Page 1

V17 N02

h t l a he n i s t r e y p c x n e – ta l s u n s o n ti o c u l , o g S n i y n t i e a f Find out m r t a 6 S 9 y ore on pag t 9 e 1 f a e3 e s c n d i an vice s d a d an


Michael Harrington Plant Hire (Beara) Ltd. PLANT HIRE & CIVIL ENGINEERING CONTRAC TOR Email:


02774200 - 087-2622658

Faunkill, Eyeries, Beara, Co Cork Tel: (027) 70888 / 74200 Fax: (027) 70300 / 74332 Mobile: 087 2622658 FOR HIRE

Excavators, Rockbreakers, JCBs - Rubber Type with Rock, Breakers, Dump Trucks, Lorry Hire, Tractor Hire, Long Reach, Exavators, Crushers, Primary & Second Hand, Screeners and Reclaimers, Rollers


Site Development, Land Drainage Roadmaking, Forestry Work, Rock Breaking, Water Schemes, Demolition Contractor, Recycling of Concrete All Sizes of Decorative Chippings, Suppliers of Ready Mix Concrete

All types of stone supplied

Sand, Gravel, Top Soil and Building Stone, On site Crushing and Screening, Recycling.



Tel:027 70888 Mobile: 087 2622658

Personal Supervision - Distance No Object

Safety Solutions takes space and height rescue training to a new level! Confined space accidents take a life every two weeks in Ireland and UK. Annually, 1500 people are injured. Often, it’s the untrained person who attempts the rescue fares worst. The simulator, the first of its type, is a one stop shop. It is fully self-contained and equipped to meet all learning requirements. It includes breathing apparatus for all learners and a classroom with full AV facilities. It has a standalone power supply for remote locations. The lifelike training puts learners on the spot with scenarios which simulate many of the most difficult environments they will ever meet, be it rescuing an injured person or escaping from danger. For example, they will experience traversing long distances in the dark with breathing apparatus while also having to deal with unpredictable obstacles. All in a safe environment and overseen by qualified instructors. Established in 1996, Safety Solutions is Ireland’s leading safety training provider and this addition extends the range of practical and hands on courses it provides from its facility in Dublin 15 and at client venues. Managing Director, Ciaran McEvoy, advises that the simulator was unique and has the potential to not only provide new and higher standards of training but reduce significantly costs and inconvenience. “If it’s not convenient or too costly for learners to come to us we can go to them. It can go to one facility to train a team of staff or we can take it to multiple facilities. And if a client wants to use their own equipment, we are happy accommodate that also. This obviously reduces travel time and accommodation costs. It also means that time away from normal duties is kept to a minimum,” he said.

Courses provided using the simulator include: • • • • • • • • • • •

Low Risk Confined Space Medium Risk Confined Space High Risk Confined Space Confined Space Training for Managers and Supervisors Height Rescue Search and Rescue Harness Safety Working at Height HAZMAT and Dealing with Spills Breathing Apparatus Command Centre & Incident Control Training

Course content includes instruction in the following: • • • • • • • • •

Confined Space Chamber Entry Escape Breathing Apparatus Full Breathing Apparatus Casualty Evacuation Stretcher Evacuation Side Rescue Evacuation at Height (1.5M) Height Rescue (4.8M) Sewer / Duct / Ceiling Void Simulation (40M of tunnels) Deep Manhole Simulation (3.5M)

All training is provided by experienced instructors who meet Safety Solutions recognised commitment to the highest standards of instruction and service. Safety Solutions is a QQI (FETAC) Training Organisation. It is SOLAS, IOSH and Lantra Awards approved. It is a member of RoSPA, quality Assured (ISO 9001, 14001, OHSAS 18001) and experienced in implementing ISO & OHSAS Management Systems (ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001).

For more information contact Karen Roberts at Safety Solutions on 01-835 4084 or Safety Solutions, Unit 2, Lyncon Court, Snugborough Business & Technology Park, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15.

Training LMS develops leaders, managers and supervisors in all industry sectors. Evidence of competency is now a standard requirement of winning work and satisfying both private and public sector clients. Training LMS aims to facilitate the pursuit of competence of organisations and individuals through the provision of advice, guidance, mentoring and the necessary training to achieve professional qualifications at all levels of management and supervision. With several different routes to gaining professional recognition, contact us for a free training needs analysis to identify how this can be achieved. We understand that there is no single solution to the training and development needs of individuals and organisations so an important element of our approach is tailoring provision to suit specific circumstances and requirements.




Training LMS was established to promote professionalism and excellence in leadership, management and supervision in modern day industry. Directors Allan McMullen and Roger Gillespie have both been involved in business and training in Northern Ireland for many years. Both are from family firms and have developed their careers in education and training, particularly through their involvement with the Chartered Institute of Building, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, the Chartered Management Institute and the Institute of Directors. Allan was Chief Executive of the Construction Industry Training Board from 1994 until 2009 and was the international president of the CIOB in 2005/2006. Roger was Manager of WYG Training and now runs Gillespie Consulting, specialists in training, health & safety and the environment.Training LMS now offers training programmes leading to professional qualifications with the Chartered Institute of Building, Engineers Ireland, Institution of Occupational Safety and Health and also CPD Events.

6 Newcastle Road, Kilkeel, Co Down, BT34 4AP Phone: 028 4176 5144 Mobile: 077 3668 5541 Email:

Schöck prevents thermal bridging in major new distillery

Marketing and distribution across Ireland of the major Pernod Ricard premium wine and spirit brands such as Malibu, Jacob's Creek, Brancott Estate and Mumm, is big business for Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard. However, the company’s real heritage is in its whiskey brands, particularly Jameson Irish Whiskey, which is produced at the main distillery in Midleton, County Cork. The site has a production capacity of 33 million litres of alcohol a year, but even this is still insufficient to meet increasing international demand. As a result, €100 million is being invested in new plant to double the capacity. When complete, Midleton will be one of the most modern distilleries in the world, boasting three 75,000 litre pot stills, and three column stills.

insulated to the top, leading edge and underside on the north elevation and part return on the east and west elevations over a glazed wall. To prevent any risk of thermal bridging at these roof overhang connectivity points, the structural elements to the primary steel are isolated from the interior environment using Isokorb structural thermal break units from Schöck.

The 21.5m high pot still hall building envelope is designed to a very high level of thermal performance and one of the design factors that had to be taken into account was the prevention of thermal bridging. There is of course a regulatory need to reduce local heat loss and CO2 emissions. But in addition, condensation can be a potential problem too, frequently resulting in structural integrity problems, and even mould growth, which brings its own set of health risks to personnel. The pot still hall has an overhanging roof element and this is

It offers outstanding thermal efficiency and unrivalled application options, allowing connections to be made between concrete-to-concrete, concrete-to-steel and steel-to-steel. At Midleton, it is the Schöck type KST module for steel-to-steel applications that has been installed. The KST modules are able to withstand extremely demanding loads and incorporate stainless steel components to ensure corrosion protection and minimise thermal conductivity. The Isokorb modules dramatically reduce energy loss in connective areas by guaranteeing that there is uniformity between cantilever structures and the internal structure at the thermal envelope. They also transfer load and maintain full structural integrity, while at the same time enabling inner surface area temperatures to remain well in excess of those likely to cause mould formation and condensation. The units are easy to fit with regular end-plate connections and all available steel profiles can be bolted on.

The new Still House (Courtesy of Wain Morehead Architects)

The Isokorb is one of the most sophisticated solutions on the market, for the prevention of thermal bridging in connective situations; and has been supplied for the project by Contech Accessories, of Tullow, County Carlow, the Schöck sales partner and sole distributor for Ireland.


The entire Schöck Isokorb range provides BBA Certification and LABC Registration, and comfortably exceeds the requirements of BRE IP1/06 and Part L of the UK and Irish Building Regulations. These state that the temperature factor used to indicate condensation risk (fRSI), must be greater than, or equal to, 0.50 for commercial buildings, a requirement comfortably exceeded by incorporating the Isokorb into the design.

For further information about services from Schöck, or to request a free copy of the Specifiers Guide and / or Technical Guide; contact Contech Accessories on: tel: 00353 (0) 59 915 email: or visit

NEWS - 8

Editors Gareth Trevor-Jones Victoria Lee


Staff Writer John Train


60 Turley - Michael Gordon

PROFILE 18 28 38 40 48 51 57

JMW Farms Super Seal Windows O’Halloran & Rooney Architects Coughlan Associates FMK Architecture FM Corr & Associates McIvor Engineering


EDUCATION 26 32 42 44 46 47 54

Editorial Raimy Greenland Robert Atherton Copy Jody Ramsey Studio Manager Séamus Norton Designer Richard Gill Proof Reader Matthew Brown Data Administrator Ryan Irwin

Holy Trinity National School Strathearn Grammar School Carrigallen Vocational School Kealkill National School Our Lady’s Secondary Newpark School CREST Pavilion

Approvals Sarah Smith


Display Advertising Sales T: 01257 231900 E:

50 Solas Bhride Centre & Hermitages 59 Michaelstown Community Sports Centre


Credit Control Carol Ryan

Follow us on...

15 Dungannon Public Realm Works 24 Leixlip Water Treatment Plant 30 Grafton Street Public


LEISURE 34 West Cork Arts Centre 35 Drumaheglis Marina & Caravan Park 36 Dun Laoghaire Central Library & Cultural Centre 52 Glebeside Park

HEALTH 12 41 53 55 57

Bon Secours Hospital Irvinestown Health & Care Village Ennistymon Community Hospital Virginia Community Health Summerhill Primary Centre ISSN 1461-1279



22 Allergan Production Facility

Pro-Mark Media Stirling House Ackhurst Business Park Chorley PR7 1NY T: 01257 231900 E:

© Copyright Pro-Mark Media Limited. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be copied, reproduced or transmitted in any form without the prior permission of Pro-Mark Media. Views expressed in this magazine are not necessarily those of the publisher.


£11.5M investment delivers new homes for Newtownabbey Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland has visited the site of a new £11.5M family housing scheme at Mill Road, Newtownabbey. The development, on the site of the former Felden Government Training Centre, will provide 97 new homes for families on the social housing waiting list. The new homes are being built by Clanmil Housing Association, with part funding from the Northern Ireland Executive, through the Department for Social Development. Completion is planned for October 2015. Speaking during a visit to the site, Minister McCausland said: “Clanmil Housing is to be congratulated for the excellent design

and delivery of this project. The houses are being built to the most exacting standards. The development team are to be applauded for also designing in good quality recreation space. Going these extra miles to help create and sustain a community in which people will want to live is very much to be welcomed.” The new homes will be built to high energy efficiency specifications. All have also been designed to Secured by Design and Lifetime Homes standards, ensuring added security for tenants and flexibility of adaptation if required at a later date. Steve Amos, Chair of the Clanmil Housing Group, said: “Clanmil is committed

to providing high quality, affordable homes for rent in areas of high housing need and we are delighted to see work underway on the construction of these much needed new homes for Newtownabbey, bringing this vacant site back into use for the community. “We have worked closely with the local community and political representatives to get the scheme to this stage and very much appreciate their help and support. We look forward to continuing work together to make this development a really good place to live and raise a family, with great homes in an excellent environment.”


Kelly announces e2M greenway for Galway City to Moycullen Public Transport Minister, Alan Kelly, has announced the provision of e2M for the development of a major new greenway between Galway city and Moycullen village. The greenway will see the construction of a 2.5-3 metre wide walking/cycling greenway along the dismantled Connemara railway line running close to the banks of the Corrib between Galway and Moycullen. The route, which will run through the campus at NUI Galway, will provide a secure and safe environment for walkers and cyclists. It will be 12.4 kilometres long, 11.4 of which will be off-road and one kilometre on a quiet local road.

Announcing the news, Minister Alan Kelly said it will be the first greenway in Ireland that will be primarily targeted at daily cyclists as opposed to tourists: “15,000 people commute from Moycullen to Galway on a typical working day. This greenway is first and foremost designed to facilitate those people being able to travel by bike. This greenway, which is among the first of its kind in the country, will link Moycullen with major employers in Galway city centre, the University Hospital and will run through NUI Galway’s campus. It will be perfect for students and in time, I believe over 5,000 people a day could use this greenway.”

The Galway to Moycullen Greenway was one of only three successful greenway applications under the National Cycle Network. 38 applications were submitted by local authorities to the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport for consideration for e6.3M of funding. This was part of the Government’s commitment to invest in the national cycle network. Two other greenway developments were announced – Glenbeigh to Cahirciveen in County Kerry and Clonea to Durrow in County Waterford. Construction will commence very soon on the Galway to Moycullen Greenway and will be completed in late 2015.

Marrowbone Millennium Park builds on sports investment People in North Belfast are celebrating a £680,000 sports investment which has provided a new, modern, 3G artificial pitch at Marrowbone Millennium Park. It has been jointly funded by Belfast City Council, the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, Sport NI and the Department for Social Development.   Young people, local government ministers, councillors and local community representatives officially opened the pitch in April, marking a significant investment in a neighbourhood in need of sporting facilities as well as supporting health and well being programmes in the neighbourhood. The new pitch can be used throughout the year, increasing access for a range of groups and young people, and a sports development plan has been produced to target under-represented groups, including disabled, older people and females. The Deputy Chair of the Council’s Parks and Leisure Committee, Councillor Caoimhín MacGiolla Mhín said: “This is the latest project to be delivered as part of the council’s £150M Investment Programme, which has already seen £75M of schemes either completed or on the ground, creating new or improving existing facilities and boosting quality of life for people across the city.  “Partnership working is central to the programme, and this is a good example of government departments and the council working with the local community to deliver sustainable projects. It also ties in with our priorities to make Belfast a healthier city.” Chief Executive of Sport Northern Ireland, Antoinette McKeown, commented: “Marrowbone’s new, state-of-the-art sports facilities are an excellent example of partnership in action. It is rewarding to see that Sport NI’s investment of almost £200,000 has added value to the investment made by others, showing the power of working together to benefit communities and sports organisations. Let’s encourage everyone to get active and get healthy by using the new 3G pitch!”

Progress confirmed on Intel’s $5Bn campus upgrade Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore and Jobs Minister Richard Bruton have confirmed the progress of Intel’s $5Bn campus upgrade, the largest private investment in the history of the Irish State. The Government acknowledged the massive contribution of Intel to Ireland over the last 25 years, both in economic terms and in terms of raising the expectation for industrial development in Ireland. The project reflects a significant investment by Intel over the past three years, starting with an initial $500M investment announced in early 2011 and growing to a total of $5Bn invested in the upgrade project to date. The project has created 5,000 additional, indirect jobs in the planning and construction of the campus upgrade and brings the overall capital investment to a total of $12.5Bn over the past 25 years. As a result of this project Intel Ireland will become a high volume site for Intel’s latest leading edge manufacturing process beginning in 2015. Speaking at a joint press event hosted

at the Intel campus in Leixlip, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said: “The Government’s top priority is to get Ireland working and I welcome that this investment will sustain 5,000 additional, indirect jobs through the completion of the construction phase in 2015 while securing the 4,500 existing jobs at the Leixlip facility into the medium term. “At a time of continuing high unemployment, this is a huge boost not just to the Greater Dublin Area, but to the entire Irish economy, and particularly to the construction sector.” Intel President Renee James said: “I would like to thank the Irish Government for its outstanding business partnership with Intel over the past 25 years. “The combination of the pro-business environment, which the Irish Government has created, together with this investment of $5Bn in Intel Ireland have resulted in the creation of a technology campus in Leixlip that is now readying itself to produce some of our most advanced products.”

FTA Ireland applauds ILT Award winners sector. This year’s awards were the most keenly contested yet, with over 100 entrants. The quality of the entries was higher this year than ever before, and reflected the huge efforts of the teams involved. It was also great to see DHL Global Forwarding scoop the overall Logistics and Transport Excellence Award 2014.” FTAI members that were among the ILT Award winners included: ••Overall Logistic and Transport Excellence Award - DHL Global Forwarding ••Transport Company of the Year National Vehicle Distribution ••Freight Forwarding Company of the Year - DHL Global Forwarding ••Safety Award - Iron Mountain ••Communications Award - Social Media - Dublin Airport Authority


The Freight Transport Association Ireland (FTAI) has congratulated the winners of the Irish Logistics and Transport Awards (ILT), which included several of its members. The 2014 ILT Awards is said to have attracted over 450 freight and logistics representatives from across Ireland, and celebrated the best in the industry. There were 18 categories in the awards which received over 100 entries. Among the winners of the prestigious trophies were several members of FTAI, who were rewarded with well deserved recognition. Neil McDonnell, General Manager FTA Ireland congratulated all in saying: “FTA Ireland is delighted with the success of member companies at the Irish Logistics and Transport Awards 2014. The ILT awards are under the patronage of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, and are the premier industry awards in the


Accoya marks entrance to Dublin City University


Accoya, the world leading modified wood manufactured by Accsys Technologies, has been used to create an impressive architectural sculpture that now adorns the entrance to Dublin City University (DCU). 54 imposing posts made from structural glulaminated Accoya were creatively arranged to complete the installation. At its highest point, the sculpture stands 16 metres above ground level, marking the prominent entrance to the twentieth century institution and home to Ireland’s largest arts centre, The Helix. ZAP Architecture was appointed to lead the sculpture installation project following an international design competition organised by the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland. Pol Gallagher, Creative Director of ZAP Architecture, explained: “The design celebrates the main entrance to DCU in the form of a bold forest of vertical timber elements, broken up by rich green spaces. Our design is about place making, creating a striking and memorable visual identity for DCU both locally and on the international scene.” Manufactured using Accsys Technologies’ proprietary acetylation process, Accoya is one of the most advanced modified wood products on the market, delivering

outstanding levels of performance, stability and class one durability. Exceeding the high quality and aesthetic attributes of tropical hardwoods, it also boasts excellent environmental credentials by using wood sourced from FSC certified and sustainable forests, as well as being Cradle to Cradle Gold certified. Dominik Niewerth, Project Engineer at Schaffitzel + Miebach, who provided a consultancy role for the timber works and has worked with glulam Accoya on many projects, added: “The major benefit of Accoya is its ability to withstand exposed conditions and direct weathering. We’re confident of its dimensional stability and durable performance, and were also able to glue the wood and therefore use it for structural elements of the installation. “The Accoya glulam posts are clamped into the ground, so we’ve been able to complete the whole sculpture without using any steel parts, which is a sustainable design. This wouldn’t have been possible with any other type of timber as there would have been far too many concerns about the durability of such an essential structural component.” With exceptional standards of durability, Accoya is guaranteed for 50 years above

ground, and 25 years below ground. Thanks to the revolutionary chemical modifications made during the acetylation process, swelling and shrinkage of Accoya is reduced by more than 75% compared to other wood species, and the wood is virtually rot proof. Pol added: “This is the first time that ZAP Architecture has worked with Accoya, after it was recommended by Abbey Woods, the official distributor of Accoya in Ireland. The benefits of Accoya have been continually evident throughout the project, and the sustainable integrity of using naturally grown and sustainably harvested, high performance modified wood was a significant factor for all involved” Phil Roche, Managing Director at Abbey Woods, also explained: “This is the first landmark structural project using Accoya to be completed in Ireland; the entire project team from start to finish were simply excellent to work with. The reputation of Accoya as the most versatile exterior timber product just keeps growing” Accoya wood is available to purchase from Accsys Technologies’ global network of official distributors. For further please visit

Minister Quinn announces e36M for school improvements The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn TD, has announced that 386 schools across every county in Ireland will be able to undertake school improvements this summer. Almost e36M is being provided by the Department of Education and Skills under the first round of funding for the Summer Works Scheme 2014. The successful schools will receive money to improve and upgrade existing school buildings. This first round of funding will allow schools to carry out small and medium scale building works across three categories of projects – gas, electrical and mechanical. A second round of the scheme is expected to be announced in coming weeks. This round will cover other types of improvement works, with applications still being assessed. Speaking at one of the schools who will receive funding, Ringsend College in Dublin, Minister Quinn said: “More than 98,000 students in primary and second level schools will benefit as a result of the funding we are making available today under the Summer Works Scheme for 2014. “In this Year of Jobs, I and the Department are committed to doing everything we can to ensure as many people as possible get back to work. These projects will stimulate economic activity by supporting 2,160 direct and 430 indirect construction jobs in the local economy.” This year, almost e470M will be invested in school building infrastructure under the school building and modernisation programme. Schools can access further details and instructions on how to proceed on-line using the Esinet Portal.

£40M investment for west Belfast announced First Minister Peter Robinson and the Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness have announced Delta Print & Packaging Ltd is investing over £40M to expand its operation and create 100 new manufacturing jobs in west Belfast. Based at Kennedy Way, Delta designs and manufactures printed carton packaging primarily for the retail food, consumer electronics, household goods, dairy, pharmaceutical and food service sectors. Delta has already increased staff from 169 to 200 recently in preparation for the investment. Staff levels will then rise to 269. The First Minister Peter Robinson said: “Today’s £40M investment by Delta Print & Packaging creating 100 new jobs is good news for the local economy and reinforces the Company’s 30 year commitment to invest and re-invest in Belfast. “Investment such as this helps Northern Ireland to meet the challenges we have

set within our economic strategy – to improve Northern Ireland’s economic competitiveness through export-led growth and to increase employment opportunities and prosperity for all.” The Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said: “This is a significant boost for our local manufacturing sector and for west Belfast. Delta Print & Packaging generate annual wages and salaries of £8M a year to the local economy and this announcement is good news for existing and potential employees and other local businesses. “Delta is a fantastic example of a local company using the skills and work ethic of local people to compete globally. With overseas production operations through joint ventures in India and China, Delta could have relocated its entire operation overseas. The decision to invest in the plant and the people at Kennedy Way maintains its long term commitment to west Belfast.”

Healy Kelly Turner & Townsend triumphs at Irish Building & Design Awards also won Retrofit Project of the Year. Mark Kelly, Managing Director of Healy Kelly Turner & Townsend, commenting on the award said: “Winning this award for a third time is testimony to our commitment to our clients and their projects across the industry. 2013 has been a wonderful year for our business across the globe, and in Ireland our relationships with clients have grown stronger than ever and I am very proud of the team’s achievements.” The glittering gala evening, held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Ballsbridge Dublin, was attended by almost 300 construction industry professionals who gathered to hear the winners of 17 categories chosen by a distinguished panel of judges. It is the only awards ceremony in Ireland that celebrates the achievements of consultants and contractors in the construction industry.


Global programme management and construction consultancy, Healy Kelly Turner & Townsend, has been named Project/Construction Management Firm of the year at the Irish Building and Design Awards 2014. Winning for the third time in the last four years, the award recognises the continued success of Healy Kelly Turner & Townsend in the Irish construction industry and in particular its commitment to service excellence, client satisfaction and staff. There was further success during the night, as the National Film School won the School Building Project of the Year – a project the Company acted as Cost Manager for. The Claregalway Rapids School project, where they were appointed as Project and Cost Managers, Technical Advisor and Employers Representative,


Bon Secours Hospital


Expansion at the Cork hospital A new e4M development providing an expansion of the Cardiac Catheterisation laboratory supported by dedicated cardiology day capacity has been commissioned at Bon Secours Hospital in Cork. The new build will contain the most up-to-date diagnostic and interventional cardiology equipment that will greatly assist the team members in their diagnosis and treatment of patients with heart problems. The department contains an extensive procedure room and 12 new patient bay areas. Welcoming the new development, Dr John Kenny, Consultant Cardiologist, said: “The clinicians and management at the Bon Secours Hospital are delighted with the commissioning of the new cardiac catherisation laboratory. “This will benefit greatly the patients of the greater Munster area in giving them easy and timely access to essential diagnostic and interventional cardiology services.” Having established a strong presence in the provision of acute healthcare in Ireland in the 19th and 20th centuries, the sisters of Bon Secours decided to set up the Bon Secours Health System as a limited company to organise and manage the running of the five hospitals in the group. The Bon Secours Health System was established in 1993 to coordinate the management of five hospitals under the care of the Bon Secours Sisters. It is the largest private healthcare provider in Ireland. Built on an ethos of quality care and compassion, it provides worldclass medical treatment, delivered in a uniquely caring environment. It has some of the most technologically advanced hospitals in the country located in Cork, Dublin, Galway and Tralee and

the Mount Desert Care Village, Cork. All of the hospitals are accredited by Joint Commission International (JCI). With a total complement of more than 800 beds, the Bon Secours Health System provides the most modern and technologically advanced diagnostic and treatment facilities at all its locations. The Bon Secours group of hospitals provides full cover to all health insurance companies such as VHI, Laya Healthcare and Aviva, as well as providing a substantial service to the National Treatment Purchase Fund. In 1861, the Sisters arrived in Ireland where they continued the mission of caring for the sick and dying in their own homes. As the service grew and healthcare began to change in Ireland, the Sisters opened a number of hospitals in the subsequent decades. With Ireland suffering the effects of the ‘Great Famine’ and centuries of intermittent warfare for religious and political freedom, Dublin was an overcrowded and poor city. Sisters of Bon Secours were the first to stay in the homes, caring for people as long as required. From their original convent in Granville Street, Dublin, the sisters moved to Lower Mount Street and also took charge of a ‘Penny Dinner’ Hall, now run under the auspices of Cross Care Services, where the Sisters continue to minister. In 1951, Bon Secours Hospital Glasnevin opened and a major expansion was completed in 2006. This modern, acute general hospital is renowned for its high quality holistic care for the sick, dying and their families. News of the ministry spread and Sisters were invited to work in Cork at Cobh and Mount Desert and in Belfast, Tralee and Galway, where they responded to healthcare needs. At the invitation of a Cork priest, Fr

F. O’Connor and with the help of his brother who was a doctor, the Sisters set up in Cork in 1867, living initially in Dyke Parade, later moving to what is now the Cork Museum and finally to College Road, building their first Convent. The Bon Secours Hospital in Cork was established in 1915 and the Sisters still minister their today. The Sisters also established a Maternity Hospital in 1958, catering for over 2,000 births each year. This was transferred to the new, centralised Cork University Maternity Hospital in 2007. At the invitation of Bishop Dorrian, the Bon Secours Sisters set up a ministry in Belfast in 1872. The Sisters lived for many years on the Falls Road, courageously facing the reality of life in Belfast, visiting the poor, nursing the sick and dying in their homes, and providing residential care and a hospital chaplaincy service. In 1975, when a bomb damaged their house, they moved to Andersontown, where they remained until 2008. At present, one Sister continues to provide compassionate loving care to the poor and less fortunate in Belfast. This care has allowed Bon Secours Cork to flourish. It is an acute general hospital with 344 beds, providing a range of inpatient and day case services to adults and children, employing 1,000 staff. The hospital has in excess of 70 consultants providing a broad range of clinical services and expertise, and has a long tradition of cardiology services incorporating a Rapid Access Chest Pain Clinic, a Cardiology Department providing the full range of diagnostics (ECG, ECHO, Stress Testing), ICU and now a newly developed laboratory. The five consultant cardiologists – Drs Will Fennell, John Kenny, Conor O’Shea, continued page 14 >

Car Parking & Security Systems Range of services •

Pay & Display Systems

Pay & Foot Systems

Security Systems




This division of MF Services was established in 1997 and has been growing rapidly ever since. It now accounts for a significant portion of overall turnover. This section specialises in ‘Pay-On-Foot’ and ‘Pay & Display’ Parking Systems Installation and the provision of equipment for security systems. MF Services are the exclusive authorized distributor of Amano and Cale Parking Systems for Ireland. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Free Site Survey and Quotation Service. Complete Installation(including all associated works i.e. civil works). Call Centre Support. Technical Assistance. In House or On Site Repair of all our Product Range. Maintenance Contracts built to suit individual Customer Requirements. Consumables for all our Product Range.

Car Parking Technology

See our range of Cale and Amano Products on our website

MF Services Unit 26/27 Doughcloyne Court Industrial Estate, Wilton, Co. Cork, Ireland Tel: (021) 434 8996 Email:

Mahesh Pauriah and Carl Vaughan – are supported by a highly skilled cardiology team of technicians, nurses and others. Mr Harry Canning, Hospital Manager at Bon Secours in Cork, said: “A key priority for the hospital is to improve the facilities and environment for patients with a particular emphasis on high quality, safe

patient care, all enabled by highly trained staff and state-of-the-art equipment.” The Architect is O’Connell Mahon – who has worked at the hospital previously to provide a six-level car park that has provided 400 spaces. The structure, with a floor area of 15,000sq m, has a sloped landscape to the north

of the site overlooking the River Lee and there is a plinth linking it to the hospital. John Sisk & Son is the Main Contractor for the development, which is now well under way and will eventually provide a hospital with even greater care than before.

Jones Engineering Group has been servicing the medical sector in Ireland for over 100 years







Finland OY

Technology Providers

Qatar Qatar





Technology Technology Providers Providers


Fire Protection




Technology Providers

Belgium Belgium

Finland Finland OY OY



Technology Providers


Finland OY


Finland OY




Technology ProvidersProviders Technology


“Quality work through quality people” Technology Providers


Finland OY

Technology Providers

Belgium Qatar Belgium Technology Providers

Finland OY OY Qatar Finland KSA


Dungannon Public Realm Works Regenerating the town centre possible thanks to the commitment of Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council to the regeneration of Dungannon town centre. It was decided that this work was required as part of the Dungannon Regeneration Strategy, which identified those parts of the town which would benefit from investment and improvement. The Council is committed to presenting an attractive environment that promotes the town as a place where people are keen to live, work and shop. This physical environment is a vital first impression to visitors, investors, and is a crucial factor in the minds of local people as to where they shop. The Department for Social Development (DSD) and Department of Finance and Personnel (DFP) approved an economic appraisal submitted by the Council for a £5M public realm scheme covering 11

streets and funding to the tune of £2.3M was secured from DSD for Phase I, which would encompass Market Square and Castle Hill, Church Street and Irish Street. Phase II will cover Scotch Street, Georges Street, William Street, Ann Street, Thomas Street, Perry Street and Northland Row. The first phase was designed to complement and enhance the Council’s separate development of Ranfurly House Arts and Visitor Centre and the Hill of the O’Neill heritage park. Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland was taken on a tour of Phase I in February, which is transforming Market Square. He spoke of his delight at the work taking place. “This is a significant investment and I know has been long looked forward to,” he said. “Seeing this work under way will provide a welcome boost for traders


A development in Dungannon town centre will see Market Square become the focal point for civic events. Work at Castle Hill and Market Square – a historical area – will include the provision of new stone footways and roadway surfaces, with new stone kerbing. New street furniture, tree planting and lighting will also be put in place, in compliance and cooperation with the DRD Roads Service. The project will also incorporate a public art piece at the top of Market Square. It will result in a high quality, pedestrianfriendly town centre environment, improved civic spaces for markets and events, reduce traffic congestion and improve accessibility for pedestrians, vehicles and buses, provide public art, improve landscaping and lighting and provide visitors a fully accessible shared space for events and markets. This phased development has been made

and local people and I’m delighted that work is ahead of schedule. “I understand that the traders in the town are very excited about the changes taking place and have been very understanding and cooperative while the works are being carried out in the town. “This work combined with the previous revitalisation schemes funded by my Department will ensure that Dungannon town centre remains a vibrant and exciting place to visit and shop in.” In order to mitigate risks, the Council is working with stakeholders to ease any concerns that may arise. The site supervision team have met and will continue to meet business representatives on a monthly basis as well as individual businesses and residents as required, while monthly newsletters and publications have been distributed to the local public to keep them informed of everything happening with the scheme. With the work being delivered in a busy town centre environment, which will affect businesses, property owners, residents and shoppers, it is important for the Council to ensure everybody knows the town is still open for business, while ensuring businesses aren’t disrupted. With that in mind, communication remains open with employers, statutory authorities and local businesses. The Site Supervisor and Project Manager are available to meet with all town centre stakeholders, addressing all concerns in person. This means that ad-hoc

site meetings with clients, members of the public and businesses have all been possible. All temporary works have been agreed on an area-by-area basis to the satisfaction of the DRD, in compliance with the Street Works Order. Temporary access routes to shops and businesses are provided in the form of bound surfaces and temporary level access walkways. Traffic management plans have also been produced to enable work to be carried out in a safe and controlled manner along the roadways associated with the development. Agreed with the client and DRD prior to work commencing, the plans have been communicated to other affected statutory bodies such as Translink in advance of site work commencing. All affected routes have signs and warnings in place for traffic. Signage provides information for the general public to gain a full understanding of the safe routes to take when moving through the town. Mayor of the Council, Councillor Sean McGuigan,

said: “The current project in Dungannon is Phase I of the longer term regeneration for the town and is an important milestone in the journey of invigoration for the local area. “We are thankful for the continued support from the Department for Social Development and it is clear that they share the vision to enhance our town.” Designed by The Paul Hogarth Company and WYG, the Main Contractor is John McQuillan (Contracts) Ltd who have been appointed on a ‘Develop and Construct’ basis. Work started in October 2013 and is programmed to be completed in the summer.

• Civil Engineering • Road Surfacing • Quarrying • Demolition • Waste Management • Outdoor Facilities Management • Analytical Services



TEL: 028 9266 8831 FAX: 028 9266 8832

Official Technical Partner of 2014 Giro d’Italia Big Start

Hardscape are Full Members of the ETI having graduated to ‘Achiever’ status within the membership advancement process. Our vision is a world where all workers are free from exploitation and discrimination, and work in conditions of freedom, security & equity.

Hardscape: • Demonstrate a supply chain working in conditions of freedom, security & equity • Make a difference that improves workers’ lives • Present and deliver a Policy based on Internationally recognised Labour Codes of Practice and the UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights Part of the Hardscape Group of companies.

• Evidence a supply chain free from exploitation & discrimination • Aim to deliver on time to specification

For further information on Hardscape’s portfolio of hard landscape materials or their work with the Ethical Trading Initiative visit our website or email Glenn Bradley on


JMW Farms Ltd Family run business with decades of experience


JMW Farms is a family run business specialising in pig farming, established in the early 1980s and directed by Jim and Mark Wright. Initially a partnership, this progressed into a limited company a few years ago. Both Jim and Mark have always worked with pigs since being teenagers, as the business has developed, their knowledge and experience has enabled them to position the business as a leading player in the market. Operating out of three offices – Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and UK, JMW Farms has approximately 100 staff members. A specialised training programme is delivered to all on how to work within such a niche industry. The main body of employees are pig related with a few employed in construction also given specific training. A considerable amount of maintenance work is required to keep the business competitive in its operations. The Company’s development is market driven and growth is in line with processing companies such as Karro Foods and Dunbia. Historically there has been extensive demand for British pork, this demand has continued and increased nationally.

Recently, the Company has commissioned a purpose built mill for its own use. It is located at Tonnagh Road, County Armagh, in Northern Ireland. JMW Farms has outside or contract growers as well as their own growing sites. The mill is used to make the meal for these contract growers as well as for the Company. The mill was finished and opened in May 2013. The Company also uses an Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plant, which is well suited to agricultural residues and crops. As a progressive company, JMW Farms decided to get on board when the UK Government encouraged farmers and entrepreneurs to build AD plants to help meet legislative targets imposed on them in an effort to reduce the global carbon footprint. In making this major capital investment, JMW Farms can avail of financial returns, while helping reduce greenhouse emissions and also providing organic fertiliser with an increased nutrient value. This will help to contribute to the reduction of the global carbon footprint. The AD plant became an attractive investment because in April 2011 the

Renewable Obligation Certificates (ROCs), available for anaerobic digestion in Northern Ireland, were increased from two to four. This changed the economics of AD plants considerably, JMW recognised this and began to invest within the sector. As far back as two years ago, industry insiders thought there could be up to 40 more plants in Northern Ireland, either at planning stage, ready to begin construction, or already being built. The first large scale on-farm AD plant was brought into service in 2011 on the Armagh site of JMW Farms, after Jim and Mark decided to press ahead with the major capital investment, while others were still debating and questioning the viability of AD. The plant was constructed by Moore Biosystems, the sister company to Moore Concrete, and has links to Danishbased Lundsby Holdings, who have built AD plants in Denmark and throughout Europe. While the AD plant is built to a blueprint developed by Lundsby, Moore Biosystems are responsible for construction, with all the materials and equipment sourced locally. JMW Farms initially installed a 250kW continued page 20 >

Steel Fabrication & Erection - Roofing & Cladding Agricultural Housing & Sheds - Shuttering Poultry Housing - Pig Units We are a steel erecting specialist based in Cookstown, Northern Ireland and have been established for over 40 years. In this time, we have developed an excellent reputation for efficiency, reliability, cost-effectiveness and safety, serving a

wide range of customers throughout the UK and Ireland. We have built a long lasting relationship with our current clients and are proud of the reputation we have acquired through our various contracts we have completed.

55 Knockanroe Road - Stewartstown Dungannon - Co Tyrone - NI - BT71 5LX T: 028 8676 5227 - F: 028 8676 1013 M: 07771 683222 E:


plant with a view to commissioning a second 250kW engine. The plant now operates with a 500kW capacity. The ROCs increase from two to four changed the economics of AD plants. There is also the potential income from the heat produced from the engines – and possible future government financial support through a Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme – which, in this case, is being used to heat the nearby pig unit. The JMW Farms tank incorporates a pre-mixing tank with up to seven days storage capacity and a macerator used for feeding in grass silage. The macerator has a sieve plate and a set of knives. The AD process is very simple. It begins when biomass is fed to the digester, such as a sealed tank and continues with naturally occurring microorganisms digesting the biomass. This process releases methane-rich gas called biogas, which can be used to make renewable heat and power. This helps to lessen the use of fossil fuel and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The plant is registered with the CHPQA. The remaining product generated from the process, which is made up of indigestible material and dead micro-organisms is called digestate. Throughout the digestive process, nutrients such as nitrogen, potassium and phosphate have been concentrated into digestate, resulting in an excellent organic fertilisation product. At the JMW Farms site, where the AD plant is based, the heat used to increase the temperature for new born and first stage pigs, comes from renewable energy generated by the electricity generator powered by the biogas created by the AD. The Company is currently extending the use of power generated from the AD plant to service the newly constructed, stateof-the-art animal feed mill. In the future, subject to a connection between the electricity generation plant and the national grid, the Company aims to supply renewable power for general consumption. JMW Farms has also recently constructed a research Feed Evaluation Station which has been partnered with AFBI and

joint funded by a DARDNI grant. sows, with future plans to complete the In such a purpose built feed evaluation package with a finishing unit similarly station, it is possible to trial combinations designed to investigate issues relating of feed against each other to determine to pigs from 35kg live weight. optimum animal performance and to reduce nutrient supply to better reflect requirement. JMW Farms Ltd, 52 Cortynan Road, This will result in a reduction of Armagh, County Armagh, BT60 4QZ. environmental impact of the farm through reduced nutrient release, and will also improve the air quality in the buildings. As there is a direct link between nutrition and performance, the results of these ongoing trials are used to allow the animals to express their genetic ability while enhancing their overall welfare. The benefits of Sand and Gravel Contractor the evaluations carried out at this Sand, Gravel and Stones Delivered Promptly location can then be rolled out over other farm sites. The feed evaluation NUTGROVE, ROSENALLIS, CO. LAOIS station is currently PHONE 086 2575140 PHONE 087 2575140 studying issues related to Stage Office 057 8644870 1, Stage 2 and pregnant

CONTRACTORS AND PLANT HIRE DOZERS D6 - D9 / DIGGERS 13 TON to 40 TON / VOLVO A40 & A25C DUMPTRUCKS Bulk Earth Works - Civil Engineering - Demolition - Commercial and Private Projects - Plant Hire with Fully Qualified Staff Kelly Contractors and Plant Hire were delighted to carry out earthworks for JMW Farms and wish them every success in future ‘Ballymaglave House’, 10 Ballymaglave Road, Ballynahinch, Co. Down BT24 8LX Tel: (028) 9756 4777 or (028) 9756 4888 Mobile: 078 85647012 Fax: (028) 9756 1777 Email:


North & East Housing Association Renowned for connections to communities served The standards set by North & East Housing Association has ensured the successful completion of a scheme at Carrick Street, with many others in the pipeline. The Carrick Street project is an excellent model of age friendly housing in Kells. Throughout Ireland you will often see sheltered housing built on the edge of towns with a high multiple of units. This project is small, just four units built in the heart of the town allowing the occupants to remain at the centre of the community where they can meet people of all ages and can access services within a short walking distance. North & East is delighted to have completed this build and to have brought a bit of life back into that part of the town as a result of this small project other units in the street are now being upgraded and brought back into use.

This project is a landmark move for North & East, an organisation that has stayed true to its core ethos of putting its tenants and communities first. Over 20 years, the Association has grown from the first Irish home grown housing association to become a recognisable, well established social enterprise. Steady growth has always been at the forefront of North & East, and its community driven approach has made it one of the most successful housing associations in the country. The Association has maintained a low key presence, but made savvy business decisions, which has led them to generate reasonable surpluses that they have used to reinvest into the homes that they build. Another of its projects is under way after the Association turned the sod on the first commercially backed Build to Lease social housing scheme in Moneymore

for Drogheda Borough Council. The scheme took three years to come into being, forging partnerships between Drogheda Borough Council and the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, and securing the financial backing of Ulster Bank to put the project in motion. “It took a lot of work to get the project over the line” says founding board member, Tony Gilmore. “A lot of stakeholders had to be convinced to work with a mediumsized organisation such as ourselves. “The Ulster Bank came forward, and they kept the prospect alive while the project made a slow process through the credit committees. It took a lot of expedition, as well as negotiation so that the people involved could see that this was a real, workable way of providing social housing.”



We are pleased to be associated with the Moneymore Housing Development and wish all involved continued success for the future

MURTAGH SURVEYORS LTD, Seamount Lodge, Brittas, Grangebellew, Co.Louth


Phone : 041 686 2070 Mob (087) 272 8828 Email:


Allergan Production Facility Significant expansion project


Allergan Pharmaceuticals is investing e350M in its Westport site to construct a new biologics manufacturing facility. The new plant, which is being developed to satisfy the ever-growing global demand for botox, will be fully operational by 2017. Allergan first came to Westport in 1977 and over the last 36 years has been almost constantly expanding. The Westport facility is now the largest manufacturing plant within the Company network, and with more than 800 employees, also has the largest number of staff in one location, outside of their corporate headquarters in Irvine, California. Based in Westport, Allergan Pharmaceuticals Ireland is a subsidiary of Allergan Inc and there are two plants on the site – a sterile pharmaceutical ophthalmic plant and a biologics plant. In addition, the Allergan Eurocentre office was established in Dublin in 1996. This office provides a range of customer services and commercial support activities to the EAME region. Members of the corporate treasury function and the EAME legal team are also based in Dublin. All the botox used around the world is currently manufactured in Westport and Allergan is the world’s number one manufacturer of botox, with an estimated global market share of 80%.

Botox manufacturing started at the facility back in 1993 and maximum global sales of approximately $40M $50M were anticipated. It turned out to be a major underestimate, as sales are now approaching the $5Bn mark. The continued investment and advanced manufacturing technology and quality control enables them to maintain the highest in global regulatory compliance. Allergan has had 25 audits within the last four years from global drug administration authorities, including the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and have passed everyone, further reinforcing their reputation and status. Speaking when the investment was announced at the beginning of 2012, Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, said: “This is a commitment by this plant to this region for the next 25-30 years and from that point of view it’s very significant. “This is a signal of competence in the community, it’s a signal by the Company of what Ireland actually offers, it’s a remarkable result for the IDA over so many years and principally Allergan continues here because of the workforce of Allergan, who has set the bar very high. This is now the biggest plant within the corporation.” The expansion will result in the creation of approximately 300 new jobs at the

site over the next three years and an estimated 250 indirect jobs indirectly during the construction period. Allergan is a multi-specialty health care company established more than 60 years ago with commitment to uncover the best of science and develop and deliver innovative and meaningful treatments to help people reach their life’s potential. Today, the Company has approximately 11,100 highly dedicated and talented employees, global marketing and sales capabilities with a presence in more than 100 countries, a rich and ever-evolving portfolio of pharmaceuticals, biologics, medical devices and over-the-counter consumer products, and state-of-theart resources in R&D, manufacturing and safety surveillance that help millions of patients see more clearly, move more freely and express themselves more fully. Botox is a biological product, derived from a living source and all aspects of its production are controlled within the Allergan manufacturing facility in an entirely sterile environment, which is critical to the safety and quality of the product. Designed by Taylor Architects and being built by John Sisk & Son, work will be complete in 2017.



Structural Steel Fabrication & Erection ion

Leonard Engineering (Ballybay) Ltd is the leading supplier of structural steelwork in Ireland. One of our most recently completed projects is the new Allergan facility in Wesport for John Sisk & Son.

We are a family run structural steelwork business and have been working with steel in Ballybay since 1901. For over 35 years, we have focused on producing heavy structural steelwork for the Irish and UK market. We work consistently for the largest main contractors in Ireland and have developed a large repeat customer base, which is due to our focus on the delivering competitively priced high quality steelwork – and ensuring this steelwork is erected to the highest standards and on schedule.

Our range of projects span from small fit-outs to large new builds and range across all sectors of the market – industrial, educational, pharmaceutical, technological and commercial.

We also provide sub-contract services: • • • • •

Detailing (StruCad and Tekla) Sawing / drilling Fabrication / welding Automatic blasting (opening width of 2.6m x 1.8m) Protective coatings (from primers to high spec systems)

To contact us with an enquiry: Tel: (042) 9741099 or Email: Saint Patrick Street, Ballybay, Co. Monaghan


Leixlip Water Treatment Plant Three-year expansion programme


The contract for the Leixlip Water Treatment Plant expansion will be complete next month, ending a three-year development process. At a cost of approximately e30M, the expansion includes the construction of a state-of-the-art ‘standalone’ facility, on an adjacent site with capacity of 80Ml/ day plant, which when combined with the existing facilities, will bring the total potential peak throughput capacity of the entire plant to 255Ml/d. This total capacity will serve up to one third of the water demand in the Greater Dublin region. Following a programme of upgrade and refurbishment works at the existing plant, this production capacity will then increase until a maximum daily capacity of 215 megalitres of treated water is achieved. This is Stage Five of work at the plant which was constructed in the 1960s. Nicholas O’Dwyer has been the consultant at the plant over the past 40 years, through the completion plant augmentation schemes in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. The latest phase to be completed was the Leixlip Water Treatment Plant Augmentation Stage Four in the late 1990s. Under the Stage Four expansion, the capacity of the plant was increased from 100Ml/d to 175Ml/d. Nicholas O’Dwyer was responsible for the

design and project management of the new intake system, the new clear water tank and high lift pumping stations and the sludge processing and dewatering plant. There are two membrane type filter plate presses that were the first of this type to be installed in Ireland. The Main Contractor for the project is SIAC Construction – established in 1946 with a reputation for delivering quality projects that always meet and often exceed clients’ expectations. This philosophy continues to drive the business forward today as, for example, the Company completed the e300M M4/M6 motorway ten months ahead of schedule. SIAC is now one of Ireland’s largest contractors and has built a strong reputation and growing business in Ireland and the UK. Through a programme of alliances with major international civil engineering contractors and specialist contractors, SIAC is able to undertake multidisciplinary projects of scale and complexity. The scheme also benefits from the expertise of TOBIN Consulting Engineers, who have 60 years of experience in conceptualising and delivering in partnership with its clients. TOBIN strives to deliver robust projects that add value for its clients by understanding their challenges and contributing to the delivery of their

long-term strategic objectives. The quality of service delivered and the approach is driven by TOBIN’s core values, which mean that people and relationships, safety, commerciality, sustainability and innovation are the things which are most important and on which the reputation of the Company is built. These core values are an expression of who and what the Company is and what is important now and for the future. They are the professional principles and behaviours that define TOBIN and how they interact with clients, stakeholders and each other. While it is a multidisciplinary consulting firm, the principal focus is on the delivery of professional services in the area of water services and resources, energy and environment, civil engineering works and infrastructure, and the project management function across each of these business areas. The Company’s future depends on its ability to understand customers’ strategies, the desire to learn and develop the technologies of the future, the ongoing contribution to the development of the profession and the commitment to the professional development of all members of staff. This level of care taken for each project is crucial at the Leixlip Water Treatment Plant, which will see completion of Stage Five in June 2014.

Better than Steel… Think Lower Costs, Zero Corrosion and Non-Slip Surfaces….

Think Relinea

✓ Low Lifecycle Costs ✓ Maintenance Free ✓ Easy Installation ✓ Zero Corrosion ✓ Lightweight ✓ Slip Resistant

Relinea’s advanced composite technology provides industry solutions for safe pedestrian access, railings and walkways. • GRP Floor Grating • GRP Platforms • GRP Anti-Slip Stair Tread Covers • GRP Ladders & Handrails • GRP Tank Covers

Relinea 14, Crosshill Rd, Crumlin, Co. Antrim, N. Ireland BT29 4BQ

T: +44 (0)28 94 470010 E:



Holy Trinity National School


State-of-the-art school community facilities Pupils and staff at the Holy Trinity National School in Rathdown have now moved into their brand new school. Funding for the development was secured for this project in 2011, which has resulted in the construction of a new two-storey, 24-classroom primary school along with three external ball courts and two external play areas, all benefiting from school signage. Designed by Walsh Associates, work also saw 50 car parking spaces installed, as well as 38 covered bicycle spaces, new pedestrian and vehicular access gates and the construction of a perimeter wall with railing. Within the school there is a library with resource area, six special education rooms, two multi-purpose rooms, a large staff room, an administration room and two offices, two indoor general purpose rooms that can be used as one large general purpose hall, and outdoor play areas. It has vastly increased the size of the school, which previously had 13 classrooms, with other associated rooms and temporary classrooms for 268 pupils, 16 teachers and five support staff. The previously existing temporary school on site was deemed an unsuitable location as a long-term solution to provide the needs of a growing school, and therefore it was decided a permanent school building was required in order to cater for the needs of the pupils and staff. Where the school is located was seen as suitable because it is situated within a large residential and population catchment area and the site contains a specific local objective to provide for a primary school. The new building can provide accommodation for up to 600 pupils and between 28-30 staff.

Going through the main entrance leads rebranded to Mythen Construction in 2005. to the lobby, which has toilets to the The Company brings a unique energy and left and an administration room to vision to every project they undertake, the right, while straight ahead there always striving to over-deliver. are two general purpose rooms. In all undertakings, ranging from e100,000 Turning right at the lobby brings pupils onto to e50M, Mythen’s principles of value for the corridor and a classroom is straight money, quality customer service and on-time ahead. To the left of that there are a further completions have been applied to ensure a five. The corridor arches around so that seamless contract delivery due to planned there are six classrooms to the left and on procurement and coordination of on site the right there are the adult toilets, teacher activities, coupled with head office support. and staff room, principal and deputy Mythen has built its reputation principal offices, the boiler house, and on the fulfilment of projects on a three special education rooms. The general timely and economic manner, while purpose rooms benefit from rooflights. all the time allowing the flexibility The school has stairs and a lift, which required by construction projects. lead to the first floor where there are 12 Work was completed this year, further classrooms in the same layout as with staff and pupils moving in on the ground floor. Adjacent to one set following the Easter holidays. of six classrooms are special education The school’s principal described being rooms, a resource area, library, store room, able to teach and learn in the stateadult toilets and multi purpose room. of-the-art building as ‘an historic The design stage of the project was day for our school community’. completed in December 2012, shortly after which the Department of Education and Science appointed a Main Contractor to start work on site in July 2013. FOR ALL YOUR GROUNDWORK NEEDS Mythen • Site Clearance • Foundation Excavation • Concreting Construction • House Filled to Sub-floor level • Floors poured and Power Floated undertook this • Drainage and Service Ducting • Footpaths and Kerbs etc work. Originally • All types of sand & gravel for sale 25kilo/1 tonne bags Mythen Bros Ltd, the Company was set up by Billy and Maurice Mythen, qualified joiners, CLONROCHE, CO WEXFORD in 1994 and

S&L Flood Plant Hire

Tel: 053 9244436 / 086 2533397 Email:

Specialising in the Education, Healthcare and Retail sectors across UK and Ireland. AC Flooring should be your first contact with regard to ALL flooring and tiling projects. We guarantee to offer the most competitive price and the best service. Commercial Sales Manager Stephen DorĂŠe t: 086 442 6118 e: Operations Manager Steve Corrigan t: 087 652 2095 e: Quantity Surveyor Brendan Broderick t: 086 4671414 e:

BUILD - FIT OUT Paramud Brothers Ltd are specialist Fit-Out and Refurbishment contractors. We have a proven track record in the Commercial, Healthcare, Education and Residential sectors. Our commitment to safety and delivery of projects to strict deadlines ensures repeat contracts from both Clients and Main Contractors. Paramud Brothers Ltd are a progressive and technically aware contractor. Our qualified staff and technical relationships with Gypsum, SIG and Weber means we can provide bespoke solutions to our client’s requirements. Our team of experienced personnel allow us to provide a complete range of building services which can be tailored to suit specific site requirements.


Paramud Brothers Ltd Unit 4, Castletroy Business Park, Plassey Rd, Castletroy, Limerick T: 353(0)61 386696 M: 353(0)85 1572779 E:



Super Seal Window Systems Ltd In less than 15 years, Super Seal Window Systems Ltd has grown to become one of the biggest suppliers of uPVC windows and doors in Ireland. Well known for its high standards and innovative design solutions, the Company is headed up by Ken Taylor, the Managing Director. The Company is a leading proponent in the introduction of the latest technology through a range of products from the purpose built headquarters in Castledawson. Along with manufacture, Super Seal spend time developing added value solutions including the implementation of quality control checks, which monitor and upkeep standards before, during and after manufacture. This added value ethos is displayed with the creation of the dedicated IT department that is responsible for developing technological solutions to maximise workflow and simplify customer interaction. The recruitment and employment of the right members of staff is crucial for the Company to maintain its success. It is clearly a place where people can progress and are happy, illustrated by the very low staff turnover. Managers are also encouraged to work with production line workers, which helps to remove barriers and provide the best working relationships. The low staff turnover means that everybody is experienced in their own jobs, and with extra training opportunities to develop their skills, it means all staff can further their careers while giving customers the very best service. Super Seal provides its own in-house training that gives all the opportunity to learn each stage of the production process. In addition to this though, training opportunities have been sought out externally to ensure that staff get even more experience. Super Seal offer the very best product range at competitive prices that are of exceptional quality, all done with outstanding service. The dedicated team help customers from receipt of order to delivery on premises, ensuring complete satisfaction. The latest windows and doors that Super Seal provides cut fuel bills and carbon footprint, as well as keeping clients warm. Plastic is light to move and can be produced locally, and in the long term uPVC can be recycled up to ten times without deteriorating. These windows last up 35 years, and the best ones to choose are those that operate ‘closed loop’ recycling. The Company’s supplier, Profile 22, operates the UK’s largest window and door recycling plant, and by recycling uPVC reinforcements instead of steel, whenever possible, Super Seal can reduce demands on natural resources, achieving better insulation and this in turn creates a product that is stronger.

Super Seal is fully aware of green issues and its energy efficient windows help to reduce energy bills for a property. Current estimations suggest that energy savings of up to £200 per year can be made for an average home that uses the windows supplied. Rather than all windows being the same, Super Seal boast a vast array of window types to meet needs of customers. Casement windows are provided, available in single or multi-light, with a choice of round head, angled, circular or lancet styles available. They are hinged with stainless steel friction hinges, egress, restricted and easy-clean options, and have the Secured by Design enhanced security available. Vertical sliding sash doors combine modern materials and functionality with period character and design, designed with optimum strength, superior thermal properties and excellent weathering performance. The range of uPVC doors offered is extensive and includes residential doors, available in glazed or full panels options, and composite doors that are virtually maintenance free, complete with hinge and handle furniture in a variety of finishes. These doors are solid, one piece with the appearance of a traditional timber door. The French door option on offer can increase the feeling of space in a room by allowing light to flood in, while patio doors boast easy glide sliding doors for easy access, built in an ‘anti-jacking’ system and multiple locking points. With the introduction of the sculptured system to the product range, Super Seal is continuing to provide the best customer satisfaction. Innovative in its design with a fivechamber 70mm front to back energy efficient design, the sculptured system is perfectly suited for the modern installer and homeowner. With sustainability in mind, the system can achieve

U-values as low as 0.8W/m2.K, and its highest level of recycled content in the RCM reinforcement means it uses fewer raw materials during production. The combination of innovative components within the system mean that the range can achieve a 22% recycled material rating for most window applications, and up to 30% for new build projects. This exceeds the BRE’s target of 20% and is amongst the highest levels in the industry. Customers are offered a choice of 60mm and 70mm deep profiles, with a comprehensive colour choice, chamfered and sculptured options, and a choice of using 24mm, 28mm, 36mm or 44mm glazing options. All frames are made to order so all installations will be designed individually to work in conjunction with the elements of a customer’s home. Despite a slowing market, Super Seal has continued to achieve growth. Coupled with the investment in new machinery and workflow optimisation, and it is clear to see that the Company is in an excellent position for further development. Super Seal Window Systems Ltd, Unit 3, Moyola Road, Castledawson, BT45 8HN.

Europe’s Leading Independent Glass Processor

Carey Glass International founded in 1965 in Ireland, through continuous growth & investment has developed into a multinational concern.

CareyGlass Joinery combines our extensive and unrivalled glass range, together with our


products unequalled in the market place.

• 10No. tempering plants • 12No. IGU production lines for producing low E & solar control glass types • Ceramic coating (Vista Clad) • Screen printing (Vista Screen) • Vista Blind, PVB • Curved glass • Heat soak testing

• • • •

Digital printing CNC glass processing Laminating – PVB and Ionoplast Tempering and IGU manufacturing is based around our maximum size of 6000 x 3000

Our solar department CareyGlass Solar photovoltaic and Solar Thermal systems for both the domestic and commercial markets.

Co. Tipperary, R.O.I +353 (0) 67 50700 Co. Armagh, N.I. 028 3834 3828 Chester, U.K. 0161 848 8090


Grafton Street Regeneration to the public realm


Dublin City Council’s Grafton Street Improvement Scheme will see a e4M replacement of the street’s existing red brick with a high quality natural stone surface. The repaving of the street began last June and is progressing very well. Dublin City Council expects work to be completed by November 2014. When finished, the street will feature high quality natural stone pavement, new public lighting and street furniture. The stone will be granite in the main and approximately 50% of the new granite comes from the Dublin and Wicklow mountains. This is supplied by Ryanstone. Frank Lambe, who heads Dublin City Council’s Grafton Street Project Team, said: “Grafton Street is the premier retail street on Dublin city’s south side. The repaving will make the street even more attractive to shoppers and tourists and is very much welcomed by locals and businesses. As well as being one of the most important projects in Dublin City Council’s plans to improve the Grafton Street Quarter, it represents a significant investment by the Council in Grafton Street.” Quality public realm plays a vital role in how the area functions and its attractiveness

to those who live in, work in or visit it. The quality of that public realm is created by the cohesiveness of all of its elements – paving, street furniture, lighting, street planting and art work, which are set in the context of the buildings and the façades that enclose it. When completed, Grafton Street will be repaved in natural stone granite, a traditional Dublin material. The main carriageway will be constructed in a silver/grey Iberian granite (Azul Platino), which has a bluish tint. The footpaths on either side will be constructed in Irish Leinster granite – a mixture of silver/grey and golden/brown. The junctions with the side streets consist of a square panel constructed with a light pink Iberian granite (Azul Rosa Porrino) and a dark red border of Finnish Granite (Azul Roja Aguila). The shop fronts will also be paved with Red Kerry Limestone. The central carriageway will be in an Iberian granite silvery grey with bluish hue. The pathways on either side will be in Irish Leinster granite mottled grey brown. At the intersections with the side streets there will be a square panel of Iberian granite light pink with a darker border.

The colour palette used will be similar to that used in the O’Connell Street and Henry Street repaving schemes. This will help create a noticeable ‘civic spine’ between Parnell Square and Saint Stephen’s Green. Dublin City Council engaged extensively with businesses and stakeholders and arranged for the repaving to be carried out in five separate stages, which means the street will remain open to shoppers and pedestrians throughout the repaving. Richard Guiney, CEO of Dublin City Business Improvement District, spoke of Grafton Street’s importance when the scheme was launched. He said: “The business community is very supportive of Dublin City Council’s plans to repave the street. “With an annual footfall of more than 30 million, Grafton Street plays a key role in attracting shoppers and visitors to the city centre. We are regaining market share and Grafton Street is leading the way with significant increases in footfall. “The planned repaving will ensure the physical environment matches the quality retail and leisure offering and will accelerate the continued growth.”

Producing such a high quality public realm is possible due to the hard work of those involved with the improvement. Grafton Street, when repaved, will feature a guidance strip in black granite to aid the visually impaired. KN Networks were appointed as the Main Contractor for the Grafton Street Improvement Scheme. Grafton Street and its environment is a designated architectural conservation area and an area of special planning control.

EJ, previously known as Cavanaghs Foundry, Birr Co. Offaly are one of the main suppliers of ironmongery to the Utility Service Providers and provided manhole covers and frames to KN Network Services on behalf of the Utility Service Providers for the Grafton Street Improvement Scheme. These covers and frames were produced in two different sizes to suit the depth of granite paving and to allow for the granite paving to be laid tightly up against the frame without the need for a concrete surround.

EJ also supplied bespoke drainage channel gratings and frames to the Dublin City Council for the Grafton Street project. Each gully grating is badged with the Dublin City Council name and incorporates a concave dish that matches the profile of the new granite channel. The channel gratings are painted in an environmentally friendly, matt black, water-based paint finish. Once completed in November 2014 it will create a fantastic public realm.

Hartecast Street Furniture: Chosen again for the redesign of Dublin’s Grafton Street Hartecast is delighted that its products have once again been selected as the street furniture of choice for the new Grafton Street scheme. The Wexford based firm has established itself as the leading supplier of contemporary designed street furniture for high footfall urban locations. For more than 30 years, the company has designed and manufactured its own distinctive product range targeting both the Irish and UK markets. Its hallmark is creating durable, long life and high performance products in contemporary designs. The company works closely with its clients to understand their needs and to adapt its designs to meet the demands on furniture products in the modern urban space. Hartecast’s experience of working with durable materials, especially cast ductile iron, is central to realising its design objectives. The Litter Bins and Bollards used on this scheme are made from cast ductile iron which is a recycled metal and, at the end of their product life, are 100% recyclable again. Hartecast first supplied Dublin City Council with 1000 No. Litter Bins in 2006 for the City Centre and their performance to date has been excellent and are now a well known feature on the city centre streets. In fact, the eight year old original Hartecast litter bins that were on Grafton Street since 2006, were fully factory reconditioned and modified for the new Grafton Street Scheme. Hartecast is proud to be associated with this prestigious redesign of Dublin’s Grafton Street.

Hartecast Ltd, Clonroche, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, Ireland.


Tel + 353 51 424 922 Email:



Strathearn Grammar School A new school development in Belfast will see the development of an all-girl building. Strathearn Grammar School on Belmont Road will be home to 770 pupils upon completion. This school has been delivering education to local children for more than 80 years and this new project will ensure that it continues to do so for many years to come. Construction, which was approved in January 2009, will be undertaken in two stages, with only the sports hall and technology block retained. Phase I, consisting of 34 classrooms, was built where the assembly hall and lower car park were situated. Upon completion, the remainder of the classrooms, administration block, canteen, library, assembly hall and music, drama and ICT suites will be built on the current site. In addition, the technology block is being refurbished and extended and the sports hall will receive similar treatment to include a gymnasium, fitness suite and additional changing rooms. The school was able to take the astroturf hockey pitch in August 2012, while January of that year saw the completion of two further all weather hockey pitches. November of that year was also when many of the classrooms were moved into. At that time, the school took possession of 23 classrooms and eight science labs as well as administrative accommodation, including reception. Located in the suburbs of Belfast, this development is on the existing school site, but the Department of Education acquired additional land from an adjacent public park from Belfast City Council, which allowed the school to extend its sports facilities for the wider use of the community.

Comprising a lower ground floor, ground This is one of the reasons why I abolished floor and first floor, the external façade state-sponsored academic selection is red brick with zinc panelling, while the and I am proud to have done so. roof has concrete tiles and windows are “It has been clearly demonstrated by double glazed. Sustainability is respected throughout the development with solar panels, ground source heat pumps and low energy lighting, and in terms of security, the school will have door access Looking for an experienced groundworks contractor? controls, CCTV and fire alarms. Based in Armoy, Ballymoney, we undertake a wide range of groundworks and drainage services throughout Northern Ireland. When the ground was cut on the From manned plant hire to kerbing and paving work, we can carry out all development three manner of groundworks to enable your project to progress smoothly. years ago, the then Education Minister, Drainage ● Groundwork ● Concrete Work ● Excavations Caitriona Ruane, spoke about the importance of modern educational facilities. She said: “High quality educational facilities help children learn and develop and are a hallmark of any modern, progressive society. 172 Glenshesk Road, Armoy, Ballymoney BT53 8RL “And they should Tel: 028 2075 2002 Mobile: 07711 874 782 be available to all Email: children equally, not just those from privileged backgrounds.

international research that academic selection is morally and socially unsound. It merely serves to widen the gaps between the highest achievers and everybody else, labelling those who do not pass as failures from a very young age. “I would ask all grammar schools, including Strathearn – is this really the kind of outdated and unfair education system you want to perpetuate? You have nothing to fear by moving away from selection.

“At the same time you have the opportunity to deliver quality education to children of all abilities who each have their own individual talents, strengths and aspirations. “This project represents a significant step forward in the history of Strathearn School and I have great pleasure in cutting the first sod that gets building work under way. “The Principal, staff, governors and parents deserve great credit for bringing this scheme to fruition and I wish them

all every success for the future.” All of the new building complies with DDA regulations, new car parking, and the scheme will benefit from landscaping. The Main Contractor is McLaughlin & Harvey and the Architect is Samuel Stevenson & Sons. At a cost of £13.4M, work will be complete in November 2014.



West Cork Arts Centre On course for November opening


After almost 30 years in the Sutherland Building at Skibbereen, West Cork Arts Centre (WCAC) will soon move into a purpose built structure in the centre of town. Based on the site of the former Wolfe’s Bakery, this derelict site is being revitalised to create a gallery and artists’ studios. Established in 1985, WCAC is funded by public money to provide a community based arts facility and programme for the whole region. It supports a multi-disciplinary arts programme with a focus on contemporary visual art and a range of education and community programmes. The Centre works with and promotes local, national and international artists to provide a high quality visual art programme that has gained WCAC national and international recognition. Part of the old bakery has been demolished to make way for the Centre, though the west and south walls to first floor level of the original structure have been retained and incorporated into the new structure.

The building will be accessed via a new pedestrian bridge over the Caol Stream, and the entrance foyer/reception, independently accessed single-storey tea room block look onto an enclosed stone finished hard landscaped courtyard. Reception leads directly to the ground floor, double height gallery space and is linked and connects with the first floor gallery. Gallery spaces form an interlocking L-shaped space that connects the two volumes and incorporates a workspace as a mezzanine to the upper gallery. These spaces will be arranged to provide a diversity of spatial experience and opportunities for occupation and exhibition. As the visitor passes through the galleries, orientation and views change, with a variety of aspects and light sources that can be closed off and adapted depending on the needs of exhibition. The new building will also have a workshop space and flexible dance/ performance/lecture/film space that will allow a range of different activities.

Three dedicated artists’ studios will be on the third floor of the three-storey block and office/administration accommodation will be on the fifth floor of the five-storey block. It will be a naturally-lit building and ventilated throughout apart from the performance/dance studio that incorporates heat recovery and mechanical ventilation as required. White plaster board walls and ceiling finishes will be incorporated throughout except for the main stair and lift core that is fairfaced concrete blockwork and cast insitu reinforced concrete finish. Floors will be polished concrete and sprung timber floor in the dance space. Designed by Donaghy + Dimond Architects, the Technical Architect for the build is Reddy Architecture & Urbanism. Being built by MMD Construction Ltd, work commenced in June 2013 and will be complete in July 2014. The centre will open in November.

West Cork Arts Centre The West Cork Arts Centre (WCAC) was established in 1985 in Skibbereen, Co. Cork. The facility creates opportunities for the people of West Cork to have access to, and engagement with, local and global arts practice of excellence. MMD is constructing a new purpose-built facility for the arts in West Cork at the site of Wolfe’s Bakery, off Townshend Street, Skibbereen. The new arts space will provide a quality arts facility and a new social space for the community, enhanced workshop, dance, performance and film club facilities and improved exhibition space and studio spaces for artists. It will continue to focus on the visual arts and provide a centre for excellence in the visual arts at local, national and international levels. It is certainly a very exciting time for West Cork Arts Centre, local residents and visitors alike with a significant and growing demand for its arts, education and community programmes and services. MMD have commenced work on the WCAC new state of the art purpose-built facility. This expansion will open up an abundance of opportunities, and will have a very positive impact on the aesthetic, cultural, social, economic and educational fabric of the region.

Unit 8 Airways Technology Park, Farmers Cross, Cork, Ireland

Tel : +353 (0)21 497 5979 Fax : +353 (0)21 497 5989 Email:


Drumaheglis Marina & Caravan Park Extra facilities on site After this was finished, as part of Phase that space is available for more in the future. II, the old building was demolished Designed by R Robinson & Sons, Phase I and replaced by the new one. started in January 2013 and finished in June. Built by Martin & Hamilton, the building Demolition took place in September and is single-storey with traditional block the project was completed on 9th May, cavity, slate roof and lots of glass. at a cost of approximately e485,000. As part of the scheme, Ballymoney Council took the opportunity to install camping pods adjacent to the new building in a secluded part of the site. It is an alternative for those who don’t want to stay in a Braid have been providing Electrical Services including; major installation works, caravan or tent. This maintenance and repairs, periodic inspections and portable appliance testing to additional feature industrial and business customers now for over 85 years, one of allows people to Northern Ireland’s longest running electrical contracting. stay in the pods for Unit 2, Braidriver Business Park, Ballymena, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland BT42 2AF a night or a week. Costing e40,000, TEL: +44 (0)28 256 43238 they are reasonably close together so


May has seen the completion of an activity centre at Drumaheglis Marina. This award winning caravan park, graded five star, has a superb natural environment and picturesque surroundings, making it a perfect riverside location. The project has provided showering and changing facilities for caravaners at the 55-caravan park and camping site. It has a catering unit with full kitchen facilities, and as part of the project there are three commercial units that are taken on by tenants to run activities such as bicycle and canoe hire. Originally the warden’s office, this space has been expanded to make a much bigger, brighter, modern structure with more facilities in terms of showering and changing. The catering unit and commercial units are completely new additions, and the warden has moved to a different office on site. This new office was built last year as part of the two-phase scheme, which comprises a meeting and IT room.


Dun Laoghaire Central Library & Cultural Centre A community hub with a difference


Dun Laoghaire’s state-of-the-art Central Library & Cultural Centre is due to open to an eager public in autumn of this year. Completion of this landmark building brings to a close an extensive construction phase, which first began in April 2012 with renowned contractor John Sisk & Son at the helm. In the wake of the economic downturn, library usage has increased dramatically and reinstated the importance of this once forgotten community building. The new library looks to capitalise on the trend while offering the wider Dun Laoghaire community a multifunctional hub in which to gather.

In autumn 2007 it was announced that a Cork-based practice, Carr Cotter & Naessens Architects, had won the architectural competition to design the Central Library & Cultural Centre. In the years since Carr Cotter & Naessens Architects has refined the initial design to create an immense and aesthetically striking building. Central to the design concept is the building’s relationship with the surrounding area. Indeed, the structure is something of a catalyst, bridging the design gap between Dun Laoghaire’s seafront and the town proper. To this end, the granite stone cladding used throughout has been specified for it’s likeness to the

original Dalkey granite so prominent on the seafront. Similarly, a single aspect of the facade is composed of red brick – a design thematic of the town’s many Victorian buildings. This coming together of styles is indicative of the Council’s wish to create a cohesive Dun Laoghaire in which one region flows into the next. The size and scale of the building would prove challenging at times however. In November 2013 two 230 tonne cranes were required to hoist the enormous roof beams into place. Here the knowledge and expertise of John Sisk & Son, together with the combined efforts of a host of subcontractors, proved invaluable. Construction

has remained on budget and to schedule throughout and disruption to the public has been kept to an absolute minimum. The building itself serves two functions, each with a different remit. A multipurpose auditorium with accommodation for up to 100 spectators forms the focal point of the Cultural Centre. This expansive performance space will play host to a variety of existing and soon to be announced cultural events and programmes. The local arts community will also benefit from the additional exhibition space made available. Provision has also been made for education workshop space and a café. The Central Library houses a public ‘living room’ with views overlooking the nearby

Moran Park. The park is integral to the success of the building and has been comprehensively redeveloped as part of the programme. The redevelopment has included additional space for outdoor events, a replacement shallow pond and a substantial landscaping package to improve the area immediately surrounding Moran Park House. Elsewhere in the library, an area for public internet use has been designated alongside a children’s library and a newspaper and magazine archive. Further emphasising the community importance of the building, resources for local history will also be provided to allow residents to celebrate their shared heritage.

Ideally placed in the heart of Dun Laoghaire town centre, the Central Library & Cultural Centre sits adjacent to major transport routes and adheres to the sustainability and transport policies championed by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council. Funding for the e36.6M building has come from a number of sources, including development levies, Government grants and Council’s own funds. The Central Library & Cultural Centre is a fundamental component of the wider regeneration of Dun Laoghaire. Its completion marks the most visible milestone in the reinvigoration of this colourful seafront town.

Murphystone is an Irish owned Irish family business with over 150 years experience producing the finest quality stone products for commercial and residential markets. As well as producing Dublin Granite and Limestone from our own quarries, we also stock a wide range of stone products from Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, China and the rest of the world. At our modern facility in Barnacullia, Co. Dublin we can provide a full range of services from product design to computer numerical control (CNC) fabrication to suit your needs, or choose from our impressive range of natural stone tiles, counter tops and other products.

Murphystone, Barnacullia, Sandyford, Dublin 18, Ireland Tel: + 353 1 295 6006 /+ 353 1 295 5078 Fax: + 353 1 295 3694 37


O’Halloran & Rooney Architects


Design expertise in Mullingar Based in Mullingar, O’Halloran & Rooney Architects was established in 1999 and is a well-respected architect and interior design company. Set up by Ronan O’Halloran, who is the Director, the Company has great experience of working within Mullingar and on projects towards the Dublin area. Serving a number of sectors including commercial and domestic, the Practice works on new build, refurbishment, extensions, large and small scale developments, all to the highest standards. An increase in extension projects has benefited O’Halloran & Rooney in the past few years, who are now also seeing an increase in small, new building housing developments. As part of the increase in commercial projects, the Practice has worked on offices, restaurants and hotels. One of the Practice’s hotel developments includes Annebrook House Hotel in Mullingar, which was restored in early 2007. This old 19th century period house, although not a listed building, was treated like one throughout development because of its delicate nature. The restored hotel, next to Town Park, has the original house which forms the centrepiece, and on either side are the main hotel and a self-catering suites. There are 26 executive hotel bedrooms, 36 apart-hotel suites, 11 classic bedrooms and two champagne suites. Leisure facilities are also incorporated in the form of two bars and a restaurant, and there are conferencing and banqueting facilities for up to 300 people. O’Halloran & Rooney undertook the interior

work of the project, helping to provide the this bistro, which opened in December 2013. hotel with the desired layout throughout. In addition, the Practice finished work last More recently, work was completed on year on the renovation of a 19th century the conversion of a former bank into a bistro. Also located in Mullingar, this former Bank of Ireland building, comprising 10,000sq ft, is now home to Miller & Cook, providing local food and drink, which is all fresh and quality produce. The team at JA Gorman offer a hands-on development service The premises had to our clients to bring projects from Feasibility Study through to been empty since Planning Application, Fire Safety Certification, Civil/Structural Engineering Design, Tendering, Project Management, 2011 when the Commissioning and Licensing. Bank of Ireland consolidated their We have a highly skilled team to progress your project from property portfolio to planning stage right through to completion, helping to reduce another building in risk, control projects and to achieve value for money for clients. Mullingar, and the result is that a new deli and restaurant Services area have been Feasibility - Planning - Fire Safety - Civil Engineering Design provided for the Structural Analysis & Design - Environmental Engineering people of Mullingar. Contract Tendering - Project Management Because it is a listed building, Health & Safety - Legal - Energy the frontage has been preserved and O’Halloran & J.A. Gorman Consulting Engineers & Project Managers Rooney was joined Unit 1, Block B, Forest Park, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, Ireland. by Bill Collentine Ltd and JA Gorman T:+353 (0)44 934 7338 F+353 (0)44 934 7400 Consulting Engineers Email: Web: when working on

church building to convert into a restaurant. Presbyterian Church in Mullingar was built in the early 1800s, but in recent years the congregation size has outgrown the building, meaning a move to a temporary location was required. The old building remained empty for some years but was then sold,

allowing construction work to start to convert it into a restaurant. As with the work on the Miller & Cook building, the Practice had to provide a sympathetic extension because it is a protected structure. It has resulted in a contemporary extension that works very well

with the existing structure. Work was completed in September 2013 and the Practice plans to keep moving into the commercial sector. If it is as successful as previous projects have been, it will guarantee further success.


CONSTRUCTION We are pleased to be associated

044-9341142 / 086 2459216

O’Halloran & Rooney Architects and wish them continued success for the future

230 Petitswood Manor, Dublin Road, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath


Tel: 044 9333539 Mobile: 0863857094


Coughlan Associates Architects & Project Managers Ltd More than 30 years of experience


Based at its headquarters on Austin Friars Street in Mullingar, Coughlan Associates Architects & Project Managers Ltd is a design-led architectural practice. Founded in 1981 by Patrick Coughlan, who previously worked at Scott Tallon Walker Architect in Dublin, the Practice has built up a reputation for producing well considered, well designed buildings of a consistently high quality that all contribute to the built environment. Coughlan Associates believe every project is unique and the very best work is done to recognise the client’s requirements, which are fundamental to the success of the project. With a dedication to design and excellence, the Practice endeavours to give professional advice throughout the building design process, relying on its experience to guide clients to the best possible solution within budget constraints. This, combined with sensitivity to the surrounding landscape or

streetscape in terms of scale, ensure the maximum benefit to all future users, occupiers and the general public. The Practice firmly believes in close cooperation with clients to fully understand their requirements and procure an imaginative, appropriate and cost effective solution for each particular project. The success of Coughlan Associates over the years has been recognised by gaining repeat work from its established client base and obtaining new clients by word of mouth, meaning the quality of designs and service provided is spreading throughout the industry. One of the things that sets Coughlan Associates apart from many other businesses is that for many years it has provided valuable local employment and has assembled a team of highly qualified and creative staff with wide experience in all aspects of design and construction technology. This is essential because the Practice believes

it is essential to keep fully up to date with the rapid changes in the industry. With this in mind, Coughlan Associates invests heavily in technology and continuous professional development, while its staff members use their own talents and introduce new ideas and initiatives to the workplace. Great emphasis is placed on achieving a high level of quality in all aspects of work from conception to detail design, to production information and project management. The materials and construction methods used are always those that are most appropriate to create the best buildings, incorporating a balanced view between functionality and aesthetics. From an early stage, right through to completion, the Practice pays the highest level of attention to each project, guaranteeing that the client’s brief is satisfied, with projects consistently delivered on time and to budget.

Established in 2010, we have become a recommended building services consultancy in Ireland. We pride ourselves in delivering our projects within budget, program and low energy costs. Due to a very steady growth in workload, we are currently expanding our business to the next level. What we do: • Design of Building Services Systems (M&E) such as heating, water --services, ventilation & air-conditioning, lighting, general electrical --services, �ire alarms, lifts. • Energy audit/ Energy advise. • Work as part of a design team with architects, structural engineers and --quantity surveyors. • Project Management for stand-alone M&E projects, such as school --summer works schemes. Our typical project portfolio includes: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

BUILDING CONTRACTORS We are pleased to be associated with Coughlan Associates and wish them continued success for the future

Educational projects HSE Refurbishments Leisure Centers Of�ice �it outs Apartment blocks Domestic once off housing

Galileo Energy Services Gilltown, Donadea, Naas, Co. Kildare Tel: 045869068

Coolure, Coole, Mulling, Co Westmeath

Tel: 09 661401 Mobile: 086 2513775 Email:


Irvinestown Health and Care Village Transforming key site for health and social care initiatives South Tyrone, Fermanagh and Magherafelt. providers on an accessible shared site. The Rural Development Programme is Richard Scott, Chairman at ARC, part-financed through European funding said: “The new facility will be a and is managed by the Department of world class centre of excellence.” Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD). Built by Q Mac Construction, work The Northern Ireland Housing Executive started in August 2013 and was provided £20,000 match funding and the completed in May 2014. Public Health Agency for Northern Ireland provide core support to the existing ARC facility. It is intended that the building will form a key part of the health and care village, colocating primary care and dental ● Alkor ● Armourplan ● Zinc ● Copper services on a shared ● Slate ● Tile ● Grass ● Balcony Roofing site, promoting the vision of the policy named 11 Ardtrea Road, Stewartstown, Dungannon, Co. Tyrone BT71 5LY ‘Transforming T: 028 867 35725 M: 07743 001 571 Your Care’ and E: integrating a W: range of services and service


A health and care village comprising the ARC Healthy Living Centre and a new, purpose built building was completed earlier this month in Irvinestown. The new building houses a range of community led health and wellbeing initiatives including CHERISH sure start and it is designed to suit the needs of a wide variety of centre users. There is also a pedestrian link to the existing ARC facility. Located in Sallywood Estate, the living centre aims to address the health inequalities and improve the wellbeing of local people by bringing together a partnership of community health and services. The village is located on a nine acre site and completion will allow a colocation of a range of health and social care initiatives on the site. Designed by Keys & Monaghan Architects, the facility is part funded by South West Action for Rural Development (SWARD). SWARD is the delivery mechanism for Axis 3 of the Northern Ireland Rural Development Programme 2007-2013 for the four district council areas of Cookstown, Dungannon and


Carrigallen Vocational School Extension representing increasing popularity


The extension at Carrigallen Vocational School was completed this month, providing extra space for the increase in students. Located in Clooncorrick, it has resulted in a three-room extension on site, which includes two new classrooms and a complete revamp of the home economics room. All classrooms will be used for various purposes and the development has also provided extra toilet provisions. Work was needed at the post-primary school because its success has led to a 30% increase in the intake of students so extra space is required.

The school opened in 1957 as a threeroom building with an enrolment of 35 students and three teachers. It has grown over the years and before the extension there were 16 classrooms and 20 teachers who, through positive interaction, recognise each individual’s uniqueness and develop this potential in the school community. The school is co-educated and multidenominational and gets its students from 17 primary schools in a catchment area located in South Leitrim and West Cavan. Built by Barry Kiernan Construction, the

project required little demolition such as breaking out doors for the extension that is at the gable end of the school, which leads the new building into the existing. At approximately 440sq m, it is a block structure with tiled roof and timber framed trusses, with the various insulations required. Disruption when developing the singlestorey building was minimised by detailed planning so that class times were not unsettled. Because of its location at the back of the school, it was easier to fence off the work area from the rest of the school, therefore ensuring the safety of students.

Constructing the building while students are on site is always a challenge, but it has been overcome, and all deadlines were met. The construction area wasn’t the most spacious but again, that is something that didn’t get in the way of construction. The school extension was designed by Rhatigan And Company Architects – a design-led practice providing a full range of building design, planning and project management services. The scope of the Practice covers all building sectors including commercial, industrial, health, residential and educational projects.

It was established in Sligo as a private practice by BF Rhatigan in 1939 and the present Company was formed by Lewis J Rhatigan and Niall Rhatigan in 1981. Due to the success, this Practice has expanded rapidly in recent years, with the present staff numbers of 16 including six architects. Considerable experience has been gained in interpreting the needs of clients and responding with innovative design solutions; many of these commissions have been successfully completed throughout the region, to each client’s satisfaction.

One of the primary objectives of the Practice is to take projects from inception through the design, planning and building processes to completion within time and budget. Once again, this is something that has been achieved in this development. Work at Carrigallen Vocational School started in August 2013 and was completed this month at a cost of £500,000. It is one of a number of education projects in Leitrim. As well as at Carrigallen, work will be undertaken at Drumshanbo Vocational School, Lough Allen College, and Mohill Community College.

Conefrey Electrical Services Ltd.

Electrical and Engineering Contractors

Cammagh, Moyne, Co. Longford Tel: 043 - 3324238 Fax: 043 3324905 Mobile: 086 8185499 Email:

ALVA Heating & Plumbing Drumhaldry, Moyne, Co. Longford

Tel: 087 2599348 Email:

Martin Donnelly Kildarragh Ballinamore Co. Leitrim teL: 087 9383605 Email:

BKCL Our work varies from private residential to commercial building. We predominantly work on schools but also undertake private work such as new turn key houses, extensions, shops, offices and public buildings and, most recently, a new equestrian centre.

CORRICK, MOYNE, CO. LONGFORD Tel / Fax: 049 43 35885 Mobile: 086 8896142 / 086 0797342





Kealkill National School A popular school in Kealkill has benefited support of parents creates a vibrant and from a brand new extension to compensate energetic learning atmosphere where the for the growing number of pupils. pupils can develop to their full potential Kealkill National School needed this work in a safe and secure environment. because the previous class sizes in the old The Main Contractor for the project was part of the school had become inadequate. Chom Construction. Described as ‘excellent’ These previously existing classrooms by school principal Darragh Carey, the were deemed half the size of what is Company was established in 1980 and has recommended and the Department traded in the west Cork area ever since. of Education gave the school a Specialising in high quality residential grant towards the building. projects such as multi-house type As part of the extension, one of the developments to private residences as prefabricated buildings that existed has well as industrial and retail units, Chom been removed to make way for three Construction has a notable reputation for full size classrooms, a small office and reliability and good quality workmanship. disabled toilet in the main corridor. The staff have vast experience of working Adjacent to the existing building, the with salvaged materials and traditional new structure is essentially a standalone and contemporary designs and details. but connects to the building. To ensure programmes and budgets are The end result means the school now met, projects are run through formal has more space, with classrooms at contracts and regular client liaisons, all the recommended size and more subject to approval from other members space throughout the whole school of a design and construction team. because more of the old part of The Company regularly works with clients the school can now be used. on a one-to-one basis and is proud of the At 300sq m, the single-storey extension relationships established over the years. matches the existing school building and This has certainly helped with the comprises a block build with insulation development at Kealkill National pumped into the walls. Windows are PVC. The extension has been welcomed by all at the school. The professionalism of the staff, Tel: (28 / 048) 3086 1032 combined with the interests and

School, which meant that disruption was minimised during development. There was a lack of yard space because of the section that the Main Contractor was situated in, but to counter this the break times for pupils were staggered so that less were out at any one break time. Designed by Daly Barry and Associates, the project started in August 2013 and was completed in late April 2014. The project cost approximately £300,000.

Fire Alarms - Emergency Lights & Intercom Systems Bantry, Co. Cork

Tel: 027 51380 or 086 2595079 Our focus is being a one stop shop where our skilled joinery workshop specialises in bespoke staircases, fire-rated doors, UPVC windows and doors, hardwood traditional sash windows, sliderobes and all types of skirtings and architrave. We design and manufacture your dream custom made kitchen.

C. & A. O’Shea Heating & Plumbing Ltd. Commercial, Industrial & Domestic

We offer a complete service from design to fitting of joinery, all competitively priced, and pride ourselves in performance and customer satisfaction.

Caher, Donemark, Bantry, Co. Cork Phone/Fax: 027 50206 Email:

From the initial consultation to your beautiful end product, we guarantee you attention to detail and an excellent service

C. & A. O’Shea Heating & Plumbing Ltd. would like to extend our best wishes to Kealkill National School for the future. We are delighted to have carried out the Mechanical contract within the new extension, in conjunction with CHOM Construction Ltd.








Michael Cronin S



Rep. John Maguire: 086-8235684 Bantry Bespoke Joinery: 027-54140 Email: Best wishes and continued success to Chom and Kealkill School

We are pleased to be associated with Chom Construction and Kealkill National School

Tel: 027 50879 / 086 8354477 Gortagarry, Ballylickey, Bantry, Co. Cork.

BUILDING CONTR AC TORS ● Commercial and Domestic Flooring Experts ● Residential Carpets and Vinyls

Ardnatrush More, Glengarriff, Co. Cork, Ireland

● Moisture Testing, Screeding, Supplying and Fitting ● Fitters have completed Irish Flooring Academys ● Commercial and Contract Vinyl course ● Over 25 years’ experience in the flooring industry

FLOORING: Market Street, Skibbereen, Co. Cork FURNITURE: Unit 14, Curragh Comm. Park, Marsh Road, Skibbereen

Call Sean on 087-9375044 for keenest quotes and more information 028-22329 Email:

Jerry: 027 63082 086 2302609 Kieran: 027 52879 087 9353527 45


Our Lady’s Secondary School Work well under way for new facilities Our Lady’s Secondary School in Belmullet is undergoing development to provide refurbishment to existing facilities and a new extension. The new build works consist of a twostorey construction of classrooms, lab rooms and a multi-purpose hall. It will have a reinforced concrete frame consisting of fair faced blockwork, aluminium windows and external render finish, while the roof will be an insulated cladding system. Work involves the complete fitout of classrooms, along with lab equipment and furniture. The existing building meanwhile will be completely refurbished with a new roof, internal finishes, new furniture and mechanical and electrical installation, all to match the new build specification. Demolition has been necessary, which saw the removal of an existing singlestorey section of the school, and the decommissioning of the existing

boiler and removal of the asbestos contained in the existing building. Externally, work will involve extensive drainage for a new foul treatment system and storm drainage, while there will also be new access roads, car parks, a football pitch and basketball/playing courts. The school’s project was included in the list of building developments given the go-ahead for construction in 2012. When it advanced to tender stage in December 2011, the news was warmly welcomed by Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring. “I had contacted the Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn, on behalf of this school,” he said, following the announcement. “The Government are prioritising investment in school buildings in line with the Capital Investment Programme and I am delighted the Our Lady’s Secondary School will advance to construction stage.” The news was also welcomed by Ballina

based TD, Dara Calleary, who said: “Since being elected in 2007 I have been working closely with the school principal and management to move this project forward and I am delighted for everyone involved that the project is now being progressed to construction stage.” The Main Contractor for the project is Kilcawley Construction – a Sligo-based company that is one of Ireland’s longest established contracting businesses. In 1934, the founders made ‘Excellence in Construction’ their mission and this is still the core philosophy around which the business revolves today. Over the past eight decades, the Company has modernised, grown and been restructured to meet the challenges of a changing Ireland and the needs of the modern marketplace. This will benefit the school development, which was designed by Taylor Architects, and work will be complete in February 2015.

Kilcawley Construction was founded in 1934 by brothers Matthew and Tom Kilcawley. The cornerstone of the company has always been ‘Excellence in Construction’. Over the past eight decades, the company has modernised, grown, and been restructured to meet the challenges of a changing Ireland and the needs of the modern marketplace. The core business of the company is as main contractor in general contracting. Collaborating with the country’s leading project managers, and architectural, engineering and quantity surveying practices, Kilcawley Construction has worked on a wide range of undertakings. Many of these have culminated in projects which are acknowledged as landmark buildings today. Kilcawley Construction is the registered trade name of Kilcawley Building & Civil Engineering (Sligo) Ltd. The Cornerstone of Our Philosophy Working as part of the client’s team. Use of the latest construction techniques, equipment and materials. Thorough detailed project front end planning and work preparation. Committed project management. Clear and focused project goals. Delivery of the client’s requirements, to schedule and on budget. Continuous improvement of all aspects of construction. Continuous education and skill updating for all employees.


Kilcawley Construction, Sansheen House, Wolfe Tone Street, Sligo

T: 071 9162206 F: 071 9169463 E:


Newpark School New building for multi-use campus the position of the new building opens up out towards the main road, making it more separate courtyards fronting the existing visible and accessible to the community. Protected Structures, which allows each building to have a separate identity. The whole campus will be opened up PREMIER BRICK & BLOCK to Newtownpark Avenue with a new, LAYING CONTRACTOR open, concrete entrance canopy onto the main road that returns along the open courtyard and leads visitors and pupils directly to the main entrance. The new school is being built on the site of the previous one, which is to be demolished, but pupils will be relocated into a prefabricated temporary school for the duration of construction, ensuring that teaching can continue during the development. 95 High Street, Bessbrook, Being built by Duggan Brothers Newry, Co. Down BT35 7DZ Construction Ltd, the project will consist T: 048 3083 8867 (ROI) of traditional strip footings with cavity F: 048 3083 7523 (ROI) wall construction and concrete frame, M: (+353) 87 712 2964 (ROI) precast and insitu concrete floor slabs T: 028 3083 8867 (UK) with a steel framed roof structure. F: 028 3083 7523 (UK) External render will be provided to M: 07753 982088 (UK) blockwork, while the roof will be a E: standing seam aluminium sandwich low profile that is pitched. Windows and doors will be double glazed aluminium. Existing buildings and the new school will be brought up to current Department of Education standards and will achieve an A3 rating with Mechanical Services Contractors its air tightness. Work on the project started We are pleased to be associated with in June 2013 and Newpark School Redevelopment will be completed in July 2015. The end result will be a campus that THOMASTOWN, CO. KILKENNY. is designed and built to the very Telephone:(056) 7724294 Fax: (056) 7724644 latest standards, E-mail: but will also open


An education campus in Blackrock is undergoing a major transformation to bring facilities up to the current standards. Located on Newtownpark Avenue, Newpark School will benefit from a new build and refurbishment of some existing buildings. The project will see the demolition of the existing school, a prefabricated temporary school, refurbishment of an existing Protected Structure, provision of external ball courts and 240 car parking spaces. Work is required because the main existing school building was constructed in the 1970s, but no longer meets the Department of Education standards. Currently afflicted with poor insulation standards and a difficult profile roof with constant water problems, the new building will be fully compliant with current Department of Education Technical Guidance standards and Statutory Regulations with a sustainable, robust and easy to maintain building fabric. The new building is sited to open up the spaces between buildings and provide an identity to each separate user group on the campus, such as Protected Structures, with safe access for pedestrians between each and designated open spaces and vehicular access and parking. This project is necessary for a facility like Newpark School – an education campus boasting an 800-pupil post-primary school as well as a sports centre, gym, swimming pool, music school, adult education centre, and full size hockey pitch. Designed by Smith & Kennedy Architects, the building is threestoreys along with a single-storey workshop wing enclosing an entrance forecourt off Newtownpark Avenue. The main entrance to the school extends through the three-storeys in height, with large rooflights bringing daylight down to the central general purpose area situated off the main entrance. Because of the way it’s been designed,


FmK Architecture Ltd and FmK ECOHomes Low Cost, Low Energy Architecture The Practice

FmK Architecture Ltd was established in March 2009 by Directors Jason Fleck and Ronan McKee. Since opening, the Practice has evolved with an ever-increasing workload and expanding client base. Having involvement in most aspects of architecture, the Company has experience in schemes from small residential extensions and interiors right through to larger residential and commercial developments, all contributing to the office doubling in size. Having more than 25 years of combined experience in working at the forefront of planning policies and legislation, FmK Architecture has enjoyed unprecedented success in delivering approved planning applications with FmK’s main focus within low energy residential architecture.

Low energy, bespoke designs


All residential projects undertaken, be it self-building, extending, converting or renovating; all projects start with a free site visit, followed by a comprehensive client brief and design questionnaire. This helps to determine what each client likes or dislikes as well as reach the high ambitions and aspirations each client has for their very own project.

The end result is a bespoke buildings that is unique and completely tailored to suit each site and each individual client. The process starts with the concept scheme design, then is slowly developed and modified with every attention to detail, until the client is truly satisfied. As with every project, FmK will produce a conceptual 3D model of the client’s design, using the latest software, technologies and in-house expertise. All FmK designed dwellings are unique to each client, as each client starts with a ‘blank canvas’, ensuring their new home, when complete, is truly their own. None of the FmK designed homes are copied or replicated; this is the main ethos of the Company, from day one and continues into all future projects.


FmK Architecture Ltd also provide off the shelf pre-designed, pre-costed homes, under their FmK ECOHomes team. These are design and build low energy homes, but at a low cost, providing the client with a hassle free self build, that can suit the tightest of budgets.

Passive House.

Both Jason and Ronan undertook passive training in November 2013 and received accreditation in early 2014. They are now

fully certified Passive House Designers and have already started implementing their passive knowledge within their Practice and architecture. FmK is currently seeking and advising clients for future passive projects.

ECOHomes Store

FmK also launched its very own ECOHomes Store, providing a variety of ECO and low energy products for the construction sector. The ECOStore specialises in Ampack Airtightness products, Lunos Ventilation systems, thermal wall ties, Shower Save plus many more; see www.ecohomesni. com-ecohomes store for more details.

Plan2Build Show

Annually FmK also runs its own self build show called the Plan2Build Show. The show features over 50 self build exhibitors, run around April time each year and gives members of the public, interested in self building, extending or renovating a fantastic personal opportunity to come along and seek advice and also speak to self build specialists. For more information on the FmK Architecture Ltd visit the website, email or call +44 (0) 28 2588 2213 or follow onsite project blogs www.fmkni/blogs.

FmK ECOHomes On Site Low Cost, Low Energy Design & Build Homes The FmK ECOHomes range are designed for any site, on any location and to suit every client’s needs. The FmK ECO Range can also be tailored or customised to include additional features to suit individual needs. Providing a low cost build option along with a low energy design, saving clients thousands in energy costs over its lifespan. A full turnkey specification is also offered for those who would like to avail of the complete hassle free approach to self-building. The FmK ECOHome range are of full-masonry construction, but with a modern, efficient approach to traditional masonry building. FmK completed its first ECOHome in late 2012. The first ECOHome was the “Cottage” house type 2, three-bedroom bungalow, approximately 1,000sq ft and costing around £70,000. FmK met the client at its Plan2Build show in April 2012, the project was lodged to planning in May and approved in June. Building Control was lodged in June and approval received by July. Building works started on site early August and completed by the end of October. The turnkey process started early November, through to the second week of December and the client has moved in for Christmas - less than seven months from client meeting to client moving in; with actual building works taking just over three months. The second FmK ECOHome was heavily customised by the clients. These bespoke features include: stone clad porch to the front and a large bay window utilising the breathtaking views over Lough Neagh whilst maximising the space and natural light to the kitchen. It boasts a large, open plan kitchen-dining space opening in to the living room, with the separate front lounge as the main reception area. The first floor provides three large double bedrooms with family

sized bathroom, while the master bedroom enjoys its own ensuite and ample space for fitted wardrobes, as well as a feature gallery landing overlooking the hallway. Works started on site in late September 2013 and is due for completion by late summer 2014. This one has taken longer than hoped, but this was mainly due to building in one of the wettest winters on record. The specification of this ECOHome was upgraded to feature FmK’s advanced thermal and air tightness construction details, now a standard in all new ECOhomes. This ECOHome features an oilfired central heating system, wood burning stove with back boiler and coupled with solar thermal panels for summer time.

and air tightness detailing. This coupled with an air source heat pump with underfloor for the main heating system, ensures this small package packs quite a punch. Again looking for the hassle free self building approach, this ECOHome is full turnkey and will have little maintenance as well as marginal running costs for the owners.

FmK has also recently secured another customised ECOHome, this time situated in the south of Ireland, in Attymass, Ballina, Co. Mayo. The “Gatehouse” house type, a twobedroom bungalow, at just over 900sq ft, boasts a large spacious lounge with a wood burning stove as a central feature. There is also a utility room with a large family sized bathroom and two bedrooms, one with ensuite. This project received planning in late September 2013 and commenced on site in early May 2014 with an estimated completion date of the end of August 2014. This ECOHome features the standard FmK low energy design as well as the advanced thermal

For more information on the FmK ECOHome range visit, email or call +44 (0) 28 2588 2213 or follow on-site project blogs www.fmkni/blogs

johanna montgomery designs

Timber Aluminium profile HF310


28a Lisnamanny Road, Martinstown, Ballymena, BT43 6GH T: 028 2175 8400 M: 07856 986029 E:

Upvc/Aluminium profile KF220


Solas Bhride Centre and Hermitages Visitor and education centre An education and visitor centre dedicated to Ireland’s only female saint is close to completion in Kildare. Known as Solas Bhride Centre and Hermitages, this education and retreat centre will be in the spirit of St Brigid, Patroness of Ireland. Originally, the Brigidine Sisters set up a small Christian Centre for Celtic Spirituality in their home in Kildare town in 1992. The Centre, Solas Bhride (Bridgid’s light/ flame), has become a popular destination for the many pilgrims and visitors, local, national and international, whom are interested in the traditions, values and customs associated with Brigid of Kildare. Because of the growing number of visitors, it has created an urgent need for a larger Centre. In response, the Brigidines purchased a site in 2007 and created a e4.75M development plan for a unique, ecologically sustainable Centre and Hermitages. The new Centre will comprise of rooms and spaces for education events, retreat for prayer and reflection and for private events too. There will also be a small number of residences within the building. In addition, there are Hermitages, which are independent of the grounds. They are buildings for pilgrims to stay in for a few days in order to reflect on Brigid

St Brigid’s Cathedral, Kildare

and get themselves away from the hustle and bustle of life and the world. These are short-stay, temporary accommodation pods designed to provide people with a quiet space. The greenfield site was level to build on and because of its former life as an agricultural field, ground conditions have been absolutely fine. It is close to St Brigid’s and within walking distance of St Brigid’s Cathedral, the original monastic site. Also nearby is the very important Irish National Stud and it is surrounded by The Curragh Plain, which is known locally as St Brigid’s Pastures. The design of the Centre is inspired by the evocative imagery of Brigid’s legacy and legends and is centred on ecological concerns. The Centre and gardens will be integrated into a natural landscape with a meditative garden, labyrinth and cosmic walk. Many thousands of pilgrims and visitors who come to Kildare and experience the rituals and celebrations at St Brigid’s Wells will be further enriched by the new landscape and its meditative and uplifting features. The artistic feature and contemplative gardens use native species wildflower meadows and Irish woodland planting,

which will add an additional layer of delight to the user experience. The most eye-catching aspect of this singlestorey development is that it is formed from an abstracted Brigid cross, which is a cross associated with the Saint and it features two large, round rooms that will be the principle rooms in the development. It benefits from lots of low energy technology, with a masonry construction comprising natural finishes. There is a heat pump and natural ventilation system, while the roof is pitched, finished with copper. All windows are aluminium triple glazed with superb U-values. Designed by Solearth Architecture, the Centre is completely accessible for the disabled and one of the Hermitages has been specially designed for disabled use. Security features are being implemented in keeping with current regulations and soft landscaping is also incorporated. A car park is included within the development with 16 parking spaces as well as overflow space when required. The Main Contractor for the development is Manley Construction. Work started in March 2013 and will be complete next month. The Centre will be opened at the end of spring, at a cost of e3M.

Hanna + Hutchinson Civil & Structural Consulting Engineers H+H Consulting Engineers Ltd were delighted to provide the civil and structural engineering expertise for this low carbon, sustainable building and to work with the design team and contractor to deliver a high quality innovative building.

Civil & Structural Consulting Engineers Ltd


12 Corrstown Road, Upper Ballinderry, Lisburn, Co Antrim BT28 2NH

Tel. +44 (0)77 900 20342 and +44 (0)78 414 69745

H+H Consulting Engineers carry out civil and structural engineering design work across Ireland and have experience across a wide range of sectors including education, retail, health, leisure and workplace. We can offer innovative 3D BIM design solutions in reinforced concrete, steel and timber structures and sustainable solutions in drainage, earthworks, sports pitch design and public realm. We wish the Brigidine Sisters every success with their new Solas Bhride Centre and Hermitages.


FM Corr & Associates More than 45 years of architectural excellence Established in 1968, FM Corr & Associates is a traditional architectural practice with experience in a variety of sectors. Based in Derry and set up by Frank Corr, the Practice currently has two partners and four technicians. FM Corr can offer a range of architectural services on projects including schools, churches, social housing, and industrial projects. One of the Practice’s specialities is its work on education projects and FM Corr has recently finished work on the project at Lumen Christi College. Founded in September 1997, Lumen Christi is a co-educational Catholic grammar school, open to students of all faiths, respectful of all religious beliefs and encouraging the development of all in their own faith. The proposal at Lumen Christi was to enlarge and enhance the sixth

form area and FM Corr ended up infilling a large courtyard there. This development had a tight project timeframe and work had to be completed over summer, which the Practice achieved. As well as the challenge of trying to devise a project that could be undertaken over summer when the students weren’t occupying it, the development provided a challenge because of its listed status, but FM Corr was able to get around this with few problems. In addition, FM Corr is currently working on a project at Kilbroney Park, which is a multi-purpose events building for Newry & Mourne District Council. It will act as a public building for anybody visiting or who wants to enjoy the park as a reference point. It can also be used for schools and community groups who could use it as a base to

explore the park and the Mournes. The Council has developed the scheme in response to exponential growth in the number of events taking place each year in Kilbroney – largely as a result of the ongoing investment in the tourism infrastructure of the park over the past ten years. This single-storey building is within an area of natural beauty so FM Corr has had to take careful consideration about materials and the form which the building will take. The Practice has been working at Kilbroney Park for over a month and the project will last for just less than five months. The quality of work means that much of the business for the Practice is gained from repeat custom, enabling FM Corr to continue to flourish. FM Corr & Associates, 1 Bayview Terrace, Derry, BT48 7EE.

consulting structural & civil engineers Albert Fry Associates are pleased to have enjoyed a harmonious professional relationship with FM Corr and Associates for over 20 years and wish them continued success in the future.


125 ormeau road, belfast bt7 1sh t: +44 (0)28 90 322 025 / f: +44 (0)28 322 057 e:


Glebeside Park Leisure facilities for Ballymoney Borough Council Land that previously housed a play area and multi-use games area is being revitalised to include the most modern leisure facilities in Glebeside. The outdoor recreational facilities in Ballymoney will provide a refurbished play area, multi-use games area, new football pitch and changing rooms. The land at Belford Park was leased out by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive to the Ballymoney Borough Council so they could create provisions for 11-a-side football in the area. Speaking during a visit to the town, Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland said: “I am pleased to announce the leasing of this land to Ballymoney Borough Council.

“For a number of years, Glebeside Community Association has been working with the Council to improve outdoor recreational facilities in the area. “By providing the Council with this surplus land, I hope that we can go some way to meeting the needs of the local community and improve the sports and recreational facilities in Ballymoney.” The site is being leased to the Council for 25 years. Very little demolition has been needed on this green area in the middle of Housing Executive housing estate, and the new pitch will be on top of subsoil. The changing rooms will be singlestorey of approximately 50sq m and

will house two changing areas with separate showers and toilets. Designed by R Robinson & Sons, the structure will comprise of sectional construction with external cladding and a flat roof. Windows are uPVC double glazed. A small amount of additional landscaping will be undertaken once the changing rooms and games areas are complete, and all facilities will be accessible to the disabled. Being built by MP Coleman Ltd, the development will also include car parking spaces. At a cost of £340,000, the project commenced in December 2013 and will be opened this summer.

If you're a business owner or a landlord, you should call us for all the electrical services you need. We are experienced commercial and industrial engineers. We have fitted and regularly maintain a variety of different properties. From factories to offices, restaurants to warehouses, we will install and service your electrics. To adhere to the array of government regulations, you need to regularly have a qualified electrical maintenance specialist check your electrics for faults. We can help with all your needs. Call us on 07802 515 680. Our electrical services include: Electrical installation Electrical testing Electrical maintenance Fault finding Lighting systems Refurbishment of industrial and commercial properties The above list is just a sample of the services we offer. If you need a commercial or industrial electrician for any purpose, please get in touch.


75A William Street, Lurgan, Craigavon, Northern Ireland BT66 6JB

Phone: 07802 515 680 or 028 3832 2732 Email:

This project consisted of the construction of four ensuite bedrooms to an existing hospital at Ennistymon Community Hospital, Ennistymon, Co. Clare, constructed by Martins Construction Ltd, whom is a leading contractor in the mid-west region. Martins Construction Ltd, established in 1995 with its head office based in Ballycarroll, Barefield, Ennis, Co. Clare, was appointed as the Main Contractor for the project in August 2013 by Pascall & Watson Architects, Limerick. The purpose of the extension was to provide an additional four ensuite bedrooms as a new eight-bed ward, with associated nurses station along with a dirty utility, boiler room, a link corridor, external ramps and railings and ancillary site works with an approximate value of e750,000. Having previously carried out numerous projects for the HSE, Martins Construction constructed the single-storey extension, which was intended to improve the facilities to a high quality, with the bedrooms built to the latest HIQA and Building Regulations. The construction required specialised subcontractors to be employed, which included for each of the bedrooms to


Ennistymon Community Hospital allow for specialist medical services such Some of the design and structure features as nurse call equipment and bed head of the construction consisted of new cast trunking incorporating medical gases, insitu reinforced CFA piled foundations, electronic patient transfer hoists to each suspended precast concrete floor slab, bedroom and ensuite which enabled steel frame supports, laid to falls shower the assistance in transferring of patients ensuites for full level access, self supporting in and out of beds and wash area. timber roof trusses and externally The new extension is located on the eastern insulated proprietary render system. side of the two-storey hospital, which dates The flat roof section includes sun tunnels back to 1840s. The new extension is fully and large planar glazing rooflights along accessible by wheelchair both internally with natural limestone cladding, window and externally, with an approximate floor cills and parapet stone copings. area of the extension of 256sq m. The Martins Construction has vast experience construction was funded by the HSE and in working within a live facility. There fundraising by The Friends of Ennistymon. were no disruptions to the main hospital Minor demolition works of the project while works were being undertaken. consisted of the removal of an existing boiler The works commenced in October house whilst keeping water and heating 2013 and completed in April 2014. ‘live’ within the existing hospital, so as to not affect existing services to hospital. Demolition works also included the removal of existing hard surfacing, 25 St Patricks Terrace, Clonmel, Tipperary paths, ramps, railings and existing Tel: 0526 127207 Mobile: 087 2223253 foundations.

Brendan O’Brien Flooring


Martins Construction Ltd: Ballycarroll, Barefield, Ennis, Co Clare. T: 065 6868884 | F: 065 6829822 | E: W:

T: (065) 905 5106 M: (087) 617 3232 E:

Electrical Instrumentation & Engineering Contractors

Specialists in Fire Glass & Mirror Work Duggan Glass & Mirror is a long established family business based in the Mid-West of Ireland and providing a comprehensive processing and glazing service nationwide. With its main base at Roches Street, Limerick, utilising an almost 20,000 square foot facility that produces and creates a wide range of products and finishes under one roof. An additional support base of over 6,000 square foot in Ennis, compliments the service.

Roches Street, Limerick, Ireland

Tel: 061 414 133 or email:

O’Keeffe Electrical, for all your Electrical Instrumentation & Engineering Needs. We are located in Ennis in County Clare. We are specialists in Industrial, Commercial & Domestic Installations with a high reputation for quality workmanship and excellent service. O’Keeffe Electrical covers all the Munster area and Galway region. Our staff is highly experienced in areas of the electrical sector. If you have any inquiries please do not hesitate to contact us. O’Keeffe Electrical Ltd is dedicated to providing our customers with the highest quality services. We offer a range of electrical & installation services which coupled with our dedicated project management and customer care teams ensure your job is carried out within time & budget. Our Services:

O’Keeffe Electrical Quin Road, Ennis, Co. Clare

Communication / I. T. Installation - Fire Alarms - Emergency Lighting Small Power Installation - L. V. Switchgear Installation - C.C.T.V. Installation Street Lighting - Flood Lighting - Public Address Systems - Building Management Systems


Tel.: +353–(0)65–682 4159 Fax: +353–(0)65–682 8476 Email: Web:



CREST Pavilion New R&D facility at South West College

Completion is nearing on the development of a new building for South West College. Located on the College’s Technology and Skills Centre campus on the Killyhevlin Industrial Estate in Enniskillen, the development will provide the Centre for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technologies (CREST). The CREST pavilion will provide demonstration and R&D facilities primarily targeted at SMEs in the region to inspire and develop new renewable energy and sustainable technologies. South West College is lead partner in the CREST project and is involved in a number of other European projects. With five campuses spread over counties Tyrone and Fermanagh, it currently has 17,500 student enrolments, 900 staff and a budget of £37M. The College has strong links to business and academia, ensuring that it is ideally placed to support the development of sustainable enterprise across Northern Ireland and the Border Counties. South West College has employed a programme manager and technical staff who specialise in renewable energy and sustainable technologies to manage the initiative and provide hands-on support to businesses. It is also drawing upon the excellent facilities and intellectual resources of the College built up through many years of experience in the field of renewable energy and sustainable technology. The CREST pavilion is being constructed on a brownfield site that had remains from a building that was previously used as the College’s skills centre before new

facilities were built on an adjacent site. gain and minimise summer gains. Situated between Castle Coole and the River This will be achieved partly Earne, the Main Contractor, PJ Treacy & through the orientation of glazed Sons, set about removing the foundations areas and by ‘overhangs’. and levelling the remaining part of the site The roof has a variable pitch, with zinc before construction could commence. covering on a plywood backing affixed The single-storey development has an initial to structural insulated panels, while the reception area that leads to a main lecture windows will be triple glazed aluminium. hall for 80 people, a small kitchen and two Disabled facilities will include toilets and a demonstration halls featuring the latest in hearing loop, and CCTV and fire protection renewable and sustainable technologies. will ensure security for the building. There will also be a spacious plant room Hard and soft landscaping is being with viewing space, three external incorporated around the pavilion including demonstration/testing pads for renewable concrete demonstration pads, and although energy and sustainable technologies that are there are only four spaces for cars linked to being tested, and the pavilion will comprise the building, there are almost 150 spaces of high ceilings in parts – the highest points available that are associated with the of which will be in the demonstration halls. Technology and Skills Centre adjacent. Sustainability is an important part of the The pavilion is being designed by Paul build and therefore rainwater harvesting McAlister Architects, who is providing will supply greywater for flushing toilets. important work to ensure the development A leak prevention system is being is passivhaus certified for energy efficient incorporated in toilets, using sensors envelope and ventilation system. to detect when the room is empty and Work on this zero carbon building turn off all water into the facility. started in November 2013 and will Mechanical heat recovery ventilation be completed in August 2014. will be included, as will electric vehicle Costing £1.2M, the pavilion charging points, an air source heat pump will open in September. linked to underfloor heating, and solar photovoltaic panels will be fitted. Comprising mainly of structural insulated panels, glulam beams and cedar cladding, the building has Plumbing & Heating been designed to maximise Cordromedy, Trillick, Co. Tyrone. BT78 3RE the amount of Tel / Fax: 028 895 61742 winter solar

Philip McCaffrey

Dromore Glass We are pleased to be associated with the new R&D facility at South West College and wish all involved continued success for the future

117 St. Dympnas Road, Dromore, Omagh, County Tyrone, BT78 3DJ

Tel: 028 82897976 Mobile: 07714 035874 Email:

Monaghan, said when the sod was cut: “One of the key objectives of Government “This purpose built facility will be an policy is to place the dignity, autonomy important component in the delivery and wellbeing of older people at the of a comprehensive and modern older centre of residential care,” she said. peoples’ service for the population of “The initiative is another important step on Cavan and will ensure that this centre the road to ensuring that each nursing home will be compliant with all environmental resident is truly in ‘a home from home’. standards as laid down by HIQA.” The Main Contractor, on the project The design is based on the ‘Places to is B&C Contractors Ltd. Flourish’ model. Places to Flourish aims to support staff and create a new culture where older people can continue to live their lives according to their own routines in Wishing B & C Contractors residential settings continued success for the future like private nursing homes and/or public voluntary care units. Virginia, Co. Cavan, Ireland Launching the Tel: 049-8547733 - Fax: 049-8547735 initiative, Kathleen Email: Web: Lynch, TD said the scheme will aid the long-term care of the elderly.


Work is progressing well on the construction of a new two-storey extension to an existing community health centre in Co Cavan. The project at Virginia Community Health Centre will provide 26 single ensuite bedrooms with sitting areas, dining areas, storage and staff facilities. On completion of the new build and renovation works, the facility will have a total capacity of 50 bedrooms that will be fully HIQA compliant. The design team, Cooney Architects, MacMinn O’Reilly Mahon, Downes Associates and O’Connor Sutton Cronin (M&E) Ltd were appointed in late August 2012, and in the nine months that followed, the project was brought from concept stage through to contract award and commencement on site. This was a remarkable achievement given the complex nature of the project and it could only have been made possible by the cooperation of the management and nursing staff of the Virginia facility. Their insightful contributions will result in a facility that will deliver state-of-the-art residential accommodation to the people of Virginia and surrounding areas. Martin Collum, HSE Area Manager Cavan


Virginia Community Health Centre New extension to services for elderly residential unit


Srowland Water Treatment Plant


River Barrow extraction scheme A new water treatment plant in Co Kildare was opened last summer. The Water Abstraction and Treatment Plant at Srowland was built to abstract water from the River Barrow and provide up to 38Ml of water per day. Before this development was commissioned, Kildare County Council obtained most of its drinking water from other local authorities such as Dublin City Council and Fingal County Council. It meant that the supply and demand of water in the Greater Dublin region was very finely balanced so the introduction of the facility at Srowland is of great importance, especially in times when water is hard to come by such as dry periods, periods of cold weather and when other water treatment plans suffer production difficulties. Built on a greenfield site on agricultural land, the site is located adjacent to the River Barrow, approximately three kilometres north west of Athy Town. Water is abstracted from the river into a large storage pond, providing security of supply of untreated water throughout the year. The new treatment plant removes any impurities present in the raw water, guaranteeing that the final water output has been adequately treated to international best practice to achieve compliance with current drinking water regulations and to ensure that the treated water is perfectly safe to distribute into the drinking water network. Treated water is then pumped through newly constructed 400mm and 700mm diameter rising mains to the existing network distribution reservoirs at Ardscull and Old Kilcullen. The plant is currently producing approximately ten million litres of treated water each day, supplying the local Athy region as well as contributing to the supply in the central areas of County Kildare including the towns of Kilcullen, Newbridge and Kildare Town.

Production at the plant will result in authorities and industry in Ireland. The the area benefiting from an improved Company currently employs 180 people at security of supply for Kildare and offices in Kilkenny, Dublin and on more than the Greater Dublin region. 30 operations sites throughout the country. The production levels will increase gradually Veolia Water Ireland will continue over a number of years to provide a greater to operate and maintain the plant proportion of supply to central Kildare for a period of 20 years. and reduce Kildare’s dependency on Work began in April 2011 and the the Dublin City Council controlled water site was taken over in August 2013. treatment plant in Ballymore Eustace. The value of the project is e21M. In planning this development, an Environmental Impact Statement was prepared in order to deal successfully with any ecological issues on the site. It was a great challenge for all involved to bring this project to completion, with it being the largest water treatment plant in Kildare. These We are pleased to be associated with the challenges were overcome thanks River Barrow extraction scheme, Co. Kildare to careful planning, procurement and and wish all involved continued success management of the project. Veolia Water Ireland was the Main Contractor for the project. Formed in 2004 to consolidate the design, build and operations Mill Street, Callan, Co. Kilkenny activities under one strong banner, it reinforced the Tel: 056 7725244 Fax: 086 2616813 position as a Email: leader in water and wastewater solutions to local



Established in 1980, McIvor Engineering is a leading manufacturer based in Newtownstewart, Co Tyrone. McIvor Engineering specialises in bespoke industrial and agricultural buildings, steel erections, structural steel fixing’s and is also a leading manufacturer in a range of doors for the residential and the industrial markets. With years of experience within the roller shutter doors industry, McIvor installs and supplies both industrial and commercial roller shutters along with steel doors, speed doors and insulated doors. McIvor Engineering is a well established family-run business with over 30 years experience and a wealth of history behind it. The Company has worked with dozens of companies throughout all of Ireland, either supplying kit-form farm sheds to industrial units and roller shutter doors. McIvor Engineering has the knowledge, expertise and experience to give you superb results whilst meeting tight deadlines and stringent budgets. Sectors include: Sheds & Storage – From sheering sheds to hay barns, carports, machinery stores, dairy sheds and pig handling barns, plus general storage. Aircraft Hangars – Steel portal buildings for micro-lights to helicopters, multiple door arrangements are also available. Engineering workshops – From industrial

crane workshops to car maintenance or private workshops, McIvor has the steel frames for crane use suitable for any application. The weight of steel is increased for strength and the Company’s design capabilities allow for an accurate and safe optimisation of steel. Shelters & Garages – Any application, large or small, can be catered for. All Clients benefit from McIvor’s customer service. Dairy Housing – McIvor has been renowned for many years for building dairy housing and has an extensive knowledge of what works well and most importantly what doesn’t. What has made the Company a real leader is its extensive knowledge of ventilation with the light ridge and curtain that have revolutionised cattle buildings in the UK and Ireland. Equestrian Indoor Arenas – Can be built to any specification as a turnkey project with installation of horse footings or to be

assembled over existing ménages. Beef & Sheep Housing – McIvor tailor make all buildings, with the knowledge and understanding if stocking densities with cost effective and labour-saving designs. Grain & Crop Store – Whatever your requirements, McIvor can design, manufacture and supply a grain building incorporating the latest cladding materials and products. Within the design is a deep understanding of grain drying and handling, which helps create buildings that suit all customer needs.

Best wishes to all at McIvor Engineering


physiotherapists, occupational therapists and homecare all under one roof. embarks on its design process with a Before this scheme, the GPs and holistic approach, providing clients with public health nurses operated from creative design solutions that explore different centres in Summerhill. the interface between people, the built But all of this will be incorporated on the same site once work is complete by the Main environment and spatial experience. Work on the Centre will be Contractor, DHD Construction Ltd, who complete in July 2014. specialise in providing the highest possible level of service and professionalism. Its keystone is attention to Kingmek Ltd. detail and close monitoring Mechanical Engineers and Contractors of all quality requirements, ensuring the client’s aspirations are fulfilled. The Architect for the scheme is JNP Architects - a large Registered Office: Irishtown, Gormanston, Co. Meath and well established Tel: 01 8942620 / 8415874 Fax: 01 8942621 Mobile: 087 6256205 company with Email: offices located in Belfast and Dublin. The Practice


Primary Care Centre Work is close to completion in the village of Summerhill for a major new healthcare village. The project comprises a fully fitted out building providing GP medical facilities, HSE services, a pharmacy, and offices for a Third Age Centre for older people, together with associated external works. Third Age is a national voluntary organisation celebrating the third age in life when people may no longer be in paid employment but can remain healthy, fulfilled and continue to contribute to society. The longer that people are encouraged to remain in this life stage, the better for older people themselves, their families, communities and society as a whole. Third Age, through a variety of local and national programmes, demonstrates the value of older people remaining engaged and contributing in their own community for as long as possible. This will be an important aspect of the Primary Care Centre in Summerhill, which was designated as an area that is suitable for a primary care team. The idea was to bring GPs, public health nurses and professions such as


McIvor Engineering


The Gates Apartments in Beacon South Quarter


Set to open this month, Sandyford in Dublin will soon benefit from 85 new contemporary apartments. The Gates, a development in the large Beacon South Quarter development, is on the site of the former Microsoft headquarters and will now be home 85 new, contemporary apartments. The development is being carried out by the receiver Simon Coyle, with funding from NAMA. It is part of the wider Beacon South Quarter, which is a thriving community with one million square feet of development, including 900 apartments, a 2,500-space basement car park, children’s museum, and 36,000 square metres of retail shops including speciality furniture shops, such as Bo Concept, Kube and Roche Bubois. The retail element is anchored by a large and modern Dunnes Stores food and household store, and O’Briens off license has their flagship store in Beacon South Quarter. Ben Dunne Gym also operates on the site with a large facility. The complex also houses restaurants and bars such as The Copper Pot, a trendy bar and restaurant with live music. Michi Sushi operate their award winning restaurant there, as well as Pizza Hut Delivery, Starbucks, Munchies and The Coffee Shot. These restaurants are all grouped around the Plaza, a spectacular public square with the iconic Imaginsoity Children’s museum as its main feature standing on legs over a network of fountains. The new nine-storey development contains a tower which cantilevers over the Plaza and the structure comprises precast concrete and steel, with a façade of colour insulated render and black granite. The glazing consists of timber windows with a metal exterior. The development’s lightweight balcony balustrading is continued in

the new block, giving the exterior a slick, modern appearance. Boasting fully furnished, dual aspect duplex apartments, only three spine corridors serve the nine-storeys of vertically interlocking apartments giving a net to gross ratio of 95%. Three- and two-bedroom duplex apartments provide a bedroom at entry level with incredible views towards the west and east from the main living areas on the next level. Glazed cubes projecting from living areas provide enhanced views and natural light is a signature feature of the apartments. A strong public realm in Beacon South Quarter is supported by a series of courtyards set at different levels and connected by covered travellators or walkways, which create a strong sense of movement. Work on the scheme has been designed by The O’Toole Partnership Architects (TOTP) – an architectural practice based in Dublin who have been the principal architects for Beacon South Quarter since it’s inception in 2004. The Practice undertakes projects worldwide through an international global network of affiliated colleagues and collaborations. Established in 1982 as a practice of Architects and Project Managers, it has many years of design and practical experience in all aspects of the built environment through the experience of the partners – Patrick O’Toole, John Dennehy, Chris Ryan, Ciaran Lynam and Donal Saunders. TOTP Architects prides itself on providing a high level of professional expertise with a strong emphasis on design, technical and managerial skills. The Company has maintained a reputation for high quality of design developed within cost efficient parameters. Strong emphasis is placed on the briefing/

concept design stages of each project, where through regular practice, a client’s needs and expectations are established. The needs and expectations of clients are not only met, but also exceeded. TOTP Architects believes the most successful outcomes are achieved through close collaboration between the various design disciplines and project team members. Over the past ten years, the Practice has facilitated national and international collaborations among various disciplines and on a wide variety of commissions. Collaborations have taken place with international architects Terry Farrell, Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, Gensler, HKS and Michael Mossessian. Regular collaboration establishes a symbiotic working relationship and delivers coherent and timely responses for the client through the various project stages. The Practice has renewed collaborations on many new projects based on the success of previous ones. As architects and design team coordinators, the Practice seeks a marriage between functional requirements and sound environmental criteria. It is acknowledged that, in addition to creating more healthy environments for communities and individuals, good sustainable design has become a prerequisite for the commercial success of buildings. The whole Beacon South Quarter will benefit from the work of the Practice on the apartments at The Gates. This has included soft and hard landscaping, and the installation of energy efficient sustainable features such as heat exchangers and photovoltaic panels. Built by John Paul Construction Ltd, work started in February 2013 and was completed in February 2014, costing e10M.


Mitchelstown Community Sports Centre Leisure hub in the area there is rendered blockwork with glazing. floor to counter this and the lift Windows will be uPVC double glazed, while gives access to both floors. the building will benefit from rooflights The building design was subject to and a double height entrance lobby. A DAC Certification and the whole The new building will have an entry development complies with this. foyer with café facilities. There is viewing Because the building shares an access from the main entrance corridor into road with the shopping centre next door the sports hall at the lower level. and has a pedestrian route through the Further down the entrance corridor, which site, this all had to be taken into account divides the building and acts as a conduit when providing external landscaping. through the building, are changing rooms Security features are included as standard and more aerobic and activity rooms and car parking is provided, along with such as gyms and meeting rooms. disabled spaces and fire tender turning. A lift is being installed between the Designed by Holohan Architects, work two floors and there is air conditioning started on the £2.6M development and heating that can be used for in July 2013. It will be completed and the different activity areas. opened in July 2014, providing a great The whole site will comply with Part M community hub in Mitchelstown. of the building regulations to make sure there are facilities and access for the disabled. This provided a Cronin Concrete Group challenge because Rockgrove of the slope to the Coachford site, in terms of Co Cork the exterior access to the building. TEL: 021-7334528 There is separate EMAIL: access to each


A new leisure centre is well on the way to completion on the Canon’s Field site in Mitchelstown. Mitchelstown Community Sports Centre will see the construction of a new 1,500sq m sports facility comprising a sports hall, changing areas, activity rooms, meeting rooms, toilets, reception area and two synthetic pitches along with associated site works and drainage. It is in a prime location within the townscape and close to local facilities, on a site to the rear of premises along Upper Cork Street. The Centre is built on a severe slope, which provided a specific challenge to the design. This change of level was used to break the building into two defined spaces. The sports hall, which is double height, was placed on the lower part of the site, while the other elements that only required single height have been placed on the upper part of the site. This allowed a direct visual link into the sports hall, and outdoor play areas will be accessible from the upper level changing rooms. Built by MMD Construction Ltd, the building has a steel structure with blockwork infill. The central shard which divides the roof has an element of natural light and externally


Time to cut the cord Michael Gordon, Turley The Strategic Planning Policy Statement for Northern Ireland was published in draft on 4 February for 12 weeks of consultation. Trailed as the most significant development in planning policy for a generation, and a cornerstone of the post RPA planning system after 1 April 2015, reaction has been mixed and the Minister is sure to have a significant inbox on foot of the Department’s first ever digital consultation. We have been listening and thinking.

What we’ve heard

Councillors and senior Council officers observed that there isn’t much time after the elections in May to get ready for this and were interested in the 40 months target to prepare a plan at the first attempt. Housebuilders and housing associations wanted to know when the developer contributions policy is coming out and wanted more recognition of the wider role of housing in economic and community development. Renewable energy companies noticed that the support for windfarms seems to be less emphatic than before. Retailers and agents could see the town centre first policy but asked about existing out of centre centres. Does the policy allow them to renew and regenerate themselves? Bankers and asset managers wondered whether the changes will really speed things up and what checks and balances there will be in the new system? Businesses thought there wasn’t enough priority attached to the economic importance of their projects.


Conference feedback

The conference scene has also been interesting. Worldly planning professionals have observed that the SPPS over promises and under delivers - it promised to replace all the existing PPSs but in draft it replaces none, and in final form it replaces only two. The PPS series will still exist in maybe five or six years until all the Council plans are finalised. There was a view expressed that if it just summarises existing policy why do we need it at all?

So a few interesting points of view which go well beyond the scope of the draft SPPS and into the wider Planning Reform agenda. What is clear is that the publication of the draft, and maybe the fact that it is just over a year now to D-Day, is starting to focus minds. Last year there was a sense that no one had any time for this. Now it feels like it’s just around the corner. Things are picking up again economically so maybe some people who engage with the planning world have a little bit more space and time to lift their heads.

Turley perspective

I was also keen to get a view from the wider Turley family. Big themes coming back were that the draft SPPS is less assertive than its English, Scottish and Welsh equivalents in setting out a positive presumption that sustainable developments should be approved unless there are good reasons to the contrary. This is an interesting perspective given the priority attached to economic growth in the PfG and the need to create the best possible conditions to attract mobile investment on the global stage. Setting out a clear, positive purpose for planning is a step in the right direction but let’s build on it by weaving the presumption in favour of sustainable development through the document as a golden thread. I mentioned the suggestion that it isn’t strategic enough and doesn’t add anything so we might as well retain the status quo. I don’t agree with that view. I think we need to make a virtue out of what others consider to be a vice. If the criticism is that it mainly restates existing policy, we should use that logic to its advantage and simplify the transition arrangements which are currently quite messy. If the vision for the future planning system is clarity, let’s cancel the PPS series when the SPPS is published in final form so the policy framework for the new planning authorities is straightforward. Yes, there are aspects of tone and transposition that might be improved upon, but as far as I can see there hasn’t been a groundswell of

opposition to the content. Anyway, there is no time to spare ahead of 1 April 2015 so there is no way we can go back to the drawing board and get much more strategic. So let’s accept the draft SPPS for what it is – a consolidation of existing policy have another look to make sure it covers everything we need it to, take a deep breath and cut the cord with the old regime. Michael Gordon is a Director in the Belfast office of Turley Associates. He can be reached be email For further information visit

Michael Gordon


Ravenhill Stadium Three new stands for Ulster Rugby is an excellent example of social clauses that work and demonstrates the Executive’s commitment of including social clauses in all public procurement contracts. “Social clauses have been successfully used within the construction industry, first of all, to get people who are economically inactive back into work through the provision of training and help with skills development and, secondly, to provide opportunities for apprenticeships and placements for students on construction-related courses. “My department’s Central Procurement Directorate will continue to assist with the development of social clauses in government contracts working with other departments in delivering benefits to local communities.” The Minister also said that the Executive will have spent well over £1Bn in 2013 and 2014 on capital projects. He said: “The redevelopment of this stadium is just one of a number of capital projects where government have invested and is further evidence of its commitment to rebuild and rebalance Northern Ireland’s economy.” The new Memorial End stand will provide covered seating for approximately 2,400 people with terracing for a further 1,350 fans. It will house a ticket office, a shop, a bar, catering facilities and a new educational facility that will promote the benefits of nutrition, a healthy lifestyle and the values of sport. This stand is now complete, as is the new Aquinas stand, which is the new family area of the ground, providing covered seating for 2,100 people with terracing for a further 1,300 fans. It houses new team changing facilities, treatment rooms, an indoor training surface as well as match day media facilities. It also becomes the Ulster Rugby senior

squad’s new training base with state-ofthe-art gym, meeting rooms and facilities. Work is now progressing on the third new stand. It is important because when complete, it will equip the facilities to be able to host a RaboDirect PRO12 final or a Heineken Cup quarter final, which would be great events for the Belfast ground to be involved in and even better for the fans. This new grandstand, part of Phase II, will be able to hold 3,450 seated spectators, plus 3,400 standing via the introduction of a new promenade. A new bar and restaurant will also be added. Gilbert Ash Site Manager, Duane McCreadie, said: “The summer (2013) was the busiest period of the project for us, with a small overlap between the end of Phase I and the beginning of Phase II. “We reconfigured the new terrace at the front of the grandstand and this has allowed us to bring the ground’s capacity up to 15,000, which will become 18,000 once we have completed the project.” There was a great deal of work to conduct during the off-season, including new civil works and the reconfiguration of the existing stand. This peaked at approximately 200 people working on site during this period, which is a considerable amount of people on a site like this. Facilities being created at Ravenhill are great and will be a major change for Ulster Rugby. The gym in the Aquinas stand in particular is one of the best rugby gyms in the world, and for fans, the whole match day experience will completely change. What was once a two-sided stadium will now become a four-sided stadium and with facilities for disabled visitors up to date to meet current standards, this will become an inclusive ground for all fans.”


Ravenhill Stadium is undergoing an extensive redevelopment to increase capacity to 18,000. As well as being the home of Ulster Rugby, Ravenhill also hosts finals of club and school competitions, from under-10 mini rugby to the senior clubs final. In August 2007, Ravenhill hosted its first senior Ireland international match in 53 years when Ireland took on Italy in a Rugby World Cup warm-up game on 24th August. While the Ravenhill Ground has been maintained over the years, 2008 saw the first major modernisation of the stadium when foundations were laid for a new high-specification corporate stand on the terrace side of the ground – Phase I of a redevelopment programme. Built at a cost of £5.5M, the stand opened for business in September 2009, boasting 20 high-specification corporate boxes, 532 premier seats and a full bar and restaurant facilities. Due to increased support in the team in recent years, Ulster Rugby submitted a business case to the government in 2010 requesting funding from the Department of Culture, Arts & Leisure to modernise the rest of Ravenhill by building new stands at the Aquinas and car park ends of the ground and to replace the existing grandstand. A year later, Minister Nelson McCausland confirmed that the request would be granted and £14.7M of funding was secured in November 2012. Gilbert Ash is the Main Contractor for the construction of the three new stands and the procurement contract contains social clauses to provide employment and apprenticeship opportunities for students and the long-term unemployed. Speaking during a tour of the site last year, Finance Minister Sammy Wilson, said: “This

Environment Minister Alex Attwood & Sports Minister visit Ravenhill following plan approval © Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 24th Jan 2012 mandatory credit - Photo: William Cherry, Press Eye


Gilbert Ash is working with partners Hamilton Architects, who designed the initial concept for the work, and Holmes Miller, who is providing the architectural services for the project. Gilbert Ash’s work at Ravenhill involves ‘building’ in many senses of the word, including building links and relationships with many different local organisations and the local community. Throughout the project, the Company has worked closely with Belfast Metropolitan College to host site visits for college students to give them an insight into the different work disciplines involved in the construction industry. There were also 14 apprentices from local colleges and from the University of Ulster working on site to gain practical experience in their specific area of study. Gilbert Ash has also been organising many fundraising initiatives to support local charities. In June 2013, the Company worked with Ulster Rugby to host a charity BBQ at Ravenhill and the event was also supported by Belfast Metropolitan College and some of the Ravenhill subcontractors. John McGerty, the Health and Safety Manager at Gilbert Ash, competed in the Belfast Marathon in May 2013 to raise funds for Diabetes NI, a local charity based in Belfast. In addition, Phil McAlister, a grounds worker currently employed by McCormick Contracts on the Ravenhill project,

organised a charity dinner and raffle in aid of Cancer Research UK. With the help of Gilbert Ash, Ulster Rugby kindly donated a signed rugby shirt which was auctioned off on the evening. There was also a grandstand seat sale, with the seats auctioned off to raise money for charity. Ravenhill is currently Gilbert Ash’s ‘Build Health’ champion site. This is a joint venture between the construction industry in Northern Ireland and Health & Safety Executive NI. Its aim is to improve the health and safety of the workforce in the Northern Ireland construction industry. Through the Company’s participation in Build Health, staff, subcontractors and site operatives have been encouraged to look at the benefits of understanding health issues on site and also to make healthy choices. There have been specific training and events on ‘No Smoking Day’ and dust control, and Gilbert Ash ran a ‘Men’s Health Week’ in June 2013. There is also a lunch van that visits the site with healthy food options. As well as providing a superb redevelopment, the project at Ravenhill has given Gilbert Ash the opportunity to build community engagement and good relations, ensuring it gives back to the communities where development is undertaken. One of the subcontractors that has worked on the scheme is Specialist Joinery Group, who manufactured and installed the custom-designed and fitted furniture within the new stands.

A family owned, family managed company, Specialist Joinery Group has successfully established a long-term partnership with Gilbert Ash over 26 years of business. Speaking about the Company’s involvement in the project, Group Managing Director John Bosco O’Hagan said: “We are proud to be associated with Ulster Rugby, who are our provincial rugby team. “Our work at Ravenhill with Gilbert Ash joins a list of completed projects in the sport and leisure sector, from multi-million pound stadia, to leisure centres and spas. “Our delivery capability and sector knowledge has been enhanced by experience gained working at the 2012 London Olympics and within many London legacy projects thereafter.” The Group has opened a £3M expansion to its manufacturing facility. In response to customer demand, the enhanced complex is now over 75,000sq ft. In the past 26 years, Specialist Joinery Group has gained a reputation as a prestige brand with capability to deliver landmark complex projects, which has earned the Group an enviable portfolio of successfully completed work including Galway Racecourse, Central Criminal Courts of Justice Dublin, Titanic Signature Building Belfast, New Acute Hospital Enniskillen, Terminal 2 Dublin Airport, and Sligo Racecourse. Work on the final stand at Ravenhill will be complete in August 2014.

Lightning & Surge Protection Consultants & Engineers Ray Duffy Lightning Technology provides Lightning and Surge Protection systems in full accordance with ISEN62305. We have provided our services to many leading Building and Electrical contractors and have been involved in projects in the Gas/Petroleum industry, Pharmaceutical, Microprocessor manufacturing, Schools, Cathedrals, Churches, Factories, Castles, Monuments, Offices and domestic dwellings.

Services include Surveys * Risk Assessment * Design Supply of Equipment Installation * Test and Certification * Maintenance Soil Resistivity and Earthing system tests

14 The Meadows, Millfarm, Dunboyne, Co. Meath. Phone/Fax 01 8252910: or 086 3315874: e mail Web

Mobile ConďŹ ned Space and Height Rescue Simulator With our unique purpose built simulator we can provide unrivalled and cost eective learning

Construction Ireland V17N02  

Construction Ireland magazine, latest construction news, reports, comments and profiles.

Construction Ireland V17N02  

Construction Ireland magazine, latest construction news, reports, comments and profiles.