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Civil Construction – €1.1m Kent Station Development in Co. Cork

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Kent Station
Lower Glanmire Road
Cork City

Stage:  Commencement

Start: 13th July 2015

Floor Area: 400SqM

SIAC Civil construction

Civil Construction: The development will consist of; Two new Entrance Buildings 53m2 with vertical access to a subsurface link of 139m2 connected to the southern end of stations existing underpass. The Entrance Buildings will incorporate information systems, public address, ticket vending, seating, commercial advertising, provision for potential future retail vending. New bi-directional road linking future retail vending. New bi-directional road linking Railway Street/Alfred Street and Horgans Quay serving the new entrance buildings which will include partial demolition of existing protected perimeter stone wall to form a junction with Horgans Quay. The new road will incorporate traffic lights, traffic calming features, pavements, bus stops with shelters, cycle parking with shelters and taxi set-down. Street lighting, bollards, storm water drainage and perimeter railings. Carpark with 140 spaces with ‘Pay & Display’ and set-down area accessed from Horgans Quay.

Iarnrod Eireann Structures and Architects Department
Engineering & New Works Building
Dublin 8
01 7033835

Iarnrod Eireann
Kent Station
Lower Glanmire Road
Cork City
01 7034228

Siac Construction
Dolcain House
Monastery Road
Dublin 22
01 4033111


Steady increase in Construction Project Commencements

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Increasing Trend in Construction Project Commencements

A steady increase in construction project commencements has been identified since the introduction of new building regulations at the end of Q1 2014. Since Q2 2014 the Irish construction sector has seen a consistent quarter on quarter increase from €313m in Q2 2014 to €1.368bn at the end of Q1 2015 in construction project commencements.  This is a very positive sign for the industry and it will be interesting to see if this trend continues during this quarter.


Construction Project Commencements – Trend

Construction Project Commencements


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Extensive Media Coverage of The Building Information Index

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The Building Information Index in the Media

Media coverage of Vol 1. of The Building Information Index has been extensive.  Our data really has struck a chord with the Irish Construction Industry as it emerges from a sustained period of contraction. The Index shines a light on how each region is performing and explores which construction sectors are recovering quickest.

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Average durations: Planning Application to Construction Commencement

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Average Durations: Planning Application to Construction Commencement

In this post we examine the time that planning applications are taking to reach on-site construction commencement across all sectors explored in the first edition of the Building Information Index – Q1 2015.  The average number of weeks for a planning application to reach construction commencement phase is currently at 79 weeks, however applications in the Residential Construction sector are currently taking approximately +80%  longer than this at 142 weeks – almost 3 years.


 No of weeks to commencement


Residential Construction Projects

Residential Commencements

Commercial & Retail

Commercial Construction Projects

Commercial Construction Commencements


Medical Construction Projects

Medical Construction Commencements


School Construction Projects

Education Construction Commencements


Agricultural Construction Projects

Agriculture Construction Commencements


Industrial Construction Projects

Industrial Construction Commencements


Social and Community Construction Projects

Social and Community Construction Commencements

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+54% Increase in Industrial Construction Sector Commencements

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+54% Increase in Industrial Construction Sector Commencements

Industrial Construction Planning Applications also increase by 20% to €178m

In the latest Building Information Index (Q1 2015) findings indicate a generally positive outlook for the Industrial construction sector.  Industrial construction project Commencements increase by +54% to €154m over the same period in 2014.

The value of Applications for Industrial developments showed a national increase of +20% (to €178m) in Q1 2015 compared with Q1 2014.  There was a significant drop in the volume of Granted permissions (-50%) to €151m, while the value of Industrial construction project Commencements increased to €154m (+54%).

Industrial Construction Stats

On a regional basis, Munster showed the largest growth in Industrial construction applications (+144%) with Connacht / Ulster also up (+61%). Interestingly the east showed a decline in Applications with Dublin down -56% and Leinster down -26%.

Industrial construction project commencements showed significant growth in Munster, which accounted for over 75% of the overall activity for the entire country. The other regions all showed some decline in year on year Q1 Commencements with the overall national figure being +54%

Industrial Construction Regions

Interestingly the Industrial construction sector has one of the quickest application to commencement turnaround times at -31% the construction industry average (55 weeks)

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Building Information Index Vol. 1 – Q1 2015

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Building Information Index Vol. 1 – Q1 2015

Welcome to the first volume of the Building Information Index brought to you by Building Information Ireland. With the construction sector emerging from a sustained period of contraction, the aim of this quarterly index is to provide the Construction Industry with reliable and consistent data on the regional aspects to recovery, the sectors which are recovering quickest and how the industry is being funded.

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Planning Applications Q1 2015

Leinster (€1.3bn) is the largest region narrowly pipping Dublin (€1.29bn) followed by Munster (€716m) and then Connacht / Ulster (€326m).  Leinster, Dublin and Munster returned increases of +155%, +36% and +7% respectively year on year whereas Connacht / Ulster showed a decrease of -22% for the same period

Building Information Index - Applications

Q1 Granted Permissions and Commencements (variance v’s Q1 2014)

Granted Permissions Commencements
Leinster €606 m (+64%) €246 m (-52%)
Dublin €1.79 bn (+197%) €575 m (-28%)
Munster €234 m (-53%) €399 m (+106%)
Connacht / Ulster €180 m  (-40%) €139 m (-26%)


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Residential Commercial & Retail Medical Education
Agriculture Social & Community Industrial

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€18.6 Million in Energy Efficiency Government Support

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Government Announces €18.6 Million in Support for 29 Energy Efficiency Projects

Yesterday the Minister for Energy announced the approval of grants to fund 29 individual energy efficiency initiatives.  Once complete the scheme is set to achieve combined lifetime savings of €140 Million by upgrading over 2430 homes as well as at least 400 public buildings.  Funds have been allocated as part of the Government’s ‘Better Energy Communities’ scheme.

Better Energy Residential Construction

Among the projects to be awarded funding include

The upgrade of 24 houses in Castleblayney Co. Monaghan through a Credit Union and Kingspan partnership

Improvement of 99 public buildings as well as homes led by Camphill Community, a charitable trust

Retrofitting of 200 houses throughout out Co. Tipperary coordinated through Energy Communities Tipperary Cooperative Ltd

Announcing the investment Minister Alex white said  “These projects will see community co-operatives all over the country coming together with local authorities, businesses and sports clubs to improve homes and local community facilities. Energy efficiency improvements like these are demonstrating that energy efficiency technologies work, and that they deliver real benefits, which can save on bills while helping the environment”

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€8.2m Residential Construction Development Commences

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€8.2m Residential Construction Development Commences in Swords, Co. Dublin

Revisions to approved residential construction development (Reg. Ref. F11A/0436), to omit 17 four bedroom 2-storey houses, 28 three bedroom 2-storey houses, 12 two bedroom 2-storey houses and a 316 sq.m. creche and to now provide 8 four-bedroom houses and 46 three bedroom houses, all of which are 2-storey dwellings. The development includes 115 no. car parking spaces, and all associated ancillary and site works.

Site: The Glen Road, Old Town, Swords, Co Dublin

Value: €8.2 Million
Units: 54
Started: June 1st 2015

Gannon Residential Construction Development

Gannon Properties Ltd
Kinvara House
52 Northumberland Road
Dublin 4
01 6080500

Conroy Crowe Kelly Architects
65 Merrion Square
Dublin 2
01 6613990

Liffey Developments (Dublin) Ltd.
Unit B, Block 14c
Grants Rd
Co. Dublin
01 4011020

€38m Residential Construction Development in Co. Dublin

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225 Unit Residential Construction Project Commences

The proposal is for a residential development consisting of 225 no. dwelling units, including vehicular access from Road, all associated site and infrastructural works including foul and surface water drainage, surface car parking, public open spaces measuring 2.45 ha, landscaping, boundary walls and fences, roads, cycle-paths and footpaths all on a site area of approximately 9.38 hectares. The relocation of the previously approved foul pumping station and associated access road is also proposed. The development consists of 171 no. houses and 54 no. apartments.

Value: €38 Million
Start Date: 06/2015
Units: 225

Site:  Diswellstown, Castleknock, Dublin 15

John Spain Residential Construction

John Spain Associates
50 Upper Mount Street
Dublin 2
Co. Dublin
01 6625803

Cherryfield Courts Ltd
The Herbert Building
The Park
Dublin 18

O’Mahony Pike Architects
Old Chapel Building
Mount St. Annes
Dublin 6
01 2027400

Consultant Engineer
Herbert House
Harmony Row
Dublin 2
01 4004000

Brady Shipman Martin (Dublin)
Dundrum Business Park
Dublin 14
01 2081911