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  • Government Launches €1.25 Billion Land Development Agency to Build 150,000 New Homes The Government has launched the Land Development Agency to build 150,000 new homes over the next 20 years, the next step of Project Ireland 2040. The new Agency has an immediate focus on managing the State’s own lands to develop new homes, and regenerate under-utilised sites. In the longer-term it will assemble strategic landbanks from [...]...
  • €8 Million in Government Funding Awarded by SEAI to Innovative Energy Research Projects The Government has announced €8 million in funding to support 45 innovative energy projects in companies and research institutions across Ireland. The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) is responsible for awarding the funding to the 45 projects which aim to develop solutions that will help our homes, businesses and communities deliver a cleaner energy future. [...]...
  • €100 Million Worth of Minor Building Works Tendered For Public Sector New frameworks are being launched to streamline the tendering process for €100 million in contracts for minor building works across the entire public service. The contracts will be tendered by the Local Government Operational Procurement Centre for the provision of Minor Building Works to public service bodies including 31 local authorities, the HSE, the OPW, the [...]...
  • Major Milestone For €233 Million Center Parcs Forest Resort With one year to opening, the €233 million Center Parcs forest resort in County Longford has reached an important milestone as Sisk workers recently welcomed the record sized 53-metre long, 22-tonne, glulam beams that will form the structure of the impressive Subtropical Swimming Paradise. A jewel in the crown of the resort, the Subtropical Swimming [...]...
  • Resilient Performance by Breedon Group Breedon Group, a leading construction materials group in the UK and Ireland, has reported revenue of £378.4 million for the six months to 30 June 2018, up from £326.3 million in the corresponding period of 2017. Underlying earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) increased by 17% to £42.0 million. However, excluding acquisitions, both revenue and [...]...

Government Launches €1.25 Billion Land Development Agency to Build 150,000 New Homes

  Government Launches €1.25 Billion Land Development Agency to Build 150,000 New Homes

The Government has launched the Land Development Agency to build 150,000 new homes over the next 20 years, the next step of Project Ireland 2040. The new Agency has an immediate focus on managing the State’s own lands to develop new homes, and regenerate under-utilised sites. In the longer-term it will assemble strategic landbanks from […]

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€8 Million in Government Funding Awarded by SEAI to Innovative Energy Research Projects

  €8 Million in Government Funding Awarded by SEAI to Innovative Energy Research Projects

The Government has announced €8 million in funding to support 45 innovative energy projects in companies and research institutions across Ireland. The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) is responsible for awarding the funding to the 45 projects which aim to develop solutions that will help our homes, businesses and communities deliver a cleaner energy future. […]

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€100 Million Worth of Minor Building Works Tendered For Public Sector

  €100 Million Worth of Minor Building Works Tendered For Public Sector

New frameworks are being launched to streamline the tendering process for €100 million in contracts for minor building works across the entire public service. The contracts will be tendered by the Local Government Operational Procurement Centre for the provision of Minor Building Works to public service bodies including 31 local authorities, the HSE, the OPW, the […]

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Major Milestone For €233 Million Center Parcs Forest Resort

  Major Milestone For €233 Million Center Parcs Forest Resort

With one year to opening, the €233 million Center Parcs forest resort in County Longford has reached an important milestone as Sisk workers recently welcomed the record sized 53-metre long, 22-tonne, glulam beams that will form the structure of the impressive Subtropical Swimming Paradise. A jewel in the crown of the resort, the Subtropical Swimming […]

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Resilient Performance by Breedon Group

  Resilient Performance by Breedon Group

Breedon Group, a leading construction materials group in the UK and Ireland, has reported revenue of £378.4 million for the six months to 30 June 2018, up from £326.3 million in the corresponding period of 2017. Underlying earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) increased by 17% to £42.0 million. However, excluding acquisitions, both revenue and […]

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First Premier Inn Hotel in Dublin City Centre

  First Premier Inn Hotel in Dublin City Centre

Whitbread, the owner of the Premier Inn hotel chain, has secured planning permission for a 97-bedroom Premier Inn hotel at 41–46 South Great Georges Street, in its first site in Dublin city centre. The decision represents the first step towards fulfilling Whitbread’s requirement for between 1,500 to 2,000 Premier Inn bedrooms in Dublin, with Ireland […]

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Glenveagh Properties is Ahead of Schedule

  Glenveagh Properties is Ahead of Schedule

Glenveagh Properties, a leading Irish homebuilder listed on Euronext Dublin and the London Stock Exchange, has reported revenue of €1.3 million for the first half ended 30 June 2018, relating primarily to the closing of six 2 & 3-bed starter homes in the Greater Dublin Area, as well as rental income from a number of […]

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Essential Learning Series Roadshow From Kilsaran International

  Essential Learning Series Roadshow From Kilsaran International

Kilsaran International are taking the hugely successful Essential Learning Series suite of technical seminars to the road with events to be held at the Aviva Stadium on September 25th and Fota Island Resort in Cork on October 17th 2018. These free one day events will appeal to construction professionals who want to gain a clearer […]

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New Gym and Medical Centre is 25% More Efficient Than Current Building Regulations

  New Gym and Medical Centre is 25% More Efficient Than Current Building Regulations

Johnson and Johnson VisionCare have completed building a new gym and medical centre with support from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) and it’s EXEED (Excellence in Energy Efficient Design) certification programme. This has resulted in the new facility being 25% more energy efficient than current building regulations.
SEAI’s EXEED encourages innovation in how we design […]

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€3.7 Million Drawn Down as Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan Proves Popular in Fingal

  €3.7 Million Drawn Down as Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan Proves Popular in Fingal

Fingal County Council has received the highest amount of applications among the 31 Local Authorities for the Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan and has overseen a draw down of over €3.7 million since the scheme commenced. Since the start of the scheme on February 1, Fingal County Council has received 340 applications and already 136 provisional […]

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Lisburn-based KME Steelworks Braced For Growing Sales

  Lisburn-based KME Steelworks Braced For Growing Sales

Engineering business KME Steelworks is expanding its workforce in Lisburn to help leverage the growing opportunities which exist for its precision engineering sub contract services and precast concrete mould products globally. KME is a leading provider of sub-contract services to a wide range of equipment manufacturers. It is also recognised as a main supplier of bespoke steel […]

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CRH Delivers Solid First Half Performance

  CRH Delivers Solid First Half Performance

Impacted by severe and prolonged winter weather conditions early in the year, CRH plc has reported sales of €11.9 billion for the first half of 2018 – ahead by 1% on the same period last year and up 2% on a like-for-like basis. In Europe, like-for-like sales growth of 1% reflected continued recovery in some […]

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U+I Launches Landmark Donnybrook House Development

  U+I Launches Landmark Donnybrook House Development

Specialist regeneration and property developer U+I, in joint venture with Colony Capital, has announced the launch of the redeveloped Donnybrook House. Donnybrook House is a landmark six-storey office development in the heart of Donnybrook village in Dublin.
Formerly an outdated and vacant office building, award-winning architects Henry J. Lyons have redesigned and reconfigured Donnybrook House to create […]

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CSO House Price Index – Rising Prices in Rural Areas But Brexit Effect is Stark For Border Area

  CSO House Price Index – Rising Prices in Rural Areas But Brexit Effect is Stark For Border Area

Responding to the latest CSO house price figures indicating an accelerating rate of increase in prices outside of Dublin 15.2pc in the year to June from 14.1pc in the year to May and 13.6pc to April and a continuing slowing in the rate of house price increases in Dublin, at 9pc in the year to […]

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CIF Budget Submission For the Delivery of Essential Housing and Infrastructure

  CIF Budget Submission For the Delivery of Essential Housing and Infrastructure

According to the Construction Industry Federation (CIF), the forthcoming Budget is an opportunity to remove a number of blockages in delivery of essential housing and infrastructure. The CIF has stated that the delivery of transformative housing and infrastructure requires more effective co-ordination between industry and government in three key areas: investing in skills and R&D, […]

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GDG Wins European Funds to Develop Novel Asset Management Software

  GDG Wins European Funds to Develop Novel Asset Management Software

Gavin and Doherty Geosolutions (GDG), an award-winning specialist firm focused on the delivery of infrastructure projects involving complex and challenging ground conditions, has been awarded the first stage of the European Commission’s SME INSTRUMENT, a support fund designed to accelerate the route to market for innovative SMEs with game changing ideas within their specific sectors. […]

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The Irish Concrete Society Launches Concrete Technology Course

  The Irish Concrete Society Launches Concrete Technology Course

The Irish Concrete Society recently launched the 2018 Fundamentals of Concrete Technology course. Commencing on the 7th of September in UCD the course provides participants with essential information on concrete technology and construction. The programme includes two half-days of lectures and a half-day on site, time also spent in a civil engineering laboratory carrying out […]

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New €6.5 Million Development Project to Expand NovaUCD’s Capacity to House Start-ups

  New €6.5 Million Development Project to Expand NovaUCD’s Capacity to House Start-ups

NovaUCD, the University’s Centre for New Ventures and Entrepreneurs, is set to expand its capacity to house early-stage start-ups by over 50% with a €6.5 million development project. The project to renovate and extend the facility’s east courtyard commenced recently and is expected to be completed within 12 months.
NovaUCD which officially opened in October 2003 is currently home to […]

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GMIT IHUB Extension Work Commences

  GMIT IHUB Extension Work Commences

The first sod has been turned on the site of the new extension to GMIT’s Innovation Hub (iHub) at the GMIT Galway campus. The extension will double the size of the Innovation Hub to about 2,400 sq m, providing space for an additional three dedicated MedTech R&D units; 17 incubation units for start-ups in the […]

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Grafton Group to Raise €160 Million

  Grafton Group to Raise €160 Million

Grafton Group, the merchanting and DIY business with operations in the UK, Ireland and Mainland Europe, has agreed to raise €160 million (£144 million) through an issue of unsecured senior notes in the US Private Placement market with ten and twelve year maturities at an average annual coupon of 2.5 per cent. The notes will […]

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Northern Ireland Housing Market Continues to Perform Strongly

  Northern Ireland Housing Market Continues to Perform Strongly

The latest Quarterly House Price Index report from Ulster University reveals a relatively healthy housing market with strong but sustainable levels of house price growth over the last 12 months in Northern Ireland. Ulster University’s research is produced in partnership with the Northern Ireland Housing Executive and Progressive Building Society.

Analysing the performance of the Northern […]

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U+I Starts Construction at Ballymoss House, Sandyford, Dublin

  U+I Starts Construction at Ballymoss House, Sandyford, Dublin

U+I, the specialist regeneration and property developer, has commenced construction activity on the Ballymoss House site in Sandyford, in partnership with local contractor Collen Construction. The site which will be rebranded as THE HIVE over the course of its development, will see over 73,000 sq. ft. of office space being re-imagined, with 117 parking spaces and […]

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Call For Reduction in Stamp Duty For First-time Buyers

  Call For Reduction in Stamp Duty For First-time Buyers

A call for stamp duty to revert to 2pc to enable more aspiring first-time buyers acquire once off sites to build homes has been called for by IPAV, the Institute of Professional Auctioneers & Valuers, which says last year’s hike from 2pc to 6pc is adversely affecting the cost of a new house for first-time buyers. Launching its […]

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Dublin Selected as Host City For Global DIY Summit in 2019

  Dublin Selected as Host City For Global DIY Summit in 2019

Dublin has been selected to host the 2019 Global DIY Summit following a competitive process which included bids from a number of key convention destinations including Rome and Amsterdam. The event, which will take place over the course of two days in the Convention Centre Dublin next June, is expected to generate up to €5 […]

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CRH Completes Phase 1 of Share Buyback Programme

  CRH Completes Phase 1 of Share Buyback Programme

CRH plc has completed the first phase of its share buyback programme, returning €350 million of cash to shareholders.
Between 2 May and 31 July 2018, 11.4 million ordinary shares were repurchased on the London Stock Exchange at an average discount of 0.5% to the volume weighted average price over the period. Details relating to subsequent […]

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Glenveagh Properties Acquires Substantial Site at Tyrrelstown, Dublin

  Glenveagh Properties Acquires Substantial Site at Tyrrelstown, Dublin

Glenveagh Properties has announced a further substantial land acquisition in the Greater Dublin Area (GDA) capable of delivering over 1,250 units. The Irish homebuilder has exchanged contracts to acquire a c.113 hectare site (39 hectares of which are zoned residential) in Tyrrelstown, Dublin 15 which has the potential to deliver over 1,250 residential units. The acquisition, which […]

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Residential Property Prices Rise by 12.4% in the Year to May

  Residential Property Prices Rise by 12.4% in the Year to May

In the year to May, residential property prices at national level increased by 12.4%, according to the CSO. This compares with an increase of 13.5% in the year to April and an increase of 10.9% in the twelve months to May 2017.
In Dublin, residential property prices increased by 10.7% in the year to May. Dublin […]

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Irish Engineering Firm GDG Combats Geohazards to Overcome Changing Environmental Conditions

  Irish Engineering Firm GDG Combats Geohazards to Overcome Changing Environmental Conditions

Over the past 5 years, Irish owned engineering consultancy, Gavin and Doherty Geosolutions (GDG), have worked on a range of interesting projects across the globe. GDG is a specialist firm focused on the delivery of infrastructure projects involving complex and challenging ground conditions. From their head office in Dublin and supported by regional offices throughout […]

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Plans to Upgrade Ireland’s 1 Million Energy Inefficient Homes

  Plans to Upgrade Ireland’s 1 Million Energy Inefficient Homes

Over 200 building professionals, including architects, specifiers, builders, plumbers, engineers and researchers, gathered at SEAI’s second Annual Deep Retrofit Conference in the Aviva in Dublin. The conference brought together building energy efficiency experts from Ireland and Europe to discuss solutions to upgrading Ireland’s homes.
As many as one million homes built in the last century are considered […]

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37th Irish Concrete Society Annual Awards – Call For Entries

  37th Irish Concrete Society Annual Awards – Call For Entries

The Irish Concrete Society are now seeking entries to the 37th Annual Awards. Established in 1979, the awards recognise excellence in the use of concrete, irrespective of type, scale or complexity. A coveted award scheme, adjudicated by an distinguished independent jury, these awards acknowledge construction achievements in which concrete, in any form, contributes significantly to […]

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