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  • Plans For Revamping Disused Buildings, a New Town Square, and a Cultural Corridor Announced Re-purposing disused buildings, a revamped town square and a new cultural corridor are just three of the six projects which form part of a community-led architecture and design programme, ‘Reimagine…’, announced by the Irish Architecture Foundation. Reimagine… brings together local communities, architects, designers and planners to develop projects which will enhance the local built environment of [...]...
  • Grafton Merchanting Ireland Launches 2019 Builders’ Merchants Sales Traineeship Grafton Merchanting ROI, Ireland’s largest builders’ merchant, has announced that applicants for its 2019 Builders’ Merchants Sales Traineeship programme are now open. This is the second year of the initiative which in its first year saw 10 people (7 male, 3 female) graduate from the 26-week programme. The QQI accredited programme, is run by Grafton Merchanting [...]...
  • Affordability and Uncertainty Push Irish Property Price Inflation Lower Irish house price inflation eased further to 2.0% in June from 2.6% in July. The annual increase in June is the slowest rise in six years (since the 1.0% increase of June 2013), according to the KBC Economics Desk. While there has been a marked slowdown in the annual rate of increase in Irish property prices, it should [...]...
  • Boston Scientific’s Galway Office in Building of the Year Awards Boston Scientific’s Galway office conversion has been shortlisted in the ‘Building of the Year’ Awards in the Commercial and Building Refurbishment categories. The ‘MOD 1 Building 2’ development involved renovating and re-purposing a large 1970’s industrial warehouse into a state-of-the-art, light filled and sustainable corporate office space. “We are delighted to be shortlisted for the Building [...]...
  • Construction Activity Rises at Weakest Pace in Almost Six Years At 51.4 in July, down from 53.1 in June, the Ulster Bank Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index® (PMI®) – a seasonally adjusted index designed to track changes in total construction activity – signalled a modest expansion of Irish construction activity. The rate of increase was the slowest in the current 71-month sequence of growth. Commenting on the [...]...

Plans For Revamping Disused Buildings, a New Town Square, and a Cultural Corridor Announced

  Plans For Revamping Disused Buildings, a New Town Square, and a Cultural Corridor Announced

Re-purposing disused buildings, a revamped town square and a new cultural corridor are just three of the six projects which form part of a community-led architecture and design programme, ‘Reimagine…’, announced by the Irish Architecture Foundation. Reimagine… brings together local communities, architects, designers and planners to develop projects which will enhance the local built environment of […]

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Grafton Merchanting Ireland Launches 2019 Builders’ Merchants Sales Traineeship

  Grafton Merchanting Ireland Launches 2019 Builders’ Merchants Sales Traineeship

Grafton Merchanting ROI, Ireland’s largest builders’ merchant, has announced that applicants for its 2019 Builders’ Merchants Sales Traineeship programme are now open. This is the second year of the initiative which in its first year saw 10 people (7 male, 3 female) graduate from the 26-week programme.
The QQI accredited programme, is run by Grafton Merchanting […]

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Affordability and Uncertainty Push Irish Property Price Inflation Lower

  Affordability and Uncertainty Push Irish Property Price Inflation Lower

Irish house price inflation eased further to 2.0% in June from 2.6% in July. The annual increase in June is the slowest rise in six years (since the 1.0% increase of June 2013), according to the KBC Economics Desk. While there has been a marked slowdown in the annual rate of increase in Irish property prices, it should […]

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Boston Scientific’s Galway Office in Building of the Year Awards

  Boston Scientific’s Galway Office in Building of the Year Awards

Boston Scientific’s Galway office conversion has been shortlisted in the ‘Building of the Year’ Awards in the Commercial and Building Refurbishment categories. The ‘MOD 1 Building 2’ development involved renovating and re-purposing a large 1970’s industrial warehouse into a state-of-the-art, light filled and sustainable corporate office space.
“We are delighted to be shortlisted for the Building […]

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Construction Activity Rises at Weakest Pace in Almost Six Years

  Construction Activity Rises at Weakest Pace in Almost Six Years

At 51.4 in July, down from 53.1 in June, the Ulster Bank Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index® (PMI®) – a seasonally adjusted index designed to track changes in total construction activity – signalled a modest expansion of Irish construction activity. The rate of increase was the slowest in the current 71-month sequence of growth.
Commenting on the […]

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Dublin City Council Awards Energy Performance Contract to Upgrade its Sports Centres

  Dublin City Council Awards Energy Performance Contract to Upgrade its Sports Centres

Dublin City Council continues to lead by example in energy management with the awarding of a new Energy Performance Contract (EPC) to Noel Lawler Green Energy Solutions. The contract will save the Council up to €129,000 on its energy costs per annum and reduce carbon emissions by 321 tonnes.
The City Council, working closely with Codema […]

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Increases in New Dwellings Still Short of Requirements

  Increases in New Dwellings Still Short of Requirements

Commenting on the latest CSO New Dwelling Completions for Quarter 2, 2019, IPAV, the Institute of Professional Auctioneers & Valuers, said the continuing and welcome increase in the number of new dwellings, up 11.8% on the same period last year, is likely to be one of the contributing factors to the steady slowing in house […]

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BSI Establishes New Framework For Installation of Energy Efficiency Measures in Existing Dwellings

  BSI Establishes New Framework For Installation of Energy Efficiency Measures in Existing Dwellings

Introducing energy efficiency measures into buildings brings benefits and savings, namely the reduction in energy bills and carbon emissions resulting from e.g. better insulation, windows, or a more efficient gas boiler. The poor installation of such measures can, however, give rise to serious unintended consequences that can cause well documented problems for the resident and […]

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Swords Cultural Quarter Development Continues as Preparations are Made For New Civic Plaza

  Swords Cultural Quarter Development Continues as Preparations are Made For New Civic Plaza

Fingal County Council continues to drive forward with its flagship Swords Cultural Quarter project with significant preparatory work taking place recently which will ultimately form part of a new civic plaza set against the backdrop of Swords Castle. Contractors carried out the demolition of four derelict buildings on North Street which has created a new […]

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Green Legislation and Skills Shortage Driving Up Construction Prices

  Green Legislation and Skills Shortage Driving Up Construction Prices

The cost of commercial property construction in Ireland is expected to increase this year due to a number of factors including new green building legislation and demand for energy-saving options according to the latest Tender Price Index from the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI). All commercial buildings must now comply with the Near Zero […]

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€100 Million Redevelopment of Former Home of Smithwick’s Brewery in Kilkenny Commences

  €100 Million Redevelopment of Former Home of Smithwick’s Brewery in Kilkenny Commences

Mythen Construction has broken ground on the prestigious new development at Abbey Quarter in the centre of Kilkenny. The breaking ground ceremony was attended by Eoin Murphy, Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, and the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar. The renovation will accommodate offices, education and research and development spaces.
The Abbey Quarter, site of the […]

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Extend the Strategic Housing Development Scheme – Ibec

  Extend the Strategic Housing Development Scheme – Ibec

Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, has called for the extension of the Strategic Housing Development scheme. Aidan Sweeney, Ibec Senior Public Sector and Regulatory Executive, said: “Housing is a critical part of a country’s physical infrastructure. There is a clear link between its availability, its affordability and our economic competitiveness. Government must take the necessary steps to […]

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McHale Plant Sales Celebrating 25 Years of Service to the Construction Machinery Sector

  McHale Plant Sales Celebrating 25 Years of Service to the Construction Machinery Sector

Come September, one of Ireland’s best-known construction plant distributors, McHale Plant Sales will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its establishment in 1994. Founded in the 1950s by Michael McHale Senior, late father of the present company director Michael McHale, it was not until 1994 that the company we know today took its first formidable steps as […]

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Fingal County Council Commences Tendering Process For Snugborough Interchange Upgrade Scheme

  Fingal County Council Commences Tendering Process For Snugborough Interchange Upgrade Scheme

Fingal County Council has commenced the tendering process for a main contractor to undertake the Snugborough Interchange Upgrade scheme, which will bring about significant improvements for motorists, pedestrians, cyclists and public transport users. The project includes the construction of a new bridge over the N3, adjacent to the existing Snugborough Road bridge, as well as a […]

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New Professional Service to Support Builders

  New Professional Service to Support Builders

NRG Store – the first on-line sales portal in Ireland for the construction and plumbing sectors – has launched a new app to make purchasing even easier for consumers, business and construction professionals. Billed as the ‘Amazon for the industry’, NRG Store offers thousands of products from an initial 20 retailers & services specialising in […]

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Lagan Investment’s Acquires Majority Stake in GB Business

  Lagan Investment’s Acquires Majority Stake in GB Business

Lagan Investments, the investment vehicle formed following the sale of Kevin Lagan’s building materials business to Breedon in 2018, has acquired a majority stake in Frame-Tech Structures Ltd, a manufacturer of timber frame structures based near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, for an undisclosed sum. Founded in 2008, Frame-Tech has a leading market position in the North of […]

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Next Generation of Sustainable Social Housing in Kerry

  Next Generation of Sustainable Social Housing in Kerry

Clúid Housing, in partnership with Kerry County Council, Rebuilding Ireland and Kerry-based Thermohouse Ltd, the leading Irish low energy building system manufacturer and installer, have commenced the second stage of construction at one of Ireland’s largest sustainable social housing developments. Thermohouse is delivering turnkey, rapid-build, energy efficient houses at the Sruthán na Sailí development in Derreen, Killarney. Due […]

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Global Standard Achieved by Miesian Plaza in Dublin

  Global Standard Achieved by Miesian Plaza in Dublin

Remley Developments has announced that its development at Miesian Plaza, Baggot Street, Dublin 2, has secured LEED Platinum v4 Certification, the highest possible accreditation rating awarded by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), is the most widely-used green building rating system in the world.  LEED is an independent […]

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BSI Framework For Engaging Infrastructure Stakeholders

  BSI Framework For Engaging Infrastructure Stakeholders

One of the most significant limitations to economic growth and achievement of development goals in any country, city or area is the shortcoming of its infrastructure; the fundamental facilities and systems that serve to enable it to function. BSI, the British business standards company, has just released a publicly available specification, PAS 11007:2019 Stakeholder engagement […]

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PropertyBridges.com Announces New Investment Partnerships With Lagan Investments and Enterprise Ireland

  PropertyBridges.com Announces New Investment Partnerships With Lagan Investments and Enterprise Ireland

Propertybridges.com, Ireland’s peer to peer lender to the property sector, has announced that it is bringing on further investment partnerships with Lagan Investments Ltd and Enterprise Ireland. Lagan Investments Ltd is to become 10% equity shareholders in the business as well as supply up to €5 million of additional lending capital in support of future new housing […]

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€1 Billion Investment Plan For 4,500 New Homes in South Dublin

  €1 Billion Investment Plan For 4,500 New Homes in South Dublin

South Dublin County Council have considered proposals that could deliver up to 4,500 new homes to the area. The total investment envisaged under the ambitious housing plan is in excess of €1 billion.
The lands under discussion include:

2,600 new homes at the recently approved Clonburris SDZ scheme,
1,000 new homes at Kilcarbery in Clondalkin,
500 new homes in […]

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M11 Gorey to Enniscorthy Motorway PPP Scheme Opens

  M11 Gorey to Enniscorthy Motorway PPP Scheme Opens

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has officially opened the M11 Gorey to Enniscorthy Motorway PPP Scheme. Funded, constructed and operated by the BAM ACS Consortium, it will reduce travel times from Dublin to Wexford by up to 30 minutes.
At the opening Theo Cullinane, BAM Ireland CEO, said: “We are very pleased to be able to open […]

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CRH Divests Europe Distribution Business

  CRH Divests Europe Distribution Business

CRH plc, the global building materials group, has agreed to divest of its Europe Distribution business to private equity funds managed by Blackstone for an Enterprise Value of €1.64 billion* payable in cash. The transaction is subject to regulatory approval.
The business being sold comprises CRH’s entire General Builders Merchants business in Europe, including its Sanitary […]

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Next-generation Wind Turbine Blade Pitch Technology Launched

  Next-generation Wind Turbine Blade Pitch Technology Launched

Mita-Teknik, a global provider of wind turbine control and pitch technology, has launched its new generation of blade pitch system for onshore and offshore wind turbines. The new Mita Pitch System has been designed to effectively minimize O&M costs, reduce downtime and improve productivity.
The Mita Pitch System is a flexible pitch solution for turbines up to 12 MW, which boasts […]

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Tulfarris Hotel and Golf Resort Completes €6 Million Renovation Programme

  Tulfarris Hotel and Golf Resort Completes €6 Million Renovation Programme

International hospitality management company, PREM Group has completed the first stage of its renovation programme at Tulfarris Hotel and Golf Resort, Blessington, County Wicklow. The group purchased the 90-bedroom hotel in 2016 and since then has already spent over €6 million on the property to return the luxury 18th century Manor House and its surrounding grounds to […]

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Plans Unveiled For Custom House Quay Development in Cork

  Plans Unveiled For Custom House Quay Development in Cork

Development management firm Tower Holdings Group has released details for the redevelopment and revitalisation of the historic Custom House Quay site in Cork. The development, which will link the peninsula to the center of the city while introducing a large public realm for the first time in the history of the site, will feature the […]

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Completion of Center Parcs Longford Forest Project

  Completion of Center Parcs Longford Forest Project

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD, has officially marked the completion of the landmark €233 million forest resort – Center Parcs Longford Forest. Following an almost two-year construction process Center Parcs Longford Forest has been delivered on schedule and within budget.
Center Parcs Longford Forest will add an entirely new dimension to Ireland’s tourism and leisure market […]

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IT Sligo and SCSI Launch New Online Courses to Help Address Quantity Surveying Skill Shortage and Greater Regulation of Property Management Sector

  IT Sligo and SCSI Launch New Online Courses to Help Address Quantity Surveying Skill Shortage and Greater Regulation of Property Management Sector

The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI) in collaboration with Institute of Technology Sligo (IT Sligo) have launched two new courses in a bid to try and meet a growing skills shortage in Ireland’s surveying industry. An acute shortage of Mechanical and Electrical costings experts across the sector was behind SCSI’s decision.
A report by the […]

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Hibernia REIT Looks to the Future With Rooftop Solar

  Hibernia REIT Looks to the Future With Rooftop Solar

Hibernia REIT has partnered with leading design, manufacturing and installation firms to add 44 solar panels to the top of 1 Windmill Lane (1WML) in Dublin’s south docks. The addition of the photovoltaic (PV) system is the latest in a long-running commitment to sustainability for Hibernia. 1WML is LEED Gold certified, achieving this Leadership in […]

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Trinity College Dublin ‘Bunni’ Medal Awarded to Michael Mulcahy SC

  Trinity College Dublin ‘Bunni’ Medal Awarded to Michael Mulcahy SC

Trinity College Dublin has awarded its prestigious Nael G. Bunni Medal to Michael Mulcahy SC at a recent ceremony in the College. The Medal was awarded for outstanding course work in the renowned Trinity College Dublin Construction Law and Contract Administration Postgraduate Diploma Course. The annual award is named after and sponsored by renowned Professor […]

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