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CONSTRUCTION the official magazine of the construction industry federation September 2016

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‘‘W Our cover picture was taken on Thursday 1 September 2016 in Dublin 15 where Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) is currently building a new state-of-the-art largescale biologics manufacturing facility. Pictured: BMS Executive Director, Mike Furlong and Mary Buckley, Executive Director, IDA Ireland.

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e have spoken to some inspiring people in the course of compiling this special issue of Construction where Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and M&E contracting are complementary themes indeed. The timely message, as we will see, is that Ireland’s proposition is an immensely strong one where FDI is concerned – and our worldclass construction sector lies at the heart of this proposition. Last year, 2015, was a record year for FDI here. IDA Ireland reported a very strong first half of 2016 and this trend continues on into the autumn. Says Mary Buckley, Executive Director IDA Ireland: “The capability and track record of Ireland’s Building and Construction sector is a key enabler for FDI client companies.” Property solutions are of course key components when organisations are looking at locations right around the world – and having a world-class industry here serves us enormously well.

As one of our commentators says, there is something of a “sweet spot” right now in Ireland which is, in so many ways, a centre of excellence. With a world-class construction sector to provide the facilities and a bright, educated workforce to operate, run and maintain them after building work is completed and they become operational, Ireland certainly has a great offering to make to overseas companies. So much of the work that goes into creating facilities for FDI companies is done of course by M&E contractors and we check in with a selection of these companies along the way – both in general terms and in more FDI-focused pieces. Meanwhile, it’s business as usual of course in terms of our regular offerings. We have the latest from the CIF with the Director General’s update, news on courses, legal opinion, pensions talk, technology and much more. We hope you enjoy this special issue of Construction. Speak to you soon, Martin

YOUR Construction Industry Federation team - Construction House, Canal Road, Dublin 6. Tel: 01 4066000 Fax: 01 4966953 Email: Twitter: @CIF_Ireland Construction House, 8 Montpellier Terrace, The Crescent, Galway. Tel: 091 502680 Fax: 091 584575 Email: Construction House, 4 Eastgate Avenue, Little Island, Cork. Tel: 021 4351410 Fax: 021 4351416 Email: PRESIDENT: Michael Stone Director General: Tom Parlon Chief Operations Officer: George Hennessy

MAIN CONTRACTING: Martin Lang, Alison Irving SPECIALIST CONTRACTING: Sean Downey, Gillian Ross INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS & EMPLOYMENT SERVICES: Jean Winters, Cheryl Treanor EASTERN REGION: Hubert Fitzpatrick, Noel O’Connor SOUTHERN REGION: Conor O’Connell, Ronan O’Brien WESTERN / MIDLAND REGION: Justin Molloy SAFETY & MANPOWER SERVICES: Dermot Carey LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT: Robert Butler MEMBERSHIP: Renee McManus FINANCE / ACCOUNTS: Gabriel MacGrath COMMUNICATIONS: Shane Dempsey, Rosalind Travers

CIRI - CIRI OFFICE: Jeanette Mair CIRI CPD OFFICE: Robert Butler affinity schemes Safe T Cert Dermot Carey Affinity Cover Conor O’Connell, Justin Molloy, Gillian Heffernan CQAI Robert Butler Register of Heritage Contractors Jeanette Mair Imagine Renee McManus CERS: Frances McNally Tel: 01- 407 1434 Email: MILESTONE ADVISORY: Susan O’Mara Tel: 01- 406 8021 Email: CWPS: Brigid Finn Tel: 01- 406 8025 Email:

DIRECTOR / EXECUTIVE TEAM HOUSING & PLANNING: Hubert Fitzpatrick, Noel O’Connor, Jeanette Mair

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Cover Story Ireland has a strong proposition where FDI is concerned. Construction is a central element




The latest from the CIF and a message from the Director General, Tom Parlon

10 NEWS FEATURE – M&E FOCUS A look at the M&E sector. With company profiles and a special interview with CIF Director, Sean Downey

60 LEGAL VIEW Deirdre Hennessy on Public Works Contracts – Return of the Bill of Quantities

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64 TECH TALK In this issue we consider electric vehicles and catering for these in developments


49 FEATURED PROJECT Anyone for tennis? A County Dublin project by T. Peare & Sons Ltd.

55 IN CONVERSATION New CECA President Colin Cleary chats with Martin Foran about the role and the wider industry

58 PENSIONS WITH SUSAN O’MARA Susan has some more sage advice. This time its to do with your tax bill


From the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC). This time its an online focus

69 TRAINING New courses and some news from Ballyfermot Training Centre. There’s a lot going on and its good news too

72 INDUSTRY NEWS A selection of stories from the wider construction sector.

79 DIARY CIF meetings and events. Plan your diary for the weeks and months ahead

80 LAST FIX A ‘snappy’ little story to round it all off


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A message from the Director General, Tom Parlon The construction industry will play a critical role in constructing the Ireland of 2027. Every other sector of the economy depends on this industry for the infrastructure, housing and specialist buildings they require to do business competitively.


Tom Parlon Solving the huge economic and societal challenges Ireland faces, like the housing crisis, are all dependent on the delivery of worldclass construction projects. Government strategies such as Rebuilding Ireland, the Public Capital Programme, the Jobs Action Plan, will shape Irish society over the coming decade and all are dependent on this industry’s capacity to deliver. On 6 October, the CIF will host its national conference, entitled ‘Constructing Ireland 2027’. At this conference, we, as an industry, will set out a ten-year vision for our industry’s development. This vision will outline ambitious targets in terms of jobs, export and outputs for the industry. We’re setting out a whole series of collaborative initiatives that we intend to work on with Government in the coming years. These initiatives focus on addressing market failure in finance for construction SMEs, increasing technology uptake in the industry, ensuring there are sufficient skilled workers and improving the effectiveness of the entire supply chain and reducing business costs that companies face. These initiatives are all focused on

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removing barriers to growth for the entire industry.


The conference will also feature leading experts that will provide invaluable insights for construction companies of all sizes from all sectors. Ministers Coveney and Donohoe will outline their view of the construction industry, the upcoming budget, Brexit and the political landscape. We will also hear from the head of the UK Construction Industry Council on the UK construction industry’s efforts to deliver critical housing and infrastructure projects in a post-Brexit UK. A full agenda and list of speakers is available on Please book your tickets now.

Safety week

We recently saw the roll-out of Construction Safety Week. Employee Safety and reducing workplace accidents are foremost for construction companies. Hundreds of construction companies signed up with the CIF as partners and were running safety initiatives on site during the week. We have made huge progress on our safety journey. However, last year there were 11 fatalities and 605 reported accidents on construction sites. SMEs and sole traders still appear too often in the injury statistics.


The CIF, the Health and Safety Authority and the National Rehabilitation Hospital have joined forces to highlight the impact of workplace accidents on construction workers. Three survivors have told their powerful stories on video and these featured centrally throughout Construction Safety Week. These served as a powerful reminder that the safety message must be constantly driven home on site and to employees. Finally, the CIF delivered its budget submission to Government formally this month after a series of formal and informal meetings with policy-makers. The central tenet of the submission was to bring about the conditions that will allow construction companies to deliver the housing, infrastructure and jobs this economy and society requires. Amongst the measures recommended is a significant increase in investment in strategic infrastructure. Every billion invested in infrastructure supports 10,000 jobs. We have chronic underinvestment in this area for the past decade and many commentators believe this will start to act as a drag on economic growth in the coming 2-3 years.


The submission also outlines a number of policies aimed at enabling the house building sector to deliver the 25,000 house output level envisaged in Minister Coveney’s Rebuilding Ireland plan. The help to buy scheme, a reduced VAT rate and other measures to improve the planning process have the potential to make house-building viable again across Ireland. It’s going to be an interesting time for the industry in the coming months. I hope to see you at the conference.

MEP Discussed Construction Issues with FIEC in Brussels Following her recent meeting with representatives of the CIF, West & Midlands region, Independent MEP Marian Harkin met marian harkin with executives of the European Construction Industry Federation (FIEC) in Brussels. The FIEC represents the interests of the construction industry including Ireland’s CIF.


The MEP for the Midlands-North-West constituency was meeting the lobby group to discuss a range of issues involved in current and proposed EU legislation. Marian Harkin says: “At the meeting with the CIF Western and Midlands region

representatives they outlined a number of issues, extending from access to finance, especially for regional operators, to the thorny question of public procurement. “At this session we agreed that a meeting with their European counterparts would be useful. “At the Brussels meeting, which included FIEC director general Ulrich Paetzold, Sue Arundale, Director Technical and Environmental Affairs, Dominico Campogrande, Director Social Affairs and Christine Le Forrestier, Director Economic and Legal Affairs, we discussed the Construction 2020 Action Plan from the European Commission, the issue of investment at both European and National level and how the Juncker Investment Plan might be of assistance. “As part of the Juncker Investment Plan, the European Commission has set up the European Investment Project Portal which is a platform where EU based projects seeking external financing are given the

opportunity to promote their projects to potential investors.”


“Thus, this platform could have an important regional development dimension whereby Regional Authorities can list projects in the pipeline and promote them in the portal to seek investment. “Regional Authorities can also combine regional funding with finance available from the European Investment Bank under the Juncker plan and this may also assist in the provision of finance for various projects. “Other items discussed were the recycling of building materials and health issues surrounding the use of silica in the Construction Industry. “The posting of workers’ legislation, which is very relevant to the Construction Industry throughout the EU, was also discussed.”

A powerful reminder from ESB Networks There is clear potential danger when it comes to working in proximity to overhead electricity wires and underground cables. Construction professionals are urged to be aware of the risks and the controls that should be in place, Arthur Byrne, Public Safety Manager, ESB Networks, reminds Construction. “Generally, electricity doesn’t give you a second chance,” says Arthur. The Safety First approach cannot be overrated when it comes to working in or near live wires and cables. Dermot Carey (CIF Head of Safety Policy) says this is an opportune message from ESB Networks.


“In the past three years there have been three fatal accidents involving contact with electricity networks. Planning of tasks is vital and we ask contractors to heed the advice of ESB Networks and to utilise the location services (Dial Before You Dig) they offer.” The message from ESB Networks is: “Before starting any digging work, contact

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us to find out if there are any electricity cables in the vicinity of your excavation site. “This information can be provided to you in a map format from our Central Site office.” Central Site is a one-stop-shop for contractors or individuals who intend to carry out excavation work. To request a map you’ll need a site plan or area map of your excavation site and your contact details including a postal address. • You can email your request including your site map to • Call 1850 928 960 or +353 01 8582060 or • Fax 01 6388169 • Alternatively, you can make a postal request to: Central Site, ESB Networks, St. Margaret’s Road, Finglas, Dublin 11 ESB Networks will send the map to you within ten days. In emergency cases ESB

Networks’ Central Site can provide maps for collection. (Call 1850 928 960 or +353 1 8582060 for more details. This service operates Monday to Friday only). Maps can be provided digitally. Contact Central Site for details on the terms and conditions of this service.

Overhead wires

Never undertake any construction activity within 10 metres of an overhead electricity wire. Never dump soil, rubble or topsoil under an overhead electricity wire. To do so would reduce the safe line-to-ground clearance. Keep away from fallen or-low hanging wires as they can be very dangerous. Call the Emergency Number 1850 372 999 or +353 21 2382410. If you are planning to work near overhead electricity wires, the advice is to contact ESB Networks before you start so that the necessary safety precautions can be put in place to prevent injury. “Our advice is if in doubt to make a call,” says Arthur Byrne.

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Breakfast Briefing on Part L of the Building Regulations carbon dioxide emissions arising from the operation of buildings, while ensuring that occupants can achieve adequate levels of lighting and thermal comfort. Buildings should be designed and constructed to achieve this aim as far as is

A good turnout The CIF Southern Branch and Energy Cork this summer co-hosted a morning briefing entitled, Part L of the Building Regulations – Practical and Commercial Considerations. The event took place at the CIF Offices in Cork with over 40 people in attendance.

Comfort The aim of Part L of the Second Schedule to the Building Regulations is to limit the use of fossil fuel energy and related

practicable. The presenters at the meeting were Michael O’Sullivan Greene – Director, O’Leary & O’Sullivan Developments Ltd. and Chairman of the IHBA Cork Branch and Willie Keane – Technical Advisor, Homebond who gave an in-depth, practical presentation on the application of Part L. The Breakfast Briefing was Chaired by Conor O’Connell – Regional Director of CIF and Energy Cork Steering Group member.

The introduction of Part L of the Building Regulations occurred during the recent downturn in the House building industry and O’Leary & O’Sullivan Developments Ltd. are one of the few multi-unit residential Housebuilders that have several years’ experience complying with the new requirements. As a result both Michael and Willie were able to give practical hands on examples of complying with Part L.

Insulate Examples included how to correctly insulate bay/projected windows and how to stop thermal bridging on door thresholds through the proper use of insulation. Michael O’Sullivan Greene commented that one of the keys to complying with Part L is to continually train staff. Staff need to be kept informed of changes to the Building Regulations and on new thermally efficient products entering the market and how they should be correctly used and fitted, was the message.

CIF calls on SMEs to think safety to reduce workplace accidents Final preparations were underway for the Construction Industry Federation’s annual construction Safety Week campaign as we prepared to go to press.


All construction companies were called upon to set aside time to re-emphasise the importance of safety to their employees with a view to further reducing workplace accidents. The week commenced on 12 September and saw a series of week-long initiatives run across construction sites and offices nationally. The aim is to help construction companies establish a safety mindset amongst their employees. This will ultimately reduce workplace accidents and maximise the safety and well-being of their employees. Director General of CIF, Tom Parlon said: “We’re asking all construction

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companies and self-employed involved in the sector to take time to re-emphasise safety on site. “The industry has been very successful in reducing workplace accidents and safety and health is now the cornerstone of the reputation of the construction industry.


“Events like Safety Week are absolutely critical in reminding employees to think ‘safety’ as this is proven to have a significant impact in reducing accidents. “Serious incidents are down dramatically over the last number of years. However, accidents are now concentrated in the micro-enterprise sector. “The CIF will continue to work with the HSA and other members of the Construction Safety Partnership Advisory Committee to promote safety to this group and our membership.”

The message to those owner-managers in construction particularly, is to use the tools out there such as BESMART, training programmes and the HSA to instil a safety culture in your organisation. Work safer – work smarter. The Construction Safety Partnership Advisory Committee involves representative bodies for construction related sectors, trade-unions, professional bodies, client bodies and relevant Government agencies. Each group, at time of writing, was preparing to deliver a suite of initiatives across their membership to drive home and support the safety message. Some of the activities included: • On site safety briefings • A social media campaign focused on survivors of workplace accidents • Presentation of Safety Excellence Awards to companies excelling in safety

Applications up for construction courses CAO applications for construction-related courses increased in this year’s Leaving Certificate.

Architecture and engineering courses saw an increase in interest by students of 13%, and other construction-related courses saw an increase of approximately 8% this year. Tom Parlon, Director General of the Construction Industry Federation (CIF) notes: “The Irish economy depends on the construction sector to build the homes, offices spaces, and infrastructure required by businesses across the country. “Any sign of demand for more construction work can be directly correlated to an increase of general economic activity.


“We are engaging with Solas and the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation to ensure there is a regular stream of skilled people to maintain the infrastructure, housing, commercial and FDI building that will sustain economic growth and shape Ireland over the next decade. “Students are acutely aware of this fact, and are keen to be in a position where they can gain meaningful, stable employment once they leave 3rd level education. “A graduate civil engineer in Ireland can expect a salary of around €28,000. This will rise to up to €50,000 with 6-9 years’ experience. “A junior quantity surveyor is looking at a salary in the region of €35,000 and that will rise

to €50,000 with 10 years’ experience. “A student graduating from a construction related discipline has a lot to look forward to upon finishing 3rd level and we want to ensure that they have a choice to remain in Ireland or experience a work stint abroad. “Construction work is a passport to a great career. At the moment, Irish construction companies are building specialist buildings, infrastructure and homes here and across the globe.


“As the Irish economic recovery continues, it goes hand-in-hand with a demand for new construction projects. “High-end residential units, commercial offices, and healthcare labs are the most dynamic areas we’re seeing at the moment. “These companies are increasingly seeking people in managerial, communications, finance and operations. “Increasingly, the skills you gain while working in a trade or in the industry in Ireland are globally transferable. “A huge amount of our members have the expertise and are building fantastic buildings and infrastructure in the UK, across the EU, Africa and the Far East. “Here at home, we’re building the future economy of Ireland and our world-class construction skills are a major draw for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) companies looking for new locations. “A new data centre for facebook is being built by Irish construction companies in Meath, and Bristol- Myers Squibb are constructing a new state-of-the-art, large-scale biologics

manufacturing facility in Dublin. “Thanks to this top-class construction, the new plant will produce multiple life-saving therapies for the company’s global market.”

Education and training

The CIF also warned of a looming skills shortage if the Government do not implement the right educational and training policy framework urgently. Mr Parlon stated: “While the increase in course application is great news, more needs to be done by our industry, by the Government, and by related training and educational boards to ensure that graduates are skilled correctly to meet the needs of the industry in Ireland. “Recently we have seen unprecedented hiring activity, particularly for architects and property workers. “The CIF will shortly begin a campaign aimed at the diaspora to come home to work in construction jobs in Ireland and in our upcoming pre-Budget submission, we have outlined a number of policy initiatives which we believe the Department of Education, and the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation should undertake in order to skill construction graduates accordingly. “We will also launch a major skills forecast and policy document in the coming months in addition to our vision for how the industry will shape a sustainable economy with vibrant communities and world-class housing and infrastructure for Ireland up to 2027.” For students seeking an alternative to what is on offer from the CAO, the CIF have established a first-of-its-kind website, where students are employers can be matched according to needs and interests. C

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New recruitment New recruitment is the lifeblood of the industry and essential alongside nurturing existing talent and proactive approaches to adopting new methodologies and ways of working. In our recent article on Winthrop Engineering we noted how the company was engaging with Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) and with Second Level schools and also how it had recognized the need to engage with “second chance” students such as those who had returned to college after the downturn. The message was clear: a onesize-fits-all approach does not apply here and would not work. Says Sean Downey: “The companies in this sector are the largest direct employers of staff in the industry. “As they are very big employers they have the requirement to understand staff and their needs and it makes business sense to look after their people. “In the top ten M&E companies, the average number of employees is between 100 and 200 on average. “This brings responsibility and it also brings a real insight into how people work and what they need in their day-to-day environments. “The M&E companies support upskilling of staff and are among those companies that put the most into apprenticeship schemes. “They have really kept that framework intact – even through the recession.”

Exciting times for M&E trailblazers! Sean Downey

To say there is a lot happening in the M&E sector is an understatement on a par with stating that this sector is significant to our economy and for Foreign Direct Investment. The truth is that at the moment we are on the verge of a revolution in this sector.


t’s an exciting time for M&E contractors in particular, says CIF Director, Sean Downey, who has responsibility for Specialist Contracting. “They are at the coalface in the delivery of high-purity, process-type contracts for the likes of major Pharmaceutical and Food companies, Data and Medical Devices. “Nine times out of ten I would imagine a large or medium-sized Mechanical and Electrical contractor may be the prime contractor that subcontracts all other elements of work including substructure, drainage, foundations and steel. “It’s a slightly different model than the traditional but it seems to be the approach that private FDI clients in particular have adopted, perhaps because they look at the fabric and the envelope really as a shell. “It wraps around a pretty expensive part of the building which is the process pipework that perhaps purifies the liquid, prepares the milk solution or makes the medical products.

A driver for growth CIF Director, Sean Downey refers to the recognition “that our industry is a driver for growth. “When the construction industry is healthy, perhaps operating on 10-12 per cent of GNP consistently, it drives job creation because people not only need things built but also need people to manufacture products. “Construction is a driver for growth and particularly indigenous manufacturing employment to facilitate the anticipated expansion of off site fabrication.” 10 CONSTRUCTION September 2016

“That piece of equipment is the most important thing for them – not necessarily a piece of cladding on the outside or a concrete slab or steel frame.”


Many M&E companies have been working very closely with FDI clients and understand their needs. So, over the past ten years it is not surprising that they have perhaps started to adopt the same psyche as the clients. These clients have looked at continuous improvement and process excellence. “In every single large FDI company in Ireland you will have a continuous improvement specialist – an in-house continuous improvement manager,” observes Sean Downey. “It is likely that has started to rub off on the contracting side and M&E contractors in particular, who understand exactly what is required on the shop floor in delivering the product at the end of the day. “That process and that exercise of looking at jobs and seeing where the opportunity for improvement is and offering the value back to a client and the contracting team in some sort of shared way can be the model adopted. “I see it growing more and more. “It is one of the very strong pillars that FDI companies identify when they look for locations. “They pick Ireland as they know the capacity is here, the expertise is here and the environment and people and culture are here. “And when it comes to building their project they know the engineering excellence is here to turn it into a reality – on time. The experience and expertise are

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here. “When you go to a tender meeting – public or private – they are looking at who will deliver the project.” Questions will likely include: Are they your staff? Are they coming in from abroad or somewhere else in the country? Have you worked with them before? Also: this is very specialized equipment, so do you have track record of installing it?

“You have a very strong requirement for a good supply chain for the manufacture of construction products in Ireland,” says Sean Downey. “My personal view is that it is a major opportunity and we are at a crossroads. Do we still want to bring items in in containers or to have factories where we can manufacture the same things? “We can make safer products, CE-marked products, made in Europe that can be exported across mainland Europe and further afield. “So it fits the agenda for job creation and maximizing domestic indigenous employment out of any uplift in industry.”


Says Sean: “The value really comes when a company can sit across the table from a client and say, ‘well, this person has been with me for thirty years and delivered the exact same project three years ago or one very similar – we have the capacity and knowledge within our four walls’.”

In the last number of years, the prime objectives from the point of view of many of the larger specialist contractors have involved dealing with, in order of priority: the public procurement regime, payment security and visibility under private and public contracts and contractual arrangements between themselves and other prime contractors or employers,” says CIF’s Director with responsibility for Specialist Contracting, Sean Downey.

The lie of the land

Generally, in private sector contracts, there is a direct relationship developed before a contract is tendered, says CIF Director for Specialist Contracting Sean Downey. “There are quite specific design requirements so there is a need for early contractor

involvement. There is a good understanding of what is required.” In early 2016, Circular 16/01 that deals with public procurement – interim changes under GCC – introduces direct selection of large specialists, specifically identifying M&E to get the benefit of this new process. Says Sean: “That is more or less transitional but all consultants who have been engaged since 4 April this year will be sending out tenders and documentation on the basis of the new rules. “So M&E companies – those big specialist companies – are effectively seeing the benefits of policy changes introduced already. “In terms of procurement, the contractual frameworks and the environment in terms of the public sector are very positive. “Hopefully it’s a huge boost which helps them look at their pipeline of work and plan more constructively as the environment is more

hospitable.” Then, the Construction Contracts Act, commenced in July, will create a different regime in terms of payment culture for larger M&E contractors, adds Sean. “They have significant cash flow on projects so its important to have visibility on how much and when they are going to get paid. “This allows them to possibly frontload costs of purchasing materials offsite and large pieces of plant because if they know they are going to get paid in a timely fashion they can bring that material to site and deal with vesting certificates and pass over to the client at an early stage in the project. “I imagine the new regime on method and measurement for M&E would introduce both risks and opportunities. “It means new responsibilities for the clients’ side and contractors – but it is headed in the right direction.”

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Kevin Walsh, General Manager, Radley Engineering – “an exciting time”

Kevin Walsh

Radley Engineering Ltd. was founded in 1972 by brothers John and Thomas Radley in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. Today the company employs 265 people, and they are now firmly established as one of the leading “Tier One” Mechanical contractors in Ireland. The company specializes in the manufacture, fabrication and mechanical site installation of high quality materials including Stainless Steel, Carbon Steel, High Purity Pipework and other exotic materials, across many diverse industry sectors. Kevin Walsh is the General Manager.


have worked with Radley Engineering for 24 years. Over the last number of years Radley Engineering has worked tirelessly to overcome industry challenges by diversifying into new technologically driven sectors, in particular the BioPharma/ Pharma areas.

Steady growth

It is this hard work, by the entire team, that has enabled us to enjoy steady growth over the last number of years. Projects completed include Amgen’s new facility in Dun Laoighaire where we fabricated and installed 16,000 Mtrs of pipe, Genzyme Fil Finish Capacity Expansion (8,000 Mtrs of piping) and we are nearing completion of our largest project to date – Regeneron, in Limerick, where our manpower peaked at 120, with 24,000 Mtrs of pipe fabricated and installed. The commitment by large multinationals to continue to invest in Ireland provides the biggest opportunities for our sector and presents us with a real opportunity to secure new projects. In 2016 we were awarded the Alexion project in Blanchardstown, which will include the fabrication and installation of 33,000 Mtrs of pipe in Black Utility and Stainless Steel, becoming our largest project.


Delivering these multi-million euro contracts brings with it added

responsibilities and a duty to the client to deliver the project on time and on budget, and I and the entire team have achieved this. This does bring its own challenges. We are already seeing a shortage of skilled manpower, which will become more prevalent as we move into 2017. We are working with Cork and Waterford Institutes of Technology and have given a commitment to recruit engineering students during the summer. We have worked hard with our supply chain and sub-contractors to deliver efficiencies while maintaining a top class service.


It is this approach that has allowed us win new business, and led to continued repeat business with clients, Pfizer, Genzyme, MSD, Eli Lilly and BMS where we have delivered 16 pressure vessels (sizes ranging from 100,000 Ltr WiFi to 25,000 Ltr) for their new site in Dublin. As the company looks to the future, we will continue to maintain our excellent relationships with the existing supply chain from client, EPCM and contractor in our

current market sectors. We will forge ahead to develop new relationships within the subsea oil and gas markets, while maintaining our approach to existing clients Cameron, Shell, BP, Total.


This is an exciting time to be working at Radley Engineering Ltd. and, with the next generation of Radley’s now in key positions within the company, the future looks bright.

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Mike Walsh, bmd

- "If you are not striving for improvement in how you do things you will be left behind." Cork-based BMD was established in 1974 and has grown to become one of Ireland’s most diverse and prestigious mechanical engineering companies. They have been involved in both construction projects and ongoing maintenance works for virtually the entire Irish Pharma Industry, while also serving the Chemical, Brewing/Distilling, Oil & Gas, Power Generation, Energy, and Utilities Industries. Mike Walsh is Managing Director. BMD has been in existence for over forty years and was part of the Bowen Group, a major construction group. A management buyout took place in 2011. There were five of us involved in the MBO and we have been going from strength to strength since – mainly doing process engineering works, predominantly in the Cork region, but with other projects in Ireland and the UK from time to time. Our business mainly comes from the FDI sector and includes the likes of Lilly, Novartis, Pfizer, MSD, Kinsale Energy and Bord Gais. We employ around 270 to 300 people, depending on varying customer requirements. We employ a lot of welders, fabricators and fitters and the reality is that this is an ageing workforce. There is a gap here as a lot of people did not follow this path in the Celtic Tiger years. One challenge I see coming in the years head is a skills gap in these areas as there would have been very few people coming into the craft side over the last ten years or so. If there was to be a shortage of skills I would see it more on this side than on the engineering side of the business.

As for connecting with future staff, we engage with our local I.T. which is Cork Institute of Technology and that is where a vast majority of our graduate engineers come from. At BMD, we have a philosophy of bringing people in and training them up and, over time, they acquire the full range of experience they need. Looking ahead, I would say we are looking at a 20% increase in turnover this year versus last year. It’s a significant increase and we should see a similar increase next year. We see a lot of work coming from projects that our current client base are looking to do – such as retrofits of existing buildings, perhaps taking out existing processes and putting in new process pipework. There will also be a certain number of care and maintenance projects as well. Multi-national clients want to deal with forward-looking companies that have a focus on LEAN construction techniques and continuous improvement. At BMD, we have ISO 9001, ISO14001 and OHSAS18001 certifications for example. If you are not striving for continuous improvement in how you do things, you will be left behind.

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Look back – Top 10 M&E Contractors from Construction’s Top 50 list, 2016

1 Mercury Engineering

Mercury made our top spot here and it was at number two on our overall list. Around since the 1970s, Mercury’s establishment in Europe has been hard fought but “we have managed to establish ourselves as a market leader within this region as well as our home market,” Construction was told.

Turnover Total: €400.00m ROI turnover: €140.00m

2 Jones Engineering

3 Dornan Engineering

Turnover Total: €360.00m ROI turnover: €216.00m

Turnover Total: €212.09m ROI turnover: €36.06m

(Year end 31/12/15)

(Year end 31/12/15)

Jones was also a Top Ten entry on our overall list and our number two here in M&E. Jones Engineering continues along the path of planned sustainable growth. In 2015 the firm expanded its operations to over eight countries.

Dornan Engineering is next from the Top Ten Contractors and it was number three in M&E in this year’s list. Following the necessity to consolidate the business in recessionary times, Dornan Engineering continues its growth path.

(Year end 31/12/15)

4 Kirby Group

Kirby Group is another company that has come a long way. It has grown – in just over 50 years – from a small, familyowned electrical contracting business to a respected, international, multi-disciplinary, high-value engineering contractor with seven offices across Ireland, the UK and Europe.

Turnover Total: €150.10m ROI turnover: €105.82m (Year end 31/12/15)

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5 Designer Group

6 Suir Engineering

7 Winthrop Engineering

Turnover Total: €81.60m

Turnover Total: €77.00m

(Year end 31/12/15)

(Year end 31/12/15)

8 L Lynch and Co

9 Lynskey Engineering

10 King and Moffatt

Turnover Total: €49.50m

Turnover Total: €26.95m ROI turnover: €18.55m

(Year end 31/12/15)

(Year end 31/12/15)

Designer Group now has offices in Ireland, UK and Germany and works with some of the world’s largest multinational companies. “Exceeding our clients’ expectations through delivery of projects on time, to budget and to the highest quality is a high priority for Designer Group,” the company told Construction.

Turnover Total: €83.00m ROI turnover: €40.00m

As we had previously noted, Suir has also come a long way in the thirty-five years since inception. “Our business is about our people, our culture and our strategy – operational excellence and innovation is at the centre of everything we do,” said Suir.

Relative newcomer, Winthrop was established in 1995 by experienced engineers. It has since completed large and complex projects across sectors, frequently operating in difficult conditions to tight deadlines.

(Year end 31/1/16)

Leo Lynch specialises in providing high quality Mechanical and Process Installation Services to the Life Sciences; Microelectronics; Medical Technology; Healthcare; Commercial; Retail and Public Sectors in Ireland. Founder Leo Lynch had the enduring motto: “Always leave a good quality job”.

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Lynskey Engineering Ltd., (LEL), has earned a solid reputation. Lynskey has become a specialist in providing building services for projects involving the restoration, renovation or alteration of existing buildings – including many of historic and architectural importance.

King and Moffatt Building Services were named as one of Ireland’s “Best Managed” companies in the Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards Programme 2016. King and Moffatt Building Services have been in business for over 30 years.

Turnover Total: €26.00m ROI turnover: €16.00m (Year end 30/6/15)

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Construction sector a key component in attracting FDI into Ireland


Mike Furlong, Executive Director, BMS.

ast year was a record year for FDI in Ireland. IDA client companies created nearly 19,000 new jobs during the year across a range of sectors, as minister Paschal Donohoe points out in this issue of Construction. The construction sector is of vital importance in attracting FDI to come to Ireland as it facilitates the companies with the property solutions they need to conduct their business across a range of sectors. As Director General of the CIF Tom Parlon says in this issue, “our world-class construction skills are a major draw for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) companies looking for new locations. “A new data centre for facebook is being built by Irish construction companies

in Meath, and Bristol-Myers Squibb are constructing a new state-of-the-art, largescale biologics manufacturing facility in Dublin," notes Tom Parlon. “Thanks to this top-class construction, the new plant will produce multiple lifesaving therapies for the company’s global market.” In this issue we look at both of these projects and get up close and personal at the Bristol-Myers Squibb site. This is an inspiring development, presided over by BMS Executive Director, Mike Furlong, who tells us the story behind the project and about working with the Irish construction sector. We start by checking in with IDA Ireland.

Martin Shanahan, CEO of IDA Ireland says: 1 in every 5 jobs in the private sector are now FDI-related and for every one such job, seven others are supported in the wider economy. The Irish construction industry is a major enabler for the attraction and expansion of critical foreign direct investment in Ireland. The skills and capacity of the industry are recognised globally and Irish companies now play a critical role in building world-class specialist facilities in sectors such as Technology, Pharma, Medical Devices and Data.

IDA AOB Building, Galway

From: CIF’s budget submission.


Our world-class construction skills are a major draw.


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Waterford ATB (IDA)

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2015 - A record Ireland remains very year attractive to overseas

Executive Director of IDA Ireland Mary Buckley notes that 2015 was a record year for FDI in Ireland. Mary Buckley The number of investments was up 8% to 213. There was a 7% increase in first time investors to 94. FDI employment meanwhile rose to a record 187,056 with one-in-five jobs in Ireland supported by FDI. Investments came from leading global organisations and household names including, Apple; Facebook; Airbnb; Dell; Pramerica; Alexion Pharmaceuticals; Regeneron; Bristol Myers Squibb; Qualtrics; Northern Trust; Bluefin Payment Systems; Slack; Shopify; Indeed; Viagogo and Uber.

The strong activity continued into 2016 with the first half of this year seeing: A €400m investment by Shire in biologics manufacturing campus in Meath


Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, said: "It is very positive that the IDA is building on last year's record results by maintaining its strong performance in 2016. “Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) remains key to sustaining economic growth and job creation here and these mid-year results help demonstrate that Ireland remains very attractive to overseas companies. “The Government will continue to work with the IDA throughout 2016 to win new investment into Ireland and I am especially determined that the benefits of further FDI will be spread more evenly across the country." The Minister added: “The decision by the people of the United Kingdom to leave the European Union may create challenges for the global FDI environment. But Ireland's strengths – including our talented workforce, ease of doing business and our strong track record for FDI – very much remain in place. “I am confident that the IDA is also equipped to harness any new opportunities that may arise." Key FDI projects supported by the Construction Sector:

Global business services First Data 3,000m2 New facility, 300 new jobs, Nenagh Pramerica 12,000m2 New facility, 330 new jobs, Letterkenny new facility in Galway, 160 new jobs Teleflex 4,180m2 New facility, 100 new jobs, Athlone

Life Sciences Regeneron €650m, up to 500 jobs, Limerick Amneal Pharmaceuticals €89m, up to 300 jobs, Tipperary Bristol-Myers Squibb $1bn, up to 400 jobs, Dublin OPKO up to 200 jobs in Waterford and the acquisition of the IDA’s advanced technology building (ATB) on their Business and Technology Park.

Data centres Apple $850m investment, Athenry Facebook $200m investment, Meath

Kellton Tech (India) to establish its EMEA headquarters in Louth, creating 100 jobs First Data establishing a 300-person R&D Centre in Nenagh Wayfair creating an additional 160 staff in Galway Eli Lilly delivering a new, high-tech manufacturing facility in Kinsale OPKO Health with an additional 200 highly skilled jobs in Waterford in an IDA building. Amazon with 500 new hires in Dublin – bringing the Irish workforce to 2,200 Facebook with expansion of its Dublin International HQ to 1,500 people Oracle with 450 new hires and state-ofthe-art offices in Dublin PayPal with 100 new jobs at its Global Operations Centre EMEA in Dublin HubSpot with an additional 320 staff in Dublin Search Optics to establish EMEA HQ in Dublin creating more than 100 jobs and, Ralph Lauren to establish its global ecommerce Centre in Dublin.

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Ireland’s proposition is strong IDA Ireland, the inward investment agency of the Irish Government reported a strong first half of 2016 as Ireland continues to be one of the strongest performers in Europe in the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) sector. Investments approved by IDA in the first half will lead to the creation of 9,100 jobs as companies roll out their plans over the coming months and years. This performance is on a par with H1 2015 which was one of Ireland’s best years for FDI. Ireland won 115 projects in the first six months of the year, IDA Ireland said, compared to 110 in the same period last year. Technology & Business Services and International Financial Services were amongst the strongest performers in the first half of the year. This was followed by Life Sciences. While the US remains Ireland’s key source market, Growth Markets including Asia-Pacific are showing increased growth over a smaller base. The organisation,which works with over 1,200 overseas companies, has said it expected the recent UK referendum decision to leave the European Union (so-called “Brexit”) may present potential opportunities in the period ahead generated by newly mobile foreign direct investment but it warned that the impact of Brexit on the global and the European economy was as yet unknown and it could have a dampening effect on FDI globally, which was already expected to decline this year. Martin Shanahan, IDA Chief Executive Officer said that he believed that Ireland’s stability, the certainty on EU membership and therefore access to the European market, coupled with the strong value proposition that Ireland already offers would be important in the period ahead. IDA Ireland said it is impossible to quantify the scale of Brexit opportunities at this stage and engagements with clients and prospective investors are ongoing. IDA has written to all its clients to reassure them of Ireland's position as a member of the European Union and to offer IDA’s support in dealing with issues that may arise from changes at a European level. Commenting on the first half trends, Martin Shanahan said: “The flow of investments won by Ireland in the first half of the year have been very strong considering the global economic and geo-political backdrop, and we are cautiously optimistic that the second half of the year will see a continuation of this trend."

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Property solutions – a vital component in FDI The impact of Foreign Direct Investment continues to grow in Ireland. Following a record year in 2015, the first half of 2016 saw continued strong activity. Property solutions and infrastructure play a vital role in the winning of FDI into Ireland across several areas. Having an experienced, world-class construction sector has been vital.

Mike Furlong, BMS, with Mary Buckley, IDA, at Bristol-Myers Squibb site, Dublin


he capability and track record of Ireland’s Building and Construction sector is a key enabler for FDI client companies,” says Mary Buckley, Executive Director, IDA Ireland. When organisations are looking at locations around the world, property solutions are a central component – alongside areas like talent availability, other existing clients, operating environment, general infrastructure and other considerations. “These are strategic decisions so they are naturally taken very seriously,” says Mary Buckley. “Sometimes companies will conduct analysis themselves or use international location consultants “It is very serious evaluation and they will usually bring it down to two or three global locations, moving from a long list of about 20 locations to a short list circa three locations. “This means that, all the way through, Ireland and IDA is competing with other locations around the world to win investments. It is quite a tough process. “They are looking at talent, other companies who are operating here – overseas and indigenous, access to markets and a key component is property and property solutions.”

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€150m property investment programme The IDA has a €150m property investment programme. As of mid-2016 LEED Certified technology buildings were constructed in Athlone and Waterford with construction underway in Castlebar and Sligo and about to commence in Tralee. Its national strategic sites portfolio includes 7 existing sites (c. 456 ha or 1,128 acres) at Sligo; Galway; Limerick; Cork; Waterford; Dublin and Dundalk. “The availability of large scale utility-rich sites is a proven model in winning large scale investment nationally,” says IDA Ireland.

What the companies look for will naturally depend on their activities. “On the services side, companies tend to look for an office building that is available to rent/purchase and is close to public transport," says Mary. “On the high-tech manufacturing side meanwhile, companies tend to look at a greenfield or brownfield site – greenfield meaning starting from scratch, buying a serviced site, and constructing a building and brownfield meaning revamping a facility that is already there. “An example of the latter is the significant investment that is underway by Regeneron in the former Dell manufacturing facility in Limerick – revamping a former electronics building into a bio-tech facility. “It is a huge investment to get the building right before starting production.” Without a doubt, notes Mary, for every company that comes to establish in Ireland they need a property solution. It is very important that property meets the clients’ needs and that there is certainty around commitments that are made by construction companies and other

providers e.g. commitments to finishing the project on time and on budget are hugely important. Mary stresses the key role that reputation plays in all of this. “Almost all companies that establish in Ireland will talk to other companies that are operating here,” says Mary. “So, when companies have good experiences in Ireland, those experiences are shared with other potential clients who are looking at making investment decisions. “Those decisions are always ratified at corporate. So the justification of one global location over another is discussed there in order to ensure that these strategic location decisions are the right ones. “And there is no point in talking about a decision like this if they are unsure of how it all will be delivered. “Overseas investors must be comfortable and confident that those who are

constructing have the ability to deliver, “Construction and property solutions represent a key component in our discussions with companies.”

Land banks

The IDA owns a number of land banks around the country with well over a thousand hectares of land nationally. “Many will be familiar with our Business and Technology Parks located around the country,” says Mary. “We also own strategic sites. They are heavy utility-intensive sites that are attractive for heavy capital expenditure projects. “We market these property solutions to clients and also show property available in the private sector, whether it is land or buildings.” Of course, there is engagement with the construction industry regularly. “IDA can’t win investments on its own and it does work closely with other key stakeholders to enable Ireland to succeed,” says Mary Buckley.

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ATB, Athlone “The construction industry is very responsive to the needs of industry of course. “They know they are working in partnership with industry and that partnership includes things like commitment to timelines, budgets and quality.” Clearly, the construction industry has risen to the challenge. “They are dealing with international companies who require international standards,” says Mary. “Companies often want to have a similar footprint in facilities around the world.”


Meanwhile the IDA has begun to construct buildings around the country in the past two years. “We have a programme of new office and technology buildings under construction,” explains Mary. “Our strategy has a strong focus on winning investments into regional locations and we need good property solutions to support this. “The government gave us an allocation of €150m for sites and buildings to meet the needs of FDI. “We need as much choice as

possible in regional locations and have constructed manufacturing buildings in Athlone and Waterford and we have two underway – one in Castlebar and one in Sligo. “Another in Tralee is about to commence construction in Kerry Technology Park. “So we are a client for local construction companies. We have a number constructing for us to international standards. All buildings are LEED Certified. “While there are a lot of buildings under construction in Dublin at the moment, there are locations around the country where we’d love to see the construction industry building facilities for marketing to potential clients. “They should come and talk to us about that if they have an interest – particularly in regional locations.”


At the end of the day, it is important for the construction industry to bear in mind that “we can never be complacent on cost competitiveness,” says Mary Buckley. “That is absolutely key.”

Sligo, ATB, under construction

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The Operations team is very much involved in the building stages, says Noel Heaney, General Manager. “We re integrated as a team.” It makes perfect sense, of course, as it is Noel and his team to whom the plant will be handed over. “I’m excited about the progress that has been made,” says Noel. “We just had our one-year anniversary. “In that time we went from a brownfield site to what you see today. That’s a lot of change in a year. “It has all gone well so far and we’ve engaged lots of Irish people and used Irish materials where we could. “We are also using as many utilities from the old facility as we can.” This “older” facility, explains Noel, was referred to as a “small molecule” manufacturing facility – where chemicals are mixed in reactors. “Largely it is an organic solventbased process. “The new process is a ‘biologics’ process,” explains Noel. “So you use cells to manufacture the medication and in general, they are proteins. “They have very large molecular weight so this process is often referred to in the industry by the words ‘large molecule’ or ‘biologics’ – as opposed to ‘small molecules’. “The jobs here are all very highly skilled,” stresses Noel.

Painting the big picture at BMS

Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) is currently building a new state-ofthe-art large-scale biologics manufacturing facility in Cruiserath, Dublin 15. Representing an investment of approximately $1bn, once completed, the new facility will significantly increase BMS’s biologics manufacturing capacity and play a central role in its global manufacturing network. Martin Foran reports.

Noel Heaney, General Manager; Mary Culkin, Quality Director and Mike Furlong, BMS Executive Director.


tanding in the site offices at the BMS / Jacobs Construction site near Mulhuddart, It’s hard to believe that, just outside, the largest ever construction project undertaken by BMS is coming out of the ground at a steady pace.


The atmosphere here is of quiet efficiency. And the tone is replicated across the site, where something amazing is taking shape. The people here know this. BMS Executive Director, Mike Furlong, knows it too. For Mike and his team, the big picture is never far away. Yet, such awareness is never at the expense of the myriad component parts and how they fit together – the role that everything here plays in framing the bigger story. “The first product in this facility will be Opdivo,” Mike explains. “it is part of a new cancer approach called ‘immune oncology’. It

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promotes your body’s own immune system to fight the cancer. Yes. Mike is very clear on the role this facility will play. It is, he says, “extremely significant” in global terms. It will be a companion to the other large-scale BMS biologics facility in Massachusetts in the United States. “The two will account for a good majority of our internal biologics output.” Biologics, Mike explains, is a process where cells are used in the manufacture of medications. “We needed more international capacity,” he adds. “So we decided to build this biologics facility on the back part of this BMS site where we were already located, and to use as much of the existing infrastructure as possible.” And so far it’s been a fast-track process. “We began looking at this in 2013,” Mike recalls.

There’s ‘‘a lot of experience and expertise here.


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Mary Culkin, Quality Director Having recently joined BMS, Mary is “delighted to see the quality culture starting from the word ‘go’ as we bring up the site”. A key individual in building that quality culture here, Mary refers to the great people on board on this project. “There is a genuine safety culture here and that all feeds into the mindset that we will do things right here in quality terms – I’m delighted to see that from the outset.” “We started the design in November 2014 and stood our first steel column just two days shy of a year later. “We are now a year into this. The investment here is roughly a little over a billion dollars.”

So, why this facility here?

“It is two-fold,” says Mike. “First you have to be able to build the building. There is going to be around 70km of piping in this project, sixty per cent of which is sterile – requiring orbital welded stainless steel piping. “The capabilities to service those quantities don’t exist in a lot of locations. “Because of Ireland’s history with our industry and also with Intel, these trades are here in abundance. “There’s a lot of experience and expertise here. You have to have the people to build the facilities. “So, we can and will build the best facility of its type in the industry. But then you have to have the people to run it. “With the skilled workforce in Ireland in this industry and the level of education in Ireland, we felt we had a better opportunity here than anywhere else to get the people in the numbers we needed with the right capabilities. “And we had a good track record with Ireland.” The role that construction plays in attracting Foreign Direct Investment is huge, agrees Mike. The world-class industry here is massively important. “These facilities are not built on speculation; they are built to deliver something that is required," he says. “Opdivo is a break-through in therapy and approved in 54 countries. We have people who need this medication. “We needed to find the best location to give us the highest probability to deliver it on time with the capabilities required. “We have been extremely impressed

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At the heart of the matter The engine here at the new BMS biologics facility is the Large Scale Cell Culture Building. “We will have six, 15,000L bioreactors,” explains Mike Furlong, Executive Director, Cruiserath Biologics Project. “In the biologics process the protein that is of therapeutic value is generated from a genetically engineered cell. “To give a sense of scale: from that 15,000L bioreactor we will get around 20 kilograms of actual material we can use – over a multi-week process. “It all has to be tightly controlled within very specific process parameters. “So there is no insignificant part of this construction — it all has to work to very tight specifications.”

with the engagement and especially with the workforce when it comes to the construction industry here. “So, from a work standpoint and quality standpoint as well as an attitude and engagement standpoint, I don’t think we could be happier. “We have over twenty prime subcontractors on site.”


Not surprisingly there is a very high focus on safety and, says Mike, “we got solid buyin across the board. “We are going to have more than 1,500 construction people on site in the fourth quarter of 2016 and everyone’s focus on working in concert to deliver is hugely important. “In the site safety induction, we point out why we are building this building and

how it doesn’t make any sense to build a facility to save lives and hurt people in the process. “Working together so no one gets hurt – it speaks to the mission of the overall facility and our company. “We have two requests of everyone who comes on site: If you see an unsafe act or one that could be unsafe, mention it. “If you are a recipient of an observation you thank the person. “We have an award each week for the best safety observation. It’s been successful. Everyone watches out for each other.”


So far, so very impressive. The aim is to be an approved facility in a little over three years’ time – the final quarter of 2019. Mike’s role is “to deliver this facility with all its capabilities.”

Think of it as a relay race, he says. “We build it and we transition it to our Commissioning, Qualification and Validation (CQV) staff. As soon as they are done they need to transition it to the Operating staff who introduce the product, run it through the qualification trials and then work with the regulatory team that files the product until we get ultimate approval. “I have a counterpart, Noel Heaney, who is going to be the site General Manager when it is up and running. He is hiring and training his workforce right now. “So while we are building they’ll write SOPs, Qualification and Quality Documents so that when we are ready we will have a trained, experienced staff. “They will also work with the CQV team in commissioning the facility so they will get experience before the product is even in there.” Again, the big picture is never far from sight.

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Construction sector of vital importance in attracting FDI – Minister Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe says FDI has been of huge importance to Ireland’s development and economic growth in recent decades. Overseas companies here have played a serious role in creating jobs and opportunities, have exported tens of billions of euros worth of goods and services annually, contributed to Government revenues and supported innovation across nearly every part of the economy.


ast year was a record year for FDI in Ireland. IDA client companies created nearly 19,000 new jobs during the year across a range of sectors, with every region of Ireland benefitting. The net job gain for 2015 was 11,833, which has a real impact on families, their lives and how we grow our economy. The construction sector is of vital importance in attracting FDI to come to Ireland as it facilitates the companies with the facilities they need to conduct their business and the homes they need to house their employees. A robust and properly functioning construction sector is a key part of any growing economy and sends a positive signal to those thinking of locating here. This summer, the Government launched a programme of investment in our housing infrastructure, called ‘Rebuilding Ireland: The Housing and Homelessness Action Plan’, which will have a positive impact on a construction sector that is getting back on its feet after many tough years. An area that cannot be overlooked in working to meet the needs of FDI investors is the provision of property solutions outside Dublin. Critical to achieving this is the IDA’s €150m property investment plan, spread out over five years. The funding will be used to upgrade Ireland's business and technology parks, make investments in a number of strategic utility-intensive sites and build new advanced technology buildings in several regional locations, further encouraging investors to locations right across Ireland. While FDI into Ireland has already played a huge role in transforming the country into the modern, export-orientated economy it is today – an estimated 20% of all private sector jobs in Ireland are a result of FDI when all direct and indirect employment is considered as a whole – we believe that even more can be

Minister Paschal Donohoe achieved. In pursuit of this, IDA Ireland has set ambitious targets for the five-year period from 2015-2019. These include the creation of 80,000 new jobs, 900 new investments and a further €3bn in research and development investments.

Capital Plan

The Capital Plan published in 2015, ‘Building on Recovery: Infrastructure and Capital Investment 2016-2021’, set out an Exchequer capital spend of €27bn and, including the wider semistate sector and PPPs, total state-backed capital investment of €42bn. There is a broad recognition of the case for increased public capital investment. Indeed, in agreeing the Capital Plan last autumn, the then Government had a strong awareness that notwithstanding the level of ambition evidenced in the Plan, more should, and will, be done once economic and fiscal circumstances allow. The Programme for a Partnership Government makes clear that the current capital plan is the starting point for increased investment in priority areas into the future. The Programme for Government takes the first steps towards increasing public capital spending in priority areas. It committed to seeking Oireachtas approval for an additional €4bn in Exchequer capital investment over the period of the plan, to be allocated in such areas as transport, broadband, health, education and flood defences, on the basis of the outcome of the mid-term review of the Capital Plan. The Government has now increased our commitment to additional capital investment, and has increased that figure to an additional €5.1bn Exchequer capital investment over the period 2017-2021.

Ireland in 2027

In ten years’ time I would like to see our country thriving, but for that growth to be sustainable and built on the back of sensible investments and spending of taxpayers’ money. I would like to see our annual output of homes that are being built to have normalised so that we can meet the needs of our citizens and families can access properties in which to build a home. I would like to see a well-functioning construction sector in operation that is contributing positively to our economy and society and, most importantly, I would like the hard years of the past to be gone…but not forgotten. C

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Facebook’s new data centre

From our May issue. Pictured at the groundbreaking ceremony of Facebook’s data centre at Clonee was Tom Furlong, VP of Infrastructure at Facebook with then Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, Damien English. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography.


Development of a second building at the same site was also confirmed, bringing the total size of the facility to 621,000 sq ft – the equivalent of 14 Aviva stadiums, we were told. The facility, Facebook’s first in Ireland and second in Europe, will become “part of the infrastructure that enables billions of people to connect with the people and things they care about on Facebook and across its family of apps and services”. Facebook was also pleased to announce that the new data centre, as well as its international headquarters in Dublin, will be supplied with 100% renewable wind energy from BrookfieldRenewable’s Irish operations. Brookfield owns and operates a portfolio of renewable wind energy projects across Ireland totaling 465 MW and all renewable wind energy supplying Facebook’s facilities in Ireland is located in Ireland. Ireland has been home to Facebook’s

international headquarters since 2009 and the facility at Clonee continues Facebook’s significant investment in the country and in Europe. The company recently announced the creation of a further 200 jobs in Dublin in 2016, to add to the 1,300 employees it currently has. Tom Furlong, VP of Infrastructure at Facebook, said: “We’re thrilled to have found a home in Clonee and begin building our new data centre as we continue to expand our infrastructure in Ireland.


“Everything here has been as advertised — from the strong pool of talent for construction and operations staff to the great set of community partners who have helped us move forward quickly to the opportunity to power our facility with 100% renewable wind energy. "The new facility will be one of the most advanced and energy-efficient data centres in the world, thanks to its cutting-edge Open Compute technology and use of 100 per cent renewable wind energy. “The centre will be a crucial part of the


Everything here has been as advertised — from the strong pool of talent for construction and operations staff; to the great set of community partners.



acebook was recently pleased to announce that construction had begun on the company's newest data centre at Clonee, County Meath.

infrastructure that helps Facebook connect billions of people around the world.” Martin Shanahan, CEO, IDA Ireland said: “IDA Ireland is focused on facilitating investments into regions throughout Ireland. “Facebook's new data centre in Clonee will provide a significant boost to the local economy – it's a clear demonstration of the company’s ongoing commitment to Ireland. “When it comes to attracting the world’s best and most efficient data centres, Ireland is proving to be very attractive to the world’s top technology and internet-based companies.” C

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Another level in terms of delivery FDI has played a very important part in the development of Flynn Management & Contractors as a company, writes Kevin Flynn, Managing Director. We estimate that 60% of our current business is a direct result of FDI and it is a very important part of what we do as a company. It has helped us to grow our company from 30 staff in 2014 to the current number of just over 100. Our FDI clients have really helped us develop as a company in recent years. They have helped bring us to another level in terms of delivery, a world-class level, for our clients. They have helped us improve our service levels by giving us the platform to deliver excellence in our work, which in turn has helped make our reputation much stronger. The main works we carry out for our FDI clients are fit outs of new office space and the refurbishment of existing offices to client specifications.


As a rapidly growing company, we are always looking for new areas that can help us to continue to diversify our service areas. The two main characteristics we believe that these companies are looking for are the certainty of delivery and a responsive attitude.

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When they give a completion date they want to know that this will not change. We go above and beyond to ensure our clients are satisfied with the entire project experience, rather than just the finished project. A responsive attitude is a key element when dealing with many FDI companies. These companies do not want a process where issues on the ground need to be passed up several levels of command to get key decisions. We ensure we have those senior staff on the ground to respond to any issues immediately.

Kevin Flynn


This ensures any unforeseen issues can be quickly resolved during any project and this helps to guarantee a certainty of delivery. A total of 80% of our business is from repeat clients so we have built up an excellent level of trust with them. We very much have a “can do attitude� when dealing with clients and this has included always delivering their fasttrack programme requirements. We understand our responsibilities to our staff, our clients and the community we operate in and this helps to build

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LinkedIn, Dublin trust at all levels for our company.


We place health and safety as a major priority in all our works and we have worked hard to foster a culture of safety with our staff. From the moment you step on to one of our sites you will experience this from the quality of the site set up to the welfare facilities we provide to all our workforce and the attitude of everyone on our sites. Every member of our team is a safety leader in everything they do and clients garner great trust from this approach. I think the role of Foreign Direct investment into Ireland will continue to play a big role in the construction industry and the wider economy over the next few years.


We have a strong Irish market here that has proven itself and responded well to FDI and I think this, coupled with the post Brexit fallout, will continue to see foreign companies looking at Ireland as a viable option for investment. I believe the future of the construction industry in Ireland is extremely positive.

UBER, Limerick

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The many “generations” of Foreign Direct Investment in Ireland The different generations of FDI – as seen through the eyes of Mercury Engineering. FDI in Ireland has evolved as global industry sectors and technologies have evolved over the decades.

1970s – starting with production and assembly/manufacturing – IDA filling the advance factories that had been constructed. 1980s – Apple computers started manufacturing in Cork. Some first generation technology companies located in Ireland. Still strongly focused on assembly and manufacturing. “Mercury worked with global names that are no longer in existence like Wang, Digital, Polaroid & Atari,” notes Ronan Lynch, Financial Director.

The sweet spot Foreign Direct Investment certainly helped and accelerated Ireland’s recovery from recession in recent years, says Ronan Lynch, Financial Director with Mercury Engineering, who notes: “Rather than being solely reliant on indigenous industry, we were effectively connected to the growth of the global economy.”

1990s – Growth in pharmaceutical and semi-conductor sectors in Ireland. Initially still manufacturing-based but change in industry sectors as technology evolved through the 1990s. Dell in Limerick, Gateway Computers. Intel’s first investment in Ireland in Fab 10 was, “the start of an important relationship for Mercury Engineering and important Intel presence in Ireland”. 2000s – Significant growth in pharmaceutical sector with companies such as Pfizer and Wyeth locating global manufacturing for key drugs in Ireland. Other global multinationals like Xerox and HP set up. Also, evolution to more high tech and smart industries away from manufacturing and assembly. 2010 onwards – the ‘smart economy’ – new

generations of semiconductor microchip manufacturing; large software companies expanded their presence here. Ireland recognised as a global centre for high-tech companies and other Life Sciences such as medical devices. Location of data-centres due to access to data links, power, stable government and benign climate conditions. Pharmaceutical industry has evolved to higher value bio-pharma activities and more value added R&D activities.

We are looking at four or five generations of clients in over forty years here now. We have worked with all of these companies in the past and are fortunate to continue to deliver for the current batch of FDI entrants.


Over time, the industry has evolved a lot and the type of FDI that is happening here now has very much changed towards the smart economy and is more high-tech than the more basic assembly which would have been the case in the 1970s and 80s. What has happened enabled us to invest heavily in innovation and quality and also to employ more people and use these high standards that evolved to go abroad with the multinationals as well. Ireland would be seen as center of excellence now and a market leader in

a number of different industry sectors including biotechnology, datacenter colocation and software development. There has been a broad spectrum of services developed around all of this. All companies operate to a much higher standard to facilitate the FDI client. The result is something of a sweet spot now. It doesn’t exist many places in the world.


Access to a well-educated highly skilled workforce is part of all of this and we need to ensure the continued availability of these skills and that we continue to maintain a favourable political and economic climate. As time goes on the challenge for Ireland’s economy is to maintain competitiveness and remain at the forefront of what will happen in the future.

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Industrial and Commercial in focus – CIS T he last five years in particular has witnessed a proliferation of large data centre construction in Ireland by major foreign companies. Most notably, in 2016, Facebook commenced work on their ambitious Clonee data centre in Co. Meath. This €200m development will be supplied by 100% renewable wind energy, utilising the Irish climate to create an innovative approach to data storage. Ireland’s temperate oceanic climate is a big attraction for foreign technology companies setting up storage here. Data centres create a vast amount of heat; in order to house an efficient data centre, a climate like Ireland’s is preferable over locations like California or mainland Europe which can be subject to heatwaves.


One of the most contentious issues on the geopolitical landscape in the last decade has been that of privacy in relation to internet use. This year, Microsoft benefitted from a ruling by a United States appellate court which ruled that the United States Government could not force Microsoft to hand over customer emails stored on servers in Ireland. The unique Irish data laws make Ireland an attractive prospect for setting up shop in as they can offer assurances to customers that their privacy can be maintained through Irish data laws. This combination of climate and data security has spurred on construction of data centres around the country. Below is a table of on-site and planned data centres by Microsoft at Grange Castle Business Park Clondalkin, Co. Dublin. There are pre-plans for a further four data centres designated for the Clondalkin site in the coming years which will amount up to €890m investment by Microsoft to scale up their operations in Ireland.

Project Title

Planning Stage

€30m Data Centre €380m Data Centre €70m Data Centre €280m – 2 Data Centres

On-Site On-Site On-Site Plans Granted

In a specially-prepared article for this issue of Construction, CIS focuses on the Industrial and Commercial Sectors which have received the bulk of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in recent years. Amazon also commenced works on their new data centre at the former Jacobs Biscuit site on the Belgard Road in Dublin 24. This €100m data centre solidifies the company’s presence in Ireland with offices being created in Cork and Dublin to house new operations for the large multi-national company.


Activity in the Commercial Sector has continued to grow strongly month-on-month in Ireland, primarily in Dublin. The demand for high quality office buildings is on the rise and Ireland is seen as an attractive option for foreign companies to relocate or expand their operations into and for overseas investors looking for a high return on investment. The pipeline for development of new Grade A office accommodation has seen an increase in planning applications and this will continue to rise in the coming years to cope with demand. To testify this, Construction Information Services (CIS) currently has over €1bn worth of office building schemes across the country, either at a planning or a later construction stage, on their database. Examples of planned Grade A office developments in Dublin can be seen in the table below:

project title



This combination of climate and data security has spurred on construction of data centres around the country.


€45m Mix-Use Office Development

U+I Investments

Donnybrook, Dublin

€47m Office Development

Ardstone Capital

Sandyford, Dublin

€55m Office Development

Wexele Limited

Sandyford, Dublin

Sir John Rogersons Quay, Dublin Molesworth Street, Dublin 4-5 Harcourt Road, Green REIT Dublin Ballymore Group and North Wall Oxley Holdings Quay, Dublin

€110m Office Development Kennedy Wilson – Blocks A and B IPUT Management €30m Office Development Services Limited €22m Office Development €111m office Development – Block D

Outside of Dublin, plans have been approved for an €8m office development for Shannon Commercial Properties in Shannon, Co. Clare. The development calls for the provision of a 4 storey building consisting of over 5,000 sq.m. of office space. Tenders are currently being sought from contractors, with work expected to start later this year and be completed in late 2017.


In Cork, Apple Operations Europe has received a favourable planning decision for a large scale extension consisting of an additional 15,000 sq.m. of office space at their premises in the

commercial space 5,000 sq.m. over 4 storeys 27,751sq.m. over 6 storeys 21,099 sq.m. over 6 storeys 25,227 sq m over 8 storeys 13,000 sq.m. of over 5 storeys 7,000 sq.m. over 8 storeys 60,000 sq.m. over 9 and 7 storeys

project stage Plans Granted Plans Granted Plans Granted On-Site On-Site On-Site On-Site

Holyhill Industrial Estate outside of Cork City, as they look to consolidate their presence in Ireland. *The costings on these projects are indicative and are based on a price per sq.m. for shell and core only. ** This CIS data was accurate on 24 August 2016. Visit for the latest project updates on these schemes “Construction Information Services (CIS) is Ireland’s market leader in supplying real-time information on construction projects from early planning to on-site stages.” For more information visit or call 01 2999 200

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cover story Kevin White of Jones Engineering – on Lean and BIM.

“lean thinking and practice have played a big part in gains” By Darrin Taylor and Martin Foran

What do you see is the value-add for Irish M&E companies in their offering to FDI Clients/Owners in the application of Lean and BIM? Lean and BIM offers both a longterm alliance advantage to owners and a competitive advantage to M&E companies. The application of BIM and Lean techniques enables marked improvements in Project Delivery and long-term facilities management whilst increasing value for all, which allowslong term relationships to flourish. Why is Lean important for your organisation? Without lean we cannot continuously improve as a group. Without Lean we cannot increase Value for our Clients and ourselves. Without Lean we cannot be the company of choice for our customers. How is it enabling Jones Engineering Group provide added-value for Clients and enhance Jones’ competitive advantage? Lean provides the platform to allow us to collaborate with our clients, thus realising value and passing on that value through an efficient workforce. This keeps JEG relevant in all sectors and enhances our competitive advantage. How do you think Ireland is viewed globally in terms of lean and BIM in Construction? Ireland is viewed as lagging in BIM but leading in Lean Construction. However the level of BIM implementation is on a very steep curve driven by the demand from industry. Lean needs to become business as usual throughout Irish construction if we as Ireland Inc. want to stay competitive in the global market. Kevin White is a core member on the LCI Cop in Ireland.

Annual WIT Lean Forum Ireland’s global competitiveness ranking is integral to our improved economic and enterprise performance, and it is crucial in attracting foreign direct investment (FDI). The IMD World Competitiveness Scoreboard 2016 has seen Ireland dramatically rise up the rankings from 16th place in 2015 to 7th place in 2016. Such hard-won competitiveness cannot be put at risk and so the Irish Government is concerned with ensuring a sustained focus on improving competitiveness. Lean Thinking & Practice has played a key part in these gains and enhanced competitiveness as Lean is integral to enabling and sustaining operational and enterprise excellence, organisational competitiveness, productivity, innovation and growth. Darrin Taylor, Co-Director of the WIT Lean Enterprise Excellence Centre (www., says: “In response to globalisation, ever-

increasing competition, and international competitiveness factors, recent years have seen an increased focus on Lean thinking and practice around the world by organisations of all sizes and across all sectors. “In fact many organisations now consider the effective adoption of Lean as critical to their strategic effectiveness and to their overall operational and enterprise excellence. “This focus on Lean is further reflected in Irish Government policy and strategy, with Lean featuring prominently in successive Action Plans for Jobs. “Additionally, the Forfás Making it in Ireland: Manufacturing 2020 report and Forfás Future Skills Needs reports emphasise that Lean principles and sustainable manufacturing cannot be ignored by any firm in Ireland today. “And the State is providing fundamental supports via Enterprise Ireland’s and IDA

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Ireland’s shared partnership on Lean and Green Business Offers to companies of all sizes and sectors to help them understand Lean, to undertake Lean initiatives, and to embed a Lean mind-set within their organisations. “Now we see Lean being implemented within both public and private organisations, as well as across all sectors, from the pioneering Medical Device, Pharmaceutical, and Aerospace sectors through Agri-Business, Food & Drink, traditional Manufacturing and Engineering, Contact Centres, Retail, Healthcare, and into Architecture, Engineering, Construction (AEC). “We also see Lean increasingly implemented by SMEs and Micro organisations to enable them make stepchanges in their own development, growth, and innovation; as well as to survive and thrive as part of the wider value and supply chains they service. “Ireland has much to be proud of in the Lean space with global exemplars across the country, including several companies that have attained Shingo recognition – “the world’s highest standard for operational excellence” and referred to by Business Week as “the Nobel Prize for Manufacturing.” These companies are: Lake Region Medical (New Ross) which won Bronze Accreditation in 2011 and again in 2016; Covidien (Athlone) which won Silver in 2012; DepuySynthes (Ringaskiddy) and Abbott Vascular (Clonmel) which both won Gold in 2014 and the latest winner Abbott Diagnostic (Longford) which won Gold in 2016. “A striking aspect over the past decade or so has been the organic, and now deliberate, development of a national Lean Ireland Community of Practice (CoP) in Lean,” says Darrin Taylor. “This is built upon, and reflects, the natural generosity of spirit amongst and between Irish companies and executives to further the cause for Ireland Inc. “It involves industry practitioners and other stakeholders like ourselves in WIT and other academic institutions, EI, IDA, IBEC and others networking at various fora and conferences to exchange knowledge about experiences, successes, failures, and learnings in Lean. “Our shared goal is to present Ireland at home and abroad as a centre of excellence in Lean.” Image 1 provides some highlights in terms of Ireland’s standing internationally, with top ratings on a number of key FDI metrics (sources: IMD Competitiveness Center; Global Best to Invest Report - Site Selection).

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Image 1 – FDI & Ireland’s International Ratings DESCRIPTION

ireland ranking

Global Best to Invest Report –Site Selection 2016

1st in Western Europe Global Best to Invest per capita

Global Best to Invest Report –Site Selection 2015

1st in World for inward investment by quality and value 1st in World for efficiency of large corporations

IMD Competitiveness Yearbook 2015

1st in World for flexibility & adaptability of workforce 1st in World for investment incentives 1st in World for availability of competent senior managers 1st in World for fostering a national culture that is open to foreign ideas

Lean construction The economic role and importance of the Construction sector in Ireland, Europe, and globally is in no doubt. FDI and indigenous companies are successfully implementing Lean in their core businesses, and increasingly Construction Clients/Owners are demanding that Lean also be applied to their capital facilities projects too. Lean Construction entails the application of proven Lean production objectives, thinking, tools and techniques, as embodied in the Toyota Production System (TPS) and The Toyota Way, to the construction sector in the form of new management orientation and evolved mind-sets at all levels from trades to professionals, and applying these to a new project delivery process using the likes of Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), the Last Planner® System, and Building Information Modelling (BIM) See panel on BIM. Integral to Lean Construction is to manage a project through relationships, shared and common goals; and to take a whole-process systemic perspective and collaborate from idea and design stages to involve all stakeholders at all times (the “voice of customer”) to ensure that value, as defined by each respective customer, is understood and integrated throughout the project. The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation stated in Ireland’s Construction Sector Outlook and Strategic Plan to 2015 that: As the sector in Ireland has become more exposed to global markets, both in the domestic context and as firms seek business opportunities overseas, the imperative to increase efficiencies and reduce costs becomes more urgent. This is where increased adoption of ICTs, new forms of construction, more effective management of supply chain, Lean systems and more efficient project management – for example, utilising Building Information Modelling (BIM) – can make a significant difference.

Building a competitive edge challenges firms to work with new materials, embrace modern methods of construction, achieve and exceed international industry standards and become more efficient and productive. This has implications for skills development. It also involves developing closer relationships: with clients to better understand their needs; with other firms (including competitors) as potential collaborators; and with academic researchers, which can lead to the development of new innovative products, services and solutions. The concept of Lean is well recognised in manufacturing sectors and many service activities. Its importance for the construction sector is growing, not least because increasingly the consumer expects value for money, efficient delivery and high standards in product and methods of construction, but also in the context of challenging economic conditions for the construction sector internationally. While Lean can be highly effective in a single firm (be it involved in manufacturing construction products or professional services), the concept probably has greatest potential impact in a broader project delivery context, involving a range of companies working across the entire construction supply chain. It is the case that Lean principles can only be applied fully and effectively in construction by focusing on improving the whole process – meaning all parties have to be committed. Although they have emerged separately, BIM is playing an increasing role in the application of Lean in construction project delivery. Lean construction has also created increased demand for the deployment of modern methods of construction including OSC, prefabrication and modularisation techniques. Lean Construction Ireland (www., established in the Spring of 2014 as part of the global LCI movement, is the Irish Construction sector’s Lean community of learning and practice, and has as its vision: “Ireland as a Centre of Excellence for Lean in Construction where Everyone in the Chain Shares Value”.

cover story BIM

Ireland’s National BIM Council (NBC) a national body to support the advancement of digital in the construction sector was this summer officially launched. NBC was formed as a recommendation of the Enterprise Ireland 2014 National BIM Forum and is a key measure in fulfilling the Government’s national ‘Construction 2020’ strategy. The inaugural meeting was convened by its chair Caroline Spillane, Director General of professional body Engineers Ireland. Welcoming the council, she said: “The formation is a key step forward in realising the potential of digital tools and processes within Ireland’s construction sector. The NBC recognise the role of technology and ‘better information management’ in achieving measured improvements in productivity, international competitiveness and collaboration. “Further, the move towards a more highly engineered ‘data rich’ product with less ‘on-site’ physical labour, opens new opportunities for innovation and a far more interesting, exciting and diverse range of career choices within the industry.” Stephen Hughes, the head of Construction at Enterprise Ireland, said: “Ireland’s National BIM Council is a partnership between the public sector and industry to provide vision, leadership and a collective voice for the advancement of digital in the design, construction and operation of built assets. “A primary role for the council will be to develop an industry ‘road map’ that will seek to optimise the successful implementation of Building Information Modelling (BIM) in Ireland.” The council is composed of nine members from the public and private sector and represent clients of construction and the industry supply chain. • Ms Caroline Spillane (Chair) - Engineers Ireland • Mr Tom Costello - Irish Property Unit Trust (IPUT) • Mr Damian Duffy - National Development Finance Agency (NDFA) • Mr David O’Brien - Office of Government Procurement (OGP) • Mr Gerard Bourke - Office of Public Works (OPW) • Mr Noel Kennedy - Intel Corporation • Mr Sean Downey - Construction Industry Federation (CIF) • Mr Ralph Montague - CitA BIM Group • Mr John Hunt - Enterprise Ireland • Dr Alan Hore (Secretariat) - DiT/CitA BIM Adoption in Ireland The first national survey (October 2015) to benchmark the level of Building Information Modelling (BIM) adoption across the Architects, Engineers, and Contractors (AEC) of Ireland revealed that 67% of the industry sample possessed confidence in their skills and knowledge to deliver BIM. While only 6% reported no confidence the remaining 27% reported a general knowledge of BIM and a gradual improvement in BIM skills. A total of 75% of the sample reported an increase in demand for BIM in Ireland. The research was conducted by Construction IT Alliance and Enterprise Ireland.

(L-R) Darrin Taylor, (WIT); Derek Sinnot, (WIT); Brian Clare, (DIT); Sean Downey, (CIF)

Ireland’s National BIM Council launched

What Lean is

There is no universally accepted definition of Lean, but the core idea in Lean is to maximise customer value whilst minimising waste. Lean is fundamentally about change through incremental continuous improvement – emanating from the Japanese term “Kaizen”, kai, meaning “change” and zen meaning “continuous improvement.” The goal of Kaizen is the elimination of waste in a value stream. The term “Lean” has become associated with a certain business capability, namely the ability to accomplish more with less. Essentially to create more value for customers with fewer resources – Lean enterprises use less human effort to perform their work; less material to create their products and services; less time to develop them; and less energy and space to produce them. These Lean enterprises are oriented toward customer demand, and the development of high-quality products and services in the most effective and economical manner possible.

The Lean Enterprise Institute (www. states that a lean enterprise “understands customer value and focuses its key processes to continuously increase that customer value”. The ultimate goal is to provide perfect value to the customer through a perfect value creation process that has zero waste. To accomplish this, Lean thinking changes the focus of management from optimising separate technologies, assets, and vertical departments to optimizing the flow of products and services through entire value streams that flow horizontally across technologies, assets, and departments to customers. Eliminating waste along entire value streams, instead of at isolated points, creates processes that need less human effort, less space, less capital, and less time to make products and services, at far less costs, and with much fewer defects, compared with traditional business systems. Companies are able to respond to changing customer desires with high variety, high quality, low cost, and with very fast throughput times.

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Stephen Hughes, Enterprise Ireland- "fdi raised the bar" Coming full circle it is possible to discern a pattern whereby investment from leading global companies ensures and maintains the highest standards in our sector, enabling Irish construction companies to be promoted overseas.


peaking to the Head of Construction at Enterprise Ireland – also responsible for Cleantec and Consumer – Stephen Hughes, it becomes clear that there is a pleasing symmetry to the relationship between inward investment and promotion of Irish companies overseas.

World class

Ireland is home to many world class construction companies who have stepped up to the plate in servicing the needs of FDI companies, notes Stephen. “We have a very high competency in the ‘high-tech’ construction sector – companies that are involved in the design and build of high value plants and also first class office builds as well. “This all makes them eminently suitable to win contracts off the island of Ireland. “FDI has raised the bar here in that we had to respond on a global level. “It is an international marketplace our companies are facing because the big players coming in here will also be bringing in overseas supply chains with them and if our companies are going to win business they have do so in in face of stiff competition – which they are well able for – from other jurisdictions. “A positive outcome is that this has all allowed companies here to internationalise. “If you are capable of supplying a global company like that here in Ireland then you are capable of supplying them or their equivalent

in other markets. “It is no surprise many companies have gone off the island to the UK, Mainland Europe and further afield and have been able to successfully tender and deliver business. “They have sometimes followed their clients to other locations but they also follow other opportunities as well. “Through our overseas network we have people who spend a lot of time connecting our companies to opportunities that exist or are likely to exist in those various jurisdictions. “One thing we frequently do is we bring inward buyers here into Ireland and high end decision makers to meet and see at first hand some work our companies have done.


“Earlier this year, for example, we would have worked with the Irish chapter of the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineers who have an annual conference and we invited other chapter members form across Europe to attend that event and also, more importantly to come along and meet with our supply base. "We have a very good reputation abroad and we can build on it. “We are facing into a degree of uncertainty with Brexit. You can look at these things as opportunities. “Where there is change there is opportunity. We need to look at things that way - not naively so, but from a pragmatic perspective."

Stephen Hughes


It is no surprise many companies have gone off the island to UK, Mainland Europe and further and have been able to successfully tender and deliver business.


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Anyone for tennis? Name of Project: Indoor Tennis Hall, Shankill Tennis Club, Quinns Road, Shankill, Co Dublin Contractor's Name: T. Peare & Sons Ltd Role of Contractor: Design and Build Main Contractor


n this issue we go to Shankill County Dublin for our featured project. Here, the Indoor Tennis Hall at the local tennis club was a design and build project. T. Peare & Sons Ltd. were responsible for the design team and all sub-contractors.


The first stage of the project was finalising all the elements of the design and reaching agreement with the client (Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council). Works involved excavation of the site to formation level for the structure, carrying out ground tests as required and installation of geotextile membrane and hardcore base. The foundation structure, involving shear walls and reinforced concrete ground beams along with anchors for the frame of the structure were then installed. The next stage involved preparing the surface to allow those involved to erect the steel frame, external and internal fabric sheeting. External cladding panels were then installed to the bottom of the wall up to 3 and 5m, along with flashings etc. Security fencing to a height of 3m with a number of gates was then installed to protect the building.


Drainage was a big element of this project as the surrounding area was generally wet, marshy ground and draining towards the area of the new structure. As a result, large drains were put around the whole perimeter of the structure with

large perforated pipes and pebbles to divert any water to a large attenuation hole with an overflow to the mains (if required) in order to alleviate this issue. All electrical and mechanical services, first fix and installation of doors and windows were then carried out. The entrance structure and viewing balcony structure along with store rooms were then constructed with concrete and masonry. Further ground surveys were then carried out and the surface prepared for installation of the tarmacadam base and surrounding footpaths. Second fix electrical and mechanical works were then carried out which included fitting and testing of fans,

floodlighting, CCTV, fire alarm, security alarm etc.


The surface was then thoroughly cleaned to allow for installation of a specialist acrylic surface to the tennis courts. On completion of the acrylic, surface lines for courts were marked, any outstanding items were completed, nets to courts, divides and walkways were installed and the building was cleaned and handed over to the client. C

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Construction industry sets out an ambitious ten-year vision in ‘Constructing Ireland 2027’


he Irish construction industry is again being looked to – to deliver the housing, infrastructure and specialist commercial and industrial buildings that will shape Irish society and drive economic growth over the next decade.

Paschal Donohoe, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform


Mary Buckley, Executive Director, IDA Ireland

Michael Stone, President, CIF


We will hear about ambitious targets in terms of growth, exports and jobs up to 2027, get a picture of the construction sector of the future, hear about infrastructural gaps that need to be addressed and the government’s investment plans as well as it strategy to deliver on housing needs. The conference will reset the relationship between Government and Industry and put us on a collaborative journey towards Ireland 2027. World-class. That is a phase we hear a lot in this issue. And it will again be central to discussions at the CIF conference. The conference will also provide insights of relevance to SMEs and larger companies alike, discuss the political landscape, Brexit and this year’s Budget too. C

Julie Sinnamon, CEO, Enterprise Ireland

The industry requires a long-term vision for its development


See for more details.

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The industry requires a long-term vision for its development so it has the capacity to deliver ambitious targets set out by Government in terms of jobs, foreign direct investment, regional development and infrastructure. The CIF conference on October 6 in Croke Park will see the launch of this vision in the form of ‘Constructing Ireland 2027’. The conference is a welcome opportunity for industry leaders to meet and discuss the industry’s future and have its central role in Irish society acknowledged. This theme features strongly in this issue of Construction. In our in-depth look at Foreign Direct Investment and the M&E sector, a number of large multinationals and key State Agencies draw a direct line between the construction industry’s competence and their decision to locate and expand in Ireland. This ‘attractiveness’ factor is an excellent demonstration of the double-impact our industry has on the job creation in construction and in the FDI sector. At the end of the day one thing is for certain - solving the many challenges our society faces is dependent on the industry’s ability to deliver world-class construction projects. A number of experts will present at the CIF’s annual conference. These include Mary Buckley, Executive Director, IDA Ireland; Paschal Donohoe, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform; Julie Sinnamon, CEO of Enterprise Ireland and of course, CIF President Michael Stone. Simon Coveney, Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government will also be in attendance as will Graham Watts, Chief Executive, Construction Industry Council, UK.

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Taking the helm – a new President for CECA Colin Cleary began his two-year term as CECA President this summer. He took time out to speak with Martin Foran about the challenges facing the industry as well as his hopes and plans for his term in office.


olin Cleary, has begun his twoyear term as President of the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) with some clear goals.


“Down through the years, Ireland always had a Capital Investment Plan set out,” says Colin, who is Operations Manager with Lagan Construction Group. “Everyone could tell where the country was going from a business plan perspective – as regards what projects were coming up. “We don’t really have anything with a lot of meat on it at the moment. “We have some fairly loose plans out there which give an indication of what may happen, but we need some more certainty in our industry as to what is coming down the line – what projects are there – so we can plan for the future.” Clarity, says Colin, is what it is all about. This of course echoes the overall role of CECA as Cleary sees it. The organisation, he says, brings joined-up thinking “as to how we should approach the construction of some of our major infrastructural projects in this country. “It also has a role in ensuring we have compliance across our industry with respect to rates of pay and things like adherence to legislation which is important,” he adds. The organisation has been going from strength to strength in recent years with great attendance at meetings, says Colin who has been on the Executive Committee for eight years and was Vice President for a year prior to taking the top job. “We have had fabulous attendances at our bi-monthly meetings in the last couple of years,” Cleary says.

Colin Cleary

“Companies are really buying into the idea of sending a representative along.”


Its an exciting time in many ways to be coming to the job. One of the latest developments comes in the form of the new CECA Excellence Awards, taking place for the first time this year. “We would hope that we can demonstrate – not only to members but to the public as well – some of the great projects our members are capable of delivering,” says Cleary. “This is what we want to recognise and promote.” CECA members have shaped the modern Ireland in which we live but there is a lot more to their work than just the highest profile, highest visibility projects like motorways, of course. “The motorway infrastructure is something a lot of people see because they use it day-by-day, but there are other projects that may go unrecogised,” says Colin Cleary. “Flood schemes may not be as evident to people – until the flood happens. “It could be once every few years and it is only when this occurs that people might realise the fine projects which have been built. “There are many fantastic pieces of infrastructure which we need to recognise people for.” The first opportunity to do so will finally arrive at the organisation’s annual dinner on 16 September.


In his new role, Colin follows the highlyregarded Pat Lucey who he describes as,

“very well respected and well recognised in the Civil Engineering industry in Ireland”. “I would hope that I could keep pace with what Pat did in his time,” says Colin, looking at the challenges that lie ahead for his tenure. On this subject, he notes: “The government coffers would indicate we are in a better position as a country, but one challenge is about getting this translated on the ground. “I don’t doubt that government has a difficult job in balancing the books and ensuring everyone gets a piece of the financial pie – but it is important to get real clarity around what we can invest in infrastructure. “It’s not just investing for the sake of investing – we certainly need key pieces of infrastructure in Ireland. “We need our flood schemes constructed and water mains and sewage infrastructure upgraded and the motorway network is by no means complete. “Cork-Limerick is a key link and close to my own heart. It’s something this country needs to look at building. “The Western Corridor is something we also need to look seriously at.”


As to other issues, says Colin: “When we talk to members their concerns also include the risks they take on as contractors under the Public Works Contract, even though that has improved with the amendments. “We welcome the government’s engagement with respect to the amendments they have undertaken and we hope to continue improving the contracts we operate under in this country by continuous dialogue with them.” C

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CECA AGM in pictures As we saw in our CIF News section, the AGM of the Civil Engineering Contractors’ Association saw the handing over of the Chain of Office from Pat Lucey to incoming President Colin Cleary. The following pictures give something of a flavour of the event.

The Annual General Meeting of the Civil Engineering Contractors Association in progress

L-R: Outgoing CECA President Pat Lucey of John Sisk & Son (Holdings) Ltd; Incoming CECA President Colin Cleary of Lagan Construction Group Ltd; Incoming CECA Vice-President Des Mulcair of Roadbridge

Incoming CECA President Colin Cleary of Lagan Construction addresses the AGM

New CECA President Colin Cleary of Lagan Construction Group Ltd.

Members of the CECA Executive Committee outside Construction House at the AGM of the Civil Engineering Contractors Association

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How can pensions reduce your tax bill? The end of October is an important date in the pension calendar and it’s an important reminder that the selfemployed, proprietary directors and employees can use Pensions to reduce their tax liability while saving for retirement.


If you make a pension contribution before 31/10/16 backdated for 2015, you effectively reduce your tax bill for 2015 by virtue of the tax relief on pension contributions. Self Employed


If you are self-employed you will have to calculate your tax liability in respect of - Final tax assessment for 2015 - Preliminary tax for 2016 You can reduce your final tax liability for 2015, as well as your 2016 preliminary tax liability by making contributions

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to a pension by 31 October 2016 (or 10 November 2016 if you are using Revenue Online Services ROS). If you are self-employed, the following example shows the value of using a pension to reduce your tax liability while accumulating a retirement fund for your future. If you make a pension contribution before 31/10/16 backdated for 2015, you effectively reduce your tax bill for 2015 by virtue of the tax relief on pension contributions. This will have the knock-on effect of reducing the preliminary tax bill for 2016.

Tax relief is available as follows: Age Band % of Net relevant earnings Under age 30 15% of Remuneration Age 30 to 39 20% of Remuneration Age 40 to 49 25% of Remuneration Age 50 to 54 30% of Remuneration Age 55 to 59 35% of Remuneration Age 60 and over 40% of Remuneration Please note that an earnings cap of €115,000 applies for contributions. Pension contributions made for 2015 must be deducted from the maximum taxallowable contribution calculated based on these limits. You should discuss this in more detail with your company accountant.

Proprietary directors

A proprietary director is a company director who controls or owns more than 15% of the shares in a company. If you are a proprietary director, you must also file self-assessed tax returns by 31 October, even if all of your income is taxed under the PAYE system. If your income includes non-PAYE income, you must pay any balance of

Income Tax outstanding from the previous year and you should now consider paying preliminary tax for the current year. Once again, saving a pension contribution can reduce the total tax due for 2015 if a lump sum is made by 31/10/2016. The lump sum allowable is subject to the same rules as the table above.


Finally, the same benefits apply to employees. If you are an employee, you can also potentially reduce your tax bill for 2015 by backdating a pension contribution. This can be done by way of your employer’s occupational pension scheme or through a PRSA. It can be through a personal cheque from net income or through payroll deduction from gross income. Tax relief for pension contributions continue at marginal rates and the net effect is outlined below.

Tax Rate Contribution Saved Net Cost to Employee

Standard Rate








Subject to affordability, individuals on the higher rate of tax should consider maximising their pension contributions before 31 October 2016 for 2015. Even if you have already paid an AVC for 2015, did you pay the maximum? You may be entitled to a tax rebate for 2015. You should talk to your pension provider or financial adviser before the October deadline! C


In 2017, Crane Hire Ltd. will celebrate 50 years in business. Robbie Cousins reports on some new and exciting additions to its extensive fleet

Scaling the Heights Founded by the late Tom O’Leary and his brother Dermot in 1967, Crane Hire LTD has always set a high standard for other operators to try and reach. Today, the company is managed by Dermot; Tom’s wife, Margaret, and Tom and Margaret’s son Jarlath. Following in the tradition of being at the forefront of market developments, they have expanded their fleet with a range of high-spec vehicles that will give their clients extra lift and greater efficiency in getting jobs done. The company recently added seven more state-of-the-art Liebherr mobile cranes to their extensive fleet as part of their major fleet renewal programme of the last five years. Each of the new mobile telescopic cranes is fitted with an impressive advanced Liebherr VarioBase® system that greatly improves performance and safety. This works by calculating and defining the crane’s SWL (Safe Working Load) through sensors in the outriggers (not the crane operator) telling the computer system their exact position and it calculates the SWL based upon this data. This is particularly useful on confined sites and can negate the requirement to supply additional ballast. Furthermore, each crane is also fitted

with a LICCON 2 operating system, which controls crane actions in accordance with the new EN1300 standard, thus avoiding virtually any possibility of driver error. The relatively small LTC 1050-3.1 is a compact city-crane that is ideal for very constricted areas, for example inside industrial buildings. Key features include a 50t load capacity and special attachments for the boom head when working with restricted head height. When set up on site the cab of the LTC1050 can be raised on a hydraulic arm to allow the operator an excellent view. This is ideal in many restricted situations such as looking over a hoarding or other obstacle. The LTM10904.1 mobile crane is another all terrain crane, with high load capacities over its entire working range. Key features include 90t maximum load capacity, 50m telescopic boom, maximum hoist height of 75m (with fly jib) and maximum radius 62m. The larger LTM 1095.5.1 features an extremely long telescopic boom of 58m. Other key features include a maximum load capacity of 95t, maximum hoist height of 82m (with fly jib) and maximum radius of 60m. The LTM 1130.51 crane has a long, variable boom system with outstanding load capacities. Despite having a maximum load capacity of 130t – thanks to its compact dimensions – it can also be manoeuvred on constricted sites. Other key features include a 60m telescopic boom, maximum hoist height of 91m (with fly jib) and maximum radius of 72m. Finally, the Liebherr MK140 is a mobile self-erecting tower crane, with incredible

manoeuvrability. Its 65m maximum radius is the longest in Ireland or indeed anywhere for this type of crane, and it has a hook height of 94.4m in luffing mode. That’s 30m higher than Cork County Hall and 35m higher than Dublin’s Liberty Hall. This self-erecting crane needs only a small amount of space to operate and can be rigged and operated by one person. It also only takes 20 minutes to selferect. Active & crab steering modes allow the MK140 to be manoeuvred into very restricted locations. These cranes have been added to Crane Hire Ltd.’s existing fleet of all terrain, rough terrain and city cranes ranging from 35 – 750t capacity. Crane Hire Ltd. serves clients across Ireland and the UK from depots in Dublin and Cork. The company is at the forefront of setting safety standards and implementing the NSAI Code of Practice IS360. They offer two types of service contract. A Standard Hire, where the company’s operator works under the direction of the client; and Contract Lifting, where Crane Hire LTD plan and control the entire lifting operation. Crane Hire Ltd staff work to the most stringent safety standards and Codes of Practice including IS 360:2004 Code of Practice: Safe Use of Cranes in the Construction Industry in Ireland; BS 71211: 2006 Safe Use of Cranes BS7121- 3:2000 Mobile Cranes in the UK. To see Crane Hire Ltd.’s new fleet additions in operation or find a optimum lifting solution to meet your needs, visit www.cranehireltd. ie, or phone +3531626 8426

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Public Works Contracts – Return of the Bill of Quantities / Pricing document & Implications for Tendering

Deirdre Hennessy is a Senior Associate in one of Ireland’s leading law firms ByrneWallace and specialises in advising on the dispute resolution side of construction law. Here, she writes on a significant aspect of Public Works Contracts


he Public Works Contracts have been around now for in excess of 8 years and have been the subject of much discussion in part due to their onerous risk allocation onto the contractor in the case of the Employer Designed contracts. The ideal situation for a contractor tendering for a project is where it has all the design information in front of it and can set rates applicable to the works which will not need to change. The Contractor can then apply a reasonable profit rate and if the project goes to plan all should work out for both parties. This set of circumstances is what was envisaged when the standard form public works contracts were first introduced. However the reality transpired to be very different. There has been much concern in relation to low cost tendering for public projects and, in recent years, there have been many protracted disputes on construction projects which arose largely because the design information was not complete at tender stage, leading to tight pricing with numerous claims then made throughout the project as the design developed. Long and costly disputes emerged with parties fighting over not only what constituted an addition to the works but also the basis on which the costs should be calculated – with contractors arguing that the tender rates were not applicable. This has all led to more costly and delayed projects.

Government Review

In 2014 the Government carried out a review of the performance of the contracts and the results were published in the Report on the Review of the Performance of the Public Works Contract, Office of Government Procurement, December 2014. As a result, it was decided that key amendments should be made to enhance the effectiveness of the contracts and

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three interim measures have now been introduced in an effort to redress the risk balance and to enhance the performance of the contracts, namely changes to the status of the Bill of Quantities/Pricing Document (“BOQ”), Direct Appointment of Specialists and changes to the Dispute Resolution procedures but we are only concerned here with the changes in relation to the BOQ.

Interim Changes – Bill of Quantities/Pricing Document

These changes were due to come into effect from April 2016 but contracting authorities (“CAs”) are allowed use the previous versions of the contracts up until 8 January 2017 where the design team was appointed before April 2016 or the deadline for receipt of tenders was before April 2016 and the scope of service for the design team does not extend to the new requirements (in relation to preparation of the BOQ etc.). It is expected that most CAs will wait until January 2017 before using the amended contracts. Prior to the recent changes the financial risk of a difference between the BOQ and the Works Requirements (“WR”) fell on the contractor. Contractors were required to build to the drawings not the BOQ but many placed significant reliance on the BOQ to work out their tender price and as a result sustained considerable losses on various projects where the Employer’s team had not ensured that the BOQ matched the drawings. The BOQ will now be the primary reference document for the tender sum and the Employer’s team will be responsible for its preparation. The WR are to fully describe the scope of the works with the BOQ defining the scope of the price (see Guidance note 1.5).1 The design team’s scope of services must include the requirement to produce the necessary documents to make up the WR to a sufficient standard to enable the BOQ

Deirdre Hennessy to be produced in accordance with the appropriate method of measurement. The BOQ must be prepared by a cost consultant. The design team must ensure the design is suitable for the BOQ to be produced by a cost consultant who must interrogate the design themselves and where any omissions are spotted, seek clarification from the designers. The most crucial change from the contractor’s point of view is that where any discrepancies arise between the items in the BOQ and the WR resulting in a cost in excess of €500 this will be a compensation event and Schedule Part 1 K (17) of the Tender and Schedule for the Employer Designed Contracts will be amended to insert “yes” under the relevant column. In the case of discrepancies, the contractor can be compensated for the differences in value. The way this will work is set out in the Guidance note 1.5: 1. Where a works item is in the WR but has not been included in the BOQ: (a) If the employer requires the contractor to carry out the works, the contractor shall be entitled to an adjustment to the contract sum. (b) If the employer decides not to proceed with those works there will be no adjustment to the contract sum.

legal view 2. Where a works item is described in the BOQ but has not been included in the WR: (a) If the employer requires the contractor to complete those works, the contractor will have no entitlement to an adjustment in the contract sum. (b) If the employer decides not to complete the works item, the employer shall be entitled to a credit for that amount. 3. Where both the BOQ and the WR have a work item but there is a difference between the quantities in each document: (a) If the employer decides that the quantity in the WR must be completed, the contract sum will be adjusted. (b) If the employer directs the quantity in the BOQ is the one to be completed, the sum remains the same. The contractor must pay particular attention to the BOQ submitted with the tender documents and must price its tender based on those quantities and work descriptions as opposed to the WR. Bear in mind that risks which will not be compensated under Schedule Part 1 K shall override the Schedule Part 1 K 17 entitlement. For example, unforeseeable ground conditions – Schedule Part 1 K (19) – is deemed not to be a compensation event. If a discrepancy arises between the BOQ and the WR, in relation to unforeseeable ground conditions, then K 19 shall overrule K17 and no compensation shall arise. So for any risk items in Schedule Part 1 K which are not compensation events, the contractor must analyse same and consider how they are dealt with in the BOQ when assessing the tender price to submit. The overriding criteria for the contract will continue to be the lowest price/most economically advantageous tender 2 but the BOQ will be used as the document to evaluate those tender submissions. Once the lowest price/most economically advantageous tender has been identified by the employer, they must then assess the BOQ to ensure that the employer’s risks/interests are covered and that the prices submitted match the quality for the work items required. The BOQ will become the base document for evaluating any additions throughout the project, but also for evaluating works completed in relation to the interim payment applications/Payment Claim Notices.

Points for the contractor 1. Check that the BOQ has been prepared by a cost consultant.

Is it prepared correctly and in accordance with the specified rules of measurement? If not this matter should be raised with the employer and a properly measured bill should be obtained before any tender is submitted. 2. Has the BOQ been prepared with complete design information? The contractor should analyse the WR versus the description for the items in the BOQ to ensure that full information has been provided. If there are any anomalies or discrepancies at this point they should be raised and responded to before the contractor submits a price. The guidance note for CAs is very specific about the Employer’s obligations in relation to the preparation of the information required in order to input into the pricing document and, therefore, if this task is not properly carried out by the design team it may lead to an avenue for the contractor to claim fordiscrepancies against the employer at a later date. If a contractor calls for a check on the quantities during the contract and it

transpires there is no error/discrepancy then they will have to cover the Employer’s costs of carrying out the check. Contractors should engage a qualified quantity surveyor to assess the tender documents and assist with the tender price to be submitted. These amendments are unlikely to come into effect until January 2017 and it remains to be seen as to whether the design team will step up to the task of providing a complete set of designed out contract documents at tender stage. It is however, an important move on the part of the Government and perhaps a sign of an intention to redress the unfairness in these contracts and maybe to restore some proper risk allocation for construction projects in the future. C For further information on the Bill of Quantities / Pricing document or for any other general legal queries, contact Deirdre at or on +353 1 6915478.

1 2 Under the new EU Procurement Directives above threshold contracts can no longer be awarded on the basis of lowest price only

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Electric vehicles for sustainable developments The uptake in Electric Vehicles as a common form of transport is becoming ever apparent. However, in urban areas, it has definitely shown the fastest growth, writes Mark Daly who looks at developmentrelated issues.


hile longer distances are now possible in electric vehicles, commuters and urban dwellers are more and more recognising the benefits of driving electric. Local authorities, conscious of local and national sustainability targets, are also focusing on the potential for migration from fossil fuels to electrification of transport. This attention hasn’t been missed in various sustainable development plans in each jurisdiction. In fact, while some plans previously advised preparing for electric vehicles, revised plans for the next period have stated that developments must install functioning infrastructure. The magic ratio of 1 in 10 car parking spaces with functioning charge points is leading the ‘charge’ from the local authorities. So how can you implement this in a way that controls costs and offers greatest value to your clients? This depends on what type of development you are considering. Are you developing houses, apartments, commercial properties or a combination of the above? The problem is: ‘One size does not fit all’ – but there are solutions.

The main considerations

Who is the end user? If the end user is the buyer of a house and each house is to be fitted with an EV charger as standard, this is straightforward.

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The charge point should be connected directly to the consumer unit of the household, adhering to the applicable electrical standards. The householder is ultimately responsible for all their energy usage including for the electric vehicle. On the other hand if the end user is an apartment owner, the power supply is more likely to be from the landlord supply and not specific to the apartment.

Furthermore the very parking space may not be allocated specifically to a designated tenant. In this case, who pays for the energy and how is it managed? Similarly for commercial developments, the electrical connection and the allocation of car spaces may not be under the direct control of the tenant. A solution similar to the apartment solution can achieve the necessary controls and cost recovery. Once you have considered the tenants and owners, it is time to consider the visitors and customers. This solution for commercial developments is potentially a little more complex than the apartment solution, but equally as important. What type of charge point works best? This is an area with plenty of potential pitfalls. The answer ties closely with understanding who is using the charge points. Charge points come in various power ratings from 3kW up to 50kW. Neither the cheapest low power version nor the most expensive high power version are guaranteed answers. You need to understand what the driver needs. If the driver is parking and charging overnight, a 3kW charger may well be sufficient. If the driver is staying at the charge point for shorter periods, they may require a higher power charger.

tech talk This can go all the way to 50kW fast chargers which can charge a vehicle in 20-30 minutes, but require significant investment and a chunky power supply. Matching the charger with the user is essential to ensure value of investment. What size of power supply do I need? The number of charge points at a given development can (if not carefully specified) add significant additional investment to the required electrical connection. This can subsequently impact on the Maximum Import Capacity (MIC) band required from the electricity network. For charge points directly connected to the end user’s power supply i.e. at their house, it is not an issue, but for all other cases it needs to be considered. Who pays for the energy? In all cases where the end user is accessing electricity from a landlord supply, we are presented with the issue of payments. As a developer of the property, this might be an area where you want to stay agnostic, however you shouldn’t just install dumb equipment. Installing ‘dumb’, is a recipe for stranded investment. The management company can decide on the final model for payment and authentication; however they will need appropriately specified communications in the charger. Communications and Management Systems: Behind every (sustainable) operational model for shared charging infrastructure hides a charge point management system. Again in this case, the developer may decide not to dive into this area, however you will need to consider two key topics. How will the charging equipment communicate with the back office and how will the user be authenticated? At a very least, the charge points should have RFID readers installed for identification of the user. However, the ‘comms’ will substantially depend on the topology of the car parking spaces. A good charge point management system will add significant value to an installation. Energy usage, space occupancy, environmental impact, can all be monitored and reported from here. Furthermore, management of energy consumption in conjunction with renewable generation or energy storage will also be enabled by a good charge point management system. As time goes on, EV charging infrastructure will become as run-of-themill as lighting and lifts. For your first projects, you may need to put in some extra effort and/or get some assistance.

Mark Daly


As time goes on, EV charging infrastructure will become as run of the mill as lighting and lifts


Types of Charger

DC/AC Fast Charging

Single Phase AC charger

CHAdeMO DC Charging (50kW) CCS DC Charging (50kW) AC Fast Charging (43kW)

(Timings based on standard battery Nissan Leaf - 24kWh)

• These chargers are available in 3 and 7kW power rating • Charging time for a 3kW charger is approximately 6 hours • Charging time for a 7kW charger can be as low as 3 hours depending on the vehicle

3 Phase AC charger • These chargers are available in 11 and 22kW power ratings • Charging time on the 11kW can range 2 to 6 hours depending on the vehicle • Charging time on the 22kW can range from 1 to 6 hours depending on the vehicle

There are 3 fast charge standards

• Charge time on a compatible vehicle is approximately 30 minutes to achieve 80% charge • Generally these are only suitable for installations where the vehicle charge is managed by the driver or other attendant • Unattended charging can cause congestion issues. Mark Daly is an Energy and Innovation consultant and an industry leader in the domain of electric vehicle infrastructure and smart energy. Mark can be contacted on: /

• Not all vehicles can utilise all 3 phases, however they can still use one phase

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product news

BOSIG PHONOTHERM 200: A new thermal bridging solution from Ecological Building Systems


cological Building Systems are pleased to announce that they have extended their innovative range of thermal solutions to include BOSIG PHONOTHERM 200, a compressive resistant thermal insulation.


BOSIG, the manufacturer of PHONOTHERM 200 was founded in Germany over 35 years ago. PHONTOTHERM 200 is a formaldehyde-free 100% upcycled polyurethane thermal insulation whose raw material is sourced as a by-product from white goods in the motor and thermal insulation industries. From an ecological perspective, PHONTHERM 200 utilises raw materials which would otherwise end up in landfill and the manufacturing process is carried out in accordance with the environmental standard ISO 14001. In this way the product compliments the range of ecological solutions Ecological Building Systems supply. With increased requirements to address thermal bridging at critical junctions such as windows, doors and foundation, PHONOTHERM 200 offers homeowners, builders and specifiers a robust, practical and effective thermal solution. Niall Crosson, Senior Engineer with Ecological states: “It is well known that thermal bridging has a negative impact on the thermal resistance of building elements, along with the additional risk of condensation and mould growth, and the resultant deterioration in indoor air quality. “Ecological are delighted to supply a solution to address thermal bridging at key junctions which is not only effective, but also more ecological compared to alternative materials as it is sourced from a raw material which would otherwise go to landfill.” Ecological will also supply complete thermal bridging analysis and support to designers and specifiers from their technical department, to complement their existing hygrothermal, U value and dew point assessment service. PHONTOTHERM 200 is primarily utilised for applications where structural

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support and the possibility of obtaining secure fixings into the material are required.


It is ideally suited as a support for door thresholds and window installations where it is important to minimise thermal bridging. PHONTOTHERM 200 can also be plastered directly, which in turn simplifies the installation process. PHONTOTHERM 200 is available off the shelf in handy 1.35m x 250mm x 25mm lengths. Custom sizes and profiles are also available on request.

PHONOTHERM 200 is: • 100% water resistant: No swelling, no decay, constant material thickness and stability • Easy to machine with conventional carbide tools: drilling, sawing, milling, grooving, grinding, screws, etc. • Optimum insulating properties: Effectively reduce thermal bridging at critical junctions • Superior stability and lightweight • Handy dimensions Available of the shelf in handy 1.35m x 250mm x 25mm lengths • Excellent base material for tiles and plaster • Formaldehyde-free • Diffusion open • 100% up-cycled and 100% recyclable

For more information or BOSIG PHONOTHERM product samples contact Ecological on www. By Niall Crosson, Senior Engineer, BTech,MEngSc, CEPHC. MIEI 046 94 32104;

ccp advice

Know your rights when buying online The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) has put together a number of steps to follow when shopping online.


ou do not have the same protections if you buy from a website outside of the EU. So make sure you know where the site you are buying from is located. Just because the website has a .ie domain does not always mean it’s an Irish site!


Look for a geographic address on the website. If the site is within the EU, the seller must give you specific information before you complete an online purchase. This information includes: the price, any taxes, any delivery cost; what to do if you change your mind and details of how to cancel your order. If you are buying from a business based outside the EU make sure that you read and understand the site’s returns policy beforehand. If you bought something online and it is faulty, the same rights apply as if you had bought it in a shop. Contact the retailer by phone or email immediately and ask for a refund or replacement. Where a refund has been agreed, the seller must refund you your money within 14 days from when they receive the item back from you. They should pay for any return shipping costs. If you change your mind after buying from an EU site, you normally have the right to cancel the order up to 14 days after your order is delivered and get a refund. You do not have to give any reason as to why you are returning the item. But you may have to pay for the cost of returning it. The trader has 14 days to refund you following cancellation, subject to return of the goods or evidence of this. You don’t have the right to change your mind and cancel the order if the goods you bought were customised for you. There should be no hidden fees and charges when you go to sign up to a service online as pre-ticked boxes are now banned across the EU. Where a business offers

extras during the booking process, you must actively opt in by ticking the box to select that item. The total cost of the service, including any additional taxes or fees must be made clear to you before you place your order.


Play safe when buying online You must also be given certain information in a document you can keep cancel the order and seek a refund. before you make the order, such as name When you buy from another consumer and address of the supplier, the main online: You do not have consumer rights characteristics of the service, how payment if you buy something from a seller who is to be made, that a right to cancel exists is another consumer, either directly or and how you can cancel etc. through a website. This is because you are It is up to the trader to prove that you not buying from a business. have received the information. If you When you buy from another consumer change your mind about a service you on an online auction site you don’t have the signed up to online such as broadband, you right to cancel the order. have 14 days to cancel it after you agree to Auction sites usually take no the contract online. responsibility for the quality of the items for You will have to pay for any part of the sale, or accuracy of the listings, so check the service you have used within those 14 days. terms and conditions of the website. The business then has to refund you any To help you stay safe when buying online money you have paid within 14 days. always use a secure method of payment, It’s important to be aware that some such as a credit card or Paypal. Never send services are not covered, such as hotel cash or use a money-wiring service because bookings and concert tickets. you'll have no recourse if something goes If you bought goods online from a wrong. website within the EU, they should be Always research the site; its policies, look delivered within 30 days unless you agreed for reviews by other customers and be aware otherwise with the seller. If your goods are of the risk of doing business on a website not delivered you have the right to a refund. you haven’t used before. Be wary if you are taken off the main site Convenient to a different site when you go to pay, and If you had agreed an earlier date with the look for the padlock symbol in the address seller and the goods were not delivered on bar or https, where the ‘s’ stands for secure. C time you can ask the seller to deliver the goods at a later date which is convenient For more information on buying online for you. visit the CCPC’s consumer website, www. If the item is not delivered within the agreed time period, you are entitled to

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CIF Training & Development CIF training and education programmes

Course Title/Venue


Start Date

End Date

Course times

IOSH Project Supervisor Design Process PSDP 22nd September 23rd September 08.30am – 16.30pm CIF Offices, Canal Road, Dublin 6 2777 Thursday Friday CIF IOSH Managing Safety in Construction MSIC 27th September 25th October 09.30am – 16.30pm CIF Offices Little Island, Cork 2778 Tuesday Tuesday CIF QQI Building Control Course - Part A & Part C - BCC 29th September 29th September 08.30am-17.00pm Subsoils + Substructures [1] CSE 2 2775 Thursday Thursday CIF Construction House, Canal Road, Dublin 6 CIF QQI Building Control Course - Part A & Part C - BCC 30th September 30th September 08.30am-17.00pm Subsoils + Substructures [2] CSE 2 2775 Friday Friday CIF Construction House, Canal Road, Dublin 6 CIF Core Safety Management Programme Renewal/CPD CSMP 28th September 28th September 08.30am – 13.00pm CIF Construction House, Canal Road, Dublin 6 2779 CIF Management & Inspection of Scaffold SI 30th September 30th September 08.30am – 17.00pm CIF Construction House, Canal Road, Dublin 6 2780 CIF IOSH Managing Safety in Construction MSIC 4th. October 1st. November 09.30am – 16.30pm CIF Construction House, 2781 Tuesday Tuesday Canal Road, Dublin 6 Belief based Safety Leadership BBSL 5th. October 5th. October 09.30am- 16.30pm Radisson Blu Hotel 2782 Wednesday Wednesday Golden Lane CIF QQI Building Control Course Part B & Part J - Fire Safety [1] CSE 2 BCC 13th. October 13th. October 08.30am-17.00pm CIF Construction House, 2775 Thursday Thursday Canal Road, Dublin 6 CIF QQI Building Control Course Part B & Part J - Fire Safety [2] CSE 2 BCC 14th. October 14th. October 08.30am-17.00pm CIF Construction House, 2775 Friday Friday Canal Road, Dublin 6 CIF IOSH Managing Safety in Construction MSIC 18th. October 15th. November 09.30am – 16.30pm Radisson Blu Hotel 2783 Tuesday Tuesday Limerick CIF Core Safety Management Programme Renewal/CPD CSMP 19th. October 19th. October 08.30am - 13.00pm CIF Construction House, 2785 Wednesday Wednesday Little Island, Cork. IOSH Project Supervisor Design Process PSDP 20th.October 21st. October 08.30am – 16.30pm CIF Offices, 2785 Thursday Friday Canal Road, Dublin 6 Project Supervisor Construction Stage PSCS 19th & 26th 4nd November 08.30am - 17.00pm CIF Construction House, 2786 Oct / 2nd Nov Canal Road, Dublin 6 CIF Core Safety Management Programme Renewal/CPD CSMP 26th. October 26th. October 08.30am 13.00pm Radisson Hotel 2788 Wednesday Wednesday Athlone CIF Core Safety Management Programme Renewal/CPD CSMP 27th. October 27th. October 08.30am - 13.00pm Radisson Hotel 2789 Thursday Thursday Galway CIF QQI Building Control Course-Part F & Part L Ventilation & Conservation [1] CSE 2 BCC 27th. October 27th. October 08.30am-17.00pm CIF Construction House, 2775 Thursday Thursday Canal Road, Dublin 6 CIF QQI Building Control Course -Part F & Part L Ventilation & Conservation [2] CSE 2 BCC 28th.October 28th.October 08.30am-17.00pm CIF Construction House, 2775 Friday Friday Canal Road, Dublin 6 Investment in Professional Excellence IPE 28th. October 28th. October 09.30am- 16.30pm Radisson Blu Hotel 2790 Friday Friday Golden Lane Part 1 CIF Core Safety Management Programme Renewal/CPD CSMP 25th. October 25th. October 08.30am – 13.00pm CIF Construction House, 2790 Canal Road, Dublin 6

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New CIF Site Safety Supervisors Programme (2 Day Programme) CIF Learning & Development are announcing the launch of a new CIF-certified two-day safety programme aimed specifically at site supervisor and foreman grades within small to medium house builders, SME contractors / sub-contractors and specialist contractors / sub-contractors who have a need for their site foremen and site supervisors to be positioned strongly to take an active role in the supervision of safety on site.

Strong level

This two-day programme being rolled out from early September provides the learner with a strong level of safety knowledge delivered over the two-days – classroom / workshop based. This practical programme will provide access to tools and knowledge which can be immediately applied back on site to improve the safety of all concerned. Successful candidates will receive a CIF SSSP certificate along with the new CIF Site Safety Supervisor Programme Red Card. All course material and hand-outs will be provided.


The programme will be delivered by industry safety experts who will add significant value to the programme delivery by bringing their relevant site experience to bear in workshops and discussion groups.

The programme content for the two-day delivery is: • • • • • • • • • •

The Role of the Site Supervisor Key Safety & Health Legislation Hazard identification & Risk Assessment Method statements Safety policy items Occupational Health awareness Fire & Site Emergencies Chemical Safety Awareness Introduction to behavioural safety Included are workshop and case studies

The programme is designed as a foundation level programme, “to provide safety content in a ready-to-use format, supported by templated site documents to bring a practical application of knowledge to improve Safety & Health on site”. by Robert Butler For more information on this new programme contact Flavia on 014066019 or

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Skills for Work Education for Work & Living In every workforce there are employees who do not have the necessary confidence in their own skills to put themselves forward for general training opportunities and/or take on new roles and tasks. Introducing: Skills for Work!


ompanies often ask what State assistance is available to them for upskilling their employees. One answer lies in Skills for Work, a national programme to deliver training for full-time or part-time employees. The programme is particularly targeted at low-skilled workers who, without the opportunity to participate in this training, may not have the confidence to embrace change in the workplace.


This initiative is funded by the Irish Government under the Department of Education and Skills and delivered by the Education and Training Boards (ETBs) across the country. All courses within the City of Dublin are delivered by the City of Dublin Education and Training Board (CDETB). Skills for Work is part of the Government’s National Skills Strategy. The strategy recognises that the nature of the workplace is constantly changing. “This programme is for anyone who had an interest in returning to learning to further their education but has never explored the option,” says Joan Devlin, Workplace Education Co ordinator with the City of Dublin Education and Training Board. Quite a number of people have so far attended courses through the Skills for Work learning path. “As it is a national programme, participants from all over the country and from a huge variety of occupations have taken up the opportunity,” explains Joan. “Those on shift work who are unable to take

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New skills = building blocks for fuller participation courses in the mainstream due to their work pattern can take up a Skills for Work course too as we can arrange courses to suit around their shift pattern.”


Classes are for a minimum of six participants and a maximum of eight. Skills for Work courses generally run for 35 hours but in some cases they may be for 28 hours. These hours may range from one 2-hour class per week over 17 weeks to five full days (35 hours). All programmes are delivered by qualified tutors and typically, Skills for Work participants would have left school before completing the Leaving Certificate. Coordinators will meet with employers to devise a tailor-made programme to up-skill eligible participants, as determined by the Skills for Work criteria.

How would Skills for Work benefit your business?

Participation in Skills for Work gives employers the opportunity to provide appropriate and quality training to employees at absolutely
no cost to the employer. Some benefits for employers include:

Ensuring a skilled and qualified workforce Trained staff are more productive Improved core skills can mean a reduction in wastage and saves money Organisational flexibility
 Better team performance
 Increased ability to handle on-the-job training Better health and safety record

AONTAS Nationwide Star Award

The Skills for Work programme won the 2015 Aontas STAR Award. Aontas is a national organisation that campaigns for the right of every adult to have access to quality learning. If an employer or an employee would like to discuss the Skills for Work opportunity further, they are encouraged to contact the Skills for Work coordinator within their region as per the list below.

Some of the courses available: • • • • • • •

Communications through computers Communication skills Personal & Interpersonal Skills Personal Finance Maths Customer Care Introduction to Health & Safety


Email address

Phone Contact

National Co-ordinator

Marian Lynch

01 452 600

Dublin City

Joan Devlin

087 741 9805

Martin Berridge

086 0487 892

Nuala Nedjati

01 8236 532

Patrice Hamilton

086 049 5146

Teresa McHale

087 222 3760

Fiona Fay

086 823 7102


Marian O’Reilly

087 177 7879


Bernie Harten

087 177 1971


Noelette Dolan

087 929 3531


Margaret Timoney

087 790 8127


Deirdre Gallagher 087 188 4355


Lillian Buckley

086 048 7406


Cathy Dodd

01 452 9600 - Ext 130

SFW Region

Dublin County & Dun Laoghaire region


Apprenticeship on the up and up in Ballyfermot Training Centre! Construction has received some good news on the Painting and Decorating front. “It is with great pleasure that Ballyfermot Training Centre can announce the recommencement of its SBA Phase Two Apprenticeship programme in Painting and Decorating,” is the message from Centre Manager, Paul Fennelly.

Rich history

Indeed, it is exciting times for Painting and Decorating as the new Standard Based Apprenticeship Version Four is due to be rolled out shortly, combining the skills of this age-old trade with the technological advancements of the twenty-first century construction industry. Ballyfermot has a rich history in delivering apprenticeship programmes and none more so than Painting and Decorating, with current instructor Jim Barbour delivering the course since the days of AnCO in 1982. With the first full class of P&D apprentices in two years, the signs are that this interest will continue to increase – and not just in this apprenticeship. Paul Fennelly says: “with the numbers of those entering apprenticeship programmes rising across the disciplines, Ballyfermot Training Centre is now offering apprenticeships in Carpentry and Joinery, Electrical, Motor Mechanic, Painting and Decorating and Vehicle Body Repair in addition to a range of other construction industry courses”. Meanwhile, Ballyfermot Training Centre was delighted to be recently awarded with the title, ‘International Centre of Excellence – Europe and the Caribbean

Painting and Decorating workshop in Ballyfermot Training Centre 2016 – 2017’ by international awarding body City & Guilds.


Ballyfermot faced stiff competition for the award from hundreds of other centres but came out the clear winner due to its approach to training and the diversification of City & Guilds programmes that it offers. Ballyfermot Training Centre is no stranger when it comes to being recognised for its outstanding performance in delivering City & Guilds programmes. Members of the training centre staff have been awarded ‘Medals for Excellence’ in their respective fields in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and most recently representatives of the training centre were invited to Buckingham Palace to meet HRH Princess Anne, where she presented Richard McCarthy (Instructor) with the President’s Award for excellence in his field. When asked what Ballyfermot Training Centre’s unprecedented success was down to, Paul Fennelly replies: “What I believe separates Ballyfermot

Training Centre from other training providers is the extent to which we strive for diversification of the City & Guilds product we deliver. “While the centre has invested heavily in the construction field, including a comprehensive suite of courses in the sustainable construction area, we also provide City & Guilds qualifications in I.T., Social Media, Retail, Hospitality and Waste Management as well as our new dynamic Pre-Apprenticeship programmes which were developed in partnership with City & Guilds.


“Ballyfermot is constantly looking at new innovative ways to expand the portfolio of courses it offers through this awarding body.” Paul continues: “Most importantly the centre prides itself on the learner experience it offers. “Be it learners, external verifiers, or any other individuals who visit Ballyfermot Training Centre, we would endeavour to ensure that all leave with an extremely positive view of how City & Guilds qualifications are delivered here.” C

Paul Fennelly (centre) collecting the Award for International Centre of Excellence Europe and the Caribbean, 2016 - 2017

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On site health assessments for over 200 staff

Eddie Cassidy with Paul O’Shea, discussing health assessment with Construction Workers Health Trust. safety promotion week was launched with a site barbeque. This service provided by CWHT plays a massive part in preventing accidents on site and ensures each member of staff is fit for work and prioritising the safety of themselves and others.

All on board for health assessment! In May of this year, Flynn Management & Contractors and Ashview Consultants teamed up with the Construction Workers Health Trust (CWHT) to organise site health assessments for over 200 staff on the Flynn Management & Contractors Cumberland House refurbishment project site.

Charity The CWHT are a national charity who provided the health screenings onsite over a three-week period. Screenings included a variety of checks

such as measurement of blood pressure, cholesterol and BMI and provided workers with critical advice on the impact of lifestyle on their health. Health and Safety has always been of paramount importance within the industry and standards are continually being raised year-on-year. The health screenings were a great way to remind all workers to keep health and safety awareness at the forefront of their minds on a daily basis. Participation in the construction industry

Proud Flynn Management & Contractors’ Construction Director, Mick Flynn, added: “We are proud and delighted to be part of these important initiatives, as the health and wellbeing of our industry colleagues are of paramount importance to us.” Other events which took place over the course of the project included onsite talks from persons directly affected by workplace accidents and safety incentive reward schemes were routine throughout the project.

John Paul Construction Company Announcement John Paul Construction tells us they are pleased to announce the recent appointment of Paraic Keogh to the Board of the company in the role of Construction Director.

Track record

(L-R) Eamon Booth, Managing Director with Paraic Keogh

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“With over 25 years of experience in delivering major construction projects and developing client relationships across all sectors of the industry, Paraic has a strong track record of success in senior

leadership roles, serving at Director level for the past 15 years. Commenting on the appointment, Eamon Booth, Managing Director, tells Construction: “We are delighted with Paraic’s appointment to our senior team which marks a significant step forward in our strategic development plan for our business whilst building on our longstanding position as trusted partner for our clients.”

Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week

Ireland’s fifth annual Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week takes place in Ireland from 26 September to 2 October this year. Each year, the campaign aims to raise awareness of the dangers of carbon monoxide and highlight measures that can be taken.

Carbon monoxide can, and does, kill On average, six people in Ireland die every year as a result of unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning and many more are made ill. The gas is colourless, odourless, hard to detect and, at high levels, can kill in less than three minutes. Carbon monoxide can be produced by any fossil fuel when burned – coal, turf, oil, gas or even wood. There are a number of preventative measures that can be put in place to reduce the risk of CO poisoning. They include having your fuel burning appliances serviced annually by a Registered Gas Installer, Registered OFTEC Technician or qualified service technician for your fuel type. For added protection, audible carbon monoxide alarms should be installed where fuel burning appliances are used. There are a number of important safety messages that designers and builders should be aware of to help prevent carbon monoxide poisoning:

1) Ensure that fuel burning appliances used on site (e.g. generators, engine powered equipment and even temporary heating equipment etc.) are properly installed, serviced and are operated safely, for example, in well ventilated areas. 2) Use a competent installer to install heating/ fuel burning appliances (e.g. A Registered Gas Installer for gas appliances, a registered OFTEC technician for oil appliances etc.) 3) Remember, building regulations require carbon monoxide alarms to be installed in most cases 4) If doing alteration works to a property, do not compromise existing flueing and ventilation arrangements 5) If in doubt, seek expert advice from a competent installer.

The awareness week is a public safety initiative supported by organisations across the energy sector and related industries as well as safety and public health bodies including the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER); Gas Networks Ireland; Register of Gas Installers of Ireland (RGII); Oil Firing Technical Association (OFTEC); Solid Fuel Trade Group; National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI); Health Service Executive; Health and Safety Authority; Chief Fire Officers’ Association and major Irish energy retailers. Extensive advertising will run throughout

the campaign including TV and radio promotions. Interviews with experts in the field and people who have been affected by carbon monoxide poisoning will also feature across the media. The Minister for Communications, Climate Action & Environment, Denis Naughten, T.D., is expected to launch the campaign in Dublin City centre on Monday 26 September. Tommy McAnairey, the animated, balladsinging canary created to drive awareness about carbon monoxide, will feature prominently in the campaign again this year. Keep an eye out for his activities throughout Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week! Organisations that are interested in supporting the campaign can avail of free Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week posters, flyers and information leaflets for display and distribution to staff and customers. Contact the Gas Networks Ireland contact centre at or on 1850 200 694 for more information.

Promotional materials As well as that, Registered Gas Installers and Registered OFTEC Technicians will be able to receive promotional materials directly by contacting the RGII and OFTEC. As there will be extensive advertising in the run up to, and throughout Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week, queries and questions about carbon monoxide may increase. Gas Networks Ireland is also encouraging all retailers who stock carbon monoxide alarms that comply with European Standard EN 50291, to ensure they are CE marked, have an audible end of life indicator and feature the mark of independent certification such as a Kitemark. Carbon monoxide alarm manufacturers, EI Electronics and Fireangel are supporters of Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week and may be able to provide branded merchandising material to enhance the messaging around the overall campaign. For further information on Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week 2016, visit www.

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Close Brothers increases financial support in Ireland with five key appointments including asset finance, invoice finance and asset based lending. “Asset finance is now the fastest growing finance option on the market and Close Brothers tailors products such as hire purchase, leasing and re-financing to enable the purchase or re-finance of capital equipment.”

Close Brothers Commercial Finance, part of Close Brothers Group plc, has appointed four new Sales Directors and an Area Manager to provide asset finance solutions to the SME sector in the Leinster and Munster regions.


These new positions, reporting into Regional Sales Directors, Gavin Smith and Robert Keane, boost the existing asset finance team which now comprises 15 Sales Directors supporting businesses across Ireland. Pat Buckley (Sales Director), Matthew Dolan (Sales Director), Kenneth Havelin (Sales Director), Anthony Aylward (Sales Director) and Darren Robinson (Area Manager) bring a wealth of experience to Close Brothers from a wide range of industries, including motor and commercial vehicles, farming, technology and engineering. It is this extensive understanding of businesses in Ireland that will “enable them to work with SMEs to create uniquely structured, bespoke finance packages”.


Adrian Madden, Head of Sales at Close Brothers Commercial Finance said: “I am thrilled to welcome the lads to the Close Brothers team. Businesses in the Leinster and Munster regions will benefit hugely as we have strengthened our team. “I am excited to see the difference that they will make in helping firms to invest in the future. “Close Brothers Commercial Finance helps hundreds of companies across Ireland achieve their objectives by offering a wide range of flexible funding solutions,

Adrian Madden continued: “We are experiencing ever-increasing demand for funding while our own research indicates that almost 60% of all Irish firms plan to invest at least €25,000 in their business over the next 12 months. “According to the Close Brothers Business Barometer, almost a quarter (23%) of all Irish SMEs expect their business to expand in the next 12 months. “At Close Brothers, we continue to demonstrate our commitment to local businesses – and their growth plans – through our award-winning alternative finance solutions.”

Ardmac Honours subcontractors for 125,000 hours of Safety On Site

In achieving 125,000 hours worked both accident- and incident-free, Ardmac recently held an award presentation at Tech Group Europe, Ltd. – West’s contract manufacturing solutions provider – to mark this achievement.

Increased Tech Group Europe has steadily increased its footprint in Ireland and is currently building a 60,000sq ft. expansion. “We appreciate all the subcontractors

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and trades in close coordination with The Tech Group, that helped reach this important milestone through continued implementation and commitment to the Ardmac Site Safety Programmes,” commented Gerry Shearman, Contracts and Design Manager for Ardmac. “Each and every participant should be proud of their efforts to improve and maintain occupational health and safety.” Ardmac and Tech Group Europe presented “Safety First” awards to project stakeholders and subcontractors for their consummate professionalism and dedication to the management of their team(s) and the project work schedule. “Safety is paramount in everything we do on site – a core value of our business,” said

Alan Coakley, Group Operations Director at Ardmac. “Ardmac’s Safety First programme gets people thinking about safety before they do anything else. “These awards recognise the commitment to all involved on the Tech Group project— ensuring that safety initiatives are strictly adhered.”

Dedicated West is similarly dedicated to safety in the workplace. “We continually work to elevate the importance of creating safe working environments for all of our more than 7,000 employees worldwide, whether that is in our manufacturing plants or offices,” said Mike Treadaway, Vice President & General Manager, West Contract Manufacturing. “It is great to partner with a company like Ardmac who shares in this goal.” Ardmac looks forward to working with West through the completion of this expansion project.

Layher Ireland gains from rental facility The success achieved by Layher Ireland since it opened its doors earlier this year, has now been enhanced by new involvement with Boston Access Ltd.

Fully supported

The company, which is based in Naas, County Kildare, is to act as a hire distributor of Layher’s Allround and Staircase systems to its growing number of customers across Ireland – fully supported by product training programmes. “We have decided to focus our activity throughout Ireland following a period of continuous expansion, particularly over the last four years,” says Conor Brophy, Managing Director at Boston Access. “The Irish market is well used to the benefits of system scaffolding and, therefore, we feel the time is right for us to enhance our capability in this area – and Layher’s equipment seems to be the best and most logical choice. “This is particularly so with the opening now of the Layher Ireland facility in County Meath,” Conor adds.

Well suited

Conor points out that while the equipment has clear-cut advantages across the building and construction industry, it is also well suited to industrial environments – particularly in connection with site maintenance activities. “We believe that by offering the Layher equipment on hire, we can provide a highly effective solution to companies across industry in Ireland – both in terms of performance and work scheduling,” adds Conor Brophy. With the full support of Layher Ireland,

(L-R) Sean Pike with John Carolan

Boston Access will also be offering comprehensive training on Layher systems. “There are wellrecognised advantages associated with the Layher equipment, such as speed and versatility, but it is clearly important that scaffolders are correctly schooled in erection methods,” continues Conor. Conor says that Boston Access together with Boston Training will be offering a choice of courses designed to help customers to optimise their hire usage and to provide access solutions that fulfil precise needs every time. He also points out that the appearance of each Layher installation – not least its wide bay design and minimal need for cross bracing, both of which minimise the amount of material required, as well as no visible “cut ends” – adds to this belief.


“We are delighted with the success that John Carolan, Layher Ireland Manager, and his team have already achieved in such a short period of time,” says Sean Pike, Layher’s UK Managing Director. “The strategic relationship now with Boston Access can build on this track record and will bring the benefits of our system design to the rental market via one of the most respected names in the industry in Ireland.”

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Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards Entries are in for the 2016 Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards, held in association with ESB.


Organisers report a positive response and say the shortlist will be announced in early October with the awards night happening on Friday 4 November 2016 at the InterContinental Hotel in Ballsbridge. These annual awards are chosen and presented by the membership organisation in recognition of the achievements of engineers who have demonstrated exceptional engineering skills through their work. In addition to the flagship Engineering Project of the Year award, other awards include the Local Authority Engineering Initiative award, a Technical Innovation award and special awards in the fields of Geoscience, Heritage and Conservation.

There is also an International Engineer of the Year award, acknowledging the Caroline Spillane, Director General, Engineers contribution of the Irish engineering diaspora and Ireland, speaking at the 2015 Engineers Ireland the excellent work of Irish Excellence Awards in Dublin. engineers around the world. Caroline Spillane, Director General, Year was awarded to the Kerry Group Engineers Ireland, says: Global Technology and Innovation Centre, “The wealth of engineering talent in directed by ARUP. Ireland is rich and varied. Engineering Winners in other categories in touches the lives of everyone, providing 2015 included Cork County Council; creative solutions to societal needs from OpenHydro; L&M Keating Ltd; Limerick tangible works such as bridges and flood Institute of Technology; University defences, to heart stents and prostheses, as College Dublin; Irish Naval Service; well as the invisible technology that is all KCI Manufacturing; Green Gas; Cork around us and supports our communities.” Institute of Technology; Lisa Edden, Consulting Engineer; JB Barry & Partners Awarded with Roscommon County Council, Last year’s Engineering Project of the HalCrowBarry and Wills Bros Ltd.

Heat Merchants Launch Commercial Energy Saving Credits Scheme Bosch Commercial Boilers GB162 set up in cascade Heat Merchants have extended their Energy Saving Credit Schemes to include upgrades to gas and oil heating plant in commercial properties. The scheme, which is administered in conjunction with Bord Gáis Energy encourages installers and business owners to save energy and reduce fuel costs while also qualifying for substantial funding and tax incentives. Depending on plant selected and existing conditions the benefits of upgrading include credit of up to 15% on boiler capital costs, up to 20% reduction on annual heating bills and a return on capital invested in less than 3 years. Boiler upgrades in commercial properties also quality for Accelerated Capital Allowance. Heat Merchants supply market-leading

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commercial gas and oil boilers from Firebird, Bosch Commercial and Baxi-Potteron and their Technical Services Team can provide a full system design including a site survey, expert advice, equipment specification and commissioning. For more details contact the Heat Merchants Commercial Heating Team on 01 8414800.

Heat Merchants extend their range of Customer Services In recent years Heat Merchants have added a range of services which are designed to support customers in their business. The technical services department features a team of engineers with full professional indemnity insurance who can provide a complete design and product specification for heating and hot water services, plumbing systems, ventilation

systems, renewable energy technology and above-ground drainage for any multi residential or commercial construction project. This is backed up by commissioning, ancillary certification, technical after-sales service and installer training. Heat Merchants have an extensive portfolio of commercial and residential heating and plumbing brands including Panasonic, SolarWorld, Bosch Commerical, Kingspan, Graf, Baxi, Firebird and many more. Further information on the Technical Services provided by Heat Merchants - contact the technical team on 01 8414800. Heat Merchants are an Irish-owned company with 31 branches nationwide plus a team dedicated to commercial projects. Customer Support Centre 090 6442300. www.

industry news


Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, Simon Coveney TD, and Minister of State for Housing and Urban Renewal, Damien English TD attended the official opening of the new Ashfield Student Accommodation.


Collen Construction Chairman, Neil Collen welcomes Minister Simon Coveney

Collen Construction Chairman Neil Collen also attended the event alongside Collen Construction Directors David Lee and Donal Hennessy, Collen Group Director Leslie Fitzpatrick and Kara Stuart and members of the construction management team John Sweeney, Patrick Flood, Declan Crowe and Ultan Coen. The newly completed â‚Ź16.5m project will provide an additional 354 beds, in a mix of 15 self-contained apartments, each containing six en-suite rooms and fullyfitted state-of-the-art kitchen and living room. In addition, a separate function room with folding partitions is situated adjacent to the student support facilities.

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Alternative Piling Larsen provides an alternative low cost solution to CFA piles. Larsen Foundations Ltd. installed low vibration cased mini piles for social housing in Belfast. The new units were to replace a recently demolished row of terraced houses in a built-up area.


Low vibration piles were essential with the original specification calling for 450mm diameter CFA piles. The Larsen proposal called for a greater number of mini-piles. But when the main contractor factored in the savings given due to no spoil removal, a greatly reduced

piling platform and ease of pile cropping, the mini pile package was considered to be more financially attractive. Larsen Foundations Ltd installed 232nr 219mm diameter low vibration piles up to a depth of 9.0m. Static and dynamic load tests proved the pile loads.


The internal mini piling hammer created minimal noise and vibration in the highly sensitive residential area with piles being installed within 2.0 metres of adjacent properties.

ESB powers on with RESITRIX® the Hybrid Waterproofing Membrane – Phase 1 Laydex Roofing Solutions were tasked with putting together a high end product specification for the waterproofing of the new 220kV ESB substation project in Dublin. The main brief was to supply a durable and efficient waterproofing solution, and propose a product with a long life expectancy. Following technical advice from the manufacturer, Carlisle Construction Materials, the RESITRIX® SKW full bond 2.5mm Hybrid waterproofing membrane was proposed and accepted. This membrane combines all the advantages of polymer modified bitumen with the excellent properties of EPDM. It is a totally unique patented material composition and guarantees a life-long seal whilst allowing very fast, simple, and secure installation. The product has been independently tested for a life expectancy of in excess of 50 years by the world renowned SKZ Institute. The proposal was accepted based on the supply of site specific wind load calculations. The environmental effects on the membrane were also considered. RESITRIX® can permanently withstand the most diverse weather conditions,

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hostile atmospheric influences, and extreme variations in temperature. The EPDM upper surface of the RESITRIX® membrane is manufactured with a highly stable, cross linked molecular structure which makes RESITRIX® completely unaffected by UV, weathering, and atmospheric influences of any kind.


The durability was also a key factor and this was answered positively by the RESITRIX® membrane’s cross linked molecular structure which makes it extremely flexible. The material retains a tear elongation factor of 500%! C The article above is based on Phase 1 of the project. Laydex have now been awarded Phase 2 (800m2) using RESITRIX® SKW full bond black, based on the success of Phase 1 of the project and the successful completion and sign off. RESITRIX® is exclusively distributed in Ireland by Laydex Building Solutions. Check out more of their roofing projects on www. or call 01-6426600 to discuss your design requirements.

for your diary Thursday 22nd September

Tuesday 15th November

North West Branch meeting

Mid West Branch meeting

Breaffy House Hotel, Castlebar, 8pm Contact: Brid Cody 021 435 1410

Castletroy Park Hotel, Limerick, 4.30pm Contact: Brid Cody 021 435 1410

Monday 26th September

Cork Branch Executive meeting Construction House, Little Island, 4pm Contact: Brid Cody 021 435 1410

Wednesday 16th November

South East Branch meeting Marina Hotel, Waterford, 7pm Contact: Brid Cody 021 435 1410

Tuesday 27th September

Mid West Branch meeting Castletroy Park Hotel, Limerick, 4.30pm Contact: Brid Cody 021 435 1410

Wednesday 16th November

Donegal Branch meeting Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, 8pm Contact: Brid Cody 021 435 1410

Thursday 6th October

CIF CONFERENCE, CROKE PARK Constructing Ireland 2027. Starts at 9am Contact

Tuesday 22nd November

Executive Body meeting (followed by CIF AGM)

Executive Body meeting

Construction House, Dublin, 11am Contact: Gillian Heffernan 01 406 6016

Construction House, Dublin, 11am Contact: Gillian Heffernan 01 406 6016

Thursday 24th November

Tuesday 11th October

Monday 7th November

Cork Branch Executive meeting

North West Branch meeting Sligo Park Hotel, Sligo, 8pm Contact: Brid Cody 021 435 1410

Construction House, Little Island, 4pm Contact: Brid Cody 021 435 1410 Monday 28th November

Cork Branch IHBA meeting Monday 7th November

Galway Branch meeting Ardilaun House Hotel, Galway, 6pm Contact: Brid Cody 021 435 1410

Construction House, Little Island, 4pm Contact: Brid Cody 021 435 1410

Monday 5th December Tuesday 8th November

Midland Branch meeting Tullamore Court Hotel, Tullamore, 8pm Contact: Brid Cody 021 435 1410

Cork Branch Executive meeting Venue to be confirmed, 5pm Contact: Brid Cody 021 435 1410

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last fix

Coming soon in Construction!


IF Annual Conference report. In our October issue we report on the CIF’s annual Conference which takes place in Croke Park on 6 October. A host of high profile, national and international speakers will take part from sectors including politics, economics, construction and FDI. As the voice of the Irish construction industry, the CIF will launch its 10year vision for the sector at this year’s conference, focusing on how the industry can shape Ireland’s economic, social, environmental and regional framework up to 2027. CECA – annual Dinner and inaugural Excellence Awards. The Civil

Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) represents construction contractors specialising in the delivery of civil engineering projects. Its members are active within Ireland and overseas and have played an essential role in building Ireland’s infrastructure. This September sees the Association’s tenth annual dinner taking place, and the event this year features the presentation of the inaugural CECA Excellence Awards. We will report on the proceedings in the October issue. All this plus News, Views, Analysis, Legal Opinion, Industry Developments and the latest from the CIF and wider industry.

CIF Conference. File picture.

Snappy new bridge for crocodile zoo

to provide a more “up-close and personal” visitor experience at the zoo, which is home to the largest collection of crocodiles in Europe. These include a group of 34 Nile crocodiles, saltwater crocodiles, which can grow up to six metres in length, as well as the Siamese and West African dwarf crocodiles. There are also caimans, snakes and lizards on show at the zoo. Visitors crossing the bridge will be able to look through toughened glass that maintains its clarity while being protected by a structure strong enough to withstand the weight of several people at a time. The floor was designed specifically for the enclosure to combine anti-reflective properties with maximum strength together with high levels of safety and security.



The floor was designed specifically for the enclosure to combine anti-reflective properties with maximum strength.

Visitors to the UK’s only crocodile zoo can walk all over one of the most dangerous creatures in the world.

Specialist This is thanks to some high performance anti-reflective safety glass, supplied by specialist manufacturer Romag.

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Two sections of “30mm thickness Romag toughened, laminated, low-iron glass” has been specified to provide a transparent safety floor for a new bridge spanning a Tomistoma crocodile enclosure at Crocodiles of the World in Brize Norton, Oxfordshire. The installation has been designed

Paul Cruddace, a director at Romag, said: “This is an interesting commercial application, reflecting our ability to deliver innovative technical solutions that also provide long-term high performance and added safety benefits. “Our new glass floor will undoubtedly contribute significantly to an unforgettable visitor experience at the zoo.” Featuring low-iron float glass, Romag products incorporate an “advanced magnetron sputter coating”, which is then strengthened and toughened using advanced thermal treatment processes. This creates a tough surface with optical properties that allow light transmission of up to 97% and reflection of less than 1%. C

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