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Letter from THE EDITOR Our ‘Top Construction Companies’ issue is arguably the most important one of the year. It’s not just that it has been providing a quality read for professionals in the industry for over 30 years or that it acknowledges the business achievements in our industry over the recent past. The Top Construction Companies issue is noteworthy because it acts as a barometer of the industry and its performance in 2020. This year, it reflects an industry hit by an unprecedented crisis, its efforts to comply with rigorous Covid guidelines and its resilience during lockdowns. The 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 hope you’ll agree that the information in this issue adds up to a comprehensive, in-depth overview of the industry and where it stands in a (nearly) post-pandemic environment. Elsewhere in this issue we caught up with GIA Surveyors, a daylight and sunlight consultancy firm that has just opened a new office in Dublin. Demand for services from a niche consultancy like GIA is increasing as restrictions around building at height are easing. As part of our 'Leader Profile' feature in this issue, we talked to Eugene O'Shea at Walls Construction, Stephen Bowcott at John Sisk & Son, Liam McCaffrey at Mannock and Theo Cullinane at BAM about company growth, industry challenges and how Covid has affected the sector. Bianca Wong at Kingspan talks sustainability and Brian Parker runs through the construction offerings from Husqvarna. 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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CONTENTS News & Industry Analysis 4 News

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

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16 Ulster Bank PMI

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Housing activity returns to growth as restrictions ease in April

Features 12 Spotlight

Brian Parker, National Business Manager at Liffey Distributors, talks about Husqvarna’s innovative product range and how it has evolved to meet the changing needs of the industry

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19 Leader Profile

BAM CEO Theo Cullinane talks to ICIM about the company’s green credentials and why the future of residential housebuilding lies in modular construction

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Eugene O’Shea, MD at Walls Construction, talks about the importance of integrity when it comes to delivering world-class projects

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Bianca Wong, Global Head of Sustainability at Kingspan, explains why becoming a more sustainable business is a marathon, not a sport

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Sisk CEO Stephen Bowcott talks to ICIM about growing the business in 2020 and why upholding the company’s core values is just as important as increasing profits

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We reveal who’s made the grade in our annual listing of Ireland’s top construction companies

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56 Winds of Change

Demand for daylight and sunlight consultancy is up, says GIA Surveyors, who has just opened a new office in Dublin

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Mannok CEO Liam McCaffrey talks to ICIM about the challenges around Brexit and Covid and why a ‘can-do’ approach is helping to drive the business forward

84 RMD Kwikform takes the load for ‘Super Sewer’ project Products from RMD Kwikform are being used to help build London’s new Thames Tideway Tunnel

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Securifor 358 fencing from Ridgeway is the ultimate in discreet high security perimeter protection

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SPOTLIGHT

SPOTLIGHT ON… HUSQVARNA CONSTRUCTION Brian Parker, national Business Manager at liffey DistriButors talks to irish ConstruCtion inDustry Magazine aBout husqvarna’s innovative ProDuCt range anD how it has evolveD to Meet the Changing neeDs of the inDustry

When a job is too strenuous, challenging or time-consuming for human workers, the Husqvarna DXR series, 3-phase electric

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an you tell me a little about Husqvarna and it’s relevance to the Irish construction industry? Husqvarna are a 330 year old company (older than Guinness) and

A high capacity concrete power trowel designed to deal with big challenges, powered by a reliable Honda engine

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despite everything we manufacturer, we are traditionally associated with Chainsaw (forestry) and Automowers (robotic automatic lawnmowers). Ironically Forestry Saw sales (which have never been bigger and

A well-balanced and powerful rammer, developed for efficient compaction of granular and cohesive soils such as clay and silt. Ideal for compaction in trenches or other narrow spaces, for example around pillars and pipes

continue to grow) account for less than 6% of our total turnover and yet our single biggest selling Saw is a Concrete Saw (The Husqvarna K770 with 12” Diamond Disc). Husqvarna Construction in Ireland is bigger business than Husqvarna Forestry and we are the market leader in forestry machinery in Ireland, Describe the construction products range and what’s included in it? Husqvarna Construction encompasses Compaction Equipment, Concrete and Diamond Tool placement equipment, Surface Preparation Tools, Drilling Tools, Dust and Slurry Management units, Wall, Wire AND Floor Saws. The portfolio of Husqvarna Construction products also includes, Masonry and Tile www.irishconstruction.com

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A powerful and sturdy electric core drill for medium to heavy core drilling where reliability and high productivity is needed

Sawing equipment, Screeds and Trowels (including Ride On) our Handheld Power Cutting Range, Battery Products, Diamond Tools (Cores and Discs) and my personal favourite, a Range of remote demolition Robots and Tools.

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What are the most recent additions to the range and how do they benefit the modern construction professional? We are a world wide leader when it comes to equipment and diamond tools for the construction and stone industries and provide professionals all over the world with efficient and reliable equipment and just one of our recent additions, is a digital Fleet Management system that allows our customers make better decisions and unleash the full potential of their machine fleet. www.irishconstruction.com

FS 3500 G is a self-propelled floor saw ideal for small to medium patch and service jobs. Equipped with a 27.5 kW Kohler gasoline engine

A lightweight power cutter for dry cutting and has the power and all qualities of the standard K 770 while adding the benefit of dust extraction

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How have products from Husqvarna evolved to meet the changing needs of the industry and have sustainable elements been incorporated into your products? Husqvarna Ireland started in 1970. Our Husqvarna range of machinery then was exclusively petrol and diesel based. 60% of everything we sell today is electric or battery. It will be 80% by the end of 2025. What are the core attributes of the product range and why do they appeal to construction professionals? Husqvarna Tools are born from a unique relationship between man, machine and nature, between our company and the dedicated people who use our equipment and who need the very best tools and machines to achieve the very best results. Our machines are built tough, but are lighter, more

comfortable to handle and easier to use. We believe that it is our job, to make our customers better and make sure that they can get the job done, smarter, easier and more efficient and safe than ever. What additional services do you offer the construction industry? Husqvarna Ireland has in the last 12 months increased our workforce and resources by a minimum of 20% with the construction industry at the forefront of our thinking and how we can serve them better. We want to meet and introduce ourselves to everyone in the Construction industry in Ireland, from those involved in Floor Preparation to Drilling to Demolition. We want to visit with Utility companies, Concrete Manufacturers and Hire Companies and share our enthusiasm for what we do, with those that do and work together for the mutual benefit of all.

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To protect you and your team from dust exposure, to reduce unnecessary wear and tear on your equipment, and to minimise clean-up time, dust and slurry has to be removed safely and efficiently

Our modern FS 5000 D is a powerful diesel walk-behind floor saw with low emissions compliant with Tier 4 and Stage V regulations

A lightweight battery power cutter with low vibrations and user-friendly ergonomics. The excellent power-toweight ratio makes it a versatile addition for lighter land or hardscaping jobs www.irishconstruction.com

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TOP CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES LISTING 2021 To be included in Irish Construction Industry Magazine’s Top Companies listing, in what has been an indescribably tough year for the sector, is an achievement. It’s testament to the resilience and commitment that Ireland’s construction firms have shown throughout this unprecedented period. These firms have been forced to deal with the national site shutdown and the financial repercussions that will no doubt follow for the rest of the year and into 2022. They have had to adapt to a new way of working on sites and do their best to ensure workers follow suit. To be named as a ‘Top Company’ in our yearly listing means more than just a rank and position. 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. In light of Covid­19 and the impact it has had on the industry, those achievements mean even more. 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, which in 2020 is celebrating its 30th year of providing the industry with the most relevant and objective news and commentary from the sector. 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 2021 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. 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, especially in these unprecedented times. Thanks too to all those advertisers who do business with us in this and other issues of Irish Construction Industry Magazine ­ we trust that by promoting your brand in our publication 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. Michael McDonnell, Managing Editor

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RMD KWIKFORM TAKES THE LOAD FOR ‘SUPER SEWER’ PROJECT ProDuCts froM rMD kwikforM are Being useD to helP BuilD lonDon’s new thaMes tiDeway tunnel

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MD Kwikform has played a vital role in constructing the new Thames Tideway Tunnel, supplying its ground shoring products to help support the excavation of a 16.5m deep interception chamber, positioned under the course of the River Thames. London's Tideway project, also known as the "super sewer", will prevent raw sewage from entering the Thames during heavy rainfall. The current and mainly Victorian sewerage system overflows into the river and struggles to accommodate London's burgeoning population. The 25km sewer tunnel will span from Acton in West London to Beckton in the East and capture sewage overflows that would otherwise spill into the Thames. One of the key construction sites on this project – there are 24 in total – is Chelsea Embankment Foreshore. Led by the Ferrovial Construction and Laing O'Rourke (FLO) JV, this central section of the project includes the excavation of a 16.5m deep interception chamber, positioned under the course of the River Thames, which will divert sewage from the existing sewer system. To support the construction of the chamber, RMD Kwikform has worked with FLO to engineer a heavy-duty propping system to support the retaining walls of the excavation. Groundworks equipment provided includes 610 diameter steel props (RMDK's Tubeshor 610) and a 550 bespoke section waler system (RMDK's GeoBrace 550). One of the main challenges on this project was the confined space of the shaft, as well as providing a robust solution to support the secant wall. In addition, this section of the Thames is tidal which can result in level changes of over 7m, leading to cyclic loading at 12-hour intervals. RMD Kwikform's ground shoring equipment was chosen due to performance and sustainability factors. Ajay Nagah, Engineering and Major Projects Manager (Ground Shoring) at RMD Kwikform, said: "We entered the frame relatively late in the design cycle where a traditional fixed structural steel solution had already been developed – which is usually the case with a job of this depth and duration. We therefore had to match or exceed the performance of the 84 ISSUE 3 2021

existing solution to prevent time delays from significant re-designs and checks, whilst incorporating new features that would pose unique benefits to the site team.

One of the main challenges on this project was the confined space of the shaft, as well as providing a robust solution to support the secant wall. In addition, this section of the Thames is tidal which can result in level changes of over 7m, leading to cyclic loading at 12hour intervals "One such feature was the 'hybrid' hydraulic unit of the Tubeshor 610 props that telescopically extends to pre-load supporting members before being isolated mechanically. The hybrid ram ensures that all loads are transferred through the steel element of the prop only – providing high axial stiffness whilst mitigating the risk of hydraulic squash or failure whilst subject to high loads. All without the need for on-site welding." Other services offered to this project were 3D modelling and wireless load monitoring, with the latter giving an indication of actual prop behaviour compared to theoretical design values. Ajay Nagah added: "Our E-Pin technology records actual prop forces and temperature over time and is

displayed in graphical format via any web browser. Trigger levels are set as early warning indicators to ensure any major deviations from expected loads are captured early enough and worked around before they become real problems. "It was also interesting to see the variable effects of tidal and thermal loading, with the latter representing over 50% of calculated prop forces which if critical, can necessitate the need for thermal blankets to dampen thermal loading. This has been successfully implemented by RMDK on projects in the Far East and Australasia." RMD Kwikform's visualisation software, LocusEye, also proved to be a useful tool for on-site discussions. Matthew Wiseman, Divisional Digital Innovation Manager, said: "Traditionally we could only share and view 3D models on PC, which limited usability to offices only. LocusEye allows us to provide a realistic 3D model of the temporary works, which can also be viewed on a smart/mobile device. This allows us to provide userfriendly navigation, augmented reality features, and the relevant product information/animations when we click components." John Breen, Commercial Director, concluded: "We are incredibly proud to be partners with FLO and Tideway on this prestigious project and welcome anyone to visit our premises and witness our offerings and capability first-hand." www.irishconstruction.com

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military sites, etc. Individual solutions can be tailored for specific applications (e.g. prisons). Securifor 358 is a superior system for providing security

where a discreet visual impact on the immediate environment is essential. The finger-proof aperture combined with 4mm wire diameter provides a substantial barrier that is difficult to climb and break through and highly resistant to cutting with conventional bolt or wire cutters. It also acts as an effective deterrent to intruders, available in various heights up to 6m and specially designed for high security applications. The system is compatible with electronic alarm and detection systems. Securifor 358 panels’ have excellent visibility characteristics and due to its flat twodimensional profile, the fence appears almost invisible. This is particularly important for unobstructed camera surveillance, either from the front or at an angle. Securifor 358 is considered a market standard for security applications as demonstrated by its tested performance to Secured by Design, LPCB and CPNI rated standards.

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COLINWELL MASONRY & RETAINING WALL PRODUCTS Family run, Northern Irish concrete manufacturer Colinwell Masonry & Retaining Wall Products are delighted to welcome Darren Walker as their new Transport & Facilities Manager. Having previously worked for Colinwell in the early 2000’s in the dispatch department, Darren has gone on to have a very successful career within the construction industry and brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience. Asked about his feelings on his new appointment, Darren says, “I consider it a privilege to return to a company I once

worked for before. It is clear to see the advances Colinwell has made during my time away, and I am excited to be part of this team again with my new role going forward.” Through his role, Darren will be responsible for Transport Management and legislation, Health and Safety and Production Planning. Colinwell is very excited to welcome Darren back to the company in his new position and looks forward to seeing what he can bring to the table. He is an excellent addition to the company’s growing team.

GEORGE QUINN AT CORK BUILDERS PROVIDERS George Quinn Ltd have unveiled their new stair parts display in Cork Builders Providers Togher. Cork Builders Providers have been a stockist of our products for a number of years with great success according to Vincent Murphy, sales representative with George Quinn Ltd. Vincent said that the displays incorporate the current interior design trends of oak and painted stair parts giving the customer inspirational ideas for their staircase be it a new build or staircase refurbishment. Included on the display are the modern, Milano, Dublin, Vienna and Urbana glass collections. The timeless Achill and Boyne collections are available with a modern paint finish. Also on show is George Quinns unique pre-finished stair-refurbishment steps and riser kits available in oak and walnut with matching risers or painted risers for that really modern look. This product will transform any hallway. Cork Builders Providers are not just a stockist, they have a wealth of experience and product knowledge to help the customer choose the right product. Visit them at Togher Industrial Estate, Cork.

SISK HITS CARBON NEUTRAL TARGET John Sisk & Son has reached the first milestone in its 2030 Sustainability Roadmap by being certified a carbon neutral business. Sisk achieved certification under the Achilles Carbon Reduce Programme in early 2021, by having their 2019 baseline and 2020 carbon footprint externally verified. As well as achieving a reduction in carbon emissions during 2020 Sisk has also offset their outstanding emissions through internationally verified carbon reduction projects.In their 2030 Sustainability Roadmap – Building today, Caring for tomorrow – Sisk set ambitious targets on tackling climate change and air pollution, committing to 21 targets, including 50% of their vehicle fleet being electric by 2024 and an ultimate goal of achieving a carbon neutral status without offsetting by 2030. During 2020 Sisk reduced carbon emissions by 19% against their 2019 baseline due to a decrease in carbon emissions from diesel in their company fleet. This was achieved mainly by: use of effective travel plans, use of technology for virtual meetings, reduction in employee commuting miles, introduction of another 40 electric vehicles added to the fleet in 2020, and all electricity in the business now procured from renewable sources. Currently work is also being done to combat the emissions from diesel on site, 86 ISSUE 3 2021

with the increased use of electric plant and alternative fuels such as Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO), which has been used as the single source of fuel for plant on their Northstowe project since 2019. Stephen Bowcott, Chief Executive Officer at John Sisk & Son said: “in our 2030 Sustainability Roadmap we set some ambitious targets, and I am delighted that we have achieved our first goal, achieving carbon neutral status by offsetting the emissions from our operations through international accredited offsetting schemes within 12 months of setting the target. “We continue to actively work to drive down the carbon emissions which we produce as a business, and my hope is that through engagement with our clients and supply chain we can affect a paradigm shift in the industry, to help us achieve our overall target of becoming a carbon neutral business without offsetting by 2030. “In addition to this we also commenced our tree planting initiative in March this year, with now over 100,000 planted to date, on track to achieve our target of planting 1.7 million native trees by our 170year anniversary as a business in 2029.” Sisk has partnered with South Pole to purchase carbon offsets for their outstanding carbon emissions. South Pole is a leading project developer with a portfolio of Gold Standard and Verified Carbon Standard programmes across the world,

with the offsets divided between three carbon offsetting programmes: Wind Energy – India. The project provides green electricity to support India’s growing economy, and also brings benefits, such as jobs and infrastructure, to under-developed regions. Siam Cement – Thailand. By shifting to renewable biomass instead of fossil fuels, five Thai cement manufacturing plants can substantially reduce their carbon emissions – leading to environmental and socioeconomic benefits for surrounding communities. Toyola Cookstoves – Ghana – This project distributes efficient cookstoves that require less wood and produce less smoke, alleviating deforestation and enabling healthier livelihoods. www.irishconstruction.com

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WAVIN LAUNCHES INNOVATIVE NOISE REDUCTION SYSTEM IDEAL FOR MULTI-OCCUPANCY BUILDINGS A new innovative wastewater system designed to outperform all other systems on the market in terms of reducing noise levels has been launched by Wavin. Wavin AS+ is the ideal solution for tackling noise pollution in multioccupancy developments, such as apartments, hotels, hospitals, nursing homes, libraries and offices. It is manufactured using mineral reinforced polypropylene material which prevents noise from escaping. “The high-quality nature of the material and specially developed sound-absorbing brackets are perfect for small and large installations. This premium lownoise drainage system ticks all the boxes of noise reduction and costeffectiveness and is designed to benefit specifiers, installers and occupants,’ said John McPeake, Technical Sales Manager at Wavin Ireland. A very important consideration when specifying products and materials for homes and particularly for multi-occupancy properties is awareness that noise pollution can significantly impact the comfort and wellbeing of building occupants. A physical piping system along with the bracketing system can have a major influence on the noise levels generated from wastewater discharges. The new innovative Wavin AS+ and bracket system along with its SoundCheck tool provides a comprehensive solution for controlling noise levels. It offers

some of the most impressive reductions in wastewater noise available in the market and with the Wavin AS+ bracketing system, a Db rating of less than 10Db can be achieved (Fraunhofer Institute of Building Physics test report 2019). Combining Wavin AS+ with a considered approach to the layout of the whole system, means that specifiers can effectively minimise the discharge noise from wastewater creating a more relaxing, productive environment for all occupants. For installers the Push-Fit system for quick and easy installation makes it more efficient than cast iron systems and using the Wavin AS+ system will ensure that projects are able to meet current and future acoustic regulations from the outset. Wavin also provides the support to accurately predict the noise levels of any soil and waste installation with the Wavin SoundCheck Tool. This tool has been developed by a specialist acoustic engineering company and measures more than ten variables, covering both

airborne and structure-borne sound. The Wavin BIM Revit package for Wavin AS+ (FREE download) with integrated intelligence facilitates fast and efficient design, providing 100% accurate representation of the way the piping system will actually be installed along with a fully integrated bill of materials for accurate costing and minimising wastage. For more information about Wavin AS+, visit wavin.ie/as-plus

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With over 60 years producing and distributing stair parts to the joinery and staircase manufacturing industry, George Quinn Ltd have amassed vast knowledge within the sector which has seen many changes. As Vincent Murphy, sales representative for the company outlined “as a market leader we have a responsibility to provide practical stair part solutions to our customers in order to meet with the markets ever changing designs and trends. We do this through continuous research and development”. With over 60 years producing and distributing stair parts to the joinery and staircase manufacturing industry, George Quinn Ltd have amassed vast knowledge within the sector which has seen many changes. As Vincent Murphy, sales representative for the company outlined “as a market leader we have a responsibility to provide www.irishconstruction.com

practical stair part solutions to our customers in order to meet with the markets ever changing designs and trends. We do this through continuous research and development”. Our goal at George Quinn Ltd has always been to provide our

customers with innovative and design lead products in the shortest lead time possible. For more information on the George Quinn Ltd range of primed spindles and other products visit www.georgequinn.ie or contact the office on 047 30093. Issue 3 2021 87


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SISK DELIVERS OVER 1,200 HOMES AT WEMBLEY PARK John Sisk & Son in partnership with Quintain is proud to have delivered a combined total of 1,201 new homes at two major new landmark developments E03 Canada Gardens and E05 The Robinson, Wembley Park. Both projects have a combined value of £420 million and were delivered successfully despite the Covid-19 pandemic. The completion of these leading Build to Rent developments at Wembley Park, which form part of the estate’s “Eastern Lands”, means Quintain has now completed 65% of the Wembley Park masterplan - one of the most exciting and all-encompassing urban transformation opportunities in Europe. Sisk and Quintain created a footballthemed ‘pass it on challenge’ video at Wembley Park to mark this milestone. The video features Sisk and Quintain employees’ children, local supply chain partners, local apprentices and charity partners in the region of Brent celebrating 16 years of collaboration between the two companies. Flagship development Canada Gardens, with 743 Build to Rent (BtR) homes, is the largest at Wembley Park with a project value of £245 million and has been Sisk’s largest UK job. Of these homes, 303 are classed as Discount Market Rent, spread throughout the development to ensure they are tenure blind and all under the management of Quintain Living, as are the market price homes. Beside Canada Gardens, The Robinson development with a contract value of £176.8 million is aimed at sharers, with up to four-bedroom homes. Its playful, unique amenities include rooftop caravans, a hot tub and one of the longest row of sun loungers in the UK at 50 meters long. The Sky Lounge, which wraps around a courtyard on the 16th floor, is accessible

by a seven-meter-long slide from the rooftop and includes a polkadot London Taxi coffee bar. Both projects have Envac integrated, an innovative system that sucks waste and recycling down underground tunnels at 70kph to a collection centre at the edge of Wembley Park, minimising the use of refuse lorries and negating the use of large household bins and ground-floor bin storage facilities for residents. Ajaz Shafi, Managing Director, UK South, John Sisk & Son said: “We are absolutely thrilled to complete our flagship project Canada Gardens and most recently The Robinson at Wembley Park. We have invested significantly in digital and offsite construction to ensure a first-class delivery. We have seen award-winning innovation during these projects and exciting new ways of working to deliver a best-in-class product, including radical digitalisation and our first use of precast panels. The Robinson marks our 11th project in 16 years in partnership with Quintain at Wembley Park. To deliver both Canada Gardens and The Robinson in the midst of

the challenges of the Covid-19 global pandemic is a testament to the resilience and outstanding work ethic of our team and supply chain partners.” Matt Voyce, Executive Director of Construction at Quintain commented: “In 2016, Eastern Lands was simply surface car parking reminiscent of when Wembley Park was purely used for event days. Now, Canada Gardens and The Robinson with over 1,200 new homes have been delivered on time and to budget, through the skill of our exceptional project management teams and contractors. Through the remarkable levels of collaboration, we have been able to work leaner and more efficiently than ever before. Delivering these projects during the uncertainty of Brexit, changing fire safety regulations and a global pandemic has been no mean feat and ultimately a huge success.” On E03 Canada Gardens, 40 per cent of staff were locally employed, with 35 apprentices, 21 of which were local. On E05 The Robinson, 34 per cent were locally employed, with 33 apprentices hired, 22 of which were local.

NEW TREND-LED ANTHRACITE GREY GUTTERING AVAILABLE FROM WAVIN Wavin, Ireland’s leading manufacturer of plastic pipe systems, has updated its DeepLine semi-elliptical guttering range, with a new, sleek ‘anthracite grey’ (RAL 7016) addition. The product matches the increasingly popular colour scheme being used for external windows and doors across Ireland. The development of the new profiled gutter follows a substantial rise in demand for products from Wavin’s rainwater solutions. Declan Conlon, Sales Manager at Wavin Ireland said: “Grey external accents on homes and buildings have been growing in popularity and are now on-trend. By colourmatching prominent yet peripheral features like guttering, buildings can really be brought to life. The neutral tones of the anthracite grey finish also mean this new design is incredibly versatile and looks great when paired with both darker and lighter external colour schemes on modern and traditional architecture.” 88 ISSUE 3 2021

Wavin’s DeepLine semi-elliptical systems have been engineered to handle more rainwater than similar sized systems, all from a unique hydrodynamic outlet. The specialist seal technology also provides a completely secure, watertight fixture which allows flexibility for thermal expansion on hotter days.DeepLine products are also easy to install as the ‘Flexiclip’ seal jointing mechanism makes it simple to connect gutter units to fittings with an expansion line and stopper, ensuring a reliable and efficient installation every time. To further enhance the look of the guttering systems, these fittings have been engineered with concealed sockets to hide roughly cut downpipe ends, meaning DeepLine now offers the highest levels of practicality and reliability, while blending into existing design aesthetics. To find out more about Wavin’s new DeepLine range and its anthracite grey addition, visit the Wavin website at www.wavin.ie

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