Client Interview – Proline Architectural Hardware

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Interview with Michelle Barrett

How do Proline hardware specialise for the Irish construction sector?

Proline Architectural Hardware has been in business for 14 years and have grown to become one of
the leading companies for the supply of ironmongery into various construction projects.

We have a brand new showroom and display area for clients to visit and select from and we offer a
full scheduling service for all projects.

We are main agents for the following Brands within the Ironmongery Market:

• Arrone Commercial and Domestic Ironmongery –
• JNF – Modern Designer Ironmongery –
• Heritage Brass and Sorrento-
• From the Anvil –
• Argenta Invisidor Frames –
• Ermetika Pocket Door Sliding Systems –

What other services do Proline provide?

We also provide a design solution for architects, interior designers and specifiers on
their ironmongery requirements which include:

• Ironmongery Scheduling Service
• Invisible Door Solutions
• Access Control Solutions
• Door & Window Hardware
• Glass Door Solutions
• Mailbox Systems
• Intumescent & Fire Stopping Solutions
• Joinery, Airtightness Products plus many more

What recent projects have you been involved in?

Some examples of finished contract projects are:

Project Contractor
St Aidan’s Social Housing Project in Tallaght John Sisk & Sons
Royal College of Surgeon’s Stephen’s Green Bennett Construction
Honey Park / Cualanor / Leona / Charlotte Cosgrave Developments
Cleye Farm Park Developments
Google Commercial Buildings – various Structuretone
Diswellstown Housing and Apartments Park Developments
Frascatti Centre Collen Construction
Knocknacarra School Stewart Construction


You have been subscribed to BuildingInfo for some time now – has it been
beneficial to date?

Definitely 100% – The website is extremely important to us, as it helps to
identify projects of interest in an easy and timely manner. It also boasts a fantastic user friendly
platform and the email alerts keep us to date on important project commencements. | +353 1 453 6633 

Client Interview: GlenVac Central Vacuum Systems

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Interview with Owen McNamee, Director


How do GlenVac specialise for the Irish construction sector?

Glenvac are the primary supplier and installers of Husky™ built in Central Vacuum Systems throughout Ireland and with over 20 years of experience, provide an unparalleled level of expertise and service.

We have completed in excess of 10 thousand central vac systems in Ireland for private houses all over Ireland in the past twenty years.

Husky™ offers the widest choice of central vacuum systems in Ireland on the market, including disposable bag vacuum systems, hybrid cyclonic, wet and dry, and H2O models.

They can be installed in new or existing homes or commercial premises and can cover up to 10,000ft² (1,000m²).

Fig. 1 – Central Vacuum product selection

Fig. 1 – Central Vacuum product selection

What other services to Glenvac provide?

In today’s energy conscious world, the regulation of thermal performance of buildings has created a need for more efficient ventilation systems to minimise heat loss and unnecessary energy consumption.

To meet this demand, GlenVac now offer a Heat Recovery Ventilation System (HRV) which provide contact controlled ventilation to homes without creating cold draughts or increasing the heat loss normally caused by ventilation.

This system is complemented by an innovative air distribution system made up of semi-circular ducting that is both compact and easy to install, bringing savings in space and time spent on-site.

Fig. 2 - HRV System

Fig. 2 – HRV System

Heat Recovery Ventilation extracts warm moist air from rooms such as bathrooms and kitchens and uses the heat of this stale air to warm the cooler fresh air from outside. This warmed fresh air is then supplied into living rooms and bedrooms. To learn more watch this short video.

Glenvac supply and install Heat Recovery Ventilation systems throughout Ireland for both domestic homes and commercial buildings. A system can be installed within 2-5 days for an average sized domestic dwelling and prices start from £2500.

Typical payback for the Heat Recovery Ventilation systems range from 7-10 years, however there are many health benefits as the system contributes to a much healthier living environment.

What recent projects have you been involved in?

As well as many thousands of private dwellings, we also have completed and installed Vacuum and Ventilation systems in:

– Westerna Arms Hotel, Monaghan
– Railway Village Residential Development, Louth
– Nuremore Hotel, Monaghan
– Funtasia, Drogheda
– Darver Castle, Monaghan

You have been subscribed to BuildingInfo for some time now – has it been beneficial to date?

Absolutely – The BuildingInfo website has become crucial in helping us to identify projects of interest in an easy and timely manner. It boasts a really user friendly platform and the email alerts keep us to date on important project commencements.


Details on Glenvac range of services, products and expertise can be found on their website.

Call Owen McNamee on +353 (0)87 9459214 or email for further details.


Client Interview – Cronin Movers Group

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Interview with Alan Jordan, Project Manager, Cronin Movers Group

Cronin Movers


How important is the construction sector for your business?

The heavy lift division of Cronin Movers relies heavily on the construction sector. Our team are very ‘solutions focused’ and many of the jobs we undertake in this sector come from the daily question raised on a construction site “how do we move that from there to there?’. We have a great range of heavy lifting kit to undertake small and mid-size jobs and given the depth of our team, can respond quickly to the requests of engineers and site managers. As one site manager said recently ‘you’re like yer man James Taylor’ before singing “I just call out your name and I know wherever you are, you’ll come running….”


Do you specialise in any way for the Irish construction sector?

We’ve built a reputation for moving heavy intricate materials that include the likes of The Christ the King Statue which we moved from Dun Laoghaire Park to make way for the building of the new library, and Industrial generator moving and electrical system installs for Stewart Construction on-site at the newly built section of Beaumont Hospital.

The reputation we have gained is due to the care we bring to our work, but the reality is that we bring that care to every project. Up to 20 tonne is where we shine, but are happy to manage any size project given our alliance with many international providers of heavy lift equipment to fulfil client needs. We’re very conscious of health/safety and compliance issues and this is very much part of our internal value system and culture.


We read about so many large projects being completed, large data centres for example, are there any similar projects that you have been involved in recently?

It’s been fantastic to see the Irish construction sector start to flourish again on the back of many hard years for the industry. Thankfully, our historical reputation and excellence in delivery saw us through the down turn and we’re starting to see significant increases in demand for our services in the past twelve months. We are currently involved with the new €200m Facebook Data centre development in Clonee, Co. Meath, providing technical machine moving, and office relocation requirements. We are also involved in the €11m development for RCSI Education and Research Centre at Beaumont Hospital.


About Cronin Movers Group

Whether You Are Moving A Pencil Or A Transformer Cronin Movers Can Help.

Service, transparency and a focus on excellence is deep within their ethos. Having invested significantly in their team and infrastructure they are proud of the work they produce on behalf of their many clients across the Irish marketplace. Ongoing training supports their philosophy of ensuring they remain as the go-to company in Ireland for Office Moving, Heavy Lift Relocation Engineering and Focused Logistics.

Established in 1988, they bring a wealth of experience and expertise supported by a rigorous process around project management. Their ISO Certification and engagement with global bodies responsible for guiding health & safety policy, supported by their engagement with industry allows us to provide excellence in all that they do.


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Building Information Index – H1 2017

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Welcome to the latest 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 2017. It also provides an invaluable foresight as to what the remainder of 2017 and 2018 will bring. I hope you find it informative.

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In this volume actual activity to the end of June 2017 is compared to the same periods in 2016 and 2015. 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 €969M (+26%) for the six months to end of June 2017

The value of construction project Commencements for the first six months of 2017 has grown by +26% when compared to the same period in 2016. This represents a continued trend of growth which is up +99% when compared to the same period in 2015. However, when broken down only three of the seven sectors examined actually registered growth. The increase is largely underpinned by the Residential sector which is up €1.14bn (+67%) followed by Agricultural (+102%) and Social (+53%). Industrial (-33%), Commercial & Retail (-4%), Educational (-12%), Medical (-10%) all recorded decreases in Commencements. On the postitive side all sectors still show an increase when compared to 2015.

Value of Applications rises

The value of construction project Applications rose by 11% to €9.69bn when compared to the first six months in 2016. This represents an increase of +27% when compared to the same period in 2015. Again this growth is driven by the Residential sector, the largest sector which is up +€1.41bn (+34%). The only other sector to show a growth is Social (+156%). The other five Commercial/Retail(-19%), Industrial(-16%), Medical(-30%), Education(-25%) and Agricultural(-14%) recorded decreases.

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.

The Exo Building Development in Co. Dublin

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The Exo Building

Point Village District Centre
North Wall Quay & East Wall Road
Dublin 1
According to reports tenants are now being actively sought for Dublin’s tallest planned building.  Once complete the building will be 73 metres tall and will provide working space for 2000 people.
Grant Thornton – Dublin
Paul McCann and Steve Tennant
24-26 City Quay
Dublin 2
Shay Cleary Architects
Shane Fitzpatrick                             
18 Palmerston Park
Dublin 6
01 4125090 |
Consulting Engineer
O’Connor Sutton Cronin
Cormac Woods
9 Prussia Street
Dublin 7
01 8682000

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March 2017 – 820 Construction Projects Commence

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Analysis of Construction Projects Commenced during March 2017

  Sector   Total     Largest Project Commenced
  Agriculture   17   €2.1 M – Agricultural Development in Aglish, Co. Waterford
  Civil   11   €6.7 M – Dublin Airport Authority Extension
  Commercial 36   €39 M – Office Extension IDA Technology Park Waterford
  Education 28   €2.9 M – School Development Cosmona, Co. Galway
  Industrial 19   €11 M – Celtic Pure Factory Extension, Co. Monaghan
  Medical 11   €7.3 M – Bon Secours Care Village Extension, Co. Cork
  Residential 51   €100 M – Mixed Development in Carrigaline, Co. Cork
  Self-Build 637   450 Sq M – House & Garage Development in Kiltimagh, Co. Mayo
  Social 10   €2.2 M – Parish Church Extension in Kilternan, Co. Dublin


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Locations of largest commencements by sector – March 2017

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