Residential and Self Build Construction Projects Commenced

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Residential and Self Build Construction Sector

According to research, 1884 Residential Development and Self Build construction projects have commenced since the first of January in the republic of Ireland.  The research highlights that 1742 of these were Self Build construction projects with the remaining projects being Multi-unit Residential developments.

Residential and Self Build Construction

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National Children’s Hospital – Granted Permission 28th April

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Infrastructural Development Dublin

Site: St. James’s Hospital Campus, James’s Street, Dublin 8

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Application: 12th August 2015
Granted: 28th April 2015
Floor Area: 134,997 Sq M

Description: Health Infrastructural Development Dublin comprising National Paediatric Hospital (National Children’s Hospital), Innovation Centre and Family Accommodation Unit at St. James’s Hospital Campus, Satellite Centres at Tallaght and Connolly Hospitals and Construction Compound at Davitt Road, Dublin.

Coady Partnership Architects
Block H Mountpleasant Business Centre
Mountpleasant Avenue
Dublin 6
01 4976766 |

HLM Architects
Neil Orpwood
10th Floor, Causeway Tower
9 James Street South
028 90445700 |

O’ Connell Mahon Architects
9 Fitzwilliam Place
Dublin 2
01 6767408
BDP Architects
Benedict Zucchi
Blackhall Green
Dublin 7
01 4740600 |
Consulting Engineer
Arup Ltd.
The Linenhall, 8th Floor
32-38 Linenhall Street
048 90890900 |
Consulting Engineer
O’Connor Sutton Cronin
Niall McMenamin
9 Prussia Street
Dublin 7
01 8682000 |
GVA Planning & Regeneration Ltd.
Paul O’Neill
Second Floor, Seagrave House
19-20 Earlsfort Terrace
Dublin 2
01 6618500 |
Roughan & O’Donovan
Seamus MacGearailt
Arena House, Arena Road
Dublin 18
01 2940800 |
ETHOS Engineering
Apex Business Centre
Blackthorn Road
Sandyford, Dublin 18
01 2932220 |
Brady Shipman Martin
Block 6 Belfield Office Park
01 2081900

Inksplash Cre8tive Workspaces – Client Profile

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Interview with Darren Cox and Frank Smith, Inksplash Cre8tive Workspaces

Cre8tive workspace logo

In this profile piece Darren Cox and Frank Smith provide an overview of the services their company (Cre8tive Workspace) provides to the construction sector. Working closely with Architects, Contractors and Interior Designers, Cre8tive Workspace offer unique and creative design solutions to new office developments, refurbishments and fit-outs.

Inksplash Creative Branding

Tell me how are your services used within the construction sector?

Our services are used by the following:

Contractors, that glaze and furnish new and refurbished office fit-outs.
Various tenants, landlords, and management agencies looking to provide frosted window manifestations, wall graphics, and general signage during building upgrades.
A0 prints of technical drawings.

In which project categories do you specialise?

Graphics for office fit-outs including Wall Graphics, Window Graphics, Window Frosting, Acrylic wall plaques, Way-finding signs, Exterior signage.
Graphics and signage for office refurbishments.
Graphics and signage for Retail fit-outs.
Hoarding graphics around new developments.
Virtual Shop-front window graphics.

indow Frosting - TDS Fit Out

Fig 1 – Window Frosting at TDS Office Fitout

Name some recent projects in which Cre8tive Workspace been involved?

Some of the projects we have been involved in include:

Graphics and signage for TDS new office fitout at Citywest.
Graphics and signage for Kantar Media new office fitout at Eastpoint Business Park.
Ireland’s largest wall graphic (30m height) at new Deutsche Bank HQ, East Point Business Park.
Graphics and signage for Equifax new office fitout at Grand Canal .
Graphics and signage for Coronation Fund Managers new office fitout at Grand Canal.
Graphics and signage for Sysnet new office fitout at Carrickmines.
Maynooth University Campus expansion, wall graphics in new extension.
Re-brand Blanchardstown Shopping Centre with new logo to all areas of Shopping Centre.
Built new websites for Airside Retail Park, and The Park Retail Centre Carrickmines.
Glass manifestations at the new refurbishment / extension to the Four Courts in Dublin.

Wall Graphics

Fig 2 – Wall Graphics

Many offices now incorporate areas for group work and collaboration, how are you tapping into this trend?

We have installed wall and glass manifestations in many collaboration work areas that have helped create a working environment that looks great, motivates, and inspires.

As the construction industry re-emerges I have noticed a lot of businesses re-branding and repositioning, is this something that Inksplash can assist with?

At Inksplash / Cre8tive Web we are an ideal partner to assist any business looking to rebrand or reposition due to our vast experience in this field, and the fact that we have full control of the manufacture process at our state of the art facility in Carrickmines, Dublin 18, and with our highly skilled experienced workforce. We can also offer a full branding package as we print everything in house, from a business card to the largest building wraps, and everything in-between

Raised Letters

Fig 3 – Raised Letters

Inksplash Cre8tive Workspace are based in Carrickmines south Co. Dublin and have recently worked some some of Ireland’s largest Contractors, Architects and Interior designers on many prestigious commercial developments.

Further details can be found on Cre8tive Workspace website.

National Media Interest in latest Building Information Index

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Building Information Index in the Media

Below is a selection of recent articles concerning the findings of the latest edition of the the Building Information Index Vol. 4 Q1 to Q4 2015.

A FREE copy of the index is available to download here


Sunday Business Post

Recovery is finally being felt as construction values jump

Irish Independent

House building up – but delays of up to three years hampering delivery 

Business & Finance

Value of construction projects up over €3.19bn in 2015

Business World

Irish Construction spending up 109%

Irish Building 

Value of Construction projects up over €3.19 billion in 2015

Breaking News

Spending on Irish construction doubled since 2014


The total value of all construction projects commenced in 2015 jumped significantly

98 FM

Increase Of 3 Billion Euro Spent On Construction


Full details on all projects aggregated to produce the Building Information Index are available to subscribers.  Free trial access is also available from our homepage.

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Building Information Index Vol. 4 Q1 to Q4 2015

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Welcome to the fourth volume of the Building Information Index

As 2016 begins the Building Information Index provides the construction industry with key analysis and insight as to what is happening and what is planned for the coming year. The full year 2015 index is a key piece of research that plots the growth trajectory of the construction industry by region, the sector and funding type. I hope you find it informative. 

In this volume the full year of 2015 is compared to 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 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 total value of Construction Project Commencements grows by €3.19bn (+109%) in 2015

The value of construction project Commencements in 2015 has grown by +109% when compared to 2014. This shows continued strong growth building on what was reported in previous quarterly indices. Q1-Q2 year on year comparison showed a growth of 41%, Q1-Q3 showed growth of +67%. Now for the first time in 2015 all sectors registered growth. Commercial and Retail recorded the largest percentage growth with Commencements up +217% (to €1.53bn) on 2014 figures. Industrial was similarly up +160% to €701m. Residential, the largest and most significant sector more than doubled in volume with growth of +114% year on year and with the value of Commencements in 2015 at €2.74bn. 

Value of Applications up +22%

The value of construction project Applications also show consistent growth of +22% (Comparable figures in the previous index showed growth at +26%). The value for 2015 stands at €15.43bn, compared to just under €12.64 in 2014. All sectors, again with the exception of Social, have recorded increases in Applications with the largest jump percentage wise in Industrial (€1.22bn) up +80% on 2014. Volume wise again Residential is the largest sector, with the growth rate up +31% on 2014 with total Applications of €8.23bn in 2015 compared with €6.27bn in 2014. 

For furrther Information contact Building Information Ireland CEO Danny O’Shea – 01 9053200 |

€233m Center Parcs Holiday Village Granted Planning

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Center Parcs Granted Planning Permission

Center Parcs Holiday Village

Site: Newcastle Wood, Townlands of Newcastle and Forgney, Near Ballymahon, Co. Longford

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Applied: 30th Oct 2015
Granted: 26th Feb 2016

Description: The development and use of land as a Forest Holiday Village at Newcastle Wood, Ballymahon in the townlands of Newcastle and Forgney on a site of 164 hectares. Including 470 lodges (ranging from 2- 4 bedrooms plus 1 x 5 bedroom disability accessible lodge); a 3 storey apartment building (1,938 sqm) with 30 bedrooms; central buildings (21,500 sqm) incorporating swimming pool area and facilities, external pools, rapids, flumes and water rides, sports hall, leisure activities, bowling alley, ancillary shops, food and beverage outlets, service, storage and plant areas; Aqua Sana Spa including treatment rooms (3,100 sqm); Pancake house restaurant and beach kiosk (960 sqm); Arrivals Lodge (118 sqm); Cycle Centre (187 sqm); Technical Services /Housekeeping /Ground Services building (1,545 sqm); Woodland Activity Building (187 sqm plus 15 sqm ancillary buildings); Outdoor Activity Centre (430 sqm plus 108 sqm ancillary buildings/shelters); Refurbishment and extension of Herdsman…


Jackson Design Associates (JDA)
Anthony Jackson
Latimer House, Latimer Way
Sherwood Energy Village, Ollerton
Nottinghamshire, NG22 9QW
United Kingdom
0044 1623 863222


Consulting Engineer
Peter Brett Associates (Cambridge)
Simon Darch
Telford House
Cambridge CB21 5HB
United Kingdom
+44 1223 882 000
NTR Planning
Niall Roberts
Clareville House
26-27 Oxendon Street
London SW1Y 4EL
United Kindom


Landscape Architect
Victoria Court
Holme Lane
Newark NG24 2NU
United Kingdom
+44 1636 707 343


Mech & Elec Engineer
Edmond Shipway (Mech & Elec Consultants)
Daman Ranby
2 Millenium Way West
Nottingham NG8 6AS
United Kingdom
0044 1159 75 85 95
Environmental Impact Services (EIS)
2nd Floor
The Courtyard
25 Great Strand Street
Dublin 1
01 8721530

Center Parcs Ireland Ltd
Arthur Cox Building
Earlsfort Terrace
Dublin 2


Housing Construction sector, is there a recovery, and if so, is it enough?

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Article written by CEO Danny O’Shea for Sunday Business Post

Sunday Business Post

Anecdotal evidence suggests a broad recovery in the residential construction sector, however is it unclear where the recovery is, what is its magnitude and is it sustainable? New figures soon to be released from shed some light on the specifics of this recovery and point to some answers.

There are three aspects to the residential construction sector 1. The home improvement/extension sector 2. The self build “one –off” sector and 3. The residential development sector.

The home improvement/extension sector is not defined by geographic or demographic factors and is a useful indicator of broad economic activity. Figures show that the number of extension type projects that started  in 2015 was circa 5,100,  an increase of 3%  and 10% respectively when compared to 2014 and 2013. However this number only measures projects that required planning permission (i.e. greater than 40 sq mtr) so it would fair to assume it represents only the tip of the home improvement iceberg and that the real volume of activity in this  sector would be a multiple of that figure.

The one-of house sector which accounts for approx. 3,000 units a year is largely, but not exclusively, a rural phenomenon. One-off houses made up almost half of the entire housing units commenced in the Connacht/Ulster region in 2015, for example. This sector underwent some turbulent times recently with the introduction of the new building regulations in March 2014. Initially there was a surge of commencements in early 2014 followed by a fallow period for the remainder of that year as the impact of the regulations hit home. Overall commencements  for 2014 were up 35% on 2013. This level of growth was obviously unsustainable and this is evident in the fact that 2015 numbers were down 9% when compared to 2014. There has been a subsequent roll-back on the building regulations with regard to one-off house whereby the owner/builder can elect to opt-out. The impact of this change has yet to be fully seen.  On the positive side if compared to 2013, 2015 shows healthy 22% increase. Planning applications for one-off houses are up 20% year on year  2014 vs 2015 to almost 7,000 this is the highest figure in some years.

Residential Commencements

Exclusive research undertaken by Building Information Ireland shows that residential development projects with a total unit count of 15,500 started in 2015. This is an increase of 126% on 2014. The regional breakdown shows that over half of these are in Dublin and 30% in the rest of Leinster. Typically these are multiphase developments and will not be completed in one year. Although 2015 has been by far the strongest year since 2008 it falls significantly short of the 25,000 units per year required as suggested by recent ESRI reports. Further analysis shows that the lead time from submission of application for a residential development to actual commencement is 121 weeks. This suggests that permissions are in place for developments but the climate to start is not quite there yet. Fresh thinking will be required to break the impasse  and square the circle of consumer demand, build price and available credit to potential homebuyers. 

Overall the metrics are all pointing in the right direction and recoveries of varying sorts are underway depending on location and we hope it is sustainable.  Full analysis of the construction industry by sector available from

Article can be viewed on Sunday Business Post website

€1m Bunratty Folk Park Extension in Co. Clare

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€1m Bunratty Refurbishment and Extension Underway

Bunratty Folk Park Extension Refurbishment

Site: Bunratty Folk Park, Bunratty west, Co. Clare

Floor Area: 269 Sq M
Start Date: 5th January 2016
Build Value Estimate: €1 Million

Commercial Refurbishment For development consisting of: The enclosure of the existing courtyard to provide a single storey extension of the existing retail floor area, the provision of a cafe/coffee shop area, the removal of the existing entrance canopy and the construction of a new entrance lobby structure with associated signage, the formation of a staff personnel door access in the existing boundary wall at the south western corner of the existing building. The formation of 3 no. new door openings on the southern and western elevations, the construction of a new canopy to the southern elevation, the installation of planters, bollards, lighting and tactile paving to the eastern ( roadside ) elevation as well as all ancillary site works.

Shannon Castle Banquets & Heritage Ltd
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Co. Clare
061 711200 |

O’Neill O’Malley Ltd.
John O’Malley
2nd Floor
Technology House
Galway Technology Park
091 771033 | |

Consulting Engineer
Tobin Consulting Engineers (Galway)
Fairgreen House
Fairgreen Road
091 565398 | |

Martins Construction Ltd
Martin Loughnane
Co. Clare
065 6829822 | |

Gredorwood – One of Ireland’s Finest Bespoke Furniture Specialists

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Interview with Garrett Gregan & Diarmuid Doran of Gredorwood


How do Gredorwood specialise for the Irish construction sector?

As a specialist fitted furniture company, Gredorwood offer a comprehensive range of generic and bespoke products and ranges. We cater for our clients needs, ideas and budgets.

The work we carry out includes:

  • Fitted Kitchens
  • Fitted Utility Rooms
  • Fitted & Free Standing Wardrobes
  • Fitted Living Room Units
  • Free Standing Bespoke Furniture 
  • Fitted Under-Stair Storage
  • Wheelchair Accessible Kitchens
  • Furniture Restoration
  • Kitchen Renovation
Gredorwood Shaker Style kitchen

Fig 1 – Painted Grey, Shaker Style Kitchen with solid oak worktop

What makes Gredorwood unique?

Gredorwood is a complete fitted furniture company, from initial plans to final installation. We take care of it all. We work with our clients to meet their needs and provide for them exactly as they require. Every project undertaken, gets the time, effort, dedication and workmanship that it truly deserves. We enjoy our work greatly,always thinking and acting on how we can offer what others can’t.

We never accept anything less than 100% from ourselves. All our materials used are of the highest quality that is on the market.

Gredorwood Blue and White Painted

Fig. 2 – Blue and White Painted Kitchen with Quartz Worktop

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

The main areas for growth in 2016 will be projects within the construction and private residential sector in Ireland. Construction developments such as houses, apartments, schools or prestige office developments will often require high end fitted furniture with a strong emphasis on the aesthetic as well as the practicality.

Having already delivered top quality fitted furniture to a number of developments and homes over the past two to three years we believe that hard earned experience should be of value when discussing fitted furniture options on new developments.

Gredorwood recent fitted kitchen

Fig. 3 – Recently fitted kitchen on one of Gredorwood sites where they supplied and fitted kitchens and wardrobes

What recent projects have you been involved in?

Over the last couple of years we have been very fortunate to work with extremely good and professional construction companies such as Robeco Construction, RTJ Construction and Mackee Construction. We are proud to say that we supply and fit kitchens, utility rooms and wardrobes for Robeco Construction on their sites in Gorey, Co. Wexford and Wicklow Town. We are also very proud to supply RTJ Construction with their fitted furniture for all of their school developments. Towards the end of 2015 we were very grateful to be enlisted by Mackee Construction to do their fitted furniture in a new Community Centre in Carnew, Co. Wicklow.

While working on all these projects, we also take great pride on making and installing be-spoke kitchens and wardrobes for our many private customers throughout Ireland.

Gredorwood Lime Green Kitchen

Fig. 4 – Lime Green and White Hi-Gloss Kitchen

How optimistic are you going into 2016?

We are very optimistic! We have seen through the number of new enquiries we have had this year that the Irish economy is rebounding strongly. There is a sense of confidence back in the country that has been missed in recent years

You’ve recently subscribed to Building Info – has it been beneficial to date?

Absolutely – BuildingInfo gives us a platform to promote Gredorwood and engage with the construction market. BuildingInfo has given us the opportunity to see new developments that are upcoming and allows us to put our name out there to potential new clients. They have been extremely helpful to us and we very much appreciate their great work.


Details on Gredorwood range of products and expertise can be found on their website.

Call Garrett Gregan (087 6618081) or email / Call Diarmuid Doran (087 2064427) or email

Gym Construction – Roundwood GAA Gym Extension

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€780k Gym Extension to Commence Monday 8th February

Roundwood GAA Club Gym Extension

Site: An Tochar GAA, Oldtown, Roundwood, Co. Wicklow

Floor Area: 358 Sq M
Build Value Estimate: €780k
Commencement Notice: 8th Feb 2016

Gym Construction: Alterations to previous granted permission file ref no. 08/284. The new proposal will incorporate a proposed c.313 sqm two strey extension to the rear of the existing clubhouse which will conorporate 2 no. changing rooms and referees changing rooms on ground floor, and entrance area and stairs as well as a gymnasuim and ancillary rooms on upper floor including 64sqm of external decking. Permission is also being sought for a separate c.45sqm single storey store to end gable of clubhouse. All works will include minor alterations to existing elevations and plans as well as all associated site works. The revisions will not include any alteration to the previously granted upgraded treatment system or previously granted revised entrance and car parking layout submitted under grant of permission file ref 08/284

An Tochar GAA
Nick Nolan
An Tochar GAA
Co. Wicklow

McAulay Rice Architects
Ian McAulay
First Floor, Green Tree House
Fitzwilliam Square
Wicklow Town
Co. Wicklow
0404-62178 |

Consulting Engineer
Colin Short Associates
Colin Short
Glen Road
01 2873711 | |

O’Sullivan Scientific Ltd
Pat O’Sullivan
Unit C28 Wicklow Enterprise Park
The Murrough
0404 64473 |