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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 [...]...

Building and Construction Output Increased by 7.4% in 1st Quarter 2018

  Building and Construction Output Increased by 7.4% in 1st Quarter 2018

According to the latest CSO figures, the volume of output in building and construction increased by 7.4% in the first quarter of 2018 when compared with the preceding period. This reflects increases of 5.6%, 5.5% and 1.1% respectively in the volume of residential building work, non-residential building work and civil engineering work. The change in the […]

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2018 RIAI Architecture Awards Winners

  2018 RIAI Architecture Awards Winners

The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) has announced the winners of 2018 RIAI Architecture Awards. The awards, held recently at a ceremony in Dublin’s Mansion House, recognise the quality of work carried out by RIAI members in 2017 and highlight the contribution that Irish architects make to society for everyone’s benefit.
Now in their 29th year and […]

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BAM’s Construction of Dublin Airport’s New €27 Million Air Traffic Visual Control Tower Takes Shape

  BAM’s Construction of Dublin Airport’s New €27 Million Air Traffic Visual Control Tower Takes Shape

BAM’s construction of the new 23-storey Air Traffic Visual Control (ATVC) tower at Dublin Airport, which is set to become one of the tallest structures in Ireland, is taking shape with the complex installation of a 106 tonne steel ring now completed. The ring, which will form Floor 1 of the control cab, was hoisted […]

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KES Group to Build State-of-the-art Manufacturing Facility

  KES Group to Build State-of-the-art Manufacturing Facility

KES Group,  the renewable energy and modular building provider, is to make a multi-million pound investment in a new, purpose built, manufacturing facility at Strabane Business Park. The company has purchased circa 3.5 acres of land on the Invest Northern Ireland owned Business Park to accommodate their first phase of development.
Conor McCrossan, Managing Director of KES Group, […]

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Optimal Offices Could Unlock €3.4 Billion For Irish Economy

  Optimal Offices Could Unlock €3.4 Billion For Irish Economy

Ireland could unlock €3.4 billion in untapped GDP if organisations were to optimise their workplaces, according to a new study by Ricoh and Oxford Economics. The research, entitled The Economy of People, found that Ireland could achieve a 1.0% increase in GDP by providing more up-to-date technologies, embracing ethical business practices and enhancing office workspaces.
The […]

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CRH Announces Organisational & Business Improvement Initiatives

  CRH Announces Organisational & Business Improvement Initiatives

CRH plc, the global building materials group, has announces a number of organisational and business improvement initiatives. CRH will establish a new global Building Products division effective 1 January 2019, bringing together its Europe Lightside, Europe Distribution and Americas Products divisions. Under the leadership of Keith Haas, currently President, Americas Products, this new platform will […]

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Cork Courthouse Unveiled After €38 Million Redevelopment by BAM

  Cork Courthouse Unveiled After €38 Million Redevelopment by BAM

The new Cork Courthouse has been officially opened following a €38 million redevelopment project by BAM. The work saw the contractor revamp the former Model School building on Anglesea Street into a six-storey courthouse that provides six new courtrooms as well as improved custody and legal practitioner facilities.
It is one of seven courthouses that BAM […]

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The KPMG Irish Independent Property Industry Excellence Awards 2018 Launched

  The KPMG Irish Independent Property Industry Excellence Awards 2018 Launched

The KPMG Irish Independent Property Industry Excellence Awards 2018, which serve as a beacon for excellence in the Irish property sector, are open for entries. Award winners set the benchmark for professionalism and showcase the best that industry stakeholders have to offer.
The Irish property industry is going from strength to strength, and if you believe […]

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Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Delivers Social Housing Under Rebuilding Ireland Programme

  Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Delivers Social Housing Under Rebuilding Ireland Programme

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has delivered a further 12 homes as part of its housing delivery target of 1,563 social housing homes by 2021. The homes were designed and built by John Sisk & Son on a brown field site, to a rapid delivery programme.
As near Zero Energy Buildings ‘nZEB’ will become mandatory for all housing stock in […]

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PM Group Becomes 200th Supporter of 30% Club Ireland

  PM Group Becomes 200th Supporter of 30% Club Ireland

The 30% Club Ireland has announced that PM Group has signed up as its 200th supporter. The 30% Club is a voluntary movement of international companies which are committed to better gender balance at all levels of business. Comprising of CEOs and Chairs, the Group aims to achieve 30% female representation in senior management by 2020 […]

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Novi Enables Flynn Management & Contractors to Construct From the Cloud

  Novi Enables Flynn Management & Contractors to Construct From the Cloud

Novi, the cyber security and proactive IT provider, has carried out a €250,000 upgrade of construction solutions provider Flynn Management & Contractors’ IT infrastructure. The project enables the contractor to leverage advanced, resource intensive applications such as Building Information Modelling (BIM) in its developments for the first time to speed up construction times. It has […]

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BAM and Cork City Council Launch ‘Below our Feet’ Exhibition of Cork’s Unearthed Viking History

  BAM and Cork City Council Launch ‘Below our Feet’ Exhibition of Cork’s Unearthed Viking History

A wealth of artefacts from the Viking era unearthed during BAM’s major development of the former Beamish & Crawford site in Cork city centre is being dislayed in partnership with Cork City Council, Cork Public Museum and University College Cork. The discoveries have yielded fascinating detail of the city’s origins, positioning Cork as one of the […]

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ESB and Bord na Móna Reach Financial Close on Oweninny Wind Farm Project

  ESB and Bord na Móna Reach Financial Close on Oweninny Wind Farm Project

ESB and Bord na Móna have announce that financial close has been reached on the €160 million Oweninny project in North County Mayo. The project will be financed with long-term debt from a consortium of banks including the European Investment Bank (EIB), who are providing 50 per cent of the funding, as well as MUFG Bank, […]

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Whirlpool Research Set to Change the Way We Build Rail, Flood and Sewerage Systems

  Whirlpool Research Set to Change the Way We Build Rail, Flood and Sewerage Systems

Researchers from IT Sligo, together with colleagues from one of Switzerland’s leading universities, have made a discovery about how whirlpools function which has significant implications for how major infrastructural projects are approached and built including energy networks and flood defences around roads and railways. The study of whirlpool fluid flows discovered previously unknown features which are not predicted […]

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DPS Group Wins Major Contract in Sweden

  DPS Group Wins Major Contract in Sweden

DPS Group, the engineering and construction management firm with operations and projects across Europe and the US, has been awarded a major contract from the global pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca to provide Engineering, Procurement, Construction Management and Validation (EPCMV) services for small and medium sized projects on AstraZeneca’s pharmaceutical site in Södertälje, Sweden.
As a result of […]

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International Conference on Building Great Cities to Take Place in Cork

  International Conference on Building Great Cities to Take Place in Cork

Hundreds of international delegates interested in the opportunities and challenges facing ‘cities on the rise’ will travel  to Cork next month, June 27-30 for the  annual congress of the international Academy of Urbanism.
The controversial US ‘ godfather of gentrification’ , Richard Florida, who has been derided by some for  espousing a development philosophy that forced working classes […]

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Cairn Homes to Introduce Duplex Homes to Parkside Development

  Cairn Homes to Introduce Duplex Homes to Parkside Development

Since its launch in 2015, Parkside located on the Malahide Road, has established itself as one of the most attractive and sought-after new developments in North Dublin. For the first time, Cairn Homes is introducing their brand-new duplex homes to the popular family-focused development. In addition to the new duplex homes, Parkside is also launching […]

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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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Brokers Ireland Warns of Financial Impact of Inability to Buy Homes at Affordable Prices

  Brokers Ireland Warns of Financial Impact of Inability to Buy Homes at Affordable Prices

Responding to the latest CSO house price figures indicating continuing house price growth of 12.1% in the year to March in Dublin and 13.4% elsewhere, Brokers Ireland has warned that unless supply of properties ramps up more quickly in the near future a whole generation now in their late twenties and thirties, and even beyond, […]

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Irish Water to Tackle Leakage Across Tipperary as Part of €500 Million National Programme

  Irish Water to Tackle Leakage Across Tipperary as Part of €500 Million National Programme

Irish Water has recently begun an extensive programme of work to improve water supply and tackle leaks in the network across Tipperary as part of a €500 million national investment in leakage reduction. Current works include replacing over 13 km of old and damaged watermains, removing any lead service pipes found on the public network, […]

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Irish Construction Off to a Flying Start With Gold Award For Dublin Airport

  Irish Construction Off to a Flying Start With Gold Award For Dublin Airport

Roadbridge has won a Gold Award at the Considerate Constructors Scheme’s 2018 National Site Awards for its North Runway Construction Package 1 project at Dublin Airport. This is a huge achievement for the Irish construction industry, as it is the first project in Ireland to win a coveted gold award following the launch of the Scheme in Ireland […]

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Dubai-based Irish Architecture & Interior Design Firm Opens Dublin Office

  Dubai-based Irish Architecture & Interior Design Firm Opens Dublin Office

Serendipity By Design, a design consultancy firm, founded by Rebecca Gernon (pictured right) over 20 years ago opens an office in Dublin this month. Rebecca has worked on hundreds of projects across the Middle East basing herself in Dubai for the past 24 years. Her career took her to some of the biggest hubs of architectural innovation across […]

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New Jobs Lead to New Business For Newry Environmental Services Firm

  New Jobs Lead to New Business For Newry Environmental Services Firm

Blockbusters Environmental Services recently recruited six new staff with support from Invest Northern Ireland and has now won a new contract in Great Britain as a result. The company will be providing its specialist drainage and environmental services to an award-winning UK construction and fit-out contractor for its London based construction projects.
Speaking about the company’s […]

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RKD Honoured at Greenbuild Europe 2018

  RKD Honoured at Greenbuild Europe 2018

Greenbuild Europe 2018 took place on 17–18 April 2018 in Berlin, gathering passionate green building and sustainability leaders from all over the world to advance the mission that buildings and communities will foster and sustain the vitality of all life within a generation. The conference featured a number of opportunities for green building professionals to […]

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Ten-Year €1 Billion Programme of Investment in Flood Relief Measures Launched

  Ten-Year €1 Billion Programme of Investment in Flood Relief Measures Launched

The Government has launched a ten-year programme of €1 billion in investment in flood relief measures including a first tranche of €257 million in funding for 50 new flood relief schemes to proceed to detailed design and construction. The Flood Risk Management Plans allow the Government to build on significant investment on flood defence schemes, […]

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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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The Economic Picture and the Construction Sector

  The Economic Picture and the Construction Sector

“The Irish economy is firmly back on its feet,” according to Loretta O’Sullivan, Group Chief Economist at Bank of Ireland. “Consumer spending is just above its previous peak and will be an important driver of growth going forward.”
The improvement in consumer confidence is being fuelled by rising employment as the economy continues to create jobs. […]

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No Single Solution to the Imbalance in the Housing Market

  No Single Solution to the Imbalance in the Housing Market

“How do you intervene in a market that is out of balance? We have a lot of policies but implementation is vital,” remarked David Duffy, Director of Property Industry Ireland, the Ibec group that represents the sector, when assessing the issue and challenges facing Ireland’s housing market, where the growth in supply is lagging behind […]

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Sisk Commits to Double Energy Productivity

  Sisk Commits to Double Energy Productivity

John Sisk & Son, Ireland’s largest construction company, has become the first Irish business to join global energy efficiency initiative EP100. As part of its EP100 membership commitment, Sisk has pledged to double its energy productivity within 25 years, joining companies such as Schneider Electric, Johnson Controls, Danfoss and H&M in demonstrating climate leadership by reducing energy use.
Supported by The Climate Group, which leads EP100 in partnership with the Alliance to […]

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OPW Highlights New Opportunities For Irish Construction Companies

  OPW Highlights New Opportunities For Irish Construction Companies

Of the anticipated €116 billion capital investment provided for in Project Ireland 2040, the Government’s policy and planning framework for the social, economic and cultural development of Ireland, the Office of Public Works (OPW) will be responsible for between €5 billion and €10 billion of this expenditure. Many of the projects involved will be small […]

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