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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR Apocalypse Now!

I remember as a kid waiting an interminable length of time for the 46a to appear over the horizon. When at last that dashing shade of mustardy mauve coloured bus (do you remember) made an appearance it was only to be followed by 2 or 3 other buses. Kind of reminds me of the iconic scene in Apocalypse Now where a squadron of helicopters come swooping in tight formation in from the sea all guns a blazing. My point is that you wait forever for something to happen and suddenly, wham we have not just one housing initiative but loads promising tens of thousands of units will be built in all corners of the land. Land will be provided, house builders engaged and developments will rise. Happy days if this is the case, let’s not mention the planning word. On the subject of action and intensity, we hope you enjoy our eagerly anticipating listing of the Top Construction Companies 2017. As we do every year, we painstakingly compile the vital financial and corporate data that enables us to deliver to you the definitive economic guide to our industry and an insight in to how individual companies have performed over the past twelve months.  It’s a fascinating and rewarding process as we compile the rankings, revealing who is moving up and down the listing and who the new bloods are. We have packed in plenty of interviews and opinions pieces from leaders and commentators across the industry too, to add value to your reading of the listing.  The industry is in a good place now and if the output and activity move along at a sustained pace, the future is promising, even allowing for the big-ticket issues like BREXIT. So much has changed since those days of waiting for the 46a – I feel a Bagatelle song coming on‌ 

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Cover Story The Top Construction Companies Listing 2017 brings you a copious amount of economic and financial data on individual construction and building related companies and combines this with a series of probing commentaries and exclusive interviews that discuss vital trends, challenges and opportunities that are coming down the tracks.

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Construction Costs – Construction costs in Dublin are set to rise by 8 per cent in 2017, driven by recovery in the economy and an acute skills shortage that is driving up prices, according to Turner & Townsend.

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Industry Performance – Irish construction activity rose at a sharp and accelerated pace in May as new business expanded at one of the fastest rates in the survey’s history.

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Global Outlook – The year 2016 has been tumultuous to say the least,

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Economic Predictions – The growth outlook for the Irish economy remains optimistic for 2016 and 2017 according to the Davy.

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crowd in Dublin's iconic Guinness Storehouse building for the Octabuilt

with a number of unexpected political decisions looking set to shape the global economy over the coming years.

Builders Merchants – The upbeat mood was palpable among the packed

Awards. We were there to take in the atmosphere and see who emerged as this year’s winners.

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Consulting Engineering - Tony Horan, President of the ACEI talks exclusively to us about key issues that were raised at the 2017 ACEI Annual Conference. We also asked that he elaborate on the challenges and opportunities that face the sector.

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Construction Activity – Derry Scully, Group President Linesight, reviews the Irish construction industry performance over the last number of years and looks forward to 2017 and 2018.

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Planning Focus – "We can no longer adopt a business-as-usual approach when it comes to planning". This was the clear message coming from the Irish Planning Institute.

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he talk was confident and the focus was on the quality and service of the merchanding business which is clearly the lifeblood of the construction industry. The night was a great acknowledgement and celebration of this sector of the industry. So who came away with the Gongs and got to travel home with smiles on their faces? Ganlyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Athlone emerged as the winner both the National and Connacht/Ulster (Large Business) category awards in the Octabuild Builders Merchant Awards 2017. This is the fourth time Ganlyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s has won the National Builders Merchant Award since the awards began in 1986. They won previously in 2000, 2005 and 2009. Ganlyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s was established in 1989 employing 4 people in an old disused garage and has expanded over the years to its current staff of 101, offering expert advice and a wide range of products from its Trade Centres and Retail Stores across the Midlands. Ganlyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s are now the largest

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independent Builder Providers in the Midlands, operating out of three stores in Athlone, Longford and Mountbellow. The Octabuild Builders Merchant Awards winners were announced at a presentation dinner on Thursday May 11th in the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin. This was the 20th Octabuild Builders Merchant Awards. The companies who organise the awards as Octabuild are Gyproc, Glennon Brothers, Dulux Paints, Irish Cement, Kingspan Insulation, Sanbra Fyffe, Tegral and Wavin. Between them the Octabuild companies have over 650 yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; manufacturing experience in Ireland, directly employ over 1,200 people here and have over 20,000 quality products available every day for Irish builders merchants. This year 11 category awards were presented. A Lifetime Achievement award was also made on the night to William Telford of Telfords Portlaoise.

Dublin City & County Grange Builders Providers, Baldoyle (Large Business Award) and Chadwicks Plumb Centre, Glasnevin (Small business award)

Best Staff team award Maurice Graham Ltd. Monaghan

Cork City & County Cork Builders Providers, Togher (Large Business Award) and Topline Burtons, Kanturk (Small Business Award)

Munster Morris Builders Providers, Waterford (Large Business Award) and Heiton Buckley Ltd, Waterford (Small Business Award)

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MAGAZINE LISTS COMPANIES 2017 We are delighted to bring you our annual Top Construction Companies Listing for 2017. Over the past few months we have been compiling a copious amount of economic and financial data on individual construction and building related companies and combining this with a series of probing commentaries and exclusive interviews that discuss vital trends, challenges and opportunities that are coming down the tracks. You probably are aware that we have been producing this industry leading and singularly authoritative guide to the individual performers within our industry for over 25 years. While it is a long and meticulous process, it is extremely satisfying to be able to present all this market intelligence to you in this issue. We are also grateful to the many industry leaders who shared their insights and thoughts in our series of editorial commentaries. Their input offers an invaluable context for our listings and we are confident that this whole information package delivers an important information resource for you going forward. If you feel your company should be included in our 2018 issue, contact me on the number or email below. In the meantime, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget to share news of your business successes, appointments, product developments so Irish Construction Industry Magazine can continue to promote you and our industry. Michael McDonnell, Managing Editor

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New Build │ Refurbishment │ Fitout

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

Our professional team understand client concerns – we offer:

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

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


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he biggest infrastructure project underway in Europe, the new Crossrail network will reshape access to London and the South East corridor and is expected to reduce journey times and increase passenger capacity by approximately 10%. Reaching depths of more than 30 metres beneath the streets of London, Crossrail Stations required unique solutions to ensure water tightness. GCP Applied Technologies, a leading supplier to Canary Wharf, Whitechapel, Liverpool Street, Moorgate, Farringdon, Tottenham Court Road, Bond Street, Paddington, Old Oak Common, Stepney Green, Customs House, Pudding Mill Lane and Woolwich stations, reached into an extensive portfolio of high performing and easy to install PreprufeÂŽ waterproofing products to solve challenges presented by each station. Composed of durable HDPE, the PreprufeÂŽ waterproofing membrane adheres directly to concrete with Advanced Bond Technologyâ&#x201E;˘ to form an impermeable seal. Unlike other systems that require a mesh interface, direct adhesion to the concrete protects the structure from water migration via capillary action. Additionally, cold and easy application of the membrane in confined areas ensure safe and fast installation. Conditions also demanded complementary products to the PreprufeÂŽ waterproofing system, including BitutheneÂŽ, AdprufeÂŽ, SilcorÂŽ, ServidekÂŽ, ServisealÂŽ, AdcorÂŽ, HydroductÂŽ, BetecÂŽ and various ancillary products to provide reliable protection essential for each station. Protecting Crossrailâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s underground infrastructure from potential disruption and costly repairs caused by water ingress is an opportunity for GCP Applied Technologies to contribute to an integral part of this highly visible and historic project. About GCP Applied Technologies Through applied knowledge and service excellence, GCP Applied Technologies (NYSE: GCP) provides premier speciality construction chemicals and speciality building materials for many of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most renowned structures, and packaging technologies for the bestknown consumer brands, delivering results for all our customers. With customers in 110 countries, operations on six continents, and a team of approximately 2,850 employees, GCP Applied Technologies had 2015 net sales of US $1.4 billion. Formerly part of the W.R. Grace & Co. group, GCP Applied Technologies Inc. became a NYSE-listed company (GCP) in February 2016, headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. More information is available at GCPAT.com. Preprufe, Bituthene, Adprufe, Silcor, Sevidek, Serviseal, Adcor, Hydroduct, Betec and Advanced Bond 80

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STEWART CONSTRUCTION

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tewart Construction is a leading main contractor with a proven track record of successful project delivery through the generations. Technically advanced and sustainable building projects are delivered in a cost effective and safe manner with excellent craftsmanship and attention to detail. An award winning and innovative company with a history of integrity, Stewart Construction understand clients evolving needs and will deliver its promise on each and every project. The company’s focus on providing strong “fit for project” teams combined with a reputation for adopting a collaborative approach, ensures it delivers to a particular client’s needs on each and every project. As Paul Stewart, Managing Director, puts it “our focus is on our people. In order to build great projects, we build great teams first.” The fourth generation, family-run company is now in its 115th year of business. Stewart Construction has stood the test of time, remaining dominant throughout recessions and downturns in the industry. There is an engrained culture of commitment to successful delivery for clients that allows Stewart Construction to stay ahead of industry trends. Says Managing Director, Paul Stewart: “Our core focus continues to be on our people and providing training on the newest technologies out there. BIM has been a key factor in our success with our initiative based on a long term and holistic organisation-wide development plan. Earlier this year, Stewart Construction were named a Deloitte GOLD STANDARD Best Managed Company, the only Main Contractors in Ireland to currently hold the title. The company continues to gain market share, particularly in Dublin, and has accumulated a diverse portfolio of clients nationwide in both the private and public sectors. They boast a spectrum of high calibre projects ranging from commercial, industrial and pharmaceutical, to retail; leisure; healthcare; and residential with particular expertise in the design and build space. Ongoing new projects of interest include the delivery of a city centre 8 storey LEED Gold Office Development for Green REIT on Harcourt Road. This will be one of two LEED Gold standard projects to be delivered for 2018 reinforcing the Stewart name for high end sustainable builds. Among many of the large scale projects under the company’s belt, other recent projects include the RSCI Medical School for the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland, Beaumont Hospital; Commercial Project of the Year 2017,

GRIFOLS Biopharmaceutical Facility, Phase I, High Specification Office Building

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Collecting “Commercial Project of the Year Award” for Waterside Office Block Development.Pictured above from left: Gavan Quinlan, Cogent Associates,

Derek Lawlor, Tony Maher, Rachael Stewart of Stewart Construction and Jim Loughran, Commercial Director, Kingspan.

Waterside Office Development; the redevelopment of 47-49 St. Stephens Green, Bishop’s Square and the Goethe Institute, all prime developments in Dublin 2; as well as Dublin Airport Logistics Park and Grifols International Logistics Centre of which Phase II commenced earlier this year following a successful delivery of Phase I in 2016. Testament to a collaborative, client-focused approach is repeat business from valued new and existing clients such as IPUT, Davy, SAP, Beacon Hospital, Aldi, OPW, Grifols, Fidelity, NDFA to name a few. Currently, the company are main contractors on projects for clients such as Green REIT, the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland, Fine Grain Properties, Hines and Rohan Holdings. “Our clients come to Stewart with a goal and depend on us to reach that goal,” Paul states. “That is something that we take very seriously and we pride ourselves on our ability to put our client at ease as we fulfil objectives and overstep targets.”

Green REIT Office Development on Harcourt Road just adjacent to the LUAS Green Line

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edia surrounding the construction industry is constantly buzzing with information and news on Building Information Modelling or BIM, as most of us know it. We are all familiar with how important it is and understand at this point that it is the future of how buildings are going to be planned, designed, built, and managed. In 2016 KCC Architectural realised that their traditional hardware catalogue was in need of updating, as there had been so many product additions and enhancements since the last publication. Given the constant changes in the construction industry, KCC understood that the world was a very different place since the last publication. Steve Young, project development director for KCC said â&#x20AC;&#x153;We knew that producing a new and updated product binder simply wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t good enough. Put simply, we could see four major factors had changed the landscape as we knew it, and we had to adapt our business to meet these requirements.â&#x20AC;? The changes Steve was referring to are not specific to KCC, but relevant to the entire construction industry. One such requirement was CE Marking. In 2011, CE Marking became mandatory for construction products covered by harmonised European Standards (hENs). It became a necessity for manufacturers like KCC to make a Declaration of Performance (DoP) for the product and where appropriate affix the CE Mark. The second factor that had a huge impact on the construction industry, was the introduction of Irish Amended Building Regulations 2014 (BC(A)R). With a stringent inspection and certification process, the possibility of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;passing the buckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; or slacking on quality adherence or best practice simply wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t possible. This presented the need for comprehensive product performance statements and test evidence to allow buildings to be certified and occupied.

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BIM, quite obviously, became another major factor. The UK Government mandate that came into effect in 2016, insists that all public government projects must be BIM Level 2 compliant by the end of 2016. The growing need to have products available as 3D objects, complete with performance data to use in a 3D Model, became a necessity for KCC to respond to their clients needs.

Steve saw KCC survive the recession and says â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have emerged from the economic recession and we see the construction industry is very different to what existed in 2008. We all have less time, less resources and less patience. As a company we already offer a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;one stop shopâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; solution to our customers and clients by taking away the need to deal with several suppliers. We wanted to take this one step further and develop a system that would save our clients time, energy and effort â&#x20AC;&#x201C; so we developed Datastore.â&#x20AC;? KCC built Datastore in response to their clients needs and a notable gap in the marketplace. To put it mildly, Datastore is an architect or building contractors dream! An enormous piece of work, in the guise of a vast database of every single component KCC provide, the information is publishable as concise yet comprehensive individual datasheets at the click of a button. KCC havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stopped there however â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Datastore system also delivers project specific catalogues (aka â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Technical Submittalsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;) detailing every item KCC are or providing to a particular project, and include images, performance characteristics, dimensions, options, finishes, test evidence, and warranty information. Speaking excitedly about his involvement in the development of Datastore, Steve says â&#x20AC;&#x153;These technical submittals link directly to our scheduling systems to allow us create project specific catalogues within minutes and it allows us the flexibility to make revisions quickly where necessary. We werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t content to stop there however, and we went on to develop the system further to be able to produce submittals with 100% of our back up evidence every test certificate, every fire test report. We can provide the submittal in hard or soft copy or for those that are working within BIM models, we can export the data in a variety of formatsâ&#x20AC;?. It seems that this is just the start of KCCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plans as they are now building a library of 3D Revit Models. These and other major enhancements will be released later in the year. www.irishconstruction.com


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uilding Contractor BAM Building are constructing the new Gluksman Library extension at the University of Limerick. The building, which will rise to an overall height of 32.2m will accommodate offices on the ground floor with teaching facilities on the first, second and third floors. The building also comprises a basement which would require temporary ground support at various pinch points of the site. The ground conditions in the area are challenging with sandy soil, high water table and shallow rock combining to create difficult conditions for temporary works. The majority of the temporary ground support was carried out by using sheet piles in cantilever in conjunction with local ground reductions, but in one location this would prove impossible. At the western end, the basement was to be constructed right on the edge of the site boundary with a local access road running immediately adjacent. With a dig depth of 3m and bedrock present at 5m below ground level, a cantilevered sheet pile solution was not an option and since there was clearly no question of reducing the ground, BAM needed to find some way of supporting the full depth of the road during construction of the basement wall. The contractor therefore called in Groundforce to design and supply a temporary works arrangement.

“This design used the adjacent ground as a “shear key” to provide the required lateral restraint” explains groundforce general manager Joseph lenihan. The task facing Groundforce was complicated by a number of factors including the curvature and reducing level of the access road, the intricate shape of the proposed basement wall and the requirement for one side of the support system to

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remain open to allow for a continuous pour of the basement slab. The solution developed by Groundforce was to drive interlocking Larssen 603 sheet piles to rock in a series of U shapes and to transfer the load between adjacent sides using walers and hydraulic supports. “This design used the adjacent ground as a “shear key” to provide the required lateral restraint” explains Groundforce General Manager Joseph Lenihan. “In this situation, given the poor shear capacity of the sandy soil, the linear meterage of the sheet piles had to be extended to provide an adequate shear key. Given the presence of services on one of the sides, these extra sheets were required to travel back in the opposite direction from the excavation which is unusual” he adds. Once the blinding slab was cast, the lower level of support was removed allowing the base slab to be cast out against the sheets. Once the base slab reached sufficient strength, the sheet piles could act in cantilever with the top level of support removed and the basement walls cast without obstruction. BAM Senior engineer Brian Quinlan commented: “Working alongside Groundforce on this complex section of the building was a pleasure from the outset. Numerous site visits by the Groundforce senior engineers to carry out inspections during installation and the overall supply of materials was excellent.” The basement support element of the works took place between November 2016 and February 2017 with the project due for completion in Q3 2017. May/June 2017

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Specially developed Cameo brick for Isala Clinics in Zwolle (NL) The Isala Hospital in Zwolle (the Netherlands) is an innovative, sustainable and futureorientated top clinical hospital of 108,000m². Great experience of building hospitals was linked to a humane vision of the care environment. In the façade, 2.2 million mechanical hand-moulded facing bricks were used in mixed bond with 5 different colours, including the rainbow brick Cameo, specially developed for Isala. Architect's firm Alberts & Van Huut have designed high-profile buildings in the health care sector before and the Isala building is definitely a high-profile design. The large hospital consists of four buildings (butterflies). The soft colours, natural materials and an abundance of greenery create a link to the human aspect. The architects used the area surrounding Isala as part of their inspiration. Elements such as the open landscape and the old town centre of Zwolle are recurring elements in the design. Masonry surfaces are alternated with a coating of zinc, copper and titanium.


Project details: Developer: Isala Klinieken, Zwolle (NL) Architect: Alberts & Van Huut bv, Amsterdam (NL) Contractor: BAM Utiliteitsbouw, Bunnik (NL) Facing brick: Cameo project colour Area: 28,000 m²

Natural and sustainable The Isala hospital is a sustainable building. In the choice of materials, sustainability was the main focus after quality. Further important aspects include a long service life and low power consumption, together with brick facades and a combination of marmoleum, natural stone, bamboo, and PVC flooring. The Cameo rainbow brick was specially developed for Isala. Engobing allowed special colour effects. Engobes are pigments that mostly consist of clay minerals and oxides. In the kiln these engobes sinter to the surface. Depending on the light, they can create a subtle sheen and give brick façades additional distinction. Kingscourt Country Manor Bricks provide a large range of bricks, for more information contact us on 01 844 1200, email: info@kcmb.ie or visit www.kcmb.ie. Alternatively, visit our showrooms at Unit 26, Airways Industrial Estate, Santry, Dublin 17, D17 TH93


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he traits have been earned during a journey that started over forty years ago when the Belfast-based firm was established first as a traditional building supplies operation only to evolved into a supply chain partner of choice for major companies operating in a range of sectors, encompassing construction, engineering, off shore, oil and gas, bringing innovations in both products and processes in every sphere. A simple and defining philosophy has underpinned this growth. Know your customers, understand their needs in detail and meet those needs, not only with the products they ask for but also with innovative construction and engineering solutions which save time and add value to the build process. Ensuring compliance with legislation and enhancing safety at work were equally important to the Ridgeway business model and helped cement its reputation as a ‘go to’ destination for the best products, solutions and operating methods Today, the man at the helm is Stephen Kane. ‘Ridgeway has always focused on innovation. We were first to market in Northern Ireland with the introduction of a host of products and solutions for construction, for example, lightweight aluminium scaffolding, elevated work platforms, edge protection systems, temporary site fencing and demarcation, steel and GRP walkway solutions.”

“ridgeway has always focused on innovation. we were first to market in northern ireland with the introduction of a host of products and solutions for construction.” Always with an eye on innovation, it was Ridgeway that first launched architectural metal mesh, welded gabions for cladding and land and sea reinforcement, high security perimeter protection and airless paint spraying and pumping solutions to the market here.’ ‘Our core market sectors are continually developing and Ridgeway is instrumental in collaborating with manufactures and their customers for continuous improvement to solutions. This approach ensures we stay at the forefront of markets needs and expectations. “At the same time, we continue to lead the way in new market sectors for the company, such as aerospace, wind

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energy and sea defences.” Says Stephen. ‘We have built a strong team who know and understand our products and solutions, our ethos and our vision for the future. We all work together and have a lot of fun doing what we do, thriving on the success of our customers and their projects, with whom we work as key partner suppliers. The development and dedication of our loyal staff have been at the centre of our success, alongside our close customer support relationships. Stephen Kane is also a past chairman of the Northern Ireland Construction Group for Northern Ireland, which lobbies for the industry’s interests, felt strongly that his own company needed to continue to look outwards for growth. “The ability to seek work outside Northern Ireland has always been a driver for our major companies, who have shown that resilience and determination will lead to success, together with a dynamic and flexible supply chain mobilised to support them. Our construction and engineering industry’s capability and “get the job done” mentality has been central to our ability to deliver on the global stage and become more independent. Also an active board member in international trade bodies for rental (HAE Hire Association Europe) and mobile access equipment manufacturers (PASMA Prefabricated Access Suppliers and Manufacturers Association. Self-generating growth has been at the core of our business thinking and our push into new markets, both technologically and physically, is the next step in that philosophy.’ This is evident in the company’s seamless move from building supply to construction and infrastructure supply chain partners and onwards to embrace offshore renewals with green solutions demonstrates the remarkable commitment to innovation which is driven by doing things better, safer and faster for less over the whole lifetime of a project or product. www.irishconstruction.com


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MAC-INTERIORS HAS AN EVOLVED SERVICE OFFERING, BUT HIGH QUALITY FIT OUTS ARE STILL THE NAME OF THE GAME ,73=69=7=/56(7;<1*=:+8<0=$5694=3:,/78*=;47;=+79=.:280<0==*<759=7-:=;:' 68=;4<65=:+8=+:509'=3:89;523;'=5<9;:5<'=5<3:806;6:8=780=5</25/:9< 3:,,<53671=)261068-9=;:=<"3<<0=;4<=<"/<3;7;6:89=:.=316<8;9'=3:8921;78;9 780=9;7..=780=;:=2<9;6:8=780=6,/5:(<=2/:8=711=;47;=479=-:8<=)<.:5<& =

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andlords, commercial real estate agents, consultant project managers, cost consultants, asset managers and in general the occupiers of commercial office spaces have come to know mac over the last 15 years as a specialist interior fit out contractor. As the mac teams grew and advanced in skills and know-how, the contractor was awarded contracts of greater scale and complexity which encompassed civil and structural elements alongside their original area of specialty â&#x20AC;&#x201C; office fit out. As a clear evolution of the service offering was taking place, it became clear that a brand evolution was also needed to convey the broadening scope of this Irish firm. The business now has operations in Ireland, the UK and Northern Europe and plans to expand the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offering further with new large landlord refurbishments and new builds in Ireland and Britain. Major investments in the Irish and UK markets sets mac apart as a confident and expanding enterprise amid the uncertainty of Brexit. This confidence is built on the foundations of a turnover that is rapidly increasing year on year. Last year the company grew by 35% and forecasts for 2017 show a further 40% jump with turnover this year set to reach â&#x201A;Ź140 million. 2017 pipeline secured to date exceeds â&#x201A;Ź115 million and four million square feet of space to be delivered in the next two years. This growth is, in some part, fuelled by the shortage of Grade A office space in Dublin - mac-interiors recently handed over new working spaces to major clients such as Jazz Pharma , Fidelity International Limited FIL, Irish Life and Oracle.

last year the company grew by 35% and forecasts for 2017 show a further 40% jump with turnover this year set to reach â&#x201A;Ź140 million. Outside of Ireland, mac-interiors has bucked the trend and made substantial investments in the UK market just as the uncertainty surrounding Brexit causes others to hold back. Underpinning its commitment to the UK market, mac-interiors has invested in major new offices in Birmingham. This regional www.irishconstruction.com

office will service the Midlands including the urban centres of Birmingham, Bristol and Manchester giving mac a major footprint in the UK. The office has hired four new senior managers with over 50 years of local industry experience to quickly establish the firm as a major contractor within the UK market. Projects in Bristol and Stoke have already been secured. Commenting on the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s continued success, Paul McKenna, mac-group MD, said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are pushing hard to build profitability and growth by providing high quality interior fitouts in our target markets. We are continuing to develop our capacity, reach and expertise to execute this vision. Beyond this, we have sought to expand the services we offer, ranging from large landlord refurbishments to new build developments both in Ireland and the UK. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a very exciting time with the evolution of our service offerings.â&#x20AC;? mac has received several endorsements for its high standards. Oracleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Block Bâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; development, delivered by macinteriors, was certified LEED Platinum in 2016 - the only such accreditation in Ireland last year. 20% of all the LEED qualified professionals in Ireland are mac employees. Last year, macinteriors was awarded â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fit-Out Contractor of the Yearâ&#x20AC;? in the Annual Fit-Out Awards. The company was listed 29th out of 100 in the 2016 UK Investec Fastest Growing Mid-Market Companies and is a Deloitte Gold Standard Best Managed Company. Financial Times ranked mac number 487 in Europeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fastest Growing Companies Index, the FT 1000. for more: www.mac-group.com May/June 2017

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