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  • An Overview of the Irish Construction Pipeline A traditional barometer of the construction industry environment in Ireland is the number of cranes punctuating the Dublin skyline. “The crane count in Dublin reached a record 123 in March 2019 – the fifth consecutive month when the survey recorded a new high,” pointed out Tom Moloney, Managing Director of CIS (Construction Information Services), when [...]...
  • Construction Companies Turning Again to Apprentices to Build the Future Construction companies are eager to hire apprentices again after the decade decline in apprenticeship registrations has been arrested. A Construction Industry Federation (CIF) survey has found unanimous support for apprenticeships, however 73% of construction companies feel that they are not able to hire an apprentice. According to a survey carried out by the Construction Industry Federation, 23% of [...]...
  • €31 Million Project Secured For Floating Wind Project Off the West Coast A €31 million project has been approved for an ambitious four-year floating offshore wind project. Subject to consenting, it is planned  that a full-scale floating wind turbine be deployed for testing off the west coast of Ireland at a Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) test site near Belmullet, County Mayo, by 2022. The project is [...]...
  • New Opportunities For Construction Companies as Dublin Airport Invests Over €1 Billion in Capacity Expansion Having welcomed 31.5 million passengers during 2018 – a new record – Dublin Airport is currently being expanded to ultimately cater for more than 20 million additional passengers. “We are building an airport to accommodate 55 million passengers a year,” pointed out Brian Collier (pictured above), Head of Construction Procurement at daa (Dublin Airport Authority), when [...]...
  • OPW Prepared For No Deal Brexit “If there is a ‘crash-out’, we will be ready. We are working 24/7,” said Maurice Buckley (pictured), Chairman of the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Vice President of Engineers Ireland, about preparations for installing infrastructure at ports and airports in the event of a ‘no deal Brexit’. “Eighteen separate construction projects are now underway [...]...

An Overview of the Irish Construction Pipeline

  An Overview of the Irish Construction Pipeline

A traditional barometer of the construction industry environment in Ireland is the number of cranes punctuating the Dublin skyline. “The crane count in Dublin reached a record 123 in March 2019 – the fifth consecutive month when the survey recorded a new high,” pointed out Tom Moloney, Managing Director of CIS (Construction Information Services), when […]

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Construction Companies Turning Again to Apprentices to Build the Future

  Construction Companies Turning Again to Apprentices to Build the Future

Construction companies are eager to hire apprentices again after the decade decline in apprenticeship registrations has been arrested. A Construction Industry Federation (CIF) survey has found unanimous support for apprenticeships, however 73% of construction companies feel that they are not able to hire an apprentice.
According to a survey carried out by the Construction Industry Federation, 23% of […]

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€31 Million Project Secured For Floating Wind Project Off the West Coast

  €31 Million Project Secured For Floating Wind Project Off the West Coast

A €31 million project has been approved for an ambitious four-year floating offshore wind project. Subject to consenting, it is planned  that a full-scale floating wind turbine be deployed for testing off the west coast of Ireland at a Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) test site near Belmullet, County Mayo, by 2022. The project is […]

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New Opportunities For Construction Companies as Dublin Airport Invests Over €1 Billion in Capacity Expansion

  New Opportunities For Construction Companies as Dublin Airport Invests Over €1 Billion in Capacity Expansion

Having welcomed 31.5 million passengers during 2018 – a new record – Dublin Airport is currently being expanded to ultimately cater for more than 20 million additional passengers.
“We are building an airport to accommodate 55 million passengers a year,” pointed out Brian Collier (pictured above), Head of Construction Procurement at daa (Dublin Airport Authority), when […]

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OPW Prepared For No Deal Brexit

  OPW Prepared For No Deal Brexit

“If there is a ‘crash-out’, we will be ready. We are working 24/7,” said Maurice Buckley (pictured), Chairman of the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Vice President of Engineers Ireland, about preparations for installing infrastructure at ports and airports in the event of a ‘no deal Brexit’. “Eighteen separate construction projects are now underway […]

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Irish Builders Face Cost Hikes in UK Materials

  Irish Builders Face Cost Hikes in UK Materials

The vast majority of building materials used in the Irish construction sector are either sourced in the UK or enter Ireland through international distributors in Britain and represent a major risk for the industry, according to executives at the recent National Construction Summit in Citywest, Dublin – writes John Whelan (pictured above).
And a huge majority of […]

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BPFI Figures Point to a Growing Lost Generation

  BPFI Figures Point to a Growing Lost Generation

Commenting on the latest Banking and Payments Federation Ireland Housing Market Monitor, Brokers Ireland said it reinforces what is known from several other sources – that major behavioural change is being forced upon what should be the normal house buying public, particularly  aspiring first-time buyers on average salaries.
Rachel McGovern, Director of Financial Services at the […]

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€13.7 Million Capital Investment For IT Sligo Under Project Ireland 2040

  €13.7 Million Capital Investment For IT Sligo Under Project Ireland 2040

IT Sligo has been successful in its application of funding for the development and upgrade of the K&L Block on the north campus. The €13.7 million capital investment will be provided through the Higher Education Authority. This funding will facilitate the consolidation on campus of the recently established Yeats Academy of Arts, Design and Architecture and […]

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National Construction Summit – This Thursday, 14th March 2019 – Citywest Exhibition Centre, Dublin

  National Construction Summit – This Thursday, 14th March 2019 – Citywest Exhibition Centre, Dublin

There is still time left to register to attend the fifth National Construction Summit, which will be held on Thursday, 14th March 2019 at the Citywest Exhibition Centre in Dublin.
The staging of the National Construction Summit is timely with construction industry output in the Republic of Ireland predicted to expand by 20% to €24 billion […]

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Fingal County Council Launches Paint and Shop Front Improvement Scheme For Rush

  Fingal County Council Launches Paint and Shop Front Improvement Scheme For Rush

Grants of up to €4,000 are being made available to shops and businesses on Rush Main Street under Fingal County Council’s new Paint and Shop Front Improvement Scheme which is now open to applications. The scheme part-funds the revamp and restoration of the front of business premises, including painting, replacement of windows, signage and repair […]

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Chronic Under-investment in Regional Infrastructure Placing Economic Growth at Risk

  Chronic Under-investment in Regional Infrastructure Placing Economic Growth at Risk

Over 300 delegates attended the recent Ireland Chapter of Project Management Institute’s (PMI) sold-out annual national conference in Cork. The conference, with headline sponsor EY, heard that strategic project management of regional infrastructure is vital to ensure stabilisation and future growth of the Irish economy.
Speaking at the conference, which was held for the first time […]

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€10 Million Redevelopment Planned For Guinness Enterprise Centre in Dublin

  €10 Million Redevelopment Planned For Guinness Enterprise Centre in Dublin

The Guinness Enterprise Centre has unveiled an ambitious development plan for its landmark building on Taylor’s Lane in Dublin 8. Planning permission for the €10 million redevelopment and expansion has been lodged with Dublin City Council.
The Guinness Enterprise Centre (GEC) opened for business in 2000 with the ambition of providing the environment and all the […]

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Chadwicks Unveils Newly Refurbished Navan Branch

  Chadwicks Unveils Newly Refurbished Navan Branch

Chadwicks, Ireland’s leading supplier of builders’ and plumbers’ material to both trade and DIY customers, has officially unveiled its newly refurbished branch in Navan, County Meath. Established in 1902, Chadwicks which is part of Grafton Merchanting ROI, has long been known as the ‘home of building materials’ in Ireland supplying doors and floors, insulation, energy saving products, plumbing […]

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Progress on Tuath’s Social Housing Development in Dundalk

  Progress on Tuath’s Social Housing Development in Dundalk

Dundoogan, Haynestown is a planned 1100 home development, 112 of which Tuath Housing is acquiring for social housing in collaboration with the Department of Housing, Louth County Council and developer, Cannon Kirk Ltd. The first phase of 26 homes are due to be handed over this month with the remaining 86 homes ready for occupation […]

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Another Year of Record Profit Delivery For CRH

  Another Year of Record Profit Delivery For CRH

CRH plc, the global building materials group, has reported sales of €26.8 billion for 2018 – 6% ahead of 2017 – with EBITDA up 7% to €3.37 billion. Group like-for-like sales were ahead 3% in 2018 with 2% growth in Europe, 4% in the Americas and 8% in Asia. Like-for-like group EBITDA rose by 3%, […]

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Hardware Sector Delivers Revenue Rise of 8.7% in 2018

  Hardware Sector Delivers Revenue Rise of 8.7% in 2018

Members of Hardware Association Ireland, the national representative body for over 370 hardware and DIY retailers, builders merchants, and manufacturers and distributors across Ireland, have reported average year-on-year revenue increases of 8.7% for 2018. This follows a 9% increase in Q4, compared to the same period in 2017.
In what was a standout year for the […]

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Work Commences on Sligo N4 Dual Carriageway

  Work Commences on Sligo N4 Dual Carriageway

Limerick civil engineering company Roadbridge is gearing up to begin work on the N4 Collooney to Castlebaldwin construction project. The contract was won in the latter months of last year. The extensive €150 million development scheme, which is expected to last for a period of two years, will open up in excess of 100 jobs during […]

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Kingspan Delivers Record Revenue and Earnings

  Kingspan Delivers Record Revenue and Earnings

Kingspan, the global leader in high performance insulation and building envelope solutions, has reported its preliminary results for the year ended 31 December 2018. During 2018 Kingspan generated record revenues of almost €4.4 billion, and EBITDA exceeded €500 million for the first time. Trading profit reached €445 million, ahead by 18% over prior year, and […]

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McAleer & Rushe Secures Planning Permission For £85 Million UK Developments

  McAleer & Rushe Secures Planning Permission For £85 Million UK Developments

Northern Ireland-based developer and contractor McAleer & Rushe has just secured planning permission to develop two multi-million-pound hotels located in Birmingham and Glasgow city centre, representing an investment of c. £85 million. Combined, the two hotels will deliver a total of 630 bedrooms and will be operated by Ireland’s largest hotel operator, Dalata Hotel Group, […]

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Property Market Grows 8% – Almost Half of Homes Bought With Cash

  Property Market Grows 8% – Almost Half of Homes Bought With Cash

The latest quarterly Consumer Market Monitor (CMM), published by the Marketing Institute of Ireland and UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, shows slow but steady growth in Ireland’s residential property market, with 55,000 homes purchased in 2018, an increase of just 8% on the previous year. Excluding mortgages from the 2018 figures, there were almost 25,000 […]

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Mercedes-Benz to Exhibit at National Construction Summit

  Mercedes-Benz to Exhibit at National Construction Summit

Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles division will be amongst the leading exhibitors attending the forthcoming 5th Annual National Construction Summit, taking place at Citywest, Dublin on March 14th next. Coupled with a manned trade stand, models showing from its light commercial vehicle range will be the popular mid-sized Vito van and X-Class pickup – a unit designed […]

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National Construction Summit -Thursday 14th March 2019 – Citywest Exhibition Centre, Dublin

  National Construction Summit -Thursday 14th March 2019 – Citywest Exhibition Centre, Dublin

The fifth National Construction Summit will be held on Thursday, 14th March 2019 at the Citywest Exhibition Centre in Dublin.
Incorporating a number of complementary events and an extensive array of seminars, workshops and exhibition stands, showcasing the latest products, services and technology for the construction, engineering, sustainable building, maintenance and architectural sectors, the 2019 National […]

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Komatsu WA100M Loader Hits Ireland

  Komatsu WA100M Loader Hits Ireland

Komatsu’s latest version of the WA100M Dash 8 compact wheel loader has gone on sale in Ireland. Described by distributor McHale Plant Sales director, John O’Brien as “one of the most reliable and versatile machines out there,” the WA100M is being pitched at construction, farm contractors, bulk materials and waste processors.
The 94hp EU Stage IV unit […]

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Planning Approval For North South Interconnector

  Planning Approval For North South Interconnector

EirGrid has welcomed the decision by the Supreme Court to uphold planning approval for the southern section of the North South Interconnector. Planning approval for the project was granted by An Bord Pleanála in December 2016.
This was subsequently made the subject of judicial review proceedings in the High Court. The proceedings were dismissed by the High […]

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McAleer & Rushe Commences Construction on London Development

  McAleer & Rushe Commences Construction on London Development

Northern Ireland-based developer and contractor McAleer & Rushe has announced that construction is to commence on a new 620 room hotel and hybrid aparthotel development in Paddington, London with a contract value worth c.£82 million.
Led by developer Concierge 3, a consortium of BSW Land & Property, Staycity and The Pickstock Group, the scheme is the final stage of the […]

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ESB and Coillte in Discussions to Deliver Renewable Energy Projects

  ESB and Coillte in Discussions to Deliver Renewable Energy Projects

ESB is engaged in bilateral discussions with Coillte which, if successful, would lead to the establishment of a new joint venture development company to deliver 1,000 MW of renewable energy by 2030. It is proposed that a new joint venture will build on a successful track record of the two companies working together at Raheenleagh […]

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Housing Construction Activity in Fingal Rose in 2018 With 2,140 Homes Completed

  Housing Construction Activity in Fingal Rose in 2018 With 2,140 Homes Completed

Fingal County Council has welcomed the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office which show that 2,140 homes were completed in the county over the past year, accounting for almost 12% of the national total. Latest data from the CSO shows that the Dublin 15 had the highest level of activity in the country with 800 […]

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Launch of 182,500 sq ft Seamark Building Marks Completion of Dublin 4 Redevelopment Project

  Launch of 182,500 sq ft Seamark Building Marks Completion of Dublin 4 Redevelopment Project

Chartered Land has announced that the major €45 million transformation of the eight storey 182,500 sq ft Seamark Building at the Elmpark Green campus in Dublin 4 is now complete. The completion of the Seamark Building, prominently located at the front of the campus with panoramic views over Dublin Bay, brings an end to the […]

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Structural Problems Still Haunt Property Market

  Structural Problems Still Haunt Property Market

Commenting on the latest CSO New Dwelling Completions, IPAV, the Institute of Professional Auctioneers & Valuers, said while going in the right direction with a 25% increase on 2017, it is well below 20,000, as predicted by IPAV.
Pat Davitt (pictured), IPAV’s Chief Executive, said apartments at a very low 13% of the 18,072 new dwelling […]

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World-first Wind Lidar Measurements From a Drone

  World-first Wind Lidar Measurements From a Drone

Leading wind Lidar developer, ZX Lidars, has successfully demonstrated the use of Drone Wind Lidar to accurately measure the wind in what is believed to be a world-first. ZX Lidars provides vertical and horizontal profiling wind Lidars to accurately measure wind conditions remotely and above or ahead of their installed position. These accurate, independent wind […]

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