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Editor’s Notes For this issue of Irish Construction Industry Magazine, we spoke to Rachel Gibson, Michelle Campbell and Sharon Hammond at Actavo, the primary contractor for the nationwide installation of fibre-to-the-home by SIRO. The project is being headed up by the three women and while it’s not unheard of to have women leading such a prestigious job, it’s not something you hear every day either. Rachel, who has overall responsibility for the planning, programming, performance and delivery of the SIRO works project, believes that when it comes to female participation in the construction industry, progress has been made in recent years. We’ve still a way to go though. Research from ‘Women in Tech’, an international non-profit organisation, has shown that only 17% of positions within technology, construction, science and maths are held by women. Out of that figure, only 5% were in management roles. Change takes time, particularly in an industry like construction, but there’s no doubt that having three women at the helm of such a prestigious project is a powerful example to others contemplating a career in the industry.

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Exyte Northern Europe is also putting diversity and inclusion to the fore of its operations. The company’s initiative, ‘Belong@Exyte’, is all about enabling its employees to do their best work. ‘Women@Exyte’, a key pillar of the initiative, held two events for International Women’s Day which heard ideas from female colleagues on how the company can attract, develop, support and progress Women@Exyte. The company is now working on how to implement and embed changes within its organisation, which it says has been ‘co-created’ across markets with Exyte females’ colleagues input. For more on Exyte and the work it’s doing on gender diversity, go to page 36.

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FEATURES

4 NEWS

8 WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION

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

12 WELLBEING

The Lighthouse Construction Industry charity is offering free support to combat sleep deprivation on World Sleep Day

14 PMI

The rate of expansion gathers pace amid improving demand

16 MATERIALS

Linesight's latest Commodity Report shows prices rose for construction materials in Q4 2021 and are unlikely to ease this year

18 THEO CULLINANE RETIRES FROM BAM

After 43 years, the Chief Executive of BAM Contractors Ltd is retiring from his role in June this year

26 CONCRETE

Gerry Farrell, Chief Executive at the Irish Concrete Federation, talks to ICIM about the ongoing initiatives at the Federation and why reducing concrete’s carbon footprint is a top priority

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Rachel Gibson, Michelle Campbell and Sharon Hammond are leading one of the country’s most important projects and challenging conventions along the way

20 COMMERCIAL SECTOR

Deloitte’s 2022 annual review takes a look at Ireland’s commercial market and what we might expect from the coming year

32 LEGAL Angelyn Rowan, Kerri Crossen and Patrick Kane take a look at changes to Irish public works contracts to address construction materials price inflation 38 INTERVIEW

ByrneLooby’s acquisition by Spanish engineering giant AYESA is future-proofing growth at the Irish firm

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Matt Wiseman explains why now’s the time for transformative changes to the industry’s working practices

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George Harold, co-CEO and co-founder of Fexillon, talks about the company’s origins and expansion plans for the future

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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

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WOMEN@EXYTE

A series of initiatives at Exyte Northern Europe is ensuring the topics of diversity and inclusion are to the fore of the company

D THIS COLLABORATIVE EFFORT WILL HELP US MOVE THE DIAL IN RELATION TO ALL THINGS GENDER DIVERSITY AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, WILL HELP US IN TRANSFORMING OUR ORGANISATION/INDUSTRY

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iversity and inclusion is a topic that we at Exyte Northern Europe are passionate about. We are on a journey to create a proposition to truly enable our colleagues to feel that they 'Belong@Exyte'. Ultimately, this journey will enable our people to do their best work, whilst working with Exyte. Through collaboration with all of our teams, we have mapped out a path to where we want this journey to take us. We have ambitious plans in designing and building the 'Belong@Exyte' brand house with a focus on Women @ Exyte and Cultural Diversity@Exyte. Over the course of 2023 we will then focus on the other 'pillars' of Age, Neurodiversity, Family and LGBTQ+. We have assembled a panel of ambassadors within our company, a total of 16 leaders (both men and women), who have come together. They have

collaborated, discussed, debated and decided on the agenda for our two events for International Women's Day, which were held in Israel and Ireland, bringing together more than 100 of our colleagues. We heard ideas at both events from our female colleagues on how we can attract, develop, support and progress Women@Exyte. This feedback has been collated and we are now working on how to implement and embed these changes in our organisation, which we are proud to say have been 'co-created' across markets with our females' colleagues input. This collaborative effort will help us move the dial in relation to all things gender diversity and more importantly, will help us in transforming our organisation/industry. Our ultimate goal is working towards representation – we want women to be represented more

in our engineering, project management and construction disciplines and we have ambitious plans to achieve this. CLIMBING THE LADDER ICIM speaks to two female employees at Exyte that have worked their way up the construction industry Aileen Haverty I’m an International HR Leader that has been privileged to work in many industries across Europe (Ireland, UK, Gibraltar, Germany), Asia (Myanmar), Pacific (Papa New Guinea) and the USA. I have been involved in many peoplerelated strategies such as transformation strategies, mergers and acquisitions, start-ups and building out HR functions. I like to 'build' propositions and HR products, thus constantly evolving HR support to the business. Based on this experience, I was recruited into Exyte to develop our SUPPLYING ESSENTIAL BUSINESS INFORMATION FOR OVER 30 YEARS

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HR suite of products, which includes working with the company leadership and their teams on the ‘Belong@Exyte’ initiative. Advice I would give to women in the industry Some advice I have for working in the construction and engineering industry is to keep grounded and expect the unexpected – learn how to pivot as not everything can be planned and projects tend to take priority. Resilience is also a word I hear being quoted a lot and would tend to agree. Finally, always remain curious. Get involved with what the teams are working on, particularly the project managers, the

commercial teams and the engineering and design teams as their work is fascinating and to be able to truly support them, we need to understand their world. Sinead Kinsella I qualified with a BSc in Architectural Technology from Napier University and a PgDip in Renewable Energy & Energy Management from Ulster University. Since qualifying in 2004, I have been working in the construction industry and have focused my career on industrial engineering design. I joined Exyte in 2012 as an Architectural Technologist and this was the start of my venture within the semi-

conductor industry. I have worked on numerous largescale high-tech projects, from the initial stages right through to completion and handover to the client. Working within the semi-conductor industry has allowed me to travel globally as part of my job, for which I have had the opportunity to experience work in Ireland, Israel, United States and China. ALWAYS REMAIN CURIOUS. GET INVOLVED WITH WHAT THE TEAMS ARE WORKING ON, PARTICULARLY THE PROJECT MANAGERS, THE COMMERCIAL TEAMS AND THE ENGINEERING AND DESIGN TEAMS. TO BE ABLE TO TRULY SUPPORT THEM, WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND THEIR WORLD

I am now an Engineering Manager within Exyte and if you are looking to progress your career and willing to work at developing your knowledge and skills, there is ample opportunity for growth. As a global company, Exyte is a multinational and diverse company to work within and there is a great combination of office and site work.

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Advice I would give to women in the industry My advice to young females that are looking at a future career in architectural, engineering or construction

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related fields is, if there is an opportunity in the school level to study engineering or technical graphics and design, take it. Do not be put off by the fact that the industry is predominantly male; there is a lot of progressive career paths for all people to develop in their profession, which can be either office or site based in the construction industry.

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A CATALYST FOR CHANGE: EMBRACING DIGITAL CONSTRUCTION IN LIGHT OF COVID-19 Matt Wiseman at RMD Kwikform explains how digital construction can help reduce project revisions and why now’s the time for transformative changes to the industry’s working practices

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rom worksite lockdowns and supply chain disruptions to delayed and suspended projects, there’s no denying that Covid-19 has hit the global construction industry hard – and Ireland has been no exception. Last year, the Construction Industry Federation (CIF) launched a scathing attack on the country’s partial lockdown of construction on the industry, its employees, clients and the wider economy. Citing an independent economic report commissioned by Construction Information Services, the CIF stated that the industry can operate at full capacity without contributing to the spread of Covid-19. While workers began returning to work on residential, early learning and childcare sites as Covid-19 restrictions eased, there was still frustration within the industry that building work in the remaining parts of the sector could not resume. Indeed, the CIF argued that Ireland was the only country in Europe where the construction industry had been partially shut down. Accelerating innovation Nevertheless, for many within the industry, the global pandemic has accelerated innovation. Long before Covid-19, many construction businesses’ processes, operations and procedures were considered to be outdated, with the global pandemic further bringing this to light. One McKinsey report predicted big changes should be expected across the construction industry over the next decade, adding that the bulk of short- and long-term pandemic-driven issues will be solved with

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technology. It reports that the mandate for change and technological adoption in construction has never been stronger, with the Covid-19 pandemic “only serving to NOW MORE THAN EVER, DIGITAL ENGINEERING REPRESENTS A KEY OPPORTUNITY TO HELP BUSINESSES IN THE INDUSTRY REMAIN COMPETITIVE AND INNOVATIVE. MANY BELIEVE THAT IN YEARS TO COME, THIS PERIOD WILL BE VIEWED AS A CATALYST FOR CHANGE

provide additional urgency to the pre-existing productivity and data-visibility issues facing construction companies.” And while contractors, architects, engineers and

suppliers have shifted to working and collaborating digitally over the past year, the pandemic has also triggered a painful shakeout, with many contractors seeing “shrinking backlogs and more competitive bidding environments.” Now more than ever, digital engineering represents a key opportunity to help businesses in the industry remain competitive and innovative. Many believe that in years to come, this period will be viewed as a pivotal time that acted as a catalyst for change, leading the construction industry into a stronger and more robust future. With the ‘new normal’ now the norm, digitalisation is playing a key role in helping get projects back up and running again. Indeed, in PwC’s 23rd Annual Global CEO Survey, even

before the disruption of Covid19, 77% of engineering and construction CEOs were already planning for more 4IR operational efficiencies to drive growth. Today, digital engineering capabilities are set to become even more of a key differentiator for those seeking efficiency gains, while helping the industry navigate disruptions and mitigate risks. Seizing digital opportunities One key benefit to digital engineering tools is how seamlessly they can help everyone involved view, interrogate and communicate information and questions about a project. The latest digital engineering tools also offer high quality and realistic 3D visualisations of temporary works on a build, helping to break down any communication barriers SUPPLYING ESSENTIAL BUSINESS INFORMATION FOR OVER 30 YEARS


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visualisation software, which offers high quality interactive 3D models of temporary work schemes. RMD Kwikform’s entire catalogue of material handling and guidance notes for its products is stored on LocusHUB, too.

and ensure transparency across the supply chain for any specified systems. The outcome is reduced risks, as any potential issues can be quickly raised and remedied by contractors when seeing a temporary works solution in-situ. Digital solutions also streamline work processes, as the systems and product details can be viewed in an accessible and easily digestible format. Furthermore, digital technology not only helps to improve productivity and streamline decisions across the supply chain but can also play a crucial role in helping contractors win tenders for important projects. Early collaboration at the pre-tender stage can reap real rewards. By using digital engineering technology, recommendations on project structures and construction phases, not to mention the ability to identify any potential challenges, can be ascertained.

resources, materials and so on, throughout a building’s lifecycle. In addition, digital tools can help illustrate to users how to best assemble, manoeuvre and dismantle equipment ahead of delivery, ensuring site operatives stay in line with social distancing measures at all times, or even map out areas of work so that touchpoints can be better controlled. Embracing change In response to evolving working practices in the industry, RMD Kwikform has created LocusHUB; a ‘one-

stop’ hub for all its digital innovations and resources.

There is no denying the impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had on the construction industry, but the sector should also try and see this as an opportunity to embrace digital construction, smarter project management and better health and safety procedures. In a way, the global pandemic may serve as a catalyst for change. Not only do digital engineering tools help hugely with collaboration, but they provide vital opportunities to manage and control costs, while also preventing waste and better controlling risks.

Available at https://locushub. rmdkwikform.com, LocusHUB brings together all RMD Kwikform’s digital assets, including apps, product videos, CAD resources and technical data.

Ultimately, we must now embrace the opportunities that digitalisation offers, which will help drive substantial operational improvements and add real value for those in the industry.

Designed and developed to meet the changing needs of the construction industry, LocusHUB offers users an evolving library of digital tools to help optimise working processes and improve productivity levels. Tools on LocusHUB include LocusEye, RMD Kwikform’s innovative 3D

To find out more about LocusHUB from RMD Kwikform, visit https:// locushub.rmdkwikform. com Matt Wiseman is Divisional Digital Innovation Manager at RMD Kwikform

During the design phase, digital construction technologies can also help reduce revisions, eliminate redundant conversations between parties, and ensure any errors are quickly identified. Improved health and safety standards and better workforce planning are possible too. BIM, for instance, models all components of the construction process. This includes tools, people,

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SAFE LIFTING WITH SPANSET Scaffolders – protect your workmates, avoid dropped objects!

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panSet has supplied both safe lifting equipment and training to the scaffolding industry for over 50 years. The innovative products and industry leading training courses ensure SpanSet remains at the forefront of improving lifting safety on construction sites nationwide. For the modern scaffolder, worker safety is of the highest priority. Dropped objects when lifting equipment on scaffolding is a serious hazard and measures should be put in place to avoid the risk of items hitting workers below the lift. The use of ‘gin wheels’ for example should be consigned to history. SPANSET PRODUCTS DESIGNED FOR SAFE LIFTING ON SCAFFOLD Safe Lifting Kit Our unique and ever popular Safe Lifting Kit allows workers to transport small, mixed loads to the top of structures. The SLK features an auto lock function, protecting workers and equipment below the bag should the person pulling the lifting rope accidentally let go. It’s available in different heights from 50m to 180m, costeffective and lightweight. Each SLK has one serial number for traceability and ease of inspection. The Grabba Bag – avoid dropped objects with the only rated lifting bag! The Grabba Bag is the original ‘bag built into a sling’. SpanSet observed loads on construction sites, for example scaffold connectors, being lifted using an inspected and certified crane, sling and hook but being put into the equivalent of a ‘rusty bucket’ with no certification, rating or inspection. This led to the design of our popular Grabba Bag – rated to EN1492.1 Lifting Standards. Ideal when used in

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conjunction with the Safe Lifting Kit, the unique Grabba Bag is waterproof and has a secure closure. It can be used in a ‘daisy chain’, lifting with one bag under another. A genuine SpanSet Grabba Bag is the only certified lifting bag available built with an integral sling – why use anything less? Scaffgrip Designed to provide a convenient method of lifting scaffold tubes and boards in complete safety, Scaffgrip Lifting Slings have a safe working load of 30Kg making them suitable to lift all standard wooden scaffold boards and steel scaffold tubes. Scaffboard Scaffboard are scaffold board lift straps designed to securely hold standard size scaffold boards, allowing for them to be lifted and lowered in an efficient and safe manner. It can hold board from 6 to 13 feet. The product’s minimum breaking strength is 1.1 tonne. Interested in buying a Scaffolding Safe Lifting kit? SpanSet and Westport Equipment are delighted to announce Westport is the main stockist of a range of SpanSet Height Safety equipment for customers in Ireland. If you need safelifting kits, Gotcha Rescue Kits or Dynamic Self retracting Lanyards (DSLs) in Ireland, Westport is the company to speak to.

Pete Schofield, Sales Manager at SpanSet and Liam Brew, Director of Westport Equipment have worked together for many years. Liam met Pete at SpanSet when over from Dublin seeking quality suppliers for the new business and recognised both companies were well suited to work together. Westport Equipment can offer quality SpanSet equipment directly to customers in Ireland without the worry of import logistics, as Westport Equipment holds good stocks at its Dublin depot. All equipment and training are of course backed by SpanSet’s technical expertise, experience and customer support.

The full range of SpanSet height safety and rescue equipment is available through Westport and can be seen at www. westportequipment.com. What about training? Westport Equipment is investing in a purposebuilt training structure and classroom facilities at its headquarters in Dunboyne. Professional SpanSet instructors will be running the courses from September 2021. How can I get in touch? Simply call Westport Equipment on +353 1 223 3500 or visit www. westportequipment.com

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PLASTIC FANTASTIC

Wavin Ireland’s Michael O’Donohoe describes how we can make the best use of plastic as the construction industry moves to a circular recycling model

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ack in November, all eyes were set on the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow as the world looked to see how climate change could be brought under control with measures implemented by the 200 countries that attended. Amongst the headline topics of debate on coal, cars, cash and trees, the subject of plastic usage was discussed. So how do we make best use of the plastic that we’ve already created within a circular recycling economy? Furthermore, how do we find the ideal ‘green’ alternative that retains all of the incredible properties of plastic to create the abundance of useful objects that we enjoy now – and is carbon net zero?

Plastic in construction Within the construction industry, plastic is used extensively. The European construction sector uses some 10 million tonnes of plastic per year, which is a fifth of all plastic consumed by Europeans. It’s second only to packaging. From insulation and guttering to pipework and wiring, plastic is used across a wide and ever-growing variety of applications. With good reason too, as plastic has many unique features that are invaluable to the construction industry: • Corrosion resistance and durability deliver longevity • Safe and hygienic transportation of liquids, especially water • Highly effective cold and heat insulation • Low-cost raw material and production • ­Sustainability through recycling (we’ll come onto this in a moment!) Add the fact that plastic is so easy to use, maintain and innovate with and it’s clear to see why plastic has been 46 Issue 2 2022

one of the most beneficial substances to the progress of humanity for over a century. That said, there’s a lot of plastic out there and even if we had a green alternative that we could mass produce, we couldn’t just bury the 7.8 billion tonnes (source: Our World In Data) that is present globally in the ground and forget about it. So, we have a collective responsibility to make the best use of it.

AT THE MOST BASIC ‘BRICKS AND BLOCK’ LEVEL, BUILDING MATERIALS MADE FROM RECYCLED PLASTICS ARE NOT YET WIDELY USED IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY; PROTOTYPES HAVE MAINLY BEEN USED FOR DEMONSTRATION INSTALLATIONS

Using the plastic we’ve got more wisely The central issue isn’t with plastic itself. It’s with our one-directional economic model – goods are produced, consumed, then disposed of. The model assumes that we can enjoy endless growth without consequence because we have endless resources. But we don’t, so in this model it’s easy to see why plastic is seen as such a problem. Nonetheless, with ingenuity there are many ways to reuse plastic more wisely in a different lifecycle within the construction sector. The reality is that recycled plastics have all the key properties for use as construction materials. They’re strong and durable. They’re lightweight and waterproof. They’re easy to mould. And they’re recyclable. Focused on greener alternatives, manufacturers in the construction industry are already turning recycled plastic into durable, reliable, truly sustainable building materials.

In Wavin for example, as part of our robust sustainability programme called “Mapping the Future”, we are focused on being actively involved in creating a positive societal and environmental impact. Our award-winning ‘Recycore’ technology has been developed using 50% recycled plastic in its soil and drain pipes, whilst retaining all of the properties of its virgin plastic equivalent. Same performance, same quality, but a greener environment. Pushing the parameters further, the Wavin AquaCell range of geocellular stormwater management solutions is now manufactured from 100% recycled material. It’s an encouraging start, but there’s much more to be done collectively.

Michael O’Donohoe is Country Director at Wavin Ireland

At the most basic ‘bricks & blocks’ level, building materials made from recycled plastics are not yet widely used in the construction industry; prototypes have mainly been used for demonstration installations. Hence, it takes sea changes such as political will and consumer demand to drive more investment into research and development. The tide is beginning to turn though. There’s increasing pressure from society towards plastic pollution. Government and industry are engaged with the idea of a circular economy, potentially creating an opening in the market and a shift in people’s mindsets, with a view to welcoming recycled plastic solutions, along with other waste stream materials, as alternatives to conventional building materials.

So our collective responsibility is just that – to collect as much plastic waste as possible to re-use in a circular recycling economy. Everybody who uses plastic in their everyday lives is accountable and that’s pretty much all of us as things stand in the absence of an alternative ‘magic wand’ solution.

Looking to the future The future is beginning to look very different indeed. The scientific engineering community is exploring alternatives to traditional plastics such as polymers that occur naturally. As things stand, we should have optimism about the promising new technology

As with just about everything related to sustainability, we need to work together with what we have in order to make it work, while the scientists, engineers and similar pioneers push on with their quest to find more sustainable carbon zero alternatives. The time for action is right now.

that’s in the pipeline to supersede plastic. That said, plastic remains too valuable as a wide use material to be phased out any time soon. Inert and safe, plastic remains vital to society – way beyond our own industry, in everything from electronics to healthcare. But as we’re all too aware, misused it becomes at best an eyesore and at worst a threat to life.

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

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

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

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

LEO LYNCH ANNOUNCES THE APPOINTMENT OF NEW MANAGING DIRECTOR Leo Lynch, one of Ireland’s leading Process-Mechanical Construction Contractors, has announced the appointment of Philip Smith as its new Managing Director with effect from 1 January 2022. Philip takes over the Managing Director role from Sean Smith (no relation). Sean welcomed the appointment, saying: “Leo Lynch are delighted to have Philip as our new Managing Director and are fully confident that his experience, capability and energy will be put to excellent use in growing the company over the coming years; while also continuing Leo Lynch’s great track record of delivering safe, high quality projects for our Clients.” Philip joined Leo Lynch in 2016

bringing with him construction management and supervision experience on large scale projects in key global markets. With Leo Lynch he has acted as Project Director on a variety of projects in the Microelectronics, BioPharma, Food & Beverage, Healthcare & Energy sectors. Philip has a strong track record in leadership, delivering projects whilst managing quality, safety, financial, stakeholder and timeframe requirements. Commenting on his appointment Philip said, “I am delighted to have the honour of leading Leo Lynch in what promises to be a very exciting time for both our company and our industry. I greatly appreciate

Sean Smith (Left) & Philip Smith (Right) the strong support of the Leo Lynch Board, management, my colleagues and of course our loyal clients. Furthermore, I look

forward to building on the legacies of both Sean Smith and that of our founder Leo Lynch.” For more see www.leolynch.com

INTRODUCING INVESIS: BAM PPP CHANGES ITS NAME BAM PPP, the global infrastructure investor, is changing its company name to Invesis, reflecting its change in ownership and the broadening of its interests towards digital infrastructure, energy transition and new markets. BAM PPP, the global experts and investors in infrastructure, today announced it is changing its name to Invesis.The new name and rebrand reflects a change in ambition and direction for the business, which is diversifying to address the future needs of digital infrastructure and energy transition as it pursues its mission to transform lives through sustainable infrastructure. Invesis remains fully committed to PPP (P3) civil and social infrastructure projects in all of its markets, but recognises that the global needs SUPPLYING ESSENTIAL BUSINESS INFORMATION FOR OVER 30 YEARS

for infrastructure are changing at a pace. Unveiling the new brand identity, Chief Executive Kieron Meade, said: “The infrastructure needs of the world are changing. There is an explosion in demand for digital infrastructure to meet the exponential growth in data driven by the internet of things, 5G, virtual reality and AI. There is an urgent and pressing need to invest in the transition from an economy dependent on fossil fuels to a net zero future based on renewable energy. “We have to provide infrastructure for communities to become more resilient and to safeguard our coasts and cities from the impact of climate change. Invesis is ready to support our clients and partners in delivering the infrastructure required to meet

these huge challenges and provide a sustainable future for the communities we serve.” Following the 2021 change in the company’s ownership structure – which saw pension fund manager and global investor PGGM own a 50% stake – the company has become an independent and autonomous infrastructure investor and developer with two equal shareholders. With this change, Invesis is moving into new markets, including North America and Australia, where it is currently a partner on the Cross River Rail project in Brisbane, Australia. In North America, Invesis will focus on greenfield P3 opportunities where the business can use its European experience and the

expertise of its 100 expert staff to bring significant value to each project. Invesis recently appointed a senior advisor to focus on the promotion of the brand in this market.Invesis will continue to be a trusted partner to its clients and the communities it serves. The company is proud of its strong history as BAM PPP and its portfolio of PPP (P3) projects. The team is committed to remain high quality stewards of the vital infrastructure they oversee. With its new brand and direction, Invesis seeks to provide a lasting legacy for future generations. The company will continue to provide clarity, certainty and confidence on every project, so that clients and partners can exceed expectations, deliver value and create a better future for all. Issue 2 2022 47


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GEORGE QUINN LTD – PRODUCT INNOVATIONS “George Quinn Ltd were one of the first suppliers in Ireland to embrace engineered stair components” cites Vincent Murphy, sales rep for the company. At a time when our industry didn’t have the same price or supply uncertainties as it does now, this was a move which required the convincing of a market of the benefits of engineered timber components.White oak engineered stair treads, risers and strings were one of the first products to be stock items and quickly became a necessity for staircase manufacturers. These products offer customers benefits for their businesses such as minimising waste and more accurate pricing as well as being structurally more stable and consistent in colour.

With the success of the white oak treads, the range of engineered products has grown to include walnut strings, treads, and risers and recently the addition of lime wood strings for painting. The ranges have extended to engineered square oak newel posts, handrails, and base rails. “As part of overall customer service, the availability of these products ex-stock means that our customers don’t have to carry large stocks and can order specific requirements” Vincent adds. For more information on engineered stair parts or other products contact Vincent on 0863823749 or visit www. georgequinn.ie

TÁNAISTE LAUNCHES ‘BUILT TO INNOVATE’ CAMPAIGN TO ASSIST IRISH HOMEBUILDING SECTOR The Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar, TD today launched Enterprise Ireland’s ‘Built To Innovate’ campaign, an initiative under the Government’s Housing For All plan. Speaking as the campaign launched, the Tánaiste said: “This Government is determined to make owning your own home a reality for the thousands of people across the country who wish to buy but are struggling to. Our Housing for All Plan is working but it will take a concerted effort, all across industry, local and national Government to drive forward the increase in supply we have planned. “This campaign is a small part of the solution. We are now

making available grants and training programmes, which would usually only be for export-focused companies, to our domestic home-building sector. We hope this will help reduce some of the cost of residential construction and ensure that quality and sustainability are embedded in the design and construction processes of all new homes.” The Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien, TD, said: “Reducing construction costs is critical to increasing supply. Recent analysis shows that the cost of materials is increasing and that there is continuing demand for construction skills. Productivity in construction needs to improve to address this imbalance and we need

to look to innovation in areas such as modern methods of construction. I am very pleased to see Enterprise Ireland’s “Built to Innovate” initiative being launched. As committed to in Housing for All, the Government, through Enterprise Ireland, is working with industry to strengthen the residential construction supply chain. This will further help to reduce the cost of construction and increase the supply of much needed homes.” The supports being made available are in the areas of digital, innovation and lean and further detail is available here. Ross O’Colmain, Department Manager, Construction and Housing, with Enterprise Ireland said,“The Enterprise Ireland supports targeting

the homebuilding sector are designed to enhance the industry’s ability to produce residential units in an economically sustainable manner. From our extensive experience of working with manufacturing and services businesses we know that advancing digitalisation, lean and innovation initiatives can make businesses more competitive and flexible. We look forward to applying these supports to a new sector and believe that they can feed a greater adoption and usage of Modern Methods of Construction.” The ‘Built To Innovate’ campaign will run for six weeks from 21 March across print and digital channels, especially in the construction sector.

SIG NEWS – WHAT’S THE ‘NEXT BIG THING’ IN CONSTRUCTION? SIG invited a panel of leading industry experts to discuss the future of construction. SIG Commercial Director Ciarán Kelly, along with Frances Rooney MD, FirePro Logistics, Ronan Smyth MD ESS Modular, Bernie McGarrity, Director of Strategy & Performance John Sisk & Son and Jim Mulholland, Director, Todd Architects Ltd met to discuss topics such as construction methods, safety, passive fire protection, 48 Issue 2 2022

MMC, skilled labour, AI, technical specialism, BCAR, supply chain, sustainability, architectural design & automation. Commenting afterwards, Ciarán said “To be able to collaborate with industry experts in a roundtable chat setting, was fantastic. The insights we shared, really shows how exciting the construction industry will be in the future”. www.sig.ie

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