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  • Cork Businesses Call For Delivery on the Capital Plan as Set Out in Ireland 2040 Businesses in Cork have voiced their concerns over the slow pace of progress with significant capital projects and are calling for accelerated delivery of the National Development Plan, to support balanced growth and job creation across the entire country. Ibec Cork Regional President Sean Moran said: “Business is concerned that progress is slipping in the delivery [...]...
  • Solid Rise in Construction Activity, But New Order Growth Slows to Four-and-a-half Year Low The Ulster Bank Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index® (PMI®) – a seasonally adjusted index designed to track changes in total construction activity – rose to 53.7 in August from 51.4 in July. This marked the first pick-up in the rate of growth in four months, with construction activity increasing at a solid pace midway through the third quarter. Commenting on [...]...
  • Sisk Becomes First in Europe to Introduce Lifting Robotics to Site Leading construction company John Sisk & Son has become the first contractor in Europe to introduce robotics to construction projects, investing €150,000 as part of its commitment to enhance productivity on its sites and minimise health and safety risks to its workforce. The innovative robotic tool known as a Material Unit Lift Enhancer (MULE) was [...]...
  • Local Government Procurement Opportunities is Focus of Free Supplier Engagement Event Fingal County Council is one of eight local authorities from Greater Dublin and surrounding areas supporting a Supplier Engagement event focusing on local government procurement opportunities. InterTradeIreland, together with the Local Government Management Agency (LGMA) are hosting the free half-day event at the CityWest Hotel on October 1. Local government in Ireland manage contracts which support and [...]...
  • Permanent Met Lidars at Irish Wind Farms ZX Lidars has delivered ZX 300’s to Statkraft Ireland for the purpose of assisting with operational wind farm monitoring including power performance tests through to the provision of wind measurements for production forecasting/reporting. The use of wind Lidars in this capacity reduces the working at height and planning requirements associated with traditional met masts. In addition, [...]...

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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DCC gives go-ahead for multi-million euro docklands development

The first of the fast-track developments planned for Dublin’s docklands has been given the go ahead by the city council.
The planning permission for the site on Sir John Rogerson’s Quay will involve 58 apartments and 9,000 square metres of office space.
The site, which was formerly owned by a Sean Dunne company, is being developed by […]

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Building momentum – an overview of Ireland’s construction sector

  Building momentum – an overview of Ireland’s construction sector

To describe the effect of the recession on Ireland’s construction industry as devastating is an understatement. Now less than a quarter of the size it was at its peak in 2006, it represents about 7pc of the country’s GNP, down from 21pc, and 170,000 jobs have been lost in the sector since the property bubble […]

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3,300 Jobs on way for Limerick in massive city centre development – 300 in construction stage

  3,300 Jobs on way for Limerick in massive city centre development – 300 in construction stage

The biggest city centre real estate project outside of Dublin over the next 10 years has received the green light today.
The project based in Limerick city centre looks set to employ up to 3,300 people.
Limerick City and County Council today invited expressions of interest in the €80-€100m strategic Opera Centre site, which triggered the go […]

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Planning Sought for 101 Homes in Dublin

  Planning Sought for 101 Homes in Dublin

A low-profile property firm has become the latest player to seek planning permission to build family homes in Dublin, in another sign that the shortage of houses in Dublin is beginning to be addressed.
Argentum Property Holding Three Limited has applied for planning permission to build 101 houses on Griffith Avenue on Dublin’s northside. If it […]

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Limerick City and County Council has given a go to the €80 Opera Centre site development.

  Limerick City and County Council has given a go to the €80 Opera Centre site development.

The re-developed 50,000sq metre project should create around 3,000 jobs with 300 additional jobs supported during the construction stage.
The 2.8 hectare site will provide for a mix of office, educational, retail and residential uses over a five-year period.

 The publication by Limerick City and County Council of an invitation for expressions of interest in the site has triggered […]

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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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Shares in cement group Lafarge fall as merger talks stall

  Shares in cement group Lafarge fall as merger talks stall

Shares in French cement group Lafarge fell by around 2 per cent on Monday after two shareholders of its Swiss merger partner Holcim appeared unhappy with revised deal terms that were designed to placate them.
Russian businessman Filaret Galchev, who owns a 10.8 per cent stake in Holcim via Eurocement Holding AG, has rejected the new […]

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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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CRH shares jump on Holcim, Lafarge chief executive talks

  CRH shares jump on Holcim, Lafarge chief executive talks

Shares in Iseq heavyweight CRH jumped by nearly 4 per cent on Wednesday after reports that cement makers Holcim and Lafarge, are discussing a new CEO appointment to the combined group.
The move would see current Lafarge boss Bruno Lafont shift into a new role, as talks continue to save their troubled merger.
There is pressure to […]

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Glanbia Ingredients Ireland Opens New €180 Million Nutritional Ingredients Plant

  Glanbia Ingredients Ireland Opens New €180 Million Nutritional Ingredients Plant

Ireland’s leading dairy ingredients company, Glanbia Ingredients Ireland, has commenced production at its new, state-of-the-art nutritional ingredients plant at Belview in County Waterford, so completing a €200 million investment programme designed to increase processing capacity in readiness for the abolition of EU milk quotas.
Glanbia Ingredients Ireland processes1.6 billion litres of milk annually or 30% of […]

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Invest in the West – MJ Conroy & HP Ballybrit

  Invest in the West – MJ Conroy & HP Ballybrit

The IT giant Hewlett Packard has chosen again and again to expand its presence in Galway, with 700 workers about to move into a new purpose built R&D centre this February. Not only is the development a huge seal of approval for Galway as a centre of excellence for IT innovation, it is also another […]

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John Paul Construction – Company Announcement

  John Paul Construction – Company Announcement

John Paul Construction are pleased to announce the recent appointment of Joe McLoughlin as Construction Director for the Irish market and Paul Dennis as UK Director.
With over 30 years industry experience in managing and delivering major construction projects in Ireland, UK and South Africa, Joe brings a wealth of expertise and capability across all […]

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The Public Works Contracts: What now?

  The Public Works Contracts: What now?

The Office of Government Procurement published its Report on the Review of the Performance of the Public Works Contract (the “Report”) on 11 December 2014, setting out its conclusions following the long-awaited review, commenced in 2013.
The Report is a breath of fresh air, but it will remain to be seen whether it sounds of a […]

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A start performance by Monami Construction

  A start performance by Monami Construction

The engineering and organisational skills of building firm Monami Construction literally went to waste in Cork in 2014, but the client Greenstar, was delighted with professionalism and efficiency used to reconstruct its Glanmire recycling facility. CIAN MOLLOY reports.
When a fire broke out at Greenstar’s waste treatment facility in Glanmire in November 2013, such […]

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Saint-Gobain, Ireland opens the doors of their new Technical Academy in Dublin

  Saint-Gobain, Ireland opens the doors of their new Technical Academy in Dublin

Building materials firm Saint Gobain has opened a new training centre in Grange Castle, Co Dublin, which together with its sister centre in Cavan, is set to upskill some 5,000 construction industry personnel every year.
The two Construction Skills Academies, developed at a combined cost of €1.5m, are reckoned to be the biggest investment in construction […]

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Kilsaran – Connecting the city at the Rosie Hackett Bridge

  Kilsaran – Connecting the city at the Rosie Hackett Bridge

Dublin’s newest bridge, the Rosie Hackett bridge which spans the River Liffey is benefitting from the technical and aesthetic qualities of Kilsaran International. The 21st bridge to cross the river Liffey in Dublin city connects Marlborough Street on the northside with Hawkins Street on the south, the function of the bridge is to carry the […]

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JJ Rhatigan & Company – Setting standards in education building at NUI Galway.

  JJ Rhatigan & Company – Setting standards in education building at NUI Galway.

There aren’t too many clients in Galway or in the surrounding area that are as successful when it comes to securing funding for construction work as NUI Galway. JJ Rhatigan & Company, a firm that has been providing construction services for over half a century, have completed several projects at the campus over the past […]

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Stewart Win Contractor of the Year at Irish Building and Design Awards 2014

Stewart are delighted to have scooped 3 awards at recent Irish Building and Design Awards 2014, to include Contractor of the Year, BIM Initiative of the Year and Retrofit Project of the Year. See some of the Stewart group eagerly accepting our awards at a well organised and good craic awards night hosted by CMG […]

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