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  • Brooks to Reduce Energy Bills by €90,000 by Switching on to Smarter Lighting Brooks, one of Ireland’s longest established timber distributors and builders merchants, will reduce their lighting costs by over €91,000 per annum by switching to energy efficient LED lighting. This will be a nearly 70% reduction in energy costs. eLight, the LED lighting experts, installed over 1400 new lighting products in Brooks 7 stores nationwide. These [...]...
  • BAM Wins €25 Million Contract to Build New Cheese Factory in Cork TINE Ireland, a subsidiary of the Norwegian dairy co-operative TINE, has awarded the construction of a new Jarlsberg® cheese production facility and administration building at Mogeely, County Cork, to BAM Ireland. The contract value is more than €25 million. TINE is Norway’s largest producer, distributor and exporter of dairy products with 11,400 members (owners) and [...]...
  • McAleer & Rushe Transforming Edinburgh’s Old Town The new UK Government hub planned for New Waverley in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, which is being constructed by Northern Ireland-based design and build company McAleer & Rushe, has reached a significant milestone with the official ‘Topping Out’ of the office scheme. The project which is transforming a UNESCO Heritage site, in one [...]...
  • PREM Group to Invest Over €1.6 Million in Hotel Refurbishment International hotel management company PREM Group has secured the purchase of the well-known Aspect Hotel in Kilkenny. The Irish owned hotel management and hospitality group has strengthened its growing property portfolio by acquiring the property which it has been leasing and running since it opened in 2006. The 80-bedroom hotel is located just five minutes’ [...]...
  • Home For Life is a New Participant in the Mortgage to Rent Scheme The Government has welcomed Home For Life Ltd as a new participant in the Mortgage to Rent [MTR] scheme, where they will work in tandem with local authorities as landlords providing a long term solution for those in mortgage distress. The announcement coincides with the launch by the Department of Housing Planning and Local Government [...]...

Analyses on the Cost of Delivering Housing in Ireland

  Analyses on the Cost of Delivering Housing in Ireland

The Government has published three reports on the cost of residential delivery in Ireland –  Review of Delivery Costs and Viability for Affordable Residential Developments; Cost analysis of the updated Sustainable Urban Housing: Design Standards for New Apartments, Guidelines for Planning Authorities; and Comparison of Residential Construction Costs in Ireland to other European Countries.
Commenting on […]

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Michael Carey Named Chair Designate of the Housing Agency

  Michael Carey Named Chair Designate of the Housing Agency

Following Government approval, Michael Carey has been nominated as Chair Designate of the Housing Agency, to take over from Dr Conor Skehan. Michael Carey has extensive experience in overseeing State bodies, having served as Chairman of Bord Bia since 2011 (his second term expired earlier this year), and he has also served as Chair of […]

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National Survey Highlights Challenges Facing Irish Projects

  National Survey Highlights Challenges Facing Irish Projects

The Ireland Chapter of Project Management Institute (PMI), the largest professional organisation for project managers in Ireland with over 1,300 members, has released its inaugural Annual Index Survey. The national survey completed by members across industries such as IT, construction, pharmaceuticals, and financial services outlined that almost 75% of Irish project management leaders had projects negatively impacted […]

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Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Seeks Views on Future of Ballyogan, Stepaside, Carrickmines and Leopardstow

  Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Seeks Views on Future of Ballyogan, Stepaside, Carrickmines and Leopardstow

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has commenced a 6 week pre-draft public consultation process on a new Local Area Plan (LAP) for Ballyogan and Environs. Following this consultation period, a draft LAP will be produced to help frame development in the area over the coming 6 years. The areas covered will include Ballyogan, Kilgobbin, The Gallops/Glencairn (Leopardstown) […]

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Government Funding of €10 Million For Energy Efficiency Design Projects

  Government Funding of €10 Million For Energy Efficiency Design Projects

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) is now accepting applications from organisations planning an investment in a new design project or major energy upgrade. The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten TD, secured an allocation of €10 Million in Budget 2018 for the Excellence in Energy Efficient Design (EXEED) programme.
The €10 million allocation will be used to […]

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Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government to Open National Construction Summit – 2nd May, 2018 – Citywest Convention Centre, Dublin

  Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government to Open National Construction Summit – 2nd May, 2018 – Citywest Convention Centre, Dublin

Eoghan Murphy TD, the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, will make the opening address at the 2018 National Construction Summit, being held on Wednesday, 2nd May at the Citywest Convention Centre, Dublin. The 2018 National Construction Summit is expected to attract more than 2,000 visitors, from across the country. The Minister for Housing, […]

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Ecocem Rebrands

  Ecocem Rebrands

Ecocem Ireland and Ecocem GB have launched a new brand. Ecocem is Europe’s largest independent specialist producer of GGBS (Ground Granulated Blastfurnace Slag) cement with a capacity of 2.4 million tonnes. Significant developments in the organisation have seen a growing interaction across its operating regions in Ireland, Holland, France, UK and Sweden, as well as the […]

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Where are Ireland’s Construction Workers?

  Where are Ireland’s Construction Workers?

The Central Bank of Ireland has published a signed article from the second Quarterly Bulletin of 2018, published on 12 April 2018.
The article, ‘Where are Ireland’s Construction Workers?‘ by Thomas Conefrey and Tara McIndoe-Calder, considers the decline in construction sector employment in Ireland during the economic and financial crisis that began in 2008. One in […]

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RIAI Registered Architects Open Their Doors For Annual Partnership With Simon Communities

  RIAI Registered Architects Open Their Doors For Annual Partnership With Simon Communities

One of the country’s best-known architects, Dermot Bannon, was on hand recently to launch the RIAI Simon Open Door campaign, aimed at raising funds to help tackle the housing and homeless crisis. Now in its 14th year, the campaign will run from Monday, 14th May until Sunday 20th May.
As part of the annual partnership between the RIAI and […]

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New Project to Reduce Costs and Underwater Noise in Offshore Wind Construction

  New Project to Reduce Costs and Underwater Noise in Offshore Wind Construction

The Carbon Trust has announced the launch of BLUE PILOT, a large-scale demonstration project aimed at reducing costs and underwater noise during construction of offshore wind farms as part of the Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA). The BLUE PILOT project will deploy The BLUE Hammer, a new type of pile driver developed by Fistuca BV, a Dutch […]

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NI Water Invests £1 Million to Upgrade Watermain Supplying Fermanagh Reservoirs

  NI Water Invests £1 Million to Upgrade Watermain Supplying Fermanagh Reservoirs

NI Water has announced the completion of the first section of a 3.5 km watermain between Ally Hill Service Reservoir (SR), on the outskirts of Lough Bradan and Doochrock SR near Ederney, as part of a million pound investment to improve and safeguard the local water supply. The new upsized watermain will replace the old […]

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37 Communities to Become More Energy Efficient

  37 Communities to Become More Energy Efficient

Funded by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has announced that an initial €22 million will fund energy upgrades to 1,200 homes and 400 community and commercial buildings across 37 communities.  The support underpins total investment of €52 million and means the communities will have warmer […]

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DIT Grangegorman Campus Development Accelerates

  DIT Grangegorman Campus Development Accelerates

The Government has announced that construction will begin immediately on the next extensive development on the DIT Grangegorman campus. The Eriugena consortium (led by Macquarie Capital Group Ltd, and Irish construction firm John Sisk & Son (Holdings) Ltd, FCC Construction Ireland Ltd and Sodexo Ireland Ltd) are ready to commence work on the site. Over […]

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€1.5 Million Investment in Cavan Hotel

  €1.5 Million Investment in Cavan Hotel

An Irish-American hotelier, Connie O Reilly (pictured), has invested €1.5 million over the last 12 months in Cavan’s four-star Crover House Hotel. Having already increased its staff from 80 to 120 in 2017, the hotel has invested €1.5 million in its renovation programme. A complete refurbishment of the ballroom was undertaken, updating and extending their […]

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Pairc Ui Chaoimh Named ‘Project of the Year’

  Pairc Ui Chaoimh Named ‘Project of the Year’

The newly renovated home of Cork GAA, Páirc Uí Chaoimh has been named construction ‘Project of the Year’ at a prestigious awards ceremony after winning the popular vote among the public and industry alike. The state-of-the-art facility, built by leading Irish construction firm John Sisk & Son (Sisk), also picked up one of the Irish Construction […]

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€1.74 Billion Spent on Home Renovation Since 2013

  €1.74 Billion Spent on Home Renovation Since 2013

Irish homeowners have spent €1.737 billion in total through the Home Renovation Incentive (HRI) since its launch in 2013. This incentive has facilitated homeowners throughout the country in carrying out 107,386 home improvement projects over the last four years. These projects throughout Ireland have had an average spend of €16,187 per project, providing a huge […]

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A&L Goodbody Sees Good Prospects in Construction Sector as it Hires New Partner

  A&L Goodbody Sees Good Prospects in Construction Sector as it Hires New Partner

Irish law firm A&L Goodbody is adding to its construction team in Dublin with the appointment of Conor Owens as a new partner. The construction industry has seen a surge in activity over the last two years. This is mainly due to more favourable economic conditions in Ireland.
International construction consultant, Aecom, has predicted that the Irish construction industry […]

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New BIM Specification For Sharing Health and Safety Info During Construction Projects

  New BIM Specification For Sharing Health and Safety Info During Construction Projects

BSI, the business standards company, has launched a specification for the sharing of health and safety information through a project or asset-life cycle. PAS 1192-6 Specification for collaborative sharing and use of structured Health and Safety information using BIM supports the development of structured health and safety information for all construction projects from the outset.
Until recently, health […]

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45 Jobs Saved at Manley Construction Following Exit From Examinership

  45 Jobs Saved at Manley Construction Following Exit From Examinership

Manley Construction has exited examinership after 100 days following a High Court hearing in front of Justice Marie Baker. Following the hearing, the company can continue to trade normally, saving 45 construction and administrative jobs at its Duleek, County Meath headquarters.
Manley Construction has a strong portfolio of ongoing projects and this decision ensures the smooth continuation […]

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NSAI Launch New Health and Safety International Standard ISO 45001 in Conjunction With Collen Construction

  NSAI Launch New Health and Safety International Standard ISO 45001 in Conjunction With Collen Construction

The world’s first occupational health and safety international standard, ISO 45001, has been published. ISO 45001 will give organisations an internationally recognised occupational health and safety standard to follow. This standard provides the specification for formal, systematic analysis and management of risk, management of regulatory compliance, promotion of safer work practices, and evaluation of occupational health […]

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Irish Construction Companies Raise Over €3.5 Million Through Linked Finance

  Irish Construction Companies Raise Over €3.5 Million Through Linked Finance

Linked Finance, Ireland’s leading peer-to-peer (P2P) lending company has raised over €3.5m for Irish construction businesses. 34 Irish construction firms including Farranconnor Building Products in Cork and Cairn Construction in Wicklow have raised funds through Linked Finance’s online lending platform (www.linkedfinance.com). Cairn Construction raised €30,000 through the platform to invest in machinery to facilitate business […]

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Expert Speakers Confirmed For Ireland’s Biggest Annual Project Management Conference

  Expert Speakers Confirmed For Ireland’s Biggest Annual Project Management Conference

The Ireland Chapter of Project Management Institute (PMI) has announced the expert speakers for Ireland’s premier conference on project management. With the theme The Change Makers, the Chapter’s annual conference takes place in the Aviva Stadium on 26 April 2018 and will see some of Ireland’s most respected industry leaders discuss managing, driving and achieving change.
Notable speakers include Dr Norah […]

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Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Provides Over €742 Million For Future Development

  Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Provides Over €742 Million For Future Development

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has agreed a Capital Expenditure Programme of over €742 million. The Three Year Capital Programme 2018-2020 will deliver a considerable number of infrastructural and housing projects that are of strategic importance to the County and the Region from both a social and an economic perspective. This will shape the development of […]

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Construction Industry Requires More Female Workers

  Construction Industry Requires More Female Workers

A survey by the Construction Industry Federation (CIF) has found that on average approximately only 1 out of 10 construction workers are female. The survey found that on construction sites 99% of workers are male, whilst offsite, 54% are male and 46% are female. Of those women working in construction roles considered ‘offsite’ the majority […]

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Kirby Builds Executive Leadership Capability For the Future

  Kirby Builds Executive Leadership Capability For the Future

Kirby Group Engineering has made a number of key appointments at executive level in response to the company’s growth and success, nationally and internationally. Aidan J Kerins has joined Kirby as the new Group Business Development Director. Henry McCann has been promoted to Operations Director, while Alan McHugh has been promoted to Associate Director – […]

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Atlas Copco Ireland Opens New State-of-the-art Headquarters in Dublin

  Atlas Copco Ireland Opens New State-of-the-art Headquarters in Dublin

Atlas Copco Ireland, the country’s leading total solutions provider for compressed air and industrial gas markets, has officially opened its new state-of-the-art headquarters in Dublin. The building is an ample 560 m2 in size and will be the permanent new workplace for the company’s 32 local employees. The move provides a wide range of benefits, including […]

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Progress on Actions to Address Unfinished Housing Developments

  Progress on Actions to Address Unfinished Housing Developments

The Government has published the sixth annual progress report and seventh housing survey on tackling the issue of unfinished housing developments. This reveals a 91% reduction in the unfinished developments since 2010 from almost 3,000 to 256.  2017 saw the resolution of 165 developments.
The report includes the results from the 2017 National Housing Development Survey […]

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Four Times More New Houses Need to be Built in 2018 Compared to Last Year

  Four Times More New Houses Need to be Built in 2018 Compared to Last Year

Initiative Ireland, headquartered at NovaUCD, has launched a new annual housing report, entitled Housing 2031. The report was commissioned to provide a more accurate and consistent view of housing supply and demand over the last 25 years in the Republic of Ireland, to more reliably forecast true housing demand up to 2031.
Padraig W Rushe, CEO of […]

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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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U+I Hires Investment Specialist Eoin Condren

  U+I Hires Investment Specialist Eoin Condren

U+I, the specialist regeneration developer and investor, is further building out its senior leadership team with the appointment of Eoin Condren who will manage non-public sector joint venture relationships. In this role, Eoin will grow U+I’s existing real estate private equity partnerships, as well as sourcing and executing acquisitions in U+I’s three core markets, with […]

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