Building Services News l May/June 2016
Sean Gallagher, Facilitator on the day with Sean Downey, Director, CIF; Dr Kevin Kelly, Head of School of Multidisciplinary Technologies, DIT; Carole Pollard, President, RIAI; David Corrigan, Managing Director, AxisEng; David Doherty, Business Development Director, T Bourke & Co; and Enda Gilroy, Project Engineer/Energy Consultant, Electric Ireland.
Construction Dream Team Debate An engineers view of the outcome
The Radisson Blu Royal Hotel in the centre of Dublin was the scene for CIBSE Ireland’s latest Breakfast Brieﬁng. From 7am people began gathering for a unique construction debate entitled “The Construction Dream Team”. This was the ﬁrst collaborative all-industry event hosted by CIBSE Ireland in a unique, studio-like, setting.
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A panel of industry experts including Sean Downey, CIF, Carole Pollard, RIAI, David Corrigan, ACEI and CIBSE and Dr Kevin Kelly, DIT and CIBSE made up the representative team with the audience encouraged to become the ﬁfth panel member by David Doherty, Chairman CIBSE Ireland in his opening address. The event facilitator was entrepreneur and Dragons Den panellist Sean Gallagher. Because of his experience in, and knowledge of, the sector, he also played an active role in the debate. The panel discussed stimulating topics from sustainability through to the
challenges posed by industry growth. The Construction Contracts Act was also analysed and debated. Each speaker laid out their views from their respective institutions before moderator, Sean Gallagher, challenged them on topics and ideas. Issues raised included labour shortages, failure to get students to enter the sector, and the cost of capital for projects. Towards the end of the brieﬁng an enthusiastic Q&A session from the audience followed. As a follow-through to the event Building Services News asked one delegate, David Regan, Engineering Associate with BDP and CIBSE Ireland CPD Coordinator, to give his impressions of the outcome. His report is as follows. I attended this breakfast debate to see for myself how alike, or perhaps not, the views of the different construction disciplines are, to see what we’ve learnt, and what direction we should be taking to ensure a sustained and stable industry going forward.
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