIM Initiative of the Year for PPP Schools Bundle 4 • International Project of the Year – Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, & • Overall Construction Project of the Year - Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi BAM Ireland is a wholly owned subsidiary of Royal BAM Group of the Netherlands, which had a turnover in excess of €7-billion in 2016 and employs in excess of 21,500 people worldwide. Royal BAM Group, ranked in the top 15 of the league of top European contractors, continues to expand in its home markets of The Netherlands, United Kingdom, Ireland, Belgium and Germany and to target opportunities internationally through its global operating company BAM International.

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50 companies

jones engineering group Turnover: €385M

ROI TURNOVER: €205M year end: 31/12/16 address: Mespil Court, Mespil Road, Dublin 4 phone: 01 4749800 web: key executives: Jim Curley, CEO key activities: Mechanical & Electrical


ones Engineering Group had a good year of growth in 2016, and 2017 looks set to be another year of consolidation and growth for the organisation that was orginally founded in 1890. During the past 12 months, the team has worked on significant and complex projects, both here and overseas. Some of the highlights include Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park which included a Dry Anerobic Digestor, in the UK, the new Microsoft office campus located in Leopardstown with approximately 35,000 square metres of high tech office space, the new pharmaceutical plant in Blanchardstown for Bristol Myers Squibb, the redevelopment of Páirc Úi Chaoimh in Cork, along with a number of Data Centres throughout Europe. The past year also saw the launch of the book A Journey Across Three Centuries, which tells the story of the Group from 1890 to the present day. Continuing with the Group’s support and encouragement for construction as a career for young people, three more scholarships were awarded to engineering students at Trinity College Dublin through the Kinsella Scholarship, which was first established in 2014.


The introduction of the Construction Contracts Act and the new Public Works Contracts has meant that Jones Engineering has returned to pricing work in the Public Sector.


Members of the Jones team have been also delivering Science in a Box and Engineering in a Box via a Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) programme, which are currently running in a number of primary schools around the country. The introduction of the Construction Contracts Act and the new Public Works Contracts has meant that Jones Engineering has returned to pricing work in the Public Sector. The Group recently won the mechanical services installation contract for the New Children’s Hospital.

Bristol Myers Squibb pharmaceutical plant in Blanchardstown

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50 companies


ROI TURNOVER: €144M year end: 31/12/16 address: Mercury House, Ravens Rock Road, Sandyford Industrial Estate, Dublin 18

phone: 01 2163000 web: key executives: Eoin Vaughan, CEO; Rickie Rogers, COO;

Ronan O’Kane, Sales & Marketing Director; Ronan Lynch, Finance Director; Frank Matthews, Executive Director; John Littlefield, Sprinkler Director; David Byrne, Group Bid Director key activities: Management Contracting, Mechanical, Electrical, Data Technologies, Fire Protection, Interior Fit-Outs and Maintenance & Facilities Management


Mercury’s goal is to promote leadership on all levels and promise to continuously develop current and next generation talent



stablished in 1972, Mercury Engineering delivers complex engineering projects across a broad range of sectors. Its focus is to work in sectors that enhance development in technology, wellbeing and the built environment. Its strategic vision centres around improvement and progression, and a desire to stay on top. Mercury is committed to ensuring that its employees are trained and developed to their ultimate potential. During 2017, Mercury made a number of major changes to it company set up when it introduced a new sector driven and volume based operational structure. The core objective of the new structure is to enhance Mercury’s ability to meet clients’ expectations with industry leading standards and innovative project delivery. At the forefront of this change is the development of Mercury people. Mercury’s goal is to promote leadership on all levels and promise to continuously develop current and next generation talent. This is done through numerous channels including a Graduate program, Mercury Scholarships and, most recently, the Mercury Leadership Program. Mercury’s Chief Operation Officer, Rickie Rogers says, “As we close in on Q3 2017, the growth and new relationships that have derived from this change are evident and it is our promise to build on this progress as we move forward. “Currently, we have over 2,500 employees and we envisage that this number will continue to rise as we look to increase our level of activity through further international expansion.” Mercury Engineering’s planned projects indicate that it is diversifying its current client base portfolio. Upcoming projects include two hyper-scale data centre projects in Denmark, repeat enterprise data centre work in mainland Europe, a landmark healthcare project in Ireland and a building services project in Germany. Mercury is planning to add further clients and projects to its growing Life Sciences sector portfolio of work in the coming months.

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50 companies

1-6 Sir John Rogerson Quay development for Hibernia REIT

John Paul Construction Turnover: €294M

ROI TURNOVER: €235.6M year end: 31/12/16 address: Dundrum Business Pk, Dundrum Road, Dublin 14 phone: 01 215 6100 web: key executives: Eamon Booth, Managing Director; Donal

Winters, Operations Director; Conor O’Donnell, Financial Director; Joe Mcloughlin, Construction Director; Paraic Keogh, Construction Director; Liam Casey, Associate Director Business Development key activities: Construction services including early contractor involvement, preconstruction services, management contracting, design & build, partnerships/turnkey arrangements as well as traditional contracting across commercial, industrial/pharmaceutical, mission critical/data centres, residential, healthcare, refurbishment and restoration, tourism and leisure, fitout, educational and civil infrastructure sectors.


gainst the backdrop of another resurgent year for the industry, John Paul Construction had the busiest year in its history in 2016 with turnover up significantly to €294m, further consolidating its position in the industry. Over the past 12 months its teams have risen to the challenge on some of the most prestigious and complex projects in the country. These include: • The refurbishment and redevelopment of a world class hotel and leisure resort at the celebrated Adare Manor complex, a huge logistical and operational undertaking due to the scale and complexity of the project, The company currently has 750 operatives on site. • Two office projects for Hibernia REIT in the rapidly developing SOBO (South of Beckett O’Casey) District, at 1 • Windmill Lane and 1-6 Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Dublin. The Seamark Building at Elm Park for Starwood Capital Group and Chartered Land; and the iconic Miesian Plaza on Baggot Street. Hotel projects include major extension works to the Trinity Hotel for the Lalco Hotel Group and Five-Star upgrade and refurbishment works to the Shelbourne Hotel for Kennedy Wilson. Industrial projects – particularly outside Dublin – include a new distillery building and bottling plant at the Tullamore D.E.W. complex for William Grant & Sons and projects for Gilead in Carrigtwohill, Wyeth in Askeaton, and Pepsi in Little Island, and a flagship project for Bausch & Lomb in Waterford. In Dublin, completed works include the first phase of the Pearse Lyons Micro Distillery involving alterations and refurbishment of the 18th century St James’s Church. John Paul recently completed the first private 220kV substation in Ireland at Clonee. In Scotland, John Paul is in a JV partnership with Wills Bros on the 7.5km A9 Dualling Project. In London, John Paul has just completed the 155-bed Tamburlaine Hotel for the O’Callaghan Hotel Group in addition to

JOHN PAUL CONSTRUCTION HAD THE BUSIEST YEAR IN ITS HISTORY IN 2016 WITH TURNOVER UP To €294 MILLION progressing work on the refurbishment and conversion of a 11,000 square metre commercial office building into 122 high-specification apartments for the U&I Group, as well as constructing a new corporate headquarters building in Stamford for the Alltech Group. John Paul has delivered a number of strategic mission critical data centre facilities in recent years and is currently well advanced on a 21,000-square metre, 10-hall development in West Dublin for a confidential global client. In October 2016, John Paul was awarded the All Ireland Supreme Safety Award, only the second time in 25 years that a main contractor has received this award. In November, the company won the KPMG Irish Independent Property Industry Excellence Awards Contractor of the Year Award. With continued investment in BIM technology and the associated training and development of its staff, John Paul has rolled out BIM Level 2 across six of its major projects.

Miesian Plaza, Baggot Street for Remley Developments

Manufacturing plant for Bausch & Lomb

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50 companies


ROI TURNOVER: €55M year end: 31/12/16 address: 10 Eastgate Avenue, Eastgate, Little Island, Cork phone: 021 2330900 web: key executives: Brian Acheson, CEO; Oliver Lonergan, Managing Director; Pat Finn, Financial Director; David Myers, Commercial Director; Paul Flynn, Group Operations Director; Dave Dukelow, Operations Director; Liam Flynn, Engineer Director key activities: Mechanical & Electrical


ornan Engineering saw 2016 as another excellent year for the company, which now has over 50 years experience of managing, engineering and executing electrical, instrumentation, mechanical and HVAC projects within the Hydrocarbons, Energy, Life Sciences, Data Centres, Commercial, and Manufacturing Business Units. The highlights of 2016 for Dornan include the delivery of two large Data Centres for private clients in Holland, a biomass power station from start to finish in Sheffield in the UK with its partner company Kantor Energy. The company has been quite successful in Ireland in the past year with turnover increased from about €30m in 2015 to in excess of €55m in 2016, with projects such as large private Data Centres in Clonee and in Cruiserath for BMS on their new pharmaceutical project. It has also just finished a large Data Centre project in Ballycoolin for Dataplex. Clients, Safety, Value, Deliverability and quality are the cornerstones of Dornan’s company culture. The Dornan company ethos is steeped in a need for quality at all times concentrated on the client’s specific requirements, and a concerted effort to achieve repeat business, being seen as vital to its continued success. Dornan’s Managing Director Oliver Lonergan believes that the M&E sector must be more proactive in training apprentices now that the Irish Construction market is improving. “The training of trade resource is a serious challenge for Ireland, Oliver said. “I don’t believe we are getting the number Amgen of apprentices through the system that we should be. I think there’s a failure in the education system to show apprenticeships as a real career option. Twenty years ago there were a lot more people focusing on trades as a means of earning a living and progressing through a career. Today, that message seems to be lost. I think this has created a huge gap in the country’s trades.”

Newbury Data Centre


The company has been quite successful in Ireland in the past year with turnover increased from about €30m in 2015 to in excess of €55m in 2016 Cork Airport Terminal


Novartis Ireland

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50 companies


ROI TURNOVER: €152.5M year end: 31/12/16 address: Forest Park, Mullingar, Co Westmeath phone: 044 9346000 web: key executives: Paul Bruton, Joint Managing Director; Paul McGee, Joint Managing Director

key activities: Construction Services including Residential,

Restoration/Refurbishment, Hospitality, Commercial, Industrial, Healthcare and Pharmaceutical


ince its establishment in Mullingar a century ago, Bennett has grown steadily into an international company with offices and projects in Ireland, the UK and Germany – across all market sectors. Bennett Construction Joint Managing Director Paul Bruton says, “We have a broad portfolio of successfully completed projects across a range of sectors including Commercial Industrial; Data Centres; Student Accommodation; Retail; Residential; Refurbishment; Hospitality and Pharmaceutical.” For 100 years, Bennett has been building on its reputation with a focus applied firmly on ‘growing the ability of the business to deliver in new and innovative ways’. Bennett operates a client-focused open approach to business. “This is a determining factor and is one of the reasons why we receive a high level of repeat business,” explains Paul Bruton. “We limit ourselves to a set number of projects to ensure construction team continuity. We continue to build on our reputation with our focus firmly on growing the ability of the business to deliver in new and innovative ways. Our ambition and goals for the past century have always been to deliver quality projects and value for money to our clients. Our success and reputation today have been testament to this wisdom.” Bennett Construction recently won Contractor of the Year at the Irish Construction Industry Awards 2017. Its Binary Hub Student Accommodation Project in The Liberties, Dublin, won the Residential Project of the Year award at both the Irish Building and Design Awards and Irish Construction Industry Awards, along with Airbnb Warehouse Building on Hanover Quay, which also won Fit-out Project of the Year. Leman Street Locke Project in London completed an impressive portfolio of awards when it won International Project of the Year. Having recently successfully completed ‘Velasco’, a new office development situated in Dublin’s central business district, Bennett are currently involved in a number of exciting student accommodation projects throughout Dublin City centre, consisting of approximately 3,000 bed spaces. The company is also involved in a number of large office developments in the South Docks area in Dublin. These include a circa-200,000 square-foot office space in City Quay; a 150,000 square foot development in Hanover Quay and it is about to commence

Award winning fit-out for Airbnb on Hanover Quay, Dublin


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work on a 105,000 square foot development at 76 Sir John Rogerson Quay. Bennett has long practiced strong corporate governance guidelines and advocates corporate responsibility in every facet of its business on a daily basis. The company sees this as a critical step in building trust among our stakeholders, clients, employees and society in general. Binary Hub Student Accommodation on Thomas Street, Dublin for Three sixty Developments

Velasco office development, Grand Canal, Dublin for Hardewicke

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PJ HEGARTY & SONS Turnover: €191M

ROI TURNOVER: €172M year end: 31/12/16 address: Davitt Road, Inchicore, Dublin 12 phone: 01 4556270 web: key executives: John Hegarty, Managing Director key activities: General Contracting


stablished in 1925, PJ Hegarty & Sons is one of Ireland’s most progressive building and civil engineering companies. It undertakes projects throughout Ireland and the UK from offices in Dublin, Cork, Limerick and London, and is a leading company in major infrastructure, commercial and industrial facilities. The company has received numerous awards across a wide range of projects and was the first construction company to achieve ISO 9002 status in Ireland. High-profile projects completed include The Intel Microchip Facility in County Kildare; The Criminal Courts of Justice Complex in Dublin; Dublin Airport: Terminal 2 and Pier E; Ireland’s tallest building – the Elysian – in Cork; Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard – expansions to the Middleton Distilleries; N6 Galway and M50 Dublin PPP Motorway projects. After more than 90 years in business, PJ Hegarty has built up significant resources and expertise and has 245 people directly employed. Its primary activity is undertaking large, complex projects in commercial; retail; tourism; pharmaceutical; high-tech and institutional buildings; refurbishment and civil engineering works. In addition to technical and plant resources, PJ Hegarty has a strong financial base, allowing execution of multiple large projects simultaneously. The company’s success over the years is a result of sound financial and management principles. It is this emphasis, combined with a solid base of traditional craft skills and professional management that has placed it at the forefront among Irish contractors and in our Top 10. PJ Hegarty offers a full range of construction services including management contracting, Design & Build, alliance/ partnering and PPP contracts, in addition to traditional building arrangements. The range of work undertaken varies in type and size from multimillion-euro contracts to small and medium sized projects. Like all our entries, PJ Hegarty is dedicated to maintaining a safe working environment for all employees and significant resources are deployed to ensure best practice in the areas of Health & Safety. PJ Hegarty encourages employees to achieve their full potential through Continued Professional Development (CPD) and was the first construction company to be accredited by Engineers Ireland for CPD. The Company has also a Training Partnership with the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

State of the Art Facility for Mallinckrodt Pharmaceutical


PJ Hegarty encourages employees to achieve their full potential through Continued Professional Development

Restoration of Kilmainham Courthouse, Dublin


Redevelopment of Nano Nagle Place, Cork

Redevelopment of Nano Nagle Place, Cork Mallinckrodt Pharmaceutical offices

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ROADBRIDGE Turnover: €189M

ROI TURNOVER: €111M year end: 31/12/16 address: Crossagalla, Ballysimon Road, Limerick phone: 061 414874 web: key executives: Jim Mulcair, Chairman; Conor Gilligan,

Managing Director; Des Mulcair, Director, Pat McCarthy, Director; John Duggan, Director; Morgan Sheehy, Director key activities: Civil Engineering


oadbridge is a global civil engineering contractor that is celebrating its 50th year of operations in 2017. The company specialises in the international delivery of complete infrastructure projects across all sectors, and works with a broad range of clients and contract conditions. Roadbridge is a private, family-owned company that has built its reputation upon working collaboratively with clients, offering a quality service and product with genuine added value. “Our core ethos is not just to meet client expectations but to exceed them – making us the partner clients want to work with,” says Roadbridge Chairman, Jim Mulcair. Roadbridge Managing Director Conor Gilligan says, “We have adopted a team approach and focus on value engineering and innovation in order to achieve best results for our clients.” Over recent year’s Roadbridge has been involved in the delivery of some of the largest projects undertaken in Ireland, such as the Limerick Tunnel, Corrib Gas Terminal, Grangegorman DIT Campus, amongst many. The company is also currently involved in the construction of Ireland’s largest wind farm – Galway Wind Park, and recently commenced work on Center Parcs Longford, and on enabling works for the new North Runway at Dublin Airport. Along with a joint venture partner, Roadbridge are also undertaking extensive work at Dublin Port, as part of the Alexandra Basin

A4 St Clears to Red Roses Improvement scheme for Welsh government


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N17 Tuam to Gort PPP Scheme

Redevelopment. Roadbridge Quality & Environmental Manager, Peter Byrne says, “Our goal is to create value through our focus on efficiency and sustainability. We achieve this by applying best practice, employing a motivated workforce and adopting continuously updated technology. “We believe that the sustainable approach can only be achieved through integration of social, economical and environmental factors.”

N17 Tuam to Gort PPP Scheme

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ROI TURNOVER: €122M year end: 31/12/16 address: Unit 7, Turnpike Business Park, Turnpike Lane,

Ballymount, Dublin 22 phone: 01 4600214 web: key executives: Barry English, Managing Director; Barry Hennessy, Business Development Director key activities: Mechanical & Electrical, and MEP led Turnkey Data Centres


eadquartered in Ireland, and delivering throughout Europe, Winthrop Engineering is a leading engineering company, employing over 700 people in 2017. Its core business encompasses delivery of projects in the Data, Commercial, Pharma and Industrial sectors, providing Mechanical, Electrical and Fire Protection services, and it specialises in Turnkey Data Centre solutions, delivered faster, leaner and smarter. Established in 1995, Winthrop has grown steadily in the engineering industry, combining agility with experience to complete every project efficiently and cost-effectively. Winthrop was founded and is managed by engineers. It was created on a dual-discipline model, offering both mechanical and electrical engineering services. Integrating expertise in this way ensures that the business is not siloed, with one division operating in isolation to the other. Instead, Winthrop’s multi-disciplinary teams work together to develop and implement the most

National Gallery of Ireland


Winthrop is currently delivering €500m worth of turnkey data centres


appropriate and compatible solutions for its clients and their budgets. With a strategic headquarters in Dublin, its unified approach has enabled Winthrop to rise to where it is today. Winthrop continues to build on an already impressive portfolio of Data, Commercial , Pharma, Leisure and Industrial sector projects. Winthrop’s experience has developed from originally working on Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) contracting only to offering full turnkey build solutions, offering all site construction activities including civil, structural, MEP and architectural work on MEP-led projects. Winthrop has a dedicated Mission Critical delivery team, and is currently in the process of delivering €500m worth of turnkey data centres in multiple locations across Europe. Recent significant projects include 18MW Turnkey Data Centre, Dublin, €144m, a 43MW Turnkey Data Centre, Amsterdam. €210m; the new Central Bank of Ireland, Dublin, €20m; Meisian Plaza, Dublin, €18m; Bausch & Lomb, Waterford, €12m; and the National Gallery Of Ireland , €6m.

18MW Turnkey data centre in Dublin for private US client

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ROI TURNOVER: €109.1M year end: 31/12/16 address: White Swan Business Pk, South Circular Road, Dublin 8 phone: 01 454 0411 web: key executives: Jimmy Kirby, Group Managing Director; Mark Flanagan, Group Operations Director; Derry McMahon, Group Finance Director and Company Secretary; Ray Ryan, Group QEHS Director; Conor O’Brien, Group Commercial Director key activities: Mechanical & Electrical ounded in 1964, Kirby has grown from an electrical engineering contracting business to a leading M&E engineering contractor with operations in Ireland, the UK and Northern Europe. Over its 53-year history, Kirby has earned a reputation for excellence in mechanical and electrical engineering contracting. This reputation – built on expertise, finding innovative and cost-effective solutions for complex build challenges and an uncompromising approach to safety and quality – has seen Kirby work with leading organisations and building contractors on an impressive portfolio of projects both domestically and internationally. Kirby delivers a range of services including mechanical piping,




HVAC, electrical and instrumentation, and power transmission and distribution and operates within the chosen sectors of Pharma, Industrial, Manufacturing, Data Centres, Petrochemical, Utilities, Renewables and Commercial. Kirby directly employs almost 700 personnel and nurtures talent through its apprenticeship, graduate and management development programmes. In response to its growth and success, the company has made a number of key appointments at senior level. Jimmy Kirby took up the position of Group Managing Director in January 2017. Conor O’Brien was appointed Group Commercial Director and Sean Rapple was appointed Associate Director – Group Head of Pre-Construction. Kirby has strong capabilities in BIM, prefabrication and modularisation. It applies Lean Principles on all projects to drive efficiency throughout the project life cycle and increasingly employs an Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) approach to its project delivery. From finding custom solutions to challenging build environments, to applying the newest technologies and trends, Kirby always delivers the best solution for its clients.

Teleflex Complex, Athlone, County Westmeath, Completed October 2016, Contract value: €10m

Turnover: €165M

ROI TURNOVER: €123M year end: 31/12/16 address: Wolfe Tone House, Father Griffin Road, Galway phone: 091 580800 web: key executives: Padraic Rhatigan, Managing Director; Ger Ronayne, Regional Director; Paul Carty, Regional Director

key activities: General Building Contractor, PPPs, Design and

Build, BIM, Traditional Build, Fit Out, Refurbishments across all sectors: Industrial, Commercial, Education, Healthcare, Pharma/ Medical Devices, Residential, Retail, Hotel & Leisure, Municipal. J Rhatigan & Company delivers high quality, sustainable construction projects across all sectors. Recently completed projects include Maynooth Student Accommodation, the Special Olympics Headquarters, Teleflex Medical, and St. Patrick’s College Block F Extension and Fit Out. JJ Rhatigan & Company is currently on site with some largescale projects across all sectors including Lansdowne Place, a luxury residential development, on the site of the former Berkeley Court Hotel in Dublin 4; Gardens International Office Development, a 100,000-square foot office development in Limerick; and NUIG Student Accommodation, consisting of 429 bedspaces in Galway. Work has also commenced on the first Primary Care Centre PPP Project in Ireland, which includes the


construction of 14 Primary Care Centre facilities nationwide, and has a total capital value in excess of €120m. Other projects currently on site include Kevin Street Garda Headquarters in Dublin, Galway Regional and Divisional Garda Headquarters, The Maldron Hotel Dublin, Trinity Business School and Charlemont Street Regeneration Project. JJ Rhatigan & Company won Contractor of the Year for the second year running at the Irish Building and Design Awards 2017. JJ Rhatigan & Company has a growing staff of over 400 people, and an expanding portfolio of high quality, sustainable construction projects. It was the first Irish contractor to invest in a Building Information Modelling (BIM) 360 Enterprise License, as part of the company’s drive for Sustainable Design, Innovation and Construction Excellence. The company won Contractor of the Year at the BIM Innovation awards, awarded by CITA (Construction IT Alliance) in 2016.

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ROI TURNOVER: €123.50M year end: 31/03/17 address: River House, East Wall Road, Dublin 3 phone: 01 8745411 web: key executives: Neil Collen, Chairman; Tommy Drumm,

Managing Director; Declan Lowry, Director; David Lee, Director; Donal Hennessy, Director; Leo Crehan, Director; Kara Stuart, Company Secretary; Philip Walsh, Financial Controller; Sinead Savage, Head of Business Development; Joe O’Dwyer, Health & Safety Manager; Rebecca Reilly, Quality & Environmental Manager; Tom O’Connor, European Operations Manager key activities: Main Building Contractor, Joint Venture Partner, D&B Contractor, Specialising in Data Centres, Pharma, Commercial New Build, Office Fit-Out, Residential, Student Accommodation, Industrial, Retail, Health and Leisure projects


stablished in 1810, Collen Construction Ltd has been at the forefront of Irish Construction for over two centuries. A family-owned business, the company ethos is to provide a quality service and forge long-lasting relationships. Collen’s client list is a testament to the levels of service provided on every project and strong focus on staff as its most valuable resource. The company has successfully tendered and negotiated projects



for a range of clients including large multi-national corporations; private companies; local authorities and state authorities. Collen Construction operates a Quality Management System that ensures that projects are delivered to the specification and timescale required by clients. Collen has recently completed Block H, Central Park, a 27,000-square-metre office development over eight storeys with a threestorey basement finished with granite and glass façade, and it has been awarded the contract for the €14 million refurbishment and fit-out of Donnybrook House, Dublin 4. Among other recent successes, Collen Construction has begun work on Phase 3 of Horizon Logistics Park, having completed both Phase One and Two, as well as the Frascati Shopping Centre redevelopment and new Audi flagship showroom in Sandyford. In 2017, prior to his retirement An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD officially opened the Collen GmbH offices in Frankfurt, Germany, an event which marked the launch of the Collen brand in to Europe, where its focus will be on the construction of turn-key data centres. Recently completed Central Bank building in Dublin Docklands

Turnover: €146M

ROI TURNOVER: €146M year end: 31/12/16 address: Rosemount House, Northern Cross, Malahide Road, Dublin 17

phone: 01 8673800 web: key executives: Eugene O’Shea, Managing Director key activities: Main Contractor and Fit- Out Specialist


alls Construction Ltd was established by Patrick Joseph (PJ) Walls in 1950. In 2015 it was acquired by the senior management team with the backing of private investors including some members of the Walls family. In review the past year and looking to the future, Walls MD Eugene O’Shea is upbeat about the sector and the outlook for Walls. He says: “Since the management buy-out, turnover for Walls Construction has steadily grown to €146.5m and the company now has the capacity and projects to ensure that this steady growth continues in 2017 and beyond. “Following on from the recent completion of the Central Bank of Ireland and LinkedIn’s EMEA HQ, Ballymore’s Dublin Landings project and a major residential development for Park Developments in Churchtown, Dublin, are two of the major projects we have on

site in 2017.” In the decades since Walls’ foundation, a cornerstone of its success has been customer service, Eugene O Shea says: “meeting the needs of our clients and realising the vision of their design teams is the central message of the company today.” Walls extensive team have proven expertise in engineering, quantity surveying, estimating, site management and traditional craft skills, together with operations and support personnel qualified in disciplines such as finance, project planning and human resources. Eugene O Shea says: “We are committed to training and continuous professional development and we have achieved accreditation and best in class awards in safety, quality, construction performance and environmental building practices. He concludes: “In all of the work we do, the safety of our employees, subcontractors, suppliers, clients and the general public is our first priority.”

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Turnover: €131.6M

ROI TURNOVER: €101.33M year end: 31/12/16 address: Grattan Hall, Grattan Street, Dublin 2 phone: 01 6449650 web: key executives: Paul McKenna, Group Managing Director;

Brendan Moley, Operations Director; Ronan McGovern, Commercial Director; Martin Daly, Finance Director; Alex Murphy, Business Development Director; Guy Hollis, NonExecutive Director; Gary O’Sullivan, Project Director; David Caulfield, Project Director; Tiffany Quinn, Marketing and Communication Director key activities: Fit out and Construction ac is a specialist fit-out and construction contractor with a mission to construct, restore, recondition and repurpose commercial buildings to exceed the expectations of clients, consultants and staff. In 2014, Lone Star contracted mac to carry out a complete HVAC and electrical services overhaul at 75 St Stephen’s Green – a €14m project over 120,000 square feet. Other large-scale projects followed, including Oracle Block B, Hibernia Reit and AerCap. The number and scale of these projects demanded highly skilled teams. In 2016, forty new talented members joined a now more




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than 120-strong mac workforce. In 2017, that team continues to grow with structural and civil works capabilities added to the service offering, as it take on complex projects such as the 141,000-square-foot Irish Life refurbishment at George’s Quay, Dublin. The company also recently handed over new working spaces to clients such as Jazz Pharma, Fidelity International Limited (FIL), Irish Life and Oracle. mac has operations in Ireland, the UK and Northern Europe, with plans to expand further. Major investments in the Irish and UK markets sets mac apart as a confident and expanding enterprise amid the uncertainty of Brexit. This confidence is underpinned by its steady growth, year on year. Part of mac’s outward investment programme has included the appointment of four new directors and a dedicated management team to oversee its UK expansion. The four new directors are: Tiffany Quinn (Communication Director); Ray O’Sullivan (Director of its new Birmingham Regional HQ); and two Project Directors, Gary O’Sullivan and David Caulfield. The Birmingham team, including four senior managers with 50 years of local market experience, is quickly establishing mac as a major contractor within the UK, servicing urban centres such as Birmingham, Bristol and Manchester.

Con Colbert Data Centre, Dublin

DESIGNER GROUP Turnover: €104M

ROI TURNOVER: €62M year end: 31/12/16 address: Clyde House, IDA Business & Technology Park, Snugborough Road, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15

phone: 01 860 0520 web: key executives: Michael Stone, Chief Executive Officer; Pat

Gilroy, Managing Director key activities: Mechanical & Electrical esigner Group is a leading international engineering solutions group. Established in 1992, Designer Group has grown significantly in recent years and works in multiple sectors with clients such as Diageo, Tullow Oil, Airbnb, Amazon and Facebook. The group employs 650 people globally. According to Chief Executive Officer Michael Stone: “Safety is in our people’s DNA. We don’t compromise ever in this regard. Our motto is ‘if a job cannot be done safely, we don’t start it’.” As a company, Designer Group’s twin pillars for success are being client focused and developing its people. In 2016, the company invested in its own Training Academy and continues to look at new ways of making its delivery even leaner through the development of its people. Designer Group, who have offices in Ireland, the UK and


Germany and have recently been involved in projects for clients such as Yahoo, Dropbox and Irish Life and are currently working on Bristol Myers Squibb in Cruiserath, Kennedy Wilson and IPUT.

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Office fit out for BDO


Turnover: €102M

ROI TURNOVER: €65.7M year end: 31/12/2016 address: Swords Business Campus, Balheary Road, Swords, Co Dublin

phone: 01 8948800 web: key executives: Ronan Quinn, CEO; Roy Millar, Joint Managing

Director; Alan Coakley, Joint Managing Director; Colm Casey, Operations Director; Donal Gargan, Commercial Director (UK); Cormac Smyth, Commercial Director (Ireland and Europe) key activities: Interior architectural solutions for Data Centres. Cleanroom and controlled environments. Interior workspace construction and management n 2017, Ardmac celebrates its 40th anniversary as a leading international construction company, specialising in high value workspace environments for global brands. Operating across Europe from offices in Dublin, Manchester, Craigavon, London and Brussels, and with business partnerships in the USA and Asia, Ardmac employ just under 300 people. Ardmac’s comprehensive range of services includes fit-out and refurbishment; design and build for the medical technology sector; Pharma and Biopharma controlled environments and cleanrooms; and internal architectural solutions for Data Centres.



Human Rights and Equality Commission Speaking about the Ardmac’s success, CEO Ronan Quinn says, “Ardmac witnessed a marked growth across all sectors in 2016, highlighted by our delivery of a 60,000-square foot manufacturing facility for West Pharma three weeks ahead of schedule. “This year we have expanded into Switzerland with our first Swiss Pharma project, and we are targeting new Data Centre projects across Europe, as our commercial interiors division is also experiencing growth in Manchester and Dublin.” Ardmac early adoption of BIM and other modern techniques has allow its team to coordinate multiple trades in a live 3D environment, greatly reducing the number of clashes on site, streamlining the coordination process. Also, using cloud based storage allows its team members access to real time project information. Safety is ingrained in every aspect of Ardmac’s work ethic. Its progressive in-house safety programme – Safety First – is in place with systematic checks, comprehensive training and induction to reinforce that zero incidents is requisite deliverable through the early identification and elimination of risks. Over the coming year, Ardmac plans to further develop its international brand by offering value added solutions in, utilising the innovations such as Second Generation Cleanroom Construction, Lean and BIM.


ROI TURNOVER: €100M year end: 31/12/16 address: Unit 9A Cleaboy Business Park, Old Kilmeaden Road, Waterford

phone: 051 359500 web: key executives: Michael Kennedy, Managing Director; David Phelan, Business Development Director

key activities: Mechanical & Electrical


rom its original base in an old ballroom in Mooncoin, Co Kilkenny, Suir Engineering Ltd has grown to become one of Ireland’s premier mechanical and electrical installation contractors, with a track record of fulfilling large-scale contracts for blue-chip clients around the world. Suir Engineering has over three decades of experience in the seamless integration and application of mechanical and electrical installation expertise, providing targeted and cost effective solutions for prestigious clients from a diverse range of industries. Over the years Suir Engineering has worked in the Pharmaceutical, Energy & Utilities, Food & Beverage, Data Centre, Commercial & Retail and Medical sectors. As a direct hire business in an industry heavily reliant on subcontractors, it takes pride in its staff and the services they deliver. Its offsite training workshops and in-house quality control systems

are there to ensure that its team is always equipped to deliver its absolute best, no matter how complex the project. Suir Engineering’s motto defines its operations: ‘Succeed by delivering a better experience’. Through its efforts to revise, refine and improve on the value and quality of its services, its reputation has expanded its reach beyond Ireland’s shores. Training, development and continual adaptation to the realities of contemporary engineering, business and markets are all a fundamental aspect of Suir Engineering’s ethos.

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Grafton Street fit out for Aviva Investors

Flynn Management & Contractors Ltd Turnover: €98M

ROI TURNOVER: €98M year end: 31/12/16 address: Flynn House, Blackwater Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 11 phone: 01 850 3000 web: key executives: Kevin Flynn, Managing Director; Mick Flynn,

Construction Director; Derek Murphy, Financial Director; Willie O’Brien, Commercial Director; Eddie Cassidy, Projects Director; Cormac McKenna, Projects Director; Fergal Duffy, Projects Director key activities: Main Contractor, Construction Management, Design & Build, Refurbishments & Fit Outs lynn Management & Contractors Ltd is one of Ireland’s leading Contractors, providing construction solutions for the Commercial, Mission Critical, Life Science, Healthcare, Residential, Retail, Hospitality, Airport & Infrastructure sectors. Flynn Management & Contractors have consistently proven their ability to deliver projects safely, on time and within budget. The high volume of repeat business earned, and the long-term client relationships developed, is testament to the focus the company’s team has placed on service and quality on the many



projects it has been contracted for. The company currently employs 113 people. Flynn also been awarded the prestigious title of “Best Managed Company” in the Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards Programme for 2017.  Its willingness to continually improve its offering has led it to invest in its people and processes, with the ultimate goal to become the best construction solutions service provider and partner in Ireland.

Inverness Bridge project

wills bros

Turnover: €86.23M

ROI TURNOVER: €38.3M year end: 31/12/16 address: Head Office, Ballylahan Bridge , Foxford Co. Mayo phone: 094 9256221 web: key executives: Charles Wills Managing Director, James Wills

Company Secretary, Aidan Mc Caul Contracts Director. key activities: Civil Engineering and Utilities ormed in 1972, Wills Bros is a civil engineering contractor that has been at the forefront of the development of the national infrastructure in Ireland and the UK. It’s subsidiary company, Wills Bros Civil Engineering Limited is based in Motherwell, Scotland with project offices established throughout the UK. Wills Bros project experience ranges from major motorway design and build contracts, mining, landfill sites, marine works, road realignments, site developments, water related services, telecommunications to leisure and public amenity projects. Wills Bros Quality Management System (QMS) is accredited to ISO 9001:2008 standard (since 2002) as Civil Engineering and Traffic Management Contractors. Wills Bros currently has over 200 employees. Its safety record with an LTA frequency rating of 0.14 for 2016 demonstartes achievement amongst the highest level of rating with Industry Safety standards.


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Wills Bros has completed various types of marine works including cliff stabilisation works, slipway development works and terminal upgrade works. Recent projects include Tivoli Terminal Upgrade Works, 2015. Wills Bros commercial client base includes Gypsum Industries, TII, Xerox, Anglo American Mining, Tara Mines, Scottish Enterprise and IDA Ireland, Dublin Port and Port of Cork. Wills Bros are currently completing the Inverness West Link Stage 1 & Canal Parks Enhancement for Highland Council. Wills Bros is recognised as one of the leading constructors of high quality roads in Ireland and the UK. Since 2004 the company has successfully delivered eight Design & Build road schemes in Ireland and the UK.



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New Ross Junior School

sammon group Turnover: €72M

ROI TURNOVER: €72M year end: 31/12/16 address: Unit 2, The Enterprise Centre, Kilcock, Co. Kildare phone: 01 6103160 web: key executives: Miceál Sammon, CEO; Michael O’Reilly, COO;

Brian Flannery, CFO; Shane Brad, Commercial Director; Ger Kiely, Bids & Business Development Director key activities: General Building Contractor he Sammon Group was established in Ireland in 1986 initially as a joinery manufacturing company before expanding into building contracting. It is now a major building contractor providing Design & Build services to both public and private sector clients. The business has a core competency in the provision of social infrastructure projects including large primary, secondary and more recently tertiary Education facilities. Sammon has also completed a significant value of projects for private sector clients in Healthcare, Tourism, Pharmaceuticals and Commercial Office and continues to expand into this market. Sammon is located in Kilcock Co Kildare where it has its headquarters and plant comprising joinery, aluminium doors, windows and curtain-walling manufacturing facilities. Sammon has invested heavily in people (and those with

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specialist qualifications in particular) and assets in the past 18 months. It currently employs approximately 200 people and is at present operating on construction sites across Ireland, including four sites as part of a Public Private Partnership contract to deliver six schools and an Institute for Further Education.

Office fit out at 47 - 49 St Stephen’s Green Dublin

Turnover: €71M

ROI TURNOVER: €71M year end: 31/12/2016 address: Head Office: 43 Lower Salthill, Galway phone: 091-524 455/01-9011290 web: key executives: Seán Stewart, Chairman; Paul Stewart, Managing

Director; Gerry Conway, Financial Director; Rachael Stewart, Business Development Director; Brian Gorman, Contracts Director key activities: General Contracting across all sectors with expertise in Design & Build, Specialist Fit Out, BIM, Conservation and Sustainable Building tewart Construction is a leading main contractor with a proven track record of successful project delivery through the generations. An award-winning and innovative company, Stewart Construction focusses on providing strong ‘fit for project’ teams, and adopting a collaborative approach on all projects. The fourth generation, family-run company is now in its 115th year of business. Stewart Construction has stood the test of time. “Our core focus continues to be on our people and providing training on the newest technologies,” Managing Director, Paul Stewart says. “BIM has been a key factor in our success with our initiative based on a long-term and holistic organisation-wide


development plan. Earlier this year, Stewart Construction was named a Deloitte GOLD STANDARD Best Managed Company, the only main contractors in Ireland to currently hold the title.” Ongoing new projects include the delivery of a city centre eight-storey LEED Gold Office Development for Green REIT on Harcourt Road. This will be one of two LEED Gold standard projects to be delivered for 2018, reinforcing the Stewart Construction name for high end sustainable builds. Other recent projects include the RSCI Medical School for the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland, Beaumont Hospital; Commercial Project of the Year 2017, Waterside Office Development; the redevelopment of 47-49 St. Stephens Green, Bishop’s Square and the Goethe Institute, all prime developments in Dublin 2; as well as Dublin Airport Logistics Park and Grifols International Logistics Centre of which Phase II commenced earlier this year following a successful delivery of Phase One in 2016.

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ROI TURNOVER: €65.5M year end: 31/12/2016 address: Block 10A, Cleaboy Business Park, Old Kilmeadan Road,

Waterford phone: 051 508 009 web: key executives: Edward Walsh, President/CEO; Richard Strappe, Managing Director; Pat O’Boyle, Finance Director; Richie Hogan, Operations Director: Liam Linehan, Business Development Director; John Toomey, Commercial Director key activities: Mechanical & Electrical elebrating 10 years in business in 2017, Specialist Technical Services (STES Ltd) was established in 2007, and has grown to be a hugely successful international firm in just a few short years. Its full service offering has helped it build a client portfolio of global brands in the Pharmaceutical, IT, Food, Utilities, Medical, Hospitality, Renewables and other Industry sectors. STS Group has expanded its European partner network to include D&V Engineering in Belgium, allowing it to work more closely and effectively with clients and consultants in Europe. The company employs a flexible, experienced team of



professionals – some of whom have up to 40 years’ experience on major global projects. The company is a Lean and target-focused operation – with minimal overheads, leading technology and a track record of delivering complex projects to the highest standards, on time, in-spec and within budget. STS’s number one asset is its people whose dedication and professionalism has help it build a international portfolio of quality completed contracts in 10 short years, much of which happened during more challenging business times. The STS team has a full spectrum of experience, innovation and technical excellence, which enables the company to combine quality and cost effectiveness in the timely execution of large, complex projects.

South Devon Link Road for Devon County Council


Turnover: €70M

ROI TURNOVER: €70M year end: 31/12/2016 address: Dolcain House, Monastery Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 22 phone: 01 4033111 web: key executives: Martin Maher, CEO; Pearse Ferguson, CFO key activities: Civils and Mechanical & Electrical


IAC Construction Limited is a leader in the civils market with experience in the roads, water, environment, marine and energy sectors. The company has participated in the construction of some of the most technically complex structures in Ireland. The company has extensive experience in urban regeneration, slipformimg, paving, bituminous products, roofing and cladding, mechanical engineering, traffic management solutions and material testing. SIAC has successfully delivered projects for major public and private clients both in Ireland and the UK. Its Roofing & Cladding division operates a highly successful business, which has been delivering high quality complete envelop building solutions for over a century. SIAC also specialises in new builds, refurbishment projects and maintenance. It operates in Ireland, UK and Europe with repeat clients operating in the Pharmaceutical and IT industries. SIAC is a registered member of CIRI (Construction Industry Register

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Ireland); RCCA (Roofing & Cladding Contractors Association); IFD (International Federation for the Roofing Trade); and NISO (National Irish Safety Organisation). SIAC Bituminous Products Limited is one of the leading pavement suppliers and contractors in Ireland for the supply and laying of asphalt bituminous materials. Their asphalt plant is a fully automated facility. This is dedicated to supply asphalts to utilities, Local Authorities, private contractors and their own contracting division. The plant produces over 100 material types including coloured, proprietary mixes, and airfield specifications. SIAC is a market leader in the use of performance enhanced materials with many industry firsts in Ireland. This has been achieved through continuous research and development, high quality control standards and partnering for design trials with universities, NRA, Local Authorities and progressive bitumen producers.



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l&M keating ltd Turnover: €60.91M

year end: 31/12/16 address: L&M Keating Ltd., Kilmihil, Co Clare phone: 065 9050090 web: key executives: Louis Keating, Managing Director; Lorchan

Hoyne, Contracts Director; Brian O’Loughlin, Director; Richard Browne, Director key activities: Building, Marine and Coastal Engineering, Civil Engineering, Fit-Out, Design & Build &M Keating is celebrating 30 years in business this year. Over the last three decades the County Clare company has built up an enviable reputation for the delivery of technically challenging projects. L&M Keating expertise includes Building, Civil Engineering, Marine and Coastal Engineering, Conservation & Restoration and Dredging. Its range of building expertise is illustrated by recently completed projects – Grangegorman Primary Care Centre, Stryker Medical Devices Production Facility, St Angela’s College in Cork, CPL Fuels and Argosea Grain Store in Foynes, Stryker Innovation Centre. The company has also completed a number of marine engineering works such as Foynes Port marine engineering works, due to the successful completion of projects such as Foynes Port East Jetty, Cape Clear Harbour Storm Gates, Dunmore East Contaminated Dredging, Port of Cork Mooring Dolphins, Belfast Harbour Bed Protection and Doolin Pier. Dublin Port Company recently awarded the Framework Agreement for Cross Berth Quay Works to L&M Keating and Roadbridge. L&M Keating has a long history in the repair, conservation and construction of Bridge structures including the iconic 312-metre long cable truss footbridge over the Shannon at UL and more recently the widening of the N4 Hughes Bridge in Sligo. Similarly, the company has completed many structural and dredging contracts on Inland Waterways. L&M Keating is currently carrying out the civil works on a number of windfarm projects, having recently completed similar contracts including the 30km Slieve Callan to Ennis underground Duct route. L&M Keating’s work has resulted in a number of awards for projects that include St Angela’s L&M Keating College from RIAI Office fit out and Irish Concrete Society; Cape Clear from ACEI and Engineers Ireland; Doolin Pier from Irish Concrete Society. The company’s work on King John’s Castle and the Milk Market in Limerick received Irish Planning Institute Heritage Awards.



30. ABM

Tipperary phone: 0504 31311 web: key executives: Kevin Duggan, Chairman; David Duggan, Joint Managing; Seamus Duggan, Joint Managing; John Scott; Conor Scott, Secretary key activities: Commercial, Industrial, Pharmaceutical, Health, Educational

Swords, Co. Dublin phone: 01 8900919 web: key executives: Pat O’Neill, Director key activities: Main Contractor – Commercial, Schools, Housing, Medical, Fit-Out

TURNOVER: €55.4M year end: 31/12/2016 address: Richmond, Templemore, Co.


TURNOVER: €53.29M ROI TURNOVER: €44.6M year end: 31/12/16 address: Unit 19, Balbriggan Bus Pk,

Balbriggan, Co. Dublin phone: 01-6905716 web: key executives: David Rogers, Director; Paul McQuaid, Director key activities: Building Contractors Private and Public Sector Building & Civils


TURNOVER: €52M year end: 21/12/16 address: 16 Fonthill Industrial Park,

Clondalkin, Dublin 22 phone: 01 626 1144 web: key executives: Sean Smith, Group Managing Director; Conor Lynch, Group Financial Director; Brian Sterling, Director; Joe McCarthy, Director; Ciaran O’Donnell, Director Business Development key activities: Mechanical & Electrical; Maintenance & Facilities Management


TURNOVER: €44.27M year end: 31/12/16 address: Unit8, Airways Technology Park,

Farmers Cross, Cork phone: 021 4975979 web: key executives: Tomás O’Donovan, Managing Director; Cormac Smith Secretary/ Director; Kevin O’Leary, Chairman/Director; Patricia Harrington, Financial Director key activities: Main Contracting for Housing, Civils, Mechanical & Electrical, Fit Out and Utilities

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TURNOVER: €41.85 ROI TURNOVER: €33.85M year end: 31/12/16 address: Unit 2B Feltrim Business Park,


TURNOVER: €41.12M year end: 31/12/16 address: Drangan, Thurles, Co Tipperary phone: 052 9152166 web: key executives: John O’Shaughnessy,

Managing Director key activities: General Contracting Works for both Public & Private Sector Including Housing, Fit-Out


TURNOVER: €37.9M year end: 31/12/16 address: 654 Hyde Square, S Circular

Rd, Ushers, Dublin phone: 01 471 3612 web: key executives: Michael Bane, Managing Director; Billy Coyne, Financial Director; Gerry Dolan, Contracts Director; Nigel Tighe, Contracts Director; Derek Timlin, Commercial Director; Tom Whelan, Surveying Director key activities: General Main Contractor


TURNOVER: €37.5M ROI TURNOVER: €16M year end: 30/06/16 address: Merrion House, Liosban

Industrial Estate, Tuam Road, Galway phone: 091 780100 web: key executives: Albert Conneally, Managing Director; Micheal Conneally, Contracts Director key activities: Main Contracting (Public and Private) Housing, Educational, Healthcare, Refurbishments, Leisure, Offices, Fit-Outs, Commercial, Civils


TURNOVER: €36.6M year end: 31/12/16 address: Staplestown, Nass, Kildare phone: 045 909800 web: key executives: Mel O`Reilly, Managing

Director; Sean Cummins, Construction Director; Donal Doyle, Estimating Director; Tom Dunne, QS Director; Des Stafford, Business Development Manager key activities: Housing (Private/ Public), Commercial/Industrial, Medical, Manufacturing


TURNOVER: €36.2 year end: 31/12/16 address: Unit 12, Briarhill Business Park,

Ballybrit, Co. Galway phone: 091 876312 web: key executives: Brendan Davey Director, Bryan Quille Director key activities: Housing and Fit Outs


TURNOVER: €35.7M ROI TURNOVER: €18.1M year end: 31/12/16 address: 3 Oak Close, Western Business

Park, D12 Y768 phone: 01 4601556 web: key executives: Richard F. McElligott, Chairman; Sean H McElligott, Director; Bernard Corrigan, Director; Eamonn Heery, Director; Kevin Carolan, Company Secretary key activities: Mechanical Contractor, in Commercial, Industrial, IT (Data Centres), Retail and Healthcare Sector


TURNOVER: €35M ROI TURNOVER: €22M year end: 31/12/16 address: Carrigeen Ind. Est., Cahir,

Co.Tipperary phone: 052 7441377 web: key executives: Fergal Buttimer Managing Director key activities: Mechanical & Electrical

top 38. Radley Engineering Ltd

TURNOVER: €34M year end: 31/07/16 address: Killadangan, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford phone: 058 41199 web: key executives: Thomas Radley, Joint Managing

Director; John Radley, Joint Managing Director; Kevin Walsh, General Manager; Mark Radley, Projects Director; Paul O’Riordan, Business Development Manager key activities: Mechanical & Electrical

39. KILCAWLEY BUILDING & CIVIL ENGINEERING (SLIGO) LTD TURNOVER: €32.12M year end: 31/03/17 address: Head Office Sansheen House, Wolfe Tone

Street, Sligo phone: 071 9162206/01 90441129 web: key executives: Brendan Henry, Managing Director key activities: Main Contractor Building & Civil Engineer


TURNOVER: €28.5M ROI TURNOVER: €17.3M year end: 31/12/16 address: Paragon House, Cork Road, Waterford phone: 051 373713 web: key executives: David Flynn, Managing Director;

Alfie Burns, Surveying Director; Thomas Holden, Contracts Director; Ken Flynn, Facilities Director key activities: Industrial Commercial and Fit Out

41. BMD & CO LTD

TURNOVER: €28.26M ROI TURNOVER: €26.73M year end: 31/12/16 address: 8 Eastgate Avenue, Little Island, Cork phone: 021 4869500 web: key executives: Mike Walsh, Managing Director;

Frank O’Keeffe, Engineering/Marketing Director key activities: Mechanical & Electrical



Wexford phone: 051 565615 web: key executives: Billy Mythen, Managing Director; Maurice Mythen, Contracts Director; Leonard Daley, Commercial Director; Marie Mythen, Finance Director key activities: Main Contractor, General Builder, Refurbishments & Fit Outs


TURNOVER: €27.36M year end: 31/03/16 address: Longraigue, Foulksmills, Co.

44. MANLEY CONSTRUCTION LTD TURNOVER: €26.34 ROI TURNOVER: €24.2M year end: 31/12/16 address: Main Street, Duleek, Co Meath phone: 041 9823981 web: key executives: Gabriel Manley – Managing

Director, Martina O’Hanlon – Financial Director; Damien Manley – EHS&Q Director; Tom Manley – Senior Director; David Flanagan - Contracts Director; Martin Murray – Surveying Director; Niamh Ward – HR Manager and Recruiter; Karen Muldowney – Business Development and Marketing Manager key activities: Main Contractor – Housing, Civils


TURNOVER: €25.3M year end: 31/12/16 address: 10 Greenhills Business Park,

Tallaght, Dublin 24 phone: 01 4627131 web: key executives: TJ Walsh, Managing Director; Joe McCarron, Chairman/Director key activities: Housing, Civils, M&E, Fit-Out, Utilities

42. Duggan Systems Ltd


Bernard Duggan, Chairperson; Monica Bonar, Finance Director; Matt Dunham, Senior Contracts Manager; Rory Mockler, Senior Contracts Manager key activities: Façade Solutions – Unitised Systems, Curtain Walling, Windows & Doors

Co Dublin phone: 01 842 7300 web: key executives: Directors: John Carey, Patrick Carey, Thomas Carey and Joseph O’Hagan Director key activities: Building & Civil Engineering Contractor

TURNOVER: €27.81 year end: 31/12/16 address: Patrickswell, Co. Limerick phone: 061/355377 web: key executives: John Duggan, Managing Director;

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TURNOVER: €25.1M year end: 31/12/16 address: Carey House, Dardistow, Cloghran,

TURNOVER: €22.1M year end: 31/12/16 address: Carranstown, Duleek, County phone: 041 9823682 web: key executives: John Pentony, Managing


key activities: Civil Engineering


TURNOVER: €17.43M year end: 31/12/16 address: Drennanstown, Rathangan, Co.


phone: 045 524520 web: key executives: Seamus Mannion

Managing Director, Paul McGlynn Financial Director key activities: Civil Engineering Contracting

49. JOHN CRADOCK LTD TURNOVER: €15.75M year end: 31/12/16 address: Unit 5, Kilcullen Business

Campus, Kilcullen, Co. Kildare phone: 045 484484 web: key executives: John Cradock, Managing Director; Mary Cradock, Director; Alan Wright, Contracts Director; Victor Smyth, Contracts Director & Director for Health & Safety; Richard Miller, Estimating Director; Paul Bagnall, Director; Barry Desmond Finance Director/Company Secretary key activities: Civil Engineering Contracting


TURNOVER: €15.48M year end: 31/12/16 address: Unit R, M7 Business Park,

Newhall, Naas, Co Kildare phone: 045 981 900 web: key executives: Managing Director, Eamonn Stapleton. Directors; Niall McElwaine, Tom Corcoran, Brian Gravin key activities: Civil Engineering Contractors

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DELIVERING ON A TALL ORDER AT PÁIRC UÍ CHAOIMH CIF member Crane Hire Ltd played an integral role in the recent refurbishments at the home of Cork GAA, Páirc Uí Chaoimh.


fter an €80 million upgrade the now 445,000-capacity Páirc Uí Chaoimh stadium in Cork, which has been closed since 2014, is scheduled to reopen in June. The overall project has employed 380 construction workers to date, substantially increased the capacity of the venue and added a number of other onsite facilities such as a conference centre. The stadium is also set to become one of the main outdoor concert venues in the south of the country. Crane Hire Ltd began work at Páirc Uí Chaoimh in June 2016, lifting the stadium’s 65-tonne trusses into place with the Liebherr LTM 1750-9.1 crane. “The biggest challenge on site was the limited space available relative to the size of crane required and loads being lifted,” said Crane Hire Ltd Operations Director Jarlath O’Leary. “In particular the

distance between where the trusses were prefabricated and the structure of the stand, left no margin of error. The crane had to operate at minimum radius, maximum radius, within half a ton of Safe Working Load (SWL) and clear obstacles with minimal tolerances, all within a single lift. This required a great deal of accurate threedimensional planning and drawing, followed by detailed execution by our team on the ground.” “While none of this is simple or allows any room for error, it is relatively routine for Crane Hire Ltd, as we work on a myriad of projects throughout Ireland and the UK,” Jarlath O’Leary added. Crane Hire Ltd was founded in 1967 and has since developed a reputation for innovation and specialist expertise, providing both standard crane hire and contract crane lift services. C

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MURPHY INTERNATIONAL’S PHILOSOPHY OF CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT BEARS FRUIT From humble beginnings Murphy has grown to become a truly global success story.


any of us will be familiar with the unique green of Murphy International vans and trucks travelling the roads of Ireland, but few are aware of the scale of this family-owned company’s projects and expertise, here and around the world. The company was originally founded by John Murphy as J Murphy & Sons Limited in 1951 in London and has since grown into a leading global, multi-disciplined engineering and construction company that directly employs more than 4,000 engineers, professional managers and skilled operatives. In 1968 Bernard Murphy, the founder’s son, took the brand back to his home country, establishing the Irish branch of the business based in Newbridge, County Kildare. The business is now thriving across Ireland in all major sectors of construction including ground engineering, structural steel fabrication, gas mains, Design & Build, and operate water and wastewater treatment plants, public realm, facility maintenance and tunneling. “Murphy has gone from strength to strength throughout

the decades, focusing on a model of self-delivery and collaborative working across the wider business,” Managing Director John G Murphy said. “It is an exciting time for the company in Ireland with the ground engineering team recently completing their first CFA piling project for Newbridge College whilst also constructing the deepest piles in Ireland for the new Barrow Bridge at New Ross (35m long, 1.2m diameter with 9m rock sockets.) Dublin is the economic engine that drives the country and Murphy are proudly supporting the regeneration of the capital through our ground engineering division piling for banks, student accommodation, hotels, retail space and residential developments.” According to John the success of Murphy International in Ireland has been down to the vast experience gained across the Groups operations and the sharing of this expertise across the whole company. Murphy engineers and designers from Ireland regularly travel across the operations to provide expert knowledge and skills on new challenges in the UK, Canada

and Australia. “One of Murphy’s philosophies is ‘continuous improvement’ and so the company has focused on investing in its people, growing its fleet of plant and investing in its facilities,” John explained. “Our greatest success has been the retention of long term clients. During the recession we were particularly grateful for clients such as Aughinish Alumina for their long and continued business. This project is a testament to the dedication, integrity, hard work and continuous development of our people.” Murphy’s structural steel fabrication facility in Newbridge is one of the company’s most vital resources, supporting the business in both Ireland and the UK. The business grew out of Murphy’s long experience of the specialist welding expertise required to service the gas industry in building and maintaining their network of high pressure steel mains and AGI’s in Ireland and the UK. As well as Murphy’s many projects here in Ireland, the business supports the Murphy Group across a wide range of projects in power, rail and property development in the UK, with the gas industry a particularly strong source of revenue for the

company. Murphy is also focused on investing in new markets in Ireland. Just last month the company announced the acquisition of one of Ireland’s leading Water and Wastewater Process Contractors, AECOM Design Build Ireland (ADBI), signaling the intent to strengthen Murphy’s existing presence in the water sector. The company is now operating under the new name Murphy Process Engineering. “This joining of minds will not only be beneficial for Murphy but for Ireland, as the linking of the two companies will enhance delivery of worldclass infrastructure in the Water industry,” John G. Murphy said of the move. “Murphy’s enhanced water team has significant design, engineering, commissioning, operations and maintenance expertise and the recent acquisition gives Murphy the resource to scale-up delivery by using these impressive talents, experience and expertise. Murphy is in a strong position to deliver complete solutions as it expands further into complex and integrated projects as our existing and future clients set out their future investment plans.” C

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INSULATION AND INNOVATION Irish manufacturer Xtratherm supports the construction industry in the delivery of low and zero carbon buildings.


tratherm is about more than manufacturing; this company is changing the space in which they operate. With state-of-art production facilities in Ireland and the UK, the latest technology and a strict Quality Control process, Xtratherm ensures the manufacture of Polyisocyanurate, Phenolic and EPS insulating materials to the highest quality and performance standards. “We are committed to supporting the Irish building industry by delivering products that fit their requirements, but that are also fully compliant with the most stringent building regulations,” Danny Kearney, Director of Technical Services and Marketing with Xtratherm said. Since its launch in 1986, Xtratherm has been instrumental in developing solutions that achieve better insulated, low carbon buildings, using Irish construction methods. “Working with construction professionals, Xtratherm has developed insulation systems and technical competencies that work to improve building energy performance in Ireland, using materials and designs that have been tried and tested in the Irish climate,” Danny Kearney explained. “In 2016, we invested in building our Xi Innovation

Centre in Navan, where industry experts can come together and educate themselves further as well as keep up with industry developments. The centre also incorporates a wet area, where third level students and apprentices can undertake training, giving them practical building skills that are fully compliant with building regulations and that follow best practice.” “Education is key for us—working together with builders, installers architects, BER assessors and developers, we want to help promote best practice across the market,” Danny added. “It’s important that they know Xtratherm support them, which is why we have developed several tools for building professionals. Our CavityTherm packs for example contain QR-codes, which when scanned, bring the builder directly to the product’s installation guidelines, meaning they can consult them right then and there on site. We have also developed toolbox kits for CavityTherm, which are delivered by our technical staff to builders and developers.” Xtratherm employs over 300 people across their UK and Irish production facilities, the location of which allow the company to service of projects of all sizes throughout Western Europe. C To learn more about Xtratherm visit www.

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industry analysis


Construction takes a look at the latest trends and developments in Fit Out Sector and how two leading fit out specialists are helping clients fit out their workspaces for the millennial worker.


ith the growth in commercial development and a change of use for many older buildings the fit out niche is playing a major role in the development of properties for companies, landlords and contractors. A study by Future Workplace discovered that 83 percent of HR said that employee experience is either important or very important to their organisation’s success and employee retention, and in order to enhance the experience, they are improving their workspace (51%) and giving more incentives (47%). The workspace of today is vastly different to that of 10 years ago. The growth of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) has resulted in many modern workspaces changing to comprise a mix of work- and break out–spaces, often in equal measure. This trend is set to continue as employers look to make their workplaces more attractive to the Millennial Generation.

Hubs & co-working space

Co-working spaces, sometimes called hubs, create an environment that facilitates collaboration and has become an integral design feature in many Cat B Fit Outs. Collaboration in the workplace has long been heralded as a sign of an effective, high-functioning team.

AerCap fit out by mac group

Workspace solutions are increasingly being designed to create opportunities for employees to have chance encounters with each other and encourage conversation. Internally, the move to collaborative workspaces has proven to make employees more efficient as information is shared seamlessly. As the percentage of millennials in the workforce grows, business owners are becoming more aware of the need to have workspaces that are more in tune with their

Dockland Central fit out by mac group

Irish Life fit out by mac group

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employees needs. Employers recognise and address this earlier will be better placed to offer a more conducive workplace and attract and retain quality staff.


mac-group’s Marketing and Communications Director, Tiffany Quinn, says that design teams are appointing specialist fit out contractors for both tenant and landlord fit out works for a number of reasons. Oracle Block B fit out by mac group

industry analysis Sage fit out by Ardmac

Pharma company fit out by Ardmac

“The level of quality demanded by clients has become very high as a result of the ‘talent wars’,” says Tiffany. “Contemporary fit out projects require a finesse that only comes with experience. In many case, your team is working alongside a fully functioning workspace. This requires a light touch with clear lines of communication between tenants and building managers.” Fit out work in major urban centre locations requires the ability to plan for the logistics challenges associated with materials in and out as well as on many occasions facilitating functioning businesses. Working with older and particularly heritage buildings also brings many challenges. Tiffany Quinn says, “an ability to analyse constructability of designs in the context of the constraints of and old buildings is a key requirement for any successful fit out firm. “Experience of the supply chain and procurement in relation to specified furniture fixtures and equipment also ensures that often short programme dates can be met.”

Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission fit out by Ardmac

Tiffany says that fit outs are becoming more complex as landlords and asset managers buy up older buildings in the city and invest to achieve Grade A rating. “Building owners need an approved and recognised contractor to carry out their works. They can use this as a selling point for the lettable areas when they are complete. Often they will use the branding of the contractor on their marketing literature and banners to convey a message of quality.”

new spaces

According to Lisa Jennings, Business Manager with fit out specialist Ardmac the company is an agile fit out specialist in terms of recognising the ever-changing technologies and business needs of its clients and being proactive in devising bespoke fit out solutions to meet client needs. “This, Lisa says, is achieved by focusing on our strengths and continually investing in our people, resources and processes. “From Facebook to Google, smart phone to virtual reality, the way we do business

Penketh fit out by Ardmac

and communicate today is evolving.” Lisa says. “This has had a direct correlation on the way companies now view the workplace. Ardmac understands how these factors influence the current trends in commercial workspace today.” An interesting example of collaborative workspace is the recent fit out in the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission by Ardmac. The company worked in close co-ordination with DMOD Architects, Sweet Group and JV Tierney. This project comprises a range of workspaces from single co-working desks to collaborative workspaces in which employees can easily mix. New trends to attract millennials have for many companies put an end to large open plan spaces awash with cubical structures. Open, conducive office spaces, allowing free access of ideas, communications and movement, are in now vogue and the Irish commercial fit-out sector is ready with fresh and bespoke designs to meet the selective requirements of the millennial generation. C

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industry analysis: pensions


In talking to people about pensions for more of my waking hours than is ideal, I’ve come to realise it’s not just the jargon that is the problem, writes Susan O’Mara.

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If you are an employee, and your employer doesn’t offer you a pension, then they must offer you a PRSA

he answer to the question ‘Are pensions too complicated’ is a simple ‘No… and Yes.’ A Pension is defined in the dictionary as: 1. fixed amount, other than wages, paid at regular intervals to a person or to the person’s surviving dependents in consideration of past services, age, merit, poverty, injury or loss sustained, etc: 2. a retirement pension, an allowance, annuity, or subsidy. So, in essence, the word Pension is actually referring to the payment you receive when you retire. However, it has become synonymous with the vehicle into which your money is set aside or “invested” in order to provide this payment when you retire. This adds another layer of complication.


In the pre-retirement phase, you should be regularly making contributions or “investing” in a pension in order to provide yourself with an adequate income in retirement. And here’s where it gets complicated: depending on your employment status, you could be investing in an Occupational Pension Scheme, which could be either defined contribution or defined benefit – or, you could be investing in an Executive Pension, Personal Pension, Retirement Annuity Contract or PRSA. You might even use a Small Self- Administered Scheme. Yes; it appears complicated and personally, I think the pension industry could narrow these options down, especially as fundamentally they all do the same thing. They invest your money for you throughout your working life and give it back to you when you retire. Why do we need so many different options? (I don’t have an answer to that question to be honest!)


Each type of pre-retirement pension has its own set of rules regarding who it is for, when you can retire from it, and how it calculates your benefits. This makes it a minefield for those not merrily working away as a pension nerd. They also have different charges. So what is my advice to the Construction sector in dealing with Pensions? Here are some of my unbiased opinions on this that broadly apply to the majority of people; If you are an employee, and your employer offers you a pension – that will be through an occupational pension scheme. It might be Defined Benefit or more likely it will be Defined Contribution – but that’s outside your control anyway. Don’t think twice. Join. Easy. If you are an employee, and your employer doesn’t offer you a pension, then they must offer you a PRSA. Invest in this. Your employer has to do the administration for you through payroll. It will make things easier for you. If you are a self- employed sole trader, then it’s a retirement annuity contract or PRSA. Talk to an independent adviser about which offers the best value for money. If you are a company owner, you can choose to be in your company pension scheme for ‘Schedule E’ earnings, but there are many other options. Your accountant and/or financial adviser should help you make the best decision for you and your company. Of course, my ‘biased’ opinion is: Simply, contact CPAS, who can help anyone in the sector in any type of role, plan for their future. C

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INDUSTRY ANALYSIS: CIS UPDATE €11m residential development In South Dublin at plans submitted stage

POSITIVE MOMENTUM CONTINUEs Tom Moloney, Managing Director of Construction Information Services (CIS) gives an overview of activity in the primary construction stages for Q1 2017 and a comparative analysis against the corresponding period in 2016, based on the recent Construction Market Review published by CIS.


he overall levels of construction activity in the first quarter of 2017 were down when compared to the same period in 2016. The number of planning applications lodged (excluding self-build and residential extensions) was almost static at -0.6%, while the construction values were down -29.3%, due to the scale and mix of projects involved. The number of projects granted planning permission also decreased by -16.7% and -15.7% in construction value. The number of developments commencing on-site remained static. However in value terms, the decrease was -30.1%, which can be attributed to two major road schemes in Wexford that commenced in the first quarter of 2016 and had a combined value of €600m. In analysing these overall numbers, it will be no surprise to read that the Residential Sector activity at all three stages continues to increase year on year. There were 281 residential applications (5,300 units) submitted in Quarter One (Q1) 2017, up 22.2% on 2016. While the number of applications granted permission increased by just two over Q1 2016, the number of units involved decreased by 620 to 3,280 units, and this represents a drop in value of €113M.

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However, the number of developments which commenced on-site increased by 34.6% to 105 schemes and this represents in excess of 2,800 units. The buoyant self-build market saw 900 projects commence in the first quarter compared to 600 in Q1 2016. The Educational Sector recorded a -11.5% decrease in planning applications in Q1 compared to the same period in 2016 and the number of projects granted permission also decreased by -8.7% or €48m on the same period last year. There was a slight decrease (-3.8%) in the number of projects commencing on-site and represents a decrease in construction values of €57 million, part of which can be attributed to the Trinity Business School enabling works which commenced in Q1 2016. The Medical and Care Residential Sector followed a similar pattern to the Education sector, in that planning application numbers were down -28.2%, projects granted permission decreased -27.1% and the number of schemes commencing on-site decreased by -8.1%. Although the value of projects commencing on-site increased by €35m, two of which relate to the €25m Oncology Centre in Cork and a €20m Nursing and Sheltering

Tenders being sought for €80m Exo Building in Dublin 1 Housing Campus in Galway. Following a surge in activity in the Commercial and Retail Sector throughout 2016, the sector has remained static when compared to Q1 in 2016, with only the number of planning applications submitted increasing by 18 to 252 projects. However, the collective value of these projects has fallen by a significant €531m. The same scenario applies to the values

of projects granted permission in Q1 2017. The actual number granted remained static at 209, but the associated values dropped by €293m. With regard to developments progressing to on-site stage, the numbers and values remain static at 137 projects and €227m, respectively for Q1. Moving to the Industrial Sector, marginal increases year-on-year for both applications submitted and granted were 7.7% and 10.5%, respectively. In construction value terms, applications increased by 45.8% to €210 million, however, granted permission values dropped by -60.4% to €113 million. The number of projects commencing construction remained static for Q1 2017, at 46. The Community and Sports Sector showed a surge in planning applications in Q1 2017, representing a 135.9% increase to 243, which can be attributed to the Capital Sports Programme. The number of projects granted permission remained static at 102 when compared to the same period in 2016. However, the number of projects progressing to on-site was down -39.1%, or 25 projects compared to Q1 2016. But values are up significantly to €83m due to the commencement of the Curragh Racecourse redevelopment worth circa €65m. The Hotel and Catering Sector continues to push ahead with planning applications up 39.2%. In Q1 2017, granted permissions were on par with the same period last year as was the number of developments progressing to onsite. Construction values remained consistent with Q1 2016. We have separated Student Accommodation from the overall stats in this sector, as it is attracting a lot of attention and there is a major drive by the Higher Educational Authority (HEA) to accelerate construction of Student Accommodation. In Q1 2017, four planning applications have been submitted for 1,066 units/beds, worth €51 million, which accounts for a 107.4% increase in the number of units/beds to be created compared to the same period in 2016.

Planning permissions in Q1 2017 are on a par with 2016. However, the number of developments proceeding to on-site has gone from €40 million in Q1 2016 to €150 million in 2017 and this will result in 2,867 beds becoming available on completion. The increases in the Civils and Utility Sector relate to both planning submitted and granted, with 27.9% and 38.1% respectively recorded in Q1 2017. The number of projects commencing construction has fallen by -22.6% in the same period. It should be noted that some projects do not follow the traditional planning channels and will be identified when they reach the Tender stage. The Agricultural Sector recorded decreases in Q1 2017 for projects at plans submitted – 38.2% and plans granted – 44.2%. However, there is a healthy increase in projects moving onsite; up 75% in project numbers and 110% in values to €21m for the quarter. In conclusion, the construction sector is continuing with its positive momentum, which was highlighted in the recent Ulster Bank Construction PMI Report for the Republic of Ireland. It reported a third monthly rise in the 2017 index from 57.9 in February, 60.8 in March to 61.3 in April and further noted that this increase was the most marked since October 2016. Many challenges still lie ahead for the Government in terms of the provision of infrastructure and access to finance to fund developments in residential and commercial sectors. Other potential ‘storm clouds’ abound in terms of the impact of Brexit, developments in the USA and what the change in An Taoiseach may have on the Government Capital Expenditure Programme. But that said, the underlying trajectory remains upward and should continue for some time to come. Construction Information Services (CIS) is Ireland’s market leader in supplying real-time information on construction projects from early planning to onsite stages. For more information visit C

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ONSITE CCTV AS A HEALTH & SAFETY TOOL Evercam system in operation on Stewart site on Harcourt Road, Dublin

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ontractors are using fixed onsite video technology for an increasing number of reasons. Traditionally, a video camera’s sole function was to provide security. However, more recently, Health & Safety compliance as well as marketing opportunities are resulting in more companies installing systems on or alongside their sites. Time-lapse footage of major projects are becoming the norm for the industry. An impressive video record of a job as it progresses can give a project team a distinct edge when vying for their next project. However, construction cameras are also making sites of all sizes across Ireland safer than ever before and employers are now using these tools to ensure personnel are safe at work. It may sound obvious, but with the very real possibility of a Project Manager or even client

accessing the live on-site camera stream at any second of the day, safety standards are keenly adhered to. Self-awareness can be a huge benefit in terms of increasing safety on-site. Workers don’t need to see the TV screen, just knowing that the whole site is being monitored has an impact on how people behave and care for themselves. From a management point of view, the top priority is to avoid genuine accidents and safety incidents on site. But, there is also the secondary concern, to defend oneself against fraudulent claims. Construction camera footage is increasingly used to also provide teaching material. Over time, one gathers quite a few clips in the archive of things going wrong or near-misses on site. This material can be a very powerful reminder for people of just how quickly and easily a moment of oversight can lead to trouble. C

CASE STUDY: EVERCAM SITE SAFETY CAMERA IN OPERATION Initially motivated by the desire to have a detailed view of a build and to be able to demonstrate this at the end of a project, Stewart Construction contracted camera management specialists Evercam’s services to improve safety on sites. “From a safety perspective, it has been good,” Gillian Gonoud, Health and Safety Officer with Stewart Construction said. “When I am not on site, as I have other sites to visit, I can access the site to oversee works being conducted and if I see an issue I can contact the Site Manager and explain why I think something might not look right and ask for his assistance to address this. “It also makes the workers more aware that someone is overseeing the works and can check in from time to time so they would be more conscious of this fact and more cautious in their actions,” says Gillian. “I find that the camera is good from the point of view that if we have an incident on site, we can review the events and what has occurred and then we can use this as a demonstration of what has happened and explain to operatives on site and also to put corrective action in place to prevent it occurring again.”

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(L to r): Hubert Fitzparick, CIF Director of Housing, Development and Planning; Irish Water Briefing Team: Tadhg O’Connor, Policy and Standards Specialist; Seamus Lee, Region Lead North and West Region; and Brian Quinn, Development Unit Lead


IF hosted a team from Irish Water at CIF headquarters on 5th April. They gave CIF members a comprehensive briefing on Irish Water’s upcoming plans, new programme management structure and procurement processes. Tadhg O’Connor, Policy and Standards Specialist with Irish Water, opened up the presentation for the Irish Water team by stressing. “The main points we would like people to take away from this morning’s event are that we [Irish Water] are in the process of change and that we want to bring all of the connection and developer services and processes in-house.” Tadhg explained: “At present Local Authorities deal with the applications and have applied the charges in place since the time when Irish Water initially took over. “We want to bring it all in house. We will have our own application process and technical standards – currently available on Irish Water’s website, and going

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Irish Water Briefing (L to r): Jeanette Mair (CIF Economic and Policy Research Executive), Seamus Lee (Irish Water Region Lead North and West Region), Brian Quinn (Irish Water Development Unit), Tadhg O’Connor (Irish Water Policy and Standards Specialist) and Hubert Fitzpatrick, CIF Director of Housing, Development and Planning forward, we will have regional contractors who will make the connections from the infrastructure to our networks.” Tadhg closed by saying that the Irish

Water team is available to give guidance to developers and they want to be as proactive as possible in facilitating the rollout of housing developments in the country. C

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A heritage contractors’ workshop, hosted on Thursday 6th April at CIF Dublin, addressed a number of issues affecting the future of heritage contracting in Ireland, including training, staffing, and quality of work. Martin Foran reports

Michael O’Sullivan (Dunwoody & Dobson, Chair of the Board of Register of Heritage Contractors) and Tom Mitchell (Mathieu Mitchell Ltd)

Speakers Dr Nessa Roche (Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht), David O’Brien (Office of Government Procurement and Chair of the Government Construction Contracts Committee), Paul McMahon (Office of Public Works) and John Cahill (Head Architect, Office of Public Works)

Paul McMahon (Office of Public Works), John Cahill (Head Architect, Office of Public Works) and David O’Brien (Office of Government Procurement and Chair of the Government Construction Contracts Committee)


n a presentation that outlined how the Board of the Register of Heritage Contractors has been active in getting the message out that quality over initial cost should be the deciding factor for work completed heritage buildings, Board Chairman, Michael O’Sullivan said: “Quality and competency are not solely the domain of the contractor, their management team and the men and women working on a site. It should commence right at the start of a project with the client. The client must start with the clear wish and intention to place quality over price.” He added that the procurement team must set out to select tenderers with proven abilities to complete a project to the quality and standards set. Finally, the work should not be accepted or approved on site if it does not reach the quality and standards set.

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Terry Prenderville and Iain O’Neill (Waterford Institute of Technology) The workshop heard that a major issue in the construction sector, and particularly in heritage contracting, is the provision of training, including management training and up-skilling. The prolonged recession and the lack of available funds and resources in construction firms has meant also that training provision has been affected, because contractors could not support apprentices for the several years before they can become productive for a company. The workshop was told that Dermot Carey, (Director Safety & Training, CIF) is working with Solas and a number of other bodies to develop a working system. There were calls for the development of a Master Craftsman skills card, for those who have been trained to levels beyond the minimum standards required for the

general trades. The delay in implementing a Heritage Recognition Card was discussed. Iain O’Neill, a Course Leader in Applied Conservation Skills at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) said, “setting up a forum or council to implement the registration and issuing of the card could be straightforward, it would not be about self-policing. The forum could come from all quarters of the industry, Governmental, NGO, Education, Construction, etc, and it would not take long to implement a Quality Registration process through a questionnaire, a portfolio and references.” He stressed’ “It needs to start now before it is put on the back burner when we start to hit full employment within the construction industry and it is forgotten for another six or seven years.” C

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The CIF Western Region Gala Ball took place on Friday 28th April at the Westwood House Hotel in Galway City after a break of eight years

Kevin Kelly (CEO, Galway County Council), Justin Molloy (Western and Midlands Regional Director, CIF), Councillor Noel Larkin (Mayor of Galway City), Paul Stewart (Chairman, Galway Branch, CIF), Pat Lucey (Vice President, CIF) and Tom Parlon, (Director General, CIF)


Pat Lucey (Vice President, CIF) Sean Canney TD (Minister for State at Office of Public Works OPW and Flood Relief) and Tom Parlon (Director General, CIF)

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peaking at the Western Region Gala Ball on 28th April, CIF Galway Branch Chairman Paul Stewart, said: “Our industry is a solutions industry. Galway will be in the shop window when it becomes the European City of Culture in 2020. We have a once in a century opportunity to showcase how attractive the city and region are for Foreign Direct Investment and as a counter balance to Dublin’s sprawling unplanned growth. We must seize this opportunity to put in place the housing and infrastructure that will put Galway back on the map.” He added: “In addition, Brexit represents a major threat to some of our sectors, but opportunities in others. Galway is eminently placed to attract companies in key sectors like financial services, Med, Tech, etc. We need to build on our strengths. Our industry is the


Minister for State Sean Canney at the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief) with his wife Geraldine and Paul Carey (former Chairman of the CIF Galway Branch) only one that can shape this city and its infrastructure in advance of 2020.” CIF Director General Tom Parlon, who also spoke at the event, said: “As Galway prepares to start building again and prepares to become the Capital City of Culture, it is the people in this room that will make the biggest contribution. Remember, for every employee you have, you support another one in the wider

Councillor Michael Connolly (Cathoirleach of County Galway), Paul Stewart (Chairman, Galway Branch, CIF) and Tom Parlon (Director General, CIF)

economy. For every euro your business makes, the local economy benefits by €1 because you purchase locally. Every house you build supports around three jobs in the economy. Every billion in infrastructure you deliver generates another billion for the economy and 10 – 12,000 jobs.” Monies raised for Croi and the RNLI Monies were raised on the night for the

Paul and Tara Flynn (Paul Flynn Construction)

RNLI and the Croí Heart & Stroke Charity by 200-plus members of the Construction Industry that attended the ball. CIF Regional Director for Western Region Justin Molloy said after the event: “This was the first CIF Western Region Gala Ball to take place in eight years and it was wonderful to see so many of our members there to support two incredible charities Croi and the RNLI. C

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CIF Cork Branch AGM Outgoing Chairman Cormac Smith (MMD Construction) and New CIF Cork Branch Chairman Brian Nolan

New CIF Cork Branch Chairman, Brian Nolan The CIF Cork Branch held their AGM on 10 April 2017 in the Rochestown Park Hotel. At the meeting Brian Nolan of O’Sheas Electrical Ltd/Jones Engineering was appointed the new Chairman of the CIF Cork Branch. C

CIF RAISES FUNDS FOR CORK ARC CHARITY A charity raffle was held at the CIF Cork Construction Dinner 2017 in aid of Cork Arc Cancer Support House.

Pictured is Cormac Smith, CIF Cork Branch Chairman presenting a cheque of over €5,000 to Joanne McCarthy Marketing & Communications Manager of Cork Arc Cancer Support House.

Over 300 people from all sectors of the construction industry attended the CIF Cork Construction Annual Dinner on 27th March. Over €5,000 was raised on the night for Cork ARC, a cancer support service in Cork. “It was only appropriate since the event was held on Daffodil Day that we would try and contribute to the excellent work of Cork ARC,” said Chairman Cormac Smith, who organised the fundraising on the night. “Everyone in Ireland has been affected in some way by cancer and it was good for us to give something back to organisations like Cork ARC that have helped many individuals and families.” C

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Savills Director of Development, Agency and Consultancy, Mark Reynolds (foreground) and BAM Ireland CEO, Theo Cullinane


ollowing an extensive tendering process, the Bolands Quay Development Group and BAM Ireland have agreed a contract, which will see completed office space delivered at Bolands Quay by Q4 2018, with approximately 500 construction jobs being created on the development. Enabling works, including the demolition of existing silos, restoration of old mill buildings and the piling of foundations, commenced in November 2015 and were recently completed – enabling construction works to commence immediately. The project is funded by NAMA and is being constructed under a single-phase development programme. Designed by Dublin architectural practice, Burke Kennedy Doyle, Bolands Quay will provide three new landmark buildings comprising approximately 36,851 square metres of office, residential, retail and cultural space. In addition, consultants Linesight and Arup have been retained as part of the

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overall development implementation team. The development will include the restoration of a number of protected mill buildings and the creation of a new civic plaza looking onto the waterfront at Grand Canal Dock. A new pedestrian bridge will link the plaza to Ringsend Road. On completion, Bolands Quay will accommodate up to 2,500 workers.


Planning permission for the new development was submitted through Dublin City Council’s fast track SDZ planning scheme in December 2014 and permission was granted in July 2015. “Were delighted to have BAM Ireland on board to construct what will be a landmark commercial and residential development in the resurgent Dublin Docklands area,” said Mark Reynolds, Savills Director of Development Agency and Consultancy. “BAM’s extensive experience in delivering quality developments gives us confidence

that this project will complete on time and on budget.” Commenting on the contract award, Theo Cullinane, BAM Ireland CEO said: “We are very pleased to have completed this agreement. It will develop this area of the thriving Dublin Docklands into an exceptional commercial and residential space. “Ireland needs world-class office buildings to attract international investment and BAM is uniquely positioned in terms of experience and expertise to deliver the landmark projects the country needs to compete on the world stage.” Established in 1958, BAM Ireland is the largest multinational construction business operating nationally with expertise and experience in delivering many of Ireland’s flagship infrastructural and building projects. BAM placed joint second in CIF Construction’s Top 50 Contractors 2017 with a turnover of €385m. C

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he Considerate Constructors Scheme - the organisation established to improve the image of the construction industry is now international, having launched its first registered site in Ireland. The Scheme is delighted to announce John Sisk & Son is its first contractor to register a project in Ireland. The first registered Irish site is located at The Exchange, which forms part of the International Financial Services Centre at the heart of Dublin’s financial district. This project involves the construction of a sixstorey office block with a basement car park and two retail units at street level. The Scheme introduced site registration in the UK in 1997. In line with the Scheme’s Code of Considerate Practice, registered contractors commit to care about appearance, respect the community, protect the environment, secure everyone’s safety and value their workforce. Sisk led the pilot of site registration to help ensure that this model of registration within the Irish construction industry was appropriate and fully tried and tested, before making it available to all construction activity in Ireland. “The opportunity for contractors to now

From left to right: Ken Lynch, Contracts Manager, The Exchange, Sisk; Paul Hackett, MD Ireland East, Sisk; Edward Hardy, Chief Executive of the Considerate Constructors Scheme; Brian Handcock, Head of Sustainability, Sisk. register sites in Ireland is a huge step forward for the Considerate Constructors Scheme,” said Considerate Constructors Scheme Chief Executive Edward Hardy. ”With over 18,000 monitoring visits to UK-based sites, companies, and suppliers every year, the Scheme is highly regarded across the construction industry as a central part of instigating positive longlasting change, for the benefit of the workforce, local communities and the environment. “We are delighted to now be able to provide monitoring and support services to Irish-based construction

sites to help raise their standards beyond statutory requirements – pushing the bar of considerate construction to a new level in Ireland.” Brian Handcock, Head of Sustainability at Sisk commented: “We are proud to have worked with the Considerate Constructors Scheme to deliver the first project registered in Ireland. Indeed, Sisk was one of the early supporters of the Scheme, and has attained the highest standards possible on its projects on numerous occasions. Sisk placed Number One in the CIF’s Top 50 Contractors 2017 with a turnover of €1,050m. C



Tom Parlon, Director General at Construction Industry Federation (CIF) and Brian Dolan, Gyproc Managing Director

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IF Director General was onhand on 22nd May to help Gyproc launch its new recycling service to assist builders in the disposal of plasterboard off-cuts. Gyproc has developed the cost-effective process to recycle plasterboard off-cuts. Gyproc is the only plasterboard manufacturer in Ireland with a dedicated plasterboard recycling facility and our recycling service is based on the principles of simplicity and reliability. The process sees the plasterboard manufacturer take back and recycle Gyproc plasterboard offcuts back into its plasterboard manufacturing process. The new service will offer

customers a legal and costeffective means of disposing of their plasterboard waste, as the dumping of such waste at landfill sites is illegal. Gyproc will provide a number of different skip sizes for collecting the plasterboard off-cuts, which will be collected directly from the building site. Building owners and designers will also earn valuable points under the LEED and BREEAM international accreditation schemes by using this service. The recycling service has been designed to handle all Gyproc manufactured plasterboard offcuts. To learn more or sign up for the service visit C

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he Construction Industry Research and Information Association (CIRIA) recently published an updated version of its Guidance on embedded retaining wall design (C760), with a significant contribution from Groundforce Shorco. The updated Guidance provides a comprehensive Eurocode compliant design manual for embedded retaining walls. Groundforce Shorco supported and contributed to the guidance document based on their experience in this specialist field. The information they supplied included design guidance on the application of Eurocodes to the design of long span proprietary props including recommendations for thermal loading effects from prop load monitored case studies. “The new document provides a wealth of best practice and specific design guidance on the selection and design of embedded retaining walls to satisfy the requirements of the Eurocodes,” Tony Gould, Groundforce’s Technical Director said. “It covers both temporary and permanent situations for cantilever, anchored, single and multi-

Groundforce Shorco contributed to the guidance document based on their experience in this specialist field

propped retaining walls that rely on embedment in a variety of commonly encountered ground conditions for full or partial support. “C760 addresses the technical and construction issues relating to the selection of appropriate wall types and construction sequences to achieve a satisfactory solution. It also clarifies areas of ambiguity and common misunderstandings when applying the Eurocodes to the design of embedded retaining walls and presents

a clear, unambiguous method for the application of observational methodology to retaining wall design.” CIRIA is an independent and not-forprofit body, linking organisations with common interests and facilitating a range of collaborative activities that help improve the industry. C760 is available to purchase or download from the CIRIA website ItemDetail?iProductcode=C760 C

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Enda Kenny opens Collen European HQ in Frankfurt, Germany. Pictured are: Joe Dillon, Tom O’Connor, David Lee, Enda Kenny, Gerard Kelly, Kara Stuart and Julie Sinnamon (CEO, Enterprise Ireland)


head of his retirement as Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD, officially opened the Frankfurt office of Collen GmbH during a two-day trade visit to Germany. The event marked the launch of the Dublin-based family-owned construction company in Europe where its focus will be on construction of turnkey data centres. “Collen Construction is an excellent example of an innovative Irish company, expanding its specialist services into the competitive but much larger European market with assistance from Enterprise Ireland,” Enda Kenny said. “The Government’s focus has been on providing the supports for exporting companies to prepare for the challenges posed by Brexit – building on the recent growth in exports by helping them to consolidate their existing relationships and develop new partnerships.” Collen Construction’s spokesperson Tom O’Connor, thanked Enda Kenny and said: “Today’s event marks the beginning of a new phase of growth for Collen Construction. “Over the past five years, we have successfully completed the construction of 1.6m square feet of hi-tech space and have expanded our operations into the German market. “Through the launch of our Frankfurt office, we will seek to secure work in other European countries and, with the support

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of Enterprise Ireland, have already established strategic partners to deliver built-solutions Europe-wide.” Enterprise Ireland CEO Julie Sinnamon welcomed the move: “Collen Construction continues to push the boundaries of construction in the fast-paced data centre industry, Julie Sinnamon said. “Enterprise Ireland is proud to support Collen in progress towards becoming a market-leader in the German data-centre construction sector.

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“Our ambition is to inspire more Irish companies to build their scale and expand their reach to markets beyond the UK, following the UK’s decision to leave the EU. “We look forward to working closely with Collen to optimise their full international growth potential, creating and sustaining jobs in Ireland.” Collen has placed 13th in this year’s CIF Construction Top 50 firms, with a turnover of €150m. C

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ollowing its successful launch into the Irish market in early 2016, scaffolding specialist Layher Ireland continues to expand its reach into a range of building and construction sectors. Housebuilding is one of the principal areas where the benefits of the safety and design versatility of the company’s scaffolding, access and protection systems are being demonstrated. A good example can currently be found at Swords, County Dublin, where contractor Ainscaff is one of the first to use the equipment in the sector. “We have invested in the Layher system as we believe it offers proven advantages compared to other alternatives, said Ainscaff Director, Simon Ainscough. “Its inherent safety and ease of erection are both top of the qualification list, but other factors such as clear walkways and the availability of durable steel boards also help ensure that trades on site gain as much as possible from the scaffold installation.” This project in Swords – the development of the Rathbeale Housing Estate – makes extensive use of 1.09-metre wide walkways with inside hop-up brackets throughout.

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The installation includes both exterior and interior wall areas. Simon added: “The Layher system is extremely sturdy when installed and this, combined with the ease of movement around the structure that is achieved, has produced very favourable comments from the bricklayers on site.” According to Layher Ireland Country Manager John Carolan, this move into

the housing sector is an importance step forward for the company. He says, “Alongside equipment supply, we have also worked closely with Simon Ainscough and his team to ensure both safety and efficiency objectives are achieved – all of which continues to be backed up by our ongoing commitment to customer support.” Layher UK Managing Director Sean Pike said: “We are delighted to be able to work with Ainscaff. Factors such as safety, speed and system versatility can only become more important and all point towards greater opportunities for Layher Ireland’s involvement in the housebuilding industry across the country in the future. The chance to address this with Ainscaff is very exciting.” C

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erman machine manufacturing giant Sennebogen recently delivered two new Sennebogen material handlers to Irish distributor Pat O’Donnell & Co, en route to two customers in the Greater Dublin area. One will operate in the timber industry and the second will function in the scrap metal industry. Pat O’Donnell & Co has been representing Sennebogen since 2015 and these two machines represent the customers’ first Sennebogens. Both customers had previously operated Volvo machines, supported by parts and service from Volvo agent Pat O’Donnell & Co. “We have been working hard to increase Sennebogen’s market share in

The Sennebogen materials handlers the Irish market. Like all our products, we believe that Sennebogen are industry leaders in terms of product design, quality and value,” says Pat O’Donnell, Managing Director of Pat O’Donnell & Co.

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Pictured with Transition Year students at Colaiste Dun Iascaigh, Cahir who were presented with Safe Pass cards are: front row – second, third and fourth from left: Woodwork Teacher Stephen O’Brien; Tom Parlon, CIF Director General and School Principal Peter Creedon. Mercury Engineering Safety Advisor Eddie Mangan facilitated the two-day training sessions for students.

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DESIGNER GROUP ANNOUNCES 100 NEW JOBS AS NEW €2M BLANCHARDSTOWN HQ OPENS Designer Group CEO Michael Stone shows Public Expenditure and Reform Minister Paschal Donohoe around the company’s new state of the art offices


aschal Donohoe, TD, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform officially opened the new €2m Blanchardstown HQ of Designer Group on 12th May. Designer Group has experienced considerable expansion over the past two years with employment growing from 400 to 650 in that time, and announced it will add a further 100 jobs in the coming year. The company employs 130 apprentices, mainly from the local area, and it has converted its old office into a specialist training and pre-fabrication centre. Speaking at the opening, Minister Donohoe said: “Designer Group is a great Irish business success story and I am

delighted to see this further expansion in Ireland as another strong symbol of our growing economy and increasing employment here in Dublin. “The Group’s local roots and international success are a testimony to the values and ambition of the organisation and its leadership. I wish them every success for the future.” Former CIF President and Chief Executive Officer of Designer Group, Michael Stone said: “It is important for us to create a modern and innovative environment for our staff, as well as employing the most up to date technologies for the benefit of our clients.  “These new offices, which house

the latest 3D and virtual technology facilities, will help to drive the company’s growth plans in the territories where we currently operate – Ireland, UK, Africa and the US.” Group Managing Director (Ireland) Pat Gilroy added: “We recognise that in order to retain and attract the best talent we must provide an excellent working environment. In that regard, it is important to acknowledge the work of our architects RKD and our in-house project management team in delivering a top class facility.” The Designer Group placed sixteenth in CIF Construction’s Top 50 Contractors 2017 with a turnover of €104m. C

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Minister for Communication, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten TD, with Wayne Keeley who works in the Rediscover Furniture space at the official opening of  Europe’s first purpose built ‘3D Textbook’ Building, The Rediscovery Centre.


urope’s first purpose built ‘3D Textbook’ Building was officially opened by Minister Denis Naughten TD, Minister for Communication, Climate Action and Environment, at The Rediscovery Centre, Boiler House, Ballymun Road, Dublin on 11th May. A 3DT Textbook is an Architectural concept for educational space design. The concept moves away from the traditional classroom structure to create experiential learning, which brings together the educational value from the built natural and cultural environment. The original boiler house, which served the residents of the old Ballymun Flats for many years, has undergone a major green revamp thanks to a successful application from Dublin City Council and The Rediscovery Centre to the EU’s LIFE+ Programme. The building has many features designed to conserve precious resources and demonstrate the latest research with regard to environmental sustainability. Key features of the building include the Building Management System which

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has over 500 data points monitoring the building’s operation. All systems are visible and labelled from start to finish giving the viewer an insight into the working of each process. The repurposed Ballymun Boiler House is now the new HQ of the Rediscovery Centre – and is a creative space connecting people, resources and ideas. It contains creative workshops, an ecostore, education, training, events space and green cafe exemplifying reuse & sustainability. The Centre provides successful community training programmes for local long term unemployed people and those distanced from the workplace. The Centre runs four social enterprises: Rediscover Fashion, Rediscover Furniture, Rediscover paint and Rediscover Cycling. The Rediscovery Centre also operates an active research centre and delivers an extensive education programme at all levels including interactive environmental and STEM workshops and has become a leading example in the field of innovative efficiency and waste prevention.

Speaking at the opening Minister Naughten said: “This project is a perfect example of how a building, once consigned to the wrecking ball, can be turned into a beacon for sustainable development.” Not only has a new use been found for an old building, but a use that encompasses the very ideals of what the project stands for, rethink, reuse and remake. “The Rediscovery Centre is very proud of this project which demonstrates innovative reuse and is an exemplary model of sustainability practice for Europe. We are delighted that the launch coincides with the anniversary of the EU’s LIFE+ Programme, which has been supporting nature, environment and climate action for over 25 years,” said Dr Sarah Miller, CEO, Rediscovery

Centre. Earlier this year the project was awarded The Green Construction Award of 2017 at the National Green Awards. Sponsored by Ecocem, the Green Construction Award recognises sustainable development through innovative construction methods, sustainable use of resources and a design that prioritises the needs of the wider environment and society. The project has been funded by the EU LIFE+ Programme under the WISER Project (Working with Industrial Spaces to Exemplify Reuse), The Department of Communication, Climate Action and Environment, The Department of Housing Planning, Community and local Government, Dublin City Council and the Rediscovery Centre. Working with the WISER project team, ABK Architects were responsible for the design and Purcell Construction completed the construction. Purcell Construction placed 32nd In the CIF Top Contractors with a turnover of €37.9M. C

industry news

€15M UPGRADE FOR SHANNON AIRPORT RUNWAY COMMENCES Pictured signing the contract for runway upgrade works to the Shannon Airport runway are (from left): Niall Maloney, Shannon Airport Operations Director, Rose Hynes, Shannon Group Chairman, Brian McManus, Project Director Lagan Group.

Pictured on the main runway at Shannon Airport are L-R Niall Maloney, Shannon Airport Operations Director, Rose Hynes, Shannon Group Chairman, Brian McManus, Project Director Lagan Group and John O’Leary, Engineering and Capital Projects Manager Shannon Airport.


hannon Airport has announced the commencement of a €15m, 100 job project to upgrade the airport’s runway, the longest runway in Ireland at 3.2km. Runway specialist Lagan Asphalt Group has been appointed by the airport to undertake the project. The appointment follows their successful bid under an EU tender process. Work on the project includes the rehabilitation of the runway surface, the replacement of runway edge and centre line lighting with energy efficient LED lighting, ducting and other associated works.

Regulations These works are scheduled to ensure that Ireland’s longest runway continues to meet the strict regulations governing the operation and specification of runways at major airports. The project is being financed through a loan secured from the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund. Announcing the project Matthew Thomas, CEO, Shannon Group said: “Our runway is the airport’s greatest asset and has been the central artery of the airport allowing it to grow passenger numbers by 24 percent over the past four years. “We want to see this continue and this is why the runway upgrade project is needed to protect this investment.” Shannon Airport provides vital access to the Wild Atlantic Way for tourists, business connectivity for FDI and indigenous companies, which actively stimulates

employment right across the region. It is a major catalyst for growth and for over 55 years has directly contributed to Ireland’s economic prosperity, particularly in the West of Ireland. The airport’s runway, built in 1961, was previously fully rehabilitated in 1983 and has undergone regular maintenance over the intervening years. A full resurfacing of 2,400 metres of the 3,199-metre runway is now required. Outlining the nature of the work Matthew Thomas said: “This is a challenging and complex project with work limited to small time periods every night in order to minimise any inconvenience to our customers. The work is very weather dependent, and will involve the resurfacing of the runway with a grooved marshall asphalt and the replacement of both our runway centre line and edge lighting. At the end of this project we will possess an enhanced asset that will be key in driving forward our business over the next 25 years.” Commenting on the project Brian McManus, Lagan Asphalt Director and Project Manager stated: “The project is one of the most significant runway rehabilitations anywhere on the island of Ireland. As Ireland’s third largest airport Shannon represents an important catalyst for the development of long term international business links and foreign tourist number visits.” Work will commence immediately and will take approximately 26 weeks to complete.

The works are scheduled to take place at night, five days a week (excluding Sundays and Mondays) and will not impact on any scheduled services at the airport for the duration of the project. Consultations have been taking place with aircraft operators for many months to minimise inconvenience, in particular, with transit operators who use the airport on a 24-hour basis. Start times will vary on each night to facilitate scheduled services, with night works being completed by 6am each morning in order to accept the arrival of the early morning wave of transatlantic flights and European flight departures.  


Kevin Lagan, Chief Executive and Chairman of the Lagan Group added: “As a company that provides a full range of construction services, runway rehabilitations and associated works are an important part of our business.” With its expertise Lagan Asphalt offers support to a diverse range of customers across Ireland, the UK and internationally to meet a growing demand for infrastructure. The Lagan Group continues to rank among the leading quarry materials, bitumen, construction products and civil engineering companies in the market. The operation of runways and design requirements for them are set out in strict national and international guidelines by the Irish Aviation Authority and the International Civil Aviation Organisation, respectively.  C

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Pictured (L to r): Sean Rapple, Associate Director and Group Head of Pre-Construction; Jimmy Kirby, Managing Director; and Conor O’Brien - Group Commercial Director.

K Kevin O’Brien


J Hegarty & Sons has announced the appointment of Kevin O’Brien to its Board in the role of Construction, Health & Safety Director. Kevin joined PJ Hegarty & Sons as a Contracts Manager in 1994 and became a Regional Director in 2003. He has extensive construction management experience of major projects and has been involved in some  of the most prestigious  projects undertaken by the company  including a Microchip Manufacturing Facility in Leixlip and the new Criminal Courts of Justice  at the Phoenix Park. Kevin has particular experience in PPP/ Design & Build projects.

irby Group Engineering has made a two senior appointments to its executive team.Theappointmentsareinresponse to the company’s growth and success domestically and internationally. Conor O’Brien has been appointed Group Commercial Director. Sean Rapple has been appointed Associate Director – Group Head of Pre-Construction. Commenting on the appointments,


Micheál McKittrick

Jimmy Kirby, Group Managing Director, said: “Year-on-year, Kirby is experiencing growth and success. “This growth is attributed to the strength of our executive management team, our employees, the implementation of an effective strategy and continuously delivering value for our clients. “Theserecentappointmentsatseniorlevel furthercomplementouroverallcapabilities.”


cocem Ireland Ltd has announced the appointment of Micheál McKittrick as Managing Director for Ireland and UK at a time of expansion, both domestically and internationally. A Chartered Engineer and graduate of Trinity College Dublin, Micheál previously worked in several senior roles with Atkins Consulting Engineers. His new position in Ecocem leverages his experience and knowledge obtained throughout his career to date. An advocate of sustainable construction Micheál fits very well into the firm. The appointment comes in the wake of the company’s further expansion into the UK market. “I look forward to expanding Ecocem’s business domestically and internationally, and will continue to develop the Irish markets of both bulk and bagged cement with an increasing focus on innovative products to help deliver value to our customers,” Micheál said of his appointment. – Your Online Construction News Portal and Resource 94 CONSTRUCTION May/June 2017

for your diary Wednesday 21st June 2017, 8:00pm


Location: Mount Errigal Hotel, Ballyraine

Helping you plan ahead

Tuesday 12th September 2017, 4:30pm


Wednesday 28th June 2017, 9:00am

Contact: Conor O’Connell Location: Castletroy Park Hotel, Dublin Road, Limerick

Location: Maldron Hotel Portlaoise

Tuesday 12th September 2017, 8:00pm

Thursday 29th June 2017, 8:00pm

Location: Tullamore Court Hotel

Location: Sligo Park Hotel

Wednesday 13th September 2017, 7:00pm


NORTH WEST BRANCH MEETING Monday 3rd July 2017, 6:00pm

GALWAY BRANCH MEETINGS 2017 Location: The Ardilaun Hotel Galway


Tuesday 7th November 2017, 4:30pm

MID WEST BRANCH MEETINGS 2017 Contact: Conor O’Connell Location: Castletroy Park Hotel, Dublin Road, Limerick

Tuesday 7th November 2017, 8:00pm


Location: Bloomfield House Hotel, Belvedere, Mullingar


Wednesday 8th November 2017, 7:00pm

Thursday 14th September 2017, 8:00pm

Contact: Ronan O’Brien Location: Tower Hotel


Construction House, Dublin, 11am Contact: Gillian Heffernan 01 4066016


Contact: Ronan O’Brien Location: Brandon House Hotel, New Ross, Wexford

Tuesday 4th July 2017, 6:00pm

Thursday 28th September 2017, 8:00pm

Wednesday, 15th November, 2017, 09:00am

Tuesday 4th July 2017, 11:00am

executive body meeting

Location: Mount Errigal Hotel, Ballyraine




Location: Hodson Bay Hotel

Location: Breaffy House Resort, Castlebar

Monday 21st August 2017, 4:00pm

Monday 9th October 2017, 4:00pm

Contact: Conor O’Connell Location: CIF Cork Office, 4 Eastgate Avenue, Little Island, Cork

Contact: Conor O’Connell Location: CIF Cork Office, 4 Eastgate Avenue, Little Island, Cork


Monday 28th August 2017, 1:00pm

Wednesday 11th October 2017, 9:00am

Tuesday 28th November 2017

Contact: Conor O’Connell

Location: Maldron Hotel Portlaoise, Midway, Abbeyleix Road, Portlaoise


CORK BRANCH IHBA MEETINGS 2017 Tuesday 29th August 2017, 11:00am

executive body meeting

Construction House, Dublin, 11am Contact: Gillian Heffernan 01 4066016 Wednesday 30th August 2017, 9:00am




Construction House, Dublin, 11am Contact: Gillian Heffernan 01 4066016

Thursday 30th November 2017, 8:00pm

executive body meeting

Monday 4th September 2017, 6:00pm

Contact: Conor O’Connell Location: CIF Cork Office, 4 Eastgate Avenue, Little Island, Cork

Location: The Ardilaun Hotel Galway, Taylor’s Hill, Galway

Location: Mount Errigal Hotel, Ballyraine

Construction House, Dublin, 11am Contact: Gillian Heffernan 01 4066016

Monday 23rd October 2017, 1:00pm


Wednesday 22th November 2017, 8:00pm

Tuesday 17th October 2017, 11:00am


Location: Maldron Hotel Portlaoise, Midway, Abbeyleix Road, Portlaoise

Location: Maldron Hotel Portlaoise, Midway, Abbeyleix Road, Portlaoise


Monday 6th November 2017, 6:00pm



Location: Sligo Park Hotel, Pearse Road, Sligo

Monday 4th December 2017, 4:00pm


Location: The Ardilaun Hotel Galway

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training dates

CIF Training & Development CIF training and education programmes for June to July 2017 Course Title/Venue


End Date

8th. June Thursday

22nd. June Thursday

Course times

CIF QQI Project Supervisor Construction Stage CIF Construction House, Canal Road, Dublin 6 CIF Management & Inspection of Scaffolds JJ Rhatigan In House - Ballsbridge Site, Dublin CIF Core Safety Management Programme Renewal/CPD CIF Construction House, Little Island, Cork.

SI 3056

10th. June Saturday

10th. June 09.00am – 17.00pm Saturday

CSMP 2961

16th. June Friday

16th. June 09.00am-13.00pm Friday

CIF QQI Project Supervisor Construction Stage Viking Hotel, Waterford

PSCS 3047

19th. June Monday

3rd. July 09.00am – 17.00pm Monday

PSCS 2960

Start Date

09.00am – 17.00pm

Radon Prevention Measures CIF Construction Hse, Dublin 6

RPM 3054

20th. June Tuesday

20th. June 04.00pm-6.15pm Tuesday

CIF Site Supervisor Safety Programme CIF Construction House, Canal Road Dublin 6

SSSP 2963

22nd.June Thursday

23rd. june 09.00am - 17.00pm Friday

CIF Core Safety Management Programme Renewal/CPD CIF Construction House, Canal Road, Dublin 6

CSMP 2964

23rd. June Friday

23rd. June 09.00am-13.00pm Friday

CIF IOSH Project Supervisor Design Process CIF Construction House, Canal Road, Dublin 6

PSDP 2965

29th. June Thursday

30th. June 09.00am – 17.00pm Friday

Radon Prevention Measures Radisson Blu, East Gate, Cork.

RPM 3055

29th. June Thursday

29th. June 04.00pm-6.15pm Thursday

CIF Management & Inspection of Scaffolds SI 30th. June 30th. June 09.00am – 17.00pm CIF Construction House, Canal Road, Dublin 6 2966 Friday Friday Temporary Work One day Programme TW 3rd July 3rd July 09.00am - 17.00pm CIF Construction House, Canal Road, Dublin 6 3057 Monday Monday 1 Day FAST TRACKCIF IOSH Managing Safety in Construction MSIC 3rd. 4th. 10th. 17th July 09.30am - 16.30pm Construction House, Little Island, Cork 2967 & 11th Mon & Tuesday FAST TRACKCIF IOSH Managing Safety in Construction MSIC 5th. 6th. 12th. 17th July 09.30am - 16.30pm CIF Construction House, Canal Road, Dublin 6 2968 Wednesday & 13th & Thursday Monday Project Supervisor Construction Stage PSCS 7th. July 21st. July 09.00am – 17.00pm CIF Construction House, Canal Road, Dublin 6 2970 Friday Friday CIF Site Supervisor Safety Programme SSSP 10th. July 11th. July 09.00am - 17.00pm CIF Construction House, Canal Road, Dublin 6 2971 Monday Tuesday CIF Site Supervisor Safety Programme SSSP 20th. July 21st. July 09.00am - 17.00pm Tullamore Court Hotel, Tullamore 2972 Thursday Friday CIF Core Safety Management Programme Renewal/CPD CSMP 21st. July 21st. July 9.00am-13.00pm CIF Construction House, Canal Road, Dublin 6 2973 Friday Friday CIF Site Supervisor Safety Programme SSSP 10th. August 11th. August 09.00am - 17.00pm CIF Construction House, Canal Road, Dublin 6 2974 Thursday Friday CIF IOSH Managing Safety in Construction MSIC 10th. August 7th. September 09.30am - 16.30pm Tullamore Court Hotel, Tullamore 2975 Tuesday Tuesday CIF IOSH Managing Safety in Construction MSIC 15th. August 12th. September 09.30am - 16.30pm CIF Construction House, Dublin 6 2976 Tuesday Tuesday CIF QQI Project Supervisor Construction Stage PSCS 16th. August 30th. August 09.00am – 17.00pm CIF Construction House, Canal Road, Dublin 6 2977 Wednesday Wednesday IOSH Project Supervisor Design Process PSDP 17th. August 18th. August 09.00am – 17.00pm CIF Construction House, Canal Road, Dublin 6 2978 Thursday Friday CIF Site Supervisor Safety Programme SSSP 17th. August 18th. August 09.00am - 17.00pm CIF Construction House, Little Island, Cork 2979 Thursday Friday CIF Core Safety Management Programme Renewal/CPD CSMP 18th. August 18th. August 9.00am-13.00pm 2980 Friday Friday Radisson Blu Hotel, Galway (c) CIF Core Safety Management Programme Renewal/CPD CSMP 24th. August 24th. August 9.00am-13.00pm CIF Construction House, Canal Road, Dublin 6 2981 Thursday Thursday CIF Core Safety Management Programme Renewal/CPD CSMP 31st. August 31st. August 9.00am-13.00pm CIF Construction House, Cork 2982 Thursday Thursday

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