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CONSTRUCTION the official magazine of the construction industry federation November/December 2016

Looking To The Future

On The Record With Incoming CIF President Dominic Doheny

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W Our cover picture - of incoming CIF President Dominic Doheny - was taken on Friday 18 November, at Tullamore Dew Distillery, Tullamore, County Offaly, by Mark Boland, Silverimage Photography.

Foundation Media Ltd, Foundation Media Sandwith House 52-54 Sandwith Street Lower Dublin 2 P: +353 1 677 3157 Editor: Martin Foran Email: martin@ Commercial Manager: Joe Connolly Email: joe@ Editorial Design: Alex Lifeson Printing: W.G. Baird Publisher Foundation Media Ltd

elcome to the final issue of Construction for the year for 2016. It’s been a busy time of late but this part of the year naturally gives us pause for thought. Since taking over as editor from Brian Foley in April of this year, I have been privileged to get to know many remarkable people. This goes right across all the constituent parts and elements of the CIF, as well as the wider construction sector. What I’ve found is an industry breaking new ground in a huge number of ways as it rises to meet the challenges of the future. This is how it should be of course, as Ireland looks to the Construction industry to shape our country in so many ways in the years ahead. Whatever the future brings, we will be there to report on developments along the way with our unique mix of opinion and analysis, reportage and reflection that sees us taking on the big issues and drilling down to find out how these affect you, our readers, in your day-to-day working lives. In this issue for instance, we take soundings from a number of high profile players in the light of (relatively) recent regulations – and get an idea of how they are impacting on their day-to-day work.

We also report on the Construction sector’s major successes at the the twenty-fifth Annual National Irish Safety Organisation / Northern Ireland Safety Group (NISO/NISG) Safety Awards, pay a visit to the MBCA Annual Dinner in Dublin, update our readers on changes in scaffolding-related training, visit the TechnoTeachers annual Conference in Portlaoise and take in the CIOB Student Challenge in Dublin. All this is in addition to our regular features including our Industry News, Legal View, Pensions and Training items and more. Something for everyone? We certainly hope so. But don’t forget to make contact in 2017 if you feel there is an issue or event that you’d like to bring to our attention. Finally, to all those who have done just that this year, and to all our readers who have engaged with us and contributed to features and news items, and to our readers in general – thank you. May we wish you all a peaceful, happy Christmas and a successful New Year. C Talk to you soon, Martin

YOUR CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY FEDERATION TEAM - WWW.CIF.IE 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

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5 CIF News

34 CIOB Student Challenge

The latest from the CIF along with a word from Director General, Tom Parlon and a trip to Portlaoise

It was all to play for when the teams faced off in CIF’s Dublin offices

14 A New President For CIF

Construction companies were to the fore when it came to a major recent Awards programme

We go on the record with incoming CIF President Dominic Doheny in this not-to-bemissed feature

20 The MBCA Annual Dinner We’re out and about again – this time at the annual Dinner of the Master Builders and Contractors Association

27 Regulations And Responsibilities A special feature where we take soundings from some major players in light of (relatively) recent regulations

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38 NISO / NISG Safety Awards

44 Featured Project This time out we look to a major wind farm project that’s propelling itself into the headlines

46 Out And About – CIF


Here we report on a range of CIF events and initiatives

60 Pensions Update

53 CIS Update The word from Construction Information Services – lots to report on as usual

54 SCSI Conference With the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI)

56 Lean In Focus


A New President For CIF

We report on some major recent Lean events of interest and relevance

58 Legal View Anthony Hussey writes for us on another issue of significance

Words of wisdom as always from Susan O’Mara

61Training More news on the training front, followed by…

62 Scaffolding-Training Gillian Ross tells us about changes that are afoot in the area of training here

64 Industry News Stories, reports, events and more from the wider construction sector

72 Last Fix BAU: Trade Fair for Architecture, Materials and Systems

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Meeting the challenges A word from the CIF’s Director General, Tom Parlon

This has been a remarkable year on many fronts. The political fallout from the global recession continued to reverberate around the globe. The US election and Brexit indicate that we will continue to face turbulent times.


For the construction industry, we face a year of continued overall growth in jobs, output and exports. However, as the recovery continues in the wider economy, there are still pockets of the industry, particularly in the regions, that are struggling.  The only conclusion is that the industry in some regions is facing a fundamentally different business environment.  The CIF will redouble its efforts in 2017 to ensure that regional construction is strengthened and in a position to make its contribution to communities around Ireland. 


Securing access to finance and ensuring procurement works for SMEs will be two priorities in the coming year. It’s vital that we now take time to develop our vision for our industry.  Currently, a number of Government

Departments have set targets for the industry to deliver house building, infrastructure, jobs, specialist buildings for FDI and exports. It’s important that we as an industry set out the measures required to ensure our industry has the capacity to deliver.   The CIF is currently asking you, our members, to contribute to the formation of this vision.  Please visit constructing-ireland and give us your views.  The launch of the CIF’s Demand for Skills in Construction 2020 economic and skills report is an example of how the CIF is setting out industry’s requirements in an evidence-based manner. 


This report states that by 2020, the industry will need a further 112,000 employees to deliver the housing, infrastructure and specialist buildings required to maintain Ireland’s economic growth and house its growing population. In 2017, the CIF will use this report as a benchmark to measure our progress and that of the state’s education and training system up to 2020. In 2017, the CIF will continue to focus

on the skills agenda, aiming to attract people home from the Diaspora, upskilling those on the live register and increasing the numbers of young people applying for courses in the industry. In-house, we are developing a suite of training programmes and innovative courses to make training more effective and accessible to members.  We will also continue to engage with Government with a view to increasing infrastructure investment in the mid-term review of the public capital programme in 2017.   On housing, we will continue to work with the Government and the Department of Housing’s newly formed delivery unit to deliver on aspects of Minister Coveney’s Rebuilding Ireland strategy.


To ensure the CIF has the capacity to support its members, we have launched an ambitious three-year development strategy for the organization. Our goal is to deliver a service that supports our members whether they are continuing to struggle or are competing globally for international projects.  As a result, we are examining our service offerings to meet your needs and help your business thrive in whatever field you operate in. I welcome and encourage feedback from members on the course of the next three years. 


I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for bringing the CIF to where it is today and I look forward to continuing this momentum we have created for our industry throughout 2017 and beyond. Tom Parlon, Director General, CIF

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CIS and CIF launch comprehensive industry activity reports Acomprehensivenewseriesofreportsfrom Construction Information Services (CIS) is set to keep CIF members bang up-to-date on what’s happening in their areas – on a month-by-month basis.


Construction Information Services (CIS) are CIF Corporate Members who provide construction intelligence information on key construction projects across all of the 32 counties of Ireland. Head of Research and System Development at Construction Information Services, (CIS), Pat McGrath said the initiative came about as a response to members’needstoknowwhatishappening on the ground in their own areas. Following an initial approach to CIS by Justin Molloy, Regional Director: Western & Midland Region, the first reports focussed on that area of the country. However, word soon spread with the result that they are now being done for all regions in a monthly soft copy format. To counteract the effects of large value projects skewing the figures in value terms it was decided to divide the material into three areas so as to more accurately reflect the reality. These are: Residential/GeneralContracting(outside of Residential)/Civil and Structural works The result is a realistic view of what’s happening in keyareas,saysPatMcGrath. “We look at all the projects on site and on the ground and even those that are coming up shortly and break them down into these three areas,” explains Pat.

CIS MD Tom Moloney with CIF Director General, Tom Parlon and Justin Molloy, CIF Regional Director, Western & Midland Region at launch. “It gives a real sense of where we are.” Says Director General of CIF, Tom Parlon: “things are happening so fast now; our member companies and suppliers need to gear up.” Tom remarks that on some sites there is a very short timescale in operation. “No sooner do they win a big job than they have to be thinking about the next one,” he notes. Unmissable Tom further remarks that CIS can get the Theresult:anunmissablemonthlynational information that is needed. “They know what’s update, comprising around 125 pages in the pipeline and what’s planned and going within which the different regions are all on site and I’ve found them very professional in covered. terms of the pure information they have – good “We break material down into a quality information. summary and then the actual details “The way they are putting the information of each county and what’s happening,” out now is extremely helpful. We are delighted explains Pat. to be associated with them.” “We also give details of where the projects are, what they are, when they were started and when they will finish, and we also give pro rata values. “We find members are now happy as the reports reflect what they see regarding projectsandthecurrentstagesofprojects.”

Taking the helm! Pictured on the occasion of the CIF’s AGM at Construction House in Dublin are incoming CIF President, Dominic Doheny (left), with outgoing President, Michael Stone. Dominic Doheny takes office from January 2017. See our cover story in this issue.

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“Companies are delivering high quality projects and have never offered better opportunities for people to work and build careers.” CIF President, Michael Stone

“There were 136,900 persons directly employed in Q2 2016.” DKM Director, Annette Hughes

“We will continue to work with the Government and its agencies to deliver skilled employees and apprentices through innovative initiatives.” Director General, CIF, Tom Parlon

DKM report shows that industry can grow on average by 9% per year up to 2020 but warns of potential skills shortages Construction activity could potentially generate a requirement for 112,000 jobs up to 2020. This is the message contained in a new report, commissioned by the Construction Industry Federation and carried out by DKM consultants in conjunction with SOLAS.


At a launch in Construction House, Director General of the CIF, Tom Parlon noted: “Over the next 3 years, this report estimates that we will need 112,000 additional workers in construction to deliver on the ambitious targets set out in the Government’s €43bn Capital Programme, the Rebuilding Ireland Strategy and in meeting the increasing demand from Foreign Direct Investment companies for specialist buildings. “The potential prize for delivering on these strategies is huge in terms of economic growth, jobs and recovery in the regions. “With a forecast of 9% annual growth on average, construction can become a €20bn industry by 2020. “It can potentially employ 213,000 direct employees making it the largest generator of jobs in all communities right around the economy. “It is forecast to contribute around 10% of GNP to the Irish economy. “The construction industry is generally in recovery since 2013 but it is still grappling with nearly a decade of underinvestment and is playing catch up with an economy that has expanded strongly in the meantime. “This has manifested itself in the acute

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housing supply shortage and infrastructure deficits across the country. “This report sets out the required number of employees and apprentices to sustain desired activity levels as set down by Government policy. “We will continue to work with the Government and its agencies such as SOLAS and the Education and Training Boards to deliver skilled employees and apprentices through innovative initiatives. “Critical will be getting the message to young people and those who have emigrated that there is a significant number of quality careers across all the trades and functions in construction companies.”


DKM Director, Annette Hughes, who authored the report said, “the construction industry has been through an unprecedented period in its history – with the volume of construction output contracting by almost two-thirds between 2007 and 2012. “It lost almost a quarter of firms in the industry in the six years to 2014. Although the industry has been in recovery since early 2013, it needs to catch up with an economy that has expanded strongly. “In 2015 the value of turnover in the construction industry was around €13bn, representing 6.2 per cent of economic activity (GNP), down from almost onequarter of the economy at the height of the last boom. “There were 136,900 persons directly employed in Q2 2016, 6.8 per cent of the total employed workforce. “The severity of the construction recession saw the numbers working in

construction decline by almost 180,000 by Q1 2013 to just 35 per cent of the numbers employed at the peak (2007). “Construction recorded the fastest rate of employment growth in the period since, gaining 39,200 jobs at a rate of around 1,000 per month. “The industry is concerned that as activity ramps up quickly there will be a lag in the necessary skilled workers in the labour market and amongst those coming out of full-time education and training to meet the demand over the medium-term.” CIF President, Michael Stone said: “The construction industry will be an engine for growth and job creation over the decade. “Construction companies are delivering high quality projects domestically and internationally and have never offered better opportunities for people to work and build careers.


“We as an industry are focusing on dramatically increasing the number of apprentices in the industry. “There were only 4,400 apprentices across all trades in construction in 2015 compared with 23,700 apprentices in Q4 2007. “This year so far there were around 1,500 new registrations and this report indicates that we need to reach an annual level of registrations of around 4,000 to sustain forecast activity. “We are seeking to establish a Construction Skills Forum involving relevant state agencies and Departments to monitor skills demand and to deliver initiatives to ensure there is an adequate supply of labour to deliver Ireland’s infrastructure, housing and built environment requirements.”

The Medium-Term Strategy For The Amendment of The Public Works Contracts has been completed – and a more detailed feature will follow in our next issue. Pictured here with the document are (L-R): Sean Downey, CIF Director, Specialist Contracting; Philip Crampton, Chairman of PTCM committee (Procurement, Tendering, Contractual Matters); Martin Lang, Director, Main Contracting, CIF and Alison Irving, Executive, Main Contracting, CIF. Phillip Crampton is now also Vice President, Communication, of the European Construction Industry Federation (FIEC).

The CSPAC Annual Forum

The CSPAC Annual Forum was held on Thursday 24 November at Construction House in Dublin. The Forum focused on how industry should address improvements in Health and Safety management in a sector that is now experiencing signs of recovery and where rapid growth is expected. The event consisted of a series of presentations by industry leaders on the theme

and following the presentations there was an opportunity for attendees to break into syndicate groups to address key questions relating to the future of CSP and the priority action areas relating to improving industry management of Safety and Health issues in 2017. The Chairman was John Graby, CoChairman Construction Safety Partnership Advisory Committee.

Review of mortgage rules Following the review of mortgage measures announced by the Central Bank, CIF Director General, Tom Parlon, stated:


“The CIF recognises that the Central Bank’s macro-prudential rules are part of a necessary regulatory framework within the Irish banking system. “The changes to the deposit rules may assist first-time buyers in securing mortgages. “Providing mortgages to this cohort of first-time buyers creates a viable market, meaning banks can now provide finance to house-builders again to deliver appropriate housing.  “The changes in new lending by banks over the loan to value ratio should allow banks to lend to more people who can afford to service mortgages; those with a strong record of paying rent, for example. 


“Strict qualification criteria for this lending are still in place to ensure that any increase in mortgage lending is sustainable for the individual and within the context of the wider economy. “The CIF believes that the failure to increase the loan to income ratio from 3.5 to 4 is a missed opportunity to increase housing supply in a sustainable, controlled manner. “The LTI will continue to militate against the first-time buyer couple where house prices are above average.  “Our research indicates that an ‘average’ couple (Garda, Nurse, Civil Servant with five years’ experience) will still not be able to secure a mortgage on the average starter home in urban areas across the country.  “The CIF welcomes the fact that the Central Bank will continue to review annually the impact of these rules on the banking

system and wider society.


“The CIF will continue to work with Government to identify other ways to increase supply in a sustainable and controlled manner including the establishment of a local infrastructure fund and a Housing Delivery Unit to speed up the planning process and the delivery of quality housing.”

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Techno teachers and CIF – “a natural fit” The TechnoTeachers Association’s National Conference and AGM played host to the launch of a new partnership between the Association and CIF and also saw the launch of the website, At their National Conference and AGM in the Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise, Tony Harison, Chairperson of the TechnoTeachers Association, explained how members were very excited about their new collaboration with CIF “as it seems a natural fit”. “The subjects we do,” explained Harison, who teaches at Gortnor Abbey, Crossmolina in County Mayo, “feed directly into various parts of the construction industry. “We teach people who go straight into college to study the various disciplines in this area. “In addition, a number of our members would have worked in construction-related industries. “Many, over the years, have come from an apprenticeship background into teacher training.”


Addressing the gathering, Tony Harison spoke about how much Ireland has changed over the past 100 years – since

1916. And yet, he noted, some things remain constant. A set of basic skills needs has essentially remained unchanged over the years such as those associated with constructing, maintaining and modernising buildings, he said. Harison added that the acceptance of this reality is reflected in commitments to promoting apprenticeships as a vital component of education for future employment. When it came to, Tony Harison said: “the TechnoTeachers Association is delighted to be associated with the launch of this CIF-sponsored initiative”. There is no doubting that the talent is out there in abundance, agreed all in attendance. Commenting on a display of student woodworking, Ray Madden from sponsors Xthratherm said he was delighted to be involved and that there were a lot skills in evidence. “We are delighted to nurture this,”

said Madden.


CIF Director General, Tom Parlon, said that the collaboration made complete sense and spoke about the recognition of skills in schools, whether this be in sports or other areas. “The skills here are superb,” he said, referencing the displays, “and to identify them is very important.” Tom Parlon said that CIF was delighted with the collaboration with the TechnoTeachers Association, and to launch the website. There had been a lack of information out there, he said for young people who might want to get into this particular area. Referring to the recent DKM report, featured in this issue of Construction, Tom Parlon noted that many extra people will be required to work in the industry. “It’s a massive opportunity,” he said. The conference played host to a number of exhibitors with presentations, demonstrations and talks taking place in a lively and upbeat setting. As our pictures show!

The TechnoTeachers Association The Association has been in existence for over 30 years representing and supporting teachers of traditionally, woodwork and drawing, which today has become: Materials Technology Wood Technical Graphics Design & Communication Graphics Construction Studies Technology

Tom Parlon, Director General, CIF and Tony Harison, Chairperson, TechnoTeachers Association checking out website

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Tony Harison, Chairperson, TechnoTeachers Association speaking at the launch of

A number of Junior and Leaving Certificate students’ projects were on display.

Sisk’s Bryan Wyer; Michael MacEoin and Dave Treacy

Architect Mark Stevens from Swinford doing a demonstration of model making

Ray Madden, Technical Sales, Xtratherm

The TechnoTeachers Association contd. Above: GMIT Letterfrack’s Des Kelly (check shirt) and Kevin Maye (grey) told us about their programmes

Meadhbh McCabe, teacher from Colaiste Pobail Setanta, Clonee

Strahan Timber’s Micheal Dowling, General Manager

Willie Creighton, wood turning instructor

Right: Sharon Byrne, St. Brendan’s Community School, Birr, with Grace and Jack

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Right: Louise Anderson who teaches at Patrician Secondary School, Newbridge

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Tullamore-based Dominic Doheny takes the reigns as the new CIF President from January 2017. He speaks here to Martin Foran about challenges and goals for an industry in transition. November/December 2016 CONSTRUCTION 15


aving lived in both Dublin and his native Tullamore and been head of the Midlands branch of the CIF and head of the Irish Home Builders Association, it is not surprising the Federation’s incoming President Dominic Doheny has strong feelings on what has been referred to as a “two-tier” economic recovery in Ireland. The recession is over for most, he acknowledges – yet construction in the regions remains depressed. “One of my big concerns is that construction in the regions has been left behind permanently. There is great activity taking place in Dublin; the capital city now accounts for 40% GDP,” says Doheny. “Major urban centres are in recovery mode and most domestic sectors such as retail and hospitality are growing again. However, not the regional construction company. I fear that the regional construction industry in relatively large towns around Ireland faces a permanent downgrading of activity. “These construction companies don’t have many options: travel to Dublin for work or go out of existence. “These – in many cases – are family businesses with a long trackrecord in their local communities. They’ve provided jobs in the community, built homes, put in infrastructure, replenished towns and villages for decades and they generally support local clubs and sports organisations. “The government needs to realise that there’s about 37,000 companies and sole traders operating in the construction industry with 136,000 employees – in every community in Ireland. “About 99.99% of these companies are SMEs with less than 10 employees. In other words, they protect the economic health of nearly every community in Ireland. “When they flourish, regional economies outside the GDA, and indeed the Capital, benefit.” “Our very fast growing capital city can be used to help spread economic recovery to the regions,” says Dominic Doheny. “The only way to truly spread the recovery and release Ireland’s economic potential is to make sure we have the infrastructure in place to enable growth. “The UK Government is about to

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The government needs to realise that there’s about 37,000 companies and sole traders operating in the construction industry with 136,000 employees – in every community in Ireland.


invest a huge amount in infrastructure to offset the economic impact of Brexit and to generate jobs and stimulate economic growth. “The UK’s High Speed 2 rail-line is one of Europe’s true mega projects and is worth €55bn. “It’s very positive and speaks to our industry’s competence and reputation that the UK government recently visited Ireland looking for Irish contractors to help them build this project. “Irish infrastructure spending is at historically low levels. The CIF is engaging with the Department of Expenditure to ensure an increase in capital spending on infrastructure in the review of the programme in 2017. “We are currently constrained by the EU’s fiscal restrictions and the Irish Government has heeded the call by CIF and other bodies to seek a relaxation in these

rules for infrastructure spending from the Commission. “We understand that there will be movement on this issue in the near future. “I believe that we can be the envy of Europe and the world in relation to our infrastructure. Infrastructure is too critical and long-term to leave hostage to the political process. “We need a 30-year planning horizon for infrastructure directed by an independent infrastructure commission. “This expert body should set out a vision and prioritise projects and allocate funding on an evidence-based approach within the upcoming national planning framework. “We need to look at our country and develop a vision for infrastructure that leverages each area’s strengths and connects regions to the economic engine of the GDA,” says Doheny. “Look at what was achieved in the 1920’s

with Ardnacrusha – at a cost equal to ¼ of the entire Free State’s budget. “The promoters of this project had a vision for our country; they believed and delivered! “You can never afford a vision – and yet when you set one out and commit to it, the rewards are huge. “The government should be taking a very long investment timeframe to look at any return on Infrastructure. Ireland can steal a march on other countries if we have a proper roll out of future-proofed infrastructure.”

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As to his own background, a graduate of Bolton Street and Trinity College Dublin, Dominic has been Joint Managing Director of John Flanagan Developments since 1989. Originally the organisation was, as Dominic puts it, “a typical construction company of its time”. In the 1990s they became developers, “but developers in the sense that we built all our own product. It’s what we continue to do today.  “We have experience in Commercial, Industrial, Housing and small Civils works,” adds Dominic. “I wear a lot of hats that are cross-industry related, so I’d have a lot of understanding for my colleagues

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finance is a major problem. “Companies have been in survival mode for the past 5-7 years and many are ready to deliver quality product as the recovery takes hold. “However, finance is not available – be it from the domestic banks, equity funds and most of the funds established by the Government. “The CIF will be tackling this issue head-on in 2017 and we will be carrying out a study into the availability of finance as part of making a case to Government. “These are viable businesses with a contribution to make who are being excluded from the economy because of a lack of finance.



I believe that we can be the envy of Europe and the world in relation to our infrastructure. Infrastructure is too critical and long-term to leave hostage to the political process. under most of the CIF associations in the industry. “I feel I can adequately speak on their behalf.”  Thus far into the conversation it is clear that Dominic Doheny will not only do so extremely well but that he also brings a sense of inclusivity along with a passion for the industry that runs deep.  This is combined with a clear understanding and appreciation for the role that the industry has played in shaping

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our society – and the role it can potentially play in that context, on reaching its full potential. The examples he gives are real and tangible.  “Look at Ireland’s strengths down through the generations,” he says. “The backbone of the Irish economy is the SME sector of which a large portion is construction. “From my discussions with construction companies of all types, the availability of

“One of the big things we’ve been doing here in CIF under the Presidency of Michael Stone is developing a three-year organizational transformation strategy,” notes Dominic Doheny. “It now falls to me to work with CIF staff to deliver this,” he explains.  “We officially launched the strategy at our last Executive Body meeting and it gives me and the executive team a road map for the next three years. “We have consulted with our Associations, branches, members and staff here.  “The Associations and members will be looking to me to see that it is all being achieved, with a review being carried out after the first year. “Any of these documents cannot be so rigid however that you cannot revisit them.”  This last comment is significant as Dominic Doheny refers throughout our conversation to an industry that is in “transition” phase.  “We haven’t just picked up where we left off,” he stresses.  As one recent interviewee told Construction: any person who had left the industry seven or eight years ago and decided to return now would find themselves in a totally changed landscape.  This is clearly something with which Dominic Doheny would agree.  “Today the industry is worth €15bn in 2016 – and growing,” he says. “But it is all a lot different to what it was like, and it will continue to change and we in CIF need to change with it.  “We will do things differently going forward compared to the ways in which they were done previously.”  That leads us neatly on to areas like CIRI and recent regulations like BC(A)R. “Reputation is everything to our members,” stresses Dominic. “It’s something that they

cover story at using our membership of the EU to our advantage. EU policy should benefit our industry not disadvantage it.”

really pride themselves on.” To protect members – and the buyers of their products, Dominic stresses the importance of systems and governance that “we can all be happy with and that drive standards and a level playing pitch for all in the industry: “We welcome standards and indeed we have been instrumental with pushing the quality standards agenda over the past 5 years. All we ask for is consistency in how those standards are applied by state agencies such as local authorities and how they are enforced.  “We absolutely hope the government will deliver on the commitment to bring CIRI in as a statutory instrument that all construction companies operating in this space will have to adhere to.”

Rebuilding Ireland

On Skills

The CIF recently launched the DKM report into future skills requirements for the construction industry. It found that the industry could require up to an additional 112,000 new employees over the next 3-5 years to deliver Government commitments in jobs, housing, infrastructure, commercial and specialist contracting. “We have to make sure there is adequate training in place to meet skills levels required – and those that are going to be required. We have a body of work to convince young people into our industry, to upskill those on the live register to become site ready, and finally, attract those with construction experience from our Diaspora back home.” Dominic Doheny notes the task is: “Are we convincing our youth who are making career choices now to enter training programmes and / or college courses relevant to our industry? “Are we convincing them that Construction is a sustainable place to work? “Our industry is in transition; so too are a lot of the bodies that traditionally were involved in training. “Everyone has to step up quickly. “We are very fortunate to have a stateof-the-art national construction training center in the middle of the country. We need to maximize its potential and engage with the ETB to ensure its viability and future.”


Doheny believes that the skills, finance and regional construction issues can only be solved when there is consistency in how the Government engages with the industry and vice-versa. “Our huge challenge is that we have no government department and no minister that is solely responsible for our industry. “No fewer than six Government Departments impact on the construction industry. Not one of these is focused on the development of the construction industry, by the way. “Imagine if the Government had no Department of Agriculture or no strategy for the development of the food industry. Yet, the construction industry faces into this policy void every economic cycle. “Anyone looking at us from outside of the country might say: ‘That’s not an industry that is being taken seriously by government’. “We also have to ensure that Ireland, in the context of Brexit, makes Europe work for it again. As a country, we need to make sure we are not gold-plating EU regulation to the disadvantage of our companies, particularly our SME cohort. “In general, I would like to see a sense check of domestic and EU legislation involving proper cost-benefit analysis before the introduction of any regulation. “In the past I think we have been better

Meanwhile, in relation to Rebuilding Ireland, Doheny notes how this is “hugely positive. And also something that will be a huge challenge for the industry and Government. “Industry and Government are now looking to up output to around 25,000 units (private, social and affordable and apartments) by 2020. “This is a huge increase as we are expected to complete around 14,000 houses this year, for example. Neither industry or Government can deliver these on their own or operating as we have done in the past. “Innovative financial models, a smarter approach to planning and new joint ventures between companies will be required. ISIF and the European Investment Bank have a role to play also. “The various Departments responsible for Rebuilding Ireland have to be innovative in how they will allow investment vehicles that can build out these houses come forward with proposals that will allow new and innovative ways of delivery. “They have set out their stall in relation to needs and now it is up to various industry leaders to see how they can form a structure around all of those needs. “That is one of the areas that will bring a lot of activity to the regions as well. “We are a country of innovative thinkers; our industry has never been found lacking in response since the foundation of the state. “The housing problem affects those in need of housing and indirectly across all sectors. The main obstacle to solving the crises is finance. “We need to develop and accept innovative finance delivery models and the system needs to be able to respond positively to such models. “Can I remind our members of housing crises in Dublin in 1918? Dublin had major housing crises requiring 50,000 units to solve it! “There were 327 houses built. Until the innovative Iveagh Trust model delivered solutions! “It is time to be as innovative again. We must ensure Rebuilding Ireland is a success.” C

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MBCA Dinner draws the crowds!

The Annual MBCA Dinner took place on Friday 11 November 2016 in the DoubleTree by Hilton, Burlington Road, Dublin 4. Construction was there and brings you the highlights!

L-R: Alison Irving, MBCA Executive; Paul Carmody, MBCA President; Martin Lang, MBCA Secretary


he Annual MBCA Dinner was once again a major success with over 550 attendees from member companies as well as distinguished guests of the Association in attendance. These guests included representatives from the Government Construction Contracts Committee; Department of Education; Institute of Structural Engineers; Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland; Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland; Association of Consulting Engineers of Ireland; Chartered Institute of Building; Grangegorman Development Agency; Dublin Institute of Technology; Construction Employers Federation of Northern Ireland; Alliance of Specialist Contractors Association; Civil Engineering Contractors Association; Electrical Contractors Association; Mechanical Engineering & Building Services Contractors Association; Irish Home Builders Association, and the

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L-R: Martin Lang, MBCA Secretary; Larry McEvoy, Manager – Professional & Technical, Department of Education and Skills; Paul Carmody, MBCA President; David O’Brien, GCCC Chairman


L-R: Seamus Duggan, MBCA Senior VicePresident; Paul Carmody, MBCA President; John O’Shaughnessy, MBCA Immediate Past President

L-R: Tom Parlon, CIF Director General; Síle Seoige, Master of Ceremonies; Rhona Quinn, CEF Northern Ireland Past Chairperson; Alan Quinlan, Guest Speaker

Jene Courtney accepts the Ivan Webb Award for First Year Full-Time on behalf of his son, John Courtney, from CIF President Michael Stone

Construction Industry Federation. Prior to the meal, the Ivan Webb Scholarship awards were presented to students of the School of Surveying and Construction Management at the Dublin Institute of Technology. The Ivan Webb Scholarship is awarded to students of the first, second and final years of the Bachelor of Science in Construction Management degree. And for the third time, this year a “Back to Education” award was presented to a student of the School of Surveying and Construction Management. The winners of the awards were as follows: First year whole time, Bachelor of Science in Construction Management – John Courtney Second year whole time, Bachelor of Science in Construction Management – Mark Stuart Back to Education Award School of Surveying and Construction Management – David Quinn Gold Medal Award, Bachelor of Science in Construction Management – Neil Ward The President of the MBCA also presented the very first MBCA Award for Services to Industry to Mr. Kevin Kelly. Mr. Kelly worked with John Sisk & Son Ltd. for many years before going on to join Treasury Holdings, and was involved in such landmark projects as the Central Bank in Dame Street; the Mater Hospital; the Croke Park Redevelopment Scheme; Spencer Dock Redevelopment; Central Park; the National Convention Centre; the Ritz Carlton Powerscourt as well as numerous shopping centres, including The Ilac, The Square, Blanchardstown and Liffey Valley. Mr. Kelly also served as President of the Construction Industry Federation in 1996, was a trustee of the Federation for many years and was also Chairman of the Forum for the Construction Industry. He was also the main driver behind the establishment of the Construction Industry Council, which continues to play a central role in dealing with some of the complex challenges that face the industry today. The Award for Services to Industry was accepted on behalf of Mr. Kelly by his son, Jeremy. A guest speech was made on the evening by retired Munster and Ireland rugby player, Alan Quinlan. Alan spoke to those in attendance about his rugby career and also addressed one of the topics closest

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Mark Stuart accepts the Ivan Webb Award for Second Year Full-Time from CIF President Michael Stone to his heart, mental health, commending the CIF on the ‘Mind Our Workers’ initiative. After dinner entertainment was provided by Alan Shortt, who delighted those present with his repertoire of impersonations. During the course of the meal, the President Mr. Paul Carmody of John Sisk & Son (Holdings) Ltd. addressed those in attendance. “To have a sustainable Construction industry,” the President said, “we need to have collaboration between Government and the industry. “In recent years, since the introduction of the new Public Works Contract, with the stated objective of reducing costs and programme overruns and providing more certainty on the

outcome of publicly procured projects, this collaboration has turned into confrontation with many contractors opting not to tender for public sector work. “However, we welcome the recent changes implemented under the interim term strategy – most notably the inclusion of the full Bill of Quantities and the appointment of Named Specialist Subcontractors. “We have also recently made submissions on the Medium-term strategy for the amendment of the Public Works Contract which deals with such initiatives as MEAT award criteria and Risk Management which should all lead to a more collaborative teamwork within the industry.” Paul Carmody also said the organisation welcomed “Minister Coveney’s announcement in relation to building 47,000 houses to deliver sustainable communities over the next 5 years. “This will be a significant boost to the industry and the MBCA joins the CIF in

David Quinn accepts the Ivan Webb Back to Education Award from CIF President Michael Stone

Neil Ward accepts the Ivan Webb Gold Medal Award from CIF President Michael Stone

congratulating the Government for bringing forward these progressive measures,” he said. “However, to deliver on this ambitious plan the Government needs our industry. “We both need to work together to deliver this programme to the maximum benefit of the state. “To create the 45,000 jobs mentioned in this plan and, to put the infrastructure in place to allow the economy to grow, we will need to be innovative and pragmatic in our approach to the delivery of this plan and overcome obstacles such as the public procurement process. “The minister has now started to address some of the issues which may affect delivery by utilising existing state land banks and reviewing the planning process to expedite the programme. “From my experience in this industry – and I’m sure it applies to the majority of the people present here tonight – the

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OUT and ABOUT - MBCA most successful projects are the ones where all the stakeholders involved are working in partnership to deliver projects to the satisfaction of our clients.”


MBCA President Paul Carmody addresses guests

Jeremy Kelly accepts the inaugural MBCA Services to Industry Award on behalf of his father, Kevin Kelly, from MBCA President Paul Carmody

Comedian Alan Shortt entertains the guests

Paul Carmody also welcomed “the recent Government initiative to review putting CIRI, the Construction Industry Register, on a statutory basis, as set out in Construction 2020. “This can only be of benefit to all in the industry as it will ensure that building standards and quality are maintained and are continuously updated and improved upon in the future,” he said. “I would call on all contractors and house builders to register without delay. “By doing so we will be showing Government we are serious about improving standards within the industry and that CIRI has a significant part to play in improving those standards.” As well as speaking about resources and skilled labour and health and safety, Paul Carmody also addressed the issue of Soil Waste Management in the GDA. “With the industry ramping up over the last year or so, we have encountered a significant problem with the disposal of soil to landfill sites,” he said. “These sites are governed by yearly quotas set out under the planning achieved in conjunction with the EPA. “These yearly quotas are now reaching their limit at a much earlier stage than originally envisaged with some facilities required to close to deliveries until the New Year. “The CIF commissioned a report to examine the difficulties and the limiting factors to our members’ ability to do business in an economic fashion. “It is a complex and lengthy procedure to have the waste licences processed by the EPA. “We are working with the EPA to see if existing licences can be amended to increase annual intakes as long as Planning and the EIS are in place. “Most of the facilities in the Greater Dublin Area have considerable future capacity and should not have an issue should the licences be extended. “The other option of drawing soil from sites in Dublin to facilities in Cavan and Offaly is neither commercially or environmentally friendly. “We would ask the Government to do whatever is necessary to expedite resolving this issue as it could be a major limiting factor to their own significant plans for development in the Greater Dublin Area.” C

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Hubert Fitzpatrick, CIF – on responsibility

Hubert Fitzpatrick


he Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2014, introduced on 1 March 2014 for all new houses, extensions to houses of greater than 40 sq m and for all other developments requiring a Fire Certificate strengthened the regulatory oversight requirements in place for the control of building activity. The Regulations require greater accountability in relation to compliance with the regulations in the form of statutory certification of design and construction, lodgement of compliance documentation, mandatory inspections during construction and validation of registration certificates. The 2014 Regulations were subsequently amended by the Building Control (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2015 giving the owner of works involving the construction of a new single dwelling, on a single unit development, or of a domestic extension, the facility to opt out of the requirements to obtain statutory certificates of compliance by a registered construction professional. The Regulations introduced a new culture of certification of compliance which applies from initial design right through the entire construction process through to completion. Builders’ experiences over the past two years have varied, much related to different interpretations of the requirements by both professionals and builders. Some key experiences in relation to operation of the

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new regulatory requirements are now highlighted. “At and before contract singing it should be evident to all parties to the contract the nature of certifications that will be required during the course of the project.” Quality of Drawings at Commencement: CIF Director, Hubert Fitzpatrick stresses: “the builders should be given a proper set of construction drawings designed to the required standard at the commencement stage of the development – where certain drawings are not available at commencement, then they should be supplied during the construction stage, but prior to carrying out that element of the works to which they relate. “Where the builder is not given an adequate set of construction drawings, and the builder proceeds to build without the adequate construction drawings, then the builder in the situation is taking on responsibility for an element of design for which he should not be responsible. Schedule of Items not yet Designed: “A schedule of items not yet designed at Commencement Stage should be available for the builder at commencement. This will inform Designers and Assigned Certifiers and give advance notice to the responsible parties of the requirement to undertake this design prior to the construction phase for that element of the works. The regulations are written in such a way that the designer should design the building that complies with building regulations and the builder should build it reliant on the plans and specifications supplied. Responsibility for Products: “The Building Regulations require the builder to procure products that are fit for purpose. In determining if the products are fit for purpose, the builder should check the required Declaration of Performance for the products supplied. “Where the builder purchases construction products off-the-shelf that are subject to the Construction Product Regulations, he should check the Declaration of Performance to ensure that the product meets with his requirements. “Some Assigned Certifiers are seeking detailed design certificates in respect of products being purchased. This does not constitute design and is not appropriate. Retention of the Declaration of Performance should be adequate in these


At and before contract signing it should be evident to all parties to the contract the nature of certifications that will be required during the course of the project.


circumstances. “In an ideal situation, at and before contract signing, it should be evident to all parties to the contract the nature of certifications that will be required during the course of the project. The more clarity we have prior to contract, the better for all parties. Supervision V Inspection: “Regularly, there is confusion in relation to responsibilities of the Builder and those of the Assigned Certifier. The Builder supervises the project and the Assigned Certifier inspects the project. The detail of these responsibilities is clearly laid out in the Code of Practice for Inspecting and Certifying Buildings and Works as published by the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government. “The Federation has worked, in conjunction with a Construction Industry Council (CIC) sub-committee, with officials from the Department of Housing Planning Community and Local Government on the review of the Department’s Code of Practice for Inspecting and Certifying Buildings and Works. The updated Code of Practice has now been published by the Department. “At the same time we will be working with a sub-committee of the CIC to develop further guidance in respect of areas not covered by the Code of practice.”


Defining responsibility in light of new regulations Confusion, misinterpretation and a lack of a consensus are among the challenges being cited by some CIF members following the introduction of recent legislation. In an industry in recovery mode, central to our prosperity as a nation, there is a clear need for a degree of streamlining when it comes to implementation. As a result of conversations with Martin Lang, CIF Director of Main Contracting, we set out to take soundings from a number of high profile players.


ew regulations in the area of Building Control have been widely welcomed as they mean greater protection for the customer/client and are ultimately, good for the industry. That the protection of the client is paramount goes without saying. But what if the regulations intended to secure this were to be implemented in such a way as to restrict the contractor from carrying out work effectively? Clearly there would be few winners.

“More than a year into this system it is beginning to achieve its objectives in that there is a much stronger emphasis on both design and construction being in accordance with Building Regulations, says MD with MDY Construction. Mel O’Reilly, “However, there is a lot of misunderstanding and misinformation out there.” Number one, says Mel, “there is confusion between the roles of Builder and Assigned Certifier”. “S.I. No 9 of 2014 (abbreviated as SI 9), reinforced by the Code of Practice for

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Inspecting and Certifying Buildings and Works (COP), require the Builder “to construct, supervise and certify the building or works” and, inter alia, to cooperate with the inspections and to maintain records. The Assigned Certifier is required to “inspect and certify the building or works” and “in consultation with the members of the design team, plan and oversee the implementation of the Inspection Plan during construction” (COP 3.5 (f)). Although the Builder is not required to inspect the works, the requirement to supervise is much more onerous, says Mel. “There is, of course, a duty and obligation to cooperate with the inspections set out in the inspection plan. “Although the documents are very clear with regard to the separation of roles, there are numerous instances of Assigned Certifiers seeking to include the Builder as part of the Inspection Plan. Incomplete Design, “The second gross misunderstanding,” says Mel, “relates to the design certification of the works. “SI 9 (Clause 7: Article 9 (1) (b) (II)) requires that the commencement notice be accompanied by ‘a schedule of such plans, specifications and particulars as are currently designed or as are to be prepared at a later date’. This requirement is set out clearly in the COP Clause 5: Lodgement of Plans and Documentation and Clause 5.1 as follows: “In some cases certain aspects of the building or works may not be fully designed at commencement stage, but each

such incomplete aspect or design element should be identified in the submission which accompanies the Commencement Notice together with an indicative date by which it is expected that the outstanding design element will be completed. In all cases, an appropriate level of plans and documentation should be submitted to the Building Control Authority.” COP Clause 5.3: Lodgement of plans at a later stage, states: “Design work that is due for completion and specialist design that is not available for submission at commencement stage should be certified and submitted at a later stage. Drawings and documentation for these designs should be submitted before the relevant work commences, with Ancillary Certificates of Compliance, where appropriate. Similarly, drawings and documentation for significant changes or omissions should be certified and submitted before the relevant work commences.” From submissions by builders to the CIF Builders’ Register & Building Regulations (BR2) Committee and from discussion with professional bodies, “this requirement is not generally being met in either respect”, notes Mel. “However, the schedule of incomplete design is essential to ensure that the Builder is fully aware of limitations to the progress of the works. (Akin to warning notices in other fields, such as “Scaffold Incomplete!” or “Right Lane Closed 2km Ahead!”) “If this is not made clear, there is a real

risk that some parts of the works may not comply with Regulations. “Furthermore, the requirement that the design certification is provided prior to the commencement of the relevant works makes sense. “If works proceed in the absence of design, how can anyone – Builder, Assigned Certifier, or Building Control – have any confidence or certainty that the completed building is in compliance with regulations? “To proceed in the absence of design certification, the Builder risks being found to be in breach of the Building Control Act with possible fines, imprisonment, or disqualification from signing certificates of compliance.”


It is a complex area too but the irony is that – in essence – “nothing has actually changed when it comes to responsibility to comply with building regulations,” points out Frank Kelly, Construction Director at Walls Construction. “What has changed is the system of demonstrating compliance. The Building Control Management System is a system to record and allow information to be uploaded and to demonstrate compliance. “The onus is still on the building contractor to build in accordance with Building Regulations and the designer to design according to the regulations.” But where a real change has come about, observes Frank Kelly, is that people are now a lot more accountable. Ultimately, because there is a final signoff by the Assigned Certifier on one part and the building contractor or appointed builder on the other, there is more accountability and this is brought home because of the signature that goes with this. “The Department of the Environment has told us that all they require is the Design Certificate and the Ancillary Certificate that may be required and sign-off by the Builder and the Assigned

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Certifier.” Says Frank. All sounds simple enough. However what the industry is experiencing, say many contractors, is a move towards transferring risk down through the chain. “The Assigned Certifier will accept the Builder’s sign-off and Design Certifier’s. “But you find that Ancillary and Design Certifiers won’t sign off their element unless they have multiples of Ancillary Certification down through the contactor and supply chains. It is further complicated as you now have the Construction Product Regulations, acknowledges Frank. “Some designers are seeking Ancillary Design Certification where it may not be applicable or more importantly, available. “The difficulty arises where a standard product is selected by a designer for incorporation into a building and the Designer is seeking an Ancillary Certificate for design from the supplier of the product. “The product supplier may not carry PI for design as they are supplying a standard

product with a product warranty.” Over at Clancy Construction, MD John O’Shaughnessy says some Assigned Certifiers are looking for Design Certificates for products, “whereas a declaration of performance is more than sufficient. “That is a misunderstanding of the

Regulations (BCAR) and Construction Products Regulations (CPR). The CPR came into force in 2013 and BCAR in 2014 and both of these have had a significant impact on how the industry carries out its business. From my point of view some designers/specifiers haven’t caught up with the new requirements and are specifying products for incorporation into buildings using old specifications and thus the confusion with DOPs/CE marking, Agrément certs and ancillary certificates. Note: ancillary certs aren’t a requirement of CPR but a requirement under BCAR. “If designers/specifiers as a 1st principle when designing a building prepared their specification working from the Harmonised European Products Standards (hENs) for the characteristics and performance of construction products or European Technical Assessment (ETAs) where the products isn’t cover by an hENs (i.e. innovation products) the requirement for DOPs/CE marking, Agrément certs and ancillary certificates would become a lot clearer to all involved in the project and thus eliminate the confusion that currently exists.” Says Frank Kelly: “The question is ultimately, ‘who is the designer?’ – arguably if the architect or engineer selects a standard product for incorporation are they not still the designer?” “That is where a lot of issues have arisen. Frank Kelly adds: “There are tenders coming out now with a lot more contractor-designed elements within them. Clearly from the outset the intent here is to impose that design responsibility onto the contractor. ”Of course, as a contractor you can design anything if it’s known up front and allowed for.” Says Frank: “Like everything else to do with tendering, you should be privy to what the Assigned Certifier requires by way of certification, for your tender process, If you can’t procure your supply chain knowing what they are going to require


If you can’t procure your supply chain knowing what they are going to require by way of certification it is very hard to dovetail that back in – after the event.


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regulations accept that as they feel we are designing the floor, but in my view that’s the wrong interpretation. “Where we have produced the floor slabs using shop drawings that comply with the structural engineers’ design intent the Ancillary Certificate we produce is the CIF 01 Ancillary Certificate. “Some Assigned Certifiers believe that shop drawings are actually designs but in my view that is incorrect. “They are showing that we can achieve the design requirement. It is not design – we do not provide a specialist certificate in relation to design. We provide the CIF01. “The importance is this: “If there is an issue with the floor slab at a later date, there is a chain of responsibility. If there is a floor collapse, for example, then, whoever is investigating it the first thing they will be looking at is the design of the floor and who designed it. “Therefore they will ask for the Ancillary Certificate for the design i.e. the structural engineers’ by right.

by way of certification it is very hard to dovetail that back in – after the event.


John O’Shaughnessy notes that different issues are causing confusion. “In fairness to the Department,” says John, returning to BC(A)R, “when they introduced the new Building Control (Amendment) Regulations they introduced a Code of Practice for Inspecting and Certifying Buildings and Works which is supposed to outline who is responsible for what, when and where they do it.” John acknowledges that one area of confusion has to do with Ancillary Certificates. “From a contractors’ point of view, Ancillary Certificates are there to assist a contactor – where he appoints subcontractors to carry out specific areas of work – which give the contractor confidence that the sub-contractor has carried out the works in accordance with the intent of the design,” says John. “From the Assigned Certifiers’ point of view, he/she would be requesting Ancillary Certificates from the design team members and other professionals involved in design, inspection and certification of the works prior to him/her signing the certificate of compliance on completion. “That seems straightforward. And it actually is. “However the waters get muddy in terms of Ancillary Certificates from the contractors’ point of view as there are different interpretations of what is required for signoff. “The professional bodies and the CIF came together to design the Ancillary Certificates which were agreed, and included guidance notes. “They are not part of the Regulations, they are just best practice.


John O’Shaughnessy “They came up with a whole suite of Ancillary Certificates – where and when they would be used and who would be signing them. “However there remains confusion on what is required – and from whom – in relation to Ancillary Certificates. “On a traditional project which is designed by the employer, the design responsibility is that of the design team, not the contractor. “However we as contractor are asked to produce shop drawings, say for example, with pre-cast floors. “The design of the building, including the structure, is that of the structural engineer, and, for example, they want the pre-cast floor to span 7m with a 200mm hollow-core unit, in accordance with their design. “We send that to our own suppliers and ask them to give loadings and spans in accordance with the structural engineers’ design/specification. “According to the suite of certificates, we use the CF 01 certificate for a subcontractor providing the design and installation working from the engineers’ design and spec. “If we have a specialist contactor doing the design only, then he provides one of the Ancillary Certificates from the professional bodies. “Some Assigned Certifiers won’t

“However if we as a building contractor with no responsibility for the design of the building accept that we must produce one of the professional bodies’ Ancillary Certificates as part of our shop drawing for the floor slab then this is where the responsibility of the collapse of the floor will remain even though we didn’t design the building or indeed the floor. “If my sub-contractor signs the specialist certificate they are deemed to have designed the floor – they didn’t. “This is also relevant to curtain walling and to structural steel and other elements. “We have design teams requesting specialist certificates every day for these things which in my view is incorrect. “Say my sub-contractor or supplier can’t provide a 200mm hollow-core unit to span 7m and take the loadings as required by engineers, it is now up to the engineer to redesign the floor as to what s/he now wants. “How can it be the design responsibility of the specialist subcontractor or indeed me as a contractor where the building is designed by the employer? “That is a big issue. It is mentioned many, many times on a daily basis with a lot of misunderstanding. “There is ambiguity as to what Ancillary Certificates are required from the contractor to satisfy the Assigned Certifier. “What needs to be defined in my view is what constitutes design. If we had clarification on this it would clear up a lot of issues.” The CIF is now working with the CIC SubCommittee dealing with BCAR with a view to finalising a further Practice Note to bring about more clarification for the building industry and professional bodies. C

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CIOB Student Challenge presented at CIF, Dublin CIOB judges listen to presentation


“We are conscious that, as an industry, we need leaders and he CIF recently played host to the CIOB Student problem solvers – this is what this challenge is all about – putting Challenge. It was a testing day which saw students tasked with responding to a real-life scenario presented yourself in a position that is out of your comfort zone, making by the CIOB (Chartered Institute of Building) judging decisions and being able to defend the decisions you made. “CIF hopes to work with the third level institutions and CIOB panel. to develop this competition in the future.”


The challenge was presented to the students in the morning and saw them working in teams to bring their knowledge and learning to bear in a presentation that would be made towards the end of the day. Working to this tight timeframe, it was a challenging day for teams from GMIT, WIT Waterford, Cork IT and IT Carlow. The winners were WIT. Roger Green, accompanying lecturer, told Construction it was a fantastic result for the group. “There are different aspects to the competition so every lecturer really has an input,” he said. “The students really put a lot of work in.” Said Dermot Carey, Head of Safety & Manpower Services, CIF: “CIF are delighted to be involved with the CIOB / CIF Student Challenge – this is an opportunity for industry to connect with the future managers and decision makers of the construction sector.

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Said CIOB Trustee, Ivan McCarthy: “From a CIOB perspective, we have been running the student challenge for a number of years. “It was set-up so that we strengthen the link with the various Institutes of Technology and Universities who deliver construction courses across the country (including the North) and give the students some exposure to potential industry scenarios. “The teams were issued a brief describing a city centre site and had to complete a submission and presentation to the judging panel. “Overall it was a very successful event, the quality of the submissions and presentations delivered by the various teams was very high, especially with the tight timeframe that was

CIOB Ivan McCarthy, CIOB, no stranger to this publication

WIT Team with prize

GMIT (Second place) Daniel Walsh Sean Herriott Fiona Malone John Hanahoe Calum Mathers

IT Carlow Aidan Owens Paul Kearrney Vincent Mercy-Fevrier Martin O’Neill Paul Doody WIT Waterford (First place) Anthony Browne Conor Walsh Mark Sheridean Jason Fitzgerald Roger Green

Cork IT Patrick Power Richard Barrett, Liam O’Cuanachain Sean Deen Joe Kehoe imposed. Waterford IT, were worthy winners in a very tight contest. “The feedback from the colleges and participants was very positive and the judging team gave feedback to the lecturers on the performance of the teams. “We’d like to thank Tuner & Townsend

for sponsoring the event and Michael Gallagher for addressing the students on their behalf. “We’d also like to thank Dermot Carey and the CIF for allowing us to host the event in the CIF.” Judges were: Ivan Mc Carthy – CIOB

Trustee; Hugh Dodd – CIOB in Ireland: Eastern Centre Committee Member; John Sweeney – CIOB in Ireland: Eastern Centre Treasurer; Michael Gallagher – Associate Director with Turner & Townsend, who were the Sponsors, and Chairman of CIOB Eastern Centre C

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safety awards

Construction companies take high honours at NISO Awards in Killarney The twenty-fifth Annual National Irish Safety Organisation / Northern Ireland Safety Group (NISO/NISG) Safety Awards took place at a special ceremony in Killarney. The Awards are highly valued and regarded by construction companies and amongst health and safety professionals throughout the island of Ireland.


he construction industry demonstrated its commitment to world class health and safety good practice at this year’s National Irish Safety Organisation / Northern Ireland Safety Group (NISO/NISG) Safety Awards in Killarney. Among the award winners on the night were: John Paul Construction, the Supreme Award winners

Leo Lynch: Gold Award

John Paul takes supreme award! The Supreme Safety Award winner for 2016, sponsored by Irving Oil Whitegate Refinery, was announced as John Paul Construction.

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ohn Paul Construction collected the AllIreland Supreme Award at this year’s Awards. The Supreme Safety Award is presented to the organisation which has shown consistently good or continuously improving health and safety performance over a number of years and an outstanding contribution to occupational safety, health and welfare during the previous year. “Health and Safety is at the core of everything we do and winning the All-Ireland Supreme Award is a tremendous public endorsement of the positive and proactive culture of safety management that we’re achieving within the company”, explained Eamon Booth, Managing Director of John Paul Construction. John Paul Construction wins All Ireland Supreme Safety Award (and Occupational Health – joint winners). L to R: Mick O’Connor, Terminal Manager, Irving Oil Whitegate Refinery; Mike McLoughlin, Health and Safety Manager, John Paul Construction; Mandy Nelson, Chair, Northern Ireland Safety Group; Fergal McKevitt, Secretary, National Irish Safety Organisation; Pat Breen T.D., Minister for Employment and Small Business.

Jones Engineering Ltd.: with Silver Award

With President’s Award (large co.): Walls Construction Ltd.

And he added: “I congratulate and thank everyone in the company on this achievement and for their great efforts, on a daily basis, in promoting, managing and implementing our standards.” Commenting on the success at this year’s Awards, Mike McLoughlin, the Health and Safety Manager with John Paul Construction, said: “It’s great to see how well the construction sector has featured in these awards and this is topped off by us winning the overall award this year. “Despite the recent economic challenges, the industry has responded excellently from a Health and Safety perspective to now leading the way with construction companies winning the top four awards this year.” Mike sees changing people’s attitudes to safety as key to achieving the highest standards in health and safety and John Paul’s recent in-house behavioural safety initiative: WORKSAFE – HOMESAFE, is aimed at exactly that, to ensure every worker goes home safely each day. Joe McLoughlin, Director with responsibility for safety told the Sunday Business Post recently: “Whilst there have been great improvements in the industry, we work in a high-risk and everchanging environment. “Therefore we need to build on these improvements to protect the safety and health

Winthrop Engineering Ltd. with Bronze Award and Consistent High Achiever Award

With President’s Award (med co.): KD Group Mechanical Engineers

of workers. “This award recognises the high standards we insist upon at John Paul Construction and which we’ll continue to improve on and implement into the future.” John Paul Construction was also jointly awarded the overall Occupational Health Award. “Occupational Health often takes second place to safety as the risks to health generally don’t pose an immediate risk. However the protection of workers’ health is an extremely important aspect of health and safety,” added Mike McLoughlin. “Our focus on occupational health is targeted both at eliminating the occupational health risks and promoting awareness among workers in areas such as noise, dust, vibrations, skin care, healthy eating, general wellbeing and mental health.” John Paul also won a Consistent High Achiever award which recognises winning Distinction level awards for the last five years, including a President’s Award for Construction in 2015. The RSA awarded John Paul a Leading Lights Award in December 2015 and Construction readers will recall that long-term employee Paddy Ryan was awarded Construction Safety Representative of the Year, 2016 recently by the CIF / Construction Safety Partnership.

(see panel) and Joint winners of the Occupational Health Award with John Graham Construction. Supreme Award winners John Paul Construction were accompanied by many others! See Leo Lynch: Gold Award Jones Engineering Ltd.: Silver Award Winthrop Engineering Ltd.: Bronze Award President’s Award (large co.): Walls Construction Ltd. President’s Award (med co.): KD Group Mechanical Engineers

And many more…

In fact, Dermot Carey, Head of Safety and Manpower Services at the Construction Industry Federation (CIF), observed how this showing was strongly supported by 34 construction companies winning awards of various kinds on the night – a most impressive representative group for any industry. Dermot Carey comments: “This great performance from companies in the sector shows the level of expertise and commitment to best practice health and safety excellence that exists in the construction sector. “Entry into this competition exposes a company to outside scrutiny and the huge

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safety awards

Lagan Group with their Superior Performance and President’s Award John Graham Group with their Construction Industrial Commercial Award

Kilcawley Group with their Regional Award North West and Consistent High Achiever Awards turnout from the construction sector and the amount of awards won is a clear marker that this industry is committed to driving up standards.” Co-chair (with Pat Kenny) of the Construction Safety Partnership Advisory Committee, John Graby told Construction that this showing marks a tremendous achievement by the Construction industry. Noting how Construction was featured alongside a range of industries here, John Graby remarked: “It is impressive that these companies have done so well, bearing in mind that each project is different and takes place often in the open air.” Many other industry processes can tend to be repetitive in nature and take place in more controlled environments, said John.  “This achievement shows how safety is being taken very seriously and integrated into general work practices in this sector,” he added.  As Construction becomes busier and we see more entrants to the industry, it is, says John, important that they come into an industry that already takes safety very seriously and has the necessary systems in place. Fergal McKevitt, NISO Secretary, along with Mandy Nelson, NISG chair, and Pat Breen T.D., Minister for Employment and Small Business, presented awards to over 100 organisations from all around the island of Ireland at the recent ceremony. Among those we caught up with were Leo Lynch who were awarded the NISO Category 1 National, Gold Award. This

PM Group with Consultant Engineers Award

Road Maintenance Services with Road Surfacing Award follows their 2015 & 2014, “Best Company Regional Safety Awards (East)”. Said Derek Murphy, Leo Lynch Associate Director, HSEQ: “This prestigious award is a tremendous endorsement of the positive and proactive Health, Safety and Welfare culture that we are engendering within the company and is another significant milestone in our

P+D Lydon with Construction Civil Engineering Award continuous quest to maintain World Class Health, Safety and Welfare performance at Leo Lynch.” Presidents Award – Large company went to Walls Construction. Said Gerry Keane, Safety Manager: “Walls Construction is delighted to receive a NISO Award in the Major Category 1 Section for the second year running. “The criteria established by NISO in the various sections is the standard we set out to achieve on a daily basis throughout all our company operations. “The President’s Award recognises the effort we make to continually improve the health, safety and welfare standards on our projects and being considered for awards of this stature demonstrates to our clients and subcontractor partners that health and safety is the main priority for the company. “Our overall objective is to promote ownership of health and safety by taking our supply chain partners on a journey with us and when our efforts are recognised, the effect is positively reinforced, helping us to be all effective participants in our mission to a zero accident environment; so that everyone working on a Walls Construction Project Arrives Safe, Works Safe and Leaves Safe.”


“For those members of staff who were in attendance at the NISO awards there was a deep privilege not only to receive a Bronze Award but to also to receive a Consistent High Achiever Award,” says Ger O’Leary of Winthrop Engineering.

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The All Ireland Safety Awards – A NISO overview “The receiving of both awards is testament to our company’s commitment to achieving ongoing and consistent high safety and health standards at all our workplaces and to be a leader in our field,” added Ger. “Receiving recognition motivates the team to consistently develop, innovate and grow our safety culture amongst our staff and business colleagues. “Winthrop Engineering Ltd. believes that innovation comes from ‘individuals and teams’ and we continuously and actively encourage all staff members to provide differing points of view for increased safety performance, as our core belief is that diverse perspectives lead to different thinking and thinking differently is what sets us apart.” Meanwhile, a Superior Performance Award went to Lagan Construction Group. (And a Presidents Award for Construction). The Anderco Superior Performance Award is awarded to the organisation that best demonstrates evidence that they have introduced proactive measures over and above the legal requirement to provide a superior safety-working environment for all. Says Nicola McCracken, Health & Safety Manager, Lagan Construction Group “Lagan Construction Group were delighted to win these prestigious awards – Presidents Award for Construction and the Anderco Superior Performance Award for Health and Safety – at the recent NISO Awards Dinner in Killarney. “Last year was the inaugural year of the Anderco Award and we won it then and are delighted to have retained it for a second year.


“The NISO Awards are the premier awards for demonstrating excellent health and safety practice throughout Ireland, both North and South, and recognise where businesses have gone the extra mile to improve health and safety performance and educate employees in best practice. “As a construction company we are also cascading our safety systems out to all the contractors who work on our sites and therefore extending good health and safety knowledge throughout the industry. “We have achieved NISO Major Award status for a number of years now and this shows that our health and safety systems are stable and continue to improve and progress, which benefits everyone working with us.” Many distinctions and merits were awarded on the night. Among these were the following. (Again, our list is not definitive. See NISO website for full list of winners – many more from construction!) Said David Phelan of Suir Engineering: “Suir Engineering is very pleased that it was awarded a Distinction Safety Award at the twenty-fifth Annual NISO/NISG Safety Awards in Killarney. “This is the premier All-Ireland Safety Award with the overall winner selected from across all industries. “It is a reflection of the commitment of all our staff to a safe working culture within the

Run in conjunction with Northern Ireland Safety Group (NISG), the Awards recognise how organisations manage health and safety at work • Organisations send, during springtime, their paper-based submissions to be reviewed by health and safety professionals • The winners are notified in late August or early September what class of award they have achieved • The list of winners is published, after the event, in several respected publications such as the Sunday Business Post as well as on the NISO website and NISO Update e-magazine. To find out more about the Safety Award, please visit

business. “We thank everyone in the company for contributing to this exceptional performance.” Said Joe O’Dwyer, Health & Safety Manager with Collen Construction: “Collen Construction are delighted to have received a NISO/NISG Distinction Award. “This award provides recognition of the company’s consistent approach to raising and implementing health and safety standards to the highest level. “Collen’s firm commitment to health and safety starts at Director level and flows throughout the organisation. “The award is testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff and supply chain.” In addition, Dylan Broderick, Quality Manager of John Cradock Ltd. told us the company were “delighted to be awarded a Distinction at the 2016 NISO Awards – the fifth consecutive year that our Health & Safety Systems have been acknowledged at these awards. “There was an extremely strong showing from the construction sector, clearly demonstrating the industry-wide commitment to safety. “For JCL, it is recognition of our efforts to make our Health & Safety integral to all of our operations.” Meanwhile Barry O’Brien, Kirby Group EHS Manager told Construction: “We are delighted to receive these awards (Distinction and High Achiever – again many companies featured in more than one category and many won High Achiever awards – check NISO website for FULL list) which are due to the efforts of the whole Kirby team and our supply chain who consistently demonstrate a proactive and positive attitude to health and safety.” KD Group told us it was delighted to have won the prestigious President’s Award in the ‘Medium Sized Organisation’ category at this year’s Annual Occupational Safety Awards 2016. “This award shows the commitment by all our staff and

safety awards management to health and safety,” was the message here. “The Safety Awards aid us in auditing our systems internally and to promote continual improvement within our Safety Management System. “We bring this positive safety culture into all our projects. Some of our current projects include; Galway Garda HQ; St. James’s Hospital; University Hospital Galway and Castlebar Swimming Pool. “With these projects it is important to consider the nature of the project, to be aware of the type of setting we are working in and any additional hazards that need to be taken into account when working on different jobs.”

Actavo Network & In-Home Division

Construction Utility Services Award – Actavo Network & In-Home Division (and Consistent High Achiever Award) Says Willie Ryan, SHEQ Director, Actavo | Network & In-Home Division: “Actavo | Network & In-Home Division is delighted to win this NISO Utility Services Award 2016, and also to receive recognition through the Consistent High Achiever Award, which honours 9 years of continued major awards. “We see our NISO awards as a key achievement on an annual basis. They represent prestigious, external recognition of our health and safety performance within the business.” Meanwhile, the Occupational Health Award, supported by the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) and the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI), was jointly won by John Paul Construction and John Graham Construction. The awards, which demonstrate the positive and proactive culture of safety management in organisations, were sponsored by Anderco, Construction Industry Federation, Health and Safety Authority, Health and Safety Executive Northern Ireland, Irving Oil Whitegate Refinery and Merrion Fleet Management Ltd. The 53rd annual NISO health and safety conference, which preceded the safety awards ceremony, was sponsored by Abbott Ireland, Anderco, Bollé Safety, Bord Gáis Energy, ESS Groundforce/Safeforce, Gas Networks Ireland, Intel Ireland Ltd., Kilcawley Construction and Jones Engineering Group. Note: Once again, our list above is by no means exhaustive and serves merely as a sample of the Construction Industry’s success at this event. Many other construction companies were featured on the evening. For a full list, including complete listing of construction sector companies who were recognised at the awards, please go to C

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featured project

Propelled to new heights!


When completed, it will be the largest onshore wind farm in Ireland.



ur featured Project comes from Limerick-based company, Roadbridge Civil Engineering & Building Contractors who were appointed as the Project Supervisor, Construction Stage, and Main Contractor on the Galway Wind Farm in November 2014.


Galway Wind Park (GWP) is situated in Uggool, Oughterard and is a wind farm cluster that consists of a total of up to 69 wind turbines with an energy output capacity of 169MW. When completed, it will be the largest onshore wind farm in Ireland. GWP will produce enough green energy to power approximately 84,000 homes, which is equivalent to almost 90% of the homes in County Galway. The green energy produced at GWP will help to offset approximately 190,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions every year from fossil fuel generation. Phase 1 of the project (24 permitted turbines) entered construction in February 2015 and is owned and financed by SSE. Phase 2 (45 permitted turbines) is a 50/50 joint venture between SSE and Coillte, Ireland’s largest forestry and land solutions company.


The works include excavation and construction of hardstands and bases for the 69 wind turbines, construction of 2 new sub-stations and a new operations building, installation of 530km of electrical cabling and the construction and upgrade of new and existing roads of around 50km. Galway Wind Park is expected to complete in 2017. C

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Mercury staff receive Certs at special ceremony in Clonee Construction was present at a very special presentation of certificates to Mercury Engineering staff at Facebook in Clonee.


The event was attended by Director General of the CIF, Tom Parlon, as well as representatives from Mercury and Project Managers Mace and Robert Butler Head of Learning & Development with the CIF who developed the two-day Site Supervisor Safety Programme (SSSP) to meet the needs of the CIF membership. CIF’s Tom Parlon said he was delighted to be present and congratulated the team and all concerned on their achievements in regard to safety. On behalf of Mace, Paul Gaughran, Safety Manager, echoed Tom Parlon’s sentiments, as did Frank Mathews, Director of Mercury Engineering, who expressed thanks to all Mercury staff who had attended the course. “It is a tribute to the staff and management and also to the individuals concerned in that they have bought into the safety culture within Mercury Engineering – they live and breathe that safety culture,” Frank Mathews told Construction. “The New Site Supervisor Safety Programme which runs over two days has been very well received by a range of companies from Main Contractors to Specialists,” says Robert Butler. “The programme is aimed at those starting in a supervisory role seeking to obtain a solid foundation in safety which will allow the learner to grow their own specific safety knowledge into the future by attending the next level of programmes provided by CIF – such as the CIF IOSH Managing Safety in Construction or the CIF QQI Level 6 programme. “The CIF SSSP Card and Certificate was presented to the Mercury employees who attended the two programmes on-site at Facebook in Clonee Co. Meath.


“The completion of this programme marks the start in developing safety knowledge to those who have successfully attended the

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Recipients of certificates with (seated at front L-R) Paul Gaughran, Safety Manager for Mace; Denis O’Brien, Mace; Tom Parlon, Director General, CIF; Mercury Engineering’s Frank Mathews; Colm Burke, Mercury

Frank Mathews, Mercury Engineering

Tom Parlon, Director General, CIF SSSP programme. Safety knowledge is key in continuing to provide zero harm results, achieved to date on this project. “The broader safety awareness that supervisors have, the more aware they become of the tasks where additional safety resources are required to make the task underway safe. “Awareness of hazard and risk identification and assessment are crucial in preventing the negative outcomes which lead to incidents which can lead to ill health or on-site incidents requiring medical attention. “The SSSP programme drives this specific topic to ensure those supervisors

Paul Gaughran of Mace attending are more focused in this space, providing better overall results in incident reduction by providing adequate information and supervision.”

Mercury award

Mercury Engineering were also presented with the Contractor of the Month Award by Mace during the presentation, further validating the success of providing safety training to those who can have a direct impact on changing safety ownership leading to positive changes in safety behaviours on site.


Launch of Rebuilding Ireland in Cork City Hall

Minister Simon Coveney addresses the event Over 100 stakeholders attended the recent “Rebuilding Ireland” launch in Millennium Hall, City Hall, Cork. The audience consisted of the Lord Mayor; City and County Councillors; Senior Local Authority officials; officials from the Department of Housing, Planning & Local Government and many CIF members. The CIF Cork Branch were given the opportunity to give a 10-minute presentation on the aspects of the “Rebuilding Ireland” plan which affected the residential construction sector.


Conor O’Connell, Regional Director CIF, spoke at the event and welcomed many aspects of “Rebuilding Ireland”. Conor stressed to the various stakeholders present that the commercial viability of residential construction projects was still the main concern of the property development and residential construction sector. He outlined various measures which could boost residential construction activity in the Region. A significant number of the Region’s largest property developers and residential construction companies were present and a detailed question and answer session followed with the Minister afterwards.


The audience consisted of the Lord Mayor; City and County Councillors; Senior Local Authority officials; officials from the Department of Housing, Planning & Local Government and many CIF members.


Conor O’Connell, Regional Director, CIF

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Electrical contractors helping to “reimagine” Cork

One of the final projects in 2016 by CIF members for Reimagine Cork was completed recently by Sean Ahern Electrical Ltd. and O’Shea’s Electrical.


The project which involved the installation of lighting in Coleman’s Lane saw two of Cork’s longest established Electrical contracting companies uniting to improve the public realm in the historical core of the city centre. The lane which links North Main St. with an adjoining residential area has seen a dramatic increase in footfall since the lighting was installed. Michael Ahern stated that he was delighted to be part of this broad volunteer effort by many individuals and companies to rejuvenate areas of the city centre. Said Michael: “These are small projects but they have a very positive impact on the people who live and work in the area.” The electrical contractor that has been involved in many lighting projects for the City Council stated that it, “illustrates the positive impact that adequate and appropriate public lighting can have on a community”. Brian Nolan of O’Shea’s Electrical who purchased the lighting equipment, stated that he was delighted to be part of this broad stakeholder effort and that “it goes to show what can be achieved with the City Council, Reimagine Cork volunteers and Contractors working together”. Speaking about the project, Artist, Alan Hurley of Reimagine Cork stated that the installation of the lighting was “the final piece of the jigsaw for a project that saw the laneway being completely remodeled.

“I know from speaking to the residents of the area that they are delighted to have this space back in public use. “The contribution of professional contractors has been a vital part of this project and the many other projects that CIF members have volunteered for over the last few months. “We look forward to continuing to engage with the CIF into 2017. “Some of these regeneration projects are simply not possible without the professional input of contractors like Sean Ahern Electrical and O’Shea’s Electrical.”


“The work included volunteers painting the walls, the installation of flower boxes and a general tidy up of an important historical area. “It was vital that we had the professional input of Sean Ahern Electrical to complete the transformation of Colemans Lane.

Michael Ahern of Sean Ahern Electric Ltd. and Alan Hurley of Reimagine Cork using the “reimagined” Colemans Lane in Cork City Centre

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Keymore Construction has constructed more than 40 Million items in the craft of brick and block laying. Keymore Construction, based in the City of Newry (only one hour travel time to Belfast and Dublin), have completed many major construction projects throughout Ireland and the UK. Keymore is currently in the process of opening an office in mainland UK. 95 High Street, Bessbrook, Co. Down BT35 7DZ Email: UK Tel: 028 3083 8867 Fax: 028 3083 7523 Mobile: 07753 982088

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“Keep Safe” road show came to Meath schoolchildren with CIF involvement Over one hundred primary school children from Ballinlough National School; Drumbaragh National School; Scoil Mhuire National School and Kilskyre National School recently attended a Health and Safety Authority “Keep Safe” event in Gael Colmcille GAA club, Kells.

The agencies and organisations that were represented on the day included JJ Rhatigans, representing the Construction Industry Federation.


Ten state agencies and regional organisations as well as JJ Rhatigans representing the CIF, came together to deliver an interactive safety programme directed at fifth and sixth class pupils. It aims to promote safety and community awareness through involving the children in a series of interactive scenarios with a strong safety theme. Speaking about the event Marie McCarthy, Senior Inspector with the Health and Safety Authority says: “The Keep Safe initiative is specially designed for schoolchildren and aims to be an enjoyable and interactive way for them to learn about issues like water safety, electricity, road safety and more. “This kind of multi-agency approach where resources and knowledge are used together for the benefit of the community is to be welcomed and encouraged.”


The aims of the one day ‘Keep Safe’ event are to help children to: • become aware of personal and home safety • learn how to react to dangerous situations • foster good citizenship

• learn how to recognise hazards and manage risks • learn how to stay safe within the context of, for example: road safety, water safety, fire safety and site safety The agencies and organisations that were represented on the day include the Health and Safety Authority; ESB Networks; Garda Siochana; Fire Services; Civil Defence; Green Schools; Bus Eireann; Irish Water Safety; RNLI and JJ Rhatigans, representing the Construction Industry Federation. C

Our picture was taken at the CIF regional delegate meeting with Mairead McGuinness, MEP in the Shearwater Hotel, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway. The picture shows from left to right: Justin Molloy, Regional Director, Western/ Midlands Region, CIF; Tara Flynn, Paul Flynn Construction; Deputy Mairead McGuinness, MEP; Charles Wills, Wills Brothers Civil Engineering

This picture was taken at the recent CIF Midland Branch Meeting which was held in the Tullamore Court Hotel. The meeting was addressed by CIF Corporate member, Mark Whittaker, Senior Planner with McCarthy Keville O’Sullivan Planning & Environmental Consultants.

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Residential on the rise The residential sector has experienced a late resurgence of activity as we approach the final weeks of 2016, reports Construction Information Services (CIS).


s reported in November’s Q3 2016 activity report, Construction Information Services (CIS) confirmed that works have commenced on 11,550 residential units up to the end of September 2016. These figures fell largely in line with those of the same time period from 2015. However, Q4 has witnessed a late surge in activity for the sector with an additional 2,538 units commencing in October alone. This brings the total number of units commencing on site to 14,088 units as we entered the month of November. Only 396 units of this October sum accounts for single one-off builds which shows that developers are beginning again to take chances on large phased schemes. If the housing sector were to sustain the 2,538 unit mark in a consistent manner over the coming months, then the Department of Housing’s goal of reaching 25,000 units per annum would be more than achievable. There are certain elements underlying the late surge in residential construction which will be outlined as we highlight some of the major builds during October 2016.


One of the notable factors during October 2016 is the fruition of long-term developers going on site. Most prominently, Cairn Homes Plc have increased works on various sites around the nation’s capital. Across three separate sites, Cairn Homes Plc accounted for 264 units commencing on site in October 2016. In Rathgar, at their Marienella site, Cairn Homes Plc began works on the next phase of their ongoing development with two blocks of apartments comprising of 94 units. Works commenced originally on the development in May 2016 and when it is completed the overall site will be home to 275 units which will be an assortment of high-end apartments and houses. In Dublin’s Docklands, Cairn Homes are acting as the developers for a lucrative

residential development which is located on the Former Kilsaran Concrete Site at Hanover Quay. Bennett Construction are currently carrying out the construction works for them on this development which also went on site in October and will comprise of 122 apartment units upon completion. Finally, for Carin Homes Plc, they have also commenced works on 48 housing units at Parkside on the Former Balgriffin Park Lands in Dublin 17. As works commenced on this development, the property developers also submitted a planning application for a further 94 housing units on the land adjacent to the one currently on site. On the Scholarstown Road in Rathfarnham, Dublin 16, Andrews Construction has commenced further phases of this large-scale residential development. The site has full planning permission for up to 317 units and has been progressing at a consistent pace since commencing works on Phase 1 in April 2016. Meanwhile, in Saggart, Greenacre Residential Limited have commenced works on Phase 3 of their ongoing largescale development. Phase 3 will consist of 96 units and the overall site has planning permission for up to 224 units. Works originally commenced on this site in September 2015. Elsewhere in the country, O’Flynn Construction have commenced works on a €24m residential development with an initial phase of 21 houses at Knocknagore, Crosshaven in County Cork. The development site has permission for a total of 204 units. In Kinsale, Cfield Construction Limited commenced works

on phase 1 of 11 units of a €14m development. The overall development has planning permission for 161 units. Gannon Homes are the developers on this project.


Social housing plays a factor in the increase of housing construction for October 2016. A notable development is the first phase of the Dolphin House Regeneration development. When the development is completed it will see the refurbishment of 72 existing units and the construction of 38 new units. The overall development will be carried out over four phases and is expected to cost in the range of €25m and will be built by Purcell Construction. ABM Construction, County Dublin, has started work on the delivery of modular home builds at two sites around County Dublin. After a pilot programme in Ballymun last year, these two sites mark the beginning of the Government’s plans to expand the programme around the county. At St. Helena’s Drive, ABM Construction will be creating 40 modular homes and at Mourne Road, Drimnagh they will be creating 29 units. The two development sites are expected to be completed by summer 2017. The strong start of Q4 2016 will give the residential sector an air of confidence as we approach the beginning of 2017. Based on the rate of construction being witnessed at the moment, a cautiously optimistic end-of-year figure for new residential builds can be projected to be around 16,000 new units for 2016. C by Niall Gargan – CIS Residential Researcher. (Report compiled mid-November, 2016).

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L-R: Aine Myler, Director General; Dermot O’Leary, Chief Economist at Goodbody; Claire Solon, SCSI President; Shane Coleman, Newstalk; Alexandra Notay

SCSI welcomes Minister Coveney’s plans to fast-track the delivery of 30,000 homes as part of Rebuilding Ireland Initiative


he Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI) says it “broadly welcomes” an announcement by Simon Coveney, Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government to fast-track the delivery of 30,000 new homes in urban centres across the country.


Reacting to the announcement from the SCSI’s Annual Conference in Dublin, Claire Solon, President of the SCSI, said: “We welcome and support the latest actions announced by the Minister to help stimulate the housing market in key areas of demand in an effort to address the lack of supply. “In particular we welcome the fasttracking of residential housing schemes and the identification of significant land holdings for potential development.” Ms Solon said: “The intention to reform the planning process is a very practical way

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out and about - Surveyors’ conference

Green REITs Stephen Vernon and Shane Coleman, Newstalk to ensure faster turnaround of projects. “However, this intention must be backed up with the provision of increased manpower in local authorities and An Bord Pleanala to meet the potential increase in large scheme applications.” In describing the scale of the announcement on the number of new homes proposed as “ambitious”, Claire Solon said that the society had some concerns on the delivery of the proposed actions. “Availability and cost of land for development, VAT, site costs and the availability of labour to get developments started on site all need to be addressed. “We addressed all these critical factors in our Real Cost of New House Delivery Report earlier this year, a report which is referenced within the Minister’s Housing Action Plan. “Availability of development finance at affordable levels to fund these projects

is also key to ensuring the delivery of the Minister’s proposals. “Government has no choice but to get involved in the provision of finance in a more significant way if they are looking for quick solutions. “It’s done in other countries, particularly after significant downturns and we need to adopt this approach here.” Mortgage finance for purchasers of completed units was also a concern: “While a proportion, no doubt, will be targeted at the rental market, the homes that are made available for purchase must come in at a cost which will fit well within the Central Bank’s macro prudential rules policy.” (Note: the event took pace before the review of mortgage measures announced by the Central Bank, see CIF News and panel on this page). Claire Solon said the society was looking forward to supporting the Government’s plans.

L-R: Alexandra Notay; James Maddock Cushman & Wakefield; Claire Solon, SCSI President

Update: Central Bank decision The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland has welcomed the decision by the Central Bank to ease deposit rules for first time buyers. Ronan O’Hara, Chairman of the SCSI’s Residential Professional Group said the move would provide much needed assistance to first time buyers, many of whom are struggling to save for a deposit. “This is a well-considered move by the Central Bank and the focus on first time buyers is welcome, particularly in Dublin and other cities. This will give confidence to the market and hopefully will encourage more builders to begin developments.  The retention of the Loan to Income ratios will hopefully help to curb price increases,” he said.  “Buyers can now focus on buying sooner and in locations where they have family support.  This is also good news for vendors in the second hand market as first-time buyers are not limited to the new homes sector.” However, the SCSI pointed out that sourcing the required deposit and mortgage is just one part of the equation and much more needs to be done on the supply side.

“Our role is to provide independent expertise and key information to help deliver on this latest action plan to provide much needed homes and accommodation to the people who need them.” C

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“Benefits of Lean in Supply Chain Collaboration”

A major Lean event took place recently at the Castleknock Hotel, on Wednesday 23 November

Eamon Devoy, Education, Training and Organisational Service, (ETOS) with Steve Ward, 6ix Consulting

Edith Blennerhasset, Arup; Gary Widger, Mercury Engineering and Richard Harrison, Viewpoint Construction


Lean Construction Ireland’s LCI Ireland Community Event, was sponsored by Designer Group and the theme of the was: “Benefits of Lean in Supply Chain Collaboration”. One Keynote speaker was Jim O’Sullivan, Assistant Chief Engineer, Mechanical & Electrical; OPW. Jim spoke about “Supply Chain Collaboration with OPW”. His talk centred on a recently completed OPW Data Centre where Lean tools were used by the entire contractors’ team. Supply chain collaboration was used on this design and build project to facilitate meeting the client’s evolving needs. Sean Downey, Director of Specialist Contracting with CIF said that feedback

from participants had been excellent and it was a very engaging evening. “It is a critical tactic for the LCI going forward that we try to engage with large public sector procurement authorities to embed Lean principles within tendering and contract management processes,” said Sean. “We really appreciate the engagement to date from within the OPW and hope that we can continue this. “I’d also like to express our sincere thanks on behalf of the LCI leadership group for Designer Group’s support for the event, as without such support from active companies the LCI would not be making progress.”

Refreshments and catchup prior to main event

Darrin Taylor, WIT; Richard Fitzpatrick, National Paediatric Hospital Development Board; Kevin White, Jones Engineering; Brian Clare, DIT and Sean Downey, CIF

Brid MacBrian, Kirby Group Engineering and Labake Ekundayo from DIT

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lean construction

Hannah Tedore and Caoimhe Keoghegan from EY

At this year’s annual WIT Lean Enterprise Excellence Forum Richard Keegan with Michael Stone, Designer Group

‘Lean Practitioners Sharing Knowledge’ One recent event in the WIT Lean Enterprise Excellence Group’s Lean Practitioner Seminar Series was LEAN COACHING. The speaker was Cathy Mullins, Lean Coach, Sanofi, Waterford.

Full house!


Joseph Little, DIT and Joseph Mady, lecturer and BIM manager for Designer Group Address from Richard Fitzpatrick

Steven Ward

A second keynote address came from Steven Ward, Lean Construct: “Enhancement of the Last Planner system methodology”. This Lean Construction Ireland Community Event, delivered with the support of Designer Group was free to attend. It began with a “Lean Construction Ireland

on the WIT Main Campus, Cork Road, Waterford, from 18:00 to 20:00.


These are free monthly events which bring together practitioners in Lean enterprise, operational, and process excellence to share knowledge, experience, expertise, and good practices. To book a place at an event, email Lean@ Organisations may send multiple delegates, and each attendee is asked to submit their name and email address when booking.

The event examined the role and importance of the Lean Coach. There is now widespread acceptance that coaching has an important role to play in effective leadership. Lean coaching involves mentors providing procedural assistance to mentees and by doing so enabling them to successfully deliver Lean improvements. The Lean Coach is this regard assists employees in the “how” of the improvement activity and also learns from employees as they focus on the “what” of the improvement activity. About the Speaker: Cathy joined Sanofi Waterford (then Genzyme) in 2005 and joined the Lean Team in January 2014 as a Lean Coach. She is a 2014 graduate of the Master of Business in Lean Practice programme at WIT. As part of this Masters programme Cathy researched approaches to creativity and innovation in organisations that operate a Lean strategy. The Lean Practitioner Seminar Series is presented in association with Waterford Chamber Skillnet. Seminars are hosted

Wednesday 18 January 2017, Lean thinking in construction Aidan Clancy. Darrin Taylor & Aidan Walsh, CoDirectors of the Lean Enterprise Excellence Group at the School of Business in Waterford Institute of Technology further tell us that that their fifth Annual WIT Lean Enterprise Excellence Forum will be on Thursday, 4 May 2017, and details will follow in due course.  “We recommend you bookmark www. and for ongoing information,” is the message. “As always, our events are free to attend, and we would appreciate you circulating this to your wider colleagues and networks. “We very much look forward to seeing you and your colleagues over the coming year.”

Community Welcome and Overview” – Richard Fitzpatrick and an Introduction by Michael Stone, Founder and CEO of Designer Group. A number of breakout sessions followed

featuring, amongst others, Joseph Little, DIT and Joe Mady, Designer Group; Eamon Devoy, Educational Training and Organisational Services; Avril Behan, DIT and Jonathan Argue, Topcon. C

Upcoming events include :

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The requirement to give notice of claims Anthony Hussey, Right, with CIF Director of Main Contracting, Martin Lang

Anthony Hussey of Hussey Fraser Solicitors is no stranger to our publication. This time out he addresses another significant issue.


nce upon a time there was no need to give notice of claims under most standard forms of contract. Prior to 2007 the standard contracts in use in Ireland were the IEI Third Edition for Civil Engineering Contracts and the RIAI Forms for building works. While these contracts did require the contractor to give notice of claims in a timely fashion there was no express penalty for failing to do so. The result was that unless the respondent to the claim could show actual prejudice as a result of the failure to give notice, the claim would succeed, no matter how late. The same was the position under the standard forms of subcontract current at the time. The pendulum has now swung in the opposite direction. Under most forms of contract it is now a condition precedent to making a claim that notice be given of the claim within a short period of time. If notice is a condition precedent the claim is lost in its entirety, irrespective of its merits, if the notice is not given. Even before 2007 the FIDIC form of contract, which was in use in Ireland to a limited extent, contained such a provision. For the last nine years the dominant contract in use in Ireland has been the public works contract in its various forms. The PWC goes further than FIDIC. Not only does it require notice being given within 20 working days, it also requires details of the claim being provided within a further 20 working days. In the event of either of these conditions being met, the claim,

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subject as below, is doomed to failure. Now that recovery is underway private contracts are back in vogue. Invariably however, these too require notice to be given as a condition precedent to a claim being successful. Most of the provisions are based upon the wording of the PWC which in turn is based upon clause 20.1 of FIDIC. Unfortunately contractors and sub-contractors consistently fail to meet the requirements of these provisions with the result that their claims, irrespective of their merit, are put in jeopardy. The main notice provision in the PWC is as follows: 10.3.1 If the Contractor considers that under the Contract there should be an extension of time or an adjustment to the Contract Sum, or that it has any other entitlement under or in connection with the Contract, the Contractor shall, as soon as practicable and in any event within 20 working days after it became aware, or should have become aware, of something that could result in such an entitlement, give notice of this to the Employer’s Representative. The notice must be given according to sub-clause 4.14 and prominently state that it is being given under sub-clause 10.3 of the Contract. For the purpose of this article let us assume that a contractor has failed, on the face of it, to give notice, in accordance with this provision and let us examine the bases upon which the law may nonetheless rescue a contractor from his dilemma. Most of the arguments available to avoid the strict time regime arise out of case law and these will be dealt with below by reference to each of the cases. Apart from those arguments, the case has been made that the

legal view time does not begin to run against the contractor until he “considers himself ” entitled to make the claim. Therefore if the claim relies upon a legal principle or argument of which he would not have been aware (or should not have been aware) time does not run until he is advised of the claim’s potential. The clause of course provides for the giving of notice from the date of the contractor becoming aware of the event giving rise to the claim and not from the time that the contractor considers himself entitled to make the claim. However some limited support for this argument is provided by the case of Nobahar-Cookson and others v The Hut Group Ltd [2016] EWCA Civ 128 which is dealt with below.

Clayton Love v B and I [1970] 104 ILTR 157

The starting point in Ireland has to be the decision in Clayton Love because it is one of very few decisions of the Irish courts relevant to such provisions. In it the Supreme Court decided that a clause exempting a party from liability for its breach of contract could not be sustained if the breach was a fundamental breach. In the particular case the shipping company relied upon an exemption clause where it had allowed frozen scampi to defrost in the course of shipment, as a result of which the cargo was rendered valueless. It is likely that the Supreme Court would take a different approach to this subject if it was given an opportunity to do so


Under most forms of contract it is now a condition precedent to making a claim that notice be given of the claim within a short period of time.


because the English law upon which the judgment was based has been reversed by subsequent judgments in that jurisdiction. A number of High Court judges have expressed doubt about the validity of the Clayton Love decision and have sought to find ways around it. Nonetheless it remains the law of the land and whereas High Court judges might be amenable to arguments whereby the application of the principle established by the case may not be applied in whole or in part, it would be inappropriate for an arbitrator to follow such a course. Arbitrators should consider themselves bound by the decision in Clayton Love and accordingly if the effect of the notice requirement is to allow the employer escape liability for a fundamental breach of contract, the arbitrator should not apply the provision. The fact that a notice provision of this nature is to be regarded as an exemption clause was reaffirmed in the NobaharCookson case below.

WW Gear Construction Ltd v McGee Group Ltd [2010] EWHC 1460 (TCC)

The first chink in the clause arises out of the fact that the words “whichever is the earliest” is not inserted after the words “or should have become aware”. In the Gear Construction case the Court held that similar wording was to be read as giving the contractor the option of notifying the claim on the later date of the two alternatives. Applying the same logic, under the PWC provision, time would not start to run against the contractor until the later of his either becoming aware, or he should have become aware.

Obrascon Huarte Lain SA v Attorney General for Gibraltar [2014] EWHC 1028 (TCC) This case related specifically to clause 20.1 of the FIDIC form of contract which for all intents and purposes is identical to the PWC provision quoted above. The Court held in effect that an extension of time claim need not be made prior to the delay actually occurring i.e. the claim need not necessarily be made as soon as events occur which would likely give rise to a claim. Although the case related only to extension of time claims, the logic of the judgment would suggest that it should equally apply to claims for additional payment.

Nobahar-Cookson and others v The Hut Group Ltd [2016] EWCA Civ 128 The contract in this case contained the following provision:-

“The Sellers will not be liable for any Claim unless the Buyer serves notice of the Claim on the Sellers……….as soon as reasonably practicable and in any event within twenty Business Days after becoming aware of the matter”. The issue was whether the notice had to be given within twenty business days of the buyer becoming aware of the facts giving rise to the claim on the one hand, or of the buyer becoming aware that those facts would actually give rise to a valid claim under the contract on the other hand. The latter circumstance would only arise after the buyer had taken advice from his accountants. The Court of Appeal came to the conclusion that the time only began to run from when the buyer received the advice from its accountants. While much of the argument centred on the proper interpretation of the word “matter” in the context of the particular clause, the ultimate reasoning of the Court leading it to this conclusion was based on the purpose of the clause which, in the Courts view was “to prevent the buyer from pursuing claims previously kept up its sleeve rather than goad him towards analysis and the obtaining of advice” within the time restraint. The extent to which this judgment will assist is not certain. In the particular contract the time for making a claim was tied to the time when the claimant became aware “of the matter”. In the PWC clause time runs from when the contractor became aware of the event or circumstance giving rise to the claim and not the awareness that those events or circumstances give rise to a claim. It is however quite arguable that the inclusion in the clause of the words “If the contractor considers himself to be entitled” indicates a purpose similar to that identified by the court in the Nobahar-Cookson decision and that, read in that context the obligation to make the claim only arises when the contractor becomes aware that the event or circumstance gives rise to a stateable claim.


The above cases may assist in overcoming an apparent failure on the part of a contractor to give notice, depending upon the circumstances of the particular case. In practice, one would always look closely at the behaviour of the parties. It is not unusual for parties to indicate through their conduct an intention to waive the requirement for such notice, and by reference to general legal principles that is a good defence against condition precedent. C

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pensions & ADVICE

What to do differently in 2017? Susan O’Mara takes time to look ahead to 2017 in this issue. As usual her advice cuts straight to the point!


If you are midway through your working life you ought to know how much you need to have saved or have yet to save for your retirement.


Get Your Finances–and body—in shape – one study showed that more exercise leads to higher pay because you tend to be more productive after you’ve worked up a sweat.

Habits and discipline

“So taking up running may help amp up your financial game. Plus, all the habits and discipline associated with, say, running marathons, are also associated with managing your money well.” I couldn’t find the corresponding “one” study; however, if it turns out that by the end of 2017 you aren’t better off financially, at least you will be fitter!

Nothing to lose!

What will YOUR retirement cost?

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On a more serious note however, in looking back over 2016, the majority of clients I met throughout the year (both young and older) hadn’t ever really crunched the numbers on the cost of their own retirement. And with this in mind, this is my only tip for 2017: If you do nothing else with your personal finances in 2017, do try to consider the actual cost of your own retirement. The internet is very useful for this; if your own pension provider doesn’t already have a pension calculator then there are many online. The Pension Authority has one, as do my colleagues in CERS – which is on their website ( But most people I spoke to didn’t visit them. If you are mid-way through your working life you ought to know how much you need to have saved or have yet to save for your retirement. If you are still in the beginning phase, understanding that starting earlier will take the pressure off down the road will help you and be a helpful motivator. You can see from the table below the value of saving a monthly amount of €100 will accumulate a much greater fund at age 65 if you start at age 25 compared to starting at age 35 – that is €34,000 to be precise. The monthly premium over the same period (25 – 35) is only €12,000 more over the same 10 years – which means that starting at age 25, instead of waiting until age 35, has a net gain of €22,000. This is due to the 10 years more of extra investment growth*. Age at Commencement Accumulated Fund 25 €93,000.00 30 €75,000.00 35 €59,000.00 40 €45,000.00 45 €33,000.00 50 €23,000.00 55 €14,000.00 60 €6,000.00 *for the purposes of this estimate is 3.09% per annum

Construction Pension Scheme News

The CIF Pension Administration Service (CPAS) administers both the Construction Workers Pension Scheme (CWPS) and Construction Executive Retirement Savings (CERS), and with retirement assets of over €2bn in 2016 is listed as the fifth largest Occupational Pension Scheme provider in Ireland. The 2015 CWPS Trustee Annual Report was published in September 2016 and is available to all members. CWPS celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in 2015 and the latest report from the scheme shows that the assets under management for the year ending December 2015 have risen to €1.395bn. Active membership of CWPS has increased to over 20,000 construction workers in recent months, up from 18,532 at the end of 2015. The CERS Trustee Annual Report will be available early in 2017. Assets under management for the year ending 31 May 2016 were €495.57m. CERS has also seen an increase in membership numbers from members of the construction sector seeking a more bespoke and flexible retirement savings arrangement. These increases in membership reflect the increased activity in the construction sector along with a concerted business development drive by CPAS. In a recent survey compiled by a trade publication the TOP 20 performers in Irish Main Contracting were listed. It is interesting to note that of the 20 Main Contractors who were listed in this survey, 100% use CWPS to provide Pension, Death in Service and Sick Pay benefits for their construction workers. In the same survey, the TOP 20 Irish Service SubContractors were listed and of these 95% use the services of CWPS to provide benefits for their construction workers. In the June issue of Construction Magazine listing the Top 50 CIF contractors, 20 of these contractors use CERS to provide their pension benefits to members. CERS provides bespoke pension arrangements to executives and staff in the sector.

If you have been diligently contributing to a pension scheme all along, use the pension calculator to estimate the value of your current fund as retirement income. What income are you on track for? How does it measure up against your current lifestyle and retirement goals? If there is a gap, the sooner you know, the sooner you can remedy it. Overall for 2017, the important thing to know is how much you’ve saved and how much you still need to. So, go on. Dig out that benefit statement from your pension provider and crunch the numbers! C


Concrete Ticket – formal training for operatives working with concrete in Ireland Achieving a high quality concrete building requires knowledge of the material from design through to construction on site.


CIF training and education programmes for December 2016

CIF Training & Development

European and Irish Standards demand that concrete construction is carried out by operatives with the necessary skill and training. The Irish Concrete Society has announced the launch of the Concrete Ticket, a course which provides training for operatives working with concrete in Ireland. The Concrete Ticket is a half-day course which provides guidance on the correct ordering, handling, finishing and curing of concrete. Courses will be held across the country in

Part 1 - Materials, Properties and Reinforcement. Part 2 - Ordering, Production, Delivery and Formwork. Part 3 - Placing, Compacting and Finishing. Part 4 - Curing, Protection and Joints. Followed by multiple choice question test.

classes not exceeding 20 and will include a formal assessment. Successful candidates will receive a photo card, the Concrete Ticket, which will be valid for 5 years.

Who should attend?

The Concrete Ticket is suitable for anyone responsible for receiving, placing and finishing concrete after its arrival on site. The course will also be of benefit to those who manufacture, transport, receive orders and dispatch ready-mixed concrete. It will also be of interest to those involved in the sale of concrete and to building inspectors / clerk of works.

When is the course starting?

Initial courses were arranged in Cork and Dublin in early November 2016. Courses being held throughout the country thereafter. The course fee is €140 per delegate.


Contact the Irish Concrete Society at (041) 9876466, email or online at

What’s in the course?

Course content is broken into 4 parts:

Course Title/Venue


CIF Core Safety Management Programme Renewal/CPD CSMP CIF Construction House, 2784 Canal Road, Dublin 6 CIF Management & Inspection of Scaffold  SI CIF Construction House, 2783 Canal Road, Dublin 6   CIF Site Supervisor Safety Programme SSSP CIF Construction House, Canal Road, Dublin 6 2874 CIF Management & Inspection of Scaffold  CIF Construction House, Canal Road, Dublin 6

SI 2783

Start Date

End Date

Course times

14th. Dec Wednesday half day

14th. Dec Wednesday

08.30am – 13.00pm

14th. Dec Wednesday 1 day

14th. Dec Wednesday

08.30am – 17.00pm

12th. Dec Monday

13th. Dec Tuesday

09.00am - 17.00pm

14th. Dec Wednesday

14th. Dec Wednesday

08.30am – 17.00pm


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CSCS Scaffolding Changes to Commence Programmes January 2017 In this special report, Gillian Ross, Executive: Specialist Contracting, CIF, has some important news and updates regarding training in the area of scaffolding.


caffolding performs several important functions during the construction process. It provides a temporary platform to enable work to be performed at height and ensures workers are protected from falls. The National Association of Scaffolding and Access Contractors (NASAC) are continuously striving for a safe environment for workers and have collaborated with Solas over the last two years to ensure that the scaffolding programmes meet industry needs. Amendments to the programmes have now been finalised and the Scaffolding CSCS training programmes will commence in January 2017. Contractors should be aware of changes to the routes of entry and experience required before attending a CSCS programme. • Access to Scaffolding Industry – there will be 3 Routes for trainee scaffolders • Through Employer – Scaffolding Company • Through Sponsor – Construction Company • Through an Approved Training Organisation – specific training programmes could be set up to fulfil requirements as detailed in the onthe-job key task training log sheets which are contained in the CSCS Candidate pack. (This will allow unemployed candidates access to the industry). These learners would have to secure employment in the scaffolding industry after completing basic scaffold introduction training. Further onsite training / experience will also be

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required prior to attendance on the CSCS 7 day further training and assessment programme.

commencement. Scaffolding Basic Course: 7 day further practical training with theory input and 2 assessments. The Learner must be at Trainee Basic least 17 years old to attend Scaffolder: (Steel the scaffolding basic course. proprietary system The course is to remain the scaffolding) Gillian Ross, Executive: same as it is at present. (1 A minimum of 9 months on Specialist Contracting, CIF theory test with 30 short site experience is required answer questions and a practical test with 26 before the learner is allowed to attend the assessment points). CSCS 7 day Scaffolding Basic assessment The Learner must pass theory assessment course. prior to being allowed to attempt the practical To attend the Scaffolding basic course assessment. the learner must have the On-the-Job/ If the learner is referred in the theory Key Task Training Log sheets correctly test the learner is not permitted to take the completed and employer’s endorsement practical test at that time and must wait a stamped and signed off. minimum of 5 days before being allowed to Key Task training Log sheets must also repeat an alternative theory test. be signed off by a qualified supervisor/ If successful in the alternative theory test mentor in possession of a current CSCS the learner can attend a practical test which Scaffolding registration card. is arranged through the Approved Training The Learner must successfully complete Organisation. all tasks in the Key Task Training Log Failure to complete the practical test within sheets and employers should only send 9 months of original course date with the learners for assessment when they are same Approved Training Organisation – the deemed competent by the company or learner must attend the 7 day scaffolding basic sponsor. programme again. All supporting documentation in The employer / learner have the option the candidate pack must be sent to the of selecting another Approved Training Approved Training Organisation for Organisation if they wish to repeat the checking and validation a minimum training and assessment programme again. of two working days prior to course

scaffolding Trainee Advanced Scaffolder: (Tube and Fittings)

To attend the Scaffolding Advanced course the learner must have the On the Job/ Key Task Training log sheets correctly completed and employer’s endorsement stamped and signed off. The learners Key Task Training Log Sheets must be signed off by his or her mentor who is in possession of a current CSCS Scaffolding Advanced registration card. Learner must successfully complete all key tasks in the log sheets and employers should only send learners for assessment when they are deemed competent by the company or sponsor. All supporting documentation in the candidate pack must be sent to the Approved Training Organisation for checking and validation a minimum of two working days prior to course commencement. Scaffolding Advanced – 10 day further practical training / theory inputs and 4 assessments. Learner must be at least 18 years old to attend the scaffolding advanced 10 day training and assessment programme. Course to remain the same as it is at present. (1 theory test with 26 short answer questions and 3 practical tests). The learner must pass theory assessment prior to practical assessment. If the learner is referred in the theory test the learner is not permitted to take the practical test at that time and must wait a minimum of 5 days before being allowed to repeat an alternative theory test. If successful in the second theory test the learner can attend a practical test which is arranged through the Approved Training Organisation. Failure to complete practical test within 9 months of original course – the learner must attend the 10 day scaffolding advanced programme again. The employer / learner have the option of selecting another Approved Training Organisation if they wish to repeat the training and assessment programme again.

Mobile Tower Scaffold

The only course that will be available is a one day assessment course for experienced mobile tower scaffold users. The two day course will be discontinued. Learners must have a minimum of three months on site experience assisting in the erection of mobile tower scaffolds. To attend the mobile tower scaffold course the learner must: • have achieved the statutory school

leaving age • have completed a course in manual handling • possess a valid Safe Pass card • have the ability to cope physically and mentally with working at heights • answer a minimum of 14 out of 19 questions correctly from the experienced users self-assessment sheet contained in the candidate pack. The course assessment is to remain the same as it is at present. (1 theory test with 25 multi choice questions, followed by a practical test with 16 assessment points). The learner to trainer ratio will be reduced to 4:1 whereby the learners will now have the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the mobile tower scaffold components prior to the practical test. Learners will now have time to practice under trainer supervision. Employers should only send learners for assessment when they are deemed competent by the company or sponsor. All supporting documentation in the candidate pack must be endorsed by the employer/sponsor and sent to the

Approved Training Organisation for checking and validation a minimum of two working days prior to course commencement The Learner must pass theory assessment prior to being allowed to attempt the practical assessment. If the learner is referred in the theory test the learner is not permitted to take the practical test at that time and must wait a minimum of 5 days before being allowed to repeat an alternative theory test. If successful in the alternative theory test the learner can attend a practical test which is arranged through the Approved Training Organisation. Failure to complete the practical test within 9 months of original course date with the same Approved Training Organisation – the learner must attend the 1 day mobile tower scaffold programme again. The employer / learner have the option of selecting another Approved Training Organisation if they wish to repeat the training and assessment programme again. C

The National Association of Scaffolding and Access Contractors can provide the safe installation of scaffolding for your project by qualified and specialist scaffolders. Here is a list of Members: 3 GPN Scaffolding Ltd. Tallaght Business Park Dublin 24 01 4628548 ACTAVO Hire & Sales Killeen Road Dublin 12 01 6011500 Arlington Scaffolding Services Ltd. Portarlington Co Laois 057 8643512 BHS Scaffold Dublin Ltd. Newcastle Co Dublin 01 4588117 Boston Access Naas Co Kildare 045 889028 Brogan Scaffolding IR t/a Brogan Group Rathcoole Co Dublin 004420 83610090 Builders Hoists Ltd. The Ward Co Dublin 01 8041530

Connaught Scaffolding Services Ltd. Ballyhaunis Co Mayo 094 9630198 Cork Scaffolding (CSC) Ltd. Ballygarvan Co Cork 021 4888546 J D Scaffolding Cork Co Cork 087 2725034 Johnson Scaffolding Services Ltd. Naas Co Kildare 045 860530 K D K Scaffolding Ltd. Enniscorthy Co Wexford 053 9238070 Lawlor Scaffolding Malahide Co Dublin 087 2314527 Layher System Scaffolding Ltd. Duleek Co Meath 041 9823661

Maor Scaffolding Limited Clondalkin Dublin 22 01 4124726 Martin Scaffolding Ltd. Monkstown Co Cork 021 4859032 McElwain Scaffolding Ltd. East Wall Dublin 3 01 8178969 Purcell Scaffolding Cork Ltd. Cork Co Cork 021 4961614 RMD Kwikform Ltd. Finglas Dublin 11 01 8302500 Scaffold Elevation International Ltd. Naas Co Kildare 045 890963 Scafhire Ltd. Clondalkin Dublin 22 01 4566071 Skyline Scaffolding Ltd. Cahir Co Tipperary 052 7443219

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Dublin Port opens up Port Centre to the City with new Public Realm Wills Bros sign contract for construction & works begin significant experience of major development projects and has completed schemes for local authorities, airports, and the National Roads Authority, among others. Their team will carry out the construction works at Port Centre as imagined and designed by Darmody Architects who lead a multi-disciplinary design team including landscape architects, CSR and consulting engineers ROD.

Entry points

The works involve removing a section of the existing old boundary wall to create new pedestrian entry points at Alexandra Road and East Wall Road, identifiable by tall russet-coloured structures made from Corten steel, the same material that is used in shipping containers. The entrances will open out into a new Dublin Port has announced details of a new project to soften its boundaries to the City and provide public realm at Port Centre for the first time in 35 years.


This is the largest physical intervention by Dublin Port to reintegrate the Port with the City, as committed to in the company’s Masterplan. Recognising the potential for public realm and amenity at Port Centre through high quality architectural and landscaping design, the project will significantly soften and enliven the Port’s boundaries with the City, Construction is told. Enabling works to prepare the site at Port Centre have begun, with contracts having been signed with Wills Bros Civil Engineering to carry out the development. The Mayo-based Wills Bros won out in a competitive tender process for the project, which is expected to be completed by September 2017. Established in 1972, Wills Bros has

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Construction of a new “public realm” for Dublin Port is now underway at Port Centre. Featuring high quality architectural design and engineering, the project will soften boundaries and help further integrate the Port with the City. Pictured at Port Centre are Left to Right: Charles Wills, Managing Director, Wills Bros Ltd.; Eamonn O’Reilly, Dublin Port Chief Executive; James Kelleher, Dublin Port Project Manager

industry news The scheme also fully integrates with Dublin Port’s future plans for a new internal road network, cycle and pathways. Approved by Dublin City Council and scheduled for development, the 3 Kilometre route will give pedestrians and cyclists access to the port estate for recreational use for the first time, and includes a perimeter route with vantage points overlooking the Tolka Estuary. public plaza north of Port Centre, the building designed by Scott Tallon Walker and opened in 1981. At the entrance to the building, a refurbished podium will feature a new sculptural sphere inspired by the spherical-shaped time ball that dropped daily on the top of the Ballast Office at O’Connell Bridge to signal Greenwich Mean Time to passing ships. Made from stainless steel, its surface will mirror the surroundings of Port Centre and provide a new focal point at the precinct. From the podium, visitors will also be able to observe the Port’s operations from a safe distance, as intended by

the original architects.


Moving south of Port Centre, visitors will discover a landscaped maritime garden with distributed seating, accessible from a new footbridge. NCAD graduate and upcoming Irish artist Eimear Murphy’s new sculpture, “The Drop”, will feature in the garden. Marking the future entry point to the port will be an historic ten-ton Stothert & Pitt crane, formerly known as Crane 292 dating from 1968 and in use at the port up until the late 1990s. Reassembled and illuminated at the corner of East Wall Road, the 35 metre high structure will be taller than Port Centre when installed and is intended to become a new landmark at the portcity interface.

James Kelleher, the Project Manager for Dublin Port Company, said: “This exciting new project has been designed with the purpose of opening up Port Centre to the City, using new public realm and maritime-inspired sculptural and architectural design to soften the boundaries between the Port and the City. “Port-city integration is a major strategic objective for Dublin Port and at the heart of our growing programme of arts, industrial heritage, sports, community and educational initiatives.


“As Port Centre physically changes for the first time in 35 years, we hope to move another step closer towards reestablishing the links with the City that existed so strongly centuries ago.” The project builds on recent cultural, arts and industrial heritage initiatives by Dublin Port on the theme of port-city integration, including the reimagining of the Diving Bell on Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, the commissioning of new Irish music for Starboard Home and the launch of a visual arts programme, Port Perspectives.

G&T Crampton: Prize fund awarded to students in Dublin region G&T Crampton, one of the longest established, leading building firms in Ireland have awarded a prize fund of €10,000 to students of Civil and Structural Engineering in the Dublin Region. This annual award which was initiated by G&T Crampton in 1979, recognises academic achievement in all three engineering colleges in the Dublin Region.


Students from University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin and the Dublin Institute of Technology were nominated for the award in recognition of their academic success within their respective programmes. Philip Crampton, Joint Managing Director of the firm highlights the importance of providing a stimulus to reward and encourage bright

Philip Crampton with student winners and staff from UCD, TCD and DIT students to follow a successful career in Civil Engineering: “We are delighted to have continued with this award since our Centenary Year in 1979,” says Philip.

“I think it is important for students to have the opportunity to complete some work that is outside their formal curriculum and I think The Crampton Award helps in that regard.”

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Sisk leads the way and demonstrates BIM capability by achieving BRE BIM Level 2 Certification

Cillian Kelly, John Sisk & Son BIM Leader Ireland, pictured with Stephen Bowcott, Managing Director of John Sisk & Son, displays the company’s BRE BIM Level 2 Certification.

Sisk mandates all €10m plus projects to be BIM generated

John Sisk & Son, Ireland’s largest construction business, has announced that the business has achieved BRE BIM Level 2 Certification and is the first Contractor in Ireland to achieve this accreditation. The business has also announced that it has mandated that all Sisk projects over €10m will be BIM generated. Business Information Modelling (BIM) is a collaborative process to boost efficiency and quality in the delivery of major construction projects.

Leading The highly-regarded industry accreditation (BRE BIM Level 2 Certification) is conducted by BRE, a world leading independent certification body, and its accreditation is one of the most sought after by forward-looking contractors in the international construction sector. Commenting, Stephen Bowcott, Managing Director of John Sisk & Son said: “Sisk is absolutely delighted to have achieved this important certification. “We have always used technological advancements to achieve our strategic goals. For us BIM is much more than creating a ‘virtual model’ of a project. “It enhances productivity and unlocks new innovation and efficiencies as a key enabler in modern manufacturing and lean construction techniques. “For us it’s all about moving away from

traditional industry practices, using technology to improve work flows, communications and processes in an industry that is traditionally very fragmented. “BIM does all of this, managing and exchanging information between design and construction teams in a far better way to the benefit of our customers. “BIM is about a more intelligent construction process and the internet of things. It means faster, more efficient construction periods and it means a cheaper build. “It also demands closer forms of collaboration between teams. “As the leading construction firm in Ireland with a solid presence in the United Kingdom, it behoves us to take a leadership position on BIM, and we are more than happy to do so. “This is all about the delivery of Sisk projects with consistency and quality which results in repeat orders from our customers” In conclusion, Stephen Bowcott said: “Sisk recognises that for BIM to get serious traction on a project, it needs the support from the client and their team. “We will meaningfully engage and share our experience and expertise to grow BIM across the market and within our growing supply chain”.

Utilised John Sisk & Son has utilised BIM on a range of projects across Ireland and the UK, over many years – across a range of significant

pharmaceutical projects in addition to projects such as the AVIVA Stadium; UCD’s Science Centre; the Allergan Biologics Two in Westport, Mayo. More recently, Sisk is working on A19/ A1058 Coast Road junction improvement, North Tyneside and on a large Multinational data centre project, Dublin, along with the redevelopment of Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Cork. Cillian Kelly, Sisk’s BIM Leader in Ireland comments: “Through Sisk’s extensive experience in BIM, we have found it helps fundamentally improve construction co-ordination and brings programme and cost efficiencies. “It enables us to validate the design and quickly identify and solve problems when they occur. “By using BIM, we are implementing a Lean Construction approach with our supply chain, reducing waste, leading to safer environments and a much higher level of quality on site. “We had a focused strategy to be Level 2 certified by 2016 ahead of the British Government’s 2016 target to achieve Level 2 BIM capability on all central government infrastructure projects. “We are delighted to have achieved this, further enhancing our reputation for continuous improvement in our operational processes with our zero accidents and zero defects philosophy.”

McHale Plant Sales makes marketing appointment Construction plant distributor, McHale Plant Sales of Birdhill and Rathcoole, has appointed Damien McHale to the post of Group Marketing Executive.

Graduate Born in Cork City, Mr. McHale (27) is a Business Marketing graduate from Canada’s St. Lawrence College in Kingston, Ontario. Before returning to Ireland to take

up his appointment, he had been resident in the United States and Canada where his work included assignments in the field of youth affairs. At McHale Plant Sales, his role will include overall responsibility for the company’s corporate marketing functions together with individual responsibility for the marketing of its Komatsu, Metso, Merlo and Zetor


Improving Driven by a return to growth fuelled by improving economic conditions in Ireland, McHale Plant Sales is preparing for anticipated future growth across all business segments as conditions in construction, infrastructural developments and agriculture continue to improve.

Damien McHale

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ASMS Celebrating 10 years in business ASMS, a Mechanical & Building services contractor operating the Munster Region, celebrated 10 years in business recently.

Significant While it is a significant achievement in itself for any business to have grown and expanded over the past 10 years, operating in the Irish construction industry, ASMS also celebrated its 10 years in business by moving to new offices. In addition, they were awarded ISO 9001-2015 for quality management accreditation. The company also received OHSAS 1801-2007 accreditation. Aidan Mangan and David Neary, Directors of ASMS, stated that its continued success is due to its “ability to provide exceptionally high levels of mechanical services and customer service to our clients”.

Aidan continued, “clients demand a quality service and a quality product and the recent completion of some high-profile projects such as the new radiology building for the Bon Secour Group, Abbvie Cork, Cork University Hospital and a Palliative Care Building at University Hospital Kerry shows the ability of our company to provide exceptional services to a client base that requires a quality service and product”. David Neary said that safety is the primary concern of the company and “we seek to propagate a culture of safety on a daily basis with all our partners on projects”.

Invest ASMS continues to invest in modern business practices and techniques in order to ensure that it remains at the cutting edge of the industry. Aidan and David state that

“adopting LEAN construction principles throughout our projects and maintaining continuing professional development throughout the organisation helps to ensure that we excel in how we do business. “It also ensures that we are at the forefront of adopting LEAN construction principles and techniques which is becoming essential

in certain sectors of the industry. “Moving to a new office environment gives us greater capacity to expand our services and we look forward to further success in the future”. ASMS provides a range of mechanical and building services to a wide range of clients in the healthcare and pharmaceutical sector.

Trenchless technology from Groundforce offers minimal disruption in the urban environment When Irish Water needed to replace an 850m stretch of existing 100mm cast iron pipe with a new 180mm SDR11 profuse pipe at Station Road, Portmarnock, they commissioned civil engineering contractors Carty Group Ltd. to complete the project.

Most efficient Due to the constraints of this being on an urban site, it was decided that pipebursting would be the safest and most efficient method of replacing the water main. Carty Group approached Groundforce who recommended using the Hammerhead Hydroburst HB5058 system, a model selected from their pipe-bursting fleet and designed for the replacement of failing or undersized gas, water and sewer lines, offering a reliable

and cost effective solution. The pipe replacement involved working around a busy commuter route with a temporary single-lined traffic management system in place. The protection of footpaths, paved areas and the proximity of existing services meant it was vital that all works be undertaken with utmost diligence and minimal disruption. Additionally, it was decided that pipe bursting should be progressed in 50m incremental sections to avoid the risk of ground heave. Groundforce’s General Manager, Joseph Lenihan explains the benefits: “In some cases, pipe-bursting offers a more cost effective and greener alternative to open cut trenching for gas and water main replacement, with strikes to live services and disruption to the local area

significantly reduced.”

Corridor Pipe-bursting utilises the corridor of the existing utility, thereby reducing excavating and backfilling activity and avoiding further congestion of underground services. The HB5058 is designed for 50mm 250mm gas and water main replacement, with a typical 100m line replacement job possible in as little as two hours. Groundforce’s full range of pipebursting equipment facilitates pipe replacement of up to 500mm. Joseph added: “With Irish Water now beginning to tackle the issue of water conservation, we believe that pipebursting; along with other trenchless technology methods, will become a more popular technique within urban areas.”

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“Capturing the Economic and Environmental Benefits of CHP” Gas Networks Ireland has hosted a conference entitled: “Capturing the Economic and Environmental Benefits of CHP”, in conjunction with Energy Ireland.

Explored The conference

explored the significant reduction in energy costs, CO2 emissions, and carbon tax that can be achieved through Combined Heat and Power (CHP) technology as well as the security and continuity of power the on-site power generation provides.

Pictured left are: Martin Howley, SEAI; Conor Minogue, Ibec; Sandya Abrar, Eurelectric; Fran McFadden, Gas Networks Ireland and Andrew Parish, IP Activation Group, pictured at the Combined Heat & Power Conference.

Drilling down – Larsen Piling

proposed their drilled and cased mini-pile, drilled to 3.5m and cased to depths between 5.0m and 6.0m. To meet the required loads, Larsen had to install some of the piles at the minimum allowable spacing.

Accurately The pre-drilling ensured that the piles were accurately installed to the tight tolerances specified. Traditional minipiling could not have met these tolerances in the ground conditions encountered. Larsen installed 240 drilled

and cased mini-piles for the new structure. In addition, they designed and installed tension piles to facilitate the site tower crane. Dynamic testing and static load testing was used to prove the capacity of the piles with Larsen installing tension anchors for the static load test as the site was too confined to use traditional kentledge blocks. All works were carried out within the strict noise and vibration parameters set by the consulting engineer and Dublin City Council.

Inaugural Brightpath Prize

Larsen Foundations Limited has just completed another complex piling project in Dublin city centre. The piles were installed between a functioning commercial building and a listed church with other neighbouring businesses close by and a pedestrian area and Luas line to the front. Access was by a 1.0m opening and the piles were installed at a level 1.0m

below finished floor level. Mini-piles were proposed by Larsen when it proved impossible to mobilise a bored piling rig to install CFA piles. Due to the sensitivity of the surrounding buildings, vibration levels were extremely low. A thin layer of boulders at 3.0m down underlain by soft material prevented the use of traditional bottom-driven mini-piles. Larsen

The inaugural Brightpath Prize was awarded to Robert Kelleher (BSc (Hons) in Quantity Surveying) and Glen McCaffrey (B’Eng (Hons) in Civil Engineering) for their project presentation as part of the Capstone Sligo Institute of Technology final year project 2016. Brightpath Recruitment tell us they are “delighted to support Sligo Institute of Technology Quantity Surveying and Engineering courses that are training the next generation of construction

professionals”. The presentation of this annual award took place at the Institute’s Graduation ceremony. Pictured are Robert and Glen receiving their awards from Seamus and Stephen of Brightpath Recruitment.

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Substruck attain Grade A Safe-T Cert anchors and ground improvement. Jay Sheahan, Managing Director of Substruck tells Construction: “safety is an integral part of every project we carry out.

Continuing improvement



Jay Sheahan pictured during the recent Safety Week campaign Substruck Ltd., a specialist ground engineering firm, founded in 2003, were recently awarded Grade A status in Safe-T Cert.

The company offers services in all aspects of subsidence-related problems, including site investigations, drain surveying, restricted access micro-piling, soil nailing, ground

“Although we achieved Grade A status in Safe-T Cert earlier this year, our policy of continuing improvement ensures that there will always be areas that need more work. “Addressing targets set during the annual Safe-T Cert audit provides a focus for implementing this policy. “Grade A certification was a key factor recently when the company was awarded a traditional underpinning contract by ESB Networks”. Jay continues: “achieving Grade A status with Safe-T Cert illustrates to our clients the professional standards that we adhere to and seek to achieve within Substruck Ltd. “It illustrates a competency and professionalism.”

The continuing appeal of “The People’s Building” Not for the first time the quality of Roscommon County Council Headquarters has been recognised for its architecture and construction.

Double Its latest double win, at the Fit Out Awards, was for the high standard of its fit out with it winning Best Public Sector Fit Out and Best Sustainable Fit Out. This sees the elegant and contemporary concrete structure collecting a total of eight awards to date to include prestigious RIAI Irish Architecture Awards and Irish Design and Build Awards. “The People’s Building”, as it is commonly

The antique Steam Roller which originally stood outside Roscommon Court House is now a key feature for the new headquarters building. A wonderful and unusual centre feature.

referred to, has also been considered successful at first stage assessment of The Civic Trust’s Regional Finalists out of 247 applications. The project will be put forward to National Panel for second tier consideration. The Civic Trust Awards scheme was established in 1959 to recognise outstanding architecture, planning and design in the built environment. Regional Finalists will now be reviewed by the Civic Trust Awards and AABC National Panels who will consider them for a National/ International Award or Commendation.

Roscommon County Council Headquarters won Excellence in Sustainability and Best Public Sector Fit Out at the recent Fit Out Awards held in Dublin

High standard Roscommon County Council and their project team which included ABK Architects; Stewart Construction and PM Group, all recognise the importance of delivering a civic building of this high standard in regional towns. “The People’s Building” has greatly enhanced the civic character of the town, incorporating and complementing the existing protected structures and landmark buildings such as the courthouse. The project achieved a BREEAM Excellent Standard, which is one of the highest internationally recognised environmental ratings a building can achieve.

Presentation of Roscommon County Council Headquarters’ Fit Out Award – Best Public Fit Out, at the Double Tree by Hilton. L-R : Matt Farrelly, PM Group; John Parker, ABK; Seán & Rachael Stewart, Stewart Construction; Award Sponsor, CRM Interiors Fit Out

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Voyage to the bottom of the sea ESB Networks and ESB International repaired an undersea cable fault located about 2km off the coast of Inis Mór, restoring mains electricity supply to Inis Meáin and Inis Oírr using world-first in-house technology.


A 26-strong project team was based on Inis Mór. The cable was energised from Inis Mór and an intense period of rigorous testing followed. Mat Cunningham, ESB Networks area manager outlined the background to the cable fault and the challenges involved in restoring electricity for the islanders: “All three Aran Islands lost supply on Friday 5 August and while power was restored to Inis Mór within hours, a huge effort was required to

transport and activate generators and transformers on Inis Oírr over that weekend, restoring power to the two islands on Monday. “Meanwhile, ESB Networks and ESB International crews began intensive underwater investigation, using electrical surges to pinpoint the exact fault position along the 10.5km cable in early October, located at 20 metres depth. “A team of 11 highly-specialised Irish divers completed 97 separate diving operations as part of the repair. “ESB Networks are very pleased to report that, following the use of highly innovative repair methods by ESB International and extensive testing, both islands have now been successfully reenergised.” ESB International Managing

Director Ollie Brogan explains the cutting edge technique that was used to complete the repair: “The traditional method of repairing a subsea cable would be to haul the cable onto a barge or ship and make the repair on the deck of the ship.


“However, in this case trained divers accessed the faulty part of the cable through a pressurised habitat, mounted around the cable. “The habitat is a world first, used in 2014 for the first

time to successfully repair the Moyle Interconnector in situ on the sea bed. “The habitat was based on the design of a hospital incubator giving access to the cable through holes in the side. “Windows and mirrors are also fitted to give divers 360 degree views of the cable. Lights and cameras within the habitat means that supervision of divers’ repair work could take place from a surface control cabin.” Watch video: http://youtu. be/gtUS-nCS9cE

New I-Joist from Wood Concepts

Wood Concepts, distributor of timber products in the construction sector, is now supplying an innovative new I-Joist, we are told.


“Stronger and more stable than timber, it will provide housing developers and builders savings of up to 30%,” is the message. As the Irish home building industry picks up apace, so too has the arrival of new innovations into the construction sector. Says Wood Concepts: “This is no more evident than in the increasing use of I-Joists as a replacement to conventional timber joists, as I-Joists are designed to give the architect more scope to increase the size of living

spaces and provide the builder with more cost effective options. “Wood Concepts, Ireland’s largest distributor of timber products in the construction sector, is now supplying an innovative new I-Joist, Germanengineered by Steico, and made in Poland. “Steico is Europe’s leading timber innovator, that provides multiple benefits and savings of up to 30% to housing developers and builders. “As Steico I-Joists are stronger than solid timber, and more dimensionally stable too, they provide architects flexibility to design for longer spans than conventional timber joists offer, thus reducing the need for supporting walls below and thereby increasing living space within the home. “Steico I-Joists are designed to perform better than conventional wood joists by having a great strength-to-weight ratio therefore providing lighter, longer spans. “In doing so, I-Joists are structurally sounder, dimensionally more accurate and being lighter, much easier to handle on site. “And they are more cost effective too, yielding savings by costing less

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than metal web joists, while remaining quicker to install as they are easier to handle on-site.”


All Steico I-Joists now are available with pre-ducted openings to accommodate cabling and plumbing. Working from your architectural drawings, Wood Concepts has a facility to manufacture I-Joists to match your exact need. Manufactured in a controlled environment, the I-Joist’s have low moisture content, meaning they stay

more stable over time, we are told. “The long-term advantages of Steico I-Joists are they will not bow, crown, twist or split as a conventional timber joist would. “I-Joists’ dimensional soundness and no shrinkage helps to eliminate squeaky floors too. “Wood Concepts also provide a flooring solution which guarantees no more squeaky floors.” Steico I-Joists are available directly from Wood Concepts and can be ordered via your local builder’s merchant.

“Wood Concepts is Ireland’s largest distributor of timber products. From builders’ grade to decking, and everything in between, they have been supplying building developers with supplies for over 30 years. Products feature in many of the country’s best presented shops, homes and commercial spaces.”

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Continuing success for new Layher Ireland facility The benefits of the Layher range of scaffolding, weather protection and access systems are now becoming more widespread in Ireland as a direct result of the opening of the company’s depot in County Meath earlier this year.

Maximise By offering a combination of equipment performance, training and support services, Country Manager, John Carolan and his team are now working closely with a number of leading contractors to help maximise efficiency and safety on site. A good example of this success in practice is now clear through the growing use of Layher systems by Cumiskey Scaffolding. Although an established user of the equipment, the company saw significant opportunities resulting from Layher’s decision to strengthen its presence in Ireland through the opening of the new facility. “Today, Cumiskey Scaffolding can point to a growing list of installations where the well-established advantages of Layher’s products are being realised,” comments John Carolan. “This includes works in a range of

environments – from Dublin Airport to installations within the city itself – where the objectives to be met may vary but the solutions are invariably found from the same equipment design.” Cumiskey Scaffolding reports that in many projects, Layher systems are typically more versatile, safer and faster to erect which clearly has a beneficial impact on project scheduling. Fewer components – not least because of the acclaimed rosette connection system that is built into the equipment design – not only help to maximise safety but also reduce transportation and site storage requirements. Cost savings and greater efficiency are again the direct results. “Having the support and training facilities so close to hand is of great significance to us because it not only gives us confidence in ongoing material supply, but also ensures that we can gain as quickly as possible from equipment developments and the innovation that is so closely linked with the Layher name,” says Robert Cumiskey, Director of Cumiskey Scaffolding. Recent examples of the latter include the Allround Aluminium HD Beam and lightweight scaffolding system.

Wood Awards announced

In addition, Robert Cumiskey highlights the method of assembly and equipment handling as being just as important.

Helped “Erecting scaffolds in locations where space is at a premium is greatly helped by the fact that a crane is often not required with the Layher systems,” he says, with particular reference to city centre projects. Additionally, the wide bay design minimises component requirements while no cross-bracing optimises movement around each lift for the relevant tradesmen at site. “The decision to open the depot in County Meath not only acts as a further demonstration of Layher’s growing number of facilities worldwide – it gains from close association with our UK head office in Letchworth, north of London – but also demonstrates the company’s confident, forward-looking view of the industries that it serves in Ireland,” concludes Sean Pike, Layher’s UK Managing Director.

The Wood Marketing Federation (WMF) announced the winners of the 2016 Wood Awards at an awards ceremony in Farmleigh House, Phoenix Park, Dublin.


PROJECT Samuel Beckett Civic Campus Ballyogan Rd., Dublin

DESIGNER/ARCHITECT Bucholz McEvoy Architects


Samuel Beckett Civic Campus Ballyogan Rd., Dublin

Bucholz McEvoy Architects

Model School, National School, Inchicore

Donaghy + Dimond Architects


Range of furniture at OPTICA, Dawson Street, Dublin

Ryan Connolly, Connolly & Company


Magnus Celestii a temporary installation in Sculpture Park, Salisbury, England

Joseph Walsh Studio

INTERNATIONAL PROJECT Wind and Rain Bridge, Peitian Village, Liancheng, Fujian Province China JUDGES SPECIAL AWARD Carmelite Prayer Room, St. Teresa’s Church, Clarendon Street, Dublin

Don Holohan and woodworkers from Peitian area and architecture students, University of Hong Kong. Niall McLoughlin Architects

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last fix

BAU wins GWA Profi Award for the fifth time


AU, the World’s Leading Trade Fair for Architecture, Materials and Systems, has won the highly coveted ‘GWA Profi Award’ for the fifth time.


The trophy was presented as part of a B2B brands conference in Würzburg. The GWA Profi is regarded as a kind of Oscar for B2B communication in the German-speaking world. It is awarded for sustainable and successful communication of B2B brands. The motif campaign for BAU is now the most successful in the history of the GWA Profi Award, and has won several times. The campaign, based around the BAU slogan of “The Future of Building”, underlines the role of this trade fair as an innovations driver and business boost for the building and construction sector. Dr. Reinhard Pfeiffer, Managing Director responsible for BAU, is highly delighted to receive the accolade again: “The fact that we have now won this award for a fifth time shows that we have really

captured the right mood,” he says. “The motifs from the world of animals and plants are innovative, they are understood around the world and they symbolize themes such as sustainability, energy and resourceefficiency and environmental responsibility in building and construction. “These themes are top of the agenda at BAU.”


The award for BAU is at the same time recognition of the work of the creative agency wob of Munich. For BAU 2005 wob developed a brand new advertising campaign featuring futuristic animal and plant designs. The campaign for BAU 2017 too, takes up this multiple-award-winning motif series. This time the motifs are the lemon and the alder tree, developed in close cooperation with the BAU team. The jury awarded “The Future of Building” campaign a Silver in the “Evergreen” category. Mirko Arend, Exhibition Director of

Messe München Messe München is one of the world’s leading trade-show companies. It organizes some 40 trade shows for capital and consumer goods and key high-tech industries in Munich and abroad. Each year more than 30,000 exhibitors and some two million visitors take part in events held at the Messe München trade-fair center, the ICM – Internationales Congress Center München and the MOC Veranstaltungscenter München. In addition, Messe München organizes trade shows in China, India, Turkey, South Africa and Russia. Messe München has a global business presence with affiliates in Europe, Asia and Africa and more than 60 foreign representatives serving more than 100 countries.

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BAU, commented: “Always when I am on business trips promoting BAU in Germany and abroad, people ask me about our motif campaign. We continue to receive high praise for the campaign. “And often, when I am at the premises of partners and customers, I see our motif calendar and posters displayed prominently in hallways and offices. “So, not only did our campaign convince the jury of the GWA Award, it has also won over our customers and partners who see it as a very positive and visual expression of what BAU is about: The Future of Building.” Ana-Maria Vlasceanu, Brand Marketing Manager for BAU, is also pleased: “This award is superb confirmation for our consistent marketing work for the target groups of BAU, and for us it is also a personal incentive: For the next event, we are going for Gold again!” C

About BAU BAU, the World’s Leading Trade Fair for Architecture, Materials and Systems, is the biggest and most important event in the sector. The next BAU takes place from January 16 to 21, 2017 at the Messe München exhibition center. Around 2,000 exhibitors from more than 40 countries and approximately 250,000 visitors from all around the world are expected to take part. On display at BAU on about 185,000 square meters of exhibition space – for years all the available space has been fully booked – are architectural solutions, materials and systems for commercial and residential construction and for interior fit-out, for both new-build and renovation and modernization. Every two years this event brings together market leaders from the sector to participate in a unique international display of competence spanning all the construction trades. BAU is also the world’s largest trade fair for architects and construction engineers, attracting more than 60,000 design professionals. The exhibits at the fair are organized according to building material and also product and theme areas. The many attractive events in the supporting program, including high-caliber forums with experts from all over the world, round off this industry showcase.

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Construction Magazine November-December 2016  

The official magazine of the Construction Industry Federation in Ireland (CIF).