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New Appointment at Ardmac

    New Appointment at Ardmac

Ardmac, the leading international construction specialist, has appointed Sarah McDonnell as Head of Interiors. Ardmac employs over 300 people across Ireland, the UK and Europe, and provides specialist construction services to the commercial fit out, life sciences and data centre sectors.
In her role, Sarah will be responsible for the management of Ardmac’s interior and fit […]

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British Construction Market Growth Prompts Investment by Garage Doors

    British Construction Market Growth Prompts Investment by Garage Doors

Garage Doors in Ballymena is recruiting 17 additional staff to help deliver growing sales across Great Britain. The family business is a leading manufacturer of bespoke garage doors and is expecting its sales to grow by 50 per cent over the next three years due to a buoyant UK construction sector.

Speaking about the investment, Peter […]

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Kingspan Joins Science Based Targets Initiative to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    Kingspan Joins Science Based Targets Initiative to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Kingspan Group, a global leader in high performance insulation, building fabric, and solar integrated building envelopes, has joined over 370 companies worldwide in committing to the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The initiative is a partnership between the World Resource Institute, the World Wildlife Fund, CDP (formerly the Carbon […]

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Majority of Irish People Planning Home Improvement Projects

    Majority of Irish People Planning Home Improvement Projects

Two-thirds (67%) of Irish adults are planning on renovating or redecorating their homes within the next 12 months, according to a survey carried out behalf of Hardware Association Ireland, supporting the association’s call for the Government to expend the Home Renovation Incentive Scheme.
Of those planning work, almost one-third (31%) expect to spend more than €5,000 […]

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Grafton Merchanting to Invest €500,000 in Chadwicks Brand This Year

    Grafton Merchanting to Invest €500,000 in Chadwicks Brand This Year

Grafton Merchanting, Ireland’s leading building merchanting company which operates brands including Chadwicks, Heiton Buckley and The Panelling Centre across 49 locations, has announced a €500,000 investment in its Chadwicks brand this year. Further investment in the brand is planned for 2019.
Over the next 12 months, Grafton Merchanting, which currently employs almost 1,300 team members in the Republic […]

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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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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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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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UK National Construction Expo – 18th September 2018 – The Arena MK, Milton Keynes, England

    UK National Construction Expo – 18th September 2018 – The Arena MK, Milton Keynes, England

The National Construction Expo, which is being held in the Arena MK at Milton Keynes on Tuesday, 18th September 2018, is expected to attract over 2,000 visitors. The purpose of the National Construction Expo is to stimulate debate, enrich knowledge and connect stakeholders involved in the finance, design, construction and management of UK buildings, infrastructure […]

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Heiton Buckley Unveils Newly Refurbished Monaghan Branch

    Heiton Buckley Unveils Newly Refurbished Monaghan Branch

Heiton Buckley, Ireland’s leading supplier of doors, floors, bathrooms, garden, plumbing and heating products, has officially unveiled its newly refurbished Monaghan branch. Located in Milltown, the branch was originally opened in November 1984 as Pattons of Monaghan and was owned and operated by David Patton before being acquired by Heiton Buckley on the 14th of October 1996. […]

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Hardware Sector Set For Strong Growth as Economy Expands and Housebuilding Recovers

    Hardware Sector Set For Strong Growth as Economy Expands and Housebuilding Recovers

Ireland’s robust economic performance coupled with the ongoing recovery in the housebuilding sector are driving strong growth in the hardware sector. Despite the severe weather in the early part of the year the hardware industry, including retail, wholesale and manufacturing, is now responsible for direct employment of 19,000 and an overall economic contribution of €377 […]

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Specialist Joinery Group Announces New Jobs as £5 Million Factory Opens

    Specialist Joinery Group Announces New Jobs as £5 Million Factory Opens

As it marks 30 years of business, Specialist Joinery Group is recruiting 52 additional staff as part of a multi-million pounds investment. The investment included a major extension to its factory in Maghera which now spans three acres.
The bespoke joinery and fitted furniture manufacturer is expanding its workforce to help grow its business in Great Britain and Europe. […]

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Top Builders Merchants in Northern Ireland Honoured

    Top Builders Merchants in Northern Ireland Honoured

Builders merchants from Belfast, Lisburn, Newry, Larne, Coleraine and Ballywalter have been honoured in the fifth Octabuild Builders Merchant Awards for Northern Ireland. The building material manufacturers who organised the awards as Octabuild are: Gyproc, Dulux Paints, Glennon Brothers, Kingspan Insulation, Sanbra Fyffe, Tegral and Wavin.
The overall award went to JP Corry, Lisburn while six […]

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Continued Profit Growth at CRH

    Continued Profit Growth at CRH

Global building materials group CRH has reported another year of profit growth with margins and returns ahead in all its American and European Divisions. Sales at €27.6 billion were 2% ahead of 2016 and like-for-like sales were also up 2%. EBITDA rose by 6% to €3.3 billion and by 3% on a like-for-like basis. Group […]

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Record Year For Kingspan

    Record Year For Kingspan

Kingspan, the global leader in high performance insulation and building envelope solutions, has reported its preliminary results for the year ended 31 December 2017. 2017 was a significant year for Kingspan which, despite its challenges, was a record period for the group. Revenue rose by 18.0% to €3.7 billion, and trading profit grew by 10.7% […]

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Strabane Manufacturer to Invest Over £7 Million in Ambitious Expansion

    Strabane Manufacturer to Invest Over £7 Million in Ambitious Expansion

Strabane-based Fabplus is planning to more than double its workforce and turnover with support from Invest Northern Ireland. The investment is part of a three year expansion plan to increase its market share in the Republic of Ireland and Great Britain, and gain a foothold in mainland Europe and Scandinavia.
Recruitment is underway to employ 83 additional staff at […]

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Sisk Announces Winners of Inaugural Supply Chain Awards

    Sisk Announces Winners of Inaugural Supply Chain Awards

John Sisk & Son, Ireland’s leading provider of construction services with extensive operations across Ireland, the United Kingdom and mainland Europe, has announced the winners of its inaugural Supply Chain Awards for 2017. Sisk spent a total of €850 million with its supply chain in 2017 while the construction business also confirmed it has a total […]

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Medite Smartply launches augmented reality app

    Medite Smartply launches augmented reality app

The ‘SMARTPLY AR’ app from Medite, which is live on iOS and Android, features a ‘Product Data Tool’ providing a comprehensive breakdown of the entire Smartply product range. The tool includes detailed information that is broken down into easy to digest sections, making it ideal for reading on the go and a useful companion when […]

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Combilift signs €1m contract with home improvement retailer

    Combilift signs €1m contract with home improvement retailer

Combilift, the Irish manufacturer of multi-directional forklifts based in Monaghan has signed a contract with Kingfisher, Europe’s largest home improvement retailer worth an additional €1million to deliver 50 Aisle-Master forklifts to the company during 2017.
The contract signing was witnessed by Leo Varadkar Minister for Social Protection and Geraldine Nason-Byrne, Ireland’s Ambassador to France during a […]

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Property Services Regulatory Authority Members Appointed

    Property Services Regulatory Authority Members Appointed

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald appointed six members of the Property Services Regulatory Authority, the Department of Justice and Equality announced on Tuesday, November 29.
The Property Services Regulatory Authority was formally established in April 2012 and is responsible for the licensing of property service providers, providing redress mechanisms concerning complaints against auctioneers, estate […]

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Irish Water Begins Construction on 9.7 Million Euro Wastewater Network

    Irish Water Begins Construction on 9.7 Million Euro Wastewater Network

Irish water officially began construction on a €9.7 million wastewater pipe network for Rush, Co. Dublin on Friday, November 11.
The network, which is expected to be take two years to complete, is designed to stop the discharge of raw sewage into the sea, improving the bathing water at South Rush Beach.
The network will direct existing […]

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After court enactment Irish consumers face insurance rises

After a European Court of Justice ruling, consumers face another growth in premiums for home and motor insurance.
The court ruled in a Polish drop that work insurers outsource to demand handlers is not exempt from VAT.
That leaves insurance companies – themselves exempt – facing up to 23 per cent higher expense for the work they outsource on settling […]

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Reasons for optimism as students look to construction courses

After a gap of nearly ten years, construction and property related courses are once again in vogue for secondary students heading to college.
Recruitment specialist Hays Ireland, believes the recent gain in CAO applications for construction-related third-level courses can only be a good thing, both for graduates and for the industry in its entirety.
Bargain to data from […]

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Natratex is used for matching footpaths by New Sheffield Homes

A dewy housing development by Bellway Homes in Sheffield is one of the latest projects to use Bituchem’s specialist Natratex Cotswold landscaping material.
Over 700m² of the product in 6mm buff was applied to the new Bluecoats housing estate’s footpaths to complement the natural stone finish of the houses, whilst standing out from the surrounding tarmac […]

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Galway-based pharma firm Chanelle Group to build new facility

    Galway-based pharma firm Chanelle Group to build new facility

Chanelle Group, the largest Irish-owned manufacturer of pharmaceuticals, will create 175 jobs in a major expansion of its operations, with a €70million investment.
Chanelle, which already employs 375 people, wants to double its production capacity and add to its research and development capabilities, as it looks to break into the US market for generic drugs.
Founded by local […]

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Two of Ireland’s Most Luxurious Castle Hotels to hit the Market

    Two of Ireland’s Most Luxurious Castle Hotels to hit the Market

Two of Ireland’s most luxurious castle hotels have been brought to the market as a going concern by Savills, on behalf of the Hanly Group.
Kilronan Castle, Co. Roscommon is on the market with a guide price of €4.5m and the nearby Lough Rynn Castle, Co. Leitrim is guiding €3.5m.
According to Savills, the sales represent a […]

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BEHIND EVERY GREAT PAINT IS AN EVEN BETTER PRIMER

    BEHIND EVERY GREAT PAINT IS AN EVEN BETTER PRIMER

Colortrend introduce new range of next-generation primers at Irish Hardware Show
Colortrend, Ireland’s leading decorative paint brand who have been manufacturing a wide range of premium quality paints in a huge array of colours and finishes since 1953 in Celbridge, Co Kildare, introduced their latest range of next-generation primers at the recent Irish Hardware Show in Dublin’s Citywest […]

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FenestraPro Premium for Revit – Efficient Facade Design for Architects

    FenestraPro Premium for Revit – Efficient Facade Design for Architects

FenestraPro, a leading provider of software that enables energy efficient facade design, is delighted to announce the launch of FenestraPro Premium for Revit, continuing the development of the FenestraPro Add-in range for Autodesk Revit.
FenestraPro Premium for Revit is the complete package which enables architects to design environmentally efficient building façades more effectively, while ensuring compliance […]

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High Standards from Coillte Panel Products

    High Standards from Coillte Panel Products

Coillte Panel Products is part of Coillte, a leading natural resources company which owns over 442,000 hectares of FSC® certified forest in Ireland. Coillte Panel Products manufactures both highly regarded Medite MDF and Smartply OSB products from its Irish mills in Clonmel and Waterford, which are synonymous with quality, choice and innovation.
On the 1st March […]

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Augmented Reality and the future of construction – A CIF Event

    Augmented Reality and the future of construction – A CIF Event

The CIF is constantly looking for ways of bringing new information and innovations to our members. One area which looks like it will be of interest to the construction sector over the coming years is Augmented Reality (AR).
Augmented Reality is a new technology which allows for real world items and information to be enhanced by […]

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Get to Grips with BCAR with Kingspan Insulated Panels

    Get to Grips with BCAR with Kingspan Insulated Panels

Ger Higgins, Sales Director at Kingspan Insulated Panels Ireland, explains how the company can help customers get to grips with the new Building Control Regulations.
The updated Building Control (Amendment) Regulations that came into force in March this year have had a profound impact on all project delivery stakeholders.
Fundamentally, the new regulations are all about increased […]

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Energy efficient windows for retrofits receive Component Award

    Energy efficient windows for retrofits receive Component Award

The winners of the second Component Award, this year for Passive House windows for energy efficient solutions in the context of retrofits, have been selected.
The joint first prize went to Optiwin for their “System Connecta” and Lorber / Pro Passivhausfenster for their “Smartwin Compact S” window. The main challenge in this competition was that the […]

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Irish construction & marine markets to benefit from Kommerling products as Laydex becomes national distributor

    Irish construction & marine markets to benefit from Kommerling products as Laydex becomes national distributor

Kommerling UK has signed an agreement with Laydex for the Belfast based company to distribute its extensive range of marine products including the highly regarded Korapur 925 as well as some of its market leading construction products, including the sealant Rallithane 810.
Commenting on the arrangement, Ian Little, Business Manager for Automotive, Construction & Industrial Division […]

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BM TRADA urges action on CE marking of structural steel

    BM TRADA urges action on CE marking of structural steel

It is now six months since new requirements were placed on structural steel manufacturers and fabricators which make it a criminal offence in the UK and Ireland to supply a steel frame or structural steel components without a CE mark.
With contractors across the UK and Ireland reporting that Trading Standards departments are now looking for […]

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