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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 [...]...

National Construction Summit 2018 – Ireland is Building Again, Says Housing Minister

  National Construction Summit 2018 – Ireland is Building Again, Says Housing Minister

By 2040 the population of the Republic of Ireland will have reached 6 million, according to Eoghan Murphy TD, the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government. He added: “Where are these people going to live and how will they live?”
The Minister was the opening speaker at the 2018 National Construction Summit, which was held […]

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A Plan For Affordable Housing

  A Plan For Affordable Housing

“All housing, not just for first time buyers, needs to be affordable. This means lower prices in Dublin and surrounding counties, which will bring down rents,” pointed out Colm McCarthy, Economist at University College Dublin, during the recent 2018 National Construction Summit.
Colm McCarthy was a main speaker at the event, where he presented his ‘plan […]

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Social Housing Construction Status Report and Social Housing Delivery Targets for Local Authorities 2018-2021

  Social Housing Construction Status Report and Social Housing Delivery Targets for Local Authorities 2018-2021

The Government has published the Quarter 4 2017 Social Housing Construction Projects Status Report, which sets out the significant progress made to date in advancing the construction pipeline, as well as social housing delivery targets for local authorities for 2018-2021. At end-2017, 2,512 homes were completed, 3,650 were under construction and 1,912 further homes were […]

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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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Tyndall National Institute and IERC Collaborate on €600,000 Horizon 2020 Energy Efficiency Project Success

  Tyndall National Institute and IERC Collaborate on €600,000 Horizon 2020 Energy Efficiency Project Success

The International Energy Research Centre (IERC) has welcomed new research funding from the EU Horizon 2020 Initiative to develop models for assessing energy efficiency retrofit options in buildings. The IERC is collaborating with Tyndall National Institute and have jointly secured €600,000 in energy research funding to deliver the H2020 ‘RECO2ST Project’.
The project builds on a […]

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The National Construction Summit 2018 Opens This Wednesday, 2nd May, at Citywest Convention Centre, Dublin – Register Now

  The National Construction Summit 2018 Opens This Wednesday, 2nd May, at Citywest Convention Centre, Dublin – Register Now

Time is running out to register to attend the 2018 National Construction Summit being held this Wednesday (2nd May) at the Citywest Convention Centre, Dublin. The event is expected to attract more than 2,000 visitors from across the country. Now in its fourth year, the annual National Construction Summit has become firmly established as an […]

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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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