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Fastnet Shipping Ltd Fastnet Shipping Ltd is one of Ireland’s oldest established marine plant operators, and also Ireland’s largest marine plant operator by number of vessels and the amount of tonnage operated. This family owned business, now into its fifth generation of running successfully, specialises in operation and supply of pontoons, jack up barges, wind farm service, support vessels, tugs, barges and marine work platforms mainly to the European market. This includes the UK, Ireland, Belgium, France and the Netherlands. Fastnet’s focus has shifted over the years, in line with market demand. In the early 1980s, Fastnet moved into the dredging market by carrying out large-scale capital and maintenance dredging projects throughout Ireland, while also trading as aggregate merchants. Later that decade, the fleet was further upgraded to larger trailer suction and aggregate dredgers, and thereafter, to the provision, operation and conversion of various suction dredgers including dredging consultancy for the export market, primarily for land reclamation in Bahrain and the construction market in Portugal. This was long before land reclamation had even been thought about for the major schemes that have been realised to date in the Arabian Gulf, such as the Dubai Palm and The World. The Company changed its direction in 2001 for a variety of reasons, including a slump in the domestic dredging market, the growing dominance of larger conglomerates, and the unwillingness of the Irish government to licence

Leading Independent Supplier of Floating Plant and Machinery to Ireland’s Construction Industry aggregate extraction. Because of this, Fastnet was set up in 2001 to provide towage and marine plant services to a new and growing sector. Success quickly followed, as Fastnet became Ireland’s largest independent marine plant operator, providing towage and marine plant services to various large and high profile clients on high profile construction and marine projects throughout Europe. In addition to the various items of marine plant operated by Fastnet, which includes wind farm and support vessels, jack up barges, tugs, pontoons and safety vessels, the Company also provides bed levelling, plough dredging and piling services. Although based in Waterford, Ireland, Fastnet actively work throughout Western Europe, but this unique Company is mobile so can set up elsewhere when required to support various activities and projects. The workforce varies by season and contract size, with Fastnet operating at a year high of 28 skilled marine professionals in 2011. Staff outside of the offices comprises of experienced sea-going personnel including masters, skippers, barge masters, and crew, marine contractors, and coordinators. The Company prides itself on giving employees the best possible training, which meets and in most cases exceeds regulatory requirements. Fastnet take great pride in its intensive, stringent training programmes that are always the most

modern and successful available. Because of how heavily regulated an industry Fastnet work in, this level of training is a necessity, and the Company is proud of its record of providing training with such a strong focus and emphasis on personnel, training and vessel safety. Fastnet work with public and private sector companies that require works to be undertaken on or near the water, as well as companies that require assistance and expertise near water, companies requiring access solutions or platforms to work on or near the water, sectors including marine construction, marine services, harbour and port maintenance, and harbour towage. Fastnet’s jack up barges and crews have previously been hired out for construction activities such as piling, pier construction, marina construction, over water drilling and blasting. Bargees and pontoons have been hired out for dredging activities, construction activities as crane barges and dive platforms. The tugs have been used and hired out for dredging, harbour, and coastal towage, berthing assistance and as safety standby vessels, while our wind farm service and support vessels have been used to service and support offshore wind farm construction, crew transfers, survey work and turbine cleaning, all of which showcases the wide variety of tasks that Fastnet’s vessels can be used on. Fastnet has implemented an integrated quality, environmental and health and safety management system to meet the requirements of ISO9001,

ISO14001 and OHSAS18001, with full certification to these standards expected later this year.

conservation, something that was done successfully, and with the minimum of disruption.

Due to the success achieved, Fastnet is a company that is looking to the future very positively, which is some feat considering the challenging economic times.

Fastnet has also worked on Robin Rigg Wind Farm, with work comprising the provision and operation of a jack up barge, two tugs, and a safety vessel to support horizontal directional drilling project and the onshore cable conduit installation at the wind farm.

Since 2007, Fastnet has seen continued year on year and above average growth within the Company and the marine sector. This growth has allowed Fastnet to substantially expand the business, fleets and assets. Fastnet entered the offshore wind farm service vessel market in 2010 after taking delivery of its first two bespoke multi-purpose high-speed turbine transfer/wind farm service vessels, the ‘Fastnet Swift’ and ‘Fastnet Tern’.

The Company provided the hire of all marine plant and all required marine support and crew transfer associated with the project, along with end-to-end logistical planning and method statements for operating jack up in a special area of conservation between two environmentally sensitive sabelleria reefs and an existing export cable.

Both went straight to work on construction and servicing of the UKs offshore wind farms. The success of these two vessels encouraged the Company to order two more vessels, ‘Fastnet Puffin’ and ‘Fastnet Skua’, the latter of which has already entered service, and the former is expected to do so in the third quarter of the year.

Fastnet undertook full compliance with the BWEA guidelines for selecting jack up barges for operating in the offshore environment followed by assessment and attendance from London Offshore Consultants to ensure all guidelines were met and complied with. Fastnet also undertook a full SNAME TR5-5A site specific assessment of its jack up unit to ascertain its suitability to operate the local environment.

Fastnet has an impressive portfolio of projects previously undertaken, including work for Shell. Located at Corrib Gas Shell in Ireland, work included the provision and operation of two modular jack up barges to undertake marine site investigation works on the Corrib gas pipeline.

Fastnet has been involved in many prestigious projects, and this has continued with the news that the Company has successfully completed a second successful jack up barge and marine plant deployment on the £1.65Bn Forth Replacement Crossing (FRC) project.

This project was very focused and sensitive due to the community issues because the work had to be carried out in a special area of

Billed as the largest infrastructure project in the UK for this decade, the FRC is crucial to keeping Scotland’s transport network flowing.

All works were completely carried out on board Fastnet’s modular jack up barge, ‘Fastnet Jack 1’, over a period of three and a half months, from November 2011 to February 2012. Fastnet’s reputation is displayed by the fact this was the second deployment on the project, having previously been employed during the first round of marine investigations when they provided all marine plant, towage, crew transfers, marine support and marine coordination over a demanding four month period in 2008. During the latest deployment, Fastnet demobilised, transported and remobilised its barge, crew and equipment from a project in South West Ireland to the Forth and were up and running in less than 72 hours. The future is very much bright for this progressive Company, with new opportunities being investigated and Fastnet’s commitment to customer satisfaction within the marine industry is apparent due to the willingness to build new vessels to meet the bespoke needs and requirements of new clients in the future.

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Healthy choices at Half Moon Lake Making the most of a local amenity is the name of the game at the Half Moon Lake in West Belfast. School children, community representatives and local councillors are celebrating at the first of a series of events to promote more use of the open space. The natural beauty spot off Suffolk Road is surrounded by houses and is proving a perfect spot for Healthy Hearts in the West (HHW) to teach young people about making choices that will improve their health and help protect their environment. Councillor Steven Corr, Chairman of the Parks and Leisure Committee, said: “The idea of this project is to promote Half Moon Lake as a safe space in the Lenadoon area and to encourage schools from both sides of


the community to see it as a shared space. “As well as promoting the space, and encouraging its use in a positive way, the Healthy Hearts in the West Project offers Primary 4 children from local schools environmental workshops to promote respect for open spaces. “The facility has long been seen as a negative space, when in fact it is an area of natural beauty and using it would be of great benefit to the community.” As part of their HHW programme children from Holy Child Primary School were taught about the wildlife around Half Moon Lake, making bird and bat boxes, sampling the pond with the Ulster Wildlife Trust and looking at how recycling protects the environment.

Snickers Workwear to open Ireland’s first ever bamboo farms Snickers Workwear Ireland, the local arm of the innovative Swedish clothing manufacturer, are to commence growing their own bamboo on farms in Ireland for use in their cutting edge clothing, which is now manufactured using nano-carbons made from bamboo. Snickers have purchased several fields close to their Ballymount headquarters, which are due to be densely planted with the traditional Asian crop. Global warming has meant that Ireland now has a climate that is perfect for growing bamboo. Demand for bamboo has boomed in recent years mostly due to its use in cutting edge nano-technology, which is used to make bamboo carbon, a very strong lightweight material that has now started to feature in practical uses such as workwear. The move is expected to kick-start this growth industry, which was traditionally the staple crop of Asian countries that produced 1970s style furniture. Snickers’ announcement coincides with the launch of their range of summer wear that features a high tech Active Vaporise System that is manufactured using nanotechnology where bamboo-carbon is ground down to a nano-size of one millionth of a millimetre. The nano-carbon is then blended with polyester to form a very strong and breathable fabric for their hot weather garments, which transport moisture away from wearer, whilst providing UV and anti-odour protection. David Macken, Managing Director of Snicker’s Workwear Ireland, commented on the Company’s surprising new venture: “People seem bamboozled by our move into eco-farming, but it is to become just another part of our extensive research and development process. Bamboo nanofabrics are the materials of the future so we need to ensure we have our own plentiful supply. Planting will start soon and any surplus bamboo will be given to Dublin Zoo for their red pandas Beijing and Bamboo. We soon hope to have our very own Snickers’ pandas.”

The world’s largest Titanic attraction Kent Stainless celebrate opens in Belfast One hundred years after the birth of the Alongside the design of the staircase, Kay largest order ever world’s most famous ship, the £97M Titanic Elliott was also responsible for the interior Renowned steel fabricator Kent Stainless were delighted to welcome returning Chinese customers back to Wexford recently. Minister Brendan Howlin was also in attendance to greet David Wei and Mao Ye of Sinohydro. The visit marks a major milestone for Kent Stainless, cementing a e5.5M deal with the Chinese company. This follows a recent multi-million deal which Kent finished shipping in September of last year. 2011 saw Kent Stainless export 200 tonnes of stainless steel to Lusail City in the Middle East. The city, which will eventually accommodate approximately 250,000 people, is scheduled to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Located 15 km north of the capital city of Doha, Lusail City will feature world class facilities including marinas, luxury resorts and stadiums. Of the 200 tonnes of stainless steel exported, 70% was sent by sea while a further 30% was air freighted. This alone was a huge success for Kent Stainless as the logistics team had never before faced shipping such large quantities of material. 2012 will now see Kent Stainless ship a further 300 tonnes of stainless steel to the city of the future, Lusail. To accommodate the increase in business, Kent Stainless took on 20 new crew members in 2011. The new deal will enable the Company to keep production rates up, thus keeping workforce numbers intact.

Belfast has become a major new tourist attraction for Northern Ireland. Its centrepiece is a stunning recreation of the Titanic’s iconic Grand Staircase by Torquay based architects Kay Elliott. As faithful to the original as modern building regulations and design constraints allow, the recreation of the staircase is the focal point of the 1,000 seater Titanic Suite, Belfast’s largest dedicated banqueting space. The near replica Grand Staircase is 23ft high and 24ft wide, has 23 steps, weighs nearly four tonnes and is made up of 10,000 individual parts. It was built in six separate sections using red oak, the same wood which was used for the Titanic’s Grand Staircase. Six joiners worked on the project and it’s estimated to have taken 1,500 man hours over four months to complete. The challenge of matching the craftsmanship of original designers Harland & Wolff was met by Oldtown Joinery, a specialist joinery firm from Bellaghy, Co. Londonderry, using materials and techniques similar to those used in the shipyard 100 years ago.

design, making sure a high quality visitor experience was created. Titanic Belfast includes four public entrances, a four-storey atrium, temporary exhibition galleries, the 1,000 seat banqueting suite/conference centre, pre-function areas, education and community facilities, restaurants, retail spaces and an underground car park. Tim Husbands, Titanic Belfast’s CEO, said: “Titanic’s Grand Staircase is one of the most well known focal points of the world’s most famous ship and is synonymous with the grandeur of Edwardian society. Titanic Belfast is the world’s largest Titanic visitor attraction and we want to bring the Titanic story alive for our visitors and guests from all over the world and replicate the timeless elegance that was designed to impress the first class passengers onboard. Kay Elliott and Oldtown Joinery have done a superb job on an extremely intricate and detailed process. Virtually every part of the near replica Grand Staircase has been hand crafted in the traditional way.”

Kildare company creates 45 Jobs Murphy Surveys Ltd, an Irish professional services company based in Kilcullen, Co Kildare has been awarded a number of major contracts from the Office of Public Works in relation to a Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management Programme (CFRAM), creating over 45 full time jobs. The CFRAM projects are ongoing as part of the Government’s Flood Risk Assessment being carried out by the Office of Public Works. The study will identify and examine in detail the causes of flooding throughout different catchment areas and produce an integrated plan of specific measures to address the significant flood risk factors. It is intended that the CFRAM Studies should meet the requirements of the EU Directive on the assessment and management of flood risks (2007/60/EC). The CFRAM project requires Murphy Surveys to carry out detailed surveying of rivers, weirs,

river banks, structures, etc. related to or nearby the catchment areas. This information will in turn provide essential information enabling solutions to be found for flood levels and risk assessments to be carried out. Niall Murphy, Director said: “We are delighted to have been selected to carry out these projects which have been part of our growth plans over the last few years. To be able to create substantial employment, in an industry that is seen from the outside to be in serious decline, is hugely rewarding. “Our company has retained its excellent workforce over the past number of years, all of whom have played a huge part in undertaking projects of this size. We are delighted to be winning contracts in Ireland against our European competitors in a time where there is a lot of negative publicity regarding the Irish tender process”.


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McAvoy Hire solution just what the doctor ordered for pharmaceutical giant The McAvoy Group has helped a multinational pharmaceutical company reinforce its ‘green’ credentials by supplying high specification refurbished modular accommodation for its Dublin HQ. Faced with an acute accommodation problem due to the need to grow its European presence, pharmaceutical giant Amgen turned to McAvoy’s Hire division for the supply of a 2,000sq m double-storey building on a three year hire deal worth almost e1.5M. The building, which has been especially adapted to provide office and meeting rooms for 250 people and canteens, serving areas,

toilet blocks and changing facilities for around 950 people, is a mix of reconditioned galvanised steel framed buildings allocated from McAvoy Hire’s extensive range of modular accommodation. Eoin Daly, Sales Director at McAvoy Maccom explains: “Altogether it comprises 80 sections. Externally it boasts double glazed windows and has a one hour fire rating, while internally it is fully turnkey, with carpets, air conditioning, IT cabling and full mechanical and electrical engineering. “The brief was to provide something that could accommodate around 250 Amgen staff and up to 700 construction management

personnel, but one of the greatest challenges we faced was it had to be up and ready within just eight weeks. “This type of ex-stock modular solution was perfect in that we could adapt an existing building, make it fit for our client’s purpose and deliver it in a fast track time frame with manageable fixed costs. Most importantly, it meant the client didn’t have to build accommodation which would only be required for a fixed period of time, thereby cutting down on carbon footprint and working efficiently all round.”

Traders celebrate first phase of shop `makeover` programme Traders in Sandy Row are celebrating the completion of the first phase of a regeneration programme which has helped to improve the appearance of the locality and to attract more shoppers into it. A number of local shop fronts have been given much needed ‘makeovers` as part of Belfast City Council`s `Renewing The Routes` programme, which is seeing £150,000 invested in environmental and infrastructure improvements on the famous inner city thoroughfare. Similar schemes are being carried out on the Antrim Road and Grosvenor Road and in the Castlereagh Street area, while the


Council has recently given approval for a wider £1.2M programme of work across the city over the next three years. Alderman Christopher Stalford, Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee, said: “This is an excellent example of what happens when the authorities and communities work together, and represents, in a microcosm, the investment package which we launched earlier this year in action, and making a positive impact at local level. “As with other schemes in the `Renewing The Routes` programme, this scheme has breathed new life into a key arterial route

and helped the traders and the local community look toward to a brighter future.” Over the past ten years, more than £60M has been invested in the enhancement of Belfast`s arterial routes as a result of an innovative interagency approach to enhance the vitality of the main routes into the city by developing and implementing integrated regeneration plans for designated areas. These projects have included the construction of the new Falls Leisure Centre and Grove Wellbeing Centre, as well as £6M directly invested by Belfast City Council in the `Renewing the Routes` programme.

Extension to Ringsend Wastewater Treatment Works will facilitate population growth and future development of Dublin Region Dublin City Council is to apply to An Bord Pleanála for permission to extend the Ringsend Wastewater Treatment Works (WWTW). The WWTW was identified in the Greater Dublin Strategic Drainage Study as being essential for the development of a sustainable drainage system for the Greater Dublin Region. This is a Regional facility that treats wastewater from the Dublin City Council area, together with parts of Fingal, South Dublin, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown and Meath County Council Areas. The WWTW is being extended to cater for future demand while maintaining its high level of treatment and removing the treated water discharge from the environmentally sensitive Liffey River Estuary using a new long sea outfall tunnel under the seabed to a point approximately 9 kilometres further offshore. The new location will take advantage of improved dilution and dispersion due to greater water depths and stronger tidal currents. It will move the treated water further from bathing waters and wildlife sanctuaries. This will further improve the value of the bay and the estuary as cherished public amenities. According to Pat Cronin, Executive Manager: “Long Sea Outfalls have been employed at some of the largest coastal cities in the world. Many, including Barcelona, Miami Beach, Sydney, Boston and Lisbon are known for their vibrant harbours and recreational opportunities. Dublin City Council is proposing this extension to meet current and future requirements to treat our wastewater. These proposals would allow the Ringsend Plant to treat wastewater for a population equivalent of 2.1 million which is just 30% above current capacity”. Currently, the plant discharges treated effluent into the Lower Liffey Estuary on the Poolbeg Peninsula. This area has been designated as a sensitive water body under the EU Urban Waste Water Treatment Regulations as it is vulnerable to enrichment by nutrients (Nitrogen and Phosphorous). The proposals include a plan to comply with the regulations by discharging effluent via the new tunnel.

Technal launches brise soleil sun shading system in Ireland fully compatible with Technal’s new MODAL Architectural aluminium facade specialist, low rise glazing and its MX curtain walling Technal, has launched its new brise soleil suite, from a simple grid façade to beaded, sun shading system in Ireland, which structural sealant and roof glazing. It can provides highly efficient solar control be fixed directly to the curtain walling or to and the highest standards of an independent structure whilst maintaining architectural aesthetics. visual consistency, and louvre blades can be Already used extensively internationally, the integrated with standard cladding. Suneal system is a multifunctional addition Extensive tests have been carried out using to the facade which will protect occupants a wind tunnel to develop sizing charts for from glare from the sun, control solar gain, Suneal according to a building’s orientation, optimise natural light and enhance any location, wind pressure and snow loads. building envelope with its stylish Further assistance with design and appearance and visual appeal. calculations can be provided by Technal’s A highly sustainable solution which contributes to the thermal performance of a technical team to meet specific project requirements and by using TechTouch, its building, Suneal uses passive solar dedicated energy simulation software protection to reduce the reliance on package, to optimise solar gain and light mechanical cooling systems, generating transmission. reductions in energy consumption. It allows high levels of natural light into the building and has the option of fitting photovoltaic blades for the supply TENSILE TESTING SERVICES LTD of renewable energy to the building whilst Tel: 00353 61-703655 providing effective solar control. E: This aluminium sun W: shading system is


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Sunshine after the rain? Keith Riddle, Managing Director of Velux The British weather inevitably puts a dampener on most things, including the summer BBQ and the cricket, and as I write this looking out onto a water-logged garden, that also applies this year to the start of spring. But now, it’s also managed to rain on the UK’s latest energy use statistics recently released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). The Government revealed that in 2011, total primary energy use, which includes coal, natural gases and nuclear, fell by 7.5% compared to 2010. A significant achievement you might think, but when improved weather conditions last year compared to the previous 12 months are taken into account it means energy use actually only fell by 2%. Nonetheless, this is still a step, however small, in the right direction. Last year was on average 1.8 degrees warmer than in 2010 with the DECC attributing this to final energy consumption for domestic use, such as electricity used to power kitchen utensils and TVs, falling by 18.5% year-on-year. At the same time, however, average annual household energy bills were found to have increased, with standard electricity bills up £36 (8.5% to £453), and average gas bills up £61 (9.3% to £719). The fact that UK domestic gas and electricity prices are the lowest and fourth lowest respectively in the EU will come as little reprieve to homeowners and tenants. Spiralling costs are likely to be one of the driving forces behind the Government’s decision to launch a second phase of the Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) scheme, which works by discounting renewable technologies like biomass boilers, air and ground source heat pumps and solar thermal panels for homeowners that apply. Total money invested in the second phase is up £10M to £25M this year and includes a pot of £8M earmarked for local people to apply for the technologies for community buildings.


If as successful as the first phase, which saw more than 6,000 homes benefit, the RHPP will help contribute to the UK’s target of reducing the country’s carbon emissions by 34% on 1990 levels by 2020. The initiative will work alongside existing as well as new Government offers for homeowners, such as the Green Deal which will be rolled out in October and enable homeowners to pay for energy efficiency improvements to their homes through the savings on their energy bills. One of VELUX’s concerns, and which I have previously voiced, is that issues of health and well-being should take centre stage alongside carbon reduction. For example, cavity wall insulation without adequate ventilation could result in an increase in common respiratory illnesses such as asthma. For this reason, VELUX is working with the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) and Land Securities as part of a Green Deal Dialogue Group to help shape the scheme through conversation with Government and ensure that our homes promote a healthy indoor environment. The need to consider the wider issues of sustainability beyond simply energy efficiency is underscored by a recent industry survey conducted by VELUX. Our research found that 80% of respondents, including architects, construction managers and tradespeople, believe that the need to meet strict energy efficiency standards means that the impact of a building’s design on its occupants is being overlooked. However, 99% of the industry acknowledged that light and ventilation are crucial ingredients to promote a healthy home, with four-fifths saying they would be interested in seeing further research in this area. The new NPPF framework unveiled in March was a golden opportunity for the Government to address the indoor environment of new homes and we were disappointed that sustainability remains an all too elusive term.

The monitoring phase of VELUX’s CarbonLight Homes, which commences later this year, will monitor how people respond to home design that incorporates significant amounts of light and ventilation. The results will be fed back to industry and we hope provide a benchmark standard for housebuilders with councils and local people coming to demand that these issues are addressed in planning applications in their area and sparking a sea change of opinion for occupant well-being.

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NHBC’s global involvement Since its inception 76 years ago NHBC has grown into the UK’s leading warranty provider and standards setter for the UK home building industry NHBC Buildmark warranties now cover over 80% of new UK houses; 1.7 million homes are protected currently. Nearly seven million homes have benefited so far, representing over 30% of the UK housing stock, giving homeowners assurance and redress on occasions when things go wrong. However, over recent years NHBC’s influence is also growing overseas at an increasing rate. Indeed, the NHBC model is a demonstrable success, copied around the world in countries such as China, South Africa, Holland, Australia, Canada and the USA. One international project currently underway focuses on NHBC Training Services’ role as consultants ahead of the opening of a new Construction Management Simulation Centre in Melbourne, Australia, following a similar role in the UK. NHBC Training Services has for a number of years been supporting the development and operation of ACT-UK, the world’s second Construction Management Simulation Centre in Coventry. This training facility uses state-of-the-art, real time virtual reality construction imagery through a 15 metre wide, 180 degree screen, which features a wide variety of scenarios. This means trainees can be ‘virtually’ on-site at anything from a small, rural housing scheme to a multi-million pound high-rise office development.

Michiel Schrijver (Schrijver Project Management Ltd), the creator of the first centre in Leeuwarden in the Netherlands, recently signed an agreement with the Master Builder Association of Victoria in Melbourne to deliver the UK version ACT-UK for the Australian construction market. As a consultant on the project, Dave Towell, Training Services Project Manager at NHBC, joined other educational specialists and product developers from the UK and Netherlands to help develop key aspects of the proposed centre. Cultural differences Development work undertaken by NHBC included the specific tailoring of courses for the Australian market on issues such as industrial relations, dealing with project delays and managing site quality and assisting the ‘actors’ with construction terminology and cultural differences. Dave said: “This project has been a great opportunity to use our experience of this form of construction management training on an international scale and further enhance the reputation of NHBC. Directors of the Master Builders Association of Victoria were very impressed by our warranty model and how we support builders and protect homeowners to raise industry standards in the UK. “During the visit we also spoke with leading figures within Australian construction to gain a greater understanding of the issues that matter most to them in the current climate. Interestingly commercial

construction projects in Australia have a strong union presence and can, with little notice, cause major progress and contractual issues if welfare facilities don’t meet their requirements. “We are confident that the new Australian centre will prove to be as successful as the Coventry site, which has set a new standard for leadership and management training in the industry, giving site managers the opportunity to deal with demanding lifelike situations covering a variety of on-site issues.” Members of NHBC’s Training Services team returned to Melbourne in May to test the fully developed courses in the virtual reality simulator with the actors and trainees, and the new centre is set to open in June. Summary With over three quarters of a century of raising standards in UK house-building to protect homeowners, NHBC is uniquely positioned to help educate and advise on relevant industry and training projects across the globe and to work in cooperation with associations and organisations on an international scale. The Australian project is a prime example of collaboration on a global level, which will ultimately help to drive up standards whilst simultaneously improving management skills to benefit the country’s homebuilding industry.


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Affordable Housing The affordable housing sector has not been immune to the effects of the current economic recession. The number of completed new affordable homes continued to decline across 2011, but the more significant trend was the actual affordable housing contract start ups which hit an all time low in the last quarter, the primary reasons for this slump can be attributed to: • Tailing off of existing funding programmes and initiatives. • Uncertainties associated with the coalition’s housing policies and funding for the next round of Affordable Housing Programme (AHP) grant (2011-2014), specifically: • How much grant? • Who would get it? • New rent and valuation regimes and funding models • Delays to the actual bidding and allocation process. • Lack of private sales and consequent lack of corresponding Section 106 obligations • Lack of Housing Associations or Registered Providers (RPs) direct private sales and demand for their alternative shared ownership products used for cross subsidy The protracted bidding process for the AHP coordinated by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) meant that the vast majority of the 150+ selected RPs contracts were not signed off until late in the final quarter of 2011. Now that the grant allocations are known there are a number of significant changes and new rules to play by: • The overall grant level has been reduced by over 60% • The amount of grant per unit has been vastly reduced • The way in which grant is distributed has also been subject to new rules and restrictions. • A new ‘affordable rent’ regime has been introduced to allow RPs to charge up to 80% of local market rent levels in a bid to increase their income and off set the reduced grant levels. • There are large regional variations in grant allocation with London receiving


over 27% of the total available grant funding. • Number of developers who have secured grant directly. A number of RPs are having to come to terms with operating without any grant, although the HCA has already heavily trailed the possibility of residual grant being available if the selected partners and their schemes fall away. There are also a number of other additional funding pots and initiatives relating to alternative programmes geared to kick starting housing, such as Get Britain Building; New Buy; New Homes Bonus etc. but the impact of these initiatives will be modest and many seem to generate more PR than genuine affordable housing impetus. There remains a substantial and ever increasing demand for this type of housing, and it appears that housing will move up the political agenda in the future. There are a number of key factors and challenges that will influence the future success of those organisations that choose to work in the sector; • The appetite of the private developer market and funders for joint venture and riskier developments, given the need for RPs to be innovative about the way that they develop in the future. • If the private housing market continues to stagnate it will impact on the Section 106 deals as well as RP’s own sales aspirations. • Market response to the 80% affordable rent and shorter tenancy model, some councils have already balked at this. • Local authorities enthusiasm to develop for themselves, with the abolition of the Housing Revenue Account being the Governments intended catalyst for this. • Benefits impact, the merry-go-round of increased rents being paid for by increased benefits has yet to be fully understood. • Allocation policies, the Government has floated a number of discussions concerning who ‘deserves’ to be allocated

affordable housing. • Planning localism and the abolition of regional housing targets and whether this will hinder development. • Fear of the future, especially whether there will be any subsequent public housing funding at all after 2014. So what opportunities are there to expand in this sector, well here are a few suggestions: • Promotion of existing developer held options and schemes to RPs as part of joint venture initiatives. • Target site finding in response to aspirational site/unit promises made as part of the AHP allocations by RP clients. • Creative site assembly by combining housing with retail / leisure / commercial partners. • Developing alternative funding arrangements and investment opportunities with institutional and private investors. • Work on existing stock rationalisation and property portfolio appraisals with RPs. • Work with local authorities / councils to deliver on their land. Mark Newberry

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Been Spotted? Get Noticed The Cheetah Way By Michelle LaBrosse, PMP®, Chief Cheetah and Founder of Cheetah Learning, and Kristen LaBrosse, CAPM®, Co-Author READ ALL ABOUT IT! Globally recognised credential earned through Cheetah Learning.[Insert your name here], Project Manager Earns Project Management Professional Certification. Imagine your name on the front page of the paper. What are you famous for? Is it for your excellent fashion sense? Your weather forecasting abilities? Or, perhaps you’re being honoured for your ability to change the world for the better with your savvy project management skills and finesse? As a project manager, you hold a great deal of responsibility and power, which becomes the case even more so when you earn your PMPÆ certification. The biggest challenge for many project managers is in letting others know what you are capable of, and what you are worth. Let’s face it, it’s not always easy to toot your own horn. But when you tackle your PM fame as you would any project- in an objective, systematic, and measurable way - you are sure to succeed in showing your stuff to ensure that you are spotted and get noticed- the Cheetah way. Consider a press release. Press releases don’t have to be just for large corporations or for the rich and famous. You, too, can get a press release out about the fantastic accomplishments that you’ve made in your life. Nowadays, roughly 45% of employers are going online to research potential employees as part of the screening process. You can strengthen your brand with a press release proclaiming your accomplishments. If you’re a Cheetah PMPÆ, contact us ( to find out how you can get a press release created specifically for you and distributed for free. Get Out There. You can’t always plan for the next big thing. Sometimes it comes down to being at the right place at the right time, with just the right mix of opportunity and preparation. But if you don’t take a chance and put yourself out there, you have taken yourself out of the game altogether. Now, I know these suggestions sound eerily like dating advice for singles. But these rules also apply for professionals looking to make meaningful business connections. The more proactive you are in getting involved in organisations (such as PMI chapters, or

volunteering your PM skills where needed in your community) the more visibility you have within the project management industry, and the more successful you will be. Create a ‘Brag Sheet’. Many times when we finish a project, we can rush through the closing process and lessons learned so quickly in preparation to dive into the next project. At the end of each project, take some time to add to your ‘Brag Sheet’. What went well in the project? Were you under budget or ahead of schedule? How did the deliverables of the project benefit the key stakeholders? This is something that you need to document for yourself, as most likely no on else is keeping track of your successes. Collecting your achievements so that you are prepared to shine when the opportunity presents itself. Got It? Flaunt It! If you have your Project Management Professional (PMPÆ) credential, congratulations! As a PMP, you will get noticed worldwide as someone who is fluent in the language of PM and who is reliable in consistently achieving project success. There is a very good reason why the federal government mandated the need for Certified Project Managers to manage federally funded projects - PMP’s are proven and trustworthy. Make it your goal this summer to get spotted for all of your hard work. Be your own best friend and promote your accomplishments, just as you would if you were trying to help another succeed in their career. Make sure your accomplishments are visible to others so that they can ‘Read All About It!’

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Turley Associates’ Director Appointed to RICS Governing Council Planning and urban design consultancy Turley Associates’ Director Diana Fitzsimons has been appointed to the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Governing Council. Diana Fitzsimons has been involved in planning and development activity in Northern Ireland for over 25 years and has worked on many major projects including Titanic Quarter, Sirocco, Odyssey, Giant’s Causeway and the Belfast Metropolitan Area Plan. Diana takes up her appointment in the next few weeks and comments: “The Governing Council sets the long term direction for RICS that will shape the future of the profession and its 150,000 members. The elected Governing Council with representatives from around the world meets three times per year and embraces the property aspects of planning in which I have a particular interest. I am very happy to have been asked to serve on this forward looking Council.” Diana Fitzsimons is also the Deputy President of the International Federation of Housing and Planning. Prior to joining Turley Associates 10 years ago as Belfast Office Director, Diana was Principal Commissioner with the Planning Appeals Commission.


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NHBC appoints Sir Muir Russell as Scottish Committee Chairman NHBC has announced the appointment of Sir Muir Russell KCB FRSE to its main board as Chairman of the NHBC Scottish Committee. Sir Muir, who takes over from Dr. David Smith OBE, has over 30 years’ experience working within the civil service and has held a number of senior positions in Scotland and Whitehall. He was the first Permanent Secretary to the Scottish Executive, following the establishment of the Scottish Parliament in 1999. Notable roles include serving as Principal Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Scotland, George Younger, as well as a period as Head of the Home Affairs Secretariat of the Cabinet Office in London (1990-92). He left the civil service in 2003 on appointment as Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Glasgow, where he served for six years. Sir Muir has extensive experience in the formulation of Scottish housing policy, in particular as the former Under Secretary for Housing in the Scottish Office Environment Department. NHBC’s Executive Chairman, Isabel Hudson, said: “Sir Muir’s wealth of experience will bring undoubted benefits to NHBC. His previous roles and extensive civil service career in Scotland mean he is extremely well placed to help NHBC address the specific needs of the Scottish housing market.” On his appointment Sir Muir said: “I am delighted to be joining the NHBC Board as chairman of the Scottish Committee to contribute to its important work during these interesting and challenging times. The challenges are particularly intense in Scotland, and I am looking forward to further developing NHBC’s constructive role in helping to influence housing policy for the benefit of both homeowners and homebuilders.” Malcolm MacLeod, NHBC Director for Scotland, said: “We are very pleased to have such a well respected and highly qualified figure as Sir Muir representing our operations in Scotland. His expertise and knowledge of the sector will certainly help to reinforce our position as an expert authority, contributing to all aspects of the housing agenda in Scotland and the rest of the UK.” Sir Muir took up his new role on 15 May 2012.

Lawrence Waterman Appointed Trustee of the British Safety Council The Chair and Chief Executive of the British Safety Council, Lynda Armstrong OBE and Alex Botha, have announced that Lawrence Waterman MSc CFIOSH MFOH PFRSPH FRSA, Head of Health and Safety at the London Legacy Development Corporation, has been appointed to serve as a member of the board of trustees. Lynda Armstrong said, “We are delighted that Lawrence has agreed to take on the important role of trustee on the board of the British Safety Council. Lawrence will bring to this role a wealth of knowledge and experience built up over many years in health and safety management. He has been an inspirational leader not only in the construction sector, but also as an influential player in promoting health and wellbeing across all sectors. “In the many roles he has carried out, including as Past President of IOSH, Head of Health and Safety at the Olympic Delivery Authority, Chairman of Sypol and Project Director for Constructing Better Health, Lawrence has demonstrated not only a passion and commitment for keeping workers healthy and safe but has inspired many to take on the vitally important role of health and safety practitioner and to make a real difference. “Lawrence’s appointment as a trustee of the British Safety Council coincides with the launch of our manifesto, Working Well, which sets out five steps for healthier and safer workplaces we consider necessary to achieve our vision that no-one should be killed, injured or made ill by work activities. We are looking forward to Lawrence playing a key role in winning the hearts and minds of business and other stakeholders to make the manifesto aims a reality.”

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Mike Pigott Welcomed as National Power Sector Lead The global programme management and construction consultancy Turner & Townsend has appointed Mike Pigott as their new Director with a responsibility for the Power sector. Living in the mountains of Snowdonia and working across the UK, Mike brings with him a wealth of experience in the industry following seven years as a Programme Manager with Magnox Ltd across operational, defueling and decommissioning sites, and a two-year secondment with the Office for Nuclear Regulation as their Nuclear New Build Programme Manager. He has a proven track record of safe, efficient and effective delivery of multi-million pound programmes in the highly regulated environments of nuclear, road, rail, oil and gas. With Mike’s broad knowledge and appreciation of the wider industry he is uniquely positioned to offer a highly valuable contribution to the future of the energy industry. Mike said: “This is an exciting new opportunity to deliver long-term value to the UK power market including nuclear, renewables, fossil fuel and transmission/distribution networks, through the provision of integrated professional services. “With the UK facing an energy gap in the near future, this is a challenging time for the industry. Energy providers are investing considerable sums in order to meet both energy demand and the Government’s commitment to the low carbon agenda. This is where Turner & Townsend’s role providing a Project Controls Framework and delivering projects on cost and on time becomes ever more crucial. “On a more personal level, the role will provide the chance to work across a wide energy remit and consult on multiple projects, and I look forward to making the most of my broad industry experience. Turner & Townsend is one of the few remaining independent construction consultancies in the industry and I couldn’t be more happy to have been welcomed into the fold.”

Top appointment for Raymond Brown Minerals & Recycling Nick Goddard

Raymond Brown Minerals & Recycling has made a significant addition to its board with the strategic appointment of new Finance Director Jim Pugh. A chartered accountant by trade, Jim, 44, joins the award-winning firm at its head office in Nursling, Southampton. With more than 15 years in accounting and finance, Jim’s appointment to the newly created role at RBMR marks a significant milestone in the growth of the Company. Before joining RBMR, Jim’s career path included PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Rolls Royce Aero Engines in Derby and most recently as a Group Financial Controller for an engineering and facilities management company. On his appointment Jim said: “I’m thrilled to be taking on this role at such an exciting time in the life of the business. What was a small business not so long ago is now one of the leaders in its fields and I’m looking forward to working with the team to help ensure its continued success. “The pipeline is full of new and interesting opportunities that RBMR is in a position to take full advantage of.” RBMR Director Mark Isaac added: “Jim is the ideal addition to the minerals team, his experience in finance and the construction industry means he will be a real asset to the business and I look forward to working with him.” Jim, who lives in Winchester with his wife and two children, will join Ron Isaac, Mark Isaac, Steve Clasby, Steve Cole and Colin Bolam on the RBMR board of directors. RBMR, the parent company to, has aggregate and mineral recycling facilities across the south and is part of the construction services group Raymond Brown. Raymond Brown

Nick Goddard Joins Ringway Nick Goddard has joined Ringway, taking up the role of a Regional Director in the companies Term Services business, responsible for commerce in the south of England. Nick has a high profile in the highway service industry and has worked in senior roles in both the public and private sectors. His experience covers consulting, term commissions, as well as highways contracting and integrated highway services both in the UK and internationally. Chris Connor, Managing Director of Ringway announced the appointment, saying: ‘We are delighted that Nick has joined us. Our ongoing success means that we are always looking to resource and organise the business effectively, so that we continue to deliver excellent services to our clients and their customers. Nick brings a wide range of highways services experience and he will work well with, and complement the skills we have within, Ringway’s senior management team.‘ Nick adds: “It is an exciting time to be joining such a well regarded organisation as Ringway. We have a strong offering, with a number of significant opportunities on the horizon, including key contract retentions. As part of the wider Eurovia and Vinci Groups, we have substantial capability, resources and financial support behind us. Following a number of recent Ringway contract successes, this role provides me with an exciting opportunity to work with new and existing clients alike. I am particularly keen to further develop client relationships, help develop staff skills and competencies, and enhance service and contract performance. I am really looking forward to the challenge ahead.” Before joining Ringway, Nick had a long and successful career with Mouchel, most recently as the role their National Director of Client Services. His responsibilities included high level Central and Local Government client account management across a number of commissions throughout the UK and Ireland. Prior to that, Nick undertook a number of significant roles in integrated service joint ventures with AmeyMouchel and Scotland TranServ at both contract and JV Board level.


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Tullow & South Leinster Sports Club Phase I of a three-phase project has been completed in Tullow to provide a high quality sports facility, with the best tennis courts in Ireland. Designed by Cummins + Voortman, this phase for Tullow & South Leinster Sports Club, a large sports and leisure facility in Tullow, has been constructed to the highest specification and will set the standard for how sports facilities in Ireland should be designed and built in the future. Located on Shillelagh Road, the development included some demolition of an existing clubhouse and ancillary items, together with the old hard courts. The project is designed on the grounds of the old Tullow Tennis Club, which ceased to function in the 1990s following a decline, but the site remained in place and was an excellent location to develop sports facilities. Work on Phase I has included three international tennis courts and a public playground for anyone between the ages of one and six. The courts have full lighting so are suitable for international play, and boast great individual space allocation. When completed, the full facility will cater for indoor football, basketball, badminton, volleyball, table tennis, aerobics, and will have a brand new gym. There will also be two international indoor tennis courts with HawkEye, and the final facility will consist of the two indoor tennis courts, as well as six outdoor courts. A new clubhouse is planned in Phase II, commencing later this year. This will be a timber frame structure with high grade glulam beams spanning the indoor courts, which will be about 1,200sq m in size. At approximately 1,000sq m, the design of the clubhouse is reflective of its function and of the materials it is constructed of. The clubhouse will comprise of sustainable features, including being heated via


high grade facilities, including the essential geothermal heat pumps with appropriate detailed feasibility study. bore holes, and hot water supply will be The remainder of the project, to be augmented by an array of solar panels. constructed in at least two more phases, There is also a 14-metre wind turbine that will be completed in 2015, with the overall will provide some of the electricity, while all lighting will be in LED, and automated. cost in the region of e3.5M. ventilation will be provided by a suitable heat recovery unit and no high energy air conditioning or other systems usually associated with such schemes will be considered. Built by McAvoy Construction, the official sod turning for Phase I was carried out by Phil Hogan, Minister of the Environment, in July 2011. This phase was completed on 9th December 2011, with the official opening taking place the following day. Cummins & Voortman (Sustainable Architecture & Urban Design) is an RIAI Architectural practice that is focused on sustainable/ecological Architecture and Urban Design. The official opening of It was founded in 2005 to meet the changing needs of the Irish market and to set new standards Phase I was attended in design and client service for projects of all scales and including both domestic and commercial clients, particularly those looking for sustainable options and quality design. by Cummins + Voortman as well as The practice's Tipperary/Kilkenny office is situated at Ballyline, near Callan, Co. Kilkenny. This is President of Tennis headed by Director and Chartered Conservation Architect Robert Cummins. The practice's other office is situated in Ballinteer, Dublin and is headed by Director, Architect & Urban Ireland, Ann O’Connor, Designer, Bernard Voortman. and a whole host of The practice has carried out work throughout Ireland and Internationally and is highly respected. local representatives For instance, it is currently carrying out Urban Design work for several Local Authorities around and supporters. Ireland and BIM and consulting work in the UK and Qatar. Ann O’Connor got the The practice also specialises in design of high quality Sports Facilities and Infrastructure. celebrations underway by hitting the first ball on one of the new For a FREE competitive quote tennis courts, while call or email: 056 77 55 745 or 01 296 65 07 Robert Cummins spoke about the e-mail: development of the

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Northern Ireland Housing Executive Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) was established in 1971 as Northern Ireland’s strategic housing authority, offering a range of services to people living in socially retired, privately rented and owner occupied accommodation, as well as supporting and working with a number of other housing public bodies. With a budget of £750M, NIHE is landlord to approximately 90,000 dwellings, has more than 3,000 staff and offers home improvement grants to homeowners and private tenants, while NIHE provide support to help improve the energy efficiency of private dwellings. In order to understand the issues facing housing in Northern Ireland, NIHE carry out a range of different research and consultation projects, and the information gathered is a useful resource for people interested in Northern Ireland housing. There are numerous developments that NIHE have been involved in. One of which is a new housing development in Comber. The development of 27 houses and six apartments by Fold Housing Association, on the site of former playing fields, has been allocated to families from the social housing waiting list. The two- and three-bedroom properties have been built to high energy efficiency levels and include a range of eco features fitted as standard. Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland opened the £4.2M family housing scheme at Dunsy Green. The Minister praised the partnership between Fold Housing Association, Ards Borough Council, the Housing Executive and the local community that has facilitated part

local representatives, the DSD and the of the site being retained for a playground. Housing Executive.” He said: “The development team are to be applauded for responding positively to the local community's request for a playground area FRICS to be included. It is good we could take on CHARTERED QUANTITY SURVEYORS board the aspirations of local people and Property Surveyors and Valuers build in added sustainability to create an even better Construction Costs and and safer living environment for our Management Consultants youngest people.” The new houses have the latest CDM Co-ordinators developments in eco technology including rainwater harvesting Domestic Energy Assessors to recycle water for use in flushing toilets and roof solar panels 17 Catherine Street, Limavady, to assist water Co. Londonderry BT49 9DA heating. Billy Cameron, Chairman of Fold Housing Association said: “We are very pleased to see the tenants of Dunsy Tel: (028) 777 65666 Green settling well Fax: (028) 777 65875 into their new homes. We are grateful for E-mail: the support of the local community and the assistance of the



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The MAC Belfast’s flagship for contemporary arts The MAC (Metropolitan Arts Centre), Belfast, Northern Ireland’s flagship home for contemporary art, is now almost complete and opened on 20th April. The MAC is poised to take its place as one of Europe’s most significant centres of culture. The MAC will attract more than 177,000 visitors annually. It will include two auditoria with capacities of 350-550 and 120, and the programmes for these spaces will include the best national and international touring work. In its capacity as the home for


independent Northern Ireland theatre and dance, The MAC will present co-productions or work in association with every major, local, or independent theatre and dance company. Other partnership projects will raise the profile of music on this island locally and internationally. It will work with local, national and international festivals to provide unique access points to the arts and work strategically with other organisations to develop a top class year round programme of events.

The MAC will become Northern Ireland's flagship contemporary art gallery. Three galleries will include a climate-controlled contemporary gallery space. The MAC will showcase local contemporary arts practice in an international context alongside largescale international touring work that cannot currently be accommodated in Northern Ireland. The MAC will also develop and build on strong international cultural connections. Located in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter the six-storey building will include


two theatres, three major visual art galleries, a dance studio, education workshop and rehearsal spaces, offices for resident arts groups as well as a resident artist and a cool café and bar. The MAC will offer a world-class programme ranging from blockbuster events and exhibitions to challenging, experimental new works. Across all its spaces, The MAC will celebrate and showcase the very best in home-grown arts and culture as well as bringing the rest of the world to Belfast. The MAC's origins lie in the Old Museum Arts Centre (OMAC) which for over 20 years has provided Belfast with some of the most original, inspiring and often provocative arts events in the UK and Ireland, and this will 62mm H continue in The MAC - Belfast's first arts centre to be built from scratch. The building has been designed by an integrated design team led by Architect, Hackett Hall McKnight and is being constructed by Bowen Mascott JV. Construction began on the project in November 2009 and opened in April. Comprising some 5,500sq m, there will be ambitious deep beam walls above galleries supporting dance studio and rehearsal space, allowing generous natural light into the gallery. The foyer is designed to continue the feel of the Cathedral Quarter laneways.

All public spaces are never more than one door away from the foyer, with the foyer creating a feeling of openness yet intimacy at the same time. Both Black Box auditoria are accessed off the foyer. The artist in residence studio is located on the third floor together with the climate-controlled gallery. The large warehouse style gallery is located on the fourth floor, while workshop spaces are located on the fifth floor with dance and rehearsal studios perched on top. The MAC is financially supported by the Department of Culture Arts and Leisure, The Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Department for Social Development. Significant support is also received from Belfast City Council, Ulster Gardens and Villages Trust and The Foundation for Sports and the Arts.


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Titanic Quarter Belfast – a successful planning process Diana Fitzsimons, Turley Associates As the Titanic Quarter becomes known to the outside world following the recent opening of the iconic visitor attraction, Titanic Belfast, which will attract some 400,000 visitors per year - perhaps its time to reflect on the planning process which has been ongoing for the last decade and which Turley Associates has led throughout. This 75 hectare site was once the centre of shipbuilding in Belfast at a time when the city had a proud industrial and engineering role in the world economy. At its peak, some 30,000 men were employed in building a wide range of ships. The site belongs to the Belfast Harbour Commissioners, who entered into a development agreement with Dublin based Harcourt Developments in 2003. From then on our clients were both the Belfast Harbour Commissioners and the new company, Titanic Quarter Limited, which was set up to develop the renamed area. Working closely with DoE Planning and its Strategic Projects Team, and subsequently with a steering group set up to represent a wide range of stakeholders, including Belfast City Council, we initially developed a Development Framework for the site. This Development Framework approach was essentially to give comfort to DoE Planning and other Government departments that this vast site close to the city centre would be developed with some logic and consistency over the following two decades, making essential connections with the traditional city centre and providing homes and jobs for all sections of the community. The Development Framework document was built on previous work we had undertaken for the Belfast Harbour Commissioners, and provided a robust urban grid to guide the next stage of detail for infrastructure proposals, key sites, landscape design and open space. It gave guidance in terms of broad land uses, infrastructure provision, transportation, public realm and phasing. The flexible nature of this document was essential in ensuring new ideas could come forward over time. It was amended and resubmitted for approval by DoE Planning several times as different phases of the overall development came forward. Following initial planning approvals, which we obtained for developments in Phase I (mainly offices and residential), the London based firm Civic Arts was brought on board to develop a vision for Titanic Quarter and its wider environs which could be used for marketing purposes around the world. Although this was not submitted for any statutory approval because the land was not all owned by TQ Ltd, it brought a three


dimensional excitement and new ideas to the evolving Development Framework. We subsequently worked closely with Civic Arts in designing and obtaining outline planning approval for the mixed use Phase II to include 2,000 apartments, employment uses, leisure, tourism, local services, public realm, parking and infrastructure works. This 20 ha site, which lies abutting the river and Abercorn Basin, includes the listed drawing office and the scheduled Hamilton Dock and Slipways - which are three times the size of Trafalgar Square. The Phase II planning application required a range of inputs including a Concept Masterplan, a Design Principles Document, a Transport Assessment and an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). The most significant environmental issues which we needed to address in the EIA were flooding, contamination, archaeology, visual impact and transportation. The approved scheme is based on retention of existing heritage and a hierarchy of streets and public open spaces, with three residential neighbourhoods and a central area for tourist facilities, hotels and services. The residential blocks are based on 15m depth of building from street to inner courtyard and building heights range from four- to 30-storeys, with basement car parking. The entire site levels had to be raised above the predicted 1:100 year flood level (including climate change predictions). The proposals are based on major off-site road improvements and implementation of the Government’s proposals for a bus-based rapid transit scheme, plus provision of walking and cycling facilities. Following outline planning approval for Phase II, we worked with a variety of NI and English based architectural practices to obtain either reserved matters, approvals or full planning permissions for individual blocks within the scheme. The Titanic Building, which has just been opened to the public, is one such building, which was initially designed by Civic Arts and then designed in detail by Todd Architects. We worked to discharge all planning conditions and to get in place all planning permissions and scheduled monument consents for the public realm proposals around the building and on the slipways prior to the April opening deadline which marked the centenary of the launch of the Titanic from Belfast. We also obtained full planning permission for a 60,000sq m financial services campus in Phase III and broad endorsement of the Phase III masterplan which accompanied the application. It is hoped that the proposed

change in corporation tax will attract inward investment in financial services, to take advantage of Titanic Quarter’s excellent telecommunications facilities and the region’s highly educated finance graduates. Developments completed to date have included the new Belfast Metropolitan College campus, which was first occupied in September 2011, and the Public Records Office, which was occupied earlier in 2011. In Phase I, the Arc I luxury apartments are now fully occupied and the Gateways Offices are occupied by the Citi Group. In all there are 2,000 people currently working on the Queens Island peninsula with long term plans for 10,000 residents and 20,000 new jobs. Nearby, the Harland and Wolff company is now doing well in the manufacture of wind turbines, and there are plans for a film studio hub and an energy hub within Belfast Harbour. All in all it is an exciting time and we look forward to leading the ongoing planning of this revitalised part of the city. Diana Fitzsimons is a Director in the Belfast office of Turley Associates. She can be reached be email For further information visit

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Construction body boosts funds for industry training CITB-ConstructionSkills NI are now working in direct partnership with federations and industry bodies to help fund demand led training within the local construction industry. This scheme, formally titled ‘Tier 2’, is integrated as part of the already existing training grants scheme and is essentially more proactive and flexible in working in partnership with the industry. There is £100,000 available in ‘Tier 2’ grant funding and federations and/or representative bodies have to apply in order to be eligible for consideration. Since the inception of the scheme, over 500 individuals have been trained in areas such as Pre Qualification Questionnaires, Sustainable Construction, Business Improvement and basic estimating. Barry Neilson Chief Executive, CITB-ConstructionSkills NI said, “We have already invested over £200,000 in various training interventions alongside our industry partners under this ‘Tier 2’ initiative. This way of working takes into account the current economic climate, ensures we support the industry by working with employers, for employers and fully embraces our remit of encouraging training in the industry. The training is demand led and the federations and industry bodies have been proactive in applying for funding to help meet the training needs of their members which in turn benefits the overall industry.” This funding is available until 31 August 2012 and applications are encouraged from construction federations and/or representative bodies.

For more information log onto or telephone 028 9082 5466 to speak to a member of our Training Operations Support Team. CLAIM WHILST YOU TRAIN We also offer grant support for a wide range of training and qualifications from apprentices through to existing workforce, including management and administration. We are currently paying grants for training and achievement completed between 1st September 2011- 31st August 2012. How to Claim Claiming a grant is easy. All we need is a claim form, copy of invoice and the relevant confirmation of attendance i.e. copy of course certificates and/or qualifications. Claiming as you train makes the process easier for the employer – with the unique ID numbers you can keep track of what you have claimed and how much return on your levy investment you are getting. There are, of course, rules that we need to work to. For instance, while training doesn’t need to lead to an assessed qualification, it does need to be delivered to a recognised standard. Log onto our web site for a fully functional training directory to advise of these providers and/or courses. This list may also be added to if the provider meets the registration criteria.

Claim Online Through our website you have the facility to claim grant online. Employers can earn an additional 2.5% grant by claiming online and a further 2.5% by paying levy by direct debit, BACs or standing order. What’s New? In light of the current economic climate, we are offering additional grant assistance outside our publicised grant booklet to support all registered in-scope employers to help encourage new recruits to achieve their recognised construction qualification. Apprentice Industry Placement Grant - £100 per week over a 10week placement period Available to all registered in-scope employers who offer a construction related industry placement to apprentices currently enrolled on a Programme Led Apprenticeship programme, which requires work experience to complete their recognised qualification. This is normally a 3 day/week basis over 3 to 6 months. 3rd Year Anniversary Grant Available to all registered employers who have an apprentice in continuing employment and who has reached their 3rd consecutive year in employment within the September 2011 – August 2012 training year.

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Tony O’Donovan Office Interiors Tony O’Donovan Office Interiors is a family owned company based in Ballincollig, specialising in office interiors. Founded in 1995 by Tony O’Donovan, this office supplies and executive furniture company has expanded thanks to over 30 years of industry experience, supplying and installing office furniture and office fit out needs. Since relocation back to Ballincollig, the Company’s objective has been to grow the business from one that is a basic office supply company, and become a turnkey office interior company. For this to happen, new products, services and skills had to be introduced. The first objective was to source and secure unique products, which would be new to the Irish market. This arrived in the form of an exclusive dealership for the supply of a demountable partition system manufactured by the Dutch company Interwand. An intensive marketing initiative of the Company’s target market was embarked on by the directors, resulting in its system being recommended by a number of leading architectural firms for prestigious projects such as the Dublin Criminal Courts, the new

Department of Defence headquarters in Newbridge, the Department of Fisheries headquarters in Clonakility and Apple’s European headquarters in Cork city. In order for the Company to provide a turnkey solution to clients, they secured a new dealership with Polish furniture company Marlo, which allowed them to introduce a diverse range of office furniture to the Irish market. This exclusive relationship has opened up new markets, including the design and fit out of the Tyndall Research Building in University College Cork and the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre at the University of Limerick. The workforce has also been trained so the service of project management can be provided, allowing

Tony O’Donovan Office Interiors to take a project from concept through to completion. The benefits from all this hard work can be seen today, with project management and partitioning accounting for over 50% of the Company’s turnover, allowing them to continue to grow despite the challenging economic environment. For more information, please visit

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Our Lady’s Grove Primary School New school coming to fruition after 14 years Our Lady’s Grove Primary School is close to having a brand new building to move into. This new school has been in development since 1998, and after the long process to get the project up and running, it is now close to completion. It is a two-storey building and will comprise of 16 classrooms. The design, by Scott + MacNeill was developed in close consultation with the Our Lady’s Grove Primary School, responding to the school’s ethos and traditions. 62mm H The building design integrates the highest standards of health, safety, accessibility and sustainability requirements for public buildings and children’s spaces, while meeting the demands of the brief. Scott + MacNeill has extensive experience across the residential, industrial, institutional and commercial sectors. Completed projects include large building complexes, new builds, refurbishment of existing buildings and low energy retrofits. The Practice is also accredited in Conservation at Grade 3 level by the RIAI. The new building at Our Lady’s Grove


Primary School will be fantastic for both including the Buy a Brick scheme, selling present and future students. The school’s four types of brick that can be bought as Board of Management has decided to invest birthday presents for all, with all those in a hall large enough to accommodate the buying a brick having their name displayed in increased numbers now in the school, as the new school hall. well as one that would be robust enough to The Main Contractor is Ganson Building & be used by the community for sporting and Civil Engineering Ltd, and the project will be other social activities. completed in June 2012. The Grove needs to raise funds to finance this new hall because the grant from the Department of Education only allowed for a hall similar in size to the one at Building & Civil Engineering Contractors Ltd present, and funds are needed to provide a Residential ● Commercial & Industrial ● Educational better specification at Heritage & Refurbishments ● Leisure & Childcare the new school than Food & Health Care that allowed by the Department. UNIT 19 BALBRIGGAN BUSINESS PARK, BALBRIGGAN, CO. DUBLIN This shortfall in P : 01 6905716 F : 01 6905851 funding is e200,000, E: W: with initiatives planned to make up for this,


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Ballyroan Library Work is on schedule to build a new library in Dublin that will create a vibrant, 21st century, flexible community facility. Ballyroan Library, at Orchardstown Avenue in Rathfarnham, will provide a brand new truly modern library service. The previous library, built in the 1980s, served the community very well but it had become outdated and was in need of major upgrade because it was too small for the number of users. After much consideration, it was decided that instead of refurbishment and extension of the existing building, it would be demolished and almost doubled in size by a new library building, because this provides the least amount of disruption and reduces the time taken to complete. The new building is part single- and part two-storey. Two new entrances will be provided, with one to the north, accessed from Orchardstown Avenue, and one to the south accessed via Orchardstown villas, giving access into a new double height internal street. This new internal street can be used for group activities, large exhibitions, readings, meetings, and can adjust as needs change, as the furniture is movable to allow these different activities to occur. The lower section of the northern two-storey

element will house cellular elements for more defined public uses. A timber lining denotes the public areas and snakes in and out of these areas, clearly identifying public and private areas. The timber elements, within the exhibition area in particular, can be opened and closed to adapt to future needs. A staff office will be provided at ground floor, and two seminar rooms can be divided into separate rooms of varying sizes, allowing for flexibility but also for internet access for either singular use, or in a class environment to maximise computer usage. Toilet facilities and other associated services elements will also be found in this area. On the other side of the internal street, a large reading room will be accessible through a series of concrete fins, where there is a change in the ceiling heights. This denotes a quieter area. The layout of the furniture can be arranged to suit the demographics of the users, with loose furniture on casters positioned in varying layouts to suit the changing needs. It will be an open plan room, lit from above by rooflights and there will be more intimate reading areas off the main space in the form of pods, some of which will be singular and others larger, overlooking adjoining

streets, and providing an ideal area to study, sit or read. A children/group area will be located on the south and can be used for book readings or arts and crafts, and can be closed off completely if required. Internet access is provided for more concentrated studying, and there is book space around the walls. There will be a lift for access to the first floor, where heritage material and essential reference resources will be found, both digitally and in hard copy format. Local residents will be able to study and research here, and the development will also include a car park, landscaped with trees and benches. The Main Contractor is MDY Construction, and has benefited from the highest quality design provided by Box Architecture. The development will be completed in early 2013.

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Dublin Region Water Main Rehabilitation Project Essential work to improve the water supply The conservation of water in the Dublin region is of huge importance to both central and local government, as it is essential to the sustainable economic and physical development of the region. For this reason, the Dublin Region Water Main Rehabilitation Project has been established to assist in reducing leakage by identifying and replacing the old water mains that are no longer useful. This is a huge project given that it is estimated that up to 800km of water mains in the region are over 80 years old. A budget of e118M has been provided by Central Government through the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government. Further funds are being provided by the local authorities to last up until the end of this year. The project is structured regionally and is


active in seven local authorities within Dublin. It is the successor to the Dublin Region Water Conservation Project, which lowered Unaccounted for Water (UFW) from 42.5% to 28%, as well as identifying that without replacing water mains, UFW would not be reduced further on the public mains. Set up in 2006, the project reduces leakage through water main rehabilitation, together with associated pressure controls and network rationalisation. Despite having fixed leaks in certain areas, further leakage saving is only possible through water main rehabilitation, and the mains in need of rehabilitation were identified by scheme consultants RPS Consulting Engineers in association with Roughan O’Donovan/AECOM, through a prioritisation of District Metered Areas (DMA’s) on the basis of

e/ML saved. This involved a major data review of over 600 DMA’s within the Dublin region. The project provides many advantages. As well as the obvious one and main advantage of saving water, customers in areas where work has been carried out have reported improvements in water pressure and water quality. Network managers also benefit because the network is rationalised with new and properly functioning valves and hydrants, and pressure control. The project also means that leakage teams are able to track the exact quantity of customer side leakage after the public mains have been renewed, which allows for leakage in these areas to be examined, rather than estimated, which was all that was previously possible. Customer communications is key to the success of the project. With that in mind, a >

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Service Provider to the Water and Energy Utility Sectors The GMC Group, made up of its constituent parts: GMC Civil and Mechanical Engineering Ltd., Gerry McCloskey(Irl) Ltd. and Gas Management Resources Limited, provides a complete service and turnkey solution to the Utility and Civil Engineering industries. GMC carries out projects throughout Ireland and across the UK. The Group has constructed major projects such as road and infrastructural projects, railway station platform extensions, water supply and sewerage schemes, gas network and distribution projects, electricity network enhancements, telecoms and broadband network projects. We provide Water Leak Management services to Local Authorities and commercial enterprises.

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dedicated team deals with customers regarding the times of water shuts and any matters arising. This has resulted in only a very small number of complaints thanks to the quality of the contractors’ work and the efforts of the project customer communications team on the ground. Dublin City Council has been helped by support from the Central Government Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, who have helped in allowing an innovative approach, while alongside the rehabilitation of large areas, the Council has installed pressure management and rehabilitated small areas known as hot spots. All of the work that has and will be taking place has been possible thanks to the excellent cooperation of experienced staff members at all the local authorities. Funding has come from a mix of money from the Irish Government, who has contributed 90%, with the remaining 10% coming from local authority funding. The funding has been a challenge for this project due to the difficult economic circumstances, but thanks to the hard work of Central and Local Governments, this has been overcome. Another issue has been the difficulty in carrying out work when it has been located in a busy city centre, because traffic and a cluster of other utilities tend to be located around the water mains. The working challenges have also been considerable because it has been difficult to maintain water for restaurants, shops, hotels and other business while working on the water network. Despite these obvious difficulties, the Council and many contractors have been able to ensure work is carried out as smoothly as possible. A project such as this is always going to be in


high demand from contractors, and the work on Dun Laoghaire, and within Dublin, work is the water mains is no different. Contractors taking place at All Hallows, in the Drumcondra have been chosen by conducting a procurement Road area and connecting streets, Grand process and in 2007, a framework of suitably Canal Street area, Green Street area, Church qualified contractors was set up, with work Street area and all their surrounding streets. packages tendered out amongst them for the Work in these areas in Dublin commenced in first 11 contracts. The Council is in the process January to carry out works to replace old of finalising the appointment of the second leaking Victorian water mains. contractor framework. Tom Leahy, Executive Manager with Dublin City One of the most significant elements of this Council, spoke of the benefits this scheme will project is the technology available, such as have in these areas. DMA metering and telemetry that has proved He said: “The benefits of the project will invaluable in assessing leakage and reporting include a reduction in leakages from pipes, on the water saved following water improved water pressure to homes and main rehabilitation. businesses, replacement of old lead Sub-metering of DMA’s has also proved useful connections on public supplies where they in the management of large DMA’s, and a great exist and improved level of service and security achievement of this scheme is that at present, of supply. water savings amount to 11 million litres per “There will be some planned temporary water day, a figure that is sure to rise. disruption while supplies are A key contributor to work at Dublin Region disconnected/reconnected and we want to Watermain Rehabilitation Project is Gerry thank everyone affected in advance for their McCloskey Irl Ltd, who carried out all of the cooperation, which will result in a much work on Contracts 5, 9, 10 & 12 in Dublin City improved water service. Council, Dun Laoghire Rathdown County “The project team are working closely with Council and South Dublin County Council. The businesses and An Garda Siochana to manage contracts equate to over 50km of the 130km traffic while works are going on.” rehabilitated. The town/village centres The scheme has been very successful, seeing rehabilitated were Blackrock, Donnybrook over 100km of water main replaced by the end and Lucan. of 2011. Currently, 120km of water mains have Work on Blanchardstown Main Street, an old been rehabilitated and the Council are aiming town centre in a busy suburb, was undertaken to increase this to over 200km in the next back in September 2011. Water mains on few years. either side of the main street were in need of This process is ongoing and will continue rehabilitation, a challenging scheme because indefinitely in order to ensure the water supply of the schools, shops and small shopping to people living in the Dublin region. centre located on the street. Disruption to the existing road network during work was minimised through liaison with the road authorities, the police traffic corps and the major transport companies. Residental Wherity Chartered Surveyors On one occasion, a Commercial diversion on one of the are a firm of Chartered Building main feeder roads to the Architectural Surveyors based in Dublin. As main street was put in Surveyors an independent private firm operation for two weeks while work continued. operating within the Republic The main utility impact of Ireland and the UK, we during the works was to provide a wealth of experience the water network because sections had to and a reputation for excellence be taken out while work through all types of property, progressed. This construction and land related challenging section of work was managed in matters for our clients within cooperation with the the public and private sectors. Fingal County Council water engineers and inspectors, and was Wherity Chartered Surveyors Ltd done very successfully. Grougha, Balscadden, Work at Co. Dublin, Ireland. Blanchardstown was Tel (01) 9680282 completed in December Fax (01) 9680282 2011. Mobile 087 1216081 Work is ongoing in the Email Monkstown and Glenageary areas of

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Paul Dillon Architects Dedicated to providing high quality architecture Based in Connemara, Paul Dillon Architects is an established practice with a reputation for first class services in design. The highly qualified Paul Dillon set up the Practice. Originally from Galway, Paul received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from New York Institute of Technology and a Masters of Architecture from California State Polytechnic University in Pomona. He has won The Richard Neutra Design Award for his Master’s thesis, and has served as guest design critic at various schools of architecture. On returning to Galway, he established Paul Dillon Architects and the Practice is currently working on a number of challenging everyday building projects. This commitment to the process of building has been recognised by numerous international publications, as well as an AAI Award for Site 7, Briarhill Business Park, and an RIAI Award for the Drive-Thru at Briarhill Shopping Centre. A recent example of the quality work provided by Paul Dillon Architects is the completion of this development at Kingston Road in Galway. This is a house for a family of seven, including five young children. The clients were practical in their request that the design should meet their everyday needs for a variety of spaces, both internal and external. The site, measuring approximately 20m x 50m, is located on a hill very close to the medieval centre of Galway City. The front of the house faces south with views over a nearby golf course, the beach, Galway Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Internal walls are plastered block, while the floors are concrete with tile and timber

which included Gerard Rainey, Brendan finishes. Externally, the relaxed approach to Horan and Paul Dillon. site planning is balanced by using a simple Work completed in 2011. pallet of materials. The brick on the house is also used for Paul Dillon Architects, Maam Valley, retaining around planters and patios. The Connemara, County Galway, Ireland. Iroko timber is used as the infill materials for windows and doors. Exposed aggregate concrete is used for paths and patios. The house respects the established neighbouring building lines, roof profiles, massing and materials. All ground floor spaces have direct access to an external space, which in turn is landscaped and used according to its orientation, with the living and dining rooms opening onto terraces to the southfacing front. The varied external spaces to the back, sides and front of the Visit our website to view our full products catalogue, or house are intended contact Ronnie to discuss your requirements. It costs nothing for everyday to talk to us and all quotations are free: family use. With a site area of Galway Energy Systems, Laragh Mor, Ballyglunin, Co Galway 1,100sq m and floor T: +353 (0)86 8805696 | F: +353 (0)91 737768 area of 430sq m, the development of this E: house benefited hugely from the design team of Paul Dillon Architects,

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Response Group Continuing to succeed in difficult market conditions The Response Group is an Irish organisation that has adapted its structure to respond to the challenges presented by the rapidly changing environmental requirements of the world. With the environment now a key driver of the global economy, Response is pushing the boundaries in identifying and developing the most innovative technologies for water management. The Company culture fosters innovation and is focused on delivery and client satisfaction. With operational centres throughout Ireland and the UK, Response Group is strategically positioned to operate on both regional and national platforms, boasting constituent companies, including Response Engineering and Response Civil. Response Group’s head office is based in Charleville, County Cork, but they also work from two other locations, in Carlow and Donegal. Response Engineering specialise in design, manufacture, supply, installation and commissioning of new municipal water and wastewater plants, offering process expertise in problem solving at existing malfunctioning installations. The municipal clients are offered a wide range of procurement choices, which include contracts for traditional M&E installation, design & build, and design build operate options. Municipal clients include all county and city councils throughout Ireland and many of the major water companies in the UK, while the Company has also provided wastewater treatment plants for state and semi-state bodies such as OPW, IDA and Shannon Airport Authority. Response Engineering will manage all aspects of industrial wastewater treatment from pre-feasibility studies through planning stage to detailed design, procurement, construction, commissioning, operation and maintenance stages. Significant wastewater treatment projects have been undertaken in the industrial domain for clients operating in the most


intensive wastewater producing sectors, including those in the dairy, food, pharmaceutical and heavy engineering sectors. Response Civil offer expertise in project management and construction services including structural concrete works, pipework replacement and rehabilitation works through open-cut and trenchless technologies. These are increasing the demand for complete turnkey packages that deal with everything from preliminary project planning, concept and feasibility right through to design, construction, long-term operations, maintenance and support. Response Civil has recently been appointed distributor for GLS International GmbH to sell, deliver, construct and erect their range of Glass Lined Steel Tanks in Ireland and the UK. Response is fully ISO-accredited and also holds Achilles accreditation for all products currently offered to the market. These products, which can be designed to meet various specifications, have been widely installed on plants throughout Ireland and the UK. They include half bridge scrapers, picket fence thickeners, grit traps, RBI’s, aerator wheels, DAF plants, lamallae plates and tube settlers. A full set of brochures can be downloaded at Certification is important to the Company, as it demonstrates commitment to excellence and also highlights the professional manner in which the business is managed. This has been recognised by the Company winning the prestigious Deloitte Best Managed Companies award for the years 2009, 2010 and 2011. Significant projects continue to be awarded to the Company, and last year Response Engineering was awarded the contract for the new North Lotts Pumping Station at Spencer Dock, and will be responsible for the mechanical and electrical works associated

with this contract. The pumping station is designed to pump sewerage from the Spencer Dock development, including the National Conference Centre, as well as the surrounding North Docklands area, through the Dublin Docklands Rising Mains, to the main lift pumping station in Ringsend. A prestigious contract nearing completion is the design and build of new wastewater and sludge treatment facilities at Letterkenny. The construction stage of this project (valued at e25M) is nearing completion with commissioning due to begin in the coming weeks. The wastewater treatment facility is designed for a population equivalent of 40,000 with the capability for expansion to 80,000PE. Features of the sludge treatment facility include anaerobic digestion, CHP and drying (see picture below left). Response Group are currently operating this treatment facility and will continue to do so until 2033. This project is one of many 20 year operation and maintenance contracts in Response’s portfolio and these include Carrick-onShannon, Templemore, Bunclody, Shannon Airport and Leitrim Towns & Villages. Response is also pleased to announce recent success in the UK market. Response is currently in the construction stage of three design and build potable water treatment plants in the UK. Work includes pumping, iron and manganese removal, sand filtration, chlorination, monitoring, controls and sludge treatment. These projects and are due to be completed in June/July 2012. Turnover for the Group last year was e27M, and with a reputation for high quality work, the future is certain to be bright for Response. Response Group, Railway Road, Charleville, County Cork. Tel: 063-33400. Email:

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Longford Water Conservation Project In September 2009, Mr. John Gormley, T.D., Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government announced that he had approved funding to allow Longford County Council to accept the e1.736 million tender submitted by ShareRidge Ltd for mains rehabilitation works in Longford town under the Council’s water conservation programme. The approved project involves the replacement of defective water mains in Longford town and along the Ballinalee Road, where repair of the mains has proven to be uneconomic due to the age and condition of the pipes. “These works are necessary to improve the water supply to the town and to reduce water loss through leakage”, the Minister said. “When complete, the works will ensure that the Longford Town water networks will meet current demand and ensure that all consumers have a continuous water supply at a satisfactory flow, pressure and quality”. Longford County Council recently reported that work on the Longford Water Conservation Project is progressing very

well and is well ahead of schedule. This contract comprises of the rehabilitation/replacement of existing water works will provide an improvement in the mains and installation of new water mains. quality of water being delivered to The bulk of the works (9.5 Km) will be the consumer. located within Longford Town and its The works were expected to take until May environs with the remainder of the works 2012 to complete, however the Longford (4.5 Km approx) being carried out on the Town element was completed much sooner. R194 from Killeter to Ballinalee Village. Throughout the construction period the works have been SUPPLIERS OF ALL TYPES OF CRUSHED ROCK, READYMIX programmed to CONCRETE, SITE CLEARANCE & BULK EXCAVATION minimise disruption to water supplies, however there will be Rhyne Rock are happy to be associated with Shareridge and some localised Longford County Council Water Schemes and wish them disruptions. Some elements of the continued success for the future existing water mains within the town are Killoe, Co. Longford. nearly 100 years old Tel: (043) 3323687 or 3323889 and obviously need Fax: (043) 3323803 Mobile: (087) 2623489 replacement. At the Web: same time these


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View Point Developments Specialising in residential projects View Point Developments is a property maintenance, construction and residential property development company formed in 2004 by Justin McClay and Ben Snoddon. Based at offices in Hillsborough, the Company understands the importance of property maintenance, so keeping properties well maintained, secure and presentable is a priority. View Point cover all aspects of maintenance from home security and window fitting to outdoor improvements and general upkeep. The Company offer a rapid response service to guarantee properties remain secure and are maintained to the highest of standards. This side of the business is directed at residential housing and corporate clients such as banks and moneylenders. The Company has great expertise in many sectors such as retail, commercial, and education, which has included a number of schools in the last couple of years. Despite this though, the emphasis remains on residential work, something that View Point is expert in, undertaking a whole range of projects ranging from a one-off housing development, to a project that provides an extension to the site of 20 houses.

As well as residential work being the Company’s forte, they also enjoy working on such projects because they can showcase another huge strength of the business, which is building close relationships with clients. View Point believe relationships built up with clients is key to success. This always results in very positive feedback from clients, who enjoy working with the Company, and is also the reason for much of the repeat business gained. The Company has a workforce of 12, which can increase to approximately 30 on any given project, due to various subcontractors. Forklift truck training is provided for those who need to use these on site, and View Point is proud of being Safe-T-Cert registered, conforming to all the necessary requirements. One of the many residential projects worked on by View Point has only recently commenced. The three-year development of Ferry Quarter in Strangford will provide 22 properties of high quality housing, set on a 17-acre site. This development will prove challenging for the Company because it is in a conservation

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area, so has many requirements. It is also important to use similar materials to Strangford Village, such as dry stonewalling, which is used in walls built around the site. This will maintain the aesthetic of the area. All homes will comprise a quality kitchen with a choice of doors, worktops and handles. Appliances will include a cooker, hob, extractor hood, dishwasher and fridge freezer, with utility room provided. Designer sanitaryware, including chrome towel radiators, will be fitted in all bathrooms and ensuite areas, while all bathrooms will boast high quality floor tiling and strategically placed wall tiling. The original design for this project is thanks to the Architect on the project, Alan Patterson, while Victoria Murray at Look QS has ensured the project remains within the budget initially set out. Work on this £2.2M project started in February 2012 and will be completed in February 2015, adding to View Point’s impressive residential portfolio. View Point Developments, 10A Ballynahinch Street, Hillsborough, Lisburn, BT26 6AW.

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New Trains Two Platform extensions, new fleets and maintenance for Translink Translink NI Railway is continuing to work on an extensive scheme to improve railway services for Belfast. At the present time, work is progressing on the New Trains Two (NTT) project, to extend platforms at 19 different railway stations. This is necessary because of the production of the new Class 4000 trains by Spanish Rail Manufacturer CAF. Part of the £150M New Trains Programme, there will be 20 new trains to give passengers a change in service reliability and improved accessibility, replacing the old fleet operating on the network and delivering an improved quality of railway services. With the first of Translink’s new fleet being introduced on the Larne Line back in September 2011, the Class 4000 trains boast enhanced facilities including new on board multi-purpose areas to accommodate parents with buggies, increased seating capacity, which has risen to 212, and additional room for bicycles with a maximum of eight now possible to be carried on board. Facilities contained within the existing Class 3000 fleet such as state-of-the-art visual and audible passenger information systems, digital CCTV and toilet and baby changing facilities are also available on the new trains. The Class 4000 fleet is highly eco-friendly. They are more fuel efficient with reduced carbon emissions and have an eco-driving meter to assist drivers in managing their fuel efficiency. The Class 4000 train is recognised as being amongst the ‘cleanest’ diesel trains in the UK. Before the new fleet of 20 trains can be fully

introduced, each has to undergo night and day testing, including a process of mileage accumulation. This has to take place during the night when there are no trains or worksites in operation, allowing for any issues such as a pane of glass falling out or a door opening. After this test, mileage accumulation can begin during the daytime. Each train has to complete 2,000 miles of travel without any faults. Once this test has been passed, the trains can go into passenger use, replacing 13 older trains on a rolling basis, with spring 2012 expected to be the date when all 20 are operational. Due to the introduction of the new Class 4000 fleet, it was imperative for platform extensions to be undertaken at 19 stations and halts across the network to accommodate the new trains and enhance on board capacity where there is passenger demand. The origins of the NTT development can be traced back to 2004 when there was a project to extend platforms because some were only 20 metres long when in actual fact, they needed to be three times that length, along with a five metre tolerance, to accommodate the trains of three-car length. However, some platforms were identified as needing to be six-car capacity because on certain routes some of the fleets running were to be doubled, meaning platform lengths had to be doubled. In 2007, Translink undertook feasibility works to look at the existing work, while seeing how many other stations would need this new platform capacity, or whether moving signals to make platforms more operational would suffice instead

of extensions. The result of this lengthy process found that 19 stations and halts would need to be extended. Work commenced on the extensions last year, and each has provided different challenges. Internal stakeholders must be satisfied, meaning platforms have to remain operational, which is a difficult challenge. Some closures have occurred during weekends to incorporate any piling work or full-scale demolition of platforms. The idea of undertaking this work on night shifts was discussed, but the time and noise would have been too problematic. One alteration recently completed is upgrade work at Bridge End Rail Halt. The project includes platform reconstruction and extension work as well as other station improvements including new lighting, new shelters and new ramped access to the pedestrian footbridge over the Sydenham bypass, which makes the rail halt fully accessible and complies with the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA). With the Titanic Quarter expected to be fully complete this year, this new upgrade work in East Belfast will provide local people and visitors to the area with a fully modern, attractive and accessible local rail halt that will act as an important gateway to the attractions. The Main Contractor for this £7M development is McLaughlin & Harvey, and work will be completed on the 19 platforms and halts by August 2012. With this new maintenance facility, the Class 4000 fleet and platform extensions, the NTT project promises to provide facilities that Translink can be proud of.

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Cliona Park Work began in August 2011 on the first phase of a major regeneration programme for Limerick. The Cliona Park, Mayross scheme will see 33 new homes for Limerick residents including provision for the elderly. The regeneration of Limerick started a number of years ago with over 700 houses having been demolished and 300 families relocated since. Beginning construction on Cliona Park marked an important milestone after a number of planning issues and various other problems caused delays to the original starting date of February 2010. The e4.5M scheme consists of 33 new homes provided via 20 one- and twobedroom apartments for elderly residents and 13 houses for families. This phase of the regeneration is set to complete in November. Clancy Construction were selected as Main Contractor through a public procurement process by the regeneration agencies for the site at Cliona Park and the project should create around 70 jobs during the course of its construction. Speaking at the signing of the Cliona Park and Clancy Construction contract last year, Chief Executive of Limerick Regeneration Agencies, Brendan Kenny, said: “We have had our stumbling blocks and delays but in


include delivery of a new crèche in St Mary’s the fullness of time the signing of these Park, an all-weather pitch in Mayross with a contracts today will be seen as a key further two all-weather pitches planned in moment for Limerick Regeneration.” St Mary’s Park and Ballinacurra Weston, a Along with the Cliona Park development, community sports centre at Galvone planning permission was granted in December 2011 for a scheme in Southill and Industrial Estate, Southill Community Centre, Our Lady of Lourdes Community submitted for another in Ballinacurra Youth Centre in Ballinacurra Weston and Weston. A sheltered housing scheme of 35 one- and two-bedroom apartments will start new CCTV systems across all areas. Stronger policing has also been enforced this year to the rear of the Limerick and new family support and support Enterprise Development Park in Southill. services for children and youths have The proposed scheme on the former Tait been implemented. Clothing site on Lord Edward Street will Cliona Park is the first of 26 housing provide 79 homes – consisting of 14 threeprojects which will take place over the next bed and 32 two-bed houses, five two- and four years in Mayross, St Mary’s Park, three-bedroom duplex apartments, 16 twoBallinacurra Weston and Southill. The bed and 10 single-bed apartments and two Limerick Regeneration scheme is expected single-bedroom disability friendly apartments. The Lord Edward Street to cost a total of e337M. proposal also includes a retail/commercial unit and a community facility including function room, exhibition area and t +353 61 221 200 f +353 61 221 201 meeting area. Other aspects of the regeneration to date

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Midleton Sewerage Scheme Improving existing sewer network Work has just completed to provide sewer re-lining for the Midleton Sewerage Scheme in Cork. The work undertaken involved various sewer rehabilitation techniques, using trenchless technology and re-lining using UV cured in place pipe (CIPP), with glass fibre reinforced plastic (GFRP) liners. These liners were installed in-situ using UV curing equipment. The project also involved patch repair, lateral connection repairs using a top-hat system, manhole relining and repairs, robotic techniques, CCTV pipeline surveys and pipeline cleaning. This contract was an extension to a larger programme of works undertaken in 2008 and 2009, after further CCTV and flow surveys indicated locations of damaged pipelines, which were allowing infiltration into the system. Work was necessary to rehabilitate the

existing sewer network in pre-identified locations where ground water was infiltrating into the combined foul and storm sewers. This ground water infiltration was severe in some places and the pipe section required sealing using either re-lining, patch repairs or lateral repairs to prevent the infiltration from entering the sewer and therefore creating additional flows into the sewerage treatment works. The Main Contractor for this development was McAllister Brothers Ltd, a company recognised as an industry leader in the field of inspection, maintenance and renovation of pipelines and sewers, offering the latest trenchless technology to a growing customer base. It is the largest residential and industry drain cleaning company in Ireland, with further depots in the UK and Middle East.

The greatest working challenges on this project were the existing flows in the system. Work was carried out over the winter months, meaning heavy rainfall increased the levels of the flows into the sewers. McAllister Brothers had to double up on its over pumping set-up and use two eight inch pumps to by-pass the sewer for a distance of 400 metres on some sections. Managing traffic on Bailick Road was also a challenge as the treatment works continued. This was managed because the UV systems speed of curing the liners meant the road could be opened much faster, so the entire section of over 800m was completed in just over two weeks. Work on this scheme commenced in November 2011 and was completed in May 2012, costing over e300,000.


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Shell Ireland Providing the Corrib natural gas project to change the face of Irish energy production for generations Shell E&P Ireland Ltd (SEPIL) is part of Shell’s E&P Europe organisation, which has extensive experience in operating subsea developments and has safely operated major onshore and offshore gas fields in Europe since the 1960s. The history of Shell in Ireland dates back almost 100 years, when the Company set up its first headquarters in Ireland at Alexandra Road in Dublin. At the same time, Shell built the country’s first bulk terminal at Foynes, Co Limerick, while their Belfast office was opened in 1922. Since 1997, their operations in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland have been integrated on an all island of Ireland basis. In July 2005, Shell announced it had signed sale and purchase agreements with Topaz Distribution and Logistics for the divestment of the majority of Shell’s oil products business in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. The agreements related to Shell’s retail, commercial fuels, lubricants, marine, and supply and distribution businesses. The divestment of the oil products business is consistent with Shell’s strategy of ‘more upstream, profitable downstream’. Consequently, the exploration and


production business and, specifically, the development of the Corrib natural gas project, is a key part of Shell’s operations in Ireland. Shell’s other businesses in Ireland – aviation fuel and chemicals – also continue to operate. Shell is a global group of energy and petrochemical companies, with headquarters in The Hague, in the Netherlands. The parent company of the Shell Group is the Royal Dutch Shell plc, which is incorporated in England and Wales. The Company’s strategy to generate profitable growth remains to drive forward with their investment programme, to deliver sustainable growth and provide competitive returns to shareholders, while helping to meet global energy demand in a responsible way. In Upstream, Shell focus on exploring for new oil and gas reserves and developing major projects where the technology and know-how they possess adds value to the resource holders. In Downstream, Shell’s emphasis remains on sustained cash generation from existing assets and selective investments in growth markets. Shell currently operate in over 80 countries,

have approximately 90,000 employees, and the Company boasts that an impressive 48% of its production is natural gas. They produce 3.2 million barrels of gas each day, 18.8 million tonnes of LNG is sold each year, and there are 43,000 Shell service stations worldwide, as well as more than 30 refineries and chemical plants. Shell’s success over the past year is illustrated with the news that the Company announced $470.2Bn was generated in revenue last year, with $31.2Bn in income. Sustainable development is very important to the Company, who invested $2.3Bn on developing alternative energies, carbon capture and storage, CO2 and research and development over the past five years. Last year alone, almost $12Bn was spent on goods and services from companies in countries with lower incomes, and $125M was spent on voluntary social investments in the same year. Shell’s work in Ireland has increased over the years and they are currently working on a significant project in the area, Corrib gas project, one of the most exciting and ambitious engineering projects ever undertaken in Ireland. continued page 40 >



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Ireland currently imports 90% of its gas and Corrib will supply up to 60% of Ireland’s gas needs at peak production. It will contribute ?3M to Ireland’s GDP over its lifecycle and will have created more than 1,000 jobs during the construction phase, with many jobs to be created upon completion The Corrib natural gas field lies 83km off the north west coast of Ireland, approximately 3,000 metres under the seabed and in waters 350 metres deep. This medium sized gas field will be developed as a subsea ‘tie-back’ facility, connected by a pipeline to an onshore processing terminal located approximately nine kilometres inland. The Corrib Field was discovered in 1996 by Enterprise Energy Ireland Ltd, which was acquired by SEPIL in 2002. The Corrib Gas Partners are SEPIL, with a 45% share of the project, Statoil Exploration (Ireland) Ltd (36.5%) and Vermilion Energy (18.5%). In total, there are four main components to the project, which are the offshore subsea infrastructure at the Corrib Field, the offshore pipeline, the onshore pipeline and the onshore gas processing terminal located at Bellanaboy Bridge in County Mayo. The project has seen much progress on all four elements, but this has not been without problems and challenges along the way. The pipeline was at the centre of controversy in 2005 when some local landowners refused to allow SEPIL to proceed with construction work relating to the onshore section of pipeline. In order to find a resolution, the Irish government appointed international


consultants Advantica to conduct an independent safety review of the onshore pipeline. In their report published in May 2006, Advantica concluded ‘proper consideration was given to safety issues in the section process for the preferred design option and the locations of the landfall, pipeline and terminal’. The Corrib Gas Partners accepted the findings of the Independent Safety Review and committed to fully adhering to the recommendations, which included limiting the pressure in the onshore section of the pipeline to 144 bar – less than half the original design pressure of the pipeline. Also in 2005, the Irish government appointed an independent mediator, Mr Peter Cassells. His report recommended that the route of the onshore section of the Corrib gas pipeline be modified. The Corrib Gas Partners again accepted this recommendation and appointed RPS Consultants to identify a suitable moderate route. This was identified following a 14month selection process, which involved 11 months of public consultation. The modified route is twice as far from occupied housing compared to the original route. Other problems have been encountered in this process. In 2008, local fishermen raised concerns regarding the treated produced water leaving the terminal and entering the bay where they fish. This produced water will be cleaned to the highest standards and Shell’s plans had full regulatory approval and are consistent with the highest international and EU environmental standards. Nevertheless, following discussions with the

fishermen, the Corrib Gas Partners agreed to discharge the water at the Corrib Field 83km offshore at an additional cost to the project of several million Euros. In all these instances, the Corrib Gas Partners have shown a real willingness to respond to genuine community concerns, with the belief that they have done everything reasonable to address issues raised by the local community, while promising to continue to listen to any concerns. In November 2008, the Irish government established a Community Forum for Development in North West Mayo to bring together politicians, community groups, protesters, and Shell representatives. While some local groups have not yet participated in the forum, the initiative did lead to faceto-face talks between government ministers, Shell and two community groups; Pobal Chill Chomain and Pobal le Cheile. The Company continue to seek dialogue to allow them to complete the project, which has the necessary legal approvals and community support and is in the wider interests of Irish society. The Corrib Field will be developed in line with best industry practice for a gas field of this type. It will be developed as a subsea production facility with onshore processing, which means there will be no need for a permanent offshore platform structure to be in place at the Corrib Field during the operation phase. The type of subsea facilities used for the Corrib development are used on many other subsea developments around the world, and it is an exciting technology that involves a >

BUILDING & CIVIL ENGINEERING Founded in 1934 by brothers Matthew and Tom Kilcawley, Kilcawley Construction are one of Ireland’s longest established and financially stable contracting companies. Indeed, a recent credit report by ratings agency, Vision Net, assessed Kilcawley Construction as performing better than 97.73% of other companies in the industry and highlights the fact that the company has no exposure to development loans. Brendan Henry, Managing Director, attributes the longevity and success of the company to adhering to its core business of main contracting while remaining committed to the philosophy of ‘Excellence in Construction’, instilled by the founders 75 years ago. “This philosophy forms the heart of our commitment to our clients and construction partners. To this end, we consistently monitor and improve our accredited Safe-T Health & Safety and ISO9001 Quality Management systems. We constantly incorporate the principles of sustainable construction into our work places. In July 2009, we rolled out our Environmental Management System (EMS) and gained accreditation and certification to operate ISO 14001. The EMS is now operational in all Kilcawley work places and is internally audited by our Environmental Management team and externally by the NSAI.” Kilcawley Construction have carried out numerous award-winning projects such as Ceide Fields Visitor Centre, ESB Regional Head

Offices Sligo, Leitrim Central Library, Sligo County Hall, Johnston Central Library & Council Headquarters Cavan, IT Sligo Administration Block and Tubbercurry Civic Offices. Over the past twenty years, Kilcawley Construction have diversified into the pharmaceutical, manufacturing and utilities sectors, successfully completing projects for multinationals and indigenous clients alike, such as Abbott Ireland, Elan, Bioniche Pharma, Oriflame Cosmetics, Fort Dodge Laboratories, Elanco, Kinerton Pharmaceuticals, Ballina Beverages, ESB and of course, Shell Exploration & Production Ireland Limited (SEPIL). The Corrib Field was discovered off the west coast of Ireland in 1996 and has been developed by SEPIL with PM Group as Construction Manager for the development of the on-shore terminal at Bellanaboy, Co. Mayo. Kilcawley Construction worked with SEPIL and the PM Group Construction Management team from early design stage and pre-contract stage, where all project expectations in terms of Health and Safety, Environmental, Quality, Design issues, Buildability, Programme and Flawless start-up were clearly defined. The works involved the construction of thirteen buildings split into two packages and the Kilcawley Construction management team had to undergo a series of special training

requirements to be fully conversant with SEPIL World Standards. These works are now substantially complete and Kilcawley were part of the team that, on no less than four separate occasions, achieved ‘One Million Manhours without Lost Time Incident’. Claudia van den Berg, SEPIL’s HSE Manager, expressed her delight at the success. “I’d like to commend staff and contractors for their efforts in reaching and exceeding the milestones achieved in the past. It’s not unusual at this stage of construction for workers to become complacent; however, we never lost sight of our ‘goal zero’ safety target,” she said. Reflecting on the successful delivery of the Building works at Bellanaboy, Brendan Henry pinpoints some other reasons for the continued success of Kilcawley. “We are a small-to-medium sized business. In other words, we are small enough to be flexible, but large enough to be considered for significant and complex projects. We are fully staffed, with 45 full-time employees and our team is young and well qualified. The average age of our employees is 30-35 and most have a first degree in engineering or quantity surveying. Staff retention is high. We continue to acquire interesting projects and we believe our team enjoy working for us because we are a young, dynamic and progressive company. It’s easier to make a name for yourself in a company like ours - we’re not a monolith.”

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large number of specialist companies to design, build and install. Corrib gas is trapped in a gas reservoir 3,000 metres below the seabed by a layer of impermeable rock, and the gas is extracted by drilling wells into the reservoir. Five wells have already been drilled and made ready for production at a later date. All the offshore equipment for Corrib is placed on the seabed in a water depth of about 350 metres. Due to the fact the water is too deep for manned diving, installation is carried out using under water robots known as Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs). The offshore pipeline is made up of more than 7,000 sections of pipe that were welded together onboard the Solitaire pipelay vessel during the summer of 2009. The pipes were laid on the seabed from the landfall at Glengad, approximately 83km out to the Corrib field. The 8.3km onshore section of the pipeline will run from Glengad to the terminal and will include a 4.9km section under Sruwaddacon Bay. Once it comes ashore, the gas will be processed or dried at the terminal at Bellanaboy by removing liquids so that it is suitable to flow into the Bord Gais Eireann pipeline network. The five wells that have been drilled at Corrib Field are ready for production. To drill a well more than 3,000 metres below the seabed, the semi-submersible rig drills section-by-section until it reaches the reservoir. When each section is complete, steel casing is installed and held in place with cement, which makes the well strong enough to withstand the pressure from the reservoir. Each well will have a ‘Christmas tree’


structure on top of it that contains all the necessary equipment to control, monitor and shut off a well. The ‘Christmas trees’ will be covered by a wall protection structure to prevent snagging on fishing nets and to protect them from damage from dropped objects. The gas from each of the five wells is piped through individual sections of flexible flow lines to the production manifold, where it is combined and co-mingled before being fed into the main pipeline for transport to shore. The bundle of cables and small diameter tubes called the umbilical will carry electrical and hydraulic power to operate the sub sea controls. This is the lifeline to the sub sea facilities and connects them to the onshore terminal. To protect the gas pipeline, the umbilical will also transport an anti-corrosion chemical and methanol to the wellheads, which will mix with the gas and prevent ‘hydrates’, which are ice-like crystals, from forming in the pipeline. During the operation phase, the subsea facilities will be monitored and controlled 24 hours a day, seven days a week from the control room in the onshore gas terminal. The Corrib gas pipeline is 20 inches in diameter and the well of the pipeline is more than one inch thick, made of highgrade carbon steel. The outside of the pipeline will have several layers of protective coating, including plastic and concrete, to protect from external corrosion. Internal corrosion is controlled by the continuous injection of corrosion inhibitor via the umbilical. Corrosion is monitored in real time by a subsea corrosion monitoring spool.

An internal inspection tool, referred to as a ‘smart pig’, will be pushed through the pipeline at intervals to gather data on the internal condition of the pipeline and monitor the integrity throughout the pipeline. Safety measures incorporated at the pipeline include a design to withstand 345 bar in case pressure increases above the normal operating levels. This is an extremely unlikely occurrence but Shell left nothing to chance for the safety in this landmark development. This is why Advantica were commissioned to carry out the safety review back in 2006 that revealed necessary consideration was given to all safety measures. As part of the onshore pipeline, the maximum allowable operating pressure (MAOP) within this section will now be 100 bar. Its MAOP under the 2002 design was 150 bar. However, the normal operating pressure in the onshore pipeline will be approximately 85 bar and the pressure reduced as gas in the Corrib reservoir naturally depletes. In addition, a Landfall Valve Installation (LVI) has been incorporated into the design, which automatically shuts off the pressure from offshore in the unlikely event that the pressure in the onshore pipeline should rise towards 100 bar. Offshore Pipeline development Work on this part of the project started in June 2009. The works programme involved preparing the landfill site at Glengad, laying the offshore section of the Corrib pipeline, in addition to completing certain subsea infrastructural works at the Corrib Field. continued page 46 >

The Corrib Project: A Positive Commitment to Safety

The Corrib Project is a critical infrastructural project for Ireland. When completed, it will be a major source of indigenously produced natural gas in Ireland, supplying some 60% of the market at peak via the existing Irish natural gas network. Corrib Gas means greater security of energy supply in Ireland, enhanced economic competitiveness, a further shift away from more carbon intensive fuels and significant amounts of employment. RPS is committed to the safe development of gas infrastructure in Ireland and has been a key player in the natural gas industry in Ireland since 1982. RPS recognises SEPIL’s commitment to safety on the Corrib Project - in the development of the design, through addressing safety concerns of the local community & statutory bodies and also in the implementation of construction. Large infrastructure projects have the potential to become highly contentious with the public. Over the years, RPS has been involved in many challenging projects. Each of these has had its own particular set of issues and concerns. Successful delivery of projects depends on providing clear information, identifying concerns and most importantly, in dealing with these concerns transparently and effectively. Today, the Corrib Project can be noted for SEPIL’s commitment to thoroughly addressing project concerns. RPS looks forward to the safe completion of the Corrib Project. There are many challenges ahead, but the project team that is in place including SEPIL, Roadbridge, BAM Wayss & Freytag, RPS and others will ensure that the project is delivered to the very highest standards in accordance with SEPIL’s project commitments.

Leading the way in waste managementMcGrath Industrial Waste Ltd -Shell E&P Ireland Limited (SEPIL) Headquartered in Turlough, Castlebar, Co.Mayo. McGrath Industrial Waste Ltd. is one of the premier waste management operators in Connacht. This brilliantly managed family concern has forged a stellar reputation for itself since it was established by founder Paddy McGrath in the early 1970s. It is extremely well-established in the waste industry, being involved in the collection, transportation, recovery and disposal of residential and commercial waste and recycling wheelie bins, food waste and construction and demolition. McGrath Industrial Waste Ltd provides a top-class commercial and domestic waste management service throughout Mayo and Sligo. Since 2005, McGrath’s have been involved in the waste management on the Corrib Gas Terminal and took over full Waste Management Services in November 2007. McGrath’s have a 100% recovery and recycling rate, from the construction site right down though to the offices and administration. McGrath’s have introduced a colour coded recycling system into the site which makes the recycling system very efficient and effective. To date, McGrath’s have recovered over 1,032 tonnes of Timber, 531 tonnes of mixed recycling and over 46 tonnes of biodegradable waste from the Corrib site. McGrath’s, along with various other companies, have numerous achievements since starting on site, one of which being celebrating the achievement of 1,000,000 man hours worked without a lost time incident in November 2008 and their contribution to Goal Zero in the construction of the Bellanaboy bridge Gas Terminal in February 2011.

Over their 42 years in business, McGrath’s bought out about nine companies, from small one man companies to large waste companies. McGrath Industrial Waste employs 36 people and operates a fleet of 20 waste collection vehicles, which are a healthy mixture of Volvo, Scania and Mercedes. With their own garage and workshop, they carry out all their own fleet maintenance and servicing. McGrath’s have 4 employees who handle the day to day operations on the Corrib Site and Declan McGrath, MD, who oversees the running, management and environmental performance of the site. McGrath’s also employee 7 subcontractors which, in turn, creates at least 21 jobs. With two facilities, McGrath Industrial Waste is one of the largest employers in the waste industry in Mayo. The main office and garage are in Turlough, Castlebar, with recycling depots in both Castlebar and Ballina. A full waste management & recycling service is provided from collection and segregation through to transportation and recycling, with cardboards, plastics, metals, timbers etc. provided for, as well as a full shredding service. Due to strict legislation, this is now a very modern industry and McGrath Waste is fully compliant with all national and EU legislation. As a professional and environmentally conscious organisation, acknowledging the impact its operations could potentially have on the environment, McGrath Industrial Waste Ltd strives at all times to minimise the impact on the environment through its proven environmental policy. The company is fully permitted with all requisite licences and

permits including waste collection permits from Mayo and Sligo County Councils, certification to collect, recycle and recover packaging waste from Repak and full Re-Gen 10 approval. “We would move 25,000 tonnes of waste and recycled materials per year,” Declan notes. “We’ve introduced our wheelie bin & bags service to over 10,000 homes in Connaught. Nora, Paddy & Declan McGrath are managing directors of the company; Sinéad and Ger McGrath are also employees in the company and have been instrumental in the development of the business over the last number of years. “We also use excellent equipment and have fantastic staff. We hope to take on more employees soon. We have a five-year plan to grow the business out of Mayo and hopefully to take on ten additional people. We always employ locally and we have five members of staff who have over 20 years’ service each. We like to think that the low turnover of staff reflects the way we run our business.” Over half a million Euro has been invested in fleet and machinery over the past four years. Paddy McGrath is a mechanic by trade and has a great team of mechanics who do an excellent job. “The waste industry has changed dramatically over the last number of decades to become a very professional business.’’ We are very fortunate and thankful to Shell E&P Ireland Limited for the opportunity to work on this project.

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Before work could commence, a number of consents and permits were required. These were granted, allowing the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (DCENR), as well as Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food confirmed that work on the offshore section of the pipeline could proceed under the existing consents. The National Parks and Wildlife Service of the Department of Environment Heritage and local government also reviewed and approved the construction method statements for the offshore pipelay works. The necessary approval for the 2009 Environmental Management Plan was issued in April 2009. Over 7,000 lengths of pipe have been welded together on board the Solitaire pipelay vessel. The pipeline was then laid on the seabed from the shore out to the wells in the Corrib Field, 83km away. Since completion of the pipelay works, the entire area has been reinstated, including the nearshore and cliff face at Glengad. Onshore Pipeline Planning permission for construction of the onshore pipeline was granted by An Bord Pleanala (ABP) in January 2011, who stated the development “would help safeguard the energy security of the state, would benefit the western region of Ireland, would not seriously injure the amenities of the area, would not be prejudicial to public health or to public safety and would not be likely to have significant effects on the environment.” A month after this, Section 40 consent was awarded under the Gas Act by the Department of communications Energy and


Natural Resources, while in March 2011, the final permit for the onshore pipeline was granted by the Department of the Environment. The decision to re-route the onshore pipeline came in 2006, after work had stopped for 14 months, due to local landowners being jailed in 2005 for failing to allow construction of the pipeline to proceed. The objections included concerns about operating pressure of the pipeline and its proximity to housing. Advantica’s independent review was commissioned to resolve the situation, their findings resulting in the pressure of the onshore section being limited to 144 bar. After Peter Cassells’ report recommended the modified route, and public consultations to determine the best routes for the pipeline, an application to construct the Corrib onshore pipeline along the new route were submitted to ABP, the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources and to the Coastal Zone Management Division of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. A hearing into the planning application was held by ABP in May and June 2009, in which ABP requested further information regarding the application. Therefore a revised application was submitted in May 2010, outlining details for the routing and construction of the pipeline through Sruwaddacon Bay, including a tunnel under the bay, in which the pipeline will be laid. The distance to the nearest occupied house was increased to 234 metres, the MAOP

reduced to 100 bar and the normal operating pressure to 85 bar, which is similar to that Bord Gais Eireann’s transmission lines located throughout the country. All proposed changes were scrutinised at a six-week oral hearing in August and September 2010, with planning permission granted for the revised pipeline in early 2011. The sequence of pipeline construction on land begins with fencing off the working area, which is approximately 40m wide, and stripping of topsoil within this area. The topsoil is not removed, but is kept to one side; it is not mixed with subsoil and it is replaced as the topmost layer during reinstatement. Once the topsoil has been cleared, individual lengths of pipe are laid out and then welded together. In the case of the Corrib gas pipeline, welds will be inspected before the pipe is buried in the ground; any defects will be repaired or cut out and re-welded. All transmission pipelines, both Upstream and Downstream, must be pressure tested before being commissioned for service, and the assembled pipeline will also be pressure tested using water at a pressure in excess of 500 bar. The pipeline will be laid in a trench with a minimum depth of cover of approximately four feet. Once the trench has been filled in and the soil reinstated, there will be no evidence that the pipeline is there at all. For this reason, markers will be installed to help locate the pipeline at field boundaries, road crossings and changes of direction. Any continued page 50 >

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Road Construction Highway Design and Construction, Ireland and United Kingdom Over the last 10 years, Roadbridge has completed in excess of 250 Km of Inter Urban Motorway (incl. joint venture projects) to budget and on time using various contract models including Design-Build, Early Contractor Involvement and Design-Build-Finance and Operate. At Roadbridge, projects are self-performed by our skilled technical and management personnel, this ensures projects are delivered to the highest standards. Highway Projects in Poland 94 Km of motorway on the A1 route from Torun to Sojki, in Poland was awarded in three contracts by the GDDKIA road authority in May and June 2010. Highway Projects in the Middle East The 20Km highway project at Madinat Al Haq, Oman was awarded in April 2010.

Renewables and Energy Energy Infrastructure Roadbridge has successfully delivered many Energy Infrastructure projects as main contractor, including the Corrib Gas Terminal and the Glengad Landfall Civil Enabling works for Shell E&P. We have also carried out major civil works for Total E&P UK Ltd at the Laggan-Tormore Gas processing Plant at Sullom Voe, Shetland Islands. Gas Pipelines Working for Bord Gais and Irish Shell, our Roadbridge/Sicim JV has successfully completed many contracts comprising the construction of 360kms of large diameter gas pipelines. All projects were completed ahead of the clients’ programme. The most recent project, the Curraleigh West to Middleton Gas Line in County Cork, comprising 47km of 600mm diameter welded steel pipe, was completed in six months on behalf of Bord Gais. Renewable Energy Our expertise in the construction of more than 100 km of forestry and mountain roads, in peat and rock environments, has made Roadbridge a leader in the delivery of large on-shore wind energy projects. Examples of balance of plant contracts include the 38 Wind Turbine Generators at Meentycat, Donegal for Airtricity, and 24 Wind Turbine Generators at Garvagh Glebe/Tullynahaw, in Arigna for ESBI. Our sister company, SRB Civil Engineering Ltd, is building what will be the largest land based Wind Farm in Europe at Whitelee, Glasgow for Scottish Power Renewables, consisting of 75 Turbine Generators.

Water/Wastewater and Waste Management Wastewater Infrastructure In recent years, Roadbridge has been Main Contractor on major wastewater schemes, such as Limerick Main Drainage, Dungarvan Sewerage Scheme, Castlebar Main Drainage, Courtown Sewerage Scheme, Tramore Sewerage Scheme, North Cork Sewerage Scheme Upgrade, Schull

Sewerage Scheme, Knocknacarragh Main Drainage and Barna Sewerage Scheme. Water Infrastructure Water schemes, including both reservoirs and all associated pipelines, have been successfully completed at Roscommon, Nenagh, Ballinrobe, Claremorris and Barna. Waste Management Roadbridge has been responsible for all phases of the construction of Ireland’s largest waste management facility at Arthurstown Co. Kildare. This waste management facility has a gas collection system which is used to generate electricity which is supplied to the grid. Roadbridge was awarded the construction of Bottlehill Waste management facility in County Cork by Cork County Council and we have also carried out work at Killurin Waste management facility in Wexford, Ballyogan Recycling Centre in Co. Dublin, and most recently, at the Sajja Waste management facility for the Sharjah Municipality in the United Arab Emirates.

Industrial/Commercial and Leisure/Amenity Industrial/Commercial Roadbridge has a long-standing record of performance and delivery in the Industrial/Commercial sector. We have completed site development projects for such notable multinationals as Hewlett Packard, Pfizer and Wyeth Medica. Our Team has also played a major role in local developments such as Whitewater Shopping Centre in Newbridge and Dundrum Town Centre in Dublin. Leisure/Amenity Our involvement in the construction of leisure amenities has included the construction of Golf Courses at Adare Manor Hotel in County Limerick and Fota Island in County Cork. Our Team has completed construction of the New Dun Laoghaire Golf Course in Dublin and Killeen Castle Golf Resort in County Meath. The company also built the New Limerick Racecourse at Patrickswell and the first stage contract for the new Limerick Greyhound Stadium. Roadbridge has a long involvement in projects for other sporting codes such as Rugby, Soccer, Gaelic Athletic Association and Athletics.

Lennon Quarries started its operations in early 80’s as a quarrying company and, since then, it has expanded its operations in to concrete production, precasting and logistical services. We are one of the major service providers to the construction industry in the west of Ireland. The company is a family run business that takes great pride in delivering quality service to our customers.

Our operations are run in accordance with documented quality management system. Our concrete production plants are EN206-1 certified while aggregate production conforms to the latest applicable EN Standards. We are currently a major supplier of concrete, aggregates and precast products to Corrib Gas field project.

Our customers range from government departments, oil & gas companies to private developers and individuals. The company is committed to provide the best service possible across the board to all our customers.

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Our Quarrying Products include : All types of crushed stone Chippings suitable for drive ways, garden beds, sizes to suit individual requirements. Building Stone • Sand and Gravel • Ready Mix Services We are holders of an International Haulier Licence and Waste Collection Permit. We have an extensive range of fleet for hire including tippers, artic tippers, Flatbeds and low loaders.

Our range of plant and machines for hire include: Tracked Excavators, ranging from 1.5ton to 55ton, JCB’s, wheeled excavators (with or without rock breakers), Dump trucks, Dumpers, Teleporters and tractors. We also have available for hire: crushing and screening equipment. We are National and International Hauliers.

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landowners that are affected have been made aware of the exact location of the pipeline. One of the main aims of the Corrib Gas Partners is to be a good neighbour in the areas in which they operate. They hold the firm belief that most people in Erris want to see the Corrib project delivered so that the full benefits to Erris, Co Mayo and Ireland can be realised. Corrib will supply up to 60% of Ireland’s gas needs at peak production. An independent report from Goodbody Economic Consultants, published in 2007, estimated that during the construction phase of the project, the local Mayo economy would directly benefit by approximately ?181M, providing a significant boost to the local economy. Fully recognising the importance of working in partnership with the local community, SEPIL is committed to employing local workers wherever possible and to offering business opportunities to contractors and suppliers in Erris. This approach led to a significant increase in the number of Corrib representatives living within the local community. There are currently over 50 employees based at the Belmullet office and during peak construction at the terminal site, more than 1,000 workers were living in the Erris area and wider Mayo region. SEPIL’s commitment to the community links was strengthened back in 2006 when Mr


Terry Nolan was appointed Deputy Managing Director of SEPIL. He spent almost two years living and working with the local community, which significantly contributed to building relationships locally and reinforcing support for the Corrib project. Mr Nolan was appointed Managing Director of SEPIL in May 2008 and continues to spend a significant proportion of his time in Mayo. Community Liaison Officers meet with members of the community on a daily basis and their role is to listen to community concerns, ensuring they are addressed appropriately. A dedicated Social Investment Advisor works closely with local community groups and organisations to help deliver the Corrib Natural Gas ‘Investment in the Community’ initiatives. The Local Grants Programme offers local groups and voluntary organisations funding of up to ?10,000 each year. The scheme has been open since 2005 and is run in partnership with contractors who are working on the construction of the Bellanaboy Bridge Gas Terminal. These contractors include PM Group, Roadbridge Ltd, Mercury Engineering Ltd, SIAC Butlers Steel Ltd, Kilcawley Construction and Hertel Ireland Ltd. Members of the local community are invited to tour the terminal construction site, with these tours organised every month and its popularity is confirmed by the fact that in

2008, more than 1,050 people visited the site at Bellanaboy Bridge. In 2009, 123 applications were received from organisations within Erris, with 94 receiving funding totalling ?350,000. The groups are wide ranging in their activities and include a local cancer support group, a woman’s group, soccer and GAA clubs, a meals-onwheels service provider, senior citizens organisations and community development organisations. In the round of funding in January 2010, 66 different Erris organisations received grants, and this programme has remained, and will remain in place throughout the construction phase of the project. Other community programmes include the Corrib Natural Gas Erris Development Fund, which was launched in 2009 with an initial fund of ?5M. This programme offers both financial and non-financial support for community initiatives and projects within the Erris area, with a view to contributing to the long-term economic, social, environmental and cultural development of Kilcommon, which is the parish within which the project’s activities are centred, and the wider Erris area. All projects should be local, sustainable and inclusive in order to be considered and must fall into one of the three main categories for funding set out in the programme; Enterprise and Knowledge, Marine and Environment, and Sports and Culture. >

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By June 2010, over 60 applications for funding had been received, with ?2.2M allocated to 14 different projects. An independent board, who have responsibility for this, makes all decision-making in relation to applications to the fund. Another community partnership borne out of the development at Corrib is the Third Level Scholarship Programme, the first phase of which was launched in 2007. Under this programme, ten scholarships worth ?4,000 per year are awarded to students for each year of their studies. An independent board assesses all applications and there are currently 31 students attending third level education under this programme. In January 2010, the Corrib Gas Partners committed to extending this programme for a further three years and in the years between 2007-2009, ?480,000 was allocated under the scholarship programme. In 2009 alone, almost ?1.9M was allocated in funding under these three programmes, benefiting close to 100 different voluntary and community groups in the five parishes of Erris, as well as ten secondary school students from the area. In addition, bi-monthly Corrib gas newsletters and quarterly stakeholder updates are issued to households in the Erris area. These updates contain news about local initiatives as well as project milestones and progress reports. They help to ensure that the local community is well informed about project progress. It is because of this constant engagement, and Shell’s very broad range of relationships with members of the local community, that gives the Company the confidence that the vast majority of people in the local area support the project. Peter Cassells reported in July 2006 and his investigation concluded: “From my discussions with local people it is clear that a majority of people in Rossport, the wider Erris area and County Mayo are in favour of the project”. In light of all the consultations with the public, as well as the beneficial schemes in place, this viewpoint can only be


strengthened around the whole community. The safety and security of employees, contractors and the communities operated in is the number one priority for the Corrib Gas Partners. The overall safety performance objective for the development is Goal Zero – which means the aim is to have no incidents that might put employees, neighbours or facilities at risk. With safety in mind, every option for the design of the Corrib project was considered. Offshore processing was examined and deemed to be less safe, as it involved the transportation of workers to an offshore platform in difficult weather conditions. The Corrib Field will be developed as a subsea production facility with onshore processing. This is not only the safest option but also the most environmentally friendly and technically viable option, representing best international practice for a field of this type. This commitment to safety is displayed in a number of different ways, including Shell Safety Day, which is a major highlight of the Shell calendar, when over 100,000 employees worldwide and many more contractors, unite to focus on safety and make plans to take the next steps on the journey towards Goal Zero. It is a day for sharing ideas and good practices, to work together on plans to deliver continuous improvement in safety performance, and to reflect on Shell’s personal commitment to safety. Also established, is Corrib’s Driver Safety Awareness Programme (DSAP) to create a strong culture of safety and responsible road usage among employees and contractors alike, for their own benefit and that of the community around them. The programme has been running since construction of the Corrib terminal began in 2006, with numerous different initiatives being used to reinforce the important message of road safety. In 2010 alone, more than one million kilometres were covered in road travel relating to the project. In recognition of his high volume of travel, along with

challenging weather conditions and some poor roads in Erris, the DSAP ensures a road safety focus is maintained. A key component of this programme is the emphasis on journey planning. Staff members are instructed to always use public transport as an alternative to driving. If alternatives are not available, they are encouraged to start their trip during daylight hours. Taking rest breaks from driving every two hours is mandatory, and round trips from Dublin to Mayo in a single day are not allowed. Staff members are also asked to switch off their mobile phones at the start of a journey, to eliminate what is a significant safety hazard. Defensive driver training is a specific initiative available to all staff working under this programme. This involves two half days of theory and practical driver training, with emphasis on preparing people to deal with the unexpected, and potentially dangerous, behaviour of other road users. This successful training has been completed by almost 1,300 staff working in Mayo and Dublin. A Road Safety Task Force, chaired by the Managing Director of SEPIL, was set up to review the progress of ongoing initiatives, evaluate the potential for new developments and agree the appropriate methods of communicating to staff and contractors. SEPIL also works closely with external bodies including the Road Safety Authority and Gill’s School of Motoring, ensuring that Corrib’s DSAP represents best practice in this area. In 2010, a Road Safety DVD, specific to the Corrib project, was produced by SEPIL, in conjunction with Gill’s School of Motoring, which was distributed to all SEPIL staff and contractors working on the Corrib project. Environmental concerns are also very important for the Corrib project. With that in mind, the gas in the Corrib Field is composed mainly of methane, which has significant environmental benefits when compared with some other fossil fuels. The demand for gas in Ireland is growing, >

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due principally to its increasing use for electricity power generation. Demand for gas powered electricity generation is expected to continue to grow as other less environmentally friendly fossil fuels are phased out. As a result of screening studies, it was decided that the preferred development scenario for the Corrib Field was a subsea system tied back to a processing terminal onshore. This method of development represents the best solution in terms of safety and the environment and it is in line with the most up-to-date practices in the industry. Minimising the environmental impacts of the project is important for the Corrib gas field development. It is achieved by using the best available technology and the integration of environmental protection practices into the design, construction and operation of all aspects of the project. To guarantee the environmental considerations are covered, Environmental Management Plans (EMPs) have been prepared for every phase of the development. Implementing these plans has ensured that preventative and management measures identified in the EIS have been applied throughout the construction phase to ensure the environmental impacts associated with the development are avoided, minimised, and mitigated. The Corrib gas terminal at Bellanaboy Bridge will be operated in accordance with an environmental management system, ISO 14001 or equivalent. Emissions from the terminal will be monitored in order to demonstrate that emissions are within stringent limits set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the terms of the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) Licence. The EPA, which is the competent authority in terms of IPPC licensing in Ireland, has confirmed that emissions from the Corrib gas terminal will not adversely affect human health or the environment and will meet the


summer, routine well monitoring is relevant national and EU standards, when expected. operated in accordance with the conditions In addition, this summer will see an ocean of the proposed licence. bottom seismic survey, taking place at the As part of the planning application for the field to provide more in depth information Bellanaboy Bridge gas terminal, an about the profile of the Corrib reservoir. This Environmental Impact Assessment was will involve the use of advanced technology, carried out on the basis of the Environmental Impact Statement, which was which did not exist at the time the field was discovered in 1996. submitted to the planning authority as part The construction of the offshore pipeline of the overall planning process. was substantially completed in 2009, when On the Corrib gas pipeline, a key criterion of the pipe-laying vessel, the Solitaire, one of > the modified route for the onshore pipeline was the environmental impact of its location. The Construction methods to be used for the onshore gas pipeline have been selected to minimise and mitigate the potential for impact of Think Safety the proposed route on the receiving Think AGS environment. The progress on the development has been ALLIED GEAR SERVICES Ltd,T/A exceptional. For the wells and subsea AGS SCAFFOLDING SERVICES. facilities, five wells have already been We offer the following services: drilled and are ready • Industrial Tube & Fit Design Scaffold for production at • Total Encapsulation Corrib field. These are • Shrinkable Scaffold Cladding for weather protection connected to a central and containment manifold, which is, in • Structural Steel Netting turn, connected to the • Edge protection pipeline and manifold. • Cuplock scaffold The subsea facilities, • Kwik-stage scaffold which are sitting on • Hire of Shuttering Pans the seabed in 350m of • Temporary fencing water, were • Rubbish chutes constructed using • Aluminium access towers. ROVs. To make sure all practices are up to Crossmolina Business Park,Crossmolina, Co. Mayo. standard, the Sedco Tel. No: 096 30330 Fax No: 096 30331 711 carried out routine Mob. No: 087 9113669 maintenance at the Email: Corrib Field during summer 2011 and this




AGEC is a specialist geotechnical engineering company providing design and site specific services, exper se and advice to the civil engineering industry. Established in 2001, AGEC’s geotechnical engineers and engineering geologists work with developers, architects, structural engineers, local governments, private companies, public bodies, legal firms and consultants. Their core area of our exper se lies in understanding the behavioural condi ons of the ground. This experience covers all areas of geotechnical engineering; from concept through design to construc on.

AGEC is proud to have been part of the Corrib Gas project and to have worked with Shell Explora on & Produc on (Ireland) Ltd over the years.

Over the past ten years, AGEC has developed a reputa on for innova ve thinking, value engineering design and exper se in difficult ground condi ons. AGEC has achieved this through maintaining high quality standards of work, technical excellence and innova ve solu ons thus enabling the cost effec ve safe opera on of projects. AGEC’s Services The depth and breadth of AGEC’s experience covers all areas of geotechnical engineering; from concept through design to construc on. This enables AGEC to deliver high quality services to the construc on industry including; • Due Diligence • Geohazard Mapping • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) • Ground Inves ga on Design • Construc on Supervision • Risk Management • Expert Witness/Forensic Assessment

AGEC looks forward to con nued success with Shell.

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2015, when the first gas is expected, and the It revealed that the completion of Corrib will the world’s largest, successfully laid the opening is scheduled for 2015. sustain over 700 full-time equivalent jobs 7,000 sections that connect Glengad to the The Corrib gas project is very important in between now and 2014, with 400 of these in Corrib Field, while dewatering of the securing the energy future of Ireland, Mayo and Donegal, while a further 760 offshore pipeline will take place in the next because without it, political instability or indirect full-time equivalent jobs will be few weeks. This will see the pipeline filled interruption of Russian gas supplies to sustained during this time. with nitrogen for preservation purposes. Europe will directly affect Ireland. The economic boost to Ireland by this A further important piece of infrastructure, This has brought the importance of securing project cannot be underestimated, with the the umbilical, which carries the power and Ireland’s energy supply into focus, with the operation and construction of the Corrib services to control the operations at the only indigenous gas source located in project expected to add ?6Bn to Ireland’s field, facilitating the communication Kinsale Head prior to construction of the GDP, and at peak production, Corrib will between the terminals and the wells, will be Corrib gas project. This field now contains supply approximately 60% of Ireland’s gas laid next year. diminished quantities of gas, which make needs. Previous benefits include the 1,250 Fencing of the Glengad works is almost bringing the Corrib gas project to the Irish jobs sustained during the construction complete, and a number of major pieces of market as soon as possible. phase from 2004 to 2010. work will take place in the next three years. Once in production, gas from Corrib field At the present time, almost ?6M has been As well as the dewatering of the offshore will be distributed to homes and businesses on H community investment projects, pipeline, the construction of the LVI and the W spent 1/2 page 185mm x 130 throughout Ireland via the Bord Gais Eireann and there has been extensive use of local construction of the reception pit for the national grid and as a result of the project, accommodation, services and facilities, all tunnel will all be undertaken. the BGE distribution network is being Work on the onshore pipeline commenced in benefiting the economy. extended to an additional 12 towns in County Work on this landmark development is July 2011 when construction of the Galway and County Mayo. expected to complete in late 2014/early tunnelling compound site at Aughoose began, following six months of preparatory work by Roadbridge. The Roadbridge work included the removal of peat, much of which is stored on site to be used in the reinstatement of the site when the tunnel is completed. An amount of peat was also removed to the Bord na Mona peat deposition site at Srahmore, near Bangor-Erris. These works also involved the construction and installation of a series of environmental measures to manage run-off water from the site so as to minimise the environmental impact. Work on the shaft for the tunnel got underway earlier this year, and will continue until autumn when the tunnel boring machine (TBM), ‘Fionnuala’, will be brought on site to commence the actual tunnel under the bay, expected to last approximately 16 months. Once it comes ashore, gas from the Corrib Field will be processed at Bellanaboy Bridge gas terminal. The terminal has been connected to the Bord Gais Eireann national grid since 2009 and construction work at the facility is now 95% complete. The site is currently being maintained while the other elements of the project are being completed, and is awaiting gas from the Corrib Field. Hiring is now underway for additional maintenance and operations staff, and a programme of testing and commissioning is scheduled to take place prior to start up. This will happen in 2014. The final phase of this project, which involves investment of ?800M in Ireland over the next three years, including the construction of the 4.9km tunnel under Sruwaddacon Bay, is well underway. Once complete, the Corrib gas project LoCall: 1890 98 99 77 will produce a number of economic benefits, something that has been assessed by Goodbody Economic Consultants as recently as February 2012. email:



HES are a specialist hydrological, hydrogeological and environmental practice which delivers a full range of water and environmental management consultancy services to the private and public sectors across Ireland and Northern Ireland. Our philosophy is to provide a hands-on, cost-effective, professional service by providing experienced staff to meet our client’s specific needs. Our team manages all aspects of a project, from procurement to on-site supervision and management, through to technical reporting and interfacing with relevant regulatory bodies. Our services include: • Drainage / Flood Risk Assessments • Water Resources / Water Supply • Environmental Impact Assessments / Natura Impact Assessments • Extractive Industry – hydrogeological assessments / dewatering / discharge licences • Renewables – wind farms / micro-hydro schemes We pride ourselves on our attention to detail, our ability to adapt and to think laterally, and our practical solution orientated approach to assist delivery of all types and scales of projects.

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Medieval Museum and Theatre Royal Waterford © eewolff

Major plans are afoot in Waterford to develop The Viking Triangle, a cluster of museums and tourist attractions in the hope for more visitors to the medieval town. The Viking Triangle is to become an iconic heritage based tourist attraction, and takes its name from the Vikings which is what they called Waterford when they settled there in 914AD. The Viking Triangle extends along a 500 metre length and has at its apex Reginald’s Tower, a viking monument,which boarders the River Suir and includes the

Mall, Christ Church, The Theatre Royal, Bishop’s Palace and Cathedral Square. The e9M investment will revitalise, conserve and regenerate the attractions already present in Waterford and provide new ones, like the new Medieval Museum within the grounds of Deanery Garden to the rear of the Theatre Royal. The new Medieval Museum will encapsulate the existing Medieval Choristers’ Hall, or Undercroft - a 13th century national monument - and will be set out over a lower

ground, main access floor and two exhibition floors. It is hoped that the development can showcase the Undercroft, which is one of the city’s most prized archaeological assets, allowing the public access to it whilst protecting it as a monument. The Undercroft has been restored to its former glory following excavations of the site which were carried out as a part of the work, the excavations have allowed for the exterior footing of the Undercroft to be visible to visitors within the museum to showcase the

Established in 1972, Tom O’Brien Construction has evolved from its early concentration on the housing/residential sector to become one of the South East’s most respected contractors in the Education, Healthcare and Commercial sectors. Its area of operation has expanded beyond Waterford, to encompass Carlow, Cork, Dublin, Kilkenny, Laois, Wexford and Wicklow. Managing growth of this nature requires flexibility, in order to adapt to the changing needs of a continually expanding client base. The Tom O’Brien team has displayed this flexibility and has been very effective in delivering contracts on time and within budget - all the while focusing on customer service and quality of finish.

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With extensive experience in both the public and private sectors, Tom O’Brien Construction has become the contractor of choice in the South East. Every Tom O’Brien project comes with a ‘no-fuss’ guarantee and all are seamlessly delivered to the highest possible standards. Indeed, a measure of its success is the company’s fantastic record of client retention and repeat business.

monument further. Within the development there will be a three floor extension to the Theatre Royal, which will upgrade the facilities block for the theatre. The extension will share structural components, party walls and facade with the new Medieval Museum. The project is part of the five-year capital programme that the Theatre Royal has had in place and it will complement Cathedral Square, which the development overlooks. Construction of the Museum, refurbishment and extension has been carried out by Tom O’Brien Construction; work began in mid 2011 and is due to complete this month. The Theatre will have new signage and there will be alterations to its entrance, including ramps and new steps. The statue of William Wallace who currently looks out onto The Mall will be repositioned during the works. The new Medieval Museum will house some of the artifacts which were on show at The Museum of Treasures, which closed earlier this year. The Museum of Treasures celebrated the ethnic, cultural and religious diversity of all who contributed to the making of Waterford, from Viking and Norman times through medieval and recent Irish history. The new Medieval Museum will form a link from the Viking Exhibition at Reginald’s Tower and the post-medieval

and modern material exhibited at the museum in the Bishop’s Palace. It is hoped that the creation of a more prominent tourist section to Waterford will help increase the amount of visitors to Waterford. The Museum of Treasures had around 30,000 visitors annually and it is hoped that moving to this development will increase that number to between 70,000 and 80,000.

Mary Hanaflin, The Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport said of the Viking Triangle development; “This investment is a key part of our strategy to drive tourism in the city and the southeast region.”

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The Centre of Applied Science for Health The Centre of Applied Science for Health building is located in the grounds of the Institute of Technology Tallaght and is an extension to the existing infrastructure of the Synergy Building. which as the Institute’s business development incubation centre in itself supports and drives collaboration between ITT Dublin and the private sector. Collaboration and collegiality are to be the hallmarks of the combined Centre of Applied Science for Health and Synergy Centre building. The objective is to promote and encourage a continuing exchange of ideas and outside of the box thinking, revealing new approaches to scientific problems, and new applications of research skills and knowledge to the creation of innovative products and services. Designers should seek to maximise all spaces with respect to fostering and encouraging such interactivity. The design of the building is a three-storey structure, rectangular in plan with a central atrium that links into and expands the atrium of the existing Synergy Building, while allowing the potential for future expansion. The building includes many innovative

elements including the structure which is a precast concrete sandwich panel which was prefabricated off-site and then hoisted into place. The external cladding is formed of a ventilation throughout. liner treatment of Tegral coloured panels in different shades of grey, which together with The interior of the building provides bright, interactive spaces which will create an the fenestration treatment give a greater inspirational environment for the research scale and presence to the structure. of the future. The Main Contractor on this Innovative environmental solutions include project is BAM Building Ltd and the design an ‘earth tube’ which uses the earth’s was created by Taylor Architects and RMJM. temperature to condition the air prior to providing same to a central meeting room providing pre-cooling of air in summer and pre-heating of air in winter. This efficient system is further enhanced by the use of a cross floor heat recovery unit that provides fresh air to Laboratory Furniture Design, Manufacture & Installation the meeting room, building wide C02 and Malahide Road Industrial Park, Dublin 17, Ireland Tel : (+353) 01 8474122 Fax : (+353) 01 8474761 temperature E-mail: monitoring system is interlinked with motorised windows providing automated


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Rivers Agency Flood alleviation in Coleraine

The Rivers Agency is an executive agency within the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. The Agency aims to improve social conditions and to support economic growth in Northern Ireland through reducing risk to life and damage to property from flooding from rivers and the sea, and by preserving the productive potential of agricultural land. The Agency normally only undertakes flood protection works on designated watercourses where unacceptable flood risks exist as a result of existing developments. The operational objectives of the Agency include identifying flooding risks and executing works to minimise such risk, maintaining a network of free-flowing watercourses to provide adequate outlet for land drainage, administering advisory and enforcement procedures to protect the drainage function of all watercourses and executing all work programmes in an environmentally sympathetic manner and conserve and enhance the natural environs of watercourses, wherever possible. A major development for the Agency has just completed in Coleraine. The Lodge Burn Flood Alleviation Scheme started in January 2011, and involved new flood alleviation works as well as upgrading existing drainage infrastructure. Environmental and fishery works will also be incorporated. Work was undertaken on Railway Road, Brook Street, Mill House car park, Coleraine Leisure Centre car park and in the vicinity of Anderson Park. Disruption was kept to a minimum, with some necessary diversions included. The Lodge Burn is an area of 16.41sq km that rises in an area called Killygreen Upper,


which is located in the small upland area to the north east of Coleraine and flows in a generally southerly to westerly direction through firstly rural areas and then through the developed urban area of Coleraine to the confluence with the River Bann. The Lodge Burn is substantially an open channel throughout the study area. The River Bann passes through the centre of Coleraine and is tidally influenced to the sluice gate structure at the Cutts, some 3km upstream from the Lodge Burn’s confluence at Coleraine Harbour. The lower sections of the Lodge Burn, through the Anderson Park, are also tidally influenced. Reports from Rivers Agency area office and Coleraine Borough Council indicated that localised flooding of the Anderson Park occurred on a reasonably regular basis. The flooding is most extensive in the area downstream of Millburn Road, where ground levels are of low elevation. To address this issue, a detailed flood feasibility study was undertaken on the Lodge Burn to identify solutions to the flooding problems in Coleraine, with an economic appraisal of the preferred options being approved in 2008. The feasibility study identified a staged approach to the implementation of flood alleviation works. The scheme included the implementation of river channel improvements to provide flood alleviation to Coleraine town centre to the 1 in 100 year Standard of Protection (SoP) for the development included in Northern Area Plan 2016. This option satisfies both the short and medium term development aims for Coleraine, while increasing conveyance along Lodge Burn to solve the flood risks.

The scheme will provide the 1 in 100 year SoP until the catchment development identified in NAP 2016 is achieved, at which point further works will be required. Work involved construction of a replacement culvert to improve flows that were within reach of a nearby leisure centre. In addition, because the Lodge Burn flows through an old masonry culvert that is in poor structural condition, the culvert was renovated to improve flow conditions and align with the replacement culvert upstream in the leisure centre car park. Flood walls were built to extend from Railway Road Bridge to Brook Street Bridge on both banks, and on into Anderson Park, and environmental and fishery enhancement features have been included in the flood wall design. A diversion was implemented at Brook Street Bridge, so the existing pipework obstructing the flows could be removed, and new parapet walls have been constructed to meet the level of the new flood walls. The pond at Anderson Park has been removed, resulting in environmental enhancement of the Lodge Burn, as well as general improvement of water quality. It restored the river to its natural course. Work also included diversion of a water main at Milburn Road Bridge to prevent blockage risks. This ÂŁ1.3M project commenced in January 2011 and was completed in early 2012.


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St Oliver Plunkett’s Primary School Modernising facilities Pupils at St Oliver Plunkett’s Primary School are now enjoying their brand new purposebuilt new school on the outskirts of Forkhill Village. This new build is adjacent to St Oliver Plunkett’s Church and replaces the existing building, which is closer to the centre of the village. The School is accessible through the church car park. The move to this new building, constructed on a greenfield site outside of the development boundary of the village because of a lack of suitable sites, was necessary because the existing school was old, with out of date facilities and many mobile classrooms, so new accommodation was required. The Architect for the development was PHP Architects, who designed it as a courtyard so that there is a sheltered external play area in the centre of the building, which also acts as a focal point viewable from all the classrooms. In addition, there are other hard 62mm H outside. play areas PHP worked very closely with the School’s principal to make sure the design met the particular way the School wanted to use the building. When designing these developments within the framework of the Department of Education standards, it is always important to provide spaces that are in keeping with the way the School run their own curriculum, which PHP were able to do by implementing spaces such as the courtyard, ensuring all the designs suited the specific needs of the School. The single-storey building is a traditional


costing £1.6M. The pupils and staff moved design with stonework and render. Due to into their new building a couple of the location on the outskirts of the village, weeks later. the building is designed to blend in with The new school can accommodate up to 145 other buildings around there, while the pupils and is part of a wider scheme in mono-pitch roof comprises of an imitation Ireland to invest in school facilities. Between slate finish, making it look as traditional 2007-2011, over 50 major capital school as possible. projects had been completed and in August This 1,200sq m building has incorporated 2010, funding was secured to allow 13 more sustainability features such as rainwater new build developments, of which St Oliver harvesting, which is used to flush toilets.. Plunkett’s Primary School was one. This is the most significant element of sustainability and energy saving involved, but there are others, such as high insulation levels. The development provided many challenges, including access, delivery times, and working periods due to bringing in all the materials and removing any excavated materials through the church park. It was agreed that on certain days of the week, the Main Contractor would take over the church car park, while on other days of the week, it was left for the church to use. It was carefully planned We are pleased to be associated with FB McKee on the around the church, with all of this written St Oliver Plunketts Forkhill Primary School project and wish into the tender them continued success for the future. document from the outset. Built by FB McKee, work on the School started in March 2011 and was completed on 29th March 2012,

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Culture Minister opens 3G pitch Culture, Arts and Leisure Minister Carál Ní Chuilín was in Limavady in February 2012 to officially open a £2M refurbished sports facility on Scroggy Road. The new facilities include a 3G multi-sports pitch, grass pitch and refurbished pavilion. Speaking at the event, the Minister said: “I am pleased my Department, through Sport NI, has been able to provide funding towards the development of the new facilities which offer a much-needed shared space for the area. “I commended the Council’s commitment in providing these playing fields, which cater for a range of sports including Gaelic games, soccer and rugby.” “I encourage people of all ages and from all communities, both locally and from further afield, to make the most of these facilities.” Completed in November 2011, this new 3G pitch and changing accommodation heralds a new sporting era for the borough of Limavady. Part funded by Sport NI, it enables clubs to play and train all year round irrespective of the weather conditions. The floodlights on the pitch make it ideal for training but importantly it can be used for

competitive football matches and meets with FA, UEFA and other governing body standards. The durability of the surface means that matches can be played concurrently one after the other and could provide a solution to all those matches that are postponed during wet weather. The surface looks like natural grass with similar playing characteristics. The open structure gives a firmer grip and provides for excellent ball control. Pushing off, running, stopping or tackling are all possible without additional risk of injury. Hamilton Architects worked pro-actively with the IFA to establish the space requirements and specification needed to meet the aspirations of the Council for the venue to become a training ground for Limavady United Football Club in the future, thereby futureproofing the project. The facilities provide universal accessibility and have also been designed to Sports England standards and to comply with BS 8300. The Main Contractor on the project was FP McCann Ltd.


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Kane Architecture A design for life Kane Architecture is a full service architectural practice, established to provide high quality design driven architecture, associated planning and interior design services. Based in Monkstown, County Dublin, the Company was first formed in 2004, following Director Tim Kane’s decision to leave his previous Partnership, Kenny Kane. In the intervening years Kane Architecture has assembled an impressive portfolio of projects with extensive experience across a multitude of sectors. Indeed, key to the Company’s continued success is its multi-disciplinary nature; a necessity in today’s turbulent economic climate. By prioritising the needs of the client, Kane Architecture embraces a truly collaborative creative process with a view to surpassing client expectation. This is particularly true of two projects; Eden Public House in


Rathfarnham and Gleesons of Booterstown, recipients of the much coveted ‘Pub of the Year’ award in 2009 and 2011 respectively. Working with Main Contractor Holton Construction, Kane Architecture’s interior design services met with critical acclaim, providing first class facilities to match the contemporary atmosphere. Committed to environmentally sensitive design, Kane Architecture also acknowledges the ecological responsibility of the construction industry. Sustainable strategies are employed at every level of design and environmental factors, such as indoor air quality, day lighting, building materials and orientation, are considered to benefit the needs of the end user. Cardiac Angiography Unit, Bon Secours Hospital Designed on behalf of Bon Secours Hospital in Glasnevin, the e1.5M project comprised

of the construction of a new single-storey Cardiac Angiography Unit at second floor level. Composed of structural steel and Kingspan wall cladding, the new extension was built atop the existing X-Ray Department, which remained in operation throughout construction. Floor infill and associated works were also required to allow for a new second floor access link, while an existing plant room was upgraded to accommodate the extension. Through careful coordination with Bon Secours Hospital, Kane Architecture and Main Contractor, Bennett Construction, were able to ensure existing services remained intact throughout. Installation of the steel frame was to prove more difficult however as the sheer amount of structural steel travelling on site threatened to disrupt the highly magnetised MRI Unit. Regular testing was therefore undertaken to make

certain the MRI was calibrated correctly at all times. Intervention into the depths of the building also presented a significant aspergillus risk with the design and construction teams having to coordinate there efforts with infection control to minimise the potential risk to health. Centre for the Visual Arts, St Andrew’s College Kane Architecture also undertook the design of a three-storey extension to St Andrew’s

College in Dublin, to create a new Centre for the Visual Arts. The e6.5M project, built on a live site at the heart of the 1,200 pupil campus, provides changing rooms, flexible teaching spaces and a high ceiling art department at third floor level. As a reflection of Kane Architecture’s commitment to sustainability, the building also features underfloor heating systems, rainwater harvesting and photovoltaic panels. Kane Architecture also worked extensively with St Andrew’s College and Main

Contractor, Collen Construction, to again ensure that disruption to staff and students was kept to a minimum. Composed of a reinforced concrete frame with aluminium cladding, the Centre for the Visual Arts marks a striking addition to St Andrew’s College. A testament to contemporary design; the building tightrope walks between aesthetics and functionality without compromising either aspect. It is representative of Kane Architecture’s flair for flexible design and the Company’s commitment to it’s client.

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Carrickmacross Civic Centre New council and public space Carrickmacross Civic Centre is a brand new development that provides office space for Monaghan County Council, Carrickmacross Town Council, a public library, a public square and associated car parking. Located in Carrickmacross, County Monaghan, the development borders the famous Bath Avenue, an avenue lined with 19th century sycamore trees, and the building is set in previously-owned convents lands, which had become overgrown and disused. The building, totalling 2,000sq m, is twostorey and comprises two blocks connected by a double height glazed atrium. Built by John Sisk & Son Ltd, the internal spaces are split into public and private areas. The visitor arrives in the double height atrium space with a clear, visible reception. The atrium space can be used for evening functions or public art displays. The library and town chamber are at either side of the atrium. A waiting area is provided under the large feature timber clad cylinder, which appears at first floor level and ‘breaks through’ the

floor to form a canopy and seating area on the ground floor. Directional signage provides a legible path through the building including to the stairs and lift. Exiting right of the atrium, the visitor enters the public library, split into adult, juvenile and IT sections, and varies in ceiling heights. It also provides the elevation, which sweeps across the public square onto Bath Avenue. The Town Chamber, complete with air conditioning, is located in the civic block to the left of the atrium. It is designed as a double height space with a public gallery space overlooking the chamber at first floor. A pitched light oak timber ceiling adds to the warm colours chosen in the design. The feature box window incorporates a sculptured panel to represent Carrickmacross Lace while providing privacy to the chamber. The civic block contains offices on both floors, which maximise views and natural light by accommodating the circulation deeper into the plan. Staff facilities, including a canteen are located above the

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library overlooking the public square and are reached across the first floor atrium. Both hard and soft landscaping is provided in the public square, bordered by hedges. The entire paved area at the building entrance and canopy is primarily a public space accessible by all, with only wheelchair drop-off permitted. A higher level grass space is provided to be used throughout the year but primarily in good weather. Outdoor concerts, readings, and markets can be accommodated. The public square paving continues through to Bath Avenue to form a smaller rear court and to connect the new to the existing. Low rise hedges, once matured, will form boundaries and visual connections. The Architect for the development was URS, with the development starting in September 2010 and was completed in October 2011.


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Crinkill National School extends its facilities This month sees the completion of an extension at Crinkill National School to provide extra services and additional classroom space for new pupils.In recent years the local population of Crinkill has increased, making the demand for additional places at Crinkill National School higher. As a result of this the decision was made to provide two extensions. The first extension provides two additional classrooms for the School, a multi-purpose room, staff room, general purpose room and library set over 670sq m. It also features a special tuition room, ancillary services, toilets and stores. The second extension is to the sports hall, increasing its size and modernising its interior. Due to the conditions of the ground underpinning to existing foundations were carried out and the design had to cater for a slight gradient on the site. Each singlestorey extension was constructed using 425mm blockwork external walls with napp plaster and paint finish to the exterior and internal blockwork walls painted in emulsion. The interior of the multi-purpose

room and classroom extension was designed with colour in mind, making a lively and exciting place for children to learn. The bright colour scheme incorporates the wall and floor finishes, and carries on through to the fitted furniture. Architects McCarthy O’Hara and Associates sought to keep the external design of the extensions in line with the existing school. 425mm blockwork external walls were finished with napp plaster and paint to keep inline with the cavity block walls and painted pebbledash finish. The classroom extension roof matches the existing concrete tiles and timber cut roof trusses, and the sports hall features a new insulated metal deck on steel trusses. The extensions feature new double glazed aluminium windows which have a colour finish. The extensions have carefully merged with the new school so that it is fully accessible. The existing safety and security measures have been upgraded to allow for the additional spaces. In addition to the extensions basic refurbishment works were carried out within the existing school. The

existing general purpose room has been converted to a classroom and three smaller classrooms have become two large classrooms with a wet area and toilets. Some classrooms have also had new roof lights installed. The external frontage to the School has been landscaped as a part of the works and there is now a set down area for the children; this has retained an element of soft landscaping as well as hard. A new staff car park was constructed to the rear of the site. The total value for all the works was e1.4M Main Contractor Carol O’Keeffe began the construction work in June 2011, with the works on going throughout the school year. The Company had to maintain a good liaison with the client to ensure that the School could remain open and the live site wouldn’t comprise the security of the children during school hours. Some of the facilities, including the general purpose room, are intended for community use out of school hours.

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Martin McKernan MSc RIBA RMaPS Chartered Architects Martin McKernan, after 22 years of postqualification experience, established the firm Martin McKernan Chartered Architects during April 1999. The firm has roots in the housing association movement within Northern Ireland and has experience in housing, residential developments, apartments, conservation/’listed’ buildings, sports/recreation, theatre/retail and commercial projects. While primarily functioning as architects, the Practice also provides building surveying, CDM Coordinator (under Health & Safety Legislation) and Employer’s Agent (design & build) services. Re-improvement Works to Existing Building The ‘bread and butter’ work of most small practices is re-improvement/refurbishment works. This work is important to the city fabric as derelict mid-terrace properties can blight and bring down areas both aesthetically and economically. Belfast is no different but with special considerations to security and “peace wall” developments. Re-instatement Works to Listed Buildings In the age of sustainability, the Practice has successfully reinstated a “listed” derelict Cornmill at Benburn Co. Tyrone and a

“listed” “living over the shop” property in Lisburn. Both assisted by excellent contractors and considerate clients. New Build Residential Works This is the backbone of the Practice, which provides an experienced, knowledgeable, detailed service to its housing association clients. The Practice strongly advocates sustainability and adoptability in architecture and this is most apparent in the new build work undertaken, with schemes normally achieving Sustainable Homes Code Level 3 and most recently advancing to Code Level 4. Also with peace in Northern Ireland, the Practice has been pleased to re-establish housing (after removal due to the “troubles”) e.g at St Gall’s Avenue & Conway Street Belfast and at Crossbill Place Lisburn. It is hoped that with the re-instatement of housing, the “peace walls” can be removed. The Practice also designed a whole host of other housing projects including a town centre complex of ten apartments, retail units and offices at Dungannon, ten dwellings at Ardstraw, a five-storey block of apartments at Carrick Hill, Belfast, and a 38 apartment complex scheme at Strabane. Sports & Recreation Martin McKernan designed St Edna’s GAC in

Omagh and also a commercial / entertainment complex for the town, while recently designing an indoor soccer facility for Dundonald and a golf course / hotel / housing complex at Gracehill Ballyclare. Commercial The Practice has refurbished/remodelled several urban buildings for modern office use and one of the most satisfying was for St John of God Trust at Antrim Road, Belfast where the external works provided a canvas for a considered intricate brick pavior design which was caringly completed. The Future With the severe downturn in the construction industry and with “suicide” bids being accepted both for the building works and professional services, the future is unclear. However, the Practice hopes to develop its commercial, retail and sports recreation client bases and thereby sustain its long term viability. Martin McKernan, 88 Clifton Street, Belfast, BT13 1AB. Telephone: 02890 238 061. Fax: 02890 319 182. Email:


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White Ink Architects Excellence in design White Ink Architects has recently celebrated ten years in business; a decade of success in the provision of architectural services to an evolving and varied client base within both Ireland and the UK. The past ten years have proved witness to many changes and increasing challenges in the construction industry, but the Practice's client focused ethos and commitment to quality has remained constant and has ensured the continued delivery of award winning, high quality buildings which continue to surpass client expectations. Since its creation in 2001 by the three current Directors, Claude Maguire, Joan

McCoy and Sean Tunney, the Practice has been involved in numerous diverse projects within the commercial, industrial, residential, healthcare and hospitality sectors. Indeed, the variety of works completed during the past ten years is testament to the adaptability and flexibility of the Practice. Project values range from fit-outs under ÂŁ100,000 to multi-million mixed used developments. White Ink Architects also undertake special domestic projects where clients are committed to design excellence and cutting edge modernity. Each project is approached individually and

assessed on its own merits in line with the client's requirements and the context of the site. The aim is to ensure that the full potential of the client’s brief, budget, the site and the architectural solution is achieved. Every project is conceived as a result of a sound understanding of the wider issues that affect the client; their immediate and future business needs, ethos, priorities and aspirations which are then married to the physical brief and budget. White Ink Architects’ projects display a flair for finding elegant solutions to the particular challenges of each project. Their logical and practical approach to projects is further > Primary Care Florencecourt


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enhanced by their design flair and keen eye for detail. White Ink Architects’ completed projects have been procured using a wide range of procurement and contract types including JCT Traditional Design & Build forms and NEC forms. They have developed strong working relationships with some of the major NI contractors including McAleer & Rushe, Gilbert Ash and Farrans. The Practice was founded when Design & Build (D&B) was maturing as a form of procurement and White Ink Architects has grown with D&B being an established way of working. White Ink Architects’ approach to working with contractors is collaborative and the service offered varies with project needs. Services include working with contracting teams to assist with project procurement including assistance with the preparation of PQQ and ITT submissions, providing advice on design development and value engineering during tender periods. White


Ink Architects provided the latter service to FGA on the two stage tender for the £140M Victoria Square project and both services to Gilbert Ash on the recently completed flagship BFI National Film Archive. White Ink Architects’ design expertise, technical knowledge and comprehensive understanding of construction processes, risk and pressure, gained whilst working with D&B contractors, makes them ideal partners for D&B projects. As the Practice has developed, the scale of projects has grown and recent work demonstrates their skill in designing and completing large complex projects from £2.5M to £15M. White Ink Architects has developed a particular expertise in hotels, with the completion of 1,000 bedrooms within the past five years in Watford, Cardiff and London Heathrow for the Premier Inn, Jurys and Maldron hotel groups. They have recently secured planning permission for a 200-bed hotel in Cardiff for

Jurys Hotel Group and are working with McAleer & Rushe to deliver a second Premier Inn at Aberdeen Airport. White Ink Architects has an impressive track record in sustainability. They are ISO 14001 accredited and Director Claude Maguire is qualified as a Code for Sustainable Homes Assessor. White Ink Architects designed and installed one of the earliest PV installations in NI, has recently completed a CHP project for JTI and is continuing to design and implement a comprehensive carbon reduction and energy improvement upgrade to JTI’s UK headquarters at Galgorm as part of an estate renewal project that has transformed the site, creating a coherent new identity for JTI. The new Primary Care Centre at Florencecourt is an exemplar for the integration of modern facilities into a contemporary, environmentally sustainable building that fits with its surroundings. Current projects are diverse and include the dynamic design for a new 200m long building that can accommodate 4 trains

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which will be used by Translink to maintain its new fleet of trains at the new Adelaide Train Maintenance Depot in Belfast. Just commenced are 28 apartments for Queen’s University Staff Accommodation in Belfast, and in Tufnell, London, 26 apartments for Taylor Wimpey. The projects are designed to Code for Sustainable Homes at Level 4 and Level 3 respectively. A £5M extension to the Nazareth House nursing home in Malahide is due for completion in September 2012. This combination of demanding projects is achievable as the Directors of White Ink Architects have fostered a close-knit team of technical staff, whose individual talents and strengths come together to enhance the quality and breadth of the services provided. The carefully chosen team of staff reflect the ambitions of the Directors. All have design talent, a keen interest in construction and share the excitement of seeing their designs realised. The team has been trained to consider delivery at concept stage as an integral part of the design process to ensure that the clarity and beauty of their concept design is not lost in the detailing. All of their designs are realisable and White Ink Architects’ completed buildings deliver exactly what the artists’ impressions and 3D

visuals promise. In the next decade, White Ink Architects will continue to build on the combination of design flair and technical expertise developed over the past ten years that has become the cornerstone of their reputation.

With their commitment to staff development, BIM implementation strategy and design excellence, the Practice is continually evolving and ready to meet the challenges of the future.

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Belfast Education and Library Board �Providing a quality education, library and youth service which contributes to lifelong learning for all the people of Belfast.� The Belfast Education and Library Board (BELB) was established in 1973 as the local authority responsible for education, youth and library services within the city. The Board is committed to providing a quality education, library and youth service which contributes to lifelong learning for all the people of Belfast. In order to achieve this, the Board undertakes a range of duties and services through its five departments. The BELB has already made huge strides in meeting challenges throughout the controlled sector and further investment is planned in all areas of the city. BELB aims to deliver accessible, modern, fit-for-


purpose school accommodation in the most cost-effective manner possible, and in line with their vision to have strong, viable schools which provide children with a high quality education for their benefit and the benefit of society as a whole. The Belfast Schools Strategic Partnership represents the unique marrying of local, national, public and private sector expertise working together to plan, design, build and maintain new, dynamic, bespoke and sustainable schools, libraries and youth clubs for the wider Belfast area – facilities delivered on time and on budget, with an emphasis on value for money and

transparent processes, and that meet the needs and aspirations of teachers, pupils, their parents and carers and the wider community. The partnering organisations are the Belfast Education and Library Board and Amey FMP. Amey FMP is a dynamic partnership of support services and building specialists managing the financing, design, build, delivery and management of the new Belfast schools estate, libraries and youth clubs. Companies involved include: Amey, Farrans, H&J Martin and Patton Group BSSP is managing a range of projects from refurbishment works to new build facilities, >

R&M Greenkeepers is a family run business specialising in tree surgery. At present, the company employs 75 members of staff. Established in 1986, we had been based in Pomeroy, Dungannon. Due to expansion, 2008 saw the company expand and move to a 5 acre purpose built site in Kilcronagh Business Park, Cookstown which is the geographical central point of Northern Ireland. This geographical position and facility enables the company to offer a Province wide coverage. The company has a solid base of long-term employees providing consistency of service and expertise to previous clients including the Housing Executive, Department of the Environment, NIE Powerteam, Northern Ireland Electric and Construction Service. The company is ISO 9001, 14001, 18001 and Investors in People accredited, as well as Arboricultural Association approved contractors. Here at R & M Greenkeepers, we understand the necessity for reliable plant. Our plant is seen to be part of the team and the effectiveness of it will reflect the effectiveness of the company. All plant is subject to monthly maintenance programs, findings recorded in our maintenance schedules and is checked at the start of each shift by the supervisor for any defects. R & M Greenkeepers has a reputation for providing a quality service. The company has 20 years experience in the industry and has a solid base of long-term employees who work together as a team for the benefit of the company. The company can utilise this experience and can contribute: Highly trained individuals in all aspects of landscaping. Trained in accordance to industry standards including Arboricultural Association, National Proficiency Test Certificates, Construction Industry Training Board, European Arborist Council directives and St. Johns Ambulance. Excellent communication networking The company actively liaises with clients to achieve a level of service, which goes beyond reasonable standards. This is achieved by regular reports, meetings, inspection and the collation of feedback from all members of the team. Excellent resources The company has sufficient manpower and equipment to meet contracts of any size. The company also utilise other resources, which include local authorities, local police, local community networks, and outside consultants to ensure that the client and company can contribute effectively to the running of the contract.

Quality systems The company is ISO 9001 accredited and currently has internal audits and inspection with regard to quality. This has led to improved standards for all parties concerned. The continual review process will be of benefit to all team members. Environmental systems The company is 14001 accredited ensuring compliance with environmental procedures. Tree Planting From single orders to vast schemes, any species can be supplied and planted with maintenance and establishment options offered to all clients. Large trees sectionally felled No matter how big or small, our competent tree surgeons will dismantle any tree with no damage to surrounding areas by the use of our specialised digging equipment.


Hedge rows maintained From Leylandii to thorn hedges, our staff will take great care in delivering the end product tailored to our clients’ demands. Stump removal Again no matter how big or small, our specialised stump grinders make short work of even the toughest of stumps, grinding them below the ground level. Large or small trees pruned; Tree surgery carried out as instructed Trees pruned to suit every clients’ requirements, advice is always at hand from our experienced operatives. Tree health surveys carried out We work hand in hand with outside consultants and attend professional seminars to keep up to date with ever changing legislation and tree care advice.

Health and safety The company is a OHSAS 18001 approved company, a health and safety management system. The expertise required in this area is an asset to the whole team.

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delivering state-of-the-art schools, built to the highest standards of quality and workmanship. Taughmonagh Primary School Taughmonagh Primary School is a small, friendly, controlled co-education school, nursery and speech and language unit which delivers a first-class primary education to children from the Suffolk and Taughmonagh areas of South Belfast. The School was highlighted as one of the first schools to be redeveloped as a part of the second stage in the Belfast Schools Strategic Partnership which was announced in August 2010. The School was rebuilt in its existing grounds at Findon Gardens following confirmation of the £23M building package, with Minister for Education Caitriona Ruane cutting the sod in December 2010. Phase I of the development consisted of building the new nine-classroom school and took 12 months for Main Contractor, Farrans Construction, to complete. Pupils moved into their new school in January 2012 and Phase II began with the demolition of the existing 1952 school, the ground works and landscaping of the site are due to complete this month. The design of the new school features a strong front entrance, facing a clear and inviting approach, it is a single-storey building with concrete roof tiles, clay facing brick and render and aluminum windows and doors. The new school will provide learning and development facilities including nine classrooms, a double nursery and three speech and language rooms, hall and kitchens. Library developments Belfast Education and Library Board adapted the second phase of the Belfast Schools Strategic Partnership to include refurbishments of some of its libraries.


providing first class library services to local Three Libraries had their interiors communities and this refurbished Shankill refurbished last year to the value of Road Library aims to be a central hub for approximately £2M. learning, information culture, reading and Whiterock Library was the first of the three heritage. Already we’ve had a number of library refurbishments to complete in March new customers using the facilities available last year. The refurbishment included an and the library staff look forward to overhaul to the lending library and a welcoming existing borrowers, returning redesign of the internal space, including a borrowers and newcomers to the library.” large meeting room with interactive Culture Minister Ni Chuilin officially opened whiteboard and kitchen facilities, a lounge the Falls Road Library in January 2012 area and a storytelling corner. The interior following its refurbishment by Patton space has been finished proving a calm, Construction. The library had suffered from airy and spacious area with accommodation issues and the beautiful furnishings. refurbishment provided a modern, vibrant The refurbishment took three months to lending library, computer suite and meeting complete and was funded through the rooms, while complementing the aesthetics Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure. An of the original 1908 Carnegie building. official opening of the new-look library was Ni Chuilin commented at the opening; “I held on Friday 11th November 2011. firmly believe that investment in the library Shankill Library held its official opening on services will provide a more educated Wednesday 7th December following a major society, a more skilled society and a extension and refurbishment that was stronger society. I am committed to carried out in the four months from January ensuring, against a difficult financial to May 2011. backdrop, that local library services are The work addressed structural issues of the protected as much as possible.” 1928 library and replaced windows Work on the refurbishment started in throughout the building. The facilities were January and completed in June 2011. also upgraded to provide a modern, brighter, more spacious library. The new layout includes a lending library with comfortable browsing area on the ground floor and a computer learning suite, community meeting room and adjacent kitchen facilities on the first floor. ELECTRICAL & MECHANICAL SERVICES Mark Knowles, INCLUDING FACILITIES MANAGEMENT SERVICES Shankill Library LM ELECTRIC Branch Manager said 18 Old Saintfield Road, Belfast, BT8 8EY at the official opening; Tel: (028) 9081 4141 Fax: (028) 9081 5188 “Libraries NI is committed to Email:

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Solearth Ecological Architecture

Solearth Ecological Architecture is an Irish practice best known for its focus on sustainable and low energy design. Over the last decade plus, Solearth has created some groundbreaking projects like The Village in Cloughjordan and The Daintree Building in Dublin, as well as delivering a number of highly regarded visitor and education facilities and public buildings up and down the country. Notwithstanding this respectable legacy, the Practice is not resting on its laurels with 2012 looking particularly busy. Solearth has two major projects starting construction and a number beginning design. The Airfield Trust, a much loved and precious family destination in Dundrum, Dublin is getting a facelift with new education and visitor facilities, renovation of existing buildings and a new entrance and relocated car park. Construction has just started. The designs feature copious sustainability innovations which go far beyond energy efficiency and which will create an enchanting and delightful experience for visitors when it reopens in 2013. Solais Bhride is a culture and education centre in Kildare dedicated to the teachings and life of St Brigit, one of the great Irish historical figures and a native of Kildare. It has facilities for visitors to learn about Brigit’s work, whether as individuals staying in the hermitages or attending group events in the circular conference space. The building is A rated from an energy point of view and uses natural materials, reuses rainwater and has an ambitious natural ventilation strategy for its large event spaces. Work begins on site next month and the first pilgrims will walk through the entrance late next summer. Solearth’s approach has always been to investigate the unique opportunities afforded by a site and to integrate the client’s requirements, as well as budget, into the design process. The results are often unusual and delightful; the bamboo frames and cedar cladding that define the Daintree Building or the eco-miesian simplicity of the Wetland Centre in Ballybay, Co Monaghan. Over the years Solearth has developed a reputation for being biased toward natural materials, where reliable products exist, and has developed an enviable expertise in the creative use of low embodied energy materials and health supporting design. Solearth was founded in 1999 by Brian O’Brien on his return from studying in Berkeley, California, and became a partnership when Mike Haslam joined from Feilden Clegg Bradley in the UK in 2001.


Both Haslam and O’Brien are by their own admission passionate about ecology and architecture and seek a fusion of the two without compromising either. This has led them to explore quite challenging aspects of design and construction on different projects; honeycomb terracotta blockwork on many buildings, long span roofs made from round pole trusses in their Rehan factory, hemp lime construction, and in almost all projects, natural wastewater treatment systems of various –often highly innovative – kinds. New Services Earlier this spring Solearth launched a new service where they make their expertise available to other building professionals, whether architects, engineers, builders or developers, anyone interest in advancing a genuinely green project. In its 13 years, Solearth has researched many different approaches, strategies and technologies on almost every facet of buildings. Some have been successfully applied and lessons learned and some were deemed unworkable. “There is certainly no need for other people to go through the same effort we did to learn what works and doesn’t work,” says O’Brien. “When we can share our knowledge and experience on a professional peer-to-peer basis.” Working in Germany and Asia Solearth has recently undertaken initiatives to offer its services in Germany and Vietnam. Following approaches from local partners in both countries, Solearth is gearing up to offer building design and masterplan (with a sustainability emphasis) services to private and public clients in

these countries and further afield. Awards Solearth has been busy collecting awards as well over the last few months. The 5 yearly Clare Design Awards yielded a Best Innovation prize for its Brigit’s Mantle childcare project, while the masterplan for The Village Cloughjordan (still Ireland’s only member owned and developed deep green community) was a finalist in the residential design category of The 2012 Green Awards. Brian was honoured with the special inaugural award of the International Living Futures Institute (home of the inspiring Living Building Challenge) at their 2012 annual Unconference in Portland Oregon last month. The Future Over the next five years, Solearth’s objective is to widen its client base so that the benefits of the many innovative solutions it has championed and learned over the past decade can be shared – at home and abroad. As one would expect though, Solearth also intend to combine this breadth with a continued commitment to deep sustainability on selected projects. Solearth is highly involved in The Living Building Institute of Ireland and looking forward to meeting clients who wish to take the Living Building Challenge to create Ireland’s first living building. The Practice also intends to build on its current involvement in collaborative research and is open to approaches from industry partners for proposals to Europe and elsewhere. For more information on Solearth and its projects please visit

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State-of-the-art Fire Station for Monaghan County Council A brand new, state-of-the-art, fire station and headquarters was handed over to Monaghan Fire Authority by van Dijk Architects in December 2011. The culmination of five years of planning, appraisal, tendering and construction phases, this is a significant civic building for the area which aims to set the standard for future development. The innovative, forward tilting design, demonstrates how a utilitarian building which must perform with the utmost of efficiency - can incorporate cutting edge architecture and innovative features. A


striking and artistic element to the building is the contemporary design of the drill tower. It houses a steel staircase and is typically used by fire brigade personnel for practice drills. The imaginative use of Irish based company Graepel’s cladding – a perforated metal mesh building material – makes this staircase visible from the outside. Costing a total of e2m, the new fire station embraces best practice and international standards. It houses a host of key elements demanded of a modern fire station including: Six appliance bays, crew muster

area, equipment storage area, (for cleaning, servicing, testing) a drying room and a training area. The six appliance bays cater for two frontline water tenders, one emergency tender, one hydraulic platform, one control unit and one jeep. The new building is also the headquarters for the county and has offices for the Fire Authority administrative staff along with lecture rooms and training areas. The dark grey façade is a calm reassuring presence with traditional fire station red doors. A green cross is inserted into the glazing. Both coloured elements represent

high visibility and energy. At night, the lit glazed elements and in particular the Monaghan County Council signage are located on the facades facing the public road and the building becomes a beacon for the Monaghan County Council’s Fire Department’s presence within and commitment to its community. The striking design of the new building creates a clear civic identity and public presence. Acting Chief Fire Officer Dermot Brannigan said: “The aim of this project was to provide a new fire station for Monaghan Town and a new fire service headquarters for Monaghan

County Council. Critically, Monaghan Fire Authority aims to ensure an efficient service delivery and, therefore, the primary function of the new station is to facilitate the speedy and effective response of the Fire Service to the needs of the people of North Monaghan and surrounding counties. The new station will also cater for the demanding training requirement of a modern Fire Service. We believe that this building will inspire confidence in the local community and an assurance that the Fire Service is in a state of permanent readiness to serve their needs.” Monaghan Fire Service responds to

approximately 170 emergency calls per annum. The new fire station is indicative of the strong forward looking culture which has been a driving force for development in Monaghan town. Located at Annahagh, the station provides emergency fire cover to North County Monaghan (an area of approximately 169 sq miles) between counties Armagh, Tyrone and Fermanagh, and is also the backup resource for the rest of the county.

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McAdam Design Innovative and effective design solutions Founded in 1963, McAdam Design has established a reputation as one of Northern Ireland’s leading multi disciplinary consultancies. With a Client-centric approach, McAdam Design is determined to deliver a quality service while providing innovative and effective design solutions. Headed by the three Directors; Reynold Anthony, Martin Hare and Mark Oliver, the Company is based in Belfast. McAdam Design does not believe in ‘offthe-shelf’ solutions but ensures that an open-minded and appropriate response is developed for every project.

From traditional, engineering designs to hitech solutions, each commission is carried out in sympathy with the Client’s wishes, needs and aspirations. This flexibility is combined with sensitivity to the relevant environment, be it rural or urban, built or natural. McAdam Design has extensive experience of all aspects of water treatment and supply, both for Northern Ireland Water and for PFI/PPP organisations. Commissions include both traditional and Design & Build procurement options for major UK water companies. By 2008 68% of all potable water in Northern Ireland will come from

water treatment works designed by McAdam Design. Now, some 75% of all clean water in Northern Ireland comes from projects and supply networks designed by McAdam Design. The Practice has over 40 years experience in delivering major water projects in Northern Ireland, while Waste Water Waste Water collection and treatment delivered by McAdam serves 50% the population of Northern Ireland. The Practice’s expertise covers projects for bulk water transfer mains, reservoirs, network distribution studies and zonal studies including network modelling. > Belfast Boys’ Model School


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Environmental sustainability is always a priority and McAdam’s water treatment schemes have won several environmental awards including a CEEQUAL rating of excellent, while its pipeline projects have been cited by Environment & Heritage Service as industry best practice. The Practice also covers all aspects of Wastewater Engineering from report and advisory work, through detailed design to Project management and construction of the treatment facilities and sewerage projects. In recent years McAdam Design has been at the forefront in delivering wastewater treatment solutions in Northern Ireland. The Practice has successfully delivered a variety of projects ranging in size from small rural plants to large treatment works such as Culmore WwTW for the City of Derry with a design population equivalent of 150,000. The current portfolio in wastewater treatment projects, in terms of population equivalent, exceeds 750,000. McAdam Design is also well established in the Education sector, across Northern Ireland the Practice has made a major contribution to the development of Primary School design, with more than 12,000 students attending Secondary Schools throughout Northern Ireland designed by McAdam Design. While McAdam Design has also delivered innovative buildings across the full spectrum of Tertiary Level education.

Working closely with Healthcare professionals McAdam Design has a reputation for sensitive caring environments. Looking at Infrastructure, McAdam has delivered projects important to the development of Northern Ireland, from major telecommunication networks to large scale Urban Regeneration. Award winning designs include an Historic Interpretive Centre, Aquarium, Zoo & a National 50m Olympic Pool & Sports Complex in the Leisure & Tourism sector. The Practice boasts over 35 years experience in the residential aspect of the industry and has delivered award winning designs from social and student housing to private dwellings and apartments. In the Natural Gas Industry, McAdam has delivered a reduction in the carbon footprint for Northern Ireland. Commercially, McAdam Design has added value for Government & Private sector Clients by flexible cost effective projects in both new build and refurbishment . Structural Engineering is another core discipline at McAdam Design, the Practice's expertise covers all structural forms and materials. In addition to a detailed design service, McAdam can provide specialist surveys and technical advice. The Practice has particular experience of Design & Build commissions. The range of expertise in structural projects is extremely diverse, often allowing the

Practice to bring both innovation and a positive attitude to realising the vision of Clients and Architects. At the recent Construction Employers Federation 'Constructing Excellence' Awards, McAdam Design was delighted to have no fewer than seven short-listed schemes, of which three won their class awards, and the Belfast Boys' Model School won the Overall Award. The Award winners are: Belfast Boys' Model School - Overall Winner & Education Infrastructure Award The Peace Bridge - Achieving Excellence in Partnering Award Bushmills Waste Water Project - Utilities Infrastructure Award The Short-listed schemes are: Antrim Waste Water Project, Utilities Infrastructure Award, Banbridge Academy, Education Infrastructure Award, Cultra Manor, Restoration Award, North West Regional College, Education Infrastructure Award Belfast Boys’ Model School Occupying a landmark location over looking Belfast, this 905 pupil secondary school contains a wide range of community facilities combined with enhanced educational spaces to provide ‘full service extended school’. The accommodation is arranged around two courtyard spaces on a


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steeply sloping site with single banked corridors maximising natural daylight throughout the plan. As lead design consultant and CDM-C, McAdam Design provided a full scope of service on this 26M scheme that was delivered on time and within budget. The Peace Bridge The £14M Peace Bridge in Derry~Londonderry was officially opened on Saturday 25 June 2011 by EU Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn alongside; the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD; First Minister the Rt. Hon. Peter D Robinson MLA; deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness MP MLA; and Social Development Minister, Nelson McCausland MLA. The opening of the 312m long, s-shaped, self anchored suspension bridge project brings to an end, five years of challenging work by McAdam Design. In 2007 McAdam Design were commissioned to produce a feasibility study for a pedestrian and cycle bridge linking Guildhall Square and the former army barracks at Ebrington. As part of this study the option to relocate the NIR train station to a location adjacent to the proposed bridge. Once the funding from the EU was secured, McAdam Design was commissioned in 2008 as Project Managers to oversee the procurement and construction of the bridge. The bridge was funded by the EU's Peace III programme under the Shared Space initiative which supports projects that bring together communities that have been formerly divided. Further recent awards for the Company include Conway Mill, which has won the Award for the Best use of a Heritage in Regeneration at the Regeneration & Renewal Awards 2011. Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness opened the newly restored mill in 2010. It is now home to 16 business units, artists studios and space for community groups and plans are in place for 100 jobs to be created over the next four years. Jim Neeson, the chairman of the Conway


Mill Preservation Trust, who collected the award, said: "For the mill, the trustees, committees and local community, it is fantastic for the project to be recognised. We must give credit to The Prince's Regeneration Trust as we couldn't have done it without them. It really shows what a community can do when it puts its mind to it." Chief Executive of The Prince's Regeneration Trust, Ros Kerslake, said: "We are delighted that the work at Conway Mill has been recognised and celebrated. Conway Mill is a huge success we often refer back to it as a blue print for local people everywhere who are concerned to bring a much-loved historic building back into use." Bushmills Waste Water Project The scheme is centred on the construction of a new wastewater treatment works to serve the combined catchments of Bushmills and Portballintrae at a cost of £7M. Substantial rationalisation and upgrade of existing sewerage networks was also undertaken to raise the standard of discharge within the area in line with the latest European standards and bring about higher quality bathing and fishing waters in an area that attracts thousands of tourists every year. Recent contracts awarded include: £4M Rural Wastewater Programme Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy has announced a £4.3M extension to NI Water’s Rural Wastewater Investment Programme. Rural villages across Northern Ireland will benefit from this further investment in environmental improvements as NI Water extends its Rural Wastewater Investment Programme for a fourth year. The additional funding brings to over £22M, the amount of money NI Water has allocated since 2008 specifically to upgrading rural wastewater treatment systems which serve populations of up to 300 people. This latest phase of the contract has once again been awarded to local companies, BSG Civil Engineering (Maghera) and Williams Industrial Services (Mallusk), who

as a joint venture (JV) have undertaken the last three years’ work on the programme – completing 65 sites - with technical support from McAdam Design. Welcoming the JV team back on board, Bill Gowdy, Acting Director of Engineering Procurement said: “The project is both complex and logistically challenging but the rewards are far-reaching in terms of improved water quality in local rivers. NI Water is pleased to work with local companies on this scheme and will continue to develop new technologies and processes that will benefit wastewater services for our customers.” Melvin Bridge, Strabane McAdam Design has recently been commissioned by Strabane District Council to design and project manage the construction a £3M cable stayed bridge over the River Mourne. The landmark structure, which will be known as the Melvin Bridge, will span over 85m and will be located 250 yards upstream from the existing road bridge. The bridge will enable local residents to have easy access to leisure facilities and public services and provide alternatives routes for pedestrians and cyclists over the River Mourne. Confirming the scheme Alex Attwood said: "This is good news for people in Strabane. I can confirm that my Department has provided funding to Strabane District Council to undertake detailed design work for the Melvin Bridge. This Bridge will greatly improve the links between the communities on both sides of the River Mourne, provide greater access to the sporting facilities in Melvin Park, and introduce safer routes to local schools." For further information on the Practice please contact: 1c Montgomery House 478 Castlereagh Road Belfast, BT5 6BQ Northern Ireland T 028 9040 2000 F 028 9079 4144





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