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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR More than the Sum of the Parts It's like an old friend that you see once a year and you spend the rest of the year looking forward to seeing him or her again. The Top Companies Listing issue provides us with the greatest challenge of our editorial year but at the same time it provides us with the most rewarding and satisfying edition and outcome. We trust that over the decades since we first started compiling the Top Companies Listing, you have shared the value and worth that we associate with this endeavour; your feedback and participation in this issue tells us very positively that you do. The Top Companies edition of Irish Construction Industry Magazine has evolved and developed over the years to become a cover-to-cover review and assessment of the state of the construction sector. Our editorial and commentary recognises that Top Companies are more than the sum of their parts, and that their efforts, ambitions and responsibilities as leading and exemplar businesses needs to be acknowledged and documented. All of this constitutes what makes a modern Top Company in our opinion. Of course, there has to be a structure to the order of the Top Companies Listing, and this has always been based on economic performance which enables us to rank all the entries in order - but just to reiterate we see this as part of a bigger story presented to you in this issue. Enjoy the read and we hope that you will find the 2019 edition of this old, ever-evolving and very modern friend a welcome companion on your business journey.

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33 to be a top Company in irish Construction industry magazine’s top Companies listing means that your efforts to be the best

you can be and to excel in your industry and sector have been effective and have paid dividends. irish Construction industry magazine's annual listing of ireland's top construction

companies is an eagerly awaited market intelligence tool that is the longest published, most credible and comprehensive of its type. it provides essential and invaluable information on

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Features Industry Analysis – Tempered optimism for a sector hampered by acute skills’ shortages is how the 2019 SCSI/PwC Construction Market Monitor sums up the state of play in Ireland’s construction sector.

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Industry Soundbites – What are the key issues occupying the minds of the top executives across Ireland’s leading construction sectors. How have their firms been performing and what are the obstacles and challenges facing them as they drive their businesses and organisations forward?

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Industry Output – Irish construction firms have made a strong start to the second quarter of the year, according to the April results of the Ulster Bank Construction PMI.

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CEO Attitude Survey – Ireland’s business leaders are cautiously optimistic about the next 12 months. They are positive about the prospects for the economy, and strongly believe in their own organisation’s growth.

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Market Insights – Irish Construction Industry Magazine asked Turner & Townsend to tell us what the key market challenges and opportunities are for building contractors in Ireland and it is a mixed bag.

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Housing Policy – Research from Property Industry Ireland (PII) on future housing demand provides an important input to the future direction of our national housing policy.

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Interview – One of the Irish Construction industry’s ‘influencers’ and leaders, Stephen Bowcott, CEO of John Sisk & Son provides an open and frank assessment of where John Sisk & Son is at now.

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Housing Vision – AECOM’s Stephen Engblom and Paul Peninger describe the trends driving increased flexibility in urban housing and offer recommendations for how policymakers can embrace these models.

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Corporate Social Responsibility - What makes a Top Construction Company? Its track record on Corporate Social Responsibility for one? To get an insight on how firms including the likes of CRH, Arup, Project Management Group, and BAM are blazing a trail on the CSR front, we asked organisation BITC to gives us their insights into CSR.

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Property Trends – Reflecting the continued robust growth in Ireland’s employment numbers, occupier activity in the Dublin office market performed strongly in the first quarter of 2019, according to commercial property experts Cushman & Wakefield.

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Housing output – The CSO Quarter 1 2019 New Dwellings Completion Report confirms a strong upward trend across all housing construction activity data sets.

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In the Spotlight – George O'Regan heads up Keating at a time when the business is embarking on a major expansion plan and he tells Irish Construction Industry Magazine about these serious ambitions, the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

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Global Construction – The pace of global construction output growth is to pick up in 2019, reaching 3.4% from 3.2% in 2018. The improvement is entirely owing to an acceleration in growth in construction activity in emerging markets, most notably in China.

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China BRI – We examine the key findings of a major market report that predicts the global economic impact of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

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Data Centres – Ireland will see inward investment from data centres top €10 billion by 2022,according to the latest industry update report from Host In Ireland in association with Bitpower.

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Santry Depot Old Airport Road, Cloghran, Co. Dublin TEL: 01 9018690 WEB: www.actavo.com

Cork Depot Unit 10, Sarsfield Court, Silver Bullet Industrial Estate, Glanmire, Co. Cork TEL: 021 486 6400 FAX: 021 486 6610 WEB: www.actavo.com

Galway Depot Airglooney Industrial Estate, Ballygaddy Road, Tuam, Co. Galway TEL: 093 60470 FAX: 093 60477 WEB: www.actavo.com

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TOP OF THE TOP Given this is Irish Construction Industry Magazine’s Top Companies issue, we thought it would make for an interesting item to give a shout out to some of the largest buildings companies and projects in the world.

World’s top Contractor - aCs group turnover: €36.6billion 2018 195k employees World’s top engineering professional services firm - Wsp turnover $7.9billion 2018 48k employees World’s top architectural, design and planning firm gensler $1.2billion 6k employees www.irishconstruction.com

World's most expensive Construction project - usa interstate highways $450billion ongoing! top global professional services Firm - Jacobs turnover: $15billion 80k employees this listing represents our opinion and is not meant to be taken as absolute fact

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What it takes to be a top ConstruCtion Company What it Really Means to be a Top Company! To be a Top Company in Irish Construction Industry Magazine’s Top Companies listing means far more than just a rank and position in an ordered catalogue of business names. To us it means that your efforts to be the best you can be and to excel in your industry and sector have been effective and have paid dividends. To us it means that your determination and commitment to develop and instil a positive work culture and environment have brought your business due success plus the satisfaction of real achievement. We see it as you being a supportive and inclusive place in which to work that strives to bring the best out of everyone across every level of the organisation.

We believe this to be true no matter the size and complexity of your business. Taking the time to engage with us in compiling this special listing also speaks volumes to us as we sense the pride you have in your business and we applaud your wish to communicate this to your employees, peers and clients. We believe there is nowhere better to do this than in our publication. People admire companies that respect themselves, their employees, business partners and clients. Putting yourself forward to be viewed and judged by our considerable readership is a commendable step and we see it as very much part of your bigger commitment to business standards and compliance, Corporate Social Responsibility, company and employee welfare and, of course, customer service excellence.

For sure, in producing the 2019 Top Companies Listing, we want to give you an insight into business performance determined by the only accurate and indisputable benchmark - financial and turnover results. But we also give you so much more. Key management details, product and services descriptions and essential contact information – an invaluable business tool at your easy disposal.

We have plenty of commentary, analysis and insights to put context on the listings. There are also plenty of references to achievements in the big ticket items like product and service development, CSR, sustainability, short term and long term business development strategies as well as plans to meet and overcome market challenges.

Our thanks, as always, goes to so many of you that took the time to do your homework and provide the information for the Listings and the accompanying editorial. Thanks too to all those advertisers who do business with us in this and other issues of Irish Construction Industry Magazine - we hope and trust that by promoting your brand in Irish Construction Industry Magazine it delivers results and business gains

Please don't forget to send us news of your business successes, appointments, product developments so we can promote you in the best possible way to your peers and clients in your magazine of choice. Enjoy the read!

Michael McDonnell, Managing Editor Email: michael@mcdmedia.ie

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New Build │ Refurbishment │ Fitout

“For two decades Mythen Construction have been delivering quality construction projects in Ireland. Our reputation has been built on earning respect from all stakeholders in every project we deliver.” Mythen Construction are an “A” rated SafeTCertified company.

Our professional team understand client concerns – we offer:

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Leading Supplier of Site Products Hire, Sales and Onsite Services

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Progressive, dynamic and client focused, MMD Construction is an expert leader in the Construction Industry offering project completion to an exceptional standard in line with client expectations

* Residential * Commercial * Industrial * Renovation/Restoration * Education * Government * Civils * Energy * Healthcare * Leisure * Pharmaceutical * Public Buildings * Retail

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Natural Gas: keeping up with the changing Building Regulations Who We Are? Gas Networks Ireland is part of the Ervia Group. We operate and maintain the natural gas network in Ireland and connect all customers to the network.

In 2018, Gas Networks Ireland connected over 7,000 new housing units to the natural gas network, all of which complied with Part L of the building regulations (conservation of fuel and energy). In the past 5 years, we have secured orders to connect over 23,000 new housing units. This is in addition to the 3,500 existing housing stock we connect year on year. Natural gas is one of the most cost effective ways of meeting current and future Part L of the building regulations in combination with renewable technologies such as photovoltaic (PV) panels, solar thermal panels or combined heat and power (CHP) units.

Part L Building Regulations Technical Guidance Document Part L 2011 (domestic) specifically deals with the conservation of fuel and energy. It details various requirements related to minimum insulation levels, air tightness levels, the energy performance of windows, and the proportion of renewable energy required. The Department of Housing, Planning and local Government has been gradually improving the requirements in relation to Part L on a path towards Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB). These changes were due to transition into effect from April 2019 but are now delayed until approximately October/November 2019.

There are a number of options available to bring new housing specifications up to and beyond the incoming NZEB standards. Natural gas is the perfect solution and Gas Networks Ireland, can assist in this endeavour.

Our engineers use development drawings (plans and elevations) of house types and/or preliminary XML files with preferred design specifications including building elements (insulations levels, types of windows etc.) to illustrate compliance with regulations using natural gas as a main heating fuel. Two areas which can have a major impact when meeting regulations is the level of air tightness and the thermal bridging factor of the house. By lowering the level of air tightness and reducing the losses at each junction by using a thermal bridging calculation, NZEB compliance can be met in a cost effective manner when compared to other methods. The central heating pump supplies hot water to the radiators or underfloor system. Typically, the default consumption of 130-169kWh/yr of electricity is input for this. However, when there is an Energy Label for the installed pump from the European Association of Pump Manufacturers with category A, B or C (as shown in the table below), there is an option of inputting a non-default central heating pump figure. This figure has been taken from the Dwelling Energy Assessment Procedure (DEAP) manual.

Figure 1: Part L 2011 Conservation of Fuel and Energy - Dwelling’s

What is an NZEB building? A Building Energy Rating (BER) Assessor uses the Dwelling Energy Assessment Procedure (DEAP) software to accurately give ratings to new houses. This software compares all newly built houses against a benchmark house built in 2005.

To meet Part L of the Building Regulations 2011, a new home must have a certain Energy Performance Coefficient (EPC). This is the figure which shows how efficiently the home uses energy. The EPC needs to be at least 60% better than the benchmark house. A new house must also have a specific Carbon Performance Coefficient (CPC). This figure shows how much carbon the house emits. The CPC needs to be at least 54% better than the benchmark house.

A new house currently must also have an Overall Primary Energy Value of <75kWh/m /yr or less which is an ‘A3’ rating and a certain amount of renewable energy produced on-site, which is at least 10 kWh/m /yr thermal or 4kWh/m /yr electrical. 2

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The expected changes to Part L for NZEB compliance will include: •EPC to 70% more energy efficient than the benchmark house •CPC to 65% less emissions than the benchmark house •Renewable Energy Ratio (RER) of 20% (meaning at least 20% of all energy the house uses must come from renewable sources) •Overall Primary Energy Value of <45kWh/m /yr or an ‘A2’ rating 2

One further method of enabling compliance is to look at the percentage of low energy lighting fixtures. Bringing this figure up to 100% is an easy way of achieving compliance and is more cost effective than increasing insulation or window glazing. The following table details three house types and an apartment that complies with NZEB using natural gas in combination with PV panels.


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CORIuM – TRuE InnOVATIOn FROM OuTHAuS FACADES

lready used across a range of prestigious projects in the UK, Europe, Australia and the United States, CORIUM brick façade system is one of a unique range of façade solutions available to the Irish market that can all be found exclusively at outHaus Façades.

How it works Innovation is the hallmark of the CORIUM system, CORIUM was pioneering and Patent in 2001 as the first mechanically fixed brick system and is manufactured in Germany by Wienerbergers the world’s largest brick manufacturer. Not only is CORIUM innovative in its design and structure it allows architects the freedom to be innovative and adventurous in their projects. CORIUM is a brick façade system that combines the natural beauty of a genuine clay brick with cost-effective fast-track installation. Compared to traditional masonry construction, CORIUM is an extruded natural clay brick tile that forms part of a Ventilated Rainscreen façade system. Part of its uniqueness and innovation lies in its ease of use; it compromises a system of interlocking steel sections (carrier rails) that are mechanically fixed to a sub-frame. These specifically profiled rails are designed to allow profiled brick tiles of various dimensions to be mechanically clipped in, this can be done onsite or in an offsite environment if a unitised solutions is preferred. Unlike brick slips which rely on adhesives, this mechanical “clipping” feature is unique to CORIUM and ensures a high strength façade whilst enabling some adjustment of tile position during installation. The vertical and horizontal joints between the tiles are then pointed (using a pointing gun) providing that natural brickwork finish. A range of proprietary one piece pistol corners, window reveals, air bricks, soldier brick tiles and soffit brick tiles complement the system. Why CORIUM? CORIUM has been specified by architects and clients for a variety of projects thanks to the “no compromise” aspect of the system. With no building height restriction, genuine clay brick tiles means specifiers don’t have to choose between aesthetics and the convenience of a fast installation process – CORIUM provides both. The system can be mounted at any angle to achieve a more dynamic finish and can also be used overhead to create soffits and ceilings. Aesthetically, the system provides specifiers with huge scope; mosaic and decorative patterns are easily achieved, adding an extra dimension to any project.

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As CORIUM is a natural clay brick, the innovative system will, over time, age just like a traditional wet built brick facade. An extensive colour range and textures that has been design to blend with or complement most new build or refurbishment projects also provides specifiers with a host of options including glazed finishes and larger brick tile formats. As CORIUM is a predominantly dry design system its easy installation and associated onsite logistics is three times faster than traditional brickwork, saving time and money on site. Featuring an ArcelorMittal Magnelis steel or Grade 304 stainless steel backing section and frost resistant brick tiles, CORIUM carries the highest fire rating per EN13501-1, A1 Non-Combustible and has an anticipated design life of 60 years in most applications. CORIUM is convenient and reliable and thanks to its industry accreditation such a CWCT, BRE135, BS8414-1, EN13501-1 and BBA, specifiers can be certain of its durability and strength. About Outhaus Façades outHaus Façades, part of the outHaus Group, offers natural finishes in clay brick and natural stone that can be used both internally and externally. When sourcing systems and products for our catalogue we prioritise quality, durability and reliability coupled with cutting edge design and state of the art concepts. Explore our top of the range collection of systems and products at www.outhaus.ie. outHaus Group – Interiors

‘HOw TO’ VIDEOS FROM IRISH CEMEnT

o you need to mix concrete for a DIY project at home, like a path or a patio? Are you unsure about the correct ratio of cement, sand and gravel to mix? Would you know what to do if you have added too much water to the mix? Would you find a concrete calculator useful for your project? The answers to these and many more questions can be found by visiting Irish Cement’s new dedicated website www.irishcement.ie/howto. You will find three helpful short videos on planning the job and how to mix concrete by either shovel or mixer. The site also has a handy ‘concrete calculator’ that lists out the materials you will need for general purpose concrete projects by simply entering the measurements of your project into three boxes. Video no. 1, deals with planning your concrete project. Taking a little time to properly plan the job will save you time and help make it a success. Depending on the scale of the concrete project the video provides guidance on how best to mix the concrete: by shovel, by mixer or if you should order ready-mix concrete. Video no. 2, demonstrates all you need to know about mixing concrete by hand, or more correctly using a shovel! You will get a ‘rule of thumb’ to help with the mix ratios, the importance of adding the right amount of water and advice on what to do if you have added too much water. Video no. 3, for slightly bigger concrete jobs, will show you how to mix concrete in a tumble mixer, the correct sequence to add your ingredients and what to watch out for to make sure you get the mix right. Irish Cement has launched these ‘how to’ videos and concrete calculator following feedback from customers. The videos are simple to follow and provide step by step guidance and useful tips for general purpose concrete to help you get started on that DIY concrete project. Irish Cement, a CRH company, is Ireland’s leading manufacturer and supplier of cement in bags and bulk for over 80 years. Irish Cement has been trusted by professionals for generations. For more information visit www.irishcement.ie

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ain contractor M&P Construction was engaged by client Hammond Lane Metal Company to install a large reinforced concrete attenuation tank and petrol interceptors in two deep excavations beneath the client’s recycling yard on Pigeon House Road. The new underground tanks will be used to store and treat surface water run-off from the yard which will be pumped into the Irish water system to prevent the pollution of sea. Groundforce was called in by main contractor M&P Construction to propose a shoring solution on this confined site as the project faced major challenges due to the very poor ground conditions and a high water table. “the project took place in an area of Dublin port that lies on reclaimed land,” explains groundforce’s general manager Joseph lenihan.

“The project took place in an area of Dublin Port that lies on reclaimed land,” explains Groundforce’s general manager Joseph Lenihan. “The area in which the attenuation tank was to be situated consisted almost entirely of sand.” Eight-metre Larssen L603 sheet piles were pre-driven into the ground to create a sealed cofferdam and two levels of Groundforce’s hydraulic Mega Brace were then installed to support the sheet piles during the excavation and construction phase. Each level of frame required two cross struts and four knee braces with the lower frame removed once the base slab was cast. The top level of frame was kept above the proposed top of the tank level to avoid clashes with formwork. The tank and associated equipment were installed in two adjacent excavations, as Joseph Lenihan explains: “The contractor had the option of digging one rectangular excavation, to encompass both the attenuation tank and interceptors which would have been quite straightforward from a temporary works point of view, but with the ground 90

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classified as contaminated soil, the surplus dig would have had significant cost implications. “By opting for two adjoining cofferdams, designed to provide just enough working room around both the interceptor and attenuation tank, the excavation footprint was much smaller which meant a reduction in bulk excavation,” says Joseph. The loose sandy soil and high water-table meant that loss of fines at the excavation corners was another potential problem. Groundforce proposed the use of corner piles to reduce this risk and help control the ingress of water into the excavation. “The elegance of the installation coupled with the partial removals as the tank was constructed proved very efficient,” comments David Walsh, Project Manager at M&P Construction. “We were able to carry out the excavation and cast the tank base with minimum interference from cross bracing. All of the tank walls were cast with the top bracing in place as well as the placing of the roof slab decking,” he adds. “As the Groundforce system is hydraulic and modular we were easily able to remove the Mega Brace ourselves thereby saving on downtime. With the top slab poured the backfilling was completed and the sheet piles were extracted. “Achieving the level of control we did while working in a sandy substrate was made entirely possible through the use of sheet piles and the Groundforce system,” adds David.

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he event celebrated innovation in timber construction and showcased a student-designed, timber project made from MEDITEÂŽ TRICOYAÂŽ EXTREME (MTX). The project was the culmination of the Instituteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s partnership with St Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Secondary School in Glasnevin under the Irish Architecture Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Architects in Schools Initiative. This initiative aims to provide transition year students with first-hand experience of a complete architectural design process, under the guidance of architects and architectural graduates. It also aims to encourage sustainable construction practices and use of resources for future generations while bringing attention to the possibilities that come with using timber and wood products, such as MTX. This year, participating 4th Year architecture students at Dublin School of Architecture and 4th Year pupils from St Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s designed a pavilion with a cross-frame structure that accommodated benches, planters and the ability to harvest rainwater, for use as an outdoor study and social spot in St Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s front courtyard. Though the project was the studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s responsibility, their teachers and lecturers offered guidance. The project was then built by German carpenter apprentices, who visit Dublin School of Architecture annually as part of an Erasmus+ mobility scheme, with the assistance of lecturers and architecture students. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This was a very exciting project designed to inspire school children and undergraduates by giving them insights into how architecture is designed and built,â&#x20AC;? commented Joseph Little, Assistant Head of School at Dublin School of Architecture. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Participating students from Dublin School of Architecture took on the role of a professional architectural practice, while St Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pupils were effectively the clients. Each team was supported by their teachers and lecturers to come up with a working brief, a functional design, and to eventually build the pavilion that was exhibited at the Timber Innovation Day,â&#x20AC;? he explained. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re very grateful for the insight of the German carpenters too. This is the third year they have visited us: each visit noticeably energises the engagement with timber in the School and their technical skills and insights are invaluable. They come for 2 weeks at the start of each academic year to learn about BIM, attend construction management lecturers, practice their English and engage in a building project with our students.â&#x20AC;? So, what made MEDITEÂŽ TRICOYAÂŽ EXTREME the best choice for this project? â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was crucial that we went with MTX. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been aware of MTX for some time, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never had the opportunity use it. For this project, it seemed to be a natural fit,â&#x20AC;? Joseph explained. This, in part, was down to MTXâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resilience to the great outdoors. An organic process called acetylation allows this wood composite panel to achieve a level of weather and fungal resistance that means itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s guaranteed for external use for up to 50 years above ground, and 25 years in ground. MTX can be cut, coated, coloured, sanded, glued, machined and fastened the same was as traditional MDF, and has the added benefit of extreme durability. This project is all about awakening the public and the future architectural workforce to the possibilities of building with sustainable, innovative, timber. The longevity of MTX as a material and the degree to which it is innovative meant it fitted the bill perfectly. â&#x20AC;&#x153;MEDITE SMARTPLY and Coillte are also well-known names which resonate significantly within the Irish community as www.irishconstruction.com

leaders in the environmental and creative fields. I have always admired them for this.â&#x20AC;? A total of 40 boards in 9mm thickness were used for the project, the majority of which were donated by MEDITE SMARTPLY. Sheets of MTX were cut into frames by CNC router in the timber workshops of Dublin School of Architecture, which, together with bracing, formed the cross-frame structure of the pavilion. Engineers Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor Sutton Cronin kindly provided crucial support on fixing patterns. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is so much pressure to build with concrete and steel in the current building industry,â&#x20AC;? Joseph commented. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Many building design teams select these materials without considering timber and other wood-based products. This may partly be due to a lack of up-to-date support for timber specification in offices or the wider industry, but it must also relate to the kind of education architects, engineers and surveyors receive in college. We must remedy that in this generation. As timber is the only 100% sustainable mainstream structural material we have, both industry and education must re-orient to it to if we are to make the sustainable buildings that we clearly need. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I believe we are at the very beginning of a cultural and technological revolution that will have sustainable and innovative Irish timber and timber products at its heart,â&#x20AC;? Joseph concluded our interview. This link between sustainability and longevity is something MEDITE SMARTPLY are particularly passionate about. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Maintaining a sustainable, pioneering approach to construction will ensure that MTX and other timber materials are around for future generations to utilise,â&#x20AC;? comments David Murray, Head of Innovation at MEDITE SMARTPLY. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fantastic to see MTXâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s qualities being understood by younger generations as it is they that will help to shape future landscapes of Ireland and beyond. For them to understand the values of wood panels, and MTX in particular, at this stage in their careers is invaluable.â&#x20AC;? The pavilion is to be presented to St Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s School at the end of this academic year. For more information on meDite triCoya eXtreme, go to: www.mdfosb.com May/June 2019

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