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Industry News


North Midland Construction Plc

Operations Manager Martin Queally on an extraordinary success story


W Gore Construction

Providing high quality construction services to the community


Paul Flynn Construction Ltd.

Celebrating over 45 years in business


Eurogold Groundworks & Civil Engineering Contractors Ltd.

One of the premier civil engineering groundworks contractors in the North West of England


O’Hagan Crane Hire Ltd.

A wealth of experience


Gael Form Ltd.

One of Europe’s leading suppliers of quality formwork, formwork accessories and refurbishment


Whiteform Construction Ltd.

A stellar reputation for excellence


McGarry Carpentry & Construction Ltd.

For all your carpentry and construction requirements


Shannon Valley Ltd.

Highly regarded company celebrating 25 years in plant hire and site development


Tracey Brothers Ltd.

One of the premier, building, fit out and civil engineering contractors in Ireland


OSW Plant Hire Ltd

Paul Flynn Construction Ltd P14

Based in Edgware, serving the London area


P&K McKaigue Ltd.

Providing quality, expertise and reliability for over 40 years


Maghera Developments Ltd.

An exceptional cutting-edge operation


AMG Contracts

Unrivalled utilities and groundworks contracting services across NI and the UK


House2Home Retrofit Ltd.

Offering the latest energy saving products and solutions


John Fletcher Ltd

Providing a complete range of electrical and mechanical services


Shannon Valley Ltd P42

Sean Ahern Ltd.

Leading providers of electrical services in the Munster area


Warm n’ Cosy Homes

A leading home insulation specialists in the Midlands & West


Donovan Access Ltd.

One of Ireland’s leading scaffolding companies


Hinch Plant Hire Ltd

One of Ireland’s leading plant hire operators & suppliers

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W Gore Construction P10


One stop shop with regards to the domestic energy environment


Gannon Eco

Westmeath company providing sustainable solutions

Flood Construction

Reputation for excellence, high standards & value for money

House2Home Retrofit Ltd P68

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€100m Kerry Global Technology and Innovation Centre opened

Taoiseach Enda Kenny opened a new €100m Global Technology and Innovation Centre to serve the Kerry Group's global and regional customers in the European Middle East and Africa region. Located on a 28 acre site, in the Millennium Business Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Stan McCarthy, Chief Executive Kerry Park, Naas, Co. Kildare, Kerry Group has invested Group, unveiling the plaque at €100m in establishment of the new Technology & the opening ceremony Innovation Centre which today houses 800 research, product commercialisation, business development and business support positions, a further 100 positions will be added by end 2016. “This investment represents a resounding endorsement of the Irish food sector and its capacity to meet the strategic needs of major global players,” said Taoiseach Enda Kenny. “It is a clear vote of confidence in the quality and expertise of Irish food science graduates, and in their capacity to deliver cutting edge solutions in pursuit of new and innovative products. Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney added: “The completion of this facility, a €100m project, is the largest single investment in food innovation ever by a company in Ireland. It represents a huge vote of confidence in the Irish economy. Equally importantly, it represents a resounding endorsement in the quality and expertise of Irish food science graduates to deliver food innovation in the most modern global facility producing world class ingredients and consumer products.”

Government publishes Capital Investment Plan

The €42 billion Capital Investment Plan 2016-2021 has promsied to deliver 45,000 jobs in the construction sector. The Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform, Brendan Howlin, announced the large scale investment programme that will increase the State’s infrastructure, support economic recovery and jobs, support sustainable communities throughout Ireland and provide modern, fit for purpose buildings to deliver services. The Government believes it is now in a position to increase capital investment for the rest of the decade. Over the next six years, the exchequer will be investing €27 billion to create new assets and maintain and enhance our existing infrastructure. Announcing the Investment Plan Howlin said: “Some 45,000 construction related jobs will be supported over the six years of the Plan. We are allocating a special envelope to support transport amounting to €10bn over seven years to fund both public transport and roads.” Over the six years 2016 to 2021, the Government are investing through direct exchequer provision and the PPP programme: €4 billion in Education; €4 billion in Environment; €3 billion in Health; €3 billion in Enterprise; €1.25 billion in Agriculture and €1 billion in Justice. The Minister noted: “Investing in infrastructure is an essential element in a modern economy and society - especially in a small open economy like ours. We need to ensure that we can move goods and that people can move quickly and safely throughout the country. We need to support competiveness, nurture our indigenous industry and our agriculture and food sector. We also need to provide public services efficiently and effectively - making use of Minister for Public Expenditure technology and well designed, fit for purpose facilities is a & Reform Brendan Howlin key enabler for this.” BUILDING IRELAND


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Brown-Forman Breaks Ground on New $50 Million Slane Distillery

Slane Distillery, which will also include a visitor experience, is planned to open in late 2016. The new distillery will create nearly 25 new full-time jobs while the construction process will support approximately 80 jobs. The distillery is being built in the grounds of Slane Castle which is located in the middle of a 1,500 acre estate in the heart of Ireland’s Boyne Valley. Slane Castle is the home of Henry Conyngham, the eighth Marquess Conyngham, and his son, Alex Conyngham, the Earl of Mount Charles, whose family has been part of the Slane community for generations. Us Ambassador to Ireland Kevin O’Malley signed the first cask that will be filled with whiskey from the distillery. He was joined by Brooke Brown Barzun, fifth generation family shareholder of Brown-Forman, and Henry and Alex Conyngham of Slane. The distillery and visitor center, which is in the historic stables complex adjacent to Slane Castle, will involve the 18th century buildings being restored and converted to house both the production operations and the consumer experience. The first Slane Irish whiskeys will be launched to market in early 2017 – initially using high quality whiskey purchased from other Irish distilleries and finished to Slane’s exacting recipes and specifications while the first whiskey from the distillery is laid down to mature. Upon completion it will have a potential output of more than 600,000 cases. “Whiskey by its nature requires a long-term approach, and we look forward to bringing people on a journey of discovery with us,” said Alex Conyngham. “We will offer a range of blended, pot still and single grain Irish whiskeys in the premium and super premium segments. Visitors will be able to come here and literally see where the grain is growing and how we are producing it with care.” “This is a great coming together of two historic families – the Browns of Kentucky and the Conynghams of Slane. We are very proud to join forces to bring exciting new Irish whiskeys to the world. The commencement of work on the distillery is just a first Construction is underway at the Brown-Forman Slane distillery in Slane Castle with the first cask, signed by step in developing a new Irish whiskey brand and welcoming guests guests at the groundbreaking ceremony, to the new distillery,” said Henry Conyngham. waiting to be filled



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NMC’s head office in Huthwaite, Nottinghamshire

During the course of 50 years (and counting…) with Nottinghamheadquartered North Midland Construction, Irishman Martin Queally worked his way up from being a labourer to become MD of the utilities division, which has an annual turnover of around £50m. We caught up with the Clare native to recount his extraordinary success story.

“I came here [to Nottingham] in 1964 and the company had been set up by Major Terence Moyle in 1946,” relates operations director Martin Queally regarding his initial involvement with North Midland Construction, the company he has served with distinction for half a century. “I started working for them in ’65 and have been here since. I was MD of the utilities division for more than ten years up until three years ago, but then became operations director on a part-time basis. I’m semi-retired now but still put in a few days.” BUILDING IRELAND


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North Midland Construction will celebrate its 70th anniversary in 2016

Martin’s rise through the ranks is all the more impressive when one considers that he was never an engineer – just a streetwise fella who worked hard and learned the ropes at ground level. Having started out as a labourer, he took over as site agent in 1970 and then became construction manager, contracts manager, general manager and director; then MD. That he achieved so many promotions and went almost to the

very top of the company speaks volumes for the kind of operation North Midland Construction is. “It was always promoted as a family business and we were encouraged to progress,” he notes. “Some of the men working here now are grandsons of people who were foremen back in the day.” North Midland Construction is a UK-based national civil engineering and building contractor with almost 70 years’ experience. With four operational divisions and one

subsidiary (Nomenca Ltd.), NMC successfully undertakes construction projects covering the spheres of civil engineering, building and mechanical & electrical contracting. With their head office in Nottinghamshire, they operate through a number of strategicallyplaced regional offices covering the whole of the British Isles, offering clients a one-stop shop for their construction requirements. By developing close relationships with clients, they have been able to



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“Utilities these days are nearly all geared towards broadband.�

secure long-term partnerships, enabling them to offer sustainable, economic solutions. North Midland Construction pride themselves on delivering high-quality solutions in a professional and sustainable manner, backed up with full audit trails through integrated management systems that embrace ISO 9001 / 14001 and

OHSAS 18001 certification. The Highways & Utilities division is an integrated division of NMC delivering highway, structures and public realm schemes across the public and private sectors, as well as utility diversion and installation works for telecommunications and electricity providers. NCM is accredited to work on

NMC covers all of Great Britain, including Scotland and Wales


infrastructure across the telecommunications, electricity and water sectors, including for statutory bodies such as Openreach, Virgin Media, Vodafone, Kingston Communications, Northern Power Grid, Severn Trent Water, Anglian Water, Wessex Water and many others. For example, they operate a national contract with BT Openreach, through Carillion Telent, undertaking works across their telecommunications network. They are approved to undertake diversion, installation and cable works, as well as manhole construction and box-building works. Since 2011 they have undertaken works to establish the Next Generation Access highspeed fibre network across the midlands region. They have also worked for Vodafone (and formally Cable & Wireless) for many years as part of a national contract, undertaking duct, cabinet and cable works across all areas of England. In early 2013, they secured a major additional contract, Project BUILDING IRELAND

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A tidy finish is guaranteed on every job

Maximus, to integrate the existing Cable & Wireless and Vodafone networks. “Utilities these days are nearly all geared towards broadband,” says Martin. “It’s not as complex as you might imagine. As long as you have the proper machinery to do it, and the right people, then it’s relatively straightforward. We used to have a great influx of Irish workers but we don’t have that anymore. They are coming into the UK now in much smaller numbers – in ones and twos – and they don’t really go into utility work.” The utilities division of NMC had increased tenfold during Martin’s time with the company, from a turnover of around £5m to £50m. “Between the four divisions, turnover is approximately £200m,” the Clare man states. “We do duct work mainly, fibre cable and copper. We design, install and commission in the cable end of ducting. We’ve worked all over Great Britain for BT, putting duct on telecommunication lines and we also do a lot of work regularly for Virgin Media and CityFibre. “A lot of the work involves working on existing infrastructures in addition to new routes for broadband. But all the CityFibre work has been new work from Day One. The civil engineering side of it would comprise building large chambers underground to

accommodate the cables that are going to go in. “We have just completed a £5m job for CityFibre in Peterborough and also have a new one to deliver up to 80 miles of broadband to businesses in Kirklees, Yorkshire. We’ve also secured a lot of work in the midlands with Severn Trent, including a ten-year, £800m project. “We cover all of Great Britain, including Scotland and Wales, and I have worked in every area over the years.” Will a point come where the utilities sector of construction is saturated and there is no longer a need for underground cables etc.? Will technological advances kill it in its tracks? “No, I believe it will continue because broadband will be taken over by something else even greater than fibre cable, which could be satellite or wireless, but installations will still be required. In 1965, people told me this work would be finished in ten years but there are companies still coming into the UK from abroad today and spending millions on broadband.” And what about the man from the

beautiful village of Fanore in North Clare? How long will he remain involved? “When you’re at the coalface, you don’t know a whole lot else,” he concludes. “I’ll be 70 this year and I’ll probably review my career again after my birthday. Whatever happens, I’ve enjoyed it enormously.” It’s been a great personal success story and also a mutuallybeneficial one as the man from County Clare has contributed enormously to the extraordinary success and vibrancy of one of the largest construction companies in the UK midlands. North Midland Construction PLC, Nunn Close, The County Estate, Huthwaite, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, NG17 2HW. Tel: 01623 515008 Fax: 01623 440071 E:

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A spacious kitchen


A gated stone house

Established in 1979, W Gore Construction in Tara, Co Meath has been a success story for some time now, providing high quality construction services to the community. Building Ireland spoke to the company’s project manager Liam Gore to find out more.

These may have been tricky times for those in the construction industry, but W Gore Construction have still managed to prosper over the past few years despite the economic downturn. Based in Rathfeigh, Tara in Co Meath, with another working location in Ashbourne, the family run business has earned a glowing reputation for an expert service it has provided throughout five

different decades, with its owner and founder William Gore maintaining the high standard approach from the very start. William’s son, Liam, has been on board with the company for a decade now and has grown into his role with an outfit which has a very professional method when it comes to the projects they take on. “We’re established since 1979,” Liam explained. “We have approximately eight people employed full-time here and we employ a large range of subbies on top of that, depending on the size of the project. “My position is Project Manager and I’ve been working here since I finished college, which would be about 10 years now. I enjoy it and

couldn’t ask for better than working in the family business. W Gore Construction specialise in extensions, renovations, refurbishments, new builds, insurance building works, and commercial fit outs. They are also renowned for offering a comprehensive service from start to finish, in building and construction. In forming a successful partnership with its clients, W Gore Construction provides them with unbeatable quality and cost effective solutions, in the context of experienced judgment, strong management, and technical excellence. Liam enthused: “We are private residential specialists and we


W Gore Construction specialise in residential houses




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Many of the company’s projects are built in Co Meath

Another project completed on time

concentrate primarily on the residential sector. We also aim to do a professional job on all our projects and work with clients from the start.” The history of the company comes down to William and his combined knowledge of the industry and willingness to make his business a success. “My father’s background had always been in construction before he started up the business,” said Liam. “He was a block layer and started doing contracts and it just got bigger from there. He has a good reputation and the more and more jobs he did, people started to see that and that’s why the company’s become a success. He’s very trustworthy and I think people want that when they go to build their homes.” There can be no arguments there. Gaining business through word of mouth is an essential part of gaining client for W Gore Construction and the word going around has been good for them for

so long now. The aim has always been a simple one; to bring together some of the finest talents and tradesmen in the business, (including engineers, architects, and surveyors) in order to complete every assignment to the highest standard - on time and squarely within budget. New customers mainly come on foot of a recommendation from a satisfied former client and this stands as a testament to the firm's ability and reliability. So how’s business at the moment? “Very good,” Liam confirmed. “We are nearly at our peak now. We’re actually looking to expand at the moment because of the demand and hopefully the regulations will allow us to do so.” As for the downturn, which affected so many in the industry in the last few years, Liam is glad to report that things are fine out Rathfeigh way, with a slight altering in the company’s pricing on projects being the main aspect of

change to their operations. “It has affected us in terms of pricing because we basically had to drop our prices to compete,” he said. “The quality of our work is the biggest things for us. The day a contract is signed, the next eight to nine months will see everything done professionally. We find that that’s what our customers care about much and we maintain that approach with every job we do.” There are plenty of other companies throughout Ireland that would have settled for merely dropping their prices to come through the difficult economic times since 2008, and W Gore Construction are now starting to experience the good times again given their large project load. What separates them from other construction firms in competition with them is one thing in particular, according to Liam. “It’s the quality aspect,” he said. “The personal touch is a big thing for us and whenever they want us on the phone they can get us. The

One of the bathroom’s constructed by the W Gore Construction

A beautifully designed dining room



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a building. “We have to know what we’re talking about,” said Liam. “It’s not good enough to offload to another sector and we’ve delved into the geothermal system and the ventilation system as well.” So if it’s a professional job you’re looking to get done, look no further than W Gore Construction in Co Meath. If you are interested in viewing W Gore Construction’s previous work and gallery, you can do so on their website ( or on the company’s Facebook page.

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One of the company’s many projects

biggest issue for some clients is that they can’t get hold of their contractors when they call them, but we make sure that we’re always available to talk to them if they’ve anything on their mind. He added: “It’s very important for us to have zero negative feedback.” At present, W Gore Construction are working on private houses all over Meath, with a particular focus on the the Navan, Trim and Dunshaughlin areas. Their work will even bring them beyond the Royal County’s borders, delving into Dublin on occasions, as they continue to carry out repetitive work for some of their corporate clients. The latest thing they’ve delved in to is energy efficient building, where less energy is required to heat and light

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Pope John Paul National School

The completed Garbally College project

Celebrating over 45 years in business in 2015, Paul Flynn Construction in Ballinasloe, Co Galway continues to be a success story in spite of some tough times for the industry. Director Tara Flynn spoke to Building Ireland about their family-run business.

Family-run businesses are often best and Paul Flynn Construction in Co. Galway is another shining example to add to the list. Based in Ballinasloe, they have been providing a professional BUILDING IRELAND

service since 1975, building and developing projects in the Connacht region and all over Ireland. Despite the downturn in the construction industry in 2008 business is thriving at the moment with projects on the horizon that will help maintain the momentum for the business. Originally started by Paul Flynn Snr 45 years ago, the company has moved from focusing on residential to concentrating on educational and commercial projects. This move to educational and commercial projects has kept them busy throughout the


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Creagh National School was upgraded by Paul Flynn Construction

downturn and still sees them busy today as there are more of these projects in the pipeline for 2016 Tara from Paul Flynn Construction commented: “It’s a family run business. Paul Snr founded the company initially and since then his sons Paul Jnr, Chartered Civil Engineer, Mark, Project Manager, John, Civil Engineer and Tara, Office and Business Manager joined the company. Paul Flynn Construction was founded mainly to work on private housing but that has changed since 2008 and we have diversified into educational, commercial and healthcare projects.” The belief upheld within the company sees the importance of meeting the clients’ needs in an honest and professional manner,

thus Paul Flynn Construction has a consistent track record as a high quality builder and developer who delivers quality projects within budget and time schedules. Through successfully completing many projects, Paul Flynn Construction has also built-up a good working relationship with numerous Architects, Engineers, Sub-Contractors and Suppliers. Garbally College, Ballinasloe, Clarinbridge National School, St. Aidans National School, Tallaght, Pope John Paul NS Malahide and Rockwell College, Tipperary are some of the school projects which Paul Flynn Construction have successfully completed recently. Tara explained that business is in fact thriving at the minute. New ground has recently been broken on a new project, St. Sylvesters 15

Junior School Malahide. “St Sylvester’s in Malahide is a major project for us right now. This project is our largest project since the downturn and is going to keep us extremely busy for the remainder of the year. Works on Davitt College Castlebar has also commenced. Their professional approach, reliable service and competitive pricing are three key aspects as to why Paul Flynn Construction are chosen first for some of the above projects. That and the quick time frame in which they get the job done makes them first choice for the decision makers on these projects. “There’s definitely a strict time frame with these projects and the idea is to get the project started as soon as possible and completed BUILDING IRELAND

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Clarinbridge National School

within the agreed timeframe whilst ensuring that the work completed is to very high standards.� said Tara.

The company’s track record makes for good reading too, with hundreds of jobs being carried out to excellent standards down

through the years. Paul Flynn Snr continues today to work on site for the company and is as committed as ever to maintaining the

Paul Flynn Construction celebrated 45 years in business in 2015



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The St Sylvester’s School project in Malahide

standards that have been a cornerstone of the company for the past 45 years. “My father started the company in a time when so many Irish went over to the UK and came back with a lot of knowledge of the construction industry,” she said. “When he started the company all those years ago it was a different time and the company solely focused on the residential sector. The company has progressed over the years and now focuses on educational and commercial projects and are quiet happy with

how the business is progressing.” With its owner still involved after 45 years, it’s no stretch to say that Paul Flynn Construction has been a success story and the fact that it has evolved from the private housing sector with a new generation on board speaks volumes about their willingness to keep things running smoothly. Paul Flynn Construction has shown great diversity over the years to branch out into the educational redevelopment market together with the Civil Engineering sector and has also expanded into

different sectors of construction. This places them in a great position to further expand their portfolio in the path that lies ahead. Another certainty we can rely on is that Paul Flynn Construction will very much remain a family run business into the future. Paul Flynn Construction Ltd., Address: Creagh, Ballinasloe, Co Galway Phone: (090) 9643181 Mobile: (087) 7746349 E-mail:

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Turnover was up almost 80% last year


Damien Brickland

Specialising in general civil engineering groundworks, roads & sewers and other associated works on behalf of private developers, main contractors and various other clients, Eurogold Groundworks and Civil Engineering Contractors Ltd., has over the past 13 years, established itself as one of the premier civil engineering groundworks contractors in the North West of England. We caught up with amiable founder / managing director Damien Brickland – a modest, hard-working Offaly man who has never forgotten his roots.

Last year, Eurogold Groundworks and Civil Engineering Contractors Ltd.’s turnover grew by almost 80% from £14.9 to £26.5m. The company’s order book looks healthy up to 2016/2017, with forecasts over the next five years projecting growth of 9% over each year. A turnover of £31m is expected this year. Eurogold – which has attained Constructionline and CHAS status for each of the last eleven years – has seen its workforce grow to 220 site operatives, comprising foremen, gangers, pipe-layers, plant operatives, bricklayers and joiners as well as a further 18 office staff. In addition, they also operate and maintain their own fleet of excavators, dumpers and vans / pick-ups. Carrying out and / or completing works for the likes of Redrow Homes, Bellway Homes, Stewart Milne Homes, Wain Homes, Barratt Homes, Ben Bailey Homes, McCarthy & Stone, MCI Developments, Partner Construction, Persimmon and Taylor Wimpey, EuroGold has developed an excellent reputation for exceptional performance in terms of Health & Safety, quality of product and value for money.



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Eurogold has achieved Constructionline and CHAS status for each of the last eleven years

The workforce at present is up to 220 personnel

The thriving operation represents a remarkable success story for proprietor Damien Brickland, who was born in Ballycommon, County Offaly and for whom Liverpool is now very much his adopted home. Damien – who has been working for himself for nigh on three decades - moved to the UK under the saddest of circumstances. His mother passed away suddenly in 1966, when he was still only nine years old, and the decision was

taken to sell the family home and relocate to Merseyside. The Daley family, who were good friends and still are today, bought the house and the Bricklands moved crosschannel. Damien quickly settled into his new home – a place he grew to love. He fell in love with Liverpool and its people and enjoyed a very full and active life playing football for Liverpool Schoolboys and progressing to become a very

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every Irish man and boy did there, I progressed to engineer and then senior engineer. “I then got a position working for a Mayo man called Tony Killoran

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close, both in and outside business.” Having met his wife Sheila (the pair now have three daughters – Emma, Shoonagh and Clare), Damien became doubly determined and decided to set out in business on his own. (Emma has aspirations of continuing in her Father’s footsteps and ensuring Eurogold’s future is in safe hands.) Damien Brickland Site Preparation Ltd. was established and quickly developed into one of the largest ground works contractors in the North West of England, before taking a fatal hit in the major recession of the late 1980s. But, with the support and encouragement of his loyal family, the Offaly man picked himself up again and, after working for a few more companies to keep his toe in the water so to speak, set up Eurogold Groundworks & Civil Engineering Contractors Ltd., which has successfully navigated the latest recession and is now going from strength to strength. BUILDING IRELAND

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our overheads and held onto our staff and thankfully we have come through.” Fleet-wise, Damien operates almost 50 machines and has seventy vans on the road. The company enjoys a credit limit of £10.5m with suppliers and manufacturers across the UK. They invested £1.7m in plant and vehicles last year. Looking to the future, Damien won’t be getting complacent. “I’m looking forward to consolidating the business and to perhaps even growing a little bit more, but we won’t take our eye off the ball,” he concludes. “If you think you’ve got it right, then you’ve probably got it wrong! We’ve developed a new office next door to the existing building and are looking forward to moving the business forward from our new HQ.”

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O’Hagan Crane Hire Ltd in Co Derry have been supplying cranes with operators, appointed person’s, slinger banks man, man baskets, crane forks spreader beams, bog mats,& steel plates for almost 10 years now. Building Ireland spoke to O’Hagan Crane Hire Ltd to find out what they’re all about.

There are certain lines of work where you simply need to know what you’re doing. Crane work definitely falls under that category, having gained so much experience in the field down through the decades. A family run business located on the outskirts of Magherafelt, O’Hagan Crane Hire Ltd established in 2006 by the three O'Hagan brothers, Tony, Nigel and Philip. Between them they carry

50+ years of experience in operating & rigging cranes, with their wealth of knowledge they can recommend the perfect crane for any task. With an address at 1 Brackagh Road, Moneymore, Magherafelt, Co Derry, BT457RR, O'Hagan Crane Hire Ltd provide their service all over Northern Ireland and the Republic, whilst also branching out to the UK and Europe with their cranes and operators. The company name may be selfexplanatory as to exactly what the business is all about, but O’Hagan’s do more than just hire out their cranes they also specialise in contract lifts for all size of jobs. They also have gear to move heavy machines up to 80 Ton within factories by means of Air skates also known as Air bearings which are robust, low profile, high capacity load-moving modules used in sets of four or more to


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enable large or heavy objects to be moved with ease Compressed air and a smooth operating surface are all that is required to enable air skates to virtually eliminate friction. Unlike wheels, Air Skates provide omnidirectional capabilities, meaning that a load can be moved in any direction without the need for complex turning manoeuvres (see their website for a short video). Indeed some of their contract work has seen their cranes, as well as operators, stationed at the same work site for 18+ months. They have cranes from 25ton to 100ton and they all are tested every six months to ensure they are fit for purpose, lifting gear & man ridding baskets are also tested on a six monthly basis by a external testing company. They do anything from small jobs such as lifting roof trusses to contracts like lifting large boiler parts using cranes up to 750ton on the Lisahally Biomass Plant. All of the above make for busy times for the brothers, whom are kept on their toes 12 months a year. O’ Hagan Crane Hire Ltd supply crane’s & drivers to international crane companies ie: BMS heavy Crane division from Denmark. At present they have men completing a wind farm project in Scotland before moving on to another on the East coast of England.

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They have also carried out projects in Poland & Sweden within the last couple of years. Health & Safety is a huge aspect of the business too and something which the O’Hagan’s take very seriously when it comes to their work. They take the Health & Safety of all personnel involved in the projects they undertake, extremely seriously this includes the customer, their staff & members of the public. So as to achieve a high level of safety, O’Hagan Crane Hire staff will frequently attend safety training sessions which emphasise the importance of Health & Safety and best practices. O’Hagan Crane Hire’s unblemished safety record lends credence to the importance they place on Health & Safety, and their wide range of lifting projects over the years in the crane business and their fleet of cranes, maintained and serviced to a level exceeding legal requirements, help them provide a professional service to their customers on every job they carry out. Proper insurance cover is of vital importance when carrying out lifts, they ensure all operators are medically fit & CPCS qualified - just another reason why their customers don’t look past them and it’s no surprise

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Founded in 2012 by Charlie McCarron and Colm Griffin, Gael Form Ltd has grown rapidly to become one of Europe’s leading suppliers of quality formwork, formwork accessories and refurbishment. The young and dynamic company supplies products and services to the engineering, construction and precast concrete sectors.

Charlie, a native of Annagry, Co. Donegal and Colm, who hails from Rathcairn, Co. Meath (both Gaeltacht villages!), had accumulated a wealth of experience in the trade before setting up their own company three years ago. Initially, Gael Form operated from Trim, Co. Meath, but now has offices in Ashbourne, Co.


Meath and London. These offices are ideally located to provide customers with ease of access to Gael Form’s extensive range of products and services. “When we set up the company, Ireland was still in recession, so we had to go after the English market. It was as simple as that,” Charlie explains. “The London market was particularly buoyant and that led to us opening an office there. About 80 per cent of our work is carried out in the UK, but there are signs of a recovery at home. We started out with three staff and now employ 17. This growth wouldn’t have been possible if we hadn’t entered the UK market.” Gael Form believes in keeping things simple for its customers and that the best business is built on reliable and efficient service. The company delivers solutions that are functionally efficient at the 31

most cost-effective rates on the international market. Gael Form’s core values are reliability, responsibility and efficiency. As a result of its high flexibility, interactive methods and agile management structure, the company can always meet its clients’ needs. It strives to exceed clients’ expectations and endeavours to become an asset to their business. The most competitive prices are always guaranteed as Charlie explains: “We won’t be beaten on price and that’s a big reason why we’ve had a successful first three years in business. We are much cheaper than the big multinationals, whose mark-ups are high. I know this from having worked for them in the past.” Gael Form stocks a large range of formwork and formwork accessories such as DMP, Doka, Meva, Peri and scaffolding for the BUILDING IRELAND

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The Irish-owned company is one of the leading suppliers of formwork and accessories in Europe

sale and hire markets. New panels, used panels, new props, used props, slab formwork, beams, accessories, industrial towers and ladders are all stocked. In addition, the company offers a formwork refurbishment service which, in today’s economic climate, is an essential service. Gael Form has recently invested in an automated system which allows it to provide customers with a fast turnaround time at the cheapest rates. A professional formwork design service is also offered through its dedicated design engineer. In summary, the services provided by Gael Form are: formwork refurbishment; formwork hire and sale; scaffolding for sale; design engineer service. Formwork refurbishment involves cleaning, repairing and refurbishing formwork to the highest standards in a cost-effective and efficient manner. Gael Form will evaluate all formwork supplied and check for any flaws or damage that may need repair. Then, depending on the level of cleanliness and/or damage, a decision on how much cleaning, refurbishment, repair or painting is required will be taken. Gael Form can arrange for delivery and collection of formwork and formwork accessories both nationally and internationally. It has an extensive range of scaffolding for sale, including Kwiksage, Cuplok and more. The company’s design engineering service provides a complete project-specific plan for the use of formwork and structural calculations for temporary work systems; implement planning and proof for stability analysis for shoring and working scaffolds; verifiable

statics for the formwork and scaffolding planning while taking into account the relevant standards; determine optimal material requirements for your build. Gael Form has completed many projects in its relatively short time in business. It supplied the formwork components for the bridges over the new Rathnew to Arklow M11 bypass in Co. Wicklow which was officially opened in July. The company is currently working on a number of residential housing projects in the UK, the biggest of which is in Hendon, London. Last November, Gael Form was honoured with the2014 Meath International Business of the Year

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absolutely booming and that’s where most of our work is concentrated. We’re always on the lookout for new business and hopefully more of it will come our way in Ireland in the not too distant future,” he concludes. Gael Form Ltd Irish Office (Head Office) Yellowshar, Kilmoon, Ashbourne,

Award. Over 300 guests attended the awards ceremony in the Newgrange Hotel, Navan which was hosted by RTE personality Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh, while the keynote speaker was former Taoiseach and EU Ambassador to the United States, John Bruton. Having bucked the trend by growing through the recession, Charlie McCarron sees no reason why his company can’t continue to expand in the coming years. “We are very busy at the moment in the UK and are looking into the possibility of opening a new base in the Bedfordshire area. London is BUILDING IRELAND

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A pattern goods lift wall and in-situ stairs at NUI Maynooth

Specialising in industry-leading formwork construction for domestic and commercial projects, with meticulous attention to detail, Whiteform Construction Ltd. has developed a stellar reputation for excellence since its inception. We caught up with commercial manager Mark Murphy to find out more about this exceptional operation.

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Irish construction industry for providing top quality concrete works. Their reputation for achieving the highest standards for finished concrete work culminates from an experienced workforce and unswerving attention to detail. The company is involved in both civil engineering and general building projects, counting many leading main contracting companies and private individuals among its repeat clients. The range of projects undertaken and completed to the very highest standards includes everything from bridges, retaining walls, water reservoirs, concrete framed buildings, underground carparks and swimming pools, and include residential & commercial properties, schools and universities, primary care units, 35

hospitals, sports facilities etc. Whiteform also have a specialist floor screeding division and offer the complete service including propping and edge detail to precast slabs and metal decked permanent shutter. Concrete pumping can also be arranged, if required In business for a number of years, they have assembled a team of highly-skilled and motivated shuttering carpenters, concrete workers and steel fixers; the core of the permanent staff have been with them since the start. The business is C2-registered, carries EL & PL insurances and has worked successfully with many main contractors to ISO 9000 / 9002 certification standards. Competitive pricing coupled with BUILDING IRELAND

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Whiteform specialises in industryleading formwork construction

Work in progress on the impressive NUI Maynooth ICT Hub

Retaining wall and steps in Killiney

a successful record for completing projects on time and to budget have enhanced Whiteform Construction Ltd’s standing in the industry and the directors are eager to continue to add to that by maintaining the highest standards and service levels. Specialists in formwork, floor screeds and surface finishing, concrete placement and steel fixing, they also carry out sundry works by hiring out experience labour and tradesmen, Whiteform Construction Ltd. was established by managing director Alan Haran, who had accumulated substantial experience working as a shuttering carpenter. Mark Murphy joined in 2012 as an estimator / surveyor and now handles the commercial aspects of the business. Regarding the progress the business has made in the last three years, the latter notes: “The construction industry was contracted when I joined, so we kept a tight lid on things and did enough to keep us ticking over. However, in the last 24 months, things have been picking up and we’ve started to move toward bigger projects again. “For example, we worked on the NUI Maynooth ICT Hub for Tracey Brothers [a substantial concrete-framed building, which Whiteform took from foundations to roof level, running from late 2013 through to mid 2014] Whiteform also work very closely with Murphy International in the provision of specialist concrete works in connection with Gas & Waterworks and have recently completed a stretch of retaining wall along the main rail line adjacent to the Grand Canal Basin. They have also constructed a new foul water pumping station and diversion manholes on a live system close to UCD. At any given time, they will have three or four projects on the go and at least one of those would be with Purcell Construction, however they also have forged strong links many other major players in the Irish Construction Industry.” Recently-completed projects include a primary care unit in Kildare town and residential buildings in Rathgar for Townlink Construction, as well school buildings for Glasgiven, Stewarts and Purcell. BUILDING IRELAND

Mark commented “Currently residential is our busiest area, followed by commercial office space but we always seem to have education and health to the fore as well. Most of Whiteform’s projects are located in the Leinster region as Mark points out. “Our office and yard is in the Maynooth area, so it’s handy to stay on this side of the Shannon, but we will happily travel anywhere to accommodate our valued clients.” As the construction sector moves tentatively out of recession, Mark is confident that Whiteform has scope for growth: “There is potential but we’re going to take it one step at a time. You have to work with tried and tested people. There are signs that the industry is getting back to where it used to be but we won’t be getting carried away – we’d be more than happy with growth of 1020% per year. “I would imagine that we could take on twice as much work but we don’t want to overstretch ourselves. We have three or four work-crews and there are usually two main jobs running which take up most of them. Each job has to get the attention it deserves. We would consider modest expansion, but only if we can guarantee that the quality of each project is of the highest standard.

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“The MD is out on site all the time and is very much hands-on, ensuring that the highest levels are maintained and we are delighted that architects, engineers and contractors have all commented favourably on the degree of attention to detail involved in our work. We put extra effort into leaving a good job behind us at all times and ensure to a good standard of finish even where it’s going to be covered up…” Using mainly the Doka system (incorporating Staxo for high level soffit support), Whiteform is a pioneering company in that they have made significant advances in terms of devising temporary support and safety beam systems to enhance the safety of their men while also saving on scaffolding and therefore reducing costs. “We will always sit down with the main contractor and plan a programme out so as to get the maximum out of their money and resources,” Mark concludes. “We’ve taken on extra operatives since the beginning of the year to facilitate our increased work-load and also to ensure availability of at least one floating gang for when our regular clients require an immediate response. “In recent times we’ve done a lot of civils work with Murphy International and building contractors – Purcell, Stewarts, Glasgiven & Sisk – with whom we have a strong history. Tracey Brothers and Townlink are two relatively-new customers and we also see repeat business coming from them as well. “We’ve carried out a lot of feature concrete work – such as the external classroom in a school in Blanchardstown which is formed like an amphitheatre, and formed insitu concrete curved stairs, circular columns and patternedfinished walls such as to the main entrance foyer to the ICT Hub building in NUI. “Anything to do with concrete, we will look after it.”

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Established in 2003, McGarry Carpentry & Construction is a one-stop shop for all your carpentry and construction requirements. Managing director Con McGarry explains more.

Having initially only concentrated on carpentry projects, Con branched into construction in 2007

THE CARPENTRY AND CONSTRUCTION SPECIALISTS when Con McGarry Carpentry was renamed McGarry Carpentry & Construction Since then, the Roscommon based firm has gained a reputation for delivering high quality carpentry and construction projects throughout Ireland. In 2008, the company was awarded the joinery and builders’ works package for Castlerea Prison. Since then, Con and his team have undertaken many more public works projects, including schools, colleges and Government buildings, whilst also continuing to carry out domestic projects. McGarry Carpentry & Construction 39

began to specialise in public works contracts, working with the likes of BAM Construction, Glenbeigh Construction and John Sisk & Son on numerous projects. The company has remained strong and stable, even during the most challenging of economic climates faced by our sector. This has been achieved by always employing four key values Quality, Efficiency, Sincerity and Customer Care. This repeat business is a testament to the service it provides clients. The McGarry’s are continuously trying to improve their approach to ensure they provide best value, BUILDING IRELAND

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benefit of clients. The carpentry services provided include: internal and external joinery; bespoke joinery; 1st and 2nd fix carpentry; roofing, slating and tiling; natural slate specialists. The construction services offered are: extensions and renovations; general building work; private dwellings; fit-outs; attic conversions.

An example of the attention to detail in the company’s work

quality and safe installations to our construction partners and clients. Among the contracts the company has successfully completed are: Adamstown National School, Dublin; renovation of Ballyfeeney National School, Kilglass, Co. Roscommon; re-roofing of Kilglass Church, Co. Roscommon; Sunderland School of Law, UCD; Spirituality Centre, Glasnevin; Athboy Community School, Co. Meath; Abbeyfeale Community School, Co. Limerick; Hanger 6, Dublin Airport for Aer Lingus; Irish Medicine Board in Dublin and Tallaght IT CASH (Centre of Applied Science) Building.

Tallaght IT The award-winning Tallaght IT CASH Building brilliantly showcases the expertise of the McGarry team. Eight experienced carpenters worked on the building, which features a stunning 10metre high two-storey meeting pod within its atrium entrance area. Firstly, the carpenters had to form the curved structure of the pod. Because the shape of the pod is irregular, every component of the stud structure had to be individually prepared and shaped. The material used was white deal and all work had to be carried out on site. When the structure was complete, an insulation block was attached to the stud structure. To achieve a suitable finish on the exterior of the pod, the McGarry crew had to use a technique BUILDING IRELAND

similar to boat building and wrap the pod in strips of WBP. To complete the pod’s interior, large sun lights and a sound membrane were fitted to the stud structure. Working closely with the architects, they decided that popular baton horizontally around the pod would give the best look. The popular curve around the pod shows off the domelike shape of the room. McGarry Carpentry & Construction can operate as a main contractor or sub-contractor, undertaking various refurbishments, extension and new build schemes. The company has a strong partnering ethos which is utilised on every project undertaken. Within its current framework agreements, it builds and develops strong teams, and considers working with clients, supply chain and consultants key to the success of a project. The company’s workforce applies their vast knowledge and experience to each project undertaken for the

Kilglass Church This restoration project was divided into two phases. Phase 1 included removing the existing Blue Bangor Slates, insulation of the roof structure and re-slating the roof in Natural Slate. Also stone work repairs were carried out on the chuch bell tower with restoration work to the original bell and specialist cleaning of all the limestone keystones, bell tower and corner stones. Specialist cleaning was also carried out on the religious statures on the church grounds. The ethos of the project was to protect the existing structure and bring it back to its original state. Phase 2 involved the interiors of the church. We contracted a specialist ecclesiastical designer to complete a colour scheme to original features of the stained glass windows and existing elements. Our team restored the existing ceiling beams and painted the full interior of the church. Restoration work was completed to the original parquet flooring and church altars. A last minute decision to change the existing flooring brought a whole new dimension to the project. We liaised with EGE Carpets and with a combination of interior designers both in Ireland and Denmark we

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The restoration project on Kilglass Church is a fine example of the work of the company

designed a bespoke carpet which complimented the new colour scheme and brought in elements of existing Celtic cross’s based in the church grounds. The overall finish was a triumph and a tribute to all the fine craftsmen that worked on the project.

Health & Safety In an ever-changing industry with increasingly challenging projects, McGarry Carpentry & Construction regard Health & Safety as our number one priority both on and off site. For this reason the company sees great benefits in acquiring the Safe-T-Cert as a means of both continuous assessment & improvement. It is also of great benefit in assuring our clients and employees that they are fully intent in operating a safe working environment and ultimately in keeping Health & Safety to the fore.

The future The company believes it’s the responsibility of construction companies to ensure that staff benefit from the latest training and upskilling, whether it’s in health and safety, BIM or Building methods. At present, McGarry’s have staff members completing part-time CPD courses and a Construction Management Degree with Athlone IT. They believe their employees represent their most valuable resource and it goes without saying site safety is a fundamental element to their workplace practices. Staffing numbers have increased by 20% this year and Con is confident these figures will grow with contracts already secured for the coming year. McGarry Carpentry & Construction is in the process of setting up a new mechanical division which will allow it to cater

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for everything from site set-up to turn key finish. In the past six months we have established a maintenance division and we have successfully gained contracts in the Dublin Region predominantly in the public sector. At present, the carpentry team is working with in Central Park, Sandyford, Timber frame School projects in Dunboyne & Tallaght and Grangegorman DIT. The construction division is working with Gaeltec on a Coillte Wind Farm Project constructing two control buildings. These buildings have a high specification and services had to be cast into concrete pours with 100% accuracy. To achieve this accuracy, a lot of coordination between the engineering and architectural teams is essential. McGarry Carpentry & Construction provides services for all aspects of carpentry, general building work and building maintenance nationwide. The company constantly strives to exceed client expectations on quality, workmanship, service and cost. Why not give Con or Lorraine a call today? McGarry Carpentry & Construction Ltd (Roscommon office) Ballyglass, Ballinagare, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon Telephone/Fax: 094 9651835 Mobile: 086 6043429 087 2759897 E:

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Shannon Valley working on part of the M50 to M1 upgrade package


Shannon Valley Ltd is celebrating 25 years in the plant hire and site development contracting business. Founded by Michael English, the wellknown and highlyregarded company currently has 30 different projects ongoing nationwide. BUILDING IRELAND

Shannon Valley Ltd, or Shannon Valley Plant Hire & Site Development Contractors to give it its longer name, is headed by the Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim native, whose brothers David and Dermot are also directors in the company. Based in Donabate, Co. Dublin, Shannon Valley also runs a busy quarry in Rathcoole in south Dublin under the guise of Lacquara Ltd. Built 10 years ago on a three-acre site, the 10,000 sq. ft. premises in Donabate consists of a warehouse, workshop, office and 42

spacious yard. The family-run business provides an array of site development and civil engineering services, ranging from demolition and road construction to bulk excavation and drainage. Shannon Valley constantly strives to exceed client expectations on quality, service and cost. This has led to many repeat customers. Michael and his team of highlyskilled and experienced staff listen to their customers’ needs and are always willing to go the extra mile to ensure all projects undertaken are completed to the highest standard. Every job, regardless of the size, receives the same level of attention to detail to ensure unrivalled customer service. The company also places a strong emphasis on health and safety. Shannon Valley specialises in

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bulk excavation, on site or off site development, civil engineering, deep pipelines and rock excavation. It operates a wide range of plant, including excavators from one to 80 tonnes, dump trucks from 25 to 40 tonnes, a full range of tippers as well as Komatsu dozers and rockbreakers. In recent years, the Shannon Valley Group has expanded to incorporate Lacquara Ltd and Sadong Ltd. Lacquara Ltd supplies crushed stone products from the aforementioned quarry in Rathcoole which are subject to rigorous quality checks and are used for drainage and capping purposes. The types of stone supplied include Clause 804, Clause 808 and the new SR21 Annex E specification. Sadong Ltd was set up six years ago as the international division of Shannon Valley following the collapse of the Irish construction sector. For three years, Sadong worked as a major subcontractor for Budimex SA on the construction of a 14km stretch of motorway and 26km of secondary roads in the Rzeszow

area of Poland, carrying out earthworks as well as the haulage of materials. Shannon Valley was also the main earthworks contractor on the M50 Upgrade Scheme, which was one of the largest road schemes to go to construction in the history of Ireland, involving a €1 billion investment in four years. The Upgrade Scheme represented a major enhancement to Dublin’s orbital motorway, including widening of the mainline between the M1 and the Sandyford interchange, the upgrade of the M1/N4/N7 interchanges to freeflowing systems, and the improvement of the remaining junctions. The Upgrade Scheme has led to significantly improved journey times into and out of Dublin, and from the M1 to the M11, as well as to increased road capacity which leads to improved traffic flows and congestion relief. “That was probably our most highprofile contract to date,” managing director Michael says. “We worked alongside M50 Concession Ltd between 2008 and 2010 before spending the next

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A motorway under construction

The completed A4 motorway linking Poland to the Ukraine

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three years in Poland. The work had dried up in Ireland by then and we had no option but to go overseas. Thankfully, things have started to pick up again at home and we’re back working fulltime here. Dublin is buoyant enough at the moment and we have some site development work going on down the country. We have 30 different projects ongoing between residential site development, demolition and bulk excavation. “We have, however, seen a slowdown in the residential sector due to the new mortgage rules which were introduced at the start of the year and restrict mortgage lending. But the overall picture is a lot brighter than it was a year or two ago.” Over the past quarter of a 44

century, Shannon Valley Ltd has grown into one of the most reputable plant hire, site development and civil engineering contractors in the country. The company prides itself on a strong management team and skilled workforce with a focus on delivery of a quality service, designed to the individual needs of its clients. Here’s to the next 25 years! Shannon Valley Ltd Unit 12, Shannon Valley Centre, Roseville, Turvey Lane, Donabate, Co. Dublin. Telephone: 01 8138082 Mobile: 086 2550284 Fax: 01 8107653 E:

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Tracey Brothers Ltd completed the final phase of restoration works to restore the SS Nomadic



With more than six decades of experience, Enniskillen-based Tracey Brothers Ltd. is one of the premier building, fit out & civil engineering contractors in Ireland, operating throughout the island of Ireland and in the UK.

Tracey Brothers Ltd. specialise in the completion of complex projects many of which are constructed within the confines of complex

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operational sites where client ongoing business operations must be maintained throughout the new construction or fit out works. On many of their projects Tracey Brothers provide a full Design & Build service managing both the development and agreement of the clients optimum design solution as well as its implementation and construction on site. The recently-completed construction contract to provide the new ICT Hub at National University of Ireland, Maynooth stands as a proud testimony to the excellent high quality construction and fit out achieved by their experienced management personnel, skilled workforce and supply chain. The wide range of construction contracts undertaken over the years has seen the company complete numerous projects in the Education, Health, Pharmaceutical, Research, Leisure, Cultural, Commercial, Industrial, Ecclesiastical and residential sectors including new construction, fit out and civil engineering works. Over the years, Tracey Brothers’ reputation has been built on providing a skilled workforce and a disciplined management team that delivers contracts completed to exact client specification, within budget and on programme. Their registration as a Chartered Building Company is testament to the commitment Tracey Brothers make to the quality of service they provide, the integrity of conduct they and their staff operate with and their commitment to meeting their client’s needs. The company’s success has been built on a reputation for the highest quality from design through to completion. As contracts manager Donal McGloin confirms, a complete range of services is provided: “We pride ourselves in being able to adopt our services to the needs of individual clients, being able to provide full design services from concept stage or develop early stage designs to allow high quality construction and fit out to be completed on site. Similarly for some clients the services required are traditional construction services which are perhaps complicated by the clients need to phase the new development around the ongoing operations of their existing business or fast track fit out projects where the key is completion by a key date for our clients. In each instance our management team will work closely with the client to ensure we fully understand their priorities and tailor our services to suit that’’ In keeping with its geographical location, the County Fermanagh The entrance to NUI Maynooth’s new €10m ICT Hub headquartered company boasts 47


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Complex projects are a speciality

strong cross-border ties: “The tradition of working in the Republic of Ireland can be traced back to the early 1970s,” notes Donal. “Given our location our staff naturally emanates from both sides of the border and as the company grew and expanded its operating area the progression both sides of the border just occurred naturally. Recently we have completed projects in the education, leisure and industrial sectors in counties Sligo, Leitrim, Monaghan, Kildare and Carlow.’’ Managing Director John Tracey indicated “The new €10m ITC Hub at NUI Maynooth is a fine example of a complex. highly-serviced and high quality finished building completed to a very high standard with minimal disruption within a very busy operational University campus complex’’ The new four-storey, 8,000m² ICT (Information Communications Technology) Hub building in the North Campus of NUI Maynooth has been built to accommodate undergraduate teaching; postgraduate & academic staff research; a business incubation centre; and associated stores and plant rooms. Site development works were also completed by Tracey Brothers. Accommodating

the Department of the Computer handover to and start up by the Science and the research institutes client. Siteworks included the including IVI (The Innovation Value construction of ancillary site Institute), Hamilton Institute and structures, a permeable paving Callan Institute, as well as car-park and set-down area as well Business Incubation Centre for as asphalt set-down area, plaza, start-up companies, the building is boardwalk, stone paving areas all constructed on reinforced concrete complimented by soft landscaping beam and pad foundations with a and street furniture. concrete framed superstructure. “Other recent projects include the The external envelope include completion of the new Erne East built-up roof coverings, curtain Sports Complex in Clones as well walling, rainscreen cladding; as the extension and stonework and insulated render. refurbishment works to Schoil We worked closely with our client Bhride National School, Killcullen at NUI Maynooth as well as their and Tullow Community College. design team to ensure internally On these projects we provided a the building is fully finished and full design-and-build service fitted out to a high quality exacting whereby we complemented our standard. Complex Mechanical traditional construction services and Electrical S e r v i c e s installations were fully coordinated with each other and the building structure and finishes from an Specialist glass company engaged in the manufacture of early stage processed value add glass products. High end products assisted in the on include toughened glass, bent/curved toughened glass, site achievement fire glass, laminating, as well as architectural glass for industrial, commercial and domestic market segments of high quality throughout Ireland and the UK. s e r v i c e s Cloonkeen, Westport Road, Castlebar Co. Mayo. installation and T: +00353 (0) 94 9022000 F:+00353 (0) 94 9022055 commissioning Continued Best Wishes To Tracey Brothers and ease of

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with design services by engaging suitably experienced professional Architectural and Engineering practices to work closely with our construction management team to ensure the final design solutions we provide benefit from both the knowledge of the specialist designers and ourselves as experienced contractors to provide the most efficient high quality design and construction solution to suit each site and client’’ Having been established some sixty years Tracey Brothers are no strangers to recessions and that experience helped them adopt to challenging market conditions that have existed over recent years in the construction industry leaving Tracey Brothers in a strong position going forward. Looking to the future John is optimistic that Tracey Brothers can continue to thrive throughout the island of Ireland. “It has certainly been challenging but by broadening our services base and operational areas we have been able to retain and build upon our experienced staff base throughout this period which leaves us in a strong position if the projected turn around in the construction industry occurs. In coming years hopefully there will be increased demand both in the private sector with the growth of the domestic market plus further investment from multinationals combined with predicted growth in areas such as the facilities for student residential accommodation’’ Their commitment to continuous development and improvement of services means future should certainly see Tracey Brothers Ltd continue to take their place in the forefront of the Irish construction sector, providing clients with high quality bespoke developments.

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An OSW Plant Hire track machine

There are many Irish people that have become huge successes in business abroad and none more so than in the U.K where down through the years hundreds of thousands have emigrated across the Irish Sea.

The construction industry has been many people’s port of call and the Irish can lay claim to have helped built the likes of London which has been described as one of the fastest growing cities in Europe. For this month’s edition of Building Ireland, we profile Irishowned OSW Plant Hire Ltd and company secretary Michelle Oliver


The company was formed 18-years ago

about the success of the business. OSW Plant Hire Ltd was established 18 years ago by John O’Sullivan and Jerry Walsh both of who hail from Co Kerry. Having had a background in plant hire, the decided to put their expertise and knowledge together and they haven’t looked back since. “John and Jerry took a risk and decided to form a plant hire business,” said the Galway-born Michelle. “They started off with the purchase of only two machines available for hire. They put in a lot of hard work and were determined to exceed. The duo had to sacrifice a lot but knew that with their combined determination, efforts and

knowledge within the industry, they could achieve it all and that they would be able to supply their customers future needs. OSW now has a range of plant that includes a large fleet of plant available for hire ranging from 0.75 Tonne Micro Excavators to 30 Tonne Excavators, Rubber Ducks, Dumpers and various plant attachments to suit all their excavators. “Ranging from Hydraulic Breakers to Augers, Grabs and Munchers. We also transport many of our own machines with our Eight-Wheeler Beaver Tail Plant Lorries which comes with a 20Ton Meter Crane which are available on hire to assist our customers

OSW has a full range of plant

The firm is based in Edgware



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OSW also offers qualified plant operators

haulage needs as well.” Based in Edgware, Middlesex, OSW is located on the outskirts of London and their services are available to all areas of the English capital and all surrounding Home Counties. “We serve clients both domestic and commercial companies such as Edmund Nuttall Ltd, Getjar Ltd, Atlantic Contracts Ltd, Mulroy Construction Ltd, Montway Ltd, Masterson Holdings, which is

OSW have 20 direct employees

owned by a Mayo man and many more Multinational Companies. We providing plant hire along with our skilled, experienced and qualified plant operators to various sites.” Michelle revealed that the 2012 Olympics was very busy time for the company and indeed today, they are involved in many big projects around the city. “We got a lot of work out of the Olympics and fortunately we are

still busy. We are currently involved in the Victoria Station upgrade as well as other projects.” OSW’s ability to work hand in hand with their customers has played a huge part in their success according to Michelle. “We work closely with our customers to ensure everything runs smoothly from beginning to end of hire with our professional and reliable service. Our customers always come back for

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our reliable service at competitive rates for that guaranteed excellent service. We know going the extra mile, we would be able to provide that more personal service to ensure our customers satisfaction to meeting all their needs.” OSW are compliant with all areas of health and safety and legislation that they need to carry out their duties to the highest standard. They are CITB (Construction Industry Training Board) registered and Members of the CPA (Construction Plant Association). The company has not been afraid to move with the times and if the work is there, they have know problem meeting the demand by taking on more staff if necessary. “Due to the demand, the company has expanded and there are 20 employed directly, while drivers will be taken on when needed. We would also upgrade the fleet of machinery on a regular basis and there is a mixture of new and used machinery brought in. We have a couple of full time mechanics here and we would do all our own maintenance work.” Michelle stated that the John and Jerry have always put the customer first and that is why they have so much repeat customers on their books. “A lot of customers would be with us for many years going back to when the business was first established. Everyone is treated the same here and once we are employed to do a project, the customer knows that it will be done to the best of our abilities, which always meets their requirements. Once we can continue to do that then, we should have no problems for the future.”

The firm is CITB registered

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When it comes to the construction industry, developers and architects usually stick to who they know best when it comes to awarding work for contractors.

And who can blame them really, as there is an element of chance being taken when offering a new contractor work. However, there are certain companies out there that can back up their claims of providing a quality service by looking at a portfolio of the work that they have completed down through the years. Derry based P&K McKaigue Ltd BUILDING IRELAND

are well known building contractors in Northern Ireland and have successfully delivered a diverse range of projects within the private & public sectors. With over 40 years’ experience in the building industry, there is no doubting the quality, expertise and reliability that P&K McKaigue Ltd can bring to a job. Of all the areas that they are involved, Contracts Director Padraig McKaigue revealed that in recent years the development of community centres has become an area of expertise for them. “We have been involved in developing a number of community and sports facilities in the north over the years and we have become quite savvy in this area. This includes the development of several GAA centres in what is a very strong 54

GAA County” said Padraig. The company was established by Padraig’s father Patrick McKaigue in 1974 under the name Patrick McKaigue Building Contractors and as a brick layer by trade, Patrick built up a vast knowledge of the industry over the years. In 1993 the company became a partnership, P&K McKaigue Building Contractors, the K standing for Pat's wife Kathleen. Three years later, the company took a monumental step in purchasing a local Hardware/Building suppliers, Noones of Maghera. This has given the company an edge in sourcing and purchasing materials. As each year has passed, the company's versatility has improved, its client base has increased and strong relationships have been built and maintained with architects across the Province. On the 5th April 2002 P&K McKaigue Building Contractors became a Limited company. Padraig joined the family business on a permanent basis in 2000, having worked as a site

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Fortwilliam Demesne, Belfast

engineer in Dublin for two years previously; where he gained a great deal of experience during the heady days of the Celtic Tiger. Padraig’s brother Johnny is a qualified quantity surveyor and together both Directors have grown the company, while not forgetting their father’s ethos of providing a quality service & sound ethics to their ever increasing customer base. In the last decade the company have achieved third party H&S accreditation & continued development through Safe T Cert and are also UKAS accredited holders of ISO9001 Quality & ISO14001 Environmental. In the

last 18 months we have added a Pre-Tender/Marketing Manager and full time SHEQ Manager to the team. Despite being well known

P&K McKaigue Ltd on the road

throughout the province of Ulster, Padraig revealed that they have not yet carried out much work down south. “The tendering process down

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certainly noticed an increase in work over the last couple of years and our turnover reflects that. From 2008 to 2012 was noticeably quiet, but the experience & contacts we had gained from my father’s time helped us greatly. We scaled back a bit in line with our decreased turnover and relied on our reputation & repeat Clients to attract work. We also concentrated on pre-qualifying for government funded work during the recession as the private sector became too unstable. “Being able to work in all sectors of the construction industry is a huge advantage and it’s one that we would like to expand in the South of Ireland. The Dublin market seems particularly buoyant and we would love to be involved

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south is slightly different to the way it is up north, as up here you have to pre-qualify before you can tender for all publically funded works, whereas we understand that is not always the case in the south. “We have been looking at the Southern Market for work for a while now & see its steady

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recovery. Also with the road network being so good, logistics isn’t the problem it once was, with Dublin for example being only 2hrs from our head office in Best Wishes To P&K McKaigue Ltd, From Maghera. However, it is hard to get your foot in the door and be given the opportunity to tender as architects are inclined to stick with contractors that they have worked with previously and I suppose you can understand the reasoning for that. “However, we have extensive experience in all construction work; whether it be housing developments, private or social, health, education, commercial, community/sports and heritage/restoration works. We have a catalogue of completed projects on our website and anyone can feel free to have a browse & contact any of our past Clients and Architects for a SupplIERS & INSTallERS reference.” Of COmmERCIal P a d r a i g revealed that like flOORING & Wall ClaDDING every builder on the island of Ireland, they are alTRO WHITEROCK ◊ CaRpETS ◊ CaRpET TIlES showing signs of SHEET VINyl ◊ SafETy VINyl ◊ RubbER recovery after a HD Commercial floors & furniture 9 lower Newmills Road, Coleraine bT52 2Jb bleak few years T:028-7032 6360 f: 028-7032 6280 m: 07850 321000 due to the E: recession. CONTINuED bEST WISHES TO p&K mcKaIGuE lTD “We have 56

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in the action.” At the moment, P&K Building Ltd are currently involved in seven different projects with almost all of them being in different sectors. “We have developed a strong network of clients and architects over the years; built on trust, sound ethics and the repetitive delivery of successful projects. That is why we are confident in our abilities to deliver an excellent service to clients down south, if we are

afforded that opportunity.” Through their acquisition of their builder’s merchants business, Noones of Maghera in 1997, Padraig revealed that the two companies work hand in hand. “We get all our supplies through our sister company which has been providing an essential service to the community and surrounding areas since 1936. Noones are one of the few pre-war businesses which are still in

operation in Maghera. This underlines the progression, and continued trust our customers place in us.” Contact Details: P & K McKaigue Ltd 90 Main Street Maghera BT46 5AF Tel: 028 796 42101 Fax: 028 796 42381 Email: Web:

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County Down based Maghera Developments specialises in highend restorations, pioneering and modular healthcare / education buildings and private developments. We met up with founder / MD Eugene Walker to get an insight into this exceptional, cuttingedge operation. BUILDING IRELAND

Maghera Developments Ltd. has been providing excellent solutions to a host of clients in the restoration, commercial, education, leisure, healthcare and residential sectors for 15 years. Reflecting on the genesis of the operation, founder / proprietor Eugene Walker notes: “I set the business up as a limited company in 2000 but have been trading for 33 years. “I started out as a tradesman myself with the ambition: 1. to be a commercial contractor; 2. to break into private development; and 3. I always had a notion of working on high-end restorations of churches and listed buildings etc.” With Maghera Developments, 60

Eugene has fulfilled all three of these ambitions plus a whole lot more besides. The yearning to work on painstaking and potentially treacherous restoration jobs is quite rare. It would be much easier just to throw up a few standard buildings, with undoubtedly a bigger profit margin … so what prompted Eugene to go down such an unworn avenue? “I think it comes from the fact that I’m a joiner myself and worked on Grade A listed buildings when serving my time,” he muses. “I could see that it was very interesting work. To me, Grade A and Grade B listed buildings are intriguing. Working on them is something that has always

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appealed to me.” Eighteen months ago, Maghera Developments restored Annalong Cornmill to its former beauty for Mourne Heritage. “Consarc, who are the leading conservation architects in Ireland, were the architects on that project and it was very particular and intriguing work, considering the nature of the conditions,” Eugene reflects. “We then moved on to Massforth Chapel outside Kilkeel for the Very Reverend Fr Murray and Liam Milling Architects (Brian Jennings, QS). We did an external refurbishment of the existing cast iron guttering and downspouts, refurb of the existing stone parapets, plus complete re-roofing using existing, locallysourced Bangor Blue Slates, which matched the existing colour perfectly. “This was a very tricky, meticulous job, with all the hazards of working close to graves. Between the high scaffolding and the graves, it was a difficult job but we managed to deliver it on time and to budget,” the Down man states proudly. Many contractors would shy away from this kind of work – is it not more trouble than it’s worth? “It’s true that there are elements to this type of specialised work that general construction doesn’t like, but we enjoy the challenge,” Eugene continues. “It can be frustrating but it’s very rewarding, For example, when we were doing Massforth Chapel, the downspouts had to be replicated to exact detail. We had to have those specially made in a foundry in the UK and that took 13 weeks, which can obviously affect cash flow and frustrate the end user, but it’s a great feeling to see the whole thing come together. There is a fear of it

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in the trade but if you are focussed and have a genuine interest in it, then no job should get the better of you.” As restoration work is by its very nature volatile and unpredictable, Eugene has made sure not to have all his eggs in one basket. There are three other elements to the overall business, namely: pioneering, specialist healthcare work; modular buildings (for education and healthcare); and exclusive private developments. “Commercial general construction is vibrant at the moment and we are currently undertaking a unique privatelyowned healthcare facility in

Hillsborough, County Down for Orthoderm, which will be the first of its kind to incorporate a blood lab, MRI, X-ray and specialised bone structure work for athletes and footballers etc. The facility is located at the centre of the town and will cater for all our GAA players and sports people. It’s due to be finished by the end of November and trading before Christmas. We’re working with Alliance Medical, Ortoderm and Randox Blood on this project and it’s our first breakthrough into healthcare construction. I’m delighted to be associated with it and, from a commercial point of view, we’d hope to be involved in

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Best Wishes & Continued Success To Maghera Developments more similar projects in the future.” Maghera Developments also specialise in modular buildings for education and healthcare use. They have – in conjunction with MWL Consulting Engineers – developed a unique modular building / portal frame which enables them to build and

transport classrooms to locations throughout the island of Ireland. “We are on the framework for supplying these and see this as a potential growth area in the coming years, both for education and healthcare,” says Eugene. “Our customer base includes the Education Authority, the healthcare

sector, SureStart and local authorities for pavilion buildings and changing facilities within sport.” That brings us to the private development side of the company, which is certainly no afterthought but an outstanding, standalone business in its own right. At the

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Maghera Developments has been providing excellent solutions – such as this one in Kilbroney – for 15 years

time of writing, Maghera Developments were commencing work on a magnificent development of top-end period houses in the grounds of the old Annesley Estate. This is going to be one of the finest and most sought-after developments along the east coast in the coming years. “We’re very excited about the future of this development, which is located in a woodland setting right in the middle of Newcastle. Wilson Estate Agents will be looking after that for us.”

While it is his own vision, energy and enthusiasm that drives Maghera Developments, Eugene says he’d be lost without his staff, who consistently achieve the highest standards in everything they do and thereby ensure that the company maintains its status at the forefront of the industry. “We’d carry 35 staff on a regular basis and they are all great workers,” he concludes. “At our head office here in Castlewellan, we are supported by an in-house team of Frances Paul (office

manager), Liam McVeigh (bid manager), Adrian McLoughlin (buyer) and Gerard Kane (QS). The staff are a big part of the business and I couldn’t ask for any more from them.” Maghera Developments Ltd., 21 Lower Square, Castlewellan, County Down BT31 9DN, Northern Ireland. Tel: 028 43778722

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From their central location in Swatragh, County Derry, AMG Contracts provides unrivalled utilities and groundworks contracting services across Northern Ireland and the UK. We caught up with HSEQ manager Fergal McEldowney to find out more about this exceptional operation.

Operating across the UK and Northern Ireland, AMG Contracts is a privately-owned and fullyaccredited company, which was founded in 2010 and has progressively developed and expanded its activities, earning a superb reputation for quality and reliability, which is endorsed by solid relationships with a growing number of key clients and contractors. AMG is a leading utilities and groundworks contractor in Northern Ireland and pride themselves on their ability to successfully complete a number of projects across a wide range of sectors, including Electric, Sewerage, Storm Water, Bulk Earthworks, Street Lighting, Trenchless Excavation, Overhead Lines and Traffic Management. AMG are committed to the provision of sewer, water and electric utilities in public highways,


town centres and urban areas. In addition, they will liaise with the relevant public bodies to implement a traffic management plan, therefore ensuring that off-peak and restricted hours comply with traffic needs. Furthermore, they provide excavation and backfill techniques, together with possible directional drill as and when required. In the last three years, AMG Contracts have participated in and successfully completed highlyintricate drainage works for both the public and private sector, comprising deep drainage, confined space, de-silting, lift-and-relay and large-diameter drainage. These projects have involved pipe sizes ranging from 150mm – 1,050mm in diameter. Prompt, effective and safe solutions are also provided to all

sewer repair requirements, with traditional excavation, repair and replacement offered. Where a sewer, drain or pipe has suffered a complete collapse, it is unlikely to be tackled using no-dig methods. In such cases, it is treated by AMG’s skilled and professional civils team. This specialist team has proven expertise and experience in excavating and replacing damaged sewers and reinstating them to as near pre-work conditions as possible, with the minimum of fuss. All operatives are qualified to NRSWA (New Roads and Street Works Act) standards. AMG specialise in prompt, environmentally-friendly solutions to trenchless tunnelling or HDD (horizontal directional drilling). They pride themselves on their ability to resolve those jobs that require

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AMG is active across the UK and Northern Ireland

expertise has been acquired through their own internal works. A wide range of hire facilities is offered to cater for requirements within the construction industry. AMG can provide the hire of all types of plant and machinery such

more precision than can be delivered by standard drill rigs. They will provide underground installations with no limit on maximum distance (up to 100m can be achieved in a single drill shot). This service is particularly essential when, for example, no disruption to traffic can take place or the top surface cannot be removed. Directional drills allow horizontal access when vertical access is impossible. Providing a 24/7 service 365 days per year, AMG are also specialists in the installation and maintenance of all forms of exterior lighting, including street lighting on trunk roads, motorways and city streets; and flood lighting, sports arenas and recreational areas. In partnership with the leading players in the overhead sector, AMG Contracts undertakes projects such as maintenance of overhead lines, construction of new power lines and also fault and emergency repairs of overheads throughout the UK and Ireland. AMG have a portfolio of traffic management which includes a wide range of techniques that entail lane closures, traffic light set-ups and stop/go systems. This

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Excellent equipment and outstanding personnel combine to provide exceptional solutions

AMG has clients from all sectors of the industry

as grab lorries, beavertail HIAB lorries, 7.5ton lorries, vans, trailers, dumpers and diggers ranging from 1 tonne to 21 tonne. They also hire a large variety of small plant and tools such as; stihl saws, rammers, roadsaws, traffic lights etc. They provide an island-wide materials distribution and removal service to many companies. Works range from collection of materials from quarries to removal of spoil from sites, while plant and machinery can also be moved to any location throughout the province. As a premium civil and construction services contractor, AMG have clients from all sectors of the industry, including BCG Civil Engineering, Dawson Wam, Farrans, Gilbert-Ash, FP McCann, M&P Bradley, Morrow Contracts, Spie, Imac, Cocan Shackleton, MJ McBride and TOC Utilities as well as numerous local authorities and NIE. Projects include Premier Inns in London and St Albans; the Savoy Hotel; Baxter Gate, Loughborough; Carniny Road, Ballymena; 5G Innovation Centre, University of Surrey; A2 Ballykelly; NIE Repairs, NI Water Sewer Repairs and Reservoir Security Works. Compliance, accreditation and training are of absolute importance to AMG Contracts. With five years’ tradition of delivering service and

satisfaction, AMG aims for the highest standards of site safety and tidiness, efficiency and environmental management. First and foremost, the health and safety of employees and all of those affected by the company’s activities is a prerequisite to conducting any work. The operation of the business is supported by a highly-integrated management system which is improved on a constant basis and is supported by accreditations to SAFE-T CERT, while AMG was one of the first companies in Northern Ireland to achieve accreditation to NVIR-O-CERT. The company has had its quality management system successfully audited in accordance with ISO 9001:2008, with Stage 2 Assessment having taken place at the end of April, 2015. As HSEQ manager Fergal McEldowney confirms, Health, Safety, Environmental and Quality are treated extremely seriously by AMG Contracts. “There’s a huge emphasis on it,” he notes. “You simply don’t get to work for these companies without being fully accredited and certified. As well as ISO 9001, we also got third-party EnviroCert accreditation (the equivalent of ISO 14001) in April. Every aspect of our management system is third-party accredited.” The growth that has been 67

achieved by AMG Contracts in five short years speaks volumes for the quality of the solutions provided. Today, full-time employment is provided to a team of 30, with the in-house fleet including twelve Transit vans, seven 7.5 tonne tippers, two Volvo grab lorries, two beavertails and four Berlingo vans. Not bad considering that managing director Anthony McGuckin (hence, AMG…) started up working out of his own home. “We’ve now moved into a stateof-the-art facility beside the co-op and livestock mart, including a conference room for inductions and in-house training,” Fergal concludes. “Utilities in Northern Ireland accounts for a large percentage of our work. Anthony has specialised in utilities since he started out with a small squad in 2010. That’s where the big push is now, as well as groundworks. “Looking to the future, we will continue to provide an excellent service and we hope to expand and remain busy, both in England and Northern Ireland.” AMG Contracts, 29 Garvagh Road, Swatragh, Maghera, BT465QE Tel: 028 79401126 Email:


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House2Home Retrofit showroom in Dublin 12

House2Home Retrofit Ltd is a young and expanding Irish energy-saving company operating from a 10,000 sq. ft. showroom on Dublin’s Killeen Road. The retrofit division of Ardcourt Ltd / Meadowleck Ltd, House2Home can help clients to lower their home energy bills by BUILDING IRELAND

as much as 60 per cent by offering the latest energy-saving products and solutions.

The company was set up in 2013 by managing director Mark Courtney with the aim of lowering home energy bills and increasing comfort and mobility in homes throughout Ireland. By providing clients who decide to change their home for the better with a


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complete solution, whether it is home insulation or availing of the Housing Adaptation Grant, House2Home has become one of Ireland’s leading insulation and energy-saving specialists. “We offer a turnkey service from start to finish,” House2Home general manager Rory Clarke explains. “Whereas some companies offer one or two processes to improve home energy efficiency, we offer complete packages, which means customers benefit from having one start date, one contract and one company looking after all their needs. “Plumbing and heating, insulation, new builds, extensions,

renovations, repairs and design are all part of the service. We basically supply and fit everything you need to make big savings on your energy costs. The availability of SEAI grants makes the process more affordable. “We would encourage people to visit our showroom where they can view our products and services. By doing this, they will know exactly what they’re getting if they decide to avail of our services.” House2Home has grown from employing six staff to 30 in just two years. Rory attributes this growth to the company’s unrivalled expertise and service, hugely competitive prices and increased public awareness of the substantial savings that can be made on their energy bills. Energy costs are rising, and along with Government grants, House2Home provides guaranteed savings. If you avail of its energy-saving retrofit package, House2Home will guarantee a reduction of up to 60 per cent on your energy costs. Along with reduced bills, homeowners will have a more comfortable home to live in. For home occupiers who suffer from mobility restrictions, the Government will pay up to 95 per cent of the costs associated with changing homes to improve their lives. House2Home provides a complete design and construct service, and can assist in grant applications and other paperwork associated with the improvements that need to be made. The company’s expert team comprises: building services engineers; energy management engineers; technical staff (building); industry leading advisors; Quantity Surveyors; Skilled Tradesmen & Technicians. The combination of qualified and experienced teams ensures that House2Home achieves real savings for customers. House2Home’s showroom & Information Centre is open Monday to Friday and all day Saturday. You can tour the three-storey, wheelchair accessible 69

showroom at your leisure and see products and procedures that will improve your home. The showroom is located beside Woodie’s on the Killeen Road, which is just off the Naas Road. Its close proximity to the M50 and all the main routes into the city makes it easily accessible to customers from all parts of the country. The showroom has a full floor dedicated to kitchens, bathrooms & Internal Finishes, another technical floor where insulation and energy efficiency displays are showcased, including sections of wall insulations and sections of roof insulations with solar panels. On the ground floor, there is a full house, including external wall insulation, triple glazed ‘A’ rated windows and doors, a full working kitchen, a mobility-friendly shower room and fitted wardrobes in the bedroom. The products and services provided by House2Home are: renewable energies (solar, heat pumps etc.); retrofitting and retrofits; external / internal wall insulation (various options); attic insulation (various options); ‘A’ rated triple glazed windows and doors (various options); high efficiency boilers and heat controls; bathroom and kitchen suites; flooring, internal doors and

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extensive range of wall and floor finishes; energy saving products, including lighting; multi-fuel and electric stoves, fires and surrounds; extension and adaptations. An extensive warranty gives customers peace of mind that the work that is being carried out is to the highest standard and will stand the test of time. House2Home also insists on providing customers with a contract, ensuring start and finish dates are in writing to give extra reassurance. You can arrange an appointment with industry experts for free, and they will carry out a home energy survey of your home. This is done with unique software, designed by House2Home and developed by industry leaders. The showroom now encompasses an Energia Centre, which showcases the full range of Energia products. As an Energia customer, you can avail of huge savings on energy efficiency upgrades for your home, which will in turn help to substantially reduce

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your energy bills. Energia’s energy services team can advise you on a wide range of energy efficiency services, including: insulation; boilers and heating; solar energy

and heat pumps. “We’re proud to be Energia’s sole energy partner. They only entered into the residential electricity and gas market last year, and have

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The opening of the impressive House2Home Retrofit showroom

experienced phenomenal success to date. We are proud to be growing with them,� adds Rory. House2Home is the retrofit arm of Ardcourt Ltd / Meadowleck Ltd, which has three decades of development and building experience. Based in The Ward, Co. Dublin, Ardcourt / Meadowleck is a medium-sized building construction and civil engineering company with the ability to carry out projects countrywide. From small one-off domestic projects to

large industrial units, its business model caters for the entire spectrum. Ardcourt / Meadowleck is headed by Mark Courtney, whose brothers Francis and Michael, and son Liam, are also involved in the family business. House2Home Retrofit Ltd Block A, Killeen Court,

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The Morrison Hotel on Ormond Quay

Established in 1968, John Fletcher Limited has continuously adapted and continuously provides a complete range of Electrical and Mechanical Services to an extensive client base throughout Ireland.

The company which is headquartered in Portarlington, Co. Laois has a reputation you can trust and their range of expertise covers the full range of Electrical and Mechanical Services which is clearly evident based on the diversity of projects which they have successfully completed over the past number of decades, they have a vast range of experience in providing these services on substantial projects for clients across almost all sectors, Healthcare & Medical, Tourism, Hotel & Leisure, Commercial, Research & Education, Industrial, Transport, Retail, Agricultural, Food and Beverage, Defence and Aviation. John Fletcher Limited currently employs approximately eighty five direct employees on projects throughout Ireland, with a highly skilled and experienced Management Team, they exercise the highest standard of Quality, Environmental and Health and Safety Standards on all their projects, verified by their excellent track record and reputation in these areas. David Fletcher, an Engineering Graduate of University College Dublin, currently manages the successful company which was set up by John E Fletcher, David is a grandson of John who still maintains a presence and enjoys an active role within the company. “We are a long established family company, providing services throughout both the public and private sectors,” he explained. “We have always and continue to be primarily focused on the provision of electrical engineering and contracting services, however, due to 73


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John Fletcher Limited has a long list of satisfied customers – The Heritage Golf Club, Killenard

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a changing marketplace in recent years we can now also provide a mechanical engineering and contracting service, this gives us greater flexibility and allows us to offer a complete package to our

clients.” “the mechanical engineering and contracting department is still small, we only employ approximately ten people here, our intention is however for steady growth in this area over the

next number of years.” The commitment and adaptability of John Fletcher Limited are vital ingredients to their winning formula, focused on providing a specialist service, they boast a great track record in retaining their clients and this is due largely to the manner in which they conduct themselves during the contract period. “We pride ourselves on the delivery of all our projects within budget, on programme and to the highest standards achievable”, David added, “We do enjoy a challenging project, be that an onerous construction programme or difficult working conditions such as working within an densely occupied building, we are always able to adapt to successfully meet the expectations of our client.” It is certain that the construction industry bore the violent brunt of the economic crisis in recent years and John Fletcher Ltd certainly didn't escape unscathed, when the industry collapsed they cut their cloth accordingly, continuing only to meet the needs of their loyal client base, “when the recession hit we downsized dramatically, at the height of the boom we employed

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over one hundred but that figure dropped to less than ten during the worst period, as a company we had the experience of previous economic crisis and this allowed make the decision to sit back and wait for things to improve, we knew that by maintaining our core staff we would be well positioned to reenter the marketplace when the time was right, there were a couple of tough years but thankfully they seem to be behind us now. ” David has welcomed some improvement in the country’s economic situation, “We've certainly witnessed an

improvement in general over the past twenty-four months, particularly evident in our main cities but it must be stressed that much of the country is still struggling to show any great prospect at least in terms of the construction industry where we are focussed, if you look at our local counties of Laois and Offaly, with the exception of a very small number of public sector projects, there is very limited activity in the construction industry”. “We have however witnessed a strong growth in our own business in recent times, our centrally

located headquarters has been key to this growth, with the excellent motorway network around us we have been easily able to access the main cities in the country and take advantage of the significant construction industry growth in these areas, we are now only 1hr from Dublin, 1.5hr from Galway or Limerick and 2hrs from Cork, this along with our long history as a company and our Best Wishes To John Fletcher

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emigrants returning home and that is worrying.” David finished on a positive note regarding the future direction of John Fletcher Limited, “We are optimistic that we can continue our steady growth as a company over the next number of years, any growth however will have to be sustainable and our primary objective as a company, aside from the profitability, will be to maintain our strong customer ethos such that we continue to deliver a complete service to our client, to the highest standard, within budget and on programme, always.” John Fletcher Limited, with their attention to detail, loyal and dedicated staff, coupled with decades of valuable experience make them a true leader in the marketplace, they boast the knowledge, expertise and resources necessary to complete any project. In addition to the Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Contracting Department, John Fletcher Limited also boasts a long established Topline Store in Portarlington Co. Laois, this business is managed by John C Fletcher and actively serves the needs of the local area and beyond.

excellent team has been the driving factor which has allowed us to increase our annual turnover four fold in the past 24months.” John Fletcher Limited has a long list of recently satisfied customers which includes the likes of the Health Service Executive, Dublin Airport Authority, Irish Aviation Authority, An Post, UCD, NUI Galway, IT Carlow, Blanchardstown IT, Morrison Hotel and Audi Athlone, to name but a few. Their current workload boasts some high profile projects, including the Interpretative Exhibition Centre at the General Post Office Dublin, a project which also incorporates a major upgrade of the electrical distribution system on this site, other projects include the HSE Scott Building Tullamore, HSE Ofalia House Upgrade Edenderry, IAA Contingency En-Route Operations Centre Ballygirreen, DAA Terminal 2 Carpark Extension, DAA Digital POD Enabling Work, DAA LED Lighting RetroFit Works to Hangars 1-5, DAA Aerlingus Cargo Building Main Distribution Board Replacement and many others besides. David makes a point of stressing the importance of their day-to-day business, “We have a well-established small works department which continually meets the needs of our clients on a day-to-day basis, completing minor works, emergency works and general maintenance works, the effective and efficient provision of these services ensures that we continue to maintain our strong customer focus ethos”. Looking to the future, David is firmly focussed on the continued development of the company to ensure that they move with the times and maintain their position competing with the best in the industry for the most prestigious projects being undertaken, “We are currently in the process of further developing our Building Information Modelling (BIM) capabilities, our in-house design team who work primarily on our design and build projects and also offer support for other projects are presently undergoing significant training in this area to allow them to offer full BIM services on all projects going forward.” David is clearly positive about the future, “I look forward to the next number of years, I believe that a number of recent developments in the industry, in addition to the economic recovery, will definitely help sub-contractors and bring more stability to the industry’’ David hopes that the growing confidence about the prospects for the industry will encourage emigrants to return home to Ireland to re-engage in the sector, a lack of a skilled people is one of the biggest challenges facing the industry at this point in time, he warns. “The biggest challenge which I believe this industry faces in the immediate future is going to be resources, namely skilled labour resources, the quantity of construction professionals who left the country in recent years combined with the fact that enrolment in apprenticeships or relevant third level courses has been so poor for many years, has left a huge void in the industry, it is difficult to see the majority of these BUILDING IRELAND

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Sean Ahern Electrical is in operation since 1956

Sean Ahern Ltd has been in the electrical contracting business since 1956. The family-run business is recognised as one of the leading providers of electrical services in the Munster area.

As it prepares to celebrate 60 years in business, Sean Ahern Ltd continues to go from strength to strength under the guidance of brothers Michael and Thomas Ahern, who are managing director and director respectively. The company, which previously traded as Sean Ahern Electrical, was set up by the brothers’ father Sean during the rural electrification of Ireland. Now aged 88, Sean BUILDING IRELAND


remains whole and hearty, and continues to take a keen interest in the family business. Over the past six decades, Sean Ahern Ltd has been involved in all types of industrial and commercial developments throughout the Munster region, growing to a size of over 80 staff and a turnover in excess of €7 million. Seven years ago, the company relocated from Corn Market Street in Cork city to a purpose-built premises in 80

Southlink Park, Ballycurreen, which is close to Cork Airport. The premises comprises office, warehouse and storage space. Sean Ahern Ltd’s business activities include the following: medium voltage electrical installations; general LV electrical installations; road and motorway lighting; fire alarm and gas detection installations; security and CCTV installations; ICT and structured cabling installations;

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companies); De Puy, Johnson & instrumentation and controls installations. Johnston and Stryker Corporation The company has a loyal and (medical devices), Cork University dedicated team of electricians and Hospital (CUH), South Infirmary, apprentices who are professional, Mercy Hospital and Bon Secours efficient and courteous. They have Hospital; Office of Public Works; a great understanding of their FAS; various Government customers’ needs and are departments (Health, Education, committed to maintaining the Justice etc.); UCC; Cork City highest standards of workmanship. Council and other local authorities; As a fully registered member of the ESB. ECA and CIF, all of the firm’s work “We enjoy an excellent working is certified, carried out by a relationship with our clients,” qualified electrician, while it is also Michael Ahern says. fully insured. “We carry out a lot of work for The ECA (Electrical Contractors’ pharmaceutical companies in Cork Association) represents the and beyond, and also have staff interests of contractors who based permanently in some of the local hospitals. Additionally, we design, install, inspect, test and specialise in public lighting and maintain electrical and electronic equipment and services. The CIF (Construction Industry Federation) is the representative body for construction companies and contractors working across all sectors in Ireland. Sean Ahern Ltd undertakes a significant amount of maintenance and repeat work for clients, and has completed numerous multi-million euro projects in the recent past. It has many clients in the pharmaceutical, medical, health, educational, industrial, commercial and public sectors. Among these are Pfizers, Novartis, Abbvie, GE Healthcare, MSD Brinn & A young Sean Ahern during Ballydine (all pharmaceutical rural electricfication in Kerry 81 were responsible for the lighting on the Kinsale Road flyover in Cork. We are currently working in the West Pharma plant in Limerick. “We’ve worked for Bord Gais in the past and have also carried out contracts in Cork and Limerick prisons.” Sean Ahern Ltd has its own internal design capabilities, using AutoCAD and OptiWin lighting design software. These are used for the production of contract drawings, “as built” documentation and minor design and build contracts. The company’s estimating procedures are also automated, using its own in-house developed systems. All activities are carried

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out under its internal quality assurance system. The safety management system has been developed by external safety consultants and is monitored by the same external consultants. After the difficult years of the recession, Sean Ahern Ltd looks to be coming out on the right side of it. “It was tough for everyone in business, especially for companies like us who are so closely linked to construction. At the height of the boom, we had 150 staff, but we had to scale back when the economic downturn came. Thankfully, the worst of it seems to be over and we have noticed a pick-up in business in the past year, particularly in the pharmaceutical and industrial sectors.” Sean Ahern Ltd has always been a hotbed for GAA talent, and used to field inter-firms football and hurling teams. Current Cork GAA stars Eoin Cadogan and Paudie O’Sullivan, as well as Donal Og Cusack, Conor Cusack and Mick

A picture from the past of the team on the job

O’Donovan, have worked for the wellknown electrician contracting firm in the past. Here’s to the next 60 years of Sean Ahern Ltd! Sean Ahern Ltd 16 Southlink Park, Ballycurreen, Cork. Telephone: 021 4273227 Fax: 021 4318845 Email:

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Another home gets the Warm n'Cosy treatment

Warm n’Cosy Homes was set up six years ago by Gerry Donnelly in response to the growing need for energy efficient homes. The Co. Roscommon-based company has since established itself as one of the leading home insulation specialists in the midlands and west.

Offering a quality product which is delivered professionally into the market and at a keen price, Warm BUILDING IRELAND

n’Cosy Homes provides a wide range of insulation services to households and businesses nationwide. Based in the heart of Ireland close to Athlone, the company is perfectly positioned to offer an unrivalled and personal service to its customers. It has become a household name in the insulation sector in counties Roscommon, Westmeath, Offaly, Longford, Leitrim, Mayo and Galway. The company with the catchiest

of names offers only highperformance bead insulation products from renowned manufacturers and cavity wall insulation delivered and installed in a professional manner. The Warm n’Cosy Homes team of expert fitters can fit cavity wall insulation, spray foam insulation and attic insulation. They take great care on-site to create the minimum of fuss and intrusion, and leave your home looking just like they found it, except with insulation made to the


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The Warm n'Cosy team of expert fitters can fit cavity wall and spray foam insulation

highest standard. “We pride ourselves on our topclass and friendly service, our ultra-competitive prices and the quality of the products we use,” says Gerry, who had worked as a quarry manager for 18 years before setting up Warm n’Cosy Homes in 2009. “Most of our business is generated through word of mouth. Our aim is to reduce your energy costs and to make your house a warmer and more comfortable place to live with our extensive insulation package. The availability of SEAI grants is an added incentive for people who want to insulate their home.” Warm n’Cosy Homes is the main agent in the midlands and west of

Ireland for WALLTITE CV100 cavity wall insulation, which has become its number one selling product. WALLTITE is a foam insulation system for internal walls, floors and roofs which provides a seamless airtight solution which, unlike conventional insulation materials, is spray applied. WALLTITE is only installed by BASF-trained professionals. WALLTITE cavity wall insulation virtually eliminates air leakage. It is used to restore the structural stability and reduce the thermal transmittance of existing cavity walls. It is also used in new construction where its superior thermal performance and resistance to flood water is of importance. In addition, it has 85

excellent resistance to driving rain and can be installed in all geographical exposure zones. There are numerous benefits to installing WALLTITE cavity insulation, including cost savings, no on-site storage of bulky insulation material as Warm n’Cosy Homes’ certified installers brings WALLTITE with them on the day, low thermal conductivity and seamless airtight insulation. Gerry’s company is also an agent for EnviroBead cavity wall insulation beads, Knauf mineral wool insulation, Rockwool and FOAM-LOK FL500 spray foam insulation. EnviroBead is one of the leading cavity wall insulation beads on the Irish market. Envirobead is an Irish BUILDING IRELAND

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The company provides a wide range of insulation services



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owned company that was set up in 2007 to manufacture polystyrene bead to satisfy the increasing demand for quality insulation for cavity walls throughout the country. At the time most of the products being used were being imported from the North of Ireland and the USA. Knauf Insulation mineral wool, made by ECOSE Technology from naturally occurring and / or recycled raw materials, and bonded using a bio-based technology, doesn’t look or feel like any insulation you have ever experienced – it is softer to feel, odourless and easy to cut. Rockwool RockPrime is a mechanically installed blown loft granulate that offers a quicker installation than roll and causes minimum disturbance. Unlike other loft insulation products, it also minimises thermal bridging. Around 35 per cent of heat is lost through the roof of your home. By simply insulating your attic, you will not only be making your home more energy efficient, but will also make your home warmer and more comfortable to live in as well as doing your bit for the environment. FOAM-LOK FL500 will keep your home warm and prevent pipes from freezing in the winter time. Your walls, floors and ceilings are great heat absorbers. That’s why it’s important to have them insulated as the insulation materials are heat-resistant and prevent heat from being exposed to heat-absorbing materials. A member of SEAI and NSAI, Warm n’Cosy Homes provides new and existing build services to the residential, commercial and industrial sectors. The company has successfully completed hundreds of insulation contracts over the years. Projects include Marist College, Athlone, Glinsk National School, Co. Galway and Baldonnel Aerodrome in Dublin. At the time of writing, Gerry and his team were insulating a 300-year-old house in Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim with WALLTITE CV100 cavity wall insulation. Warm n’Cosy Homes are the insulation contractors of choice for scores of satisfied contractors

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There are many different aspects to the construction industry as it takes people with various skills in the sector to see a job through to the end.

From electricians to plumbers to bricklayers to plasterers and carpenters, all have a common link in that they rely on scaffolders at some point in their job. Scaffolding is a forgotten art in the building trade, but without scaffolding how would other tradesmen actually get the job done? During the Celtic Tiger, tower cranes and scaffolding were the two main sights on any development being constructed during that period. In the past eighteen months or so, these sights are once again becoming common place around the country. Cork is home to one of Ireland’s leading scaffolding companies and for this month’s edition of Building Ireland, we profile Donovan Access and speak to Business Manager, Maggie O’Donovan about the success of the business. Located in Blackpool on the outskirts of Cork City, Donovan Access was established in 1986 by John Donovan, but his son Sean is

The company was established in 1986

the current Managing Director. A quantity surveyor by profession, Sean has helped bring the business forward after his late father’s hard work and toil established the business and got it off the ground in the first place. Donovan Access is a scaffolding company with services. Covering the Cork and greater Munster area, the experience garnered over the last 29 years has stood them in good stead as their customers have always been satisfied with the quality of work produced. “From the very beginning when John started the business, there was always a huge emphasis on providing a high standard of work and that is something that Sean has never let lapse with that trend,” said Maggie. “We have a lot of repeat custom over the years and with the knowledge and experience we have acquired in running the company, our customers know that they will receive a quality service all of the time.” Having initially started in the mideighties when Ireland was in the midst of yet another recession, and now having come through the latest downturn, has certainly helped build the character of the business. “I would say we are stronger for having come through two recessions and you learn a lot along the way. There is a lot of time and effort put into the company and every decision is taken with the utmost care. “Although we used the latest recession to reassess the core structure of the company, we have noticed that work has certainly picked up over the course of the last 18 months or so. “We were fortunate during the last recession, to continue working with businesses that were not directly involved in the construction industry and that certainly helped us.” Maggie pointed out compliance with all health and safety at work legislation is of paramount importance to the company. “We do not cut corners, it’s as simple as that. There are regular checks done on the scaffolding and we would upgrade the scaffold on a regular basis too. All 89

All employees are highly trained

Workers can feel secure on Donovan Access scaffolding

legislation is adhere too and Sean has always implored that on the scaffolding employees who to their credit are very conscious of it anyway.” Maggie added that they are looking forward to the future as Sean and his team work hard to continue what his father first set out to do and that was provide an excellent and efficient service to their customers. “The company has been reenergised over the last year or so and certainly the immediate future looks very bright. We have a number of jobs ongoing at the moment and are continuously pricing a lot of new work, so hopefully more will come out of BUILDING IRELAND

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Experience is key when it comes to some of the trickier jobs

Contact Details: Products & Services Donovan Access Limited. Brocklesby Street, Blackpool, Cork, Ireland. Telephone: 021 421 2270 E: Website: that.” So why would a customer choose Donovan Access? Maggie can list a number of reasons for choosing them. “We have a highly trained and experienced staff. We are fully insured with an award winning health and safety record. We provide a flexible and extensive range of services. “Our team can meet your access requirements for multifaceted and major projects – whatever the complexity. Our focus will always be on safety and efficiency to

ensure that your project will operate securely and professionally. “We will provide access to specialist design personnel who will be able to meet your specific individual requirements. We are experienced in designing access for residential housing through to commercial establishments which include the production of drawings and calculations where necessary, including wind loadings and load bearing. If proposed scaffold cannot be erected in line with the manufacturer's instructions, we

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Hinch Plant Hire Ltd is renowned as one of Ireland’s leading plant hire operators and suppliers of plant hire machinery and contracting to the construction and civil engineering industry. Building Ireland spoke to the company’s Managing Director Trevor Hinch to find out all about the business.

These past few years may have been difficult ones for the construction industry, but with Ireland’s economy now thought to be in “robust” recovery mode things are looking up for businesses like Hinch Plant Hire in Mountmellick, Co Laois. BUILDING IRELAND


Owned and operated by Trevor Hinch, Hinch Plant Hire Ltd has established itself as a leader in plant hire machinery and contracting to the construction and civil engineering industry. With many years' experience in the plant hire business, the award-winning company has built up a reputation for excellent plant hire service and professionalism. Operating the most modern plant hire equipment, Hinch Plant Hire Ltd continues to satisfy the needs of its many plant hire clients throughout Ireland. Hinch Plant Hire Ltd was established in 1968 and operates from a premises just outside the town of Mountmellick, which includes a workshop for plant equipment maintenance and repairs, stores and office facilities. “We mainly work for the construction industry,” Trevor explained. “From doing all the ground works and site development for Main contractors on a particular construction site to just offering certain services to a client such as excavation and disposal of site materials to our waste facilities, demolition, crushing, pipe laying, road works, car parks or hiring in Plant and operators to the client. “We also work for Quarries and Gravel pits stripping the over burden, Cleaning silt ponds and extracting gravel from below water level and Contract crushing. “Farming and Forestry also keep us busy from Land drainage, road ways and cut and fill operations to improve land.” Hinch Plant Hire has lots of experience in building sports pitches of different specification and finishes for clubs and schools, a part of the industry which seems to be bouncing back also. They also produce their own Crushed stone, drainage pebble, 804 and SR21 at their Plant outside Tullamore, Co Offaly. The company’s staff, which include Plant Operators, Truck Drivers, Mechanics, Site Personnel and Administrative support have gained many years of experience in the plant hire and civil contracting business, and have gained the trust of its customers which is evident from the repeat business and long term

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The company also works in the agricultural sector

The firm operate 25 and 30 ton dumptrucks Hinch Plant Hire produce crushed stone, drainage pebble, 804 and SR21

customer base. They are operating all their own Equipment with Diggers from 3 ton to 30 ton, 25 and 30 ton Dumptrucks, Dozers and tipper trucks. “We try to offer a unique service by way of a wide variety of equipment such as different attachments for excavators such as tree sheers, pole grab,

grapples, rock breakers, crunchers, tilting buckets and laser controlled guidance on Excavators and Dozers. We’ve Swamp and Long reach Excavators as well as tracked 360 degree dumpers,” said the MD. With the construction sector now in recovery from a stinging recession which rocked the industry throughout the country,


Trevor is looking forward to a steadier construction industry ahead. “The majority of our work would be based in Leinster,” he outlined. “We recently completed the Topaz motor way service station for Clancy Construction in Ballacolla Laois and are currently working on a few other sites in Laois; one with Martin Reddin Ltd at the O Moore

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Park grounds, Midlands hospital Tullamore with JJ Rhatigans, Kildare Village for Kendra Civil, Dublin on the New Incinerator at Poolbeg and as far away as ESB Money point For Irish Sea Contractors." The latest business expansion came two years ago in

2012 when Trevor built a new Service Station in Mountmellick along the N80, which is open 24 hours. It offers a Hot and Cold Deli, serving from 6am with dining area. With a sizeable parking area, the store has 24 Hour Fuel and Rest Facilities, as well as a DCI Core Site, and supplying motor oils and car wash. “Branded "Top forecourt and Mace Store" we employ 15 staff there,” said Trevor. "The success of our business would not be possible without the continued support of our customers and the hard work of our staff who have been with us for many years.”

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On site at a â‚Ź1.5 million euro energy upgrade project on local authority housing for Tipperary County Council in 2013, l/r: Paul Kenny, CEO Tipperary Energy Agency; Ken Lee, Managing Director of Leetherm Insulation, Heating & Plumbing; Minister Pat Rabbitte; Brian Motherway, CEO of SEAI

Maintaining a stove with a boiler

Once again, we look set for a long winter as the evenings close in quicker than ever. People are already thinking of stocking up on solid fuel and home heating oil as the extra expense comes to the forefront of people’s minds.

It is a burden that we all endure not only do you spend more on heating your home, but your ESB and other amenities also rise. All this could be reduced with the proper insulation in your home and although the initial BUILDING IRELAND


outlay may make people hesitate, the savings long term are there for all to see. There are numerous insulation companies around the country, but there are few that provide the range of services that Tipperary based Leetherm provide. Situated in Fethard, Leetherm is a nationwide firm that offers honesty, commitment and quality workmanship. This is basically a one-stop shop with regards to the 94

domestic energy environment. Established in 2008 by Ken Lee, this burgeoning company has adapted and moved with the times having started out initially providing a cavity and attic insulation service as well as external insulation. Two years later, a plumbing service was also available and then in 2012 full renovation works were being carried out by the firm. All this was happening at the height of a recession and Leetherm

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Cavity Wall insulation being installed

Construction Manager Michael Heffernan revealed that it was essential for the survival of the business to be able to diversify during those troubled times. “Obviously, like everyone else involved in the construction industry, we had a tough few years, but our ability to diversify into other services helped keep the business going and I believe that we are now stronger than we were ever before,” said Michael. Leetherm’s reputation precedes them now and they have completed projects in every county in southern Ireland. There are 25 people employed direct, while they also attain a number of sub-contractors on their books. As an approved contractor, Leetherm works closely with the SEAI who provide grants for certain work. The company have qualified service engineers and registered contract workers working hand in hand to ensure that the customer gets the best service possible. “Where practicable, we try to provide one point of contact. We always conduct a thorough survey, on which we base our advice on the options open to you. We like to work as the customer’s partner. After all, we are both in this for the long term.” The services provided by Leetherm include heating & plumbing, insulation, radon testing and solar water heating, all of which have many different aspects to them. “With a new-build house, it is essential that work on the plumbing and heating proceeds simultaneously with the design. With older houses, there are frequently regulations or sometimes even design features which impede the successful installation of a new and compelling system.” Michael revealed that when it comes to insulating a house or premises, the first thing is to sit down and discuss your ideas with the contractor. “We’ll give you information before we even begin to talk about different products. We’ll explain, for example, how methods have changed and 95

An example of high quality external insulation

why – what’s new on the market and what is not so effective. We’ll talk to you about the risks of overinsulation, about the need for balanced insulation. “Some people have bought insulation without being fully informed. Others may have made a good first investment to which more can economically be added. In some cases, a complete retro-fit may be the best way forward. We find that just understanding the advantages and disadvantages of the insulation already in your home is the best place to begin.” There are different types of home insulation. Cavity Wall insulation is a popular choice amongst home owners. “Leetherm is accredited with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (No. 10470). It is vital that anyone who works on your building has such accreditation. We are also a registered installer of Bonded Bead with the National Standards Authority of Ireland (No. IAB/161). “We specialise in the installation of Envirobead Insulation. Envirobead is an expanded polystyrene material which improves the thermal qualities of the insulation and is environmentally friendly. You can’t get better.” The process of insulating your attic has changed over the years as now. “We will advise you on what is best for your roof. It may require a rolled fibreglass product, one of several on the market, or alternatively a material BUILDING IRELAND

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Retrofitting insulation

which we blow into the attic space to a predetermined depth.” “Insulation should only be a once-in-a-lifetime investment. You want to get it right the first time. That’s why we attach so much importance to that initial survey and to taking the right decisions on the best information.” Radon testing is something that not too many people are familiar with but should know the dangers of such a gas. Leetherm provide tester kits for all households.



Solar energy panels have certainly come to the fore in recent years as they are found to be reliable and affordable. Leetherm specialises in supplying and fitting solar systems. Solar systems involve the conversion of light into heat. A solar heating system normally consists of a solar collector, a controller unit with pump and a wellinsulated hot water tank. The company are currently involved in the ‘Better Energy Community’ run in conjunction by the SEAI and Tipperary Energy Agency and this provides grants for people to insulate their homes. Leetherm Insulation use the Ceresit External system. They are SEAI and NSAI registered to carry out external wall insulation. NSAI No: IAB/E344. SEAI NO: 10470.

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We talk to a Westmeath company that provide sustainable solutions

The recession that hit this country devastated the construction industry which was without the hardest sector hit. Unfortunately, many businesses involved in the BUILDING IRELAND

industry could not take the impact that the end of the Celtic Tiger had on Irish society and they were forced to close their doors. The list of developers, contractors, sub-contractors, manufacturers and the likes affected by the recession and forced out of business was frightening to say the least. However, there were the few 98

companies that had the foresight and more importantly the wherewithal to diversify into other areas of business. Such an act can only be described as a brave move and for some, it has had a huge amount of success and one company that can testify to that is Co Westmeath based Gannon Eco. Since the 1950s, the Gannon family specialised in providing concrete blocks and other products to the building trade from is premises in Ballinagore. This business built up a large customer base over the years and they experience they gained was invaluable.

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Darragh. Niall spoke to us about the transition from manufacturing blocks and precast products to reprocessing. Gannon Eco specialises in providing sustainable solutions for industrial waste streams, turning these wastes into new products. The company’s services include finding end solutions for glass, foundry casts and moulds, construction and demolition waste, waste sands and clay, spent abrasives, abrasive compounds, and ceramic media sludge. The product range for sale now includes glass blast media, aluminium oxide blast media, water filtration media, eco fillers, and quick lime. These are delivered throughout the country, along with exports to the UK and Europe. “The decision was made around 2007 to try and diversify into another area as the building trade had almost reached rock bottom,” said Niall. “So, we did our research and found an opening for reprocessing waste”. “Fortunately for us, the business has taken off in the last few years and this is our main focus, although we would still do some blocks and precast products, but in a small way. “Every material that we receive is reprocessed for products produced at our facility or reprocessed for use as raw material for industry.”

John Gannon and his family worked hard to build the business, but like so many other companies involved in the construction trade, they were hit hard by the recession. Unfortunately, John passed away in 2009, but his legacy lives on through his sons Niall, Shane and

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“We are continually researching new ways to reprocess and reuse waste materials at Gannon Eco. The aim of the company is to become the foremost environmental solution provider, with total reuse for industrial waste stream products in Ireland, through innovative product development utilising reprocessed industrial wastes.” Gannon Eco has an extensive customer that they work alongside and some of these include The Recycling Village, First Glass Ltd, NWP Recycling, Alucraft, Indaver, TRS Global Services, Rehab Glassco, Barna Recycling and Kellglass to name just a few. Gannon Eco has evolved into one of the leading waste management solution services in the country. Reliability, cost effectiveness, environmentally friendly means of improving a company's waste efficiency whilst improving their environmental responsibility credentials are all part of the service. The customer can benefit from the services provided in a number of ways according to Niall. “None of the waste goes to landfill, while we can also reduce a company’s carbon footprint and enhance their environmental credentials.” The process for the customer is quite simple as an initial consultation is followed by research of the best solution for the customers’ industrial waste. “We can provide companies with a full range of logistical options for the transport of the waste from source. We can also provide a range of onsite storage options for companies if the waste volumes do not justify more frequent collection. “Our location in the midlands means that we are very accessible for customers to deliver to us or for us to go to them. “A lot of our products would be shipped to the U.K and mainland Europe, while we have our own fleet of trucks doing collections and deliveries around the country.” Glass collection and processing is one of the main areas of the business as Gannon Eco can provide

customers with a whole range of glass collection and on site storage options. "Collection options can be tailored to suit the specific needs of our customers. We pride ourselves on running a timely, efficient and cost effective collection service to all our customers throughout the country. We collect a wide variety of glass types including flat, laminated, television glass, windscreens, pharmaceutical and borosilicate." This is processed into blast media, and water filtration media and delivered in both ton bags and 25kgs bags. Asides from waste management, reprocessing and glass collecting, Gannon Eco also provide a haulage and crane hire service. The success of Gannon Eco has been recognised at both local and national level as in 2014 the company was named the overall winner of the Local Enterprise Westmeath Awards. Meanwhile this year saw them been named the 2015 National Enterprise Awards Innovation winner. “We are very busy at the moment, but we are always looking to expand. We are looking at opening depots in the Northern Ireland and the U.K. “The customer base has grown considerably since we started this end of the business and we are actively trying to increase that.”

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Flood Construction are renowned for their high standards of workmanship

The Floods have completed many new build, renovation and repair projects

A decade ago, brothers Laurence and Michael Flood set up Flood Construction in north Co. Dublin. The family-run business has successfully completed many new build, renovation and repair projects since then, and has earned a reputation for excellence, high standards of workmanship and value-for-money.

Operating out of The Ward, which is a stone’s throw from Dublin Airport, Flood Construction has established itself as a leading general building contractor. By constantly striving to exceed client expectations on quality, workmanship, service and cost, the company has earned over 80 per cent repeat business. Its three directors Laurence, Michael and Joseph Flood take great care and pride in standing over their work and their standards. They believe their hands-on, friendly and reliable service has stood them in good stead as the construction industry finally emerges from the darkest years of the recession. “We’re three young guys in our thirties who are in this business for the long haul. The recession was




tough on everyone, but we dug our heels in and strongly believe the future is bright for our company,” Laurence says. “The work came to us at the start, but we had to fight hard for everything after that. It was a steep learning curve, but we’re all the stronger for it. Our mission has and always will be to provide our clients with the type of service one can only receive from a family business.” Laurence explains how the business rode out the recession. “Because there was little or no construction happening, we had to find other ways and means of staying in business. So we decided to concentrate on renovation, repair and maintenance work in the industrial, commercial and residential sectors. There was a huge amount of new industrial units and apartments built during the boom that were in need of repair or weren’t fully completed, and this is what sustained us during the recession. “Thankfully, things have picked up in the past year or two and we’ve started to build again. People are seeing their projects through, though rates remain very tight,” he adds. Flood Construction provides a complete preconstruction and construction service. Every project, no matter how big or small, receives the personal attention of the Flood team. By taking the time to understand the design and budget of each project, they can make your vision a reality. The company’s preconstruction services include: site procurement; preconstruction consulting; estimating; value engineering; scheduling; design leadership; construction planning; site analysis; regulatory approvals;

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procurement. The construction services provided are: general construction; project management; PSCS; cost control; schedule control; site logistics; contract management; safety / quality / productivity management; project closeout. Flood Construction employs a full-time contracts manager, civil engineer, site manager and health and safety officer. The company has an unwavering commitment to health and safety, placing a huge emphasis on the safety, health and welfare of

persons working onsite. Some of the recent projects undertaken by Flood include the completion of a partially constructed 19,000 sq. ft. industrial unit at Ballycoolin, Blanchardstown, design and build of an entire new office at Aero Engines Ireland’s aviation facility near Dublin Airport, full renovation of a 100-yearold period house at Gilford Avenue, Sandymount, civil engineering and structural steel works at DHL facility in south Dublin, renovation of four-bed semi-detached house in Dunshaughlin, Co.

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