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Editor’s Notes Towards the end of April, it was announced that Grafton Architects was the recipient of the 2022 Mies Van der Rohe Award for Kingston University, London. Described as a project that creates an excellent atmosphere for studying, dancing, gathering and being together, this is the first time that a university building has won the architecture prize. It shows, said the judges, that there’s a need for public educational projects of this quality, projects that “dignify people’s lives through education and being together and gives the same educational possibilities to everybody.” Once again, congratulations to everyone at Grafton Architects from all at Plan Magazine.

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Following their presentation at the RIAI’s National Housing Conference, we caught up with Stephen Proctor and Andrew Matthews at Proctor & Matthews Architects to talk about low rise, high density housing and how such typologies can be applied in an Irish context. The UK-based practice is currently working with Glenveagh Homes on several developments in Ireland. Expertise gained through award-winning projects like Great Kneighton in Cambridgeshire can, says the architects, be translated to an Irish context. Creating ‘truly liveable neighbourhoods’ is the aim, they say, something that can be achieved by analysing how a neighbourhood works and making sure you've got interrelating public, communal and private amenity spaces. People want a choice of places where they can meet and interact with their neighbours. When it comes down to it, it’s about building a community spirit. The fabric of a place can't deliver that on its own, but it can help to nurture it, says Stephen. We hope you enjoy this issue and if you have any comments, drop me a line at

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Grafton Architects is the 2022 recipient of the Mies Van der Rohe Award


Proctor & Matthews Architects talk to Plan about low rise, high density housing and applying their expertise to an Irish context


A new ‘calm’ space in UCC, designed by Butler Cammoranesi Architects, provides students with a place of respite


Clifford’s Tower in York has reopened after a radical £5 million transformation, carried out by Hugh Broughton Architects


Professional Indemnity Insurance – What’s really changed?


Designed by BDP, Wren Urban Nest in Dublin is the first hotel in Ireland to achieve an operational net zero carbon rating 48 DELIGHT

Henning Larsen has designed a timber structure for World of Volvo, an experience centre and meeting place in Gothenburg

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Stephen Proctor and Andrew Matthews at Proctor & Matthews Architects talk to Denise Maguire about low rise, high density housing and applying their expertise to an Irish context Andrew Matthews

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Designed by Butler Cammoranesi Architects, a new ‘calm’ space in UCC provides students with a place of respite

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Clifford’s Tower in the UK has reopened after a radical £5 million transformation, carried out by Hugh Broughton Architects

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The deck includes amphitheatre seating for group activity, with a series of lightweight walkways suspended from its structure, giving access to previously unseen first floor features

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Professional Indemnity Insurance-

WHAT’S REALLY CHANGED? Griffiths & Armour’s Architects’ Professional Indemnity Insurance Scheme was launched in 1997. Twenty-five years on, Graeme Tinney reflects upon the support received from the profession, the liability challenges that continue to define the local PI market and what the future holds It is now 25 years since the launch of our Architects’ Professional Indemnity (PI) Insurance Scheme, which was announced in the pages of this publication. Whilst it feels like a lot has changed over those intervening years, it is striking when looking back at that first article just how much has stayed the same and particularly so when it comes to the underlying principles of our PI facility. Our founding objective was to provide architects with something new – a genuine alternative. At the time, there was no shortage of competition within the market, but there was a real dilemma for architects in trying to identify the most appropriate solution in terms of cover, security, cost and potentially most significantly, sustainability. Even then it was our belief that architects and perhaps particularly larger architectural practices were adopting a more considered approach. Rather than simply accepting the vagaries of the insurance market and regarding PI insurance as a commodity purchase, we felt that many were looking to secure longer-term support from quality insurers who had a genuine understanding of the architectural profession. Architects wanted to achieve realistic premiums reflecting the risk profile of their individual practice, a specification of cover that would support their business objectives and greater certainty in the event of claims arising. Against a background of increasing risk and tighter margins, the benefits of a carefully tailored insurance programme and the importance of effective risk management support were becoming increasingly clear and it was this holistic approach that provided the foundation to our PI scheme. Our early success suggested that many firms seemed to share our philosophy, but few could have imagined the challenges that lay ahead. The difficulties experienced in the wider economy and the fall-off in construction activity from 2008 presented unprecedented challenges for the country, the construction industry generally and for architectural firms. One of those challenges was a threat to the availability of PI insurance protection, but it was an opportunity for us to demonstrate the real value behind our promise of ongoing support for the local market. Despite the 34 Plan Magazine

challenging conditions, our clients continued to have access to effective and affordable insurance protection – something which played an important role in supporting their survival, recovery and ultimately, their renewed growth. With the market having entered an even ‘harder’ phase in recent years, insurers and brokers are once again being put to the test. We at Griffiths & Armour are not immune from the difficulties being encountered, but I am proud of the work our team are doing in helping clients navigate through the challenges and coming to the assistance of firms who have struggled to source solutions elsewhere. It is gratifying that 25 years on from the launch of our PI facility, we continue to receive the support of many of Ireland’s leading architectural firms. Some of these relationships can be traced back to the establishment of our facility but in the wake of recent market turmoil, we have seen a noticeable increase in the number of firms subscribing to our philosophy.

The challenge is to regain the trust and confidence of insurers and to evidence that the risks we are presenting to the market are capable of being funded through increased PI insurance premiums Whilst we welcome the opportunity to develop these new relationships, the current industry problems that exist are an unfortunate reminder of something else that hasn’t changed – the cyclical nature of the PI insurance market. Many of the forces driving the market and the problems being experienced by individual firms are similar to what we saw in the early 2000’s. Like then, the pricing and availability difficulties have in large part resulted from unsustainable competition that prevailed over the preceding decade, with certain insurers concentrating on growth in market share as opposed to underwriting profitability. Invariably, such insurers were operating on narrowly based and often inadequately developed risk and claims statistics and this resulted in levels of premium that were a long way below the reality of what was required. As the true cost of the risk emerged (as experience tells us it always has), the reaction (just like in the early 2000’s) was a dramatic reduction in market appetite, leading to insurer withdrawal and severe underwriting action from those remaining within the market. It is perhaps a sad indictment of the insurance market and its ability to learn lessons from the past. It also underlines the importance and benefits of adopting a longer-term approach. But not everything has stayed the same over the past 25 years and we cannot rely upon the market to self-correct. In 1997, we were talking about the emergence of what we termed ‘a risk dumping mentality’. Unfortunately, this is now far more prevalent and widespread, with employers and their legal advisers seemingly determined to force liability down the supply chain through increasingly onerous contracts and unreasonable PI insurance requirements, with little consideration to whether parties can control or fund the risks they are required to take on. Along with an inefficient legal system and the much reported ‘1% rule’ which is driving up the cost of claims, this ‘risk dumping’ has come to define the local liability landscape for construction consultants. It leaves insurers struggling to understand the exposures they are being asked to underwrite and is eroding capacity within the market. The challenge for us all is to regain the trust and confidence of insurers and to evidence that the risks we are presenting to the market are insurable and capable of being funded 1 Plan Magazine

through the increased PI insurance premiums that firms are now paying. But that challenge is beginning to be met head on. Positive features to the local market include the introduction of the Building Control Amendment Regulations in 2014, revisions to Government guidance on procurement and PI requirements and the promise of liability caps on public sector projects which we and others have campaigned so hard to achieve. But there remains significant work to be done. At an individual level, architects should understand that quality has never been so high on insurers’ agendas. The good should prosper but those who are unable to demonstrate how they are effectively managing their risk will continue to face ever more significant challenges. For their part, insurers need to demonstrate an underwriting strategy that encourages quality and rewards good behaviours. We remain at the vanguard of those efforts. It cannot be an entirely broad-brush approach that fails to give any recognition of the positive risk features of individual firms who are carefully navigating their way through an extremely challenging risk and economic landscape. Underlying everything is the need for cultural change at industry level. A move away from ‘risk dumping’ and a ‘race to the bottom’ to a renewed focus on quality, competence and lifecycle cost. Put another way, a re-balancing of risk and reward and a fairer deal for all parties. These are principles that we have strongly advocated for and it is, we believe, the only rational way to encourage sustainable insurer appetite and informed competition within the insurance market. The question is, what do we want from the next 25 years? Whilst we have always had to adapt our proposition to a changing risk environment, our focus on partnering and pro-active risk management will continue. It is rooted in the founding principles of our architects’ PI facility; it is what our clients have grown accustomed to and have come to rely upon. We welcome the opportunity to develop new relationships in the same vein. Graeme Tinney is Director and Chief Executive Officer of Griffiths & Armour Europe DAC Griffiths & Armour Europe Designated Activity Company, trading as Griffiths & Armour, is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland

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Designed by BDP, Wren Urban Nest in Dublin is the first hotel in Ireland to achieve an operational net zero carbon rating

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Client: Appalachian Property Holdings Ltd. Architect, Building Services, Civil/Structural, Lighting Designer, Acoustic Designer, Disability Access Consultant: BDP Main Contractor: Duggan Brothers (Contractors) Ltd. QS: Mitchell McDermott Planning: Brock McClure Assigned Certifier: Property Concepts Fire Consultant: JGA Fire Consultants Interior Design: BDP/21 Spaces Archaeologist: IAC Archaeology Traffic Consultant: NRB Consulting Engineers Ltd. Condition Survey: OLM Consultancy Project Manager: MGM Partnership Ltd. CDM Co-ordinator: OLM Consultancy

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MEDITE SMARTPLY BUILDING THE FUTURE GARDEN WINS GOLD AT RHS CHELSEA Designed around the theme of sustainability, the gold medal winning Show Garden, MEDITE SMARTPLY Building the Future, is the company’s first ever show garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in partnership with multi-award-winning landscape architect and innovative garden designer Sarah Eberle. The garden, constructed by Landform Consultants, highlights the possibilities of engineered wood panels and the brand’s commitment to sustainable building at the home of the world’s best garden design. It has encouraged show visitors to think outside the box in how innovative engineered wood panel products can contribute to the future of sustainable landscapes and buildings. The result is an astounding achievement for Sarah, who is celebrating her 20th Gold Medal win at Chelsea – the most decorated designer in the show’s history. “It’s incredible! When I look back and I remember that first gold, it’s still as exciting getting a gold medal today,” Sarah said. “Creating this garden was a huge challenge and I wasn’t really sure that we as a team could pull it off, but we did! The response from the public has been phenomenal.” Chris King, Managing Director of MEDITE SMARTPLY – Commercial, commented: “The creativity and effort put in by everyone involved with our Chelsea display never ceased to amaze me. “Winning both Gold Medal and Best Construction is a brilliant achievement and confirms the limitless use of our products. It’s

giving visitors to the show some great ideas about how they can contribute positively to the environment in which they live or work.” The garden will be donated to Andover Trees United, with the main structure being relocated to a local school in Andover. For more information visit:

CONSTRUCTION LEADERS FROM ACROSS EUROPE LAUNCH EU POLICY ROADMAP The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) has launched a bold new policy plan for the European Union to accelerate progress on decarbonising buildings and construction, one of the most heavily emitting sectors in the world. Developed with the support of a coalition of over 35 leading industry bodies through WorldGBC’s flagship #BuildingLife project, the EU Policy Roadmap is the first of its kind at EU scale to address the whole life carbon impact of the built environment, across multiple policy routes. The roadmap was launched at a conference on Tuesday 24 May 2022, attended by EU policymakers and representatives from across the built environment sector. Ciaran Cuffe, MEP (Greens), who is the Rapporteur for the current revision of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, will deliver a keynote reacting to the roadmap and the key role of buildings in tackling climate change. A panel debate will follow, between senior industry and public sector figures. The roadmap proposes a timeline of recommended actions for EU policymakers to accelerate the decarbonisation of buildings by 2050, tackling both CO2 emissions from their operation, and the long-overlooked impact of emissions from materials and construction. Much of Europe’s building stock is old and inefficient and the European Commission has acknowledged that renovation rates must at least double. The roadmap highlights the urgent need for more ambitious policy and financial support to enable energy efficient property

upgrades. Alongside this, buildings are still being constructed using carbon-intensive materials and processes, which sustains the high embodied carbon impact of the sector. That’s why the roadmap makes a series of recommendations on how EU policy can enforce the calculation and regulation of emissions across the whole life cycle of a building, as well as measures that will improve the circularity of building materials. A failure to address this whole life carbon impact of buildings will likely mean the decimation of Europe and Ireland’s remaining carbon budget, putting the EU Green Deal’s target of climate neutrality by 2050 well beyond reach. The roadmap’s recommendations were developed with input from major business networks and industry associations, as well as environmental NGOs and city networks. They include milestones on how key EU policies and regulations affecting the building and construction sector should be tightened over time. The EU roadmap complements the draft recommendations to decarbonise Ireland’s built environment released by the Irish Green Building Council (IGBC) on 6th May. The report published by the IGBC shows that construction and the built environment are directly responsible for 37% of Ireland’s emissions, the same as agriculture. This is made up of about 23% operational emissions associated with the energy we use to heat, cool, and light our buildings. A further 14% of the emissions are embodied carbon emissions from the production of construction materials, transport of materials, construction process, maintenance, repair and disposal of buildings and infrastructure. Plan Magazine 43


FOLD HOUSING NEW DOLPHIN PARK DEVELOPMENT SHORTLISTED FOR EUROPEAN AWARD Fold Housing, the Approved Housing Body specializing in providing homes for older persons and families, has been shortlisted in the prestigious European Responsible Housing Awards 2022 for their development at New Dolphin Park in Rialto, Dublin 8.

The development is one of five finalists, selected out of seventy applicants from across Europe, in the “More than a roof – supporting communities of equal opportunities” category, with winners announced in June. Denis Buckley, CEO, Fold Housing said: “We are delighted to be finalists in this esteemed Awards and to be recognised for our work in placemaking and building sustainable local communities. This is an endorsement of our innovative approach to social housing where we focus on our tenants’ well-being, quality of life and their empowerment. This is at the core of responsible housing. We provide them with more than good quality houses, we provide them with homes they can be happy and safe in, we provide them with a place they are proud to call home”. Fold Housing places huge importance on supporting tenants to live happy, fulfilled lives in their developments. Each Fold Housing development has a dedicated housing officer and Tenant Engagement officers to support residents and respond to their needs. Every new tenant is engaged with to ensure they fully understand their obligations as tenants of Fold Housing and what is expected of them. Equally, they are also informed of what they can expect from Fold Housing as landlords. Tenants are empowered with regular formal engagement meetings and tenant satisfaction surveys. Fold Housing and their tenants work closely together to create a positive and welcoming environment. New Dolphin Park consists of 43 apartments replacing the existing outdated older persons accommodation located in Dolphin Park built in 1957 offering an opportunity for older people to age in place within their community. Built to the latest Universal Design guidelines, each unit has the needs of older residents fully considered with features such as automated door entry and lifts to upper floors, as well as

Radius Connect 24 security technologies. A secure central courtyard with open walkways on the upper levels is at the centre of the scheme providing a sunny outdoor space to meet, sit and chat with neighbours, friends and family. It is also home to Ireland’s first purpose-built community kitchen, a social space in which both residents and locals alike can come together for hot meals and community activities. New Dolphin Park previously won a national award in the ‘Housing for Older People” category at the 2021 Irish Council for Social Housing Allianz Biennial Community Housing Awards. The European Responsible Housing Awards are an initiative of the European Commission (DG Enterprise, DELPHIS and Housing Europe). A jury chaired by the International Union of Tenants, and including national tenant unions, civil society organisations, associations of local authorities, financial institutions, academics and housing professionals will decide on the winner. The laureate will be announced on Thursday 16 June during the Awards Ceremony which will take place at the International Social Housing Festival, in Helsinki, Finland.

AG SCOOPS 3 MAJOR CONSTRUCTION AWARDS AG, leading paving and building supplies company, has won three major industry awards in quick succession across the UK and Ireland. Established 60 years ago, AG is a 3rd generation family-owned business which now employs more than 230 people at eight locations across the UK and Ireland. The first accolade was winning the Property and Construction Family Business of the Year category at the Energia Family Business Awards. The Energia Awards showcase the commercial success of Irish family companies and highlights the impact their business has on communities. The second award - from The MPA and British Precast for Safer Management of Pedestrian and Transport on its sites – provided positive proof of AG’s excellent work within Health and Safety. Meanwhile, AG received a Distinction Award at the NISO (National Irish Safety Organisation) and NISG (Northern Ireland Safety Group) Safety Awards for 2021. Winning this award demonstrates the 44 Plan Magazine

dedication of all AG employees and contractors to safety within the company. To find out more about AG, visit their website -


SISK AND IRISH WATER TURNS SOD ON KILMORE QUAY PROJECT John Sisk & Son and Irish Water turned the sod on the new wastewater treatment plant and related infrastructure at Kilmore Quay, Co. Wexford last Friday morning. Irish Water, working in partnership with Wexford County Council, have already commenced works on the new sewerage scheme and wastewater treatment infrastructure for Kilmore Quay. It has been announced that Sisk has signed the contract with Irish Water to carry out works on the utility’s behalf to end the discharge of raw sewage into the Eastern Celtic Sea with works on the project due for completion in 2024. Once completed, the new sewer infrastructure will ensure compliance with wastewater discharge regulations. It will also improve the performance of the sewer network and water quality in the receiving waters and the Celtic Irish Sea. The new scheme will involve the design and construction of a new wastewater treatment plant, underground pumping stations, pipelines, as well as testing and commissioning works. All new infrastructure will be sized to serve existing and future populations and the new wastewater infrastructure will enhance local amenities and provide a platform for social and economic development. Will Merriman, Managing Director, Ireland Civils, Sisk said: “Sisk is delighted to be selected for this vital new wastewater treatment project, that will significantly improve water quality in Kilmore Quay. Sisk is also in the process of completing a similar wastewater treatment project at Arthurstown in Co. Wexford. We look forward to continuing our successful relationship with Irish Water and Wexford County Council, creating a positive legacy for all stakeholders and the local community of Kilmore Quay.” Michael Tinsley, Irish Water said: “Irish Water is really looking forward to delivering this important project to benefit the local community for the generations to come. This project will improve water quality around the quay and wider harbour area, enhance the amenity value of the coastal waters and ensure compliance with national and EU regulations relating to the treatment of urban wastewater. All new infrastructure has been sized to accommodate future population growth and will play an integral part in the development of Kilmore Quay. We look forward to working with the local community to deliver this essential project with our partners in Wexford County Council and Sisk.” Councillor Jim Moore, Cathaoirleach of the Rosslare Municipal District said: “I am delighted to see this most welcome infrastructure which will give a huge impetus to the development of Kilmore Quay in terms of environment, industry, community, housing, and tourism. I would like to thank all concerned for their efforts in reaching this important milestone for Kilmore Quay and the surrounding district and region. It comes at an opportune time with the Wexford

Pictured from left to right, Val Fox, Adrian Nolan, Liam Murphy and Alan Tully County Development Plan under consideration as well as the Local Economic Development Plans for the District.” The proposed scheme will involve the design and construction of the following works, a new wastewater treatment plant that will serve existing and future populations. New below ground pumping stations with above ground kiosks along with pipelines to transfer sewage from the pumping stations to the wastewater treatment plant. A new treated wastewater pipeline to discharge treated wastewater from the new wastewater treatment plant to the existing discharge pipe. Testing and commissioning of the works once complete. Irish Water and our appointed Contractor, John Sisk & Son will be in contact with the local community in Kilmore Quay in advance of works commencing and throughout the delivery stage of the project. The Irish Water customer care helpline is open 24/7 on 1800 278 278 and customers can also contact us on Twitter @IWCare with any queries. For updates, please visit the Water Supply Updates section of the Irish Water website. Irish Water is responsible for the delivery of all public water and wastewater services in Ireland. We are committed to continuously upgrading and developing critical infrastructure to support the growth needed in housing and across our economy, while protecting the environment and safeguarding water supplies.

MEDITE SMARTPLY OSB MANUFACTURING FACILITY UPGRADE IS COMPLETE After over a year of transformative investment, the upgrade of MEDITE SMARTPLY’s OSB factory in County Waterford has been completed. This new world class drying, energy and screening system will enhance resource efficiency and asset reliability for SMARTPLY OSB. For over 25 years, SMARTPLY has been supplying OSB to the construction industry, steadily building the brand over time. Investment and product innovation being at the heart of the company’s success. From 2016 MEDITE SMARTPLY has been focusing on investment and product innovation. An initial investment of €59 million was made to the SMARTPLY facility which saw the creation of a new forming and finishing lines with a new state-of the art continuous press. This was the beginning of the next generation of SMARTPLY OSB, the panels were smoother, flatter and underpinned by the brands strong environmental ethos. €44 million was invested for this latest significant upgrade to the drying, energy and screening facility. The completion of the upgrade is a very exciting stage of development for SMARTPLY OSB. The construction of the biomass energy plant ensures that SMARTPLY will operate on 100% renewable biomass material for process drying and heating. The crucial upgrade means that SMARTPLY OSB will have an improved output, at a time when demand is high, and is predicted to grow further throughout 2022. The UK’s built environment is responsible for almost half of the UK’s carbon emissions, with the initial embodied carbon accounting for approximately 30% of this. This is a challenge as the industry is aiming to reach Net Zero. However, using renewable timber products is a solution.

The completed upgrade follows the successful launch of SMARTPLY SURE STEP, a T&G structural OSB/3 panel with improved slip resistance and durability. This joins a range of sustainably produced speciality and technical products, from moisture resistance to flame retardance, demonstrating MEDITE SMARTPLY’s consistent innovation and contribution to the future of sustainable building. Wood is the most effective carbon stores in comparison to other building materials. Wood’s carbon performance is key to manufacturing, therefore there is an increasing demand to use sustainable timber in construction, as wood absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, this has been backed by numerous reports including the Climate Change Commission in the UK Housing: Fit for the future report 2. SMARTPLY products are made from sustainable, fast-growing timber, only using forest thinnings of new-growth pine and spruce, including the tops which are not used to make any other wood-based product. OSB panels are manufactured by compressing precisely engineered strands of woods with exterior resins at high temperature to create an outstandingly robust, and environmentally friendly structural panel suitable for numerous applications such as roofing, flooring, and timber frame construction. The MEDITE SMARTPLY product ranges are supplied carbon negative to the factory gate and are used in applications that lock in the carbon within the lifetime of their use. For more information on MEDITE SMARTPLY, visit: Plan Magazine 45



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 broken-out 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%.


SIG, the largest provider of specialist building products and technical expertise to the construction industry on the island of Ireland, has announced that it is opening a new branch in Limerick city. This will add to its existing branch network in Dublin, Cork, Belfast and Omagh.

There are exciting plans in place for the development of Limerick city and the wider mid-west region over the next 20 years and we look forward to playing our part in their delivery, as key suppliers to the construction industry.”

Commenting on the new branch opening, Managing Director of SIG in Ireland, Kevin Windle said: “We are delighted to announce the opening of a new branch in Limerick. We have been successfully servicing our customers in the mid-west region for many years from our Dublin and Cork branches, but we believe that now it is the right time to increase our investment in the region by opening a new branch in Limerick.

As a result of this news, we are now looking to fill the following roles: · Branch Manager · Internal Sales/Trade Counter staff · Warehouse Supervisor & Warehouse Assistants To apply for any of the above positions, please forward your CV to

SKATE BOWL AND PLAZA WINS 39TH IRISH CONCRETE SOCIETY AWARD Excellence in concrete design and construction was celebrated at the Irish Concrete Society’s Awards Evening, which took place on the 26th of March in the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road, Dublin. This was the 39th Annual Awards Evening. The event is always one of the highlights of the construction industry’s calendar, which returned after a 3-year absence with 280 in attendance. The Awards recognise excellence in both design and construction in concrete and are adjudicated by a distinguished, independent jury of industry professionals. The main awards jury reviewed a total of thirty-two projects nominated in three categories of main awards – Element, Infrastructure and Building. There were also nine projects nominated for the 9th International Award, which is sponsored by Enterprise Ireland. In addition, the winner of the annual Sean de Courcy Student Award was announced.

The main awards jury consisted of Eddie Cleary (Duggan Brothers (Contractors) Ltd.), Grace Keeley (GKMP Architects), and Richard Osborne (Waterman Moylan). Element Category and Overall Winner: Skate Bowl and Plaza at Le Fanu, Ballyfermot, Dublin Chosen from a total of 13 element category entries and 32 entries for the overall award.

Speaking at the awards evening Chair Roger West stated: ‘Tonight is one for celebrating, celebrating the “promotion of excellence in the use of concrete” in all its forms. The creativity and skill of the various parties in each and every one of our entries for awards tonight must be in synergy to be successful in winning one of our main award categories. No less deserving of our admiration are those companies that export our expertise and our products, as flagships of our industry’s recognised excellence on an international stage, while concurrently supporting the local economy. This is reflected in the increasing importance of winning the International Award’. 46 Plan Magazine


KINGSPAN LAUNCHES POWERPANEL SOLUTION ALLOWING USERS TO INSULATE AND GENERATE IN A SINGLE PRODUCT * Delivers operational efficiencies and is up to 74% lighter than traditional systems * Improving building energy ratings to meet Net Zero Energy building (NZEB) requirements * 'Rooftricity' funding solution allows building owners to install with no upfront capex High energy consuming businesses can reduce carbon emissions and cut energy costs with today's launch of Kingspan's latest PowerPanel(tm) renewable energy solution aimed at commercial and office buildings. PowerPanel provides operational efficiencies and is up to 74% lighter than traditional systems. Kingspan PowerPanel is a new generation of roof solution, combining high-performance QuadCore insulation with efficient monocrystalline photovoltaic (PV) technology in a single, factory-engineered panel, creating roofs that are quicker to install, and that work to power the building's needs. In Ireland, the Government committed to a target of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions no later than 2050, and a reduction of 51% by 2030.[i] The construction and building materials sectors have a key role to play in delivering these reductions given that the built environment contributes about 40% of global carbon emissions[ii]. PowerPanel(tm) meets Net Zero Energy building requirements and helps buildings to achieve an A+ energy rating. PowerPanel is suitable for many existing roof structures without the need for additional structural works or aesthetic compromises. By combining its energy saving technology and lighter structure it is a perfect solution for commercial and office spaces looking for an efficient and effective renewable energy solution. In 2019, Kingspan opened the doors to IKON, its new global innovation centre at its headquarters in Kingscourt, Co Cavan. PowerPanel is one of the first products developed at IKON and it is installed on its nearby manufacturing building to enhance its energy credentials, and is reflective of Kingspan's commitment to quality, innovation and sustainability. Gene Murtagh, Chief Executive at Kingspan said: _"The built environment is responsible for nearly 40% of global carbon emissions, and high-performance insulation is one of the most important ways to increase energy-efficiency in buildings. Radical changes in the materials the construction sector uses can play a significant part in helping to slow and mitigate the impacts of climate change. Through Kingspan's Planet Passionate programme, we are putting knowledge and expertise to use through the creation of innovative, energy-saving products. Developing innovative new products like PowerPanel is all part of delivery on Kingspan's mission to accelerate a net zero emissions future."

Marci Bonham, Managing Director Kingspan Insulated Panels, Ireland said: "For the commercial property sector to embrace renewable technologies,they need solutions that not only make sense from an environmental viewpoint, but ones that are viable and attractive from an economic and a business perspective too. __The single unit nature of PowerPanel makes it an easy to install product, that takes less time. PowerPanel is a means to reduce carbon emissions of the built environment and help meet Government targets for office and commercial energy ratings. It is also putting its knowledge and expertise to use through the creation of innovative, energy-saving products." Kingspan's funding solution 'Rooftricity' allows owners to install PowerPanel on their buildings with no upfront capital investment. The funding option offers building owners the opportunity to maximise roof space to generate power for their own use without any upfront capital outlay. The push towards zero emission buildings is part of Kingspan's Planet Passionate programme, an ambitious 10-year global sustainability strategy that aims to impact on three big global issues: climate change, circularity and protection of our natural world. The insulation systems Kingspan sold during 2021 are projected to save 193 million tCO2e during their lifetime, and Powerpanel is another addition to this energy saving range. For more information about the product, visit: roof-panels/powerpanel-pitched/ Plan Magazine 47