Client Interview – Manley Construction

Interview with Karen Muldowney, Business Development and Marketing Manager




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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