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  • €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 [...]...
  • 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 [...]...
  • 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 [...]...
  • 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 [...]...
  • 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 [...]...

Ireland’s Most Energy Efficient Residential and Commercial Building Projects Honoured at 2019 ISOVER Awards

  Ireland’s Most Energy Efficient Residential and Commercial Building Projects Honoured at 2019 ISOVER Awards

Simply Architecture, and their new build residential project – ‘The Fairways’ in Cork – has been named the winner of the 2019 Overall ISOVER Award, as well as Designer of the Year 2019, at the third ISOVER Awards. The awards ceremony, which took place recently at the Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin, saw over 100 […]

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IPUT Launches the Tropical Fruit Warehouse in Dublin’s Docklands

  IPUT Launches the Tropical Fruit Warehouse in Dublin’s Docklands

IPUT plc, the commercial property fund, has launched the Tropical Fruit Warehouse, an 80,000 sq.ft. landmark office development on Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Dublin 2 over-looking the Samuel Beckett bridge and River Liffey. 30-32 Sir John Rogerson’s Quay is the last remaining original warehouse on the quays and, from 1892, were used for the importation […]

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Falsework – New BSI Guidance For All Aspects of Temporary Works in Construction

  Falsework – New BSI Guidance For All Aspects of Temporary Works in Construction

Construction can be a hazardous industry adopting a wide range of activities and personnel, involved in the building, alteration and/or repair of buildings or infrastructure. Construction sites and the methods for controlling temporary works vary considerably and health and safety is a major consideration for those responsible across projects of all sizes.
BSI (British Standards Institution) […]

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Allstate Sales Group to Establish Software Development & CAD Support Centres in Waterford & Sligo

  Allstate Sales Group to Establish Software Development & CAD Support Centres in Waterford & Sligo

Allstate Sales Group (ASG), a provider of turnkey engineering and construction services to the telecommunications industry, is to establish software development and CAD support centres in Ireland, at locations in Waterford and Sligo, creating 200 new jobs over the three years. It is the company’s first operations outside the US. The investment is supported by […]

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STS Group Acquired by Dussmann Group of Germany

  STS Group Acquired by Dussmann Group of Germany

The international multi-service provider, the Dussmann Group of Berlin, has agreed to acquire Irish specialist engineering company STS Group. The deal is expected to be closed in June 2019 and is subject to approval of the German antitrust authorities. The parties have agreed to keep the purchase price confidential.
All the senior management of STS have […]

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Focus Ireland’s New 31-unit Social Housing Development Opened

  Focus Ireland’s New 31-unit Social Housing Development Opened

The Minister for Housing, Eoghan Murphy has officially opened Focus Ireland’s new 31-unit social housing development built by Duggan Brothers. The new social housing development will provide homes for a number of families and individuals in the heart of Dublin City Centre.
The new build encompasses a seven storey residential apartment building including basement, external envelope […]

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Over 10,000 Workers Joined the Irish Construction Workforce in 2018

  Over 10,000 Workers Joined the Irish Construction Workforce in 2018

A new report from the CIF shows that 10,600 extra workers joined the construction workforce in 2018, up 8% year on year and bringing the total workforce to 145,500. There was a 20% increase in investment in building and construction in 2018, with €26 billion invested during the year. The report shows that housing investment […]

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Saint-Gobain Build Better Roadshow Coming to Galway, Waterford and Limerick

  Saint-Gobain Build Better Roadshow Coming to Galway, Waterford and Limerick

Kieran Holohan, Marketing Director of Saint-Gobain Ireland, has announced that the Saint-Gobain Build Better Roadshow will travel to Galway (25th June), with Waterford and Limerick following in October and November. The announcement follows the success of the first two Build Better Roadshows which took place in Belfast on 3rd April, 2019 and in Cork on 14th May 2019.
The […]

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Housing Development in Limerick Awarded RIAI Silver Medal For Housing

  Housing Development in Limerick Awarded RIAI Silver Medal For Housing

The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) has announced the winner of the RIAI Silver Medal for Housing, which was awarded to Southill Older Persons’ Accommodation, Limerick by ABK Architects. The RIAI Silver Medal for Housing is the highest award for housing design given by the RIAI. It is a biennial award made to encourage excellence of […]

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Construction Works Begin on €325 Million WuXi Biologics Dundalk Facility

  Construction Works Begin on €325 Million WuXi Biologics Dundalk Facility

The new €325 million state-of-the-art WuXi Biologics facility has begun to take structural form as steel erection begins on the company’s 52-acre campus site in Dundalk. Work is on schedule for the new contract manufacturing biologics facility which, at 48,000 square metres in size, is set to become the world’s largest single-use biologics manufacturing facility.
Planning […]

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Amendments to British Standard: BS 8500 – Concrete

  Amendments to British Standard: BS 8500 – Concrete

Advances in essential materials, products and equipment in the built environment sector continues apace as our technology and understanding of environmental impact evolve. Major building materials in construction such as concrete are now expected to achieve an even higher standard of quality, durability, reliability and consider environmental matters such as embodied carbon.
BSI, the business improvement […]

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Belfast Harbour Awards Largest Ever Contract to Local Construction Company

  Belfast Harbour Awards Largest Ever Contract to Local Construction Company

At £50 million, City Quays 3, which will accommodate 1,800 people, represents Belfast Harbour’s largest development project to date and is the latest component of its very successful City Quays waterfront scheme which is already home to 1,100 office workers. The City Quays 3 development will provide another significant opportunity to offer world class office […]

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Kingspan Powers Behind OFTEC’s Call For Homeowners to Choose Double-Skinned ‘Bunded’ Tanks

  Kingspan Powers Behind OFTEC’s Call For Homeowners to Choose Double-Skinned ‘Bunded’ Tanks

As one of Ireland’s most established oil tank manufacturers, Kingspan is fully behind OFTEC’s Bunded campaign which has been created to advise homeowners to replace single skin oil tanks with bunded oil tanks, for superior quality and safety of double-skinned bunded tanks. Bunded tanks differ from ‘single skin’ tanks due to their secondary containment tank, […]

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Fundamental Issues Remain Unresolved in Tackling Housing Crisis

  Fundamental Issues Remain Unresolved in Tackling Housing Crisis

Responding to the Daft.ie Rent Report for Quarter 1 2019, IPAV, the Institute of Professional Auctioneers & Valuers, said there are two questions that have not been addressed in the current housing crisis – one, does the State support those aspiring to own their own homes, and two, does it see a solution beyond institutional investors as […]

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Ecocem Ireland Appoints Annemarie Harte as Managing Director

  Ecocem Ireland Appoints Annemarie Harte as Managing Director

Ecocem Ireland Ltd, Ireland’s premier producer of high performance, low carbon cement, has appointed Annemarie Harte (pictured) as Managing Director of the Irish business. Annemarie is taking over the role from Micheál McKittrick, who is moving to a new post as Ecocem’s Managing Director for Northern Europe with responsibility for the Irish, UK and Benelux markets.
Appointed […]

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Dublin City Council Approves First Climate Change Action Plan

  Dublin City Council Approves First Climate Change Action Plan

Dublin City Council’s elected members have approved the Climate Change Action Plan 2019-2024. Climate change poses significant risks and challenges to the Dublin region. In response to this, each of the four Dublin Local Authorities have worked with Codema – Dublin’s Energy Agency and the Dublin Metropolitan Climate Action Regional Office (CARO) in developing individual […]

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Funding and Regulatory Obstacles Frustrating Delivery of Social and Affordable Housing

  Funding and Regulatory Obstacles Frustrating Delivery of Social and Affordable Housing

The Housing Alliance, a collaboration of six of Ireland’s largest Approved Housing Bodies (AHBs), has launched its new campaign, ‘More Social and Affordable Homes’, and met with members of the Oireachtas at a recent event in Dublin. AHBs are not-for-profit organisations that have a social purpose to provide for people’s housing needs by working in close co-operation […]

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International Hospitality Operator Commits to Iconic Central Plaza Development

  International Hospitality Operator Commits to Iconic Central Plaza Development

Hines and Peterson Group, the developer of Central Plaza, the visionary mixed-use development currently underway in former Central Bank offices on College Green and Dame Street in Dublin, has selected an operator for the newly created rooftop destination at Central Plaza. The iconic One Central Plaza is the main building within the city centre development […]

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€700,000 Peer to Peer Finance Raised in Just 5 Days For Waterford Housing Development

  €700,000 Peer to Peer Finance Raised in Just 5 Days For Waterford Housing Development

Propertybridges.com, Ireland’s peer to peer lender to the property development marketplace, has filled its biggest loan so far – €700,000 to facilitate the build of two new housing development projects in County Waterford. PropertyBridges.com has the backing of its ever growing community of lenders (now over 1,500 and growing every day) who see the benefits of […]

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Builders Merchants Urged to Enter New Style Octabuild Excellence Awards

  Builders Merchants Urged to Enter New Style Octabuild Excellence Awards

Builders merchants are being urged to enter the Octabuild Builders Merchant Excellence Awards 2019 by going online now to www.octabuildawards.ie. The Octabuild Awards, which have been acknowledging the best in the builders merchant trade for 35 years, have been revamped for 2019 with a number of progressive changes that take account of key developments in the […]

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National Broadband Ireland Announced as Preferred Bidder For National Broadband Plan

  National Broadband Ireland Announced as Preferred Bidder For National Broadband Plan

National Broadband Ireland, the Granahan McCourt led Consortium bidding for the Government of Ireland’s National Broadband Plan (NBP), has been announced as the Preferred Bidder by Minister for Communications, Climate Action & Environment, Richard Bruton. Established in response to the NBP, National Broadband Ireland brings together a team with significant national and international expertise in designing, building […]

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Energia Group Agrees €44 Million Debt Finance Package For New Bioenergy Plant

  Energia Group Agrees €44 Million Debt Finance Package For New Bioenergy Plant

Energia Group, one of Ireland’s leading energy providers and infrastructure investors, has agreed a €44 million debt finance package with Allied Irish Bank plc for its bioenergy plant currently being completed at Huntstown in north County Dublin. The debt finance package includes a term loan of €38.6 million and ancillary facilities of €5.4 million. It is part of an […]

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Significant Slowdown in Dublin Housing Market

  Significant Slowdown in Dublin Housing Market

The average ‘sold price’ for houses across Dublin this year is almost identical to last year, indicating that growth in the housing market has slowed down, according to new research by Perfect Property, Ireland’s innovative property search engine. An analysis of the Property Price Register by Perfect Property shows that the average sold price of […]

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Funding to Build Two New Housing Developments in Waterford

  Funding to Build Two New Housing Developments in Waterford

Propertybridges.com, Ireland’s peer to peer lender to the property development marketplace, has launched its biggest loan so far – €750,000 to build two new housing development projects in County Waterford. The PropertyBridges.com plan is to lend across the country to over a 100 plus new housing development projects in the next three years with the […]

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CRH Continues Share Buyback Programme

  CRH Continues Share Buyback Programme

CRH plc announced its intention to continue its share buyback programme with a further tranche of up to €350 million. The Buyback commenced on 29 April 2019, and will end no later than 16 August 2019.
Under the terms of the Buyback, ordinary shares will be repurchased on the London Stock Exchange and/or Euronext Dublin. CRH has […]

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Over a Third of Construction Companies Recently Hired an Irish Worker Returning From Abroad

  Over a Third of Construction Companies Recently Hired an Irish Worker Returning From Abroad

37% of Irish construction companies recently hired Irish workers returning from living and working abroad, according to recent survey findings. The survey, which was conducted by the Construction Industry Federation, also shows that family was the main reason for the returning diaspora.
The housing crisis has seen a huge need for more homes to be built […]

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Planning Permission For 913 Residential Units in Dunshaughlin, County Meath

  Planning Permission For 913 Residential Units in Dunshaughlin, County Meath

Gem Group has welcomed the approval of planning permission by An Bord Pleanála for a Strategic Housing Development (SHD) at Dunshaughlin East, Dunshaughlin, County Meath. The development will be located on a 28.3 hectare site at lands to the north of the R147/Dublin Road in the eastern part of Dunshaughlin. It will be built on […]

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Strong Start For Irish Commercial Property Investment

  Strong Start For Irish Commercial Property Investment

Irish commercial property investment reached more than €609 million in Q1 2019 marking a strong start to the year, according to BNP Paribas Real Estate. Continued strong interest from overseas investors is evident with large office and residential developments in most demand.
Retail emerged as the second best performing sector in Q1 with €186 million invested […]

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Gyproc Continues Monaghan Investments With New Work at Knocknacran

  Gyproc Continues Monaghan Investments With New Work at Knocknacran

Following a competitive tendering process, Gyproc Ireland, which mines gypsum at Knocknacran quarry for use in its factory in Kingscourt, has announced the awarding of an important new contract to Wills Bros. Ltd.  Wills Bros are one of Ireland’s leading civil engineering contractors with experience in large scale infrastructural, industrial and earthworks projects. The contract […]

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Home Improvements and Energy Upgrades Drive €2.5 Billion Spend in Ireland

  Home Improvements and Energy Upgrades Drive €2.5 Billion Spend in Ireland

Irish homeowners have spent over €2.471 billion in total through the Home Renovation Incentive (HRI) since its launch in 2013. This incentive has facilitated homeowners throughout Ireland in carrying out 147,349 home improvement projects over the last four years. These projects throughout the country have had an average spend of €16,774 per project, providing a huge […]

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