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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR Housing Housing read all about it! For sure we have a number of thought provoking commentaries, opinion pieces and market analysis on housing developments inside â€“ enough to give even the most enthusiastic market intelligence digesters their monthly fix. The house building market is again vibrant and active with a host of developers navigating a myriad of schemes through the planning process maze. We are only too happy to devote no small amount of column inches to publicising the fact. As one of the most active â€“ if not the most active developer in the country - you nonetheless get the impression that NAMA is beavering away like an unappreciated Cinderella clearing out a fireplace. So lest we are accused of being an Ugly Sister (speak for yourself says you!) letâ€™s acknowledge the
track record of NAMA right here and now. NAMAâ€™s Residential Delivery programme has delivered an estimated 7,200 units between 2014 and the end of 2017. An additional 9,500 units are under construction or have planning permission with another 8,500 units to have planning submitted during 2018. And huge progress has been made on sites within the Dublin Docklands SDZ area with over 90% of sites having full planning and strategies in place. Over 2,400 social housing units have been delivered by NAMA to end-2017, excluding those provided under Part V arrangements. It is also said that NAMA has the capacity to fund the delivery of 20,000 residential units by the end of 2020, if commercially viable. Construction has begun onsites which will deliver a further 2,500 units. An additional 7,000 units have received planning permission but are not yet under construction and planning applications have been lodged, or will be submitted during 2018, for another 8,500 units. Pretty impressive! I expect to see some important dignitary bearing a glass slipper knocking on NAMAâ€™s door anytime soon and telling them that they are indeed the belle of the ball when it comes to house development. And they all lived happy ever after!
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Cover Story Multinational construction consultancy firm Linesight examines the huge
opportunities, cost drivers, design challenges, and policy issues within the Purpose-Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) sector in Ireland.
Features Industry Performance – Irish construction activity increased at a faster pace during December amid strong growth of new orders. House Building – The latest Goodbody’s BER Housebuilding Tracker suggests that new housing output grew by 77% in 2017, but output still needs to treble from here to catch up with estimated demand.
Contracting Spotlight – Following the collapse of construction behemoth Carillion, the impact has been hard and immediate not just in the UK, but in this country too.
Industry Outlook – AECOM maintains that the construction industry in both the ROI and NI is being shaped by a number of trends, and is no doubt being heavily influenced by current political and economic changes.
Apartment Design – Updated draft guidelines for planning authorities on apartment development are designed to ensure that the right stock of homes is being built, in the right locations, and at a cost that is more economically attractive to investors and developers.
Investment – Donal Murphy, Head of Infrastructure and Credit Investments Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) says that in 2018, it expects to see a continuation of the high level of investment.
Commercial Property – The Commercial Real Estate ("CRE") Sentiment Tracker from Origin Capital identified the current planning regulations and processes in Ireland and the recent increase in commercial property stamp duty as being among the risks faced within the sector.
Commercial Property – CBRE say that the prospects for the Irish commercial property market remain very promising although economics, tax and politics will continue to have a huge bearing on the trajectory of the market over the next 12 months.
Innovation – Since the latter half of the 20th century the world has seen an unprecedented acceleration in the speed of technological advancements, writes Hugh Cummins, Partner and Construction Law Expert at Philip Lee.
Funding - How is increasing competition between bank and non-bank lenders in the development sector shaping the funding of the Development sector?
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JUST WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED Henry J Lyons and Bennett Construction have created an innovative, technologically advanced facility for the RCSI in the heart of Dublin city.
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MCGRATHS WIN PRESTIGIOUS HEALTH & SAFETY AWARD We are pleased to announce we have been awarded the National Health & Safety Risk Management and Best Quarry Award 2017 by Independent Concrete Control Management Clg (ICCM). The independent health and safety adjudicator who carried out the group adjudication on behalf of ICCM noted in his citation that McGraths of Cong has a very well laid out premises, well presented entrance, and throughout the quarry a high standard of safety management with a good working relationship with the company directors. Also, very good safety documentation in place, a good traffic management plan in operation and the company have invested substantial resources in health surveillance for their employees. In presenting the award the ICCM Chairman, Frank Healy Jnr, complimented the company management and their employees for this excellent achievement which has resulted in an accident free workplace and a substantial reduction in their liability insurance costs. Nicky Mulchrone is the health and safety officer for the company and since she commenced employment with the company almost 5 years ago, she has overseen every aspect of our health and safety system, ensuring that we constantly strive for continuous improvements in education, training & personal protective equipment for all employees. Nicky believes the whole is greater than the sum of its parts and that by encouraging employees to work together we can improve health and safety throughout the quarry; making it a safer and healthier environment for everyone. “Winning this award is a great recognition of the employee’s commitment to Health and Safety on a day-to-day basis. I am proud
to facilitate the efforts of all involved in improving health and safety in the company and I am looking forward to building on the accomplishments to date.” ICCM Clg is a group liability insurance scheme set up in 1988, which has acquired membership assets of over €20 million, engages a full time Health and Safety Consultant who carries out regular health and safety audits on all scheme participants. This has resulted in a significant saving in liability insurance costs for the group and a substantial reduction of both the frequency and severity of accidents. All members are inspected annually and advised on how the management of their works may be improved to eliminate or reduce levels of risk.
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BUILDING INFORMATION MODELLING (BIM) LEVEL 2 CERTIFICATION FOR JONES ENGINEERING
Jones Engineering Group, a leading engineering contractor has achieved Building Information Modelling (BIM) Level 2 Certification for Design and Construction from BSI (British Standards Institution). The company, which employs nearly 2,400 people, has previously won BIM Initiative of the Year at the Irish Construction Awards 2016, BIM Initiative of the Year at the Irish Building & Design Awards 2015 and was awarded with the prestigious All Ireland Supreme Safety Award at last year’s National Irish Safety Organisation / Northern Ireland Safety Group (NISO/NISG) Safety Awards. To achieve verification certification, Jones Engineering completed the BIM Level 2 audit process working closely with BSI. The audit examined in detail the company’s BIM processes, procedures and management systems to verify compliance with PAS 1192-2:2013, BS 1192:2007 and BS 1192-4:2014. The award of the certification coincides with the recent publication of “Roadmap to Digital Transition for Ireland’s Construction Industry” developed by the National BIM Council of Ireland which defines a four year adoption of digital technologies across the Public Sector. Having been early adopters of BIM, Jones Engineering has sought to remain at the forefront of the construction industry, developing BIM practices from what was initially considered an optional “construction aid” to become the framework of their business model incorporated across all project departments within the group. John O’Brien, BIM Manager, Jones Engineering Group said “It’s a significant step forward for Jones Engineering and demonstrates our commitment and investment in both BIM and digital engineering. We are delighted to have our BIM capability formally recognised by the BSI and we are looking forward to sharing this knowledge with our clients and across our supply chain.” Gary Fenton, Global Product Certification Director, BSI said “We’re delighted to have supported Jones Engineering with
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IRISH CEMENT – CELEBRATING 80 YEARS FROM 1938 TO 2018 Life in Ireland has changed dramatically over the past eighty years. In 1938 the Irish population was less than three million. Just half the population was connected to the electricity network, and less than one in ten households had radio licenses. Cars were still a rare sight on the roads, with bicycles instead the more common form of transport, back then a new bicycle cost £5! 1938 was a significant year for the fledgling Irish state, with Ireland’s first president, Douglas Hyde inaugurated in June and the 20,000 seat Cusack Stand opened in Croke Park in August. It was also a significant year for Irish Cement as on 23rd May 1938, Sean Lemass, then Minister for Industry and Commerce, officially opened the cement factories in Drogheda and Limerick. That was the culmination of a concerted effort to develop an indigenous cement industry. In 1933 the Cement Act was established, which provided the legal framework for the formation of a cement industry in Ireland. In 1934, the State approved the first cement licence and in May 1936, Cement Limited was registered as a Limited Liability Company and the two cement factories were established in Limerick and Drogheda in 1938. Cement Limited and Roadstone Limited merged in 1970 to form CRH plc. In December 1978, the name ‘Cement Limited’ was changed to ‘Irish Cement Limited’ to reflect the long history of indigenous cement manufacture at the two factories and to more appropriately brand the Company and its products as
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