Client Interview – Manley Construction

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Interview with Karen Muldowney, Business Development and Marketing Manager

 

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Photo 1 - IIS Training Facility

Photo 1 – IIS Training Facility

 

How do Manley Construction specialise for the Irish construction sector?

Working across the public and private sector, Manley Construction are an award-winning medium-sized Main Contractor, operating nationally in both Ireland and the UK. We have been in business over 30 years and have through our experience delivered numerous prestigious projects over a vast array of sectors including Commercial, Retail, Industrial, Healthcare, Educational, Leisure and Residential. 

 

Photo 2-Holbrook Community Renewable Energy Centre, Sheffield

Photo 2 – Holbrook Community Renewable Energy Centre, Sheffield

 

What makes Manley Construction unique?

Manley Construction’s strategic capabilities are based on an excellent culture, resources and competencies along with:

• Our ability to supply timber frame into the residential market
• Our ability to be competitive and deliver “Best Value” to each client based on operational excellence
• Having a fully integrated QMS system
• Being financially viable
• Having a strong history built on solid foundations
• The calibre and experience of the Management and Project teams
• Having a repeat client base
• Having a strong supply chain
• Being experienced across multiple sectors
• Having strong values and a commitment to all people

 

Photo 3 - Haddington Road Primary School

Photo 3 – Haddington Road Primary School

 

What are the challenges facing your industry?  

There are many challenges facing the construction industry. We are still unsure of the repercussions and effects that BREXIT will have, indeed this could be a huge opportunity with FDI companies coming to Ireland.  Currently the rising costs of labour and material will always impact on pricing works, having the lowest costs in construction is a challenge if you want to offer the best service to your clients. As the market is growing, the changes within the workplace will have an impact on retaining staff. However, creating an enjoyable environment and behaving as an employer of choice should help, along with engaging with your supply chain should both lead to improved business outcomes. 

 

Photo 4-Rochestown House

Photo 4 – Rochestown House

 

What recent projects have you been involved in? 

We are currently working on some really exciting projects such as Haddington Road National School, Ratoath College Extension, Franklin House on Pembroke Road, a residential development at Avourwen, Drogheda, Co Louth, Buvinda House which is going to be Meath County Councils new HQ and Nenagh Hospital Extension to name just a few.  We have recently completed sites such as the Irish Institute of Sports, Warwick University, Scoil Lorcan, St Ita’s Hospital Portrane which included the refurbishment and fit out, as well as 34 houses at Rochestown House which is the largest passive housing scheme in Ireland to date.

 

Photo 5- Scoil Lorcáin

Photo 5- Scoil Lorcáin

 

How optimistic are you going into 2017?

The market has shown great improvement and we remain extremely optimistic about 2017 and the opportunities for Manley Construction. We have a fantastic team around us which will drive us on in our strategic plan of becoming the number one medium sized construction company in Ireland, along with having a significant presence within the UK market (North East of England).

 

Photo 6 - University of Warwick

Photo 6 – University of Warwick

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We are finding BuildingInfo really good.  It’s very user friendly.  I think it’s very up to date and reasonable priced with good back office support.  

Client Profile – Booth Concrete

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Interview with Peter Booth, Managing Director of Booth Concrete & Booth Precast Products Ltd in Abbeyleix, Co. Laois, one of Ireland’s largest family owned and managed concrete producers.

 

Booth Concrete Booth Concrete

 

How do Booth Concrete specialise for the Irish Construction sector?

As a well-established concrete & precast company, operating since 1997, we offer a wide range of products to meet the demands of the Irish Construction Industry.

From readymix concrete to sand, from kerb stones to chimney systems, we can cater for any construction project, whether it be commercial or residential.

Booth Concrete

Precast Floors being placed

 

What products of yours are you most proud of?

While I am of course proud of all our products, there are two that I am very excited about going forward.

Our fully insulated precast flooring system is going extremely well. It is a fantastic product having many advantages over the traditional timber joists: sound proofing, insulation and perhaps most importantly, fire proofing. Our flooring systems make for a warmer, safer home.

However, it is our chimney system that I am most optimistic about. It really is a great product and we are getting great feedback from our customers. We have provided quite substantial housing developments all over the country with our chimney systems and we have many more ordered for 2017.

The system is designed to speed up construction especially in timber-frame housing. We have worked with companies such as Ballymore Homes, M.A. Ryan and Diamond Homes.

Booth Concrete

Precast Floors being placed

 

The construction industry is emerging from a sustained period of contraction. Where are the growth areas for your business? 

We have seen a steady rise in activity in all areas to be honest. It is true that growth in the midlands has been considerably slower than that inside Dublin but the signs in the last 12 months are promising.

We are providing blocks, concrete and floors for a lot of self-build houses in our locality along with larger developments such as schools and nursing homes. We are currently supplying to Clancy Construction on a new school in Portlaoise. It’s great to see the construction industry flourishing in the midlands once again as I believe it was one of the regions worst hit by the recession.

What are the challenges facing your industry?

Just like everyone else in the country, we are having to cope with rising insurance premiums. While a lot of the public attention is on private car insurance premiums, I feel that commercial motor insurance is something that our government need to act upon before it becomes too expensive for small businesses to operate.

Also, planning laws are making it very difficult to secure natural resources such as sand and gravel. The local authorities don’t appear to appreciate the importance of these resources to the National Development Plan.

 

Booth concrete

Chimney System (Interior)

Booth concrete

Chimney System (Exterior)

 

What recent projects have you been involved in?

As I mentioned before we are currently supplying the blocks for a large school in Portlaoise. We have also supplied 2 levels of precast flooring to a nursing home in Naas, Co. Kildare and chimney systems to large residential developments in Portmarnock, Waterford, Limerick and Cork.

Booth concrete

Precast Products/Block Truck

Booth concrete

Readymix Truck

 

How optimistic are you going into 2017?

I am very optimistic, especially with our chimney and flooring systems. A lot of interest has been shown and we already have orders for over 100 chimney systems for the first few months of 2017.

I also feel that our reputation as providers of top quality concrete products is growing, not only in our locality, but nationwide, and I feel that puts us in a great position going forward.

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It really has. It is great resource for our sales reps. It allows all of us to coordinate with each other, wherever we are in the country. It has great features such as reminders and alerts for commencing projects. It really is a fantastic product. Information is key, and Building Info keeps our sales personnel up to date on what’s going on.

Building Information Index Vol. 6 Q1 to Q3 2016

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Welcome to the sixth volume of the Building Information Index

This volume of the Building Information Index provides insight and key analysis of activity in the construction industry for the first nine months of 2016. It also provides an invaluable foresight as to what remainder of 2016 and 2017 will bring. I hope you find it informative. 

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In this volume actual activity to the end of September 2016 is compared to the same periods in 2015 and 2014. The analysis takes a close look at the construction industry broken down by region, funding source and sectors; Residential, Commercial & Retail, Medical, Education, Agriculture, Industrial and Social. 

 

 

The total value of Construction Project Commencements grows by €1.46bn (+37%) for the nine months to end of September 2016.

The value of construction project Commencements for the first nine months of 2016 has grown by +37% when compared to the same period in 2015. This shows continued growth building on the +44% reported in previous half year index. Year on year comparison for the first nine months showed a growth of 140% when compared to the same period in 2014. Six of the seven sectors examined registered growth. The Industrial sector recorded the largest percentage growth with Commencements up +104% (to€636m) on 2015 figures. Residential, the largest and most significant sector continued with strong growt hof +48% year on year and with the value of Commencements at €2.59bn. The Agricultural sector alone reported a decrease of -5% to €36.6m.

Value of Applications rises.

The value of construction project Applications rose by 4% to €13.3bn when compared to the first nine months in 2015. This represents an increase of +39% when compared to the same period in 2014. Four sectors reported gains including a marginal gain of 1% for Residential, the largest sector. Gains of 55%,10% and 5% for Commercial/Retail, Industrial and Agricultural while Medical, Education and Social recorded decreases.

Pre-Planning Notice – €6m Galway Racecourse Redevelopment

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Planning application for a major redevelopment at Galway Racecourse will be submitted in the coming weeks.

Build Value Estimate: €6 million

Description: A planning application for a major redevelopment at Galway Racecourse will be submitted in the coming weeks.

The board of Horse Racing Ireland is to contribute €2.1 million towards a €6 million redevelopment of the racecourse in Ballybrit.

The project involves a substantial redevelopment of the enclosure to the north of the parade ring, under the Racecourse Capital Development Scheme.

The existing Tote Ireland building, will also be demolished and replaced with a new structure incorporating a betting hall with bar and food facilities.

Galway Races

The two-storey building will feature a large, open-plan betting hall with capacity for up to 550 racegoers on the ground floor, with Tote Ireland betting counters on three sides and a large betting shop on the fourth side.

Externally, there will be 46 Tote Ireland betting windows, with the majority facing the racetrack.

A modern champagne bar will be positioned on the first floor of the new building with capacity for 450 people.

A sizeable portion of both upstairs and downstairs will be dedicated to new toilet facilities.

Construction of the new building will begin after the 2017 Summer Festival with a launch date head of the 2018 racing festival.

Applicant
Horse Racing Ireland (HRI)
Ballymany
The Curragh
Co. Kildare
045 455 455 | info@hri.ie | www.hri-ras.ie

Pre-Planning Notice – €25m Gas Pipeline Link in Co. Wexford

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Gas Networks Ireland to carry out work on a €25 million plan to bring gas to Wexford

Description: Irish Water has teamed up with Gas Networks Ireland to carry out work on a €25 million plan to bring gas to Wexford.

Work on the Wexford Town Gas and Water Project will begin on 12 September.

Gas Networks Ireland

Phase 1 works will run from September until early 2017, with Phase 2 expected to commence mid-2017.

Phase 1 of the project will see approximately 14km of gas pipelines constructed within the town.

Phase 2 will see building out a further 13km of gas pipelines around the town.

Applicant
Gas Networks Ireland
St. Margarets Road
Finglas
Dublin 11
01 8926000 | businesslink@gasnetworks.ie | www.gasnetworks.ie

Pre-Planning Notice – €10m Dublin Airport Terminal 1 Upgrade

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€10m Upgrade of Dublin Airport Terminal 1 Departures Floor 

Description: The departures floor in Dublin Airport’s Terminal l is to be replaced as part of the €10 million upgrade project.

Parts of the floor have been upgraded several times over the past four decades but in some areas the original tiling laid when the building opened is still in place.

Other improvements to the departures floor include new wooden and tile fascia around the walls and the removal of ticket desks to create more light and space.

Dublin Airport

The departures floor upgrade project will involve the phased temporary closure of airline check-in desks, with some check-in facilities being moved for a time to check-in area 14, which is located in the lower ground floor of T1 below the arrivals hall.

Refurbishment of the arrivals hall includes new flooring, a replacement ceiling, the removal of desks currently situated in some window areas to allow natural light in, and a new look to the front of Terminal 1. When completed, the arrivals hall will be brighter and more spacious.

All restaurants will be located in one area while services such as the tourist information office, bus, travel and the information desk will be grouped together, making the floor layout more user-friendly and intuitive for customers.

Applicant
Dublin Airport Authority plc (daa)
Dublin Airport
Co Dublin
01 8141111 | info@daa.ie | www.daa.ie

Building Information Index Vol. 5 Q1 to Q2 2016

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Welcome to the fifth volume of the Building Information Index

This volume of the Building Information Index provides insight and key analysis of activity in the construction industry for the first six months of 2016. It also provides an invaluable foresight as to what remainder of 2016 and 2017 will bring. I hope you find it informative. 

Download FREE here

In this volume actual activity for the half year to the end of June 2016 is compared to the same periods in 2015 and 2014. The analysis takes a close look at the construction industry broken down by region, funding source and sectors; Residential, Commercial & Retail, Medical, Education, Agriculture, Industrial and Social.

 

 


The total value of Construction Project Commencements grows by €1.12bn (+44%) for the six months to end of June 2016

The value of construction project Commencements for the first half of 2016 has grown by +44% when compared to the same period in 2015. This shows continued strong growth building on what was reported in previous full year index for 2015. Year on year comparison for the first six months showed a growth of 97% when compared to the same period in 2014. Five of the seven sectors examined registered growth. The Education sector recorded the largest percentage growth with Commencements up +148% (to €218m) on 2015 figures. Residential, the largest and most significant sector continued with strong growth of +61% year on year and with the value of Commencements at €1.67bn. The Agricultural and Social sectors reported a decrease of -28% and -22% respectively.

Value of Applications static

The value of construction project Applications remained static at €8.3bn when compared to the first six months in 2015. This does however represent an increase of +37% when compared to the same period in 2014. The Commercial & Retail and Agricultural sectors reported gains of +73% and +37% respectively, with the remaining sectors reporting marginal decreases. Residential the largest sector, was down -15% on 2015 with total Applications of €3.8bn to the end of June 2016 compared with €4.5bn in to the endof June 2015. 

The Building Information Index is measured by factors that correlate with the phases in a construction project. The first is project Commencements which relate to projects that are in progress on-site and where construction activity has started. The second is Applications which are a real time barometer of sentiment in the construction sector and relate to all projects yet to be approved for planning. Thirdly we look at projects that have been granted permission. This shows projects that are further along in the cycle, and being approved, they show more short term potential in the market.  

€4.4m Dublin City University Extension

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Commencement Notice 29 August 2016

Site
Collins Avenue Extension
Glasnevin
Dublin 9

DCU Extension

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Build Value Estimate: €4.4 Million
Floor Area: 3,180 Sq M
Commencement: 29th August 2016
Location: Map Link

Description: University Extension Development consisting of the extension of the existing Science, Research and Engineering Building at DCU with the construction of a new 4-storey building on a previously constructed podium to accommodate a variety of teaching facilities (2 no. 250 seat tired lecture theaters; 4 no.100 seat, 1 no. 75 seat and 2 no. 40 seat classrooms), cellular and open plan office space, a new entrance and atrium off the Business School quadrangle, relocation of existing gas bottle stores, ancillary and roof top plant space. The extension will be located to the west of the existing four storey over basement building on the DCU campus.

Applicant
Dublin City University
Collins Avenue Extension
Glasnevin
Dublin 9
01 7005341 | www.dcu.ie

Architect
MOLA Architecture
Kieran Fitzgerald
2 Donnybrook Road
Dublin 4
01 2183900 | mail@molaarchitecture.com | www.molaarchitecture.com

Contractor
Clancy Construction
Drangan
Thurles
Co. Tipperary
052 9152166 | build@clancyconstruction.ie | www.clancyconstruction.ie

Consulting Engineer
O’Connor Sutton Cronin
9 Prussia Street
Dublin 7
01 8682000 | ocsc@ocsc.ie | www.ocsc.ie

Certifier
MOLA Architecture
Michael O’Carroll
2 Donnybrook Road
Dublin 4
01 2183900 | mail@molaarchitecture.com | www.molaarchitecture.com

€13 Million Ripley Court Hotel Extension

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Hotel Construction Project Recently submitted for planning

Site
The Ripley Court Hotel
37 Talbot Street (Backing Onto Foley Street)
Dublin 1

Ripley Court Hotel Extension

Build Value Estimate: €13 Million
Floor Area: 4,616 Sq M
Storeys: 7
Stage: Plans Applied
Location: Map Link 

Description: The Hotel Construction development will consist of: Demolition of existing 3 storey building over basement to be replaced with new 7 storey over basement incorporated into main structure of hotel, to include a new fire escape stairs exiting onto Talbot Street. The basement element includes 115m2 of commercial floor area with 121m2 new deli-restaurant and shop front on ground floor level accessed from Talbot Street. An additional 155m2 of guest accommodation on existing 1st & 2nd floors. An additional 456m2 of guest accommodation on existing 3rd floor. New 4th & 5th floors with total 2612m2 of guest accommodation. New 6th floor with 1157m2 of guest accommodation together with new 149m2 of roof terrace and room balconies. New stone cladding to replace existing timber at ground floor facade onto Talbot Street, to also include new glazed main entrance and vehicular gates at existing ramp to basement. New stone cladding to replace brickwork at ground floor facade onto Foley Street to include new windows and pedestrian access points. Minor internal alterations to provide new coffee shop at ground floor in place of existing conference rooms, accessible from Foley Street. New stone cladding and curtain wall glazing from third to sixth floor on both Talbot and Foley Street elevations.

Applicant
Austin Kelly
The Ripley Court Hotel
37 Talbot Street
Dublin 1
Co. Dublin

Agent
Doherty Finegan Kelly – Dublin
Cathal Kelly
30 – 32 Botanic Court
Glasnevin
Dublin 9
01 830 1852 | info@dfk.ie | www.dfk.ie

Architect
Doherty Finegan Kelly – Dublin
Marc O’Dowd
30 – 32 Botanic Court
Glasnevin
Dublin 9
01 830 1852 | info@dfk.ie | www.dfk.ie 

€15.3 Million Student Accommodation in Summerhill Dublin

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Commenced on 3rd August 2016

Site
123-128 Summerhill
Backing onto 6, 7, 7A Gardiner Lane
Dublin 1

Summerhill Student Accomodation

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Build Value Estimate: €15.3 Million
Commencement: 3 August 2016
Floor Area: 10,475.8 Sq M
Location: Map Link 

Description: The development will consist of modifications to extant permission Reg. Ref. 4521/08 (ABP Ref. PL.29N.233115), the duration of which was extended under Reg. Ref. 4521/08×1, comprising of the change of use from permitted hotel use to student accommodation use including internal and external modifications to the permitted scheme. Principal modifications include: modifications to the permitted internal layout to facilitate proposed change of use from hotel use to student accommodation use to provide a total of 374 no. student bed spaces and associated facilities including common/social spaces; study rooms; laundry room and facilities management offices and stores and the incorporation of a retail/café unit of approximately 96 sqm; omission of single storey element to the west of the site and replacement with courtyard/garden amenity space and 1 no. parking space for persons with disabilities; reduction in floor to floor heights from 2.85m to 2.7m on upper floor levels throughout the permitted scheme, and increase in ground floor from 4.7m to 5.4m (summerhill and central block only), allowing the incorporation of an additional floor in the block fronting onto Gardiner Lane (increase from 6 no. to 7 no. storeys onto Gardiner Lane with no overall increase in the permitted building height); modifications to the permitted eastern elevation to provide angled openings over the 7 no. permitted storeys; modifications to western elevations to replace green wall screen with angled windows over the 7 no. permitted storeys; omission of louvres from Gardiner Lane elevation; minor, localised, modification to the permitted footprint of the building together with associated modifications on all elevations; omission of permitted undercroft car parking (33 no. spaces) and replacement ancillary student accommodation uses; provision of a total of 332 no. bicycle parking spaces; conversion of permitted flat roof to roof gardens at seventh floor and eight floor levels (sixth and seventh floor level onto Summerhill Block and Central Blocks respectively); relocation of vehicular entrance on Summerhill and omission of vehicular exit (and associated ramp) onto Gardiner Lane, and all associated modifications to landscaping; boundary treatments; site and development works. The proposed modifications result in an overall increase from 9,310 sqm gross floor area (excludes car parking area) to 10,475.8 sqm (or 10,157.9 sqm excluding ancillary bicycle parking; plant and bin storage area); the proposed modifications are generally within the extent of the development permitted under Reg. Ref. 4521/08 (ABP Ref. PL.29N.233115) and presents a total of 8 no. storeys onto Summerhill; 7 no. storeys within the central block and 7 no. storeys ( 1 no. additional floor incorporated into the permitted building extent) onto Gardiner Lane.

Applicant
Summer Road Developments Ltd.
Block 1
Quayside Business Park
Dundalk
Co.Louth

Architect
Declan Brassil & Co. Ltd
Declan Brassil
Lincoln House
Phoenix Street
Smithfield
Dublin 7
01 8746153 | info@dbcl.ie | www.dbcl.ie

Contractor
McAleer & Rushe Group
Ryan Tierney
17-19 Dungannon Road
Cookstown
BT80 8TL
028 86763741 | info@mcaleer-rushe.co.uk | www.mcaleer-rushe.co.uk

Consulting Engineer
AECOM
Conor Dwyer
4th Floor Adelphi Centre
George’s Street Upper
Dun Laoghaire
Co. Dublin
01 2383100 | www.aecom.com

Consulting Engineer
Caldwell Consulting Engineers
Alan Geddis
Unit 6 Forestgrove Business Park
Newtownbreda
BT8 6AW
077 33262778 | alan@caldwellconsulting.net | www.caldwellconsulting.co.uk

Consulting Engineer
RWDI
Ruth Shilston
Unit 1 Tilers Road
Milton Keynes
Buckinghamshire
MK11 3LH
01582 470250 | ruth.shilston@rwdi.com | www.rwdi.com

Consultant
Future Analytics Consulting Ltd
23 Fitzwilliam Square
Dublin 2
01 6394836 | info@futureanalytics.ie | www.futureanalytics.ie

Consultant
McAleer & Rushe Group
Dominic Trainor
17-19 Dungannon Road
Cookstown
BT80 8TL
028 86763741 | info@mcaleer-rushe.co.uk | www.mcaleer-rushe.co.uk

Consultant
Urban Innovations Ltd.
Adrian Stewart
Wellington Buildings
2 Wellington Street
Belfast
BT1 6HT
028 90435060 | ui@urbaninnovations.co.uk | urbaninnovations.co.uk

Landscape Architect
David Clarke Landscape Architect
David Clarke
645 Shore Road
Whiteabbey Village
Newtownabbey
Co. Antrim BT37 0ST
028 90867337 | info@david-clarke.net | www.david-clarke-landscape-architect.co.uk

Consultant
TMS Environment Ltd.
Imelda Shanahan
53 Broomhill Drive
Tallaght
Dublin 24
01 4626710 | tms@tmsenv.ie | www.tmsenv.ie

Engineer
ETHOS Engineering
Paul O’Neill
Apex Business Centre
Blackthorn Road
Sandyford
Dublin 18
01 2932220 | info@ethoseng.ie | www.ethoseng.ie