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Contract signed for Ennis Flood Relief Works


Ennis Town Council has signed a contract with Ward & Burke Construction for flood relief works to be carried out in the Watery Road/Elm Park area of the town. The need for flood alleviation works to be carried out at Watery Road, Elm Park and Oakwood Drive was identified in the Ennis Main Drainage & Flood Study Preliminary Report. The area experienced serious flooding in November 2009. The e307,000 project is being financed primarily by the Office of Public Works (OPW) under the Minor Flood Mitigation Works & Coastal Protection Scheme, with additional

funding coming from Clare Local Authorities. Welcoming the contract signing, Mayor of Ennis Cllr Peter Considine stated: “I would like to compliment Clare Local Authorities for their ongoing efforts to improve flood defences throughout Ennis, particularly in those areas that were badly affected by severe flooding in late 2009. I look forward to these works being completed, which will be very much welcomed by the residents of Watery Road, Oakwood Drive and Elm Park.” Eamon O’Dea, Senior Executive Engineer, Ennis Town Council explained that the contract between the Council and Ward &

Burke Construction involves the construction of 400 metres of new river embankment and a pump station. He said: “There will be minimal disruption to vehicular traffic during the construction period as the works will be carried out on lands adjacent to the River Fergus.” Meanwhile, Mr O’Dea confirmed that the OPW is expected to announce the awarding of a contract for the River Fergus Lower (Ennis) Drainage Scheme, from Bank Place Bridge to Doora Bridge, in the coming weeks.


City officials convene in Dublin to tackle urban poverty challenges at UN Forum Mayors and other senior municipals authorities from more than 100 cities will convene in Dublin to discuss, debate and deliberate solutions to growing urban poverty challenges made more severe by the current economic crisis. The cities include those from across Europe, but also from as far away as Ankara, Abeokuta and Addis Ababa to Beijing, Banjul, Cairo and Khartoum. The World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty (WACAP) is a network of more than 900 cities working together to confront development challenges collectively. It was started by the United Nations Development Programme in 1996 following the Second United Nations Conference on Human Settlements. The Dublin Forum is the eighth summit of city leaders. The Alliance supports its member cities to mobilise individuals, governments, and all sectors of society to confront the many challenges of urban poverty and to share successes, and failures, with other cities. Hundreds of best practices in reducing urban poverty will be presented at WACAP8. Cities from across Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas will attend the Forum. For example, the City of Edmonton, Alberta will present how it eliminated the need for a garbage dump through aggressive composting and recycling programs. UNICEF, UN-HABITAT and UN Women will bring city delegates from Port Moresby, Quito, Kigali, New Delhi and Cairo to showcase their “Safe Cities Free of Violence against Women and Girls” initiative. UN WOMEN Executive Director Michelle Bachelet said that no city could be considered safe, smart or sustainable unless half of its population, women and girls, could enjoy public spaces without the fear of violence: “Working with municipal leaders, WACAP8 can help ensure that women, youth and children are safe to fully enjoy the many opportunities that cities offer.”

Aspen Grove Solutions announce 20 new jobs in further expansion Aspen Grove Solutions, an innovative and exciting global company with offices in Kerry, UK and the US, has just revealed details of their expansion. Having unveiled their newly designed website (, Aspen Grove Solutions has announced that they are recruiting another 20 high end technical and management positions. These positions, within the development; project management; business analyst and QA teams, provide an excellent opportunity for career advancement in this award winning company. Of the announcement, Sean Ryan, CEO of Aspen Grove Solutions, said: “Aspen Grove Solutions is a world class enterprise property software solutions provider and our new branding reflects this. These new positions are to support our continuing growth and expansion in global markets. “Since 2008 the Company has more than tripled revenues, has been profitable every year and the combined team member head

count now will be over 100 in 2013. We are looking forward to continued growth into the future”. Jimmy Deenihan, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, said “This is a major development and is very positive for Kerry and the wider region. I’m delighted to see this innovative company go from strength to strength, and I welcome the announcement of these new high end technical and managerial jobs. Helping to create more jobs is a top government priority, and today’s announcement from Aspen Grove Solutions is another important step on this path.” Aspen Grove Solutions provide world class innovative, enterprise property software, delivering high speed to value for their clients. Their software solutions apply simplicity and process to the management of properties, vendors and third party suppliers in the areas of distressed assets, commercial construction, energy consumption or multi-location inspections and mobile field services.

Dublin City Council leading the way in sustainability cooperation with The Green IFSC and The Green Way, which seek to position Dublin and Ireland as a leading location for green finance and enterprise. There is a global shift towards a greener economy and Dublin is well placed to be at the forefront of this.” Mark Bennett, Green Business Officer in Dublin City Council, said: “These reports are intended to give people the information they need to understand the opportunities and challenges facing the city, and to get involved in addressing them.” The Sustainability Report is available at  (Part A) and the Indicators Report at  (Part B). These reports outline a vision for sustainability in the city and also provide the data for evidence based decision making.


Dublin City Council today launched its third annual Sustainability Report showing the steps the Council are taking in the city to improve its performance on issues of energy, transport, waste, water, air, biodiversity, society and economy. It outlines the approaches the City Council takes to sustainability and lists key initiatives and flagship projects underway. The report includes data on key performance indicators across ten themes ranging from health and wellbeing to innovation and education. Lord Mayor Naoise O’Muirí said: “We are all tasked with the responsibility of protecting and maintaining the planet and it is our responsibility to lead the way in our own city.” The City Manager, John Tierney, said: “This report outlines our flagship projects in

CITB-ConstructionSkills NI, what we can do for you The past year has been another difficult one for the construction industry, as an Industry Training Board and Sector Skills Council we are working hard to help employers train, upskill and prepare for the upturn.

individuals have been trained in areas such as Pre Qualification Questionnaires, Sustainable Construction, Business Improvement and basic estimating from all sizes of employers throughout the industry.

CITB-ConstructionSkills NI, along with key industry partners and Government sponsors (DEL), are working together to find ways of ensuring we maintain a skilled and qualified workforce both now and for the future so that we are ready to take advantage of new investment opportunities and in the long term the economic upturn.

This way of working takes into account the current economic climate, ensures we support the industry by working with employers, for employers and fully embraces our remit of encouraging training in the industry. The training is demand led and the federations and industry bodies have been proactive in applying for funding to help meet the training needs of their members which in turn benefits the overall industry.

Training Grants The CITB-ConstructionSkills NI Grant Scheme forms a key element of the provision for businesses and offers an economic incentive to train and have a positive impact on the industry. The variety of grants available is indicative of the diversity of the construction industry and covers key initiatives such as qualifying existing workers, improving health and safety, and training new recruits, underlining the fact that all areas of industry can be improved by investment in training. To enhance the training routinely carried out by employers in the industry, CITB-ConstructionSkills NI are working in direct partnership with federations and industry bodies to directly fund demand led training of strategic importance to the industry. This scheme, titled ‘Tier 2’, is essentially a more proactive and flexible way of working in partnership with the industry to react and meet the ever changing demands it faces in delivering the needs of its clients. Since the inception of the scheme, over 500

Qualifying the Existing Workforce In an exciting initiative to enhance the skills of the construction industry, CITB-ConstructionSkills NI, the Department for Employment and Learning (DEL) and the Joint Council for the Building & Civil Engineering Industry are working in partnership to train 500 currently unqualified, experienced and employed construction workers to NVQ Level 2. This aims to give NI construction employers a commercial advantage through being able to offer delivery to clients through a workforce that can evidence their competence through assessed and recognised qualifications. Speaking at the launch, Dr Stephen Farry, Minister, Employment and Learning said, “It is vital that employers and staff train through these challenging economic times and this is particularly important for construction. Through this project we will help upskill those working in this sector ensuring we have a better skilled workforce which will assist to drive this industry and our economy forward.

Mobile Training Unit Our Mobile Training Unit (MTU) provides a convenient way of meeting training requirements with minimum disruption to site work. The unit travels across Northern Ireland delivering short duration health and safety courses such as confined spaces, excavations, manual handling and working at heights encouraging the industry to build safely. Free to all registered in-scope employers the MTU can be booked in advance. Undergraduate Development Programme To work in the construction industry you need to be equipped with specific skills and information that relate to the workplace. CITB-ConstructionSkills Northern Ireland offers a FREE Undergraduate Development Programme for construction and built environment students currently on their placement year. The programme lasts 10 days and covers key areas of Core Management Skills, Craft awareness, Team Building and Health and Safety. Training is delivered by high class trainers, combines theory and practice which supports the underpinning knowledge in preparation for entry into the industry. For more information log onto or telephone 028 9082 5466 to speak to a member of our Training Operations Support Team.

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Farry celebrates Cedar Foundation success


Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry attended a Celebration of Achievement event held by The Cedar Foundation. Funded by the Department for Employment and Learning (DEL) and the European Social Fund (ESF), The Cedar Foundation’s Vocational and Employability Service Programme aims to improve the employability of people with disabilities by reducing or removing their personal barriers to employment. The event held at the Clandeboye Estate, Bangor recognises the recent achievements of its local users and the continuing

development of staff. Speaking at the event, Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry said: “This Celebration of Achievement recognises the work that is being undertaken by The Cedar Foundation and provides an opportunity to congratulate the participants on their successes. “The programme provides participants with relevant training, support, assistance, advice and guidance that will enhance their future training and employment opportunities. It also strengthens participants’ confidence, and helps create the conditions where participants can fulfil their potential.

“I congratulate The Cedar Foundation and its partners across the private and public sectors for the vitally important work they provide.” The Vocational and Employability Service Programme will receive funding of up to £3.4M from DEL and the ESF over the period 1 April 2011 – 31 March 2014. Stephen Mathews, Chief Executive of Cedar said: “I am delighted that the Minister could join us today in celebrating our achievements. I would like to thank him for presenting awards on our behalf and for the long and successful partnership between Cedar and the Department for Employment and Learning.”

RTPI Ireland has inaugurated Marion Chalmers and Dr Berna Grist as Chair and Vice Chair respectively for 2013. With a membership of 23,000 professional planners, the RTPI is Europe’s leading planning body for spatial, sustainable and inclusive planning. The RTPI provides an authoritative voice for members to promote professional standards. New Chair, Marion Chalmers set as her objective for the year the promotion of the role professional planners can and should have in planning for economic recovery. On her inauguration, Marion said: “I don’t underestimate the challenge that the government or the planning profession faces. The economy remains vulnerable and planners, politicians, communities and the development sector all need to continue to be realistic about what can be achieved with less. In practical terms, a critical objective must be that planners need to ensure that development projects are viable. A key initiative of RTPI Ireland over the coming year will be to promote the framework for this to be achieved.” This emphasis reflects the thrust of Marion’s professional experience from her work in research, local government and consultancy in Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales. Although a multidisciplinary consultant, she has become best known as one of the leading retail planners in Ireland. Marion was founding Managing Director of DTZ Pieda Consulting Ireland and Strategy Director in Declan Brassil and Company Limited before establishing her own company in Dublin, MRC Planning & Economics Limited. The Vice Chair, Dr Grist, is a Senior Lecturer in Planning & Environmental Policy at University College Dublin and is also on the Board of the National Transport Authority.  She is both a barrister and Chartered Town Planner and a former Board Member of An Bord Pleanála and the Dublin Docklands Development Authority.

Jimmy Deenihan, TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, accompanied by Dr. Olive Braiden, Chair of the Board of the National Gallery of Ireland, has announced that a multi-million euro refurbishment of the National Gallery of Ireland will be completed over the next three years. The announcement will mean: ••A comprehensive refurbishment of the historic core of the National Gallery, the Dargan and Milltown wings. ••The installation of 21st century climate, heating, fire suppression, electrical, lighting and security systems. ••The reopening of Victorian features and spaces within the building previously unseen by the public. ••The conversion of spaces between the wings for public use and as exhibition spaces to include the provision of a sculpture court. ••The protection and preservation of the building itself. When work is completed the National Gallery of Ireland will be equipped as a world leading gallery space, meeting the international standards for the exhibition of both its own collections and visiting artworks from other important collections.  The project is expected to generate approximately 300 full-time construction and specialist jobs. In the region of e20M will be spent on the project between 2013 and 2015.  Minister Deenihan commented: “This is the


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Refurbishment of the National Gallery of Ireland to take place single largest transformation at the National Gallery of Ireland in 150 years. I am delighted to announce this extensive refurbishment, which will deliver both a world leading national gallery and also generate 300 fulltime construction and specialist skills jobs. “I would like to thank my colleague, Minister for Public Expenditure, Brendan Howlin TD, for recognising the national and international importance of the National Gallery of Ireland and for providing funding to allow this project to proceed. “This project marks a rebirth for the historic Dargan and Milltown Wings and will safeguard these historic buildings, and the priceless works of art that they hold, for future generations.” Dr. Olive Braiden, Chair of the Board of the National Gallery of Ireland, commented:  “Arts and cultural heritage are our greatest assets and an important natural resource of the Irish people. It is fitting that the fabric of these historic buildings be upgraded to world class gallery standards. I want to acknowledge the tremendous commitment of the government to the National Gallery of Ireland in providing the core funding for this essential refurbishment.”  Tenders for the completion of the refurbishment works are currently being drafted and will be issued to the market as soon as possible. It is envisaged that the entire programme of works will be completed in 2015.

Backin’ Belfast campaign receives £400,000 boost Mayor and party group leaders, paid tribute to her fellow councillors for the way in which they showed great leadership in instigating a process that led to the development of the Backin’ Belfast campaign. Cllr Hargey, in her role as Chairman of the SP&R committee, said: “We have listened to the voices that jobs and livelihoods were on the line and no one is aware more than Belfast City Council of the importance of supporting our businesses, not only for the good of the city, but as the key economic driver for the entire region.”


The Backin’ Belfast campaign, aimed at supporting hard hit businesses across the city, received a major boost when Belfast City Council’s Strategic Policy and Resources Committee agreed to provide £400,000, taking the total committed to £1.5M. With the Northern Ireland Executive recently pledging £600,000, it means the campaign, which has attracted unprecedented support across the community, has a £1M fund to encourage citizens back into the city for socialising and shopping and begin to restore Belfast’s international image as a world class place to visit.  And the businesses themselves have also stepped up to the plate with offers and initiatives in excess of £500,000 already committed with the expectation that figure will continue to rise.  The Council will contribute £150,000 towards the promotion and marketing effort and a further £250,000 towards the animation of the city, with the promise of circus performers, musicians, dancers, street entertainers, mobile mini zoos and lots of other family fun at indoor and outdoor venues throughout the city.  Making the announcement Councillor Deirdre Hargey, accompanied by the Lord

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Conor Hughes, Turley Associates The social housing sector remains the largest and most tangible expression of new build activity in the Northern Ireland housing market and housing associations have made a significant contribution in sustaining our local construction industry. There continues to be a significant demand in Northern Ireland for social housing, which translates into a new build programme of 4,600 residential units over a three-year period from 2012 to 2015. These units will be built in areas of high housing need where the Northern Ireland Housing Executive has a significant waiting list. The target for new build starts for the 2013-2014 financial year is 1,275 residential units. Housing associations compete on the open market for land. Developing brownfield and other complex sites with challenging physical constraints creates risks in terms of balancing the purchase and development lands costs against local housing need requirements. Housing associations are now acutely aware of the hidden impacts of developing such sites. Below ground contamination, ecological constraints, the retention of trees protected by tree preservation orders and the need to provide off site infrastructure improvements are being factored into development appraisals at an earlier stage. The need to understand physical constraints and how they impact on housing density is key to delivering new build housing schemes on target and in budget. The planning process has been, and still remains, a significant hurdle in the cycle of securing on site starts before the close of the financial year. Early engagement and intervention is critical to a successful planning outcome. Delays in the consultation process, third party objections, and over ambitious layouts and inefficient design are all contributing factors to increasing the risk of missing the 31 March deadline for funding applications. Pending welfare reforms in April 2013 will also impact on how housing associations develop sites in the future. Housing benefit

will no longer be fixed and tenants will have to make up a shortfall in rent where the accommodation is not matched to the size of the household. Provision is now being made by associations for the impacts of welfare reform as it is envisaged that the demand for onebedroom apartments and two-bedroom houses will increase with an aging population structure and a trend to smaller household sizes. This is an interesting development as this is likely to increase densities on sites in the future and make apartments a common feature of social housing schemes. This throws up a new set of challenges for project teams tasked by housing associations to deliver new build schemes. Innovative design will be required to strike a balance between the desire for social housing to be delivered to the highest standards of code and to meet the demands by government to cut the housing benefit bill. DoE Planning will have to become more acutely aware of its place in the development cycle and there is a question of whether the deign guidance contained in the Creating Places document is still fit for purpose. It does not take account of the latest thinking on sustainable development and the recommended space standards are too rigid for modern design requirements. Turley Associates has been advising clients in the social housing sector on devising planning strategies for delivering projects, supporting design teams in unlocking difficult and protracted planning applications, negotiating with key stakeholders in the planning process and managing objections. We also discharge planning conditions and provide post application planning advice. Conor Hughes is a Director in the Belfast office of Turley Associates. He can be reached be email For further information visit

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Overheating: An issue on the rise in housebuilding Neil Smith, Group Research and Innovation Manager, NHBC ventilation of communal areas and service voids is causing some areas to overheat. Previous assessments of, and existing research into, overheating in homes often make the assumption that opening windows is enough to counter this build up of heat. The government’s Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) – applied uniformly across the housing stock and throughout the UK – also makes equally simplistic assumptions about ventilation and its effect on reducing overheating. Unfortunately, in practice this may not be the case, with window opening simply not an available option to homeowners in some urban locations due to security and noise concerns. As such more needs to be done to consider ways to counter the problem and, given the complexity of the issue, the whole industry will need to take action. Steps to mitigate overheating will need to be introduced at both the planning and the building stages of development to avoid occupants taking measures into their own hands, like installing air conditioning units into their homes; which would undermine the zero carbon homes objective. One of the most pressing issues at the moment for tackling problem, however, is the lack of a universal definition of overheating and clear national thresholds. More also needs to be done in researching the impact and health concerns of the issue. By setting accurate thresholds and parameters planners, designers and authorities will be enabled to tackle overheating more effectively whilst continuing in the drive for more energy efficient homes. Left unaddressed, however, and the potential risk to occupant health could escalate. There is also an education exercise required to ensure occupants understand and participate in reducing heat build up in their own homes. Educating occupants about appropriate ventilation and cooling methods, for example using curtains or

shutters during the warmest part of the day to keep out the sun while windows remain open is one example of the behaviour change required. In summary, overheating is a growing concern that needs to be better understood. Having guidelines and universally accepted parameters for the industry to follow would help to move the industry in the right direction but without aligning this to greater education on the ground, new homes risk growing ever warmer. E:


Until now, the majority of UK homes have not given cause for concern with regards to overheating, with temperatures inside remaining acceptable for homeowners even when outdoor temperatures peak. However today, with a new generation of highly insulated homes and greater weather extremes, the phenomenon of overheating in new homes is of increasing concern. Alongside the practical guidance issued last year – Understanding overheating: where to start - NHBC Foundation’s latest report Overheating in New Homes: a review of the evidence addresses this issue further and concludes that, as the government’s 2016 zero carbon target nears, overheating in residential property needs to be better understood by the industry. Overheating occurs when homes struggle to expel built up heat from external and internal heat gains and is not an issue only confined to the summer months. As new homes are built to constantly higher levels of insulation and airtightness for ever greater energy efficiency, overheating is on the rise. At present, the number of reported cases of overheating in existing homes is still relatively low when considered in the context of the size of the UK housing stock. However, there is no denying that enhanced specifications, higher standards of airtightness and increased thermal insulation in new homes are in some instances causing indoor temperatures to reach uncomfortable levels. Our research has found that some energy efficiency measures can actually contribute to the risk. For example, there is evidence of increased overheating in dwellings served by communal heating systems, indicating that the design and installation of systems require special attention. In some instances the levels of pipework insulation required to adhere with Building Regulations is insufficient to effectively minimise heat gain and this coupled with a lack of effective


Cut the Carbon: Two years on


Mark Farrar, Chief Executive CITB-ConstructionSkills Mark Farrar, Chief Executive of CITBConstructionSkills looks back over the two years since the launch of the Cut the Carbon Campaign. He explains the progress that has been made to bridge the low carbon skills gap, and the action that is still needed. October 2010 marked the launch of CITBConstructionSkills’ Cut the Carbon campaign aimed at helping small and medium sized construction businesses (SMEs) prepare for low carbon work opportunities by getting the right skills and training. The need for the campaign was highlighted by a survey of clients in 2010 which revealed that almost half of SMEs had a poor understanding of low carbon. Since then, the industry in general and SMEs in particular have made significant progress towards bridging the skills gap that had threatened the industry’s move towards low carbon excellence. Nonetheless, like the rest of the construction industry, smaller firms are finding it difficult to survive in the current economic climate. A report by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) in October 2012 found that just 18% of firms expected an increase in workloads in the coming quarter. The availability of low carbon work through the government’s Green Deal from early 2013 could provide an important lifeline. The first objective of the Cut the Carbon campaign was to raise awareness of the need for low carbon skills amongst SMEs - and highlight the opportunities that low carbon has to offer. Various initiatives have the potential for creating future work for SMEs - including Green Deal, Renewable Heat Incentives and the government’s pledge to reduce carbon emissions by 80% by 2050 – the trick will now be to make the most of these opportunities. Through training schemes and funding, more SMEs than ever before are looking to gain the necessary low carbon qualifications and experience. But while progress so far has been good, there is still some way to go before the UK has the strength and depth it needs to underpin an established low carbon construction industry. While SMEs are starting to see the importance of low carbon to the future of construction – and a number of industry events, such as iNet, have specifically targeted SMEs on the topic of sustainability, it is important that they learn from the

experience of those firms which have already taken action to gain the right skills and training. Abergavenny-based Red Builders, for example, provide all aspects of the construction trades from the foundations of a building through to secondary fixings and have realised the importance of low carbon skills to taking advantage of work opportunities. Red Builders’ employees have undertaken the External Wall Insulation and Sustainable Construction courses as part of the Delivering Low Carbon Skills project. The Delivering Low Carbon Skills project is just one of a number of schemes that have become available in the last few years, and the support for SMEs from government and industry is much more advanced than at the beginning of our campaign in 2010. Earlier this month, Energy Secretary Ed Davey reiterated the importance of low carbon skills and training at the opening of The Power Assessment and Training Centre in Carshalton. Also, following a contribution of £500,000 to low carbon qualification from CITBConstructionSkills, the government has pledged a further £2M, further proving the government’s continued support for the low carbon agenda. While this all represents positive progress towards narrowing the low carbon skills gap, there is still work to be done. As SMEs awareness of low carbon has increased, the Cut the Carbon campaign has also evolved to support SMEs through specific courses and training. The response from SMEs to CITB-ConstructionSkills’ low carbon seminars has been strong. We recognise the importance of ensuring that all SMEs have easy access to training and qualifications and together with the National Construction College (NCC) and other institutions we are working to ensure that training and development can be provided without massive disruption to businesses. Information on what is available is available at Looking forward, the opportunities for SMEs are crystal clear. The work will be there and there will be money to be made for the best prepared firms. A skilled workforce able to carry out quality work will boost customer confidence and drive up demand. My message to SME’s is to invest in developing

new skills to reap the rewards low carbon has to offer. The Cut the Carbon campaign was launched in October 2010 by a partnership between CITB-ConstructionSkills, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) and the National Specialist Contractors Council (NSCC). The Cut the Carbon portal -www.cskills. org/cutcarbon- gives information on the Green Deal as well as advice and guidance on taking advantage of low carbon opportunities, details of training and qualifications and the latest information on policy and legislative changes. T: 0344 994 4400

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Green Deal or no deal? Keith Riddle, Managing Director of VELUX provider Npower has already sounded a warning that it could lessen interest. Instead, homeowners might be tempted by some of the innovative new products coming onto the market from lenders which offer competitive rates to cover the costs of energy efficiency improvements. One bank is currently offering an interest rate of just 1.54% for a maximum £20,000 loan which can be spent on a long list of 15 different improvements including double glazing, ground and air source heat pumps and solar water heating. It is schemes like this that the Green Deal will be up against. Of course, buyers of new homes will benefit from immediate carbon and cost savings, thanks to them being built to higher standards and incorporating a range of new energy saving features. This includes the Glazebrook family who recently moved into the four bedroom house at our CarbonLight Homes project for a 15-month period and will test the property’s carbon neutral credentials. Project architects HTA will manage the study which will test to see if the homes perform as expected at the design stage once occupied. The findings will be released to the industry on a quarterly basis with the first results made available to the industry in April. Data collected during the course of the study will include a DomEarm study, thermal imagery surveys and energy report snapshots and will be supplemented by the findings from a quarterly, qualitative survey with the test family. We have high hopes for the homes with early findings suggesting that they have achieved an average 7.5% daylight factor (DF), significantly more than the average 5% DF they were designed to achieve. Our

warts and all approach to the findings, we hope, will help usher in a new chapter for UK housebuilding which judges a homes’ sustainability credentials on how it performs in real life conditions and which takes into account occupant feedback.

Keith Riddle


Like many others I’ve devoted a lot of time to talking about the government’s flagship energy efficiency policy, the Green Deal, and since last writing the scheme has finally launched. But, to applause or criticism? Early take-up has been far from convincing with just a handful of households said to have seized the opportunity to make energy efficiency improvements to their home for free. Demand is set to pick up, however, as homeowners familiarise themselves with the scheme and it has received resounding support from some corners. The National Landlords Association (NLA) has called for all residential landlords to familiarise themselves with the Green Deal and begin making energy efficiency improvements to their property. While we are in support of homeowners and landlords ‘greening’ their homes – reducing its carbon emissions and energy bills - it is imperative that homeowners and landlords, with the help of a Green Deal assessor, properly consider the impact any new energy efficiency measures will have on the occupants. For example, adequate ventilation should always be considered alongside cavity, solid wall and loft insulation to ensure a comfortable and healthy indoor environment. Compelling landlords to make changes, we fear, could result in some hasty decisions which may in the long run damage, not improve, the sustainability of our homes. Another sticking point is the 7% interest rate charged on Green Deal loans. This is less than the predicted rate of 8% but still not competitive enough to encourage homeowners to consider and scheme


Strathearn School


A new and dynamic identity for a highly respected school Strathearn School’s major redevelopment programme is continuing to make great progress ready for its final completion in summer 2014. Occupying a suburban site on the edge of Belfast in a parkland setting, the project is providing an extensive rebuild, undertaken over three main phases, with only the sports hall and technology blocks being retained. New sporting facilities completed include a fitness suite, additional external changing rooms, synthetic and all weather hockey pitches together with athletics facilities. Also completed is Phase I, providing 26 general classrooms and eight science laboratories. This year will see work complete on four tennis courts, and an extension to the technology block and new school meals restaurant will be open in September 2013. The remainder of Phase II includes art, business studies and home economics classrooms, administration offices, a library, assembly hall, additionally gym and music, drama and ICT studies rooms. These will be completed next year. Strathearn is a grammar school that is attended by 770 girls aged 11-18 and work commenced in March 2011, eight years after the Department of Education approved the building of a new school on this site. The development will provide 10,100sq m of new school and a 1,600sq m refurbishment involving demolition of some of the remaining buildings on the existing campus. An essential part of the scheme was the purchase of some land from the adjacent

Belmont Park from Belfast City Council for community are aware of the site progress. the purpose of providing sporting facilities Work is being carried out with positive for both school and community use. consideration to the needs of local residents, In addition, a geothermal horizontal heating pupils, teachers, local businesses and the loop has been installed under the hockey general public in mind. pitches, ensuring that the primary source Designed by Samuel Stevenson & Son, of heating for the whole of the school Strathearn School has benefited from the will be environmentally friendly. Other very best in architectural services. environmental features include rainwater The Main Contractor on site is McLaughlin harvesting and the use of solar water & Harvey, and the whole project will be heating panels. completed in September 2014. The new facility is a steel frame, with composite insulated panel roof that is finished with concrete roof tiles. It has brick cavity walls, and some zinc cladding. Site works also include the provision of new roads and car parking, and issues that are being addressed throughout development include environmental management and monitoring of noise, dust and vibration levels on site to minimise disruption during term time for staff, pupils and neighbours. Earthworks & Drainage Contractor Other considerations Specialising in: include tree protection ● Building & Civil Engineering Contracts and planting, traffic ● Earthworks & Drainage ● Concrete work, Kerbing & Paving management of ● Rock Breaking ● Plant Hire all construction 172 Glenshesk Road, Armoy, Ballymoney, BT53 8RL traffic and the Tel: 028 2075 2002 Mobile: 07711 874 782 provision of proactive Email: communications Web: to ensure the local


Old Bushmills Warehouse Distilling whiskey in the area for 400 years Part of the Old Bushmills Distillery, a new development recently completed has seen three new warehouses constructed that hold 20,000 barrels each. Bushmills Irish Whiskey is made at Ireland’s oldest distillery in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. The brand portfolio includes five award-winning whiskeys – Bushmills, Black Bush, Bushmills 10-year Malt, 16-year Malt and 21-year Malt. It is the only distillery in Ireland to make tripledistilled malt whiskey. This is at the heart of all Bushmills whiskeys and creates a unique combination of smoothness and richness. Before construction could begin, 60,000cu m of soil had to be removed from the site that is contained within a conservation area, in close proximity to the landmark Giants Causeway. Comprising of a floor area of 5,700sq m, the site was levelled off for construction and the warehouses are steel frame structures with aluminium sheeting. Blockwork fire walls

separate the three cells and the roof is a pitched aluminium sheeting. The single-storey development has a concrete floor, a disabled toilet, security in the form of CCTV cameras on the exterior of the building to cover the doors, and a sprinkler system is installed. Banks surround the warehouse and trees will be planted for landscaping, once the planning constraints on landscaping have been resolved. The Main Contractor on the project is McLaughlin & Harvey – a building and civil engineering contractor that has combined traditional values and experience with an advanced, innovative approach. Operating throughout Great Britain and Ireland, the Company delivers quality construction projects and consistently achieves excellence. McLaughlin & Harvey has a strong commitment and reputation for delivering quality cost effective solutions for clients within a safe, considerate



working environment. Another key member of the team that delivered this project was the Architect, R Robinson & Sons Ltd, an established chartered architects and civil engineers firm in Northern Ireland with over 90 years of experience, specialising in architectural design, structural and civil engineering works. In 2008, Bushmills celebrated the 400th anniversary of the original license to distil whiskey, granted to the Bushmills area in 1608. This occasion was marked with the release of a limited edition Irish whiskey of exceptional smoothness – Bushmills 1608. Bushmills Irish Whiskey is owned by Diageo, the world’s leading premium drinks business. With its global vision and local marketing focus, Diageo brings to consumers an outstanding collection of beverage alcohol brands across spirits, wine and beer. Work on the project started in April 2012 and was completed in February 2013.

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Procap Manufacturing & Warehouse Facility


Construction of a large industrial manufacturing and warehousing facility for Procap, a major player in the European precision cap market, and in Ireland producing for the dairy, liquid and other markets, was completed at the end of last year. The facility at Greystones, Co Wicklow, encompasses a manufacturing and production area, and the building is ideal as a warehousing facility for intake and dispatch of products, while there is an office and administration area at ground and first floor level, together with associated roads, parking areas, turning yards, landscaping, underground services such as sewers, surface water sewers, watermains, power and communication lines, public lighting and all associated site works. Capacity of the new facility has initially been

set to 8,500sq m, but the Company will have the option of adding production halls if the business grows. The primary manufacturing process to be carried out within the new facility is the production of plastic caps and closures for the food, health, beauty, and chemical industries through injection moulding technology. External plastic pellet silos are sited to the rear of the building, with access via roadways for the easy and clean delivery of the raw pellet material. The plastic pellet material is delivered to the internal manufacturing areas via specialist distribution equipment through delivery lines, internal drying equipment and vacuum plant. The plastic pellet material is delivered directly into the collection hoppers of the injection moulding machines laid out across the production floors where the automated

process produces the finished product. This is packaged locally at each machine. The packaged product is then delivered by conveyor and other internal systems to a paletted warehouse and control areas to be stored within a high bay racking for quality control and shipping. Through the new facility, Procap utilise thin-wall injection technology, which is a low consumer of raw materials. The Company is also exploring the potential of materials that are easy to recycle, or that are biodegradable. The Main Contractor for the project was Bennett Construction and the building was designed by OCA Architects. Work was completed at the end of 2012, which has also resulted in the retention and expansion of the trained workforce, providing more jobs for local people.


The Heathers Supported Housing Scheme for Oaklee Housing Group May will see the final completion of work at the Heathers Supported Housing Scheme, providing new and refurbished facilities for residents, on behalf of Oaklee Homes Group. Formed in 1992, Oaklee Homes Group provides approximately 4,500 affordable homes throughout Northern Ireland, for both families, single people and those with special housing needs. Many homes are sheltered schemes for older people and also supported schemes for people with disabilities, young people needing care, or for other vulnerable people. In Oaklee’s supported schemes, care and support is provided in relation to individual needs. Oaklee is a not-for-profit organisation that is registered with the Department of Social Development for Northern Ireland. The Association works closely with the Northern Ireland Housing Executive in the development of new housing schemes to meet the housing needs across the province. A board of management is responsible for how the Association operates. A Chief Executive is responsible to the board for ensuring that its decisions and policies are carried out. Oaklee has been very active in reducing the

amount of energy used at its properties so that tenants will save money. Energy efficiency measures will help many who may be in fuel poverty and also keep homes more affordable to run. At the opening of one of Oaklee’s latest schemes, Minister McCausland said: “The developers of this innovative housing scheme have gone the extra mile to ensure that tenants will benefit from real savings in their heating and lighting bills.” Oaklee’s latest development on Ballynahonemore Road in Armagh is a new five-bedroom bungalow, as well as the refurbishment of the existing building on site in order to provide ensuite bathrooms and individual bedrooms and to subdivide the existing buildings into two separate smaller households as recommended under the Bamford Review. This has become a necessity after the findings of the Bamford Review said no more than five people should be living in one household. The bungalow is located at the back of the existing building, with approximately 20 metres between them. It was built on a grass area that was not occupied. It is built to Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3, and there is office accommodation

in both units. Some residents’ quarters have increased levels of sound insulation, and a drywall retaining wall along the northern perimeter has been used to speed up construction in order to help meet the project programme. Residents have been completely decanted off site to ensure that they experience no disruption while work is in progress. As a result, Oaklee has also bought some houses to which some residents have been permanently decanted. The new bungalow is for people who are coming out of long stays in hospitals, and this development will allow them to live more independently within the community. The greatest challenge has been ensuring that work is completed within the specified timeframe, because in order to secure revenues for the scheme, it has been necessary to have the first phase completed by the end of March 2013. Due to the endeavours of all concerned this timeframe will be met. The Architect is Harry Rolston Architect Ltd and the Main Contractor is Cunningham Contracts. The total cost of work is in the region of £800,000.

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Delays on the M1 will soon be eased thanks to a development that is currently underway. Located on the M1 between Junction 3 in Drinan and Junction 4 at Lissenhall, the work will ease the delays during peak travelling hours. The existing M1 had two lanes in each direction, and the scheme consists of providing an additional lane in both directions, capacity enhancement at Lissenhall junction with grade separated pedestrian and cycle facilities at the junction. Work has been necessary for a while because there were delays on the M1 southbound in the morning at Lissenhall due to the volume of traffic on the M1 and merging traffic joining the motorway. On the northbound carriageway, there were queues developing at the airport junction during the evening peak, and at the Lissenhall junction of the M1 and the R132, queues were developing in the morning and the evening. Improvements being made incorporate four kilometres of the M1 northbound and southbound carriageways. As well as the additional lane in each direction, work also comprises of construction of steel portal gantries capable of carrying advance directional signage and variable message

signage with necessary maintenance access provisions, the installation of concrete safety barriers on the medium edge along each carriageway, new ducting and diversion of existing utilities and services, and improvement works to surface water drainage system. A capacity enhancement scheme at Junction 4 is taking place, providing modifications to existing kerb lines and roundabout islands, as well as the upgrade of traffic signals and associated detector loops. All existing surfaces along the works area will be planed and replaced, there is a lighting upgrade being undertaken between Junctions 2-3, and remedial work is incorporated. Suitable traffic management during construction has meant at least two lanes are open at all times during the day, which

sometimes becomes single lane running for occasional night time work. The Main Contractor is SIAC Construction Ltd and the Architect is Roughan & O’Donovan Consulting Engineers. Work started in January 2012 and will be complete in April 2013.

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Drogheda Grammar School Mixing the old with the new While the existing school was being extended and renovated, the staff and pupils moved into 11 temporary classroom units on site. Disruption to the school was minimised because of the phased nature of the extension and refurbishment. There was a separate access point for the construction works to the rear of the school, whereas school traffic came from the front of the school. This minimised disruption to the pupils and staff, while also making sure they were safe from construction work. All necessary steps were taken to contain noise, vibrations, dust and airborne pollutants Services provided include: arising from the works and to prevent NEW CONSTRUCTION nuisance to the staff and students using the EXTENSIONS AND REFURBISHMENTS existing school. CONSERVATION AND LISTED BUILDINGS Site works also involved extension of CIVIL ENGINEERING the car park, drainage, COMPLETE DESIGN AND BUILD PACKAGES lighting, landscaping, and upgrades to existing playing areas and courts. The Main Contractor Reaghstown, Ardee, Co. Louth. was Manley Construction. Work Tel / Fax: 041-6855875 commenced in Mobile: 087-2911284 June 2011 and was Email: completed in August 2012, at a cost of e2.7M.


One of the oldest secondary schools in Ireland has benefited from an extension that now has the main facilities in a brand new area. Drogheda Grammar School was founded under Royal Charter in 1669 by Erasmus Smith, and is now in its fourth century of providing continuous educational service to the community. Originally a boys’ boarding school, it has been a co-educational boarding and day school for over 50 years. The school was originally located in Drogheda town centre, next to St Laurence’s Gate, but in 1976 the school relocated to a 22-acre rural site that is three kilometres outside the town, along the south bank of the River Boyne. Eden View, the existing house on the site, had been built by the Chadwicks and was occupied by the Tighe family until the 1960s. A new school building was constructed in 1976 and this was subsequently extended. However, in recent years the Department of Education and Science decided to modernise the school with a large extension. This project comprised of a two-storey extension to the south of the existing school teaching block and some refurbishment of the existing school. The new extension has provided a multimedia learning laboratory, lecture room, library, technology room, home economics room, technical graphics room, music and drama room, art and craft room, science laboratory, demonstration room, a general classroom, pastoral rooms, a staff room, offices and ancillary accommodation. Designed by McKevitt Architects, the entrance lobby is a double height space with a bridge across it at first floor level. The extension has a floor area of 2,141sq m and is of traditional masonry construction.


Purcell Construction


Focused on providing long-term customer satisfaction Established in 1988, Purcell Construction has grown to become a leading contractor and developer, with a proven track record in providing quality projects within customers’ parameters of time and budget. With a head office in Galway and a regional office in Dublin, Purcell has worked in conjunction with some of Ireland’s leading design and project management teams and has successfully completed many prestigious and award winning projects throughout the country. The Company’s portfolio includes hotels, hospitals, schools, swimming pools, shopping centres, factories, offices and apartments together with public and private houses. In addition, Purcell has successfully undertaken major restoration/conservation works to a number of landmark public buildings including Tullamore Courthouse, Sligo Courthouse, Pearse Museum, Rathmines College and Limerick Courthouse. The Company’s systematic approach determines not only ‘what they do’ but ‘how they do it’. Accredited policies and procedures reflect this commitment, providing the team with the necessary tools with which to deliver its goals. Purcell operates a Quality Management System that is fully certified and accredited to ISO 9001:2008. The achievement of excellence through continuous improvement is one of the Company’s key commitments. Working closely with customers, design teams and subcontractors, Purcell ensures that critical information and resources are in place at the right time.

Attention to detail and systematic processes seek to eliminate any defects before they occur. It is this policy that has allowed Purcell to develop its reputation for delivering quality projects and service to all clients. Purcell also operates a Safety Management system that is fully certified and accredited to OHSAS 18001:2007. The Company’s highly prioritised approach to Health & Safety aims to minimise the risk of injury or damage to people and products. The successful implementation of this policy assigns responsibility, not only to the board and management of staff, but also to all individuals involved in its projects, requiring both a proactive and preventative approach. There is great responsibility at Purcell to minimise environmental impact by controlling waste, reducing pollution, using energy efficiently and acting as good neighbours to minimise disturbance. The environmental policy sets out the guidelines under which Purcell’s projects are implemented. The Company recognises that it has a significant role to play in protecting and maintaining the country’s rich and varied environment, for the enjoyment and pleasure of future generations. A prestigious Purcell project is the work at Killeshin National School, which was completed last August in County Laois. The school has replaced an existing facility that was no longer fit for purpose due to inadequate heating and lighting levels, as well as insufficient space. It has been replaced by the new school, which provides 16 classrooms and has done much to ease the burden of a growing

school population. Two single-storey buildings were demolished to allow the construction. The site, which has space for staff car parking, bus provision, playing fields and prospective future expansion, has proven invaluable. Internally, each floor features eight classrooms with ancillary resource rooms adjacent. Two entrances to the building have been provided, each with a strong physical presence to the principal north and south facing facades. To maximise security, both entrances connect to a secure lobby that extends into a central double height circulation space. With the safety of staff and students in mind, a system of security checkpoints has also been introduced. The cavity wall construction has a rendered blockwork outer leaf and load bearing fair faced blockwork, which has been painted internally. The building features precast concrete slabs on the first floor, with suspended ceilings throughout and standing seam insulated roof panels on steel purlins. The double height general purpose room also features structural steelwork to the roof. Purcell was the Main Contractor for this school, which has provided the Killeshin community with a state-of-the-art educational facility for years to come. Purcell Construction, Unit 57, Briarhill Business Park, Ballybrit, Galway. Tel: 00353 91 780800.



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St Michael’s House New special school A new two-storey, eight-room special national school has been completed for St Michael’s House and the pupils are now enjoying the excellent new facilities. For 57 years, St Michael’s House has been a leader in the development and provision of community-based services for people with an intellectual disability in Ireland. Service users, parents and families are at the heart of how services are planned and delivered. The organisation, as a voluntary body, is governed by a board of directors, many of whom are parents of a service user. Today, the school provides a range of services to 1,663 children and adults with an intellectual disability in over 170 centres in the Greater Dublin area and Navan, Co. Meath. Services include individualised services, clinical therapies, early services, special national schools, inclusive education, vocational training, adult day services, employment support, residential, independent living, respite, social, recreational and specialised Alzheimer services. The school is committed to offering services and support that reflects the individual needs and choices of service users, advocate for the improvement and development of services, be cost effective and accountable to service users, families and funding authorities, and all services empower people

to make choices about where they work, live and socialise. Work was required because the previous school was no longer in use, and the pupils had been moved to temporary accommodation nearby to facilitate the redevelopment of the school and two respite houses that were previously in use. Designed by JSA Architects, the project involved the demolition of an existing school building and boiler house. It has been specifically designed to meet the requirements and educational needs of pupils with an intellectual disability in fully wheelchair accessible, purpose built rooms. Work also involved the construction of a realigned entrance road to respite houses and the school. The previously existing play equipment was dismantled, refurbished and reinstalled on the existing bases with a new poured rubber surface. The school was built by Stewarts and consisted of an insitu reinforced concrete frame with blockwork infill panels, precast floors and steelwork roof. Car parking is provided, with 29 spaces available. Six of these spaces are replacement spaces for the respite houses,

which are reconfigured to suit the new road layout. In addition to the respite spaces, another 23 have been provided. Given the nature of the school, level of staffing required and the need for many of the clinicians to be mobile to visit a number of centres, this level of parking is a reasonable and sensible amount for the school. Within the development, it has been necessary to remove some of the grassed area to provide for the road and the parking surfaces. Where this occurred, planting was reinforced with new planting so that the impact on the boundary treatment is minimal. The site coverage is low and the result is that there was sufficient space around the perimeter of the site to maintain and reinforce the existing boundary treatment. Costing e3.18M, work started in September 2011 and was completed in November 2012.



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Subsea 2013 Recent years have seen a number of developments in the marine, offshore and subsea industries. Here is a summary of the most significant “Our paper on subsea technology challenges was very well received and prompted enquiries from a number of companies.” Now in its seventh year, Subsea UK 2013 Industry Awards was held on the 6th and 7th of February, highlighting the outstanding achievements of companies and individuals. The Award categories are: ••Subsea Company of the Year for the most outstanding organisation ••Young Emerging Talent to recognise individuals showing the most promise in the sector ••New Enterprise for the most promising company aged five years and less ••Subsea Innovation and Technology to showcase the finest new technology ••Subsea Global Exports to reward excellence in internationalisation ••Subsea Safety Leadership to recognise organisations excelling in safety leadership ••Outstanding Contribution to recognise an individual who has demonstrated commitment to and success in the industry over a significant period The speaker at this year’s awards dinner was world renowned ocean scientist, Dr Joseph MacInnes, who was the first person to dive under the North Pole and among the first five to dive to the Titanic on board the ‘Nautile’ submersible manned vehicle. He was an advisor to the Titanic discovery team and the first Canadian to explore the world’s most famous shipwreck. IJUBOA Established in 2008, the International Jack Up Barge Owners Association (IJUBOA) was set up to address the twin issues of safety and competence. It now has in excess of 25 full members across the UK, Ireland, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Denmark and Sweden. In addition there is a commitment to set up an Asia Pacific membership group catering for operators in Australia and South East Asia.

Using the principle that the industry should work together to regulate itself, IJUBOA has developed a number of initiatives and products. The IJUBOA Code of Practice requires operators to demonstrate they are using a robust safety management system. Based on the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) International Safety Management (ISM) Code, it was developed in consultation with the maritime and Coastguard Agency, the Health & Safety Executive and IJUBOA members. Organisations that conform to the Code of Practice are termed ‘IJUBOA Certified Companies’ and are issued with a numbered logo to use on their company documents, websites and other promotional material. IJUBOA members become certified either by being independently audited against the Code of Practice and receiving a ‘Certificate of Conformity’, or by producing a current ISM Document of Compliance. Secondly, the IJUBOA official logbook for barge personnel records the training, qualifications and experience of crew members working on a jack-up barge. It remains the property of the employee and is fully transferable if they move to another employer. The logbook is an important resource, which can enable: ••The holders to demonstrate the skills and experience they have ••Employers to recruit personnel and provide training more effectively ••Those hiring jack-up barges to assess the levels of skill and experience of barge personnel. The logbook has a separate section to record in detail specific jacking operations that the holder has performed, and there is a separate logbook for crane operators that record the experience of the crane operator in the field. Thirdly, in addition to recording and training experience, the logbook also has a section to certificate the skills and knowledge of experienced barge masters. continued page 32 >


Last year, Subsea UK marked its Aberdeen annual conference and exhibition as the most successful after attracting a record number of visitors, reaching over 3,000 at Subsea 2012 – an increase of 700 on 2011. With 130 exhibitors, Subsea UK’s flagship event was described as a ‘hive of activity’ by attendees who developed new business leads and gained a wide range of new contacts. ‘Reaching Further, Going Deeper’ was the key theme of the conference with subsea technological advances, international growth and operator engagement all being tackled throughout the conference sessions. The event also signalled a growth in overseas visitors, with the help of UKTI, Subsea 2012 attracted delegates from companies such as Integra Supply LLC, TNK-BP, PJSC, GNPC, PEMEX, PDVSA and Petrobras bolstering the global significance of the UK subsea industry. Neil Gordon, Chief Executive of Subsea UK, said: “The exceptional success of the conference was a great indication of how the UK’s subsea sector has grown rapidly and is actively building on its unrivalled track record of growth by looking ahead to capitalising on the next few years of real growth opportunities on a global scale. “There are long-term prospects for the subsea sector and Subsea UK is diligently working on behalf of its members to help ensure that they are well positioned to exploit these opportunities and continue to be at the international forefront of the energy industry. “The innovation and technology displayed by exhibitors only serves to underpin the fundamental role that the UK’s subsea sector has to play in business development of the wider energy industry and in particular the strength of our supply chain.” David Liddle, Strategic Technology Director at ITF, said: “Subsea 2012 was a great platform for connecting with companies developing innovative subsea technologies that could benefit from the ITF process of funding joint industry projects.

YOUR CRANE MAT SPECIALIST Welex B.V has a rich history. Having been established back in 1920, the Company was sold in 1995 to Rob Koolmees, who has been the sole owner since the beginning of 2001. Nowadays, Welex is an international Company that produces, sells and rents crane mats all over the world, from Sweden to Italy and from Indonesia to the United States. Welex commissioned a production machine in January 1999 after a development period of two years that ensured that an even better product could be made and also guaranteed a more constant production process. In April 2008, the Company’s new business premises became operational and a second, even more advanced production line was put into operation. This has ensured that Welex has been able to more than double its production, and this process can be optimised. The quality of the mats has also been hugely improved. In January 2009, Welex opened up a site in Germany, and then in June of the same year, Welex Rental in the UK was added. The Company continued its expansion last year by purchasing two new production machines, and part of an industrial estate. Already existing on the industrial estate is one hall and within that, there are two machines. It is not yet finished, and another hall will be built later this year, continuing the trend of expanding the Company each year by way of more people or machines. Because Welex always strives for perfection, it tries to offer customers a full range of products by delivering from stock, taking charge of shipping to the location required, offering advice about the correct product and also ensuring the required official shipment documents are in order. Among the standard sizes, Welex has 14 different types of crane mats that vary from three to 12 metres in

length. Welex can also manufacture every possible format that may be required. A significant development this year for Welex has been the formation of a new Company – CMI, Crane Mats Industries, which was established on 1st January 2013. Through CMI, Welex is producing the lower quality mats. Wood, which is comparable to oak or better. It is tropical wood and with those mats, Welex tries to reach all the companies who want to have mats but cannot afford the expensive ones. The normal mats at Welex high quality are at a high price. The Company has noticed over the years that many companies in England and Germany are using lower quality because they are less expensive, and after the projects, the mats are not needed, so Welex has adapted to this, which has in turn increased the level of business. The Company is growing year on year, and 2012 was a good one for Welex, which is a remarkable achievement given the economic situation at present. This growth in particular is something everybody at Welex is happy and proud about. The two new machines that have been purchased means Welex is capable of building between 75,000 – 100,000 crane mats each year. Last year saw the Company win many contracts in various countries, which means that this year, a lot of work is expected in Germany and England, where Welex has continued to make a profit in the 25 years it has worked on contracts there, and with the market showing signs of growing, there is more cause for optimism. Germany is a very good market for Welex and as such, it has two yards. One is in Deiringsen in West Germany, and the other is in Baruth, near Berlin. The Company is also expanding into Eastern Europe, meaning exciting times lie ahead for Welex.

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Shell Ireland In spite of the many challenges along the way, construction of the Corrib gas project in North Mayo – which is set to continue until late 2014 – is providing hundreds of jobs in a small community, as well as availing of the expertise of a wide variety of local, national and international contractors. It will also contribute e1.6Bn to Ireland’s GDP throughout the complete construction phase, and will meet up to 60% of the country’s gas needs when producing. The development of the Corrib Natural Gas field has been the single biggest infrastructural project in the West of Ireland. From an engineering, construction and regulatory perspective, it has also been one of the most challenging. The project itself is made up of four parts: (i) the subsea facilities at the Corrib field, (ii) the offshore pipeline, (iii) the onshore pipeline and (iv) the Bellanaboy Bridge Gas Terminal, which is the major construction element in the overall development, spread over a 32-acre site. Work on three of these elements is practically complete. The subsea facilities are in place with five wells drilled and ready to go into production. The Bellanaboy Bridge Gas Terminal is substantially complete and being maintained until gas flows from the field. The offshore pipeline was laid in the summer of 2009, with only the control umbilical to be laid alongside it this year. The fourth and final section is the onshore pipeline, on which work commenced in July 2011. The onshore pipeline is 8.9km in length and will connect the offshore pipe at the landfall in Glengad to the terminal. Included in the final phase is a 4.6km tunnel under Sruwaddacon Bay – a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and a Special Protected Area (SPA). The tunnel is yet another exciting and challenging element of the overall development. It will have an internal diameter of 3.5m and will be built using

precision precast segments. A specially constructed tunnel boring machine (TBM), named Fionnuala, will be used to excavate the tunnel, which will take approximately 15 months to complete. It will run at depths of between 5.5m and 12m under the bay. Once the pipeline and ancillary services are laid, the tunnel will be grouted and closed. The safety and security of employees, contractors and the community is the number one priority for the Corrib Gas partners. The overall safety performance objective for the development is Goal Zero – which means the aim is to have no incidents that might put employees, neighbours or facilities at risk. Also established is Corrib’s Driver Safety Awareness Programme (DSAP) to create a strong culture of safety and responsible road usage among employees and contractors alike, for their own benefit and that of the community around them. Environmental Management Plans (EMPs) were prepared for every phase of the development. Implementing these plans has ensured that preventative and management measures identified in the EIS have been applied throughout the construction phase to ensure the environmental impacts associated with the development are avoided, minimised and mitigated. The Corrib gas terminal at Bellanaboy Bridge will be operated in accordance with environmental management system ISO 14001 or equivalent. Emissions from the terminal will be monitored in order to demonstrate that emissions are within stringent limits set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). London Array By giving the green light to the building of the world’s largest offshore wind farm in May 2009, DONG Energy, E.ON and Masdar confirmed a £2.2Bn investment in building the first 630MW phase of the London Array offshore wind farm in the Thames Estuary. Once complete, this phase will produce enough power for over 470,000 UK homes and displace the emission of over 900,000 tonnes of CO2 every year. The scheme is being built around 12 miles off the coasts of Kent and Essex. The wind

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A new e21.5M development is currently underway on the Boston Scientific Campus in Cork to provide state-of-the-art facilities to develop, manufacture and research medical products for neurovascular diseases of the brain. The facility, a 10,000sq m two-storey building, has been designed to a simple specification. A rectangular structure in shape, it is situated on a site which allows for future expansion along its northern elevation. The two longer sides have heavy steel skins and the smaller east and west elevations are predominantly transparent; the west elevation features triple glazed, structural glazing curtain walling. The west elevation hosts the main public entrance, facing the whole site entrance and car park. The administration offices are situated along the west facade on the ground floor and a staff canteen to cater all employees sits directly above the offices, on the first floor, looking over the Curragheen River Park and the northern hills of Cork city. The staff entrance is to the south west of the building and a circulation route from here runs the length of the building along its south elevation. The circulation route is


Boston Scientific Pharmaceutical facility designed as a break out space for staff and the lighting is aided, lit by a series of circular rooflights. The central part of the building hosts the cleanroom, a large, 3,000sq m production area laid out to maximise efficiencies in the production process. The cleanroom is aided by windows to the north and internal windows to the west, a high ceiling, in which all mechanical and electrical services are contained, allows for a more spacious feel within the room. To the rear of the building there is a warehouse, with a loading bay and service yard situated along the east elevation. The ground floor of the warehouse is a large open plan space which allows for forklift circulation and pallet movement. The first floor is broken into smaller office

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Connacht GAA Centre Centre of excellence and will be used by all units within the GAA in Camogie and Ladies Football.” family. It is a multi-purpose building that will The Main Building was built by Purcell Construction, twith Joe O’Reilly & Sons house all provincial administrative activities. responsible for the initial development in Connacht Chairman Frank Burke spoke at the official opening. He said: “The facility Phase I. The project has been overseen by that you see here is testimony to the hard Tobin Consultants. Phase III is now underway and will see construction of an indoor 3G work of a dedicated team charged with its playing pitch and the overall development delivery and of course the wider support of should be completed April 2013. the GAA Community across the province. “The scale of the development is such that no area of our charter has been left out and I look forward to riarwood arpentry td seeing the benefits, which will accrue from making such excellent facilities available to our players and members at every level of the GAA in Connacht in addition to the Brierfield, Moylough, Co. Galway second and third Tel / Fax: 093 49034 level education sectors and our Email: sister organisations





December 2012 saw Connacht GAA Council celebrate a milestone date in the history of the province with the official opening of the state-of-the-art Connacht GAA Centre at Cloonacurry, Bekan, Claremorris, Co Mayo. It marked the completion of the first two phases of the ambitious project, which has been in the planning since 2008 and commenced in 2010. In total, e8M has been invested in the facility, half of which has been generated locally, with the remainder coming from central funds and the funds generated from the rental of Croke Park for games in other sporting codes. Facilities will include five full size Prunty pitches, a 3G pitch, perimeter walking/ running track, and floodlights for five of the six pitches. The main building will comprise of a reception area and office, six dressing rooms and a referees room, three meeting rooms, a lecture theatre, board room, analysis suite, a gym, a functional movement room, two physio rooms, administration offices, dining hall and kitchen, and four storage rooms. It is intended that the centre will be the focal point for all GAA matters in Connacht


Deaf Village Ireland A landmark project for the Catholic Institute of Deaf People Deaf Village Ireland opened its doors in September 2012, providing a place where the deaf community have an administrative centre, social and community centre, and a lifelong learning centre. The intention for Deaf Village Ireland is for all the deaf organisations to work together as one, supporting, promoting and developing the deaf community and adopting a unified approach to ensure that deaf people have appropriate access to state services and making sure deaf people are individually enabled to reach their potential. The origins of the development began with a series of meetings five years ago looking at the properties that the deaf community were using and looking at the needs of the deaf community, particularly in regards to social facilities, community facilities and information facilities. Because the deaf community is heavily involved in sports, the access to sporting facilities were also discussed. A consultation took place and this was moved on over the three years prior to construction, looking at the location, designs, what was appropriate and what would meet the needs of the community. This resulted in plans being drawn up in consultation with the community, and the agreement of plans. Features of the village include some new build and some renovation. Part of the renovation has included keeping an original chapel wing, part of which has turned into a heritage centre for the deaf community. The heritage centre shows the deaf community where it has come from, the history, culture, language and the role of education in developing the community. Another part of the original chapel wing will be used for a Centre for Life Long Learning. The building will contain meeting rooms, offices, classrooms, residential rooms for visitors and an exhibition area. There’s also a state-of-the-art sports centre that will be open to the wider community in Dublin. This will feature a large sports hall, various wet

and dry changing facilities, a large pool hall with swimming pool and separate children’s pool. Also within the new build there is a multi-use hall, social areas, administration areas and a chapel. Externally there are grass and multi-use pitches and landscaped areas; the works involved the alteration of Ratoath Road to form a roundabout at the entrance of the site. With the exception of the chapel wing, demolition of St Joseph’s School for Deaf Boys, which resided on the site was required prior to construction of the development. It was a three-phase project overall. Phase I involved the building of the village, known as Deaf Village Ireland. The second phase was the development of a centre for deaf education on the St Mary’s School for Deaf Girls Marion site. This centre is managed jointly by, the Irish Deaf Society, Catholic Institute for Deaf People, CDS Trinity College and the Deaf Schools. Also within the phase was the amalgamation of St Mary’s School for Deaf Girls and St Joseph’s School for Deaf Boys and putting in place a new model for education with the schools. The final phase involved moving the existing St Joseph’s House facility from its previous location across the city in Stillorgan. It is a centre for older and more vulnerable deaf and deaf/blind adults. The idea was to develop a new facility so that people requiring a high level of care can be looked after, while at the same time, providing facilities for those people who are able to and wish to live independently. Because this village was built to benefit the deaf community, their input was crucial. A number of committees were set up with many deaf organisations, who attended meetings regularly to give their input. The development has been carried out on a 25 acre piece of land which has been owned by the CIDP for a number of years. During the consultation the CIDP travelled abroad to look at the quality of facility that deaf

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Opening in September 2013, the new UCD Science Centre will be home to 2,000 undergraduates, 1,500 Masters and PhD students and 1,000 researchers, providing the largest science community in Ireland. Facilities have been designed to support the life cycle of the scientist from the wide-eyed school children and enthusiastic young undergraduates, to the ambitious PhD students and technology entrepreneurs who will innovate to drive Ireland’s knowledge economy. Scientists and students will move seamlessly between labs, teaching facilities and innovation space. Academia and industry will work side by side and new enterprises will be nurtured. The building will also offer dedicated public spaces where visitors can witness science and research in action and experience the joys of discovery. Within this world-class environment, Ireland’s greatest concentration of scientific minds will work together to provide innovative solutions to global problems. The UCD Science Centre will foster excellence in research and teaching, and will provide a physical space that enables research collaboration across science, society and culture. It will create a beacon for Irish science and engineering, transform science and engineering undergraduate education, create a leading centre for PhD training and research, be home to the greatest concentration of scientific minds for decades to come, create an environment where enterprise and innovation can be

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by an excellent team of dedicated subcontractors who have met the required Aspen standard in terms of quality, safety accreditation and vetting criteria. The division has built up a unique breadth of experience in many sectors ranging from building and repair services, insurance claim services, industrial buildings, leisure complexes, hotel facilities through to turnkey nursing homes. This service has been provided for an impressive list of clients. Aspen is passionate about developing best in class elderly care and healthcare properties for its clients. Having built state-of-the-art care homes for its corporate customers, the Company is at the forefront of the care home development sector. Apart from offering a turnkey design and build service, Aspen offers a full development service and has access to funding partners and specialist care home development investment partners. The Company is also able to offer a build only service for clients who wish to take advantage of its industry expertise, while not the full design and build service. No job is too big or too small and Aspen is always able to work with clients to offer flexible solutions that meet their needs every time. Aspen provides customers with a complete turnkey solution, working with them from the feasibility phase to the home’s handover, including the commissioning and registration processes. Through its insurance repair division, Aspen can help customers through every stage of

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Scoil Iosa National School

Ballyhaunis school complete with new teaching rooms Scoil Iosa National School now has refurbished and extended facilities thanks to the first class construction undertaken by Kilcawley Construction. Located in Co Mayo, the project was built over two phases and consisted of the construction of a new 910sq m singlestorey extension, along with alterations, and refurbishment works to the existing 988sq primary school building. The existing school building contained asbestos materials, including an asbestos cement roof, which were removed by an OPW-approved asbestos removal contractor, in accordance with the OPW Code of Practice for Management of Asbestos materials in Schools. Phase I saw the development of classrooms, a general purpose hall, resource rooms, offices and external play areas. This extension comprises of four classrooms, six special education teacher support rooms, and a multi-purpose room. Once this was completed, the staff and pupils transferred to the new facility so work on Phase II could commence. This consisted of a total refurbishment to include demolitions, a new roof, full upgrade of the heating and electrical installation, new windows and site works. The key feature of the project is that the School was fully operational during the construction process. The Main Contractor, Kilcawley Construction, was also appointed Project Supervisor. All this encompassed service coordination, management of all subcontractors, liaising with the relevant authorities and quality control. Kilcawley Construction was also responsible for the

compilation and handover of Operation Maintenance Manuals and health and safety files. Kilcawley Construction carefully selected a suitable and qualified management team to ensure that the project was completed on time, within budget and to the complete satisfaction of the client. The health and safety of the pupils, staff and general public required organisation of the works in a manner that is sensitive to their needs, and particular attention was paid to the control of noise, dust, construction and school traffic. This necessitated the development and implementation of noise and dust plans, and detailed method statements. Other work included all ancillary site development such as constructing the 26-space car park, bicycle parking area, layby boundary walls, fences, footpaths, ramps, additional ball court, site signage and all

other associated site services. Both Kilcawley Construction and the Architect, Hamilton Young Architects, worked seamlessly with Scoil Iosa National School, ensuring the project was incredibly well managed, with no disruption to the School. Kenneth Dennedy of Scoil Iosa National School, praised this quality of work. He said: “The project was extremely well managed, on time and to budget, by Kilcawley Construction. “The team worked hard to ensure there was no disruption at all to the day-today running of the School and worked in conjunction with us to deliver the project as we wanted it. “The whole thing went extremely well and Kilcawley Construction is a wonderful company to work with.” Work on the project commenced in May 2011 and was completed in July 2012.

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centre fully equipped with the latest audio visual technology. Designed by Taylor Design Architect, the building has a high u-value rating, with air tightness measures taken with regards to cladding installation. Car wash water recycling and rainwater harvesting facilities are also incorporated. It is a fully accessible development with platform lifts and disabled toilets to ensure it is DDA compliant. Security is guaranteed with CCTV to the building as well as the perimeter of the site, and the development benefits from a macadam finish to all areas with bespoke Audi designed road and car park markings. Built by Collen Construction Ltd, this new showroom will lead to the creation of 30 new jobs over the next two years and forms an overall strategic plan that will see Audi Ireland invest e80M over the next 18 months and create in the region of 200 jobs. Work started in October 2011 and was opened in July 2012, costing e5M.


Audi North Dublin Audi North Dublin’s new flagship terminal facility was opened last summer and is the largest Audio showroom, sales and service centre in Ireland. Located on North Road at Exit five of the M50, the development is based on the Audi Terminal Concept design, with bespoke honeycomb anodised aluminium cladding and feature curved internal stone carpet and finished walls. Because of its proximity to the M50, it is in a key geographical position, making it easily accessible for customers. At 2,650sq m, the showroom and workshop facility has a ground floor consisting of the motor showroom display area, with a mezzanine floor, fully serviced workshop area and rooftop car park facility. There is a showroom display area for 12 cars, with car servicing facilities for 12 cars and an inspection bay, wheel alignment and washbay and car valeting facilities. Other features include an extensive display area for Audi Genuine Accessories, an exclusive first floor Audi Quattro showroom for special individualisation of cars, as well as a customer coffee lounge, kids’ entertainment area and an on site business

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Greystones Wastewater Treatment Plant Fully operational this month


Wicklow County Council has upgraded the Greystones Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) in County Wicklow to increase the capacity of the treatment plant to 40,000 PE (population equivalent). The previously existing plant had a 30,000 PE capacity, and the increase ensures the ongoing compliance with the Urban Waste Water Discharge regulations, allowing for growth and new development in the plant catchment as the economy recovers. As well as this, improvements to the sludge management and odour management facilities have been undertaken to the development that serves the town of Greystones, plus the villages of Delgany, Kilcoole and Newtownmountkennedy. Located within the coastal town and very close to existing residential houses and a golf course, the existing site has been in operation since 1996. One of the existing sludge holding tanks was demolished during project construction, together with the demolition and removal of the old sludge processing equipment. The first building comprises of a main inlet, screening and grit removal, administration and control areas, and welfare facilities. Building number two has main pumps and air blowers, while the third building has main sludge dewatering and sludge skip removal. Building one is two-storey, with a ground floor consisting of the skip removal area for the screening and grit, main stores and welfare facilities, while the first floor has the main inlet works area, which houses the

three inlet screw pumps, bar screens and grit removal channels, and also the main administration and control block. The second building is a single-storey development constructed on top of a reinforced concrete basement substructure, which is used to house air blowers and pumps required to make the aeration tank, settlement tanks and sludge lines operate. The superstructure is used to house the electrical/electronic panels that are used to control the mechanical equipment that is involved in the treatment processes at the facility. Building three’s layout is single-storey and is split into three areas. This building houses the new sludge dewatering equipment, the new sludge skip storage and removal and the electrical/electronic panels that are used to control the operation of the sludge dewatering system. External to these buildings are the main process tanks and chambers that make up the overall facilities. These include three primary settlement tanks, flow splitter chamber and sludge draw-off chambers. There are six aeration tanks along with inlet and outlet chambers, four secondary settlement tanks with two flow slitter chambers and sludge draw-off chambers. There is also a thickened sludge storage tank, storm holding tank and surge outlet tower, as well as odour control units, pipework and covers. The three buildings comprise of a reinforced concrete substructure, with the

superstructure consisting of a reinforced concrete frame and roof slab, finished with an inner leaf of blockwork and an outer leaf of metal sheet cladding. All main tanks and chambers are constructed with reinforced concrete, with the exception of the thickened sludge storage tank, which is constructed of steel lined GRP. Upgrade work to the facility involved the construction of a new settlement tank and associated flow splitter and sludge drawoff chamber, which are all interlinked with new pipework and valve and penstock controls. This new pipework is ductile iron, cement lined pipework consisting of varying diameters from 250mm up to 700mm. As the upgrade works involved the addition of this new settlement tank and associated pipework, there was no requirement to remove any of the old existing pipework, and instead modifications were made to it, allowing the new pipework to connect to the existing plant. The Main Contractor was Veolia Water Ireland with BAM as the Civil Subcontractor, and the consulting engineer/employers representative was JB Barry Consulting Engineers. Work on the scheme, which was partly funded by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government through the Water Services Investment Programme 2010-2013, started in November 2011 and all new facilities became fully operational this month.


Molloy Architecture


Bringing a personal touch to business Molloy Architecture was formed in 2000 and offers a wide range of services to customers, such as design, planning, expertise on planning control and building regulations, structural surveys, building contract administration and land registry mapping. The Practice was set up by Michael Molloy, who has great experience in the industry. He carried out a number of projects while still in college, including local leisure facilities and one-off housing. Within three months of graduating, Michael had set up the Practice in Gorey, with its formative years seeing work concentrated on domestic and scheme housing developments. But as the Practice grew, most of Michael’s time was devoted to large commercial, retail and leisure developments, as well as the domestic work. It is very much a family-run business, with Michael’s brother Alan an engineer at the Practice, who is qualified in construction management. Sheila Molloy is Michael’s wife and manages the office and its accounts. Molloy Architecture is a reputable practice, which is best displayed by the fact most of the work comes from word of mouth and referrals. This is due to clients receiving the best possible service. The Practice specialises in contemporary, one-off designs, as well as sporting facilities – having worked with local clubs and project managed and designed the Wexford Youths’ football facilities and many others. There is also vast experience in devolved grant school extensions and energy efficient homes, while Michael’s knowledge of contract law means he can also regularly advise clients for court cases. To make things easier for customers, Molloy Architecture operates a free planning and feasibility study for clients, all of which are carried out efficiently. It involves a preplanning meeting with senior planners to get pre-planning approval for clients. Once this is positive, the Practice issues a feasibility report including all planning and estimated construction costs for the project. There is no obligation for the client to continue with Molloy Architecture’s services

after the report, but in the vast majority of cases, the client does so because they see the care and attention of the Practice, as well as the results they get. The Practice thrives on the unpredictability of projects and how each site is completely different, with the design dictated by the site, its orientation and the clients’ personality and living habits. When added together, it provides a unique design specific to a person and site. Molloy Architecture enjoys the satisfaction of completing this design and project construction. Innovative technology used includes high energy efficient/ insulated wall systems no matter which method of construction is used, so this could be blockwork, timber frame or insulated concrete formwork. Other materials used include air to water and mechanical heat recovery heating systems. Notable projects include Nixon’s Medical Centre, which is a 50,000sq ft medical, retail and office centre and Gorey Youth Needs facility at Gorey Community School. At Gorey School of Art, the Practice provided a new third level school of art facility, while Collins House has benefited from the development of a two-storey dwelling at Ballymoney. Looking forward, Molloy Architecture

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AUTOBOLAND Car Showroom Distinctive Audi Terminal


Work has completed on the brand new showroom development for AUTOBOLAND. Located at Butlerstown roundabout on Cork Road, Waterford, this work comprised of an AUDI Terminal-style showroom, diagnostic workshop, valet areas, all external site works and other landscaping works. The showroom is exclusively for the AUDI brand and is designed and built to their specifications. Development was on a greenfield site, which was heavily forested with sloping ground. This meant substantial excavation work was required as well as site clearance in order to

get formation level on the site. Demolition of an existing 300sq m bungalow was needed to make way for the 2,500sq m building that has a ground floor and mezzanine floor. The ground floor comprises of a reception area, car showroom area, customer area and facilities, the diagnostic and service facility to the rear, toilets and the used car customer area. There is also a handover bay for customers for when they buy a new car, as they take keys for it in the handover bay. The reception area is glazed so customers can

see through the wall to see where their car is being serviced. The mezzanine floor level has offices, a canteen, parts stores, and toilet facilities. AUDI features within the project mainly centre around the Terminal design, which is unlike any other showroom in terms of specifications. It has a ‘curved racetrack’ wall, aluminium honeycomb façade, Schuco glazing, durlum metal ceiling to the customer area, translucent roller doors, a ‘stone carpet’ to the showroom, as well as tiling to the diagnostic and service area. continued page 50 >

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Designed by Oliver Dempsey Architects, the handover bay has a light diffused translucent ceiling, while the development has distinctive AUDI external lighting bollards, and LED lighting. The development comprises of a structural steel frame, blockwork wall, and precast concrete slabs to mezzanine level. The external façade has a Schuco glazing system, and KS1000 insulated panels with aluminium honeycomb façade finish. The roof is 120mm of insulated KS1000 panels fixed to purlins. Windows are tilt and turn designs that are double glazed, and solar reflective, guaranteeing high performance, and the development also utilises a curtain walling system. Sustainability is a key issue and the showroom has adhered to that with all insulation being of the highest specification, the curtain walling is low u-value and underfloor heating is run on high efficiency gas boilers zoned for high end user control. A naturally ventilated system reduces the electricity load for running the building, and the development also comprises of rainwater harvesting. Work also benefited from the expertise of Phelan Doyle, the Project Manager and Quantity Surveyor for the project. It is the partnership of Tom Phelan and Liam Doyle. With a combined two decades of experience in the construction industry, the Company has a proven track record of reducing costs, saving clients’ money, and protecting the investment of all clients. Phelan Doyle is focused on maintaining ongoing relationships with clients. The excellence of the service ensures that the majority of the Company’s workload is based on client referrals and repeat business. Oliver Teschner of AUDI Ireland said: “We have worked with Liam on a number of

different initiatives and always found him to be professional and efficient with an expert knowledge of the construction industry. “We look forward to working with Liam again in the future.” The showroom is fully accessible to the disabled and security features include CCTV. It is a fully landscaped development with low level planting, and a mix of hard and soft landscaping, The major requirement of work was to guarantee it was constructed in accordance with AUDI’s exact requirements and specifications, while also ensuring that AUTOBOLAND, the end user of the building, is happy with the project, the layout, and running of the building. This has been successfully achieved. The Main Contractor was William Doyle & Sons Ltd. Work started in June 2011 and was completed in August 2012, delivered on time and within the budget, with a client extremely happy with the running costs of the building.

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Ashton Comprehensive School takes shape In May 2012 construction started on the e6.5m refurbishment and extension of Ashton Comprehensive School, one of the best known schools in Cork, Ireland. Located on the Blackrock Road in a residential suburb of Cork, this school will be developed into a new three-storey building. The development will have a new build element integrated into part of the existing building. The retained aspects of the existing buildings will be refurbished and will include the sports hall and areas of the listed buildings. When complete the new school will have a floor area of 3,950sq m.

Healy Kelly Turner & Townsend has been appointed to act as cost manager for the refurbishment and extension along with Architect Newenham Mulligan & Associates, Main Contractor Duggan Brothers, engineers Callaghan Engineering and Mott MacDonald and health and safety consultants OLM Consultancy. Students and staff were delighted to hear Principal Adrian Landen announce the project, sanctioned by Education Minister Ruairi Quinn, which will provide continuity for generations of Ashton students into the future.

Greta Nagle, Associate Director of Healy Kelly Turner & Townsend commented: “The design team and contractor are working closely with the Board of Management to ensure this project is delivered successfully. “The main teaching block is to be retained and fully operational during the construction period. Once the new school has been completed the old school will be demolished and new hard playing areas will be constructed in its place.” It is anticipated that construction will be completed by September 2013.

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Loughlinstown Leisure Centre


Community swimming facilities Loughlinstown Leisure Centre is celebrating after the completion of its new extension to house the much anticipated 25-metre, sixlane swimming pool. The project consisted of the new swimming pool, complete with changing areas, pool plant areas over two levels, four artificial outdoor playing pitches with additional changing rooms and a new foyer/reception area to serve the new facilities and the existing sports centre. Additional works included the refurbishment of the existing leisure centre building. The new reception area helped to integrate the extension with the existing building, as it is located at the front of the facility. Funding for this community facility was funded by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport. The opening of the new pool has created 15 new jobs, including swimming teachers, lifeguards and leisure instructors, on top of the employment generated in the pool construction phase. The new pool will operate largely on a ‘pay as you go’ basis, with a child swim costing e3, an adult swim for e5.50, and a family visit for e14 for two adults and two children. The pool will be open seven days a week, from early morning until 9pm on weekdays and 5pm at weekends. It is managed by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Leisure Services, which already runs the popular Loughlinstown Leisure Centre,

and manages community pools at the Glenalbyn, Meadowbrook and Monkstown leisure facilities. Tom Mowlds, the DLR Leisure Services CEO, spoke of the importance of the new swimming facilities to the area. He said: “The local community, existing leisure centre users, and schools in the area will all enjoy swim sessions, lessons, fitness and fun in the new pool, adding greatly to the leisure and fitness options provided by the Loughlinstown Centre. “This is an invaluable resource, which can improve the health and wellbeing of all those who use the pool and perhaps even help some of Ireland’s future national swimming team.” There will be many activities on offer at the site, including public swimming, aqua fitness, lessons and family fun swims. Designed by Simon J Kelly + Partners Architects, the development benefits from concrete foundations, a timber roof, aluminium and a brick finish. Sustainability has been taken into account, with features including photovoltaic panels on the roof and a combined heat and power plant. During development, work was also undertaken to improve the Centre’s car parking facilities, making it fully DDA compliant, and all synthetic pitches have floodlighting facilities. Disruption was minimised as much as possible throughout construction, with a

temporary reception area installed at the facility so that the Centre was able to remain fully operational while the new foyer was being finished. Loughlinstown Leisure Centre Manager, Clodagh MacGovern, spoke about how happy everybody is that the new swimming pool is now in use. She said: “The pool will make a tremendous difference to the health and wellbeing of people of all ages and ability. Swimming is the absolute best low impact exercise there is, improving heart and muscle tone, as well as stiff joints, and totally relaxing the mind. “We’re looking forward to welcoming everyone, from new-borns to expectant mums, and OAPs to the pool.” The Centre has provided a range of first class amenities for almost 30 years, serving a large residential community with features such as a gym with 30 pieces of cardio equipment and 22 pieces of resistance equipment, weights area, vibration plates, as well as sauna facilities and a range of fitness classes. The Main Contractor for the project was P.J. Hegarty & Sons. Work began in October 2011 and was completed in December 2012.






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St Sylvester’s Church


Reaching out to the community St Sylvester’s Church in Malahide is undergoing work to transform its facilities. The project, designed by Sean Harrington Architects, will see the demolition of the existing two-storey extension to the side of the Church and a single-storey extension to the rear of the Church. The construction of a part single-storey over basement and part three-storey parish centre will also be tackled during the project. The parish hall to the side of the Church on Old Street is a single, medium-sized room lacking in flexibility and has proved to be inadequate in size and character to cope with the demands of the Parish. As part of developing the requirements for the new pastoral centre, considerable effort went into deciding what kind of additional meeting rooms were required. Many different types and sizes of rooms were examined, from large halls to small meeting rooms for three or four people. Several existing parish centres were visited to learn from their experiences. The conclusion was to provide two large rooms of approximately 50sq m and two smaller rooms of approximately 30sq m each. These rooms are suitable for groups from ten to 40 people and can be set up for a whole range of activities that can take place in the centre. There are large halls already available in Malahide and smaller rooms were considered less flexible. The meeting rooms will be used by the 54 existing parish groups. Only a small number of these can be accommodated in the parish hall. For the rest, they struggle on a constant basis to find suitable locations for their meetings and finish up in the parish office, the sacristy, the kitchen, private houses and a variety of other occasional locations. All of these are unsuitable and unfavourable on a regular basis, resulting in disruption to the work of these groups. They also give rise to a morale problem in maintaining the energy and focus of groups whose work is essential to the health and spiritual welfare of the parish, but who are voluntary in nature and have to pursue their activities without a permanent base from which to work. The list of groups and activities is lengthy, and includes the Church Collection group, Parish Pastoral Council, Parish staff and

office administration, St Sylvester’s PPC Building Group Sub Committee, Justice and Peace Group, and Voluntary Helpers group. As well as the four meeting rooms, the centre will also provide reception areas, two ancillary offices, church facilities such as sacristy and chapels, a kitchen, storage and toilet facilities. In addition, a two-bed apartment will be

located on the second floor and 21 parking spaces will be provided at basement level. The Main Contractor on the project is Duggan Brothers, and work is expected to complete this summer.


The Carey Group A family of services The Carey Group is a leading independently owned construction company operating across the UK and Ireland. Founded in 1969 by Careys’ Chairman John Carey Snr and his two brothers Pat and Tom, the Company is passionate about delivering quality projects and client satisfaction, always delivering on promises and ensuring excellence. The Company was created with a single vision in mind – to build an exceptional civil engineering business, which delivers on its promises and produces quality works safely, while not losing sight of traditional, strong personal ethics and values. The Carey Group has come a long way in the past 40 years since P.J. Contractors was established as a London groundworks contractor. The demolition and civil engineering businesses have played a major role in the development of the UK’s food retail stores and facilities since the mid1980s and the Company is proud to have

delivered more contracts than any other civil engineering contractor within this market. The Group has also played a pivotal role in the development of Milton Keynes and the provision of the town’s infrastructure during the 1980s and early 1990s, and projects include building hundreds of miles of roads and junction improvements throughout the UK and Ireland. Through its philosophy and commitment to ‘self-delivery’, the Group manage out construction risks rather than transfer them to others and focus on developing solutions and delivering quality. Carey excel because of the talented people employed, the Group’s continued investment in training, specialist plant and strategic assets, plus the strong internal culture of teamwork and well-grounded family values. It is a unique organisation within the construction industry because of its demolition, civil engineering, concrete structures, building and environmental

solutions business units. Carey’s greatest strength, and where it brings significant value to clients, is when the divisional resources are integrated into a single team of specialists. Built on strong, robust finances, the Carey Group is a growing multi-disciplinary construction company, delivering both minor and major contracts, operating as a principal and specialist contractors in support of construction partners on significant multimillion pound schemes. The Group is committed to client satisfaction and getting to know its clients and not just projects delivered for them. Clients know that Carey will strive to understand what is important to them, which leads to long-lasting relationships based on exceptional delivery. Over recent years, the business has evolved significantly and expanded into further areas of operational expertise and geographical continued page 58 >


COOL CAT Plant Services Limited

Suppliers of topsoil, stone and disposal of soil and debris from Carey sites. Specialists in excavation and disposal, demolition, asbestos removal , suppliers of topsoil and stone, low loader hire, 8 wheeler and artic tippers, general waste and contaminated waste removal.

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Kilsaran International With almost five decades of experience in making superior quality concrete products and providing innovative and bespoke solutions for our customers, we are sure you will find what you need with Kilsaran. That’s five decades of working with architects, engineers, building contractors, utilities, County and City Councils and trade professionals who design and build our environment. Our unrivalled range of products has been used across Ireland and the UK – from the country’s largest civil engineering projects to domestic houses and gardens. We have Ireland’s largest ranges of Paving & Walling and Pre-Mixed Dry Products, renowned expertise in Road Surfacing & Contracting and unparalleled know-how in Ready-Mixed Concrete & Blocks. Our manufacturing capability is backed up by Technical expertise and a long track record of providing our customers with great service. If you would like to know more about our products then why not look us up today on our website or contact us on the numbers provided below. We look forward to you getting in touch.

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coverage. With offices now established in Wembley, Milton Keynes, Bristol, Livingston and Dublin, Carey offer clients complete coverage of the UK and Ireland. The success of the business has been achieved through the development and retention of repeat business clients, the Group’s significant investment in specialist plant, equipment and strategic assets, combined with the implementation of a development programme that continues to advance the skills of both the professional staff and the extensive directly employed workforce. Carey provide an unparalleled range of specialist construction and waste management services, with a portfolio developed to meet the challenges and requirements of markets and clients. The Group is equally committed and experienced in the delivery of specialist packages of work or on design and build schemes as principal contractor on green or brownfield sites. The more challenging the conditions, the greater the values Carey will deliver to the client. A great deal of emphasis is placed on pre-construction planning and value engineering. This involves working extensively with clients to resolve issues before getting to site. Areas of expertise and regular consideration are demolition and asbestos removal, poor ground conditions and remediation techniques, temporary works design and planning, and the

development of concrete structure solutions within challenging environments. Whether working with one or more Carey Group divisions, clients can count on the same high standards of reliability and financial security as partners of choice, employing the highest standards of ethics to ensure that relationships and partnerships are developed that extend far beyond the project in hand. Sustainable processes and development are at the heart of everything Carey do and form a critical component within the decision making process, which always involves doing things better and considering their future impact. Carey has championed recycling and waste management on sites across its business for decades. In the 1980s, the Company was one of the first to import specialist mobile crushing equipment to reprocess demolition waste into recycled aggregates on all sites. It was the first construction company to build and operate its own Super MRF (Materials Recovery Facility), which not only supports Carey’s recycling strategy, but also has a license to prices over one million tpa of multiple waste streams, which will ultimately allow Carey to recycle and re-use more than 5% of London’s generated waste. The environmental solutions business Seneca has been established with a single ambition – to re-imagine waste as a resource. Seneca assists construction, commercial and public

sector clients to develop and implement resource management plans, to reduce their utilisation of resources (energy, materials and water), and re-use or recycle the materials they traditionally discard as waste. The Group ensures that maximum benefit is derived from every discarded material and all waste is diverted from landfill. The Group’s medium-term ambition is to deliver a ‘cradle to cradle’ process inhouse, through the manufacturing of next generation construction products from the materials collected and processed at Seneca’s MRF. Every sector of business has different challenges. At Careys, specialist project teams are established that contain professionals from across the demolition, civil engineering, concrete structures and building business units that best suit the requirements of each project, and utilise the extensive and highly skilled, directly employed workforce to support them. Each team possesses not only the appropriate level of construction or demolition expertise, but also the logistical and sector-specific knowledge required to ensure that every project is effectively planned, managed and delivered to the full satisfaction of the client. It includes work in a wide variety of sectors such as industrial and technology, retail, commercial, energy, power and waste, continued page 60 >

Griffin Earthworks Ltd

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Peter Martin Engineering manufacture to order a wide range of Stainless and Mild steel specialist fittings and furnishings for the Private, Construction, Catering, and Marine industries. Using only the finest materials and workmanship, producing unique fittings to your exact specifications and requirements.

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transport, hotel, art and leisure, public, and retail and residential. One of the residential projects Carey is involved in is the Shangan 5 development comprising of 93 residential units, in a mixture of two- and three-bedroom detached and semi-detached houses, and three-storey apartments. Also included in the project scope is construction of all associated external works, fencing and walling and the upgrading works to the public areas of the existing Shangan Gardens social housing scheme. The specification on Shangan 5 is to achieve both a high standard of performance from the passive fabric of the building envelope and to achieve a 50% energy reduction from the 2006 Building Regulation minimum standards. The site is part of Phase IV of the Ballymun Regeneration Scheme. The local authority housing scheme contract also included laying and connecting new drainage works and the decommissioning of redundant existing drains, construction of new roads, pedestrian walkways and car parking facilities along with soft and hard landscaping. Performance specification of this development primarily deals with air tightness, passive ventilation, renewable energy use, increased insulation/thermal bridging, low carbon materials, and condensing boilers. Carey was also appointed to work on the Naas Ring Road project. It involved the construction of six kilometres of a new seven metre wide carriageway road with a new cycle way and a footpath either side and included the realignment of approximately two kilometres of an existing road, the construction of three roundabout junctions and one signal controlled junction, two raised platform junctions and the construction of a RC bridge over the existing Grand Canal. A traffic management plan was compiled by Carey’s Planning Department and approved by Kildare County Council. Road markings and new signage and traffic signal works were carried out, and hard and soft landscaping was reinstated on roadside work where required. Also included were existing service

diversions, amelioration and installation over 16km of services – 315mm gas mains, 600mm watermains, ESB ducts, telecom ducts and the design and installation of the public lighting system. The Clerk of Works and Consulting Engineers working for Kildare County Council liaised with site management to sign off works completed. In conjunction with the client’s design team, consultations and liaison meetings were organised with all the various affected businesses and public bodies to formulate and agree the required traffic management and phasing plans, as well as coordination with Waterways Ireland with respect to the construction of the bridge over the Grand Canal. The Company has also set up the Carey Foundation – a Community Interest Company (CIC), established to consolidate and deliver effectively the many charitable, R&D, educational and community-driven initiatives with which the Group is currently involved, and to create a forum to expand and deliver these activities not just for today, but for tomorrow and years to come, helping to ‘put something back’ into the communities local to the business.

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Kevin Gillespie Formwork, Steelfixing & Concrete We are pleased to be associated with PJ Carey Contractors and wish them continued success for the future

We are pleased to be associated with PJ Carey Contractors and wish them continued success for the future

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TARA FENCING Ltd We are pleased to be associated with PJ Carey and wish them continued success for the future

Rathfeigh, Tara, Co. Meath Telephone: (041) 9825323 - 9825840 Mobile: (087) 2547092 Fax: 041 9825856


Glack Contracts Limited

Civil Engineering • Road Maintenance Traffic Management • Road Ironwork Mastic Glack, Ardee, Co Louth, Ireland Telephone: 00353 (0)87 762 3418 Email:


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Increasing production in Macroom and Wexford One of the world’s leading food companies has provided significant investment in North Cork and new job opportunities. Danone Baby Nutrition, a wholly owned subsidiary of Danone Group and manufacturer of specialised infant and toddler milks, has invested e50M at its manufacturing facility in Macroom, Co Cork. Danone International is made up of dairy, water, baby nutrition, and baby medicalnutrition divisions. The Macroom plant is a baby-nutrition division. Macroom makes the base powder, the building blocks that go into every Danone baby-nutrition formula. It is packed in the Wexford plant, as well as at numerous plants across Europe. Wexford is also expanding to satisfy growing demand, by putting in a new packing plant and increasing its staff to 160 – which will bring the staff at Macroom and Wexford to 300. The Macroom facility is expected to be the largest and most technologically advanced manufacturing centre in Danone babynutrition’s global network, resulting in a trebling of capacity to 100,000 tonnes annually, after the creation of a new drying line. When it is operating at full capacity, the projection is that 20% of the world’s infant milk formula will be produced in Ireland. Of all 14 Danone baby formula production plants worldwide, from Asia to South America, Macroom is the largest, and is responsible for producing 80% of the base powder for Europe. Product from Macroom ends up on supermarket shelves as a variety of Danone baby brands, including Cow &

Gate and Aptamil in Ireland. commenced in February. Building work at the plant started in In addition, last year saw Danone Baby the first half of 2011 and involved 200 Nutrition mark its 125th anniversary of construction workers, with an added manufacturing Cow & Gate in Ireland commitment from the Company that most by announcing plans to expand its of the construction work would be carried manufacturing facility in Wexford. out by Irish companies. This includes a e20M investment in the The investment, which has been supported facility to meet growing demand for by the Irish Government through Enterprise products across the European market and Ireland, has funded an expansion and will create 45 new jobs at the Wexford plant. redevelopment of the existing facility to The investment will fund a new processing create new jobs in Macroom in the areas of and packaging line as well as lead to food science, engineering and supply increased employment such as operations, chain management. food science, engineering and logistics. It Consistent growth of Danone Baby will double the capacity to 70,000 tonnes Nutrition’s infant and toddler formulas has annually in finished packed products. resulted in the need to invest to increase capacity. A number of factors contributed to the selection of the Macroom facility for the investment. These included the strong track record of the Macroom and Wexford factories, availability of quality raw materials and the support of the Irish Government and Enterprise Ireland. Services: Designed by Lynch Blockwork, Sub-contractor, General Building and Associates and built by P.J. Hegarty & Sons, work at the 3 Knockeragh, Tir Na Boul. Killarney, Co. Kerry Macroom facility was completed earlier this year, and commercial Email: operations

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Tele-porters for Hire Block Laying & Brick Construction All Contracts Carried Out * Fully Insured Free Quotations * C2 Registered Gransha Lower, Castlemaine, Co. Kerry

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Establised in 1993, Lovetts & Harrington provide a wide range of quality internal and external plastering & rendering services to both commerical and residential customers. We offer a variety of render finishes in addition to traditional lime render. With a team of highly skilled plasterers and specialist machinery we can undertake projects both large and small.

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Mainland Tankfarm Refurbishment at Tarbert bund, and the construction of a new road tanker loading yard, control centre, and pump house. Ireland is a country with an economy that is heavily dependent on imported fossil fuels and has limited control over the volatile energy prices in foreign markets. The country’s membership of both the European Union (EU) and the International Energy Agency (IEA) requires Ireland to maintain 90-day reserves of national strategic stocks. NORA is responsible Design Services for the management of Ireland’s stocks of oil for use in the event of a shortage of supplies, and the work at the Pipe Installation tankfarm was necessary to help fulfil this mandate. Work started in March 2011 and was completed in September 2012.

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Main Contractor Balfour Beatty has completed work for the National Oil Reserves Agency at Tarbert in County Kerry. The scheme saw the design and construction of major refurbishment works at a tankfarm that can store vast quantities of kerosene, gas, oil and diesel. There are four huge steel tanks on the site, each with a capacity of 40,000cu m. A key element in the contract was to put the tanks through rigorous, hydrostatic tests for leaks. This involved the team pumping water from a lagoon to fill the first of the tanks. After this was checked for leaks, the water was transferred to the next tank so each one could be tested in sequence. It involved significant mechanical refurbishment to the existing tanks, and reconstruction and upgrade of the tankfarm bund arrangements. In collaboration with Consulting Engineers Byrne O Cleirigh Ltd, PUNCH Consulting Engineers provided project management and engineering services for the refurbishment of the 160,000 tonne tank farm. As well as the refurbishment, work included the installation of new pipe lines from the jetty, upgrading to the existing earthen


Knocknacarra Community Centre


Work is nearing completion on a new community facility that was first mooted more than 15 years ago The long-awaited Knocknacarra Community Centre at the Cappagh Park is becoming a reality, with construction on schedule. Provision for a community centre in Kncocknacarra was first identified as a priority in a Community Survey conducted by the Knocknacarra Community Group in 1995 and this priority is now becoming a reality for the community of Knocknacarra. Work consists of an international sized basketball court, which can accommodate indoor football, tennis, badminton, a rehearsal space to be used by drama or musical groups, while there will also be a number of meeting rooms and dressing rooms. The Centre also commands views of some of the playing facilities located in Cappagh Park. Funding for the e3M community centre is being financed by a loan obtained by Galway City Council and sees a stateof-the-art facility being provided for the suburb of Knocknacarra. Local councillors visited the construction site last December to see for themselves the progress that has been made. Following the signing of the building contract between the City Council and the Main Contractor, Purcell Construction, the construction of the Centre has continued at full steam. Councillors Catherine Connolly, Peter Keane, Donal Lyons, Niall McNelis and Hildegarde Naughton, together with Director of Services Kevin Swift and Galway City Council officials Rosie Webb, Sinead Johnston and Pat McHugh, all visited the site to be briefed on the construction progress. They also met with representatives of Purcell Construction. Councillor Connolly acknowledged that many people in Knocknacarra thought they would never see progress such as this, after such a long and contentious history spanning three local elections, five different City Managers or acting City Managers and the Centre mooted for four different locations. The original community centre was planned for the shopping centre at Shangort, but this planned was shelved. A subsequent proposal to build the community centre opposite the Millar’s Lane facilities ended in controversy and resulted in a third and doomed proposal by City Council management to give the recreational lands and facilities at Millar’s Lane to a developer for residential development in exchange for that developer constructing the community centre at the junction of the Bothar Stiofan and Rahoon Road. Councillor Connolly said she vigorously opposed this proposal and organised a leaflet drop to all houses in the area alerting the community to what the management proposed.

Following a huge public campaign, Councillor Connolly and City Management made a decision to build at the Cappagh Park site. This facility will be multi-functional and will cater for both sporting interests as well as local musical drama groups along with residents’ associations. City Manager Joe O’Neill, Acting Director of Services Kevin Swift, and officials at City Hall were thanked for progressing the provision of the community centre, as were the present and past members of Galway City Council who have been supportive of the provision of this much-needed community facility, which would have been impossible to construct without them. The Centre is being constructed by Purcell Construction. Established in 1988, the Company has grown to become a leading contractor with a proven track record in providing quality projects within each customer’s parameters of time and budget. With a head office in Galway and regional office in Dublin, Purcell Construction has worked in conjunction with some of Ireland’s leading design and project

management teams and has successfully completed many prestigious and award winning projects throughout the country. As well as community centres such as the one in Knocknacarra, Purcell’s portfolio includes hotels, hospitals, schools, swimming pools, shopping centres, industrial facilities, offices and apartments together with public and private houses. Other successful projects include major restoration/conservation works to a number of landmark public buildings including Tullamore Courthouse, Sligo Courthouse, Pearse Museum, Rathmines College and Limerick Courthouse. The Centre is designed by ABK Architects, established in London in 1961 and in Dublin since 1996, boasting a range of experience in the UK, Ireland and worldwide. The Practice is known for its work in many fields including public buildings, education, healthcare, commercial, residential buildings and the arts. Work on the Centre will be completed in April 2013.

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A32 Cherrymount Link Road


Enniskillen A scheme to construct a new 7.3m wide single carriageway to connect the A32 Irvinestown Road to the B80 Tempo Road in Enniskillen, is facing delays due to an archaeological excavation. The new distributor link road is just over 2km long and includes the construction of three new roundabouts to provide connectivity to adjoining residential areas within the development limits of the town of Enniskillen. Construction commenced in September 2011 and in July 2012, the Environment Minister imposed a ‘no-go zone’ around an archaeological site uncovered on the route of the new road in County Fermanagh after ancient human remains and pottery were unearthed at the site of a crannog.  Archaeologists at the crannog – an artificial island in a lake – have been making discoveries on almost a daily basis since the dig began in June. Archaeologists raised concerns about the “destruction” of the historical monument without the opportunity to fully excavate and record the feature. To facilitate the archaeological resolution of the site, the Minister for Environment extended the period for the dig on several occasions. The dig is now programmed to be completed by the end of March; a total excavation period of almost 40 weeks. Following the archaeological resolution of this monument, the construction of the Cherrymount Link Road will be completed over the site of the crannog with works scheduled for completion in May 2013.

The archaeological excavation itself has revealed a wealth of information about living conditions on the crannog at around 1200 AD. Inhabitants would have had little private space in the small, cramped houses that would have been little bigger than a large, modern living room. The house walls were insulated with heather and other plants, and living conditions were probably cramped, but reasonably comfortable for the times. Objects found show that the inhabitants were sophisticated, living as farming families, butchering their own animals and ploughing the land for crops. They were skilled at metal working and woodworking, excelling at carpentry to construct the houses and crafting and decorating wooden containers of all sizes. The Cherrymount project was identified as a Strategic Road Improvement project within the Regional Strategic Transport Network Transport Plan (RSTNTP) 2015, a document that was published in 2005. Both the A32 and A4 strategic routes converge at the Gaol Square junction in the centre of the town, resulting in considerable congestion during periods of peak traffic demand. The new link road extends from the A32 Cherrymount Roundabout in the northern outskirts of Enniskillen to the B80 Tempo Road in the east, which links to the A4 on Dublin Road. The new link will provide an alternative route for strategic traffic travelling between the A32 and the A4 and for local traffic moving around the town and particularly

relieve traffic congestion at the Gaol Square junction. In addition, the scheme will open up lands zoned for development to the east of Enniskillen and in this regard a developer contribution assisted the delivery of the project. The first 600m leading from the Cherrymount Roundabout utilises the existing carriageway built in 1984, with local widening being carried out over this stretch to provide a section of single lane dualling. The remaining 1,400m provides a new link to the roundabout on the existing Tempo Road with additional roundabouts provided at its junctions with Lawnakilla Way and Lower Chanterhill Road/Coa Road, and also one for access to development lands. Two footbridges were erected over the link road to provide safe pedestrian crossing facilities, one for public use, the other within the grounds of St Michael’s College solely for the use of students going to and from their playing fields. The contract was awarded to a joint venture between McLaughlin & Harvey Construction Ltd and PT McWilliams Ltd. The link road was scheduled for completion in March, however, owing to delays caused by archaeology, the southern section between the Coa Road and Tempo Road was opened to traffic prior to the Christmas break. Pending the completion of the archaeological dig in March, it is anticipated that the entire link road will be available to traffic before the end of May 2013.


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