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Editor’s Notes Our ‘Top Construction Companies’ issue recognises the firms that go the extra mile when it comes to project delivery, client satisfaction, employee wellbeing and sector diversification. For the past 30 years, the ‘Top Companies’ issue has provided a useful barometer of the industry and its performance in 2021. With the effects of Covid still with us and unprecedented challenges such as rising material costs and skills shortages impacting the industry, it’s perhaps never been more important to acknowledge and celebrate the firms that feature in our listing. Our Top Construction Companies Listing is based on turnover. Additional categories such as Top Contractors, Top Suppliers, Manufacturers and Mech/ Elec Contractors are also included. We think you’ll agree that the information contained in this issue adds up to a comprehensive, in-depth overview of the industry and where it stands today.

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Elsewhere in this issue we caught up with Paul Tierney and Ronan Smyth at ESS Modular, who shared their thoughts on how MMC allows for greater cost certainty, precision and quality control. Pat Sheehan and Stephen O’Flaherty at BDO outline various sources of finance available to construction firms and give some good advice on how to get, and more importantly stay, tax compliant. Declan Murtagh at Framespace talks about the benefits of offsite construction and its potential in addressing Ireland’s housing crisis and as part of our ‘Leader Profile’ feature, we talked to Alasdair Henderson, the new Executive Director at BAM Contractors and Patrick Atkinson, Chief Executive Officer at Chadwicks Group about company growth, industry challenges and ambitions for the future. We hope you enjoy this special Top Companies issue and if you have any comments or opinions, we’d love to hear from you: email denise@mcdmedia.ie

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Now’s the time to seize the moment and change how we address our energy needs, writes Colm McGrath

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A look at what’s been happening in Ireland’s construction industry

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Mount Sackville Secondary School has been crowned the overall winner of the 2022 Building The Future competition

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Rising construction costs could prevent infrastructure projects from going ahead

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Slight fall in new business - New orders down for first time in 13 months amid strong cost pressures

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66 TOP CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES 2022 As we enter our fourth decade of providing unique business information to the construction sector, we are delighted to present you with our latest “Top Construction Companies Listings”. Ranked by turnover, this invaluable business information tool provides details on market activities and services, key management and other company details, as well as highlighting which companies are most active. It also identifies their areas of expertise and the companies that are moving up in our respected construction league table, plus much more. Please enjoy the read & don’t forget to forward your news to info@irishconstruction.com

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Construction firms from our ‘Top Companies’ listing share their views on challenges within the industry

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ESS Modular CEO Paul Tierney and Managing Director Ronan Smyth share their thoughts on MMC and the future of the construction industry

A new report from the CECA states that public works tendering is structured to incentivise below cost bidding

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26 INDUSTRY OUTPUT Sector output is expected to reach pre-Covid levels in 2022 but supply chain issues and a lack of skilled labour are adversely impacting growth

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Alasdair Henderson, the new Executive Director at BAM Contractors, talks to ICIM about creating environments that make people’s lives better Patrick Atkinson at Chadwicks talks about investing in the customer experience and why communication is key

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BDO outlines various sources of finance available to construction firms, along with advice around tax compliance

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TOP CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES LISTING 2022 It’s that time of the year again when we reveal Ireland’s leading Construction Companies for 2021. Our listing, which is based on turnover, features some of the biggest names operating in the industry today. To be recognised as a ‘Top Company’ in our yearly listing means that your efforts to be a firm that delivers on its promises have been recognised. Our ‘Top Companies’ have proved that they continually exceed customer expectations while providing employees with an environment that nurtures and allows them to excel in their career. Taking time out to engage with us in compiling this special listing also underlines your commitment to excellence and all of us here at Irish Construction Industry Magazine believe there’s no better platform for construction firms to communicate this than here. Thank you to all the firms that answered our call for information for our listing. A big thank you must also go to our advertisers who do business with us in this and other issues of Irish Construction Industry Magazine throughout the year. Thank you for your loyalty over the past 30 years and we trust that by promoting your brand in our publication, you get your message out to the people you want to reach.

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THE KEY ADVANTAGE OF EXYCELL IS THAT AS A GREENFIELD PROJECT, THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE SHELL, CORE AND CLEANROOMS RUN IN PARALLEL RATHER THAN SEQUENTIALLY, AS THE EXYCELL IS MANUFACTURED OFF SITE IN ONE OF THREE DEDICATED FABRICATION FACILITIES IN THE US, EMEA AND ASIA, THUS ALLOWING ACCELERATION OF THE PROJECT SCHEDULE BY UP TO 50%.

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n November 2020 Exyte Group launched ExyCell, its new innovation in high-quality modular systems for fast-track construction of biomanufacturing production facilities. Developed as a preconfigured and prefabricated module, ExyCell reduces the design and construction effort required for a new facility, thereby shortening time to market for new drugs and vaccines. This standardised approach reduces risk and ensures cost certainty in the company’s client facilities. ExyCell is tailored to Exyte’s clients’ needs, with the units’ design adaptable to any process layout and manufacturing requirements including cGMP. Any third party equipment can be selected independently for use within the ExyCell, while its modularity enables a rapid capacity expansion of your plant with an accelerated market entry.

The key advantage of ExyCell is that as a greenfield project, the construction of the shell, core and cleanrooms run in parallel rather than sequentially, as the ExyCell is manufactured off site in one of three dedicated fabrication facilities in the US, EMEA and Asia, thus allowing acceleration of the project schedule by up to 50%. When ExyCell is installed as a retrofit of an existing facility, the inclusion of ExyCell modules has the effect of upgrading the facility to a stateof-the-art biomanufacturing facility. What is ExyCell? ExyCell is a preconfigured and flexible module, which is adaptable to any process layout including: • Desmoke ducts • Cable trays • Exhaust air • Electrical junction box • Cleanroom ceiling • Pre-wired sensor EMS/BMS • Clean piping PIFF units • Technical area main frame • Supply air better than traditional stick-built pharma

cleanrooms. ExyCell is applicable to biotechnological manufacturing processes such as mABs, vaccines, viral vectors, and ATMPs, as well as for the fill and finish of the corresponding drug products. Transporting ExyCell ExyCell modules are designed and constructed to be accommodated on standard container sizes, avoiding expensive, special, out-of-gauge transportation requirements. ExyCell is also adjustable in height to accommodate large equipment. Exyte empowers the biopharmaceutical industry Exyte has successfully completed the construction of the first ExyCell facility in China, the CliniMACS Cell Factory for Miltenyi Biotec, a global provider of integrated solutions for Advanced Therapy Medical Products (ATMPs). The patented ExyCell technology was developed by Exyte as an end-to-end, integrated facility solution with SUPPLYING ESSENTIAL BUSINESS INFORMATION FOR OVER 30 YEARS

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CliniMACS Cell Factory with one to 12 CliniMACS Prodigy units, scaling up to several thousand square meters to accommodate several hundred units. The ExyCell facility can be either delivered in an existing building or built in a greenfield setting and presents clients with the opportunity for a significant reduction in construction timelines and overall energy use. The design is adaptable to any process layout and meets the requirements for current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP).

standardised and modularised elements. These preconfigured and prefabricated modules enable fast-track construction, thereby shortening time-tomarket for new therapeutics and vaccines. The ExyCell facility is installed on the fourth floor of the ATLATL building located in the Zhangjiang HighTech Park. Miltenyi Biotec is now transferring production technology from Germany to China, with regular operations for ATMP production expected by autumn 2021. The facility will soon be open to visitors by appointment. Through their cooperation, Exyte and Miltenyi Biotec have developed an innovative, sustainable and cost-effective facility for cell therapy manufacturing. This facility combines the CliniMACS Cell Factory manufacturing platform with the prefabricated ExyCell module enabling a fast deployment of small,

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medium, and large-scale cell manufacturing facilities based on a flexible cell therapy manufacturing module. End users can purchase a personalised version of this pre-engineered and prefabricated manufacturing module ready to host their CliniMACSCell Factory for ATMPs. Chris Miller, President Global Business Unit Biopharma and Life Sciences at Exyte stated: “The completion of the first ExyCell facility with our partner Miltenyi Biotec marks an important milestone. We consider ExyCell to be a transformational development of our ‘next generation’ of award-winning modular concepts.” Exyte has developed and implemented several other modular facilities including the renowned Catapult Development and Manufacturing Centre for cell and gene therapy in

Stevenage, UK, several modular biotech facilities in China and a large modular biomanufacturing facility for upstream and downstream processing in Lithuania. All these plants have been designed and constructed, shipped, and installed for operational readiness. Dr Boris Stoffel, member of the Management Board of Miltenyi Biotec, emphasised the importance of this partnership. “As a company, we want to enable our customers in their efforts to make innovative cell and gene therapies available to patients worldwide. We believe that combining the proven CliniMACS Cell Factory manufacturing platform with the prefabricated ExyCell module will help fast-track new therapies to the benefit of global healthcare.” The effective combination of the CliniMACS Cell Factory ballroom concept built into the ExyCell module allows the flexibility to build, scale-up, expand or repurpose a facility with minimal impact to ongoing production operations. The ExyCell platform can either be purchased in its standard version or adapted to specific needs of production capacity, cleanroom size, control systems and finishing options. Exyte can build and qualify a turnkey ExyCell facility in a matter of months. The ExyCell facility sizes start from 75m2 for a fully equipped and operational turnkey facility hosting a

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Innovations in process technology, adaptable plant design, combined with the integration of physical and virtual supply chains, allow biopharmaceutical manufacturers to remain competitive in a dynamic market. Biopharmaceutical manufacturers will benefit from end-to-end sustainable solutions, which can be deployed globally, are cost predictable, provide speed to market and flexibility for facility re-purposing. This reflects the characteristics of a drug lifecycle, mitigates associated risks and effectively protects the CAPEX (capital expenditure) and OPEX (operational expenditure). Exyte ExyCell in your region Visits to see the ExyCell facility in production can be arranged through contacting Exyte Northern Europe and speaking with David Delaney. David can be contacted through email at davd.delaney@exyte.net or via mobile +353876399627

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FOSROC - CELEBRATING 50 YEARS IN IRELAND As part of the celebration of over 50 years in Ireland, Fosroc are looking back at key project case studies from over the years. The second in the series recalls the refurbishment of Stormont Wharf at Belfast docks. The work took place over two years between 2018-20, with 20 tonnes of mortar being used every week. THE PROJECT Stormont Wharf is a pivotal part of Belfast Docks being used both for cargo handling, as well as serving as a cruise terminal. The wharf is situated within a tidal zone and had been regularly exposed to saltwater over many years. The structure of the wharf had become severely weakened as a result of chloride ingress causing extensive concrete and reinforcing steel degradation, resulting in concrete spalling.

THE SOLUTION As part of the concrete removal process Fosroc recommended that the exposed steel work be cleaned using hydro demolition techniques, enabling removal of the defective concrete and cleaning of the steel to be undertaken in one operation. Once the steel had been cleaned, any damaged steel was replaced and all reinforcement coated with Nitoprime Zincrich Plus, which is a zinc-rich coating providing active galvanic protection. Renderoc DS, a dry-spray applied repair mortar with low-rebound and high-build characteristics was specified to re-instate the brokenout concrete to depths of up to 150mm, and greater in patches, overhead. THE BENEFITS Fosroc worked closely with construction and civil engineering

specialist GRAHAM to ensure the success of the project, advising on the best materials and correct application methods, as well as providing on-site support and product familiarisation. With close co-operation between GRAHAM’S project management team, the distributor Murdock Civils and Fosroc, a regular supply of product was delivered to the site at a rate of 20 tonnes per week, ensuring a

consistent application rate over the course of the project. The Fosroc products used also provided further savings; the electrochemically active Nitoprime Zincrich primer meant that fewer reinforcing bars had to be replaced and the low rebound characteristic of Renderoc DS ensured that waste was reduced by up to 15%. www.fosroc.com

VP PLC LAUNCHES ITS SHORT TERM ROADMAP TO NET ZERO To help mark Earth Day on April 22nd, global specialist equipment rental group Vp plc has officially launched its Short Term Roadmap to Net Zero by 2050. The roadmap was actually initiated in 2021 and has already marked a number of milestones, including reviewing and modifying data capture procedures for greenhouse gas emissions, waste and water, committing and developing Science-based Targets for all scopes, and implementing actions from a water audit. Vp plc has also already collated group-wide environmental initiatives and promoted its sustainability report to stakeholders, switched to 100% REGO*-backed renewable electricity that has reduced Scope 2 emissions by 70%, and is conducting a comprehensive Scope 3 inventory. Between 2022 and 2023, Vp plc has pledged to optimise its fleet management by introducing PHEVs (plug-in hybrid electric vehicles) and EVs (electric vehicles) into the fleet where it is appropriate to do so. A behavioural change programme will see green

driver training (most divisions have already achieved FORS Gold), travel reduced, the introduction of environmental and waste champions, and environmental toolbox talks. Last year, diversion from landfill stood at 94%, compared to 93% in 2020 and 80% in 2019. ISO 50001 will be achieved by September (2022) at all the group’s UK sites and divisions, although three of the group’s divisions – Brandon Hire Station, MEP Hire and ESS – have already achieved this accreditation. Diesel alternatives will be sourced by exploring the EV market for larger EV fleet options and HVO (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil) fuel is available to customers at all branches. To build on its work in 2021, Vp in 2022 is looking to partner with a range of wildlife and rivers trusts around the country with exemplary nature conservation and restoration projects – some reintroducing white tailed eagles, lake sturgeon and bison, others tackling sand dune restoration and community rewilding. They are also pursuing an exciting close partnership with

the Wildlife Trusts – the national umbrella organisation. “At home”, it is looking at biodiversity offsets such as the planting of trees and shrubs, installing bird boxes and feeders, and replacing lawns with wildflower meadows. Then between 2023 and 2025, it will support trials and encourage the adoption of hydrogen combustion engines and actively engage its supply chain in their own Net Zero agenda.The group’s sustainability programme manager Fred Pilkington, who has a MSc in Conservation Science, said: “Our roadmap

strikes a balance between ambition and realism but what makes it distinguished is we have commitment from the very top of the organisation. Added to that has been the encouragement and motivation we have received from colleagues and suppliers who are putting some real time and effort behind it. We are now grabbing the bull by the horns and shouting about it.” To view a video about Vp plc’s Short Term Roadmap to Net Zero, please go to video link is https:// youtu.be/4S-benpf-jo.

9 OUT OF 10 CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES UNWILLING TO TAKE ON FIXED PRICE CONTRACT Nine out of 10 construction companies say they are unwilling to take on fixed price contracts given the ongoing exceptional increases in raw material costs. That’s according to a new Construction Outlook Survey from the Construction Industry Federation (CIF). The survey also found that 91% of construction companies believe the economic sanctions arising from the conflict in Ukraine will lead to a further rise in construction costs over the next 3 months, while 85% expect the price of construction projects to increase during that period. As a response to these issues nine out of ten (89%) construction companies want to see the

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Government introduce an effective and fair price variation clause into public sector contracts, which would apply retrospectively. More than four out of five construction companies (82%) also note that the Ukraine conflict has led to the disruption of supply chains in the construction sector. Additionally, 98% of construction companies reported an increase in the cost of raw materials over the last 3 months. Other points of interest from the survey include almost four out of ten construction companies (38%) saying their turnover increased in the last three months with a similar number (39%) expecting a further increase over the next three months. While

one in three construction companies (32%) also expect to grow their levels of employment over the next three months. Three out of four construction companies (75%) also believe the sector would benefit from attracting more women to work in the industry. The key challenges identified by the sector are the increased cost of raw materials (88%), access to skilled labour (72%) and fuel (68%). Speaking in reaction to the survey, Tom Parlon, Director General of the CIF said, “Over the last few months we have been highlighting the issues of hyperinflation in the industry and how that is going to impact on the pipeline of construction activity,

particularly when it comes to public tendering. Well, here is the detailed figures which illustrate the extent of these problems. “Nine out of ten construction companies, which represents the vast majority of the industry, will not tender for fixed price contracts while these increases continue. No one could be expected to commit to a definite price for projects which could take years, when costs are rising on a daily basis. It is practically impossible to estimate where costs are going to go based on the levels of inflation we have seen in the industry over the last 18 months and especially since the turn of the year. SUPPLYING ESSENTIAL BUSINESS INFORMATION FOR OVER 30 YEARS


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IRELAND’S FIRST ELECTRIC TELEHANDLER AT SISK John Sisk & Son has become the first construction and engineering firm in Ireland to invest in an electric telehandler. The JCB 525-60E electric telehandler is a 100% electric, zero emissions piece of plant machinery and is, says the company, a significant step in its sustainability journey, as it aims to achieve Carbon Neutrality by 2030. The new electric JCB telehandler offers near silent operations on site combined with health benefits of zero emissions and significantly reducing energy costs. It also has considerably lower operating costs compared to a conventional telehandler in terms of its maintenance requirements. The telehandler model has two electric motors – one for driveline, the other for lifting

operations – powered by a 96-volt lithium-ion battery. The hydraulic system is completely new and also features ‘smart regeneration’ with power recovered during boom lowering and retraction fed back into the battery. JCB says this new innovative telehandler, charged by 24kWh battery, powers a full day on a single charge. Ian O’Connor Energy Manager, John Sisk & Son said: “We are very excited to receive this next generation JCB electric telehandler, the first of its kind in the country. By the end of Quarter 1 this year, Sisk will have invested almost €2 million in our plant renewal and expansion programme. Each investment includes a weighting to carbon output as part of our investment criteria.

With the inception of our 2030 Sustainability Roadmap in 2021, Sisk has a clear vision aligned with United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals. This investment is

a major milestone towards achieving our goal to be carbon neutral by 2030 while supporting clients and the wider community in achieving their own goals.”

THE FIRST ALL-ISLAND OCTABUILD BUILDERS MERCHANT EXCELLENCE AWARDS LAUNCHED FOR 2022 For the first-time in the 36 year history of the Octabuild Builders Merchant Awards, the competition to recognise excellence in the builders merchant trade moves to an all-island stage for 2022. Speaking on behalf of the eight Octabuild members – Dulux, Etex Ireland, Glennon Brothers, Grant Engineering, Gyproc, Irish Cement, Kingspan Insulation and Wavin Ireland – Octabuild Chairman, Ray Molyneaux said: “We are delighted to launch in 2022 the first-ever Awards to recognise excellence in the builders merchants trade across the island of Ireland. I would encourage builders merchants across the country, large and small, independent and part of a group to enter and look forward to an exciting competition ahead.”

In addition to the coveted Regional and Octabuild Awards, there are five specific category awards to recognise excellence in the areas of Business Management, Customer Service, Sales & Marketing, Community Outreach and Sustainable Business, while a Rising Star Award will recognise upcoming talent in the industry. The independent judging panel for 2022 comprises Liam O’Gorman, a former board member and chair of Octabuild; Joe Harlin, former Business Development Manager at Wavin and Mark McCaffrey, who has recently retired after 33 years as managing director of P. McDermott & Sons (Omagh). Builders merchants can enter the Octabuild Builders Merchant Excellence Awards 2022 by going

online to www.octabuild.ie/awards where they can tell the judges choose which Awards to enter and their story first hand, highlighting areas they believe the business excels. Entry can also be made by written submission through email or post. The judging panel will assess the written entries and then visit shortlisted entrants to carry out a 90 minute review of the premises. Winners of each category will be announced at the Awards ceremony, which will take place in the Round Room at the Mansion House in Dublin on Thursday, 13th October 2022.

1. Visit www.octabuild.ie/awards 2. Download entry form at www. octabuild.ie/awards and email awards@octabuild.ie 3. Download entry form at www. octabuild.ie/awards and post to Octabuild Awards, Huband House, 16 Upper Mount Street, Dublin 2.

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KILSARAN KPRO FAÇADE UNO WINS BEST OVERALL PRODUCT AT HAI INNOVATION AWARDS Kilsaran’s new coloured render product, KPRO Façade UNO, has won the Best Overall Product at this year’s innovation awards at the recent Hardware Show in City West. KPRO UNO was up against stiff competition with a host of products from across the hardware industry all vying for the prize. A winner in the best build category, UNO went on to win the best overall product award which was announced at the HAI Presidents Ball. Kilsaran KPRO Façade UNO Render is a through coloured, decorative rendering mortar. It is designed for single coat application SUPPLYING ESSENTIAL BUSINESS INFORMATION FOR OVER 30 YEARS

to most common brick work and block work backgrounds. The material is available in 15 aesthetically pleasing colours. UNO render is self-coloured, breathable, weather-resistant and is formulated for both hand and machine application. It is suitable for both residential housing and larger commercial projects Developed and manufactured in Ireland, specifically for the Irish climate & Irish market, UNO has many advantages over other rendering mortars currently available including: • Increased productivity • Excellent workability and

adhesion • Excellent resistance to winddriven rain • Low maintenance • Improved breathability • Low shrinkage/good crack resistance

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Commenting on the win, KPRO Technical and R&D Manager Ken Mulkerrins said, ‘we are delighted to win the best overall product at the awards, UNO is an excellent product and to have it recognised in this way is testament to the product itself as well as the commitment from our KPRO team to continuous product innovation and development’. Issue 3 2022 93


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WESTPORT EQUIPMENT PRODUCT NEWS AND PARTNERSHIP Westport Equipment is a Rental Company offering a range of non mechanical plant for Access Shoring & Safety. This month they have been busy adding new and innovative products to the rental fleet to offer safer and more robust options for the customer and shorter supply chains to ensure confidence of availability. LAYHER ALU 600 BRIDGING SYSTEM, TEMPORARY PEDESTRIAN BRIDGES UP TO LOAD CLASS 3 To meet customer demand Westport Equipment have added the Layher Alu 600 Bridging System to the rental fleet, the system beams are available in 3.2, 4.2 & 6.2m Lengths, standard beam width is 0.6m and they can be easily joined to provide wider access. Typical weight for an assembled system is under 100 kgs and assembly is very easy by hand. NEW PROPS FROM SCHAKE Westport Equipment are excited to announce their partnership with leading European supplier Schake GmbH This partnership gives Irish contractors the first opportunity to access premium products from Schake. The first delivery included the premium Euro Class A Prop. The proven prop for traditional construction. They come with hand crush and failure guards make handling these props much safer. The props comply with DIN EN1065 for "free props". All our props are marked by type class and load table. The height of the setting can be read on a scale. Each prop is tested and the test number marked on the foot. SHORING PRODUCTS Further additions were struts and accessories for our City Boxes and Standard Shield Lightweight Aluminium System which allow for a great variety of trench widths and pipe clearances. www.westportequipment.com

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AN AGGREGATED APPROACH TO SMARTER, SIMPLER OPERATIONS From 1st May 2022, Whitemountain Quarries Ltd, Lagan Asphalt Ltd, and Lagan Materials Ltd have rebranded as Breedon Ireland. Since the acquisition in 2018 when the family of Irish companies became part of the Breedon Group, its Irish materials and contracting divisions continued to operate under the brands Lagan in ROI and Whitemountain in NI. The company believes that it is now time for a more unified approach, with its main objective being to simplify the brand structure in Ireland and provide clearer communication to the industry and its stakeholders. Who is Breedon? Breedon Group plc, a leading vertically integrated construction materials group in Great Britain and Ireland, delivers essential products to the construction sector. Breedon holds 1bn tonnes of mineral reserves and resources with long reserve life, supplying value-added products and services, including specialty materials, surfacing and highway maintenance operations, to a broad range of customers through its extensive local network of quarries, readymixed concrete, and asphalt plants. The Group’s two well-invested cement plants are actively

engaged in a number of carbon reduction practices, which include utilising alternative raw materials and lower carbon fuels. Fully committed to industry best practice and standards of sustainability, Breedon are members of the Global Cement and Concrete Association, support the MPA UK Concrete and Cement Industry ‘Roadmap to Net Zero’, and co-chair both the UK Concrete Steering Group and the UK Concrete Sustainable Construction Committee. The last decade has seen Breedon deliver a significant contribution in the areas of infrastructure, agriculture, housing, and commercial projects for Ireland and GB. The result of which has meant Breedon has grown into a leader in the heavy side building materials industry. Company Values Breedon’s c.3,500 colleagues embody its commitment to ‘Make a Material Difference’ as the Group continues to execute its strategy to create sustainable value for all stakeholders, delivering growth through organic improvement and acquisition in the heavy side construction materials market. Breedon place huge significance in, and engage with a national network of local relationships, contributing to the communities they serve,

with materials donated to local projects, support for local schools, community events and charity fundraising. Brief History Breedon Ireland’s Managing Director, Terry Lagan, set up the original Lagan Group business in ROI in 1989, which originally comprised an asphalt production & contracting division along with a bitumen emulsion production plant. The business developed from there to cover the entire island, with operations from Cork to Donegal and Galway to Dublin, becoming the largest independent producer of construction materials in ROI. Following the acquisition of the Lagan Group in 2018 he joined Breedon Group as Managing

Director of Lagan, Breedon’s business in ROI. Rebrand The brand merger of Lagan and Whitemountain to Breedon Ireland will help to combine the Group’s talent, knowledge, and expertise. More robust governance processes mean Breedon, as a unit, can be resilient against future risk, protect the livelihoods and welfare of their employees and refine their sustainable business model to create more value for all stakeholders. The ultimate goal across the entire Breedon Group is to work together as one, all making a material difference. Together, now bigger, now stronger, now Breedon.

WAVIN ADDS BLACK COVER AND FRAME TO ITS INNOVATIVE WAJ FOLLOWING CUSTOMER FEEDBACK Wavin has always been known for innovation and for over 40 years one of its leading products has been the Wavin Access Junction (WAJ), as part of a Wavin sewer and drainage system, providing access to 110mm and 160mm diameter pipe. Developed and launched in Ireland its attraction spread rapidly to other countries. Today it continues to be the market leading Access Junction on the Irish market and one of Wavin’s most successful export products. Now, in response to customer feedback, Wavin has introduced an addition to the WAJ range in the form of a black frame to match the cover of the WAJ110, which adds to the aesthetic options of the system. Mindful of the drive to ensure visible products are aesthetically compatible with their

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environment, the WAJ black cover and frame, rolling out in June, blends with black hard landscaping surfaces. Commenting on the WAJ, Wavin customer, Magna Construction, said: “Everywhere we have a bend or a downpipe we install a WAJ. With inlets and outlets at the same level it is easy to rod. WAJ is triple sealed and has a structural integrity that brings peace of mind.” The Wavin Access Junction range provides access from surface level to a maximum depth of 600mm and is available in 10 flow profiles for the 110mm diameter and in 4 flow profiles for the 160mm diameter. All are complete with Wafix seals. The range of flow profiles along with the same inlet and outlet

invert level minimises the risk of blockages. All the inlets and outlet have the Wafix triple seal which provides a superior water-tight seal whilst facilitating flexibility of installation misalignment up to a 5 degree tolerance. The Wavin Access Junction base, riser, cover and frame are manufactured from PVC-U, which is a robust material to meet the requirements of the typical construction environment – for a fit and forget solution. Other key features and benefits of the WAJ include: - Multiple options for maximum installation flexibility - Fast, easy installation: no wet trades - Lightweight: no lifting equipment required - Push-fit shaft sections: one or more can be used to achieve

required invert depth - Final shaft section can be cut to required length - No additional trench excavation required. The WAJ complies with EN 135981:2010 and Building regulations – Part H to maximum depth of 0.6m. For further information about the WAJ visit wavin.ie or to listen to customer testimonials visit wavin. ie/waj Issue 3 2022 95


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GEORGE QUINN LTD – YOUTUBE CHANNEL TO BENEFIT STOCKISTS AND DIY The home improvement market has gained traction in the last number of years, and this has created a demand for products which will accommodate the transformation of a staircase. A staircase renovation project requires research and planning in order to achieve the desired outcome.

of twelve short step by step videos which show the simplicity of renovating a staircase by outlining topics such as how to plan a staircase renovation project, replacing newel posts and spindles, handrails, glass panels and how to refurbish steps/treads and risers using stair cladding products.

George Quinn Ltd are providing a range of products to suit the needs of this market and providing “How-to” videos (www.georgequinn.ie/how-tovideos). The videos will assist the stockist as a selling tool. For the carpenter or homeowner the Youtube channel consists

George Quinn Have introduced the Stair Cladding range of pre-finished steps/treads and risers specifically for the purpose of staircase renovation. The products are unique to George Quinn Ltd and allow the homeowner to transform their staircase steps without having

to remove the existing staircase and replace it with a new one. This can be a time consuming and costly endeavour as the removal of the existing staircase can often result in damage to walls resulting in extra repair work. The steps and risers are available pre-finished in white oak or walnut with the option of a white painted riser in line with current trends. The step sizes available within this range suit most staircase layouts such as quarter landing and winder staircases. Glass has become a popular trend in staircase refurbishment. The Urbana Glass Collection enables a truly modern

transformation to any hallway allowing light and space to be achieved in the project. The Matrix metal spindle collection is the latest addition to our portfolio giving the staircase a dynamic transition with a modern black satin finish. All these products offer both stockists and the homeowner the added benefit of being available with a quick turnaround time.The George Quinn products can be viewed in the showrooms of our stockists. For more information on products or stockists contact Vincent on 086 3823749 or the office on 047 30093 (www.georgequinn.ie/how-tovideos)

APPOINTMENT – HEALTH, SAFETY AND SUSTAINABILITY The Board of John Paul Construction is pleased to announce the promotion of Mike McLoughlin to the Senior Leadership Team as Associate Director – Health, Safety and Sustainability. Mike is a long-standing member of the John Paul Construction team having joined as a graduate engineer in 1997. He worked in engineering and project management roles before 96 Issue 3 2022

taking on the role of Health and Safety Manager in 2010. Mike has been instrumental in championing our safety culture and putting in place many of the processes, procedures and certifications that are used daily across the company as part of our safety management system. In recent times, he has been at the forefront in setting our sustainability agenda and putting in place the policies and processes to support this critical objective across our

entire business. Commenting on Mikes appointment, Managing Director Liam Kenny said: “In elevating Mike to the position of Associate Director we acknowledge his contribution to the Health, Safety and Sustainability function and reinforce their fundamental importance to the business as we develop and expand. We wish Mike continued success”. SUPPLYING ESSENTIAL BUSINESS INFORMATION FOR OVER 30 YEARS



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