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Letter from THE EDITOR To celebrate Irish Construction Industry Magazine’s 30th year in print, this issue is dedicated to the projects that have been completed across the country over the past three decades. Over the next 72 pages, we revisit the projects that have shaped Ireland’s construction industry, built by the country’s top contractors, architects and engineers. Thanks to all the firms that took the time to submit their projects; we hope you enjoy taking a look back at these world-class, iconic buildings and infrastructure projects as much as we did. For this issue, we also caught up with the ESRI’s Pete Lunn to find out how behavioural science can be used to combat Covid-19 across construction sites. His findings apply more to young men than any other group and can, he says, be applied to the construction industry. Ignoring the first symptoms of Covid and going to work are big problems among young men says Pete, as is delaying that first phone call to their GP. Social reinforcement is also very powerful and can persuade people to follow the herd and do the right thing. Ultimately, if the construction industry is going to eliminate Covid from sites across the country, says Pete, employers need to make it as easy as possible for staff to comply with guidelines. For more on Pete’s research, go to page 16. From myself, Catherine, Michael and the team we hope you enjoy this very special issue of Irish Construction Industry Magazine. Here’s to the next 30 years! If you have any comments or opinions, we’d love to hear from you – email denise@mcdmedia.ie

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News & Industry Analysis


4 News


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

12 Ireland's Favourite Building

Tooting Meadow in Drogheda was the winner of this year’s RIAI Public Choice Award

14 Market uncertainty but sector remains optimistic Sharp decline in commercial activity but housing PMI expected to improve



16 Fighting Covid in construction

Pete Lunn from the ESRI talks about how behavioural science can be used to combat Covid across construction sites


20 30 years of change

As ICIM celebrates its 30th year in print, Denise Maguire takes a look back at the events and economic circumstances that have helped shaped the last three decades in Ireland’s construction sector

22 A timeline in construction


Take a trip back in time with our list of the most iconic projects completed over the past 30 years

24-68 Ireland’s most iconic buildings and infrastructure projects

72 70 Quinn rebrands to Mannok

2019 results show company in strongest position since acquisition

72 Rapid-EPS hits the market

Westport Equipment is a new equipment rental company founded by Liam Brew, a veteran of the industry with a history of working with safety and design driven product solutions




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1990 – 1st issue of Irish Construction Industry Magazine is published

2009 – Suir Bridge

1990 – West Link

2009 – Samuel Beckett Bridge

1991 – Intel

2009 – Semple Stadium renovation

1992 – IFSC

2009 - VISUAL & the George Bernard Shaw Theatre

1994 – Boston Scientific

2010 – T2, Dublin Airport

1998 - Galway Racecourse Millenium Stand

2010 – Aviva Stadium

1999 – Guinness Storehouse

2010 – Limerick Tunnel

1999 – Jack Lynch tunnel

2010 – Convention Centre

1999 – Smithfield Regeneration

2010 – Bord Gais

2003 – Boyne Valley Bridge

2010 – M50 upgrade

2003 – The Spire

2010 – OPW Trim

2004 – Glucksman Gallery

2011 – Google, Dublin

2004 – Cedar Brook

2011 – Trinity Biosciences Building

2004 – LUAS

2012 – Titanic Belfast

2005 – Croke Park redevelopment

2012 - St Vincent’s Private Hospital

2005 – Dundrum Town Centre

2012 - Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre

2005 – Wyeth Medica

2013 – Corrib Gas project

2005 – Tellengana

2014 – Beacon South Quarter

2006 – Cathaleen Falls Bridge

2014 - Schools Bundle Three PPP

2006 – Port Tunnel

2014 – Mater Hospital

2006 – Gasometer Apartments

2014 - Grangegorman

2006 – Kildare County Council HQ

2015 – drl Lexicon

2007 – Cliffs of Moher interpretative centre

2016 – Epic Ireland/CHQ building refurbishment

2007 - Sillogue Water Storage Facility

2017 - 26 York Street, RCSI

2008 – Commissioners of Irish Lights

2017 - Central Bank of Ireland

2008 – Wexford Opera House

2017 – Adare Manor Hotel and Estate

2008 – The Elysian, Cork

2017 - Poolbeg incinerator

2008 – Facebook, Dublin

2018 – GRIFOLS Biopharmaceutical Facility

2008 – Thomond Park

2019 - Center Parcs, Longford Forest

2008 – Aryzta Cuisine De France headquarters

2019 – Third Stand, Tallaght Stadium

2009 – Criminal Courts of Justice

2020 - Grace Park Educate Together National School

2009 – IKEA

2020 – Eastmount Delgany


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• Scaff Design • Scaff Installation• Scaff Inspection

St. Patricks Cathedral, Dublin

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In 2008 Scott Tallon Walker Architects, Grangefield Developments and Michael McNamara and Co (main contractor) approached Architectural & Metal Systems (AMS) to develop a full-scale sample of its matrix curtain wall system.The contractor was proposing the matrix system for a prestigious project which they were involved with in Cork city and AMS hoped to convince the architects of this system’s many merits. A full-scale mock up of a single bay was manufactured so the design team could review the colour scheme, interfaces with other materials and the special sustainable features. The sharp picture frame continuity, along with the slim sight lines were exactly what they required to achieve a flush look, with a choice of stone cladding and louver inserts. Scott Tallon Walker Architects approved the system through a rigourous detailed design process, which AMS was able to facilitate. Because of the multiple interface details on the façade, it was essential to carry out weather testing to ensure all interface details were structurally sound, water and airtight.The 2.5m wide by 3.7m high panel, a replica of one bay on the project, was constructed and fitted to the company’s weather test rig in Cork. Because testing

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was carried out in Cork, parallel to the manufacturing line, problem areas were quickly rectified and successful testing was completed within two weeks. All members of the design team were impressed with the modern testing facility at AMS. As part of the stringent sustainability brief set down and the strict architectural performance specification, it was essential to investigate the thermal performance of the façade, especially when different panel details are incorporated into one system. During thermal analysis it was possible to highlight areas of reduced thermal performance, which were eliminated though accurate positioning of high performance insulating materials. AMS was able to future proof the building against any unnecessary energy loss. AMS’ expertise gave the design team the façade to match their performance specification and fast- tracked the design process to enable Classic Building Solutions to produce the façade with confidence and to a guaranteed quality.The finished building, standing at St Patrick’s place and overlooking Cork City adds seamlessly to the urban fabric of the existing city, while sustaining a building performance for the 21st century. www.irishconstruction.com

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BUILDER/DEVELOPER: D|RES PROPERTIES ARCHITECT: STUDIO DESIGN SQUARED STAIR COMPONENT SUPPLIER: GEORGE QUINN LTD. Eastmount in Delgany is a thoughtfully planned estate, with 74 detached and semi-detached homes presented in two neighbouring areas. Each luxury home has stylish open plan interiors that facilitate the needs of different generations. George Quinn Ltd supplied all the newels, spindles and hand rails from its Vienna Collection to Eastmount.

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his on-going development is a 400 unit plus residential housing project, situated in a semi-rural Co. Down location, designed by Alan Patterson Design and developed and constructed by Lagan Homes. From the outset it was established that a high quality, durable, maintenance free and cost- effective product was required that was also appropriate to the development’s surroundings. For those reasons, Lagan Homes chose to use Colinwell’s Martello Stone Walling house facades and Colinwell’s Allan Block Retaining Wall System for earth retention and landscaping purposes. Throughout the Millmount development, Colinwell Martello Stone Walling has been used for a variety of applications. Such as conventional construction purposes where it has been used as the outer leaf in traditionally built cavity wall construction and to create screen walls between housing units. Chosen not only for its looks, Martello Stone Walling is an innovative approach to stone walling. It combines 5 different sized units that allow the appearance of natural stone to be achieved without the need for the expertise of a specialist stonemason. “We work with Colinwell, not only because they are a well-respected and experienced manufacturer but because their product range helps us solve the problems that the modern housing market generates... For

example, using Allan Block as our Retaining Wall solution has allowed us to construct cost-effective, robust retaining walls, that allow us to maximise our land use�. Ciaran Magean, Site Supervisor One of the major challenges that the development of Millmount Village posed to Lagan Homes was the significant changes of levels throughout the site. It was clear that this site, nestled in the Co. Down hills would require the construction of a significant number of Retaining Walls. Colinwell’s Allan Block Retaining Wall System provided the ideal solution to these issues and as such, it was utilised throughout the Millmount development. The versatility of this

system allowed it to be used on a variety of applications throughout the site such as to construct large structural ‘Spine’ retaining walls and on small changes in levels between driveways and adjacent house plots. A key factor in using our Retaining Wall Systems was the speed and ease of design and construction. Our Retaining Wall System boasts a simple installation process as its’ patented interlocking front lip creates a built-in setback and eliminates the need for pins, clips, or mortar. This appealed to Lagan Homes as regardless of weather conditions, this mortar-less, dry stacking system means walls can be constructed in a straight- forward easy manner. The system also allows for walls of up to 1.2m in height to be built as Gravity (unreinforced) walls. While taller walls can also be easily designed and constructed by combining the blocks with Geogrid and back-fill filling with compacted aggregate or by simply using No-Fines Concrete. The additional benefit of using both our Martello Stone Walling and Allan Block Retaining Wall System in conjunction with each other, is that they are available in complementary colour palettes that allowed Lagan Homes to achieve a continuity of finish throughout the entire Millmount development.



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inscaff Scaffolding is no ordinary scaffolding company and not just because of its name. Ainscaff Scaffolding is the only third generation family-run Irish scaffolding company. The everyday running has remained a family venture. The company’s professional and passionate long-standing staff form the backbone of the company and an impressive number have worked at Ainscaff Scaffolding for 20 years or more. Ainscaff Scaffolding has long been recognised for its ability, respectability and professionalism on the completion of many contracts for Dublin’s most prestigious buildings. A large part of Ainscaff Scaffolding’s business involves the erection of temporary roof structures as either an addition to an existing scaffold structure or as a stand-alone scaffold structure. With developments in the system scaffolding markets, the design and erection of temporary roofs has changed drastically over the years. Ainscaff Scaffolding is repeatedly the first choice for many of the most important construction projects throughout Ireland. With the combination of its advanced thinking and expert knowledge, Ainscaff Scaffolding can successfully carry out many major projects simultaneously, to the highest standards. The company prides itself in seeking new ways to deliver efficiency and safety and ensuring its offering

matches its clients’ everchanging needs. Ainscaff Scaffold is now one of Ireland’s largest scaffolding companies, dedicating itself to excellent service. Ireland’s oldest church, St Patrick’s Cathedral, dates back to 1220 and is currently undergoing the replacement of 19th-century roof slates. The building is benefitting from the combined scaffolding expertise of Ainscaff Scaffolding – working for main contractor Clancy Construction – and the performance of Layher Ltd’s Allround scaffolding and lightweight roof systems.

After a year in planning, the installation above the nave features scaffolds either side of the cathedral to support a series of multiple-beam clusters from which further scaffolding then rises to the temporary roof. Simon Ainscough, Director at Ainscaff, highlights the particular issues that have had to be addressed at the site. “As so often with buildings of this type, the key factors that we have to accommodate are restrictions on tying-in to the fabric and both the movement and positioning of equipment through often tight spaces and alongside very valuable and irreplaceable structures and artefacts. The Layher equipment provides key gains in each case,â€? he says. By way of example, he points out that the celebrated organ alone is valued at some ÂŁ2 million. As so often with buildings of this type, the key factors that we have to accommodate are restrictions on tying-in to the fabric and both the movement and positioning of equipment through often tight spaces and alongside very valuable and irreplaceable structures and artefacts

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components than, for example, a tube and fitting alternative,” he says. He adds that because Layher Allround features a built-in rosette connection system, the risks of clamps, for example, falling or being left at site is minimised. At the heart of the installation lies a highly innovative scaffold and beam support structure, developed by the design teams at Layher, Ainscaff and Clancy, to address the fact that tying-in was not possible. “We created clusters, each of 11 Layher 750 beams, which were clamped to the walls before extending some eight metres externally through 14 windows along both sides of the building,” continues Simon Ainscough. “These were then fixed to the external support scaffolds to provide a base from which further structural elements rise to support the temporary roof.”

We created clusters, each of 11 Layher 750 beams, which were clamped to the walls before extending some eight metres externally through 14 windows along both sides of the building The design effectively bridges – and, therefore, avoids loading onto – lower roof areas which run alongside the nave while also helping to ensure an important door access area remains open. At the same time, the external support scaffold, which extends down to ground level, provides the optimum structure for the installation of a material loading bay and access stair system. “The temporary roof itself features our Keder XL lightweight design which not only minimises loads and optimises handling, but can also be built to reach fully over the apex of the

building without further support,” says Sean Ainscough, Ainscaff’s Managing Director. He points out that a total roof span of some 18m is achieved. The bay-by-bay construction of the Layher temporary roof structure has meant that the limitations of only having one crane on site were sufficient for the installation. “We could only lift from one end of the cathedral so we built rails onto the top of the support scaffold upon which Layher’s mobile roof system wheels were then located,” continues Simon Ainscough. “As each bay was craned into position and sheeted, it was then rolled along and fixed to create space for the following frame.” The roof sheets were then pulled into position through the integrated roof beam top chord Keder tracks – the whole scaffold and roof installation being completed in just four months by 14 scaffolders including, significantly, five apprentices.

With fireproof steel decking throughout and importantly, crossbracing only required on the top lift as part of the means of securing the roof structure to the scaffold – which allows clear walkways for the movement of both men and materials – the Layher scaffold system brings clear gains to such an important and iconic structure. The simplification of handling even helped the unloading of materials at site, which had to be undertaken during the night to avoid traffic restrictions in the city centre location. “This is a major project in every sense, not just because of its importance and specific structural characteristics, but also the amount of scaffolding and roof system material that has been used,” said Simon Ainscough. He points out that some 4.5km of ledgers, 1.8km of beams and 3.4km of standards have all been deployed for what is only the first phase of the roof refurbishment programme. Now that the new roof over the nave is complete, using slate from the same quarry that supplied the cathedral 150 years ago, attention has moved onto phase two – repairs to the transept roof – with the final phase three to follow. “It is a high-quality installation which demonstrates the suitability of our equipment, together with Ainscaff’s and Clancy’s skills in the field of conservation,” said Sean Ainscough. “The structure provides safe, clear access and also creates the ideal, naturally-lit working environment for the roofing trades, yet impacts as little as possible on the continuing function of St Patrick’s Cathedral below.”



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ne of the first new products to come off the new state-ofthe-art hermatic press paving plant at Kilsaran’s paving and walling manufacturing facility in Dunboyne Co. Meath is the contemporary Merrion Paving range. The new range will be available to all Kilsaran customers throughout Ireland and the UK. This major investment has secured 200 jobs on the Dunboyne site and added another 30 jobs directly. Merrion’s clean edges and smooth texture mirror the latest design trends helping customers achieve a contemporary look to their outdoor space. All flags are 40mm in depth for greater ease of application, offering a modern alternative to porcelain and natural stone.

There has been a growing appetite from our customers in recent years for paving products that are durable, easy to install, cost effective and easy to maintain Hermatic Press are leaders in paving manufacturing technology, producing 1,500 tonnes of pressing power. Utilising wet colour mixes will guarantee a finished product that is second to none. Innovation in packaging has eliminated surface

scratching with face to face and base to base packing of flags along with an intertwined roping system to help the concrete breathe. Adding to an extensive list of advantages of concrete paving over natural stone, the new Merrion range is manufactured with a robust, high performance surface layer improving strength, colour retention and slip/skid resistance. The real benefits of these new paving ranges are the reduced installation time, factory pre-sealed option that is readily available and cost saving that is achievable over choosing natural stone or granite. “There has been a growing appetite from our customers in

recent years for paving products that are durable, easy to install, cost effective and easy to maintain. This is where our new Merrion range comes in; the range is contemporary and offers a real alternative to porcelain or natural stone. We are excited about the new hermatic press and are currently working on an exciting new range of paving that will come to market in the coming months. With the recent pandemic, there is a global shortage of availability of imported paving materials but now we can offer both quality and supply to our local markets,� said Roy McKeown, Director of Paving & Walling, Kilsaran International.



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‘Mannok’ has been unveiled as the new identity for Quinn Industrial Holdings, a name which the company’s familiar Quinn Building Products brand will transition to in the coming weeks. The rebrand announcement also revealed details of the company’s strong 2019 ďŹ nancial results, which show it to be in the strongest position since its acquisition in 2014, with a ďŹ fth consecutive year of increased earnings (EBITDA). Becoming Mannok Rebranding to Mannok marks the culmination of a 5-year transformation and investment programme that has repositioned the business as a provider of increasingly sophisticated and sustainable building solutions, supporting an increase in sales of over 30% during the period. The name derives from Fear Manach, the origin of ‘Fermanagh’, reflecting the company’s pride in their roots in the Fermanagh and Cavan region, and their commitment to the people and communities which are the lifeblood of the organisation’s success. The new identity resonates well with domestic and international stakeholders, an important consideration given the company’s increasing export focus. 2019 Performance Results: Company in Strongest Position Since Acquisition An overview of Quinn Industrial Holdings’ operating performance for the 12 months ended 31 December 2019 shows another increase in earnings (EBITDA - Earnings Before Interest, Tax Depreciation & Amortisation) to â‚Ź26.6m, with an investment increase to â‚Ź11.5m. This marks the fifth successive year of increased earnings and shows a robust performance despite the challenges of Brexit and price decreases in certain markets. Performance Highlights: • Earnings (EBITDA) increased from â‚Ź26.4m to â‚Ź26.6m, despite Brexit H2 challenges • A 2.5% dip in turnover from â‚Ź240m in 2018 to â‚Ź234m in 2019 reflects lower pricing in line with market trends, with overall volumes comparable to 2018 levels. • Investment of â‚Ź11.5m in the period brings total company investment to â‚Ź60m since acquisition in 2014. The 2019 outturn demonstrates the strong underlying performance of the business, despite a very challenging

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latter part of the year as a result of the continuing BREXIT uncertainty. “Continuing growth and innovationâ€? ahead 2019 saw heavy investment, totalling â‚Ź11.5m, which included fleet and mobile plant replenishment, as well as investment in fixed plant augmentation projects expected to yield significant profitability over the years ahead. The business was also celebrated for their innovative achievements in health, safety and the environment, important areas of focus for the company which will continue as key priorities under the new Mannok brand. Speaking of the new brand and 2019 performance, the company’s CEO, Liam McCaffrey, said: “We are extremely pleased to unveil Mannok as our new brand identity, which we believe better reflects the ownership, evolution and future focus of our business. It marks a major milestone for us following a 5-year transformation programme that has empowered our staff and repositioned our businesses for continuing growth and innovation. Our business is now in the strongest position since its acquisition in 2014 and Mannok is an appropriate and much more expansive brand proposition that reflects what our customers value most – a professional one-stop-shop for building and packaging solutions and the support of exceptional staff. “They can certainly expect a lot more of that same quality offering we’ve become synonymous with, but ‘more of the same’ does not mean we’ll stand still, as we will continue to focus on developing and innovating with market leading, sustainable solutions. “2019 marked our fifth successive year of earnings growth and a robust

performance given Brexit uncertainty. Our targeted investment of recent years has established strong foundations for continuing growth across Ireland and the UK. "Looking ahead to 2021 and a post-Brexit environment, we are very optimistic about the future of Mannok and the strong position of the company going into the coming year.� Behind the Mannok Brand Explaining in more detail the story behind the Mannok brand, the company states,“The name Mannok, like the company itself, is deeply rooted in the region of Cavan and Fermanagh. It reflects the culmination of a 5-year re-positioning journey from regional commodity supplier to a trusted building and packaging solutions provider, capable of competing and winning alongside leading global brands and doing so in an increasingly environmentally sustainable manner. “The word Mannok comes from Fear Manach – the origin of ‘Fermanagh’– meaning “Man / people of Manach�. It reflects our enormous pride in our origins – our near-50-year heritage, our quality products, and especially, our people. Visually, the new logo combines strength with a deceptive simplicity: dynamic shapes combine to form a unique ‘M’, reflecting the different elements of our organisation that work together to create something more than the sum of its parts. The colours contain a strong green element–in keeping with our commitment to the environment, and our promise to be environmental leaders within our sector. Our name is a symbol of our company. We believe it is also a symbol of our commitment – to our customers, our communities, and to each other.� www.irishconstruction.com



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art of the drive behind this new business is to bring products to contractors which enhance safety and at the same time deliver value through efficiency and innovation. In keeping with this drive, Westport Equipment is delighted to bring the Rapid-EPS (Edge Protection System) to the equipment rental market in Ireland, sourced from an award-winning manufacturing company with a track record in engineering world-leading edge protection for the construction industry. The system offers a unique post which secures itself against the slabs above and below to provide a secure fixing location for the accompanying mesh panel with integrated toe board and no drilling needed for installation. After many years of listening and observing the needs of contractors and installers worldwide, the Rapid Post was created and rapidly became a system recognised globally for its sheer performance. Rapid-EPS developed something unique and revolutionised the way edge protection is installed worldwide today. After a soft launch with a select group of contractors where meetings and demonstrations took place with safety and operational leaders, the first client to take the product from Westport Equipment was the Comer Group at its Milner’s Square Development in North Dublin. Offering quality urban living in a dynamic area of the city, the

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development comprises 260 apartments and a creche building. The Comer Group and its contractors on site took immediate interest in the product and have put it to work quickly in the live environment. Alan Mulligan, Project Manager for Comer Group, said: “The Rapid Post Product immediately struck us by the simplicity and ease of installation and we saw further benefits by the removal of risk associated with moving large heavy components of edge protection equipment, both around the site during installation and removal and also risk with further lifting operations within the building. The components used, while robust steel products, are also easy to lift and to install. There is clearly a place for this product in the tool-chest of safety kit at our disposal.�

The tool-free compression post has been designed for easy, quick installation. When recently tested against other systems, the speed with which the Rapid Post and Panel can be installed was significantly quicker, almost 10 times faster than drill and fix systems, allowing other trades to access work areas faster and reduce the labour costs significantly for the main contractor. Liam Brew of Westport Equipment said: “The unique Rapid Panel offers the widest fixing centres on the market, meaning more panels can be installed in a shorter amount of time and fewer components to install, creating further time and cost savings. Unlike scaffolding, the Rapid Post and Panel system requires no skilled labour and when asked, clients and installers have given the system the green light. For Westport Equipment, standards are always the priority. The system has no problem with meeting and exceeding BSEN13374:2013+A1:2018 for Class A and B, confidently meeting the standard for floor to ceiling containment which is becoming more of a demand on site for meeting health and safety requirements. It’s also a unique selling point for this system. We look forward to continued investment in our fleet of this product to meet demand. This week we have seen a welcome approval for taller building heights in Dublin and this product is ideally placed to provide a safe space for the contractors involved in the high rises of the future skyline in Ireland. “ www.irishconstruction.com



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Issue 4 2020