McKeon Group – Client Profile

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Interview with Paul McKenna – McKeon Group

McKeon Group are multidisciplinary contractors offering Construction, Electrical, Mechanical and Technology services throughout Ireland. Founded in 1950 as a sole trader, the group has grown to become a leading player in the Irish construction and services industry.

McKeon Group

How do McKeon Group specialise for the Irish construction sector?

McKeon Group specialise in commercial fit outs and refurbishments, design and build projects, public works contracts as well as high end domestic developments.

With four independently managed divisions our trade and engineering teams are specialised across Construction, Electrical, Mechanical and Technology services. Each division is equipped to operate as a principle contractor, offering our clients support from the wider company skillset and resource pool – delivering a complete building solution.

What makes McKeon Group unique?

There are four key things that make us stand out in the market – our experience, our complete range of services, our people and our attitude.

Our Experience – is a great asset to us. We’ve been around since 1950 so our clients benefit from over 65 years of expertise the industry.

Our complete range of services – Our interrelated disciplines mean we offer a complete building solution to clients. We are one of few contractors who can offer construction, mechanical, electrical and technology under the one roof. Our clients benefit from having only one point of contact throughout projects and it allows us to deliver greater efficiencies and significant cost savings.

Our People – McKeon Group prides itself on its exceptional staff from Senior Management to its own onsite staff. Our people have been integral to our success and growth over the past 65 years – driving the ever evolving processes and systems to ensure quality, efficiency and performance.

We often have clients commenting that it is refreshing to deal with a contractor that retains the “traditional expert resources of a construction company”. By having an in-house pool of dedicated and experienced Engineers, Technical, Trade and Site Staff, complimented by a very experienced Senior Management team who have worked their way up through the ranks, we can guarantee the quality of our projects.

Our Attitude – We work with clients as a partner incorporating our ethos of being open, honest and fair on every project. We have a strong industry reputation amongst all stakeholders for professionalism, quality and value for money.

McKeon Group Head Office

McKeon Group Head Office – Ashbourne

Do the divisions operate independently of one another?

Yes and no, it’s important to understand that each division is tasked with operating in its own right whilst supporting group projects. A substantial number of contracts undertaken by the Mechanical, Electrical and Technology divisions are in fact for other construction companies or client contracted, with no involvement from any of the divisions other than shared expertise.

In fact, it’s often the case that the construction division is working in partnership with nominated or client contracted mechanical and electrical engineering firms, but as you can imagine it helps the group management team to have an in house engineer that can support those specialist elements of the project as required.    

The Technology Division?

That’s a broad term alright, for good reason. Established in 2007 the brainchild of our Managing Director a telecommunications engineer himself, the technology division was created at a time when diversification was seen as key to business growth. McKeon Group have always been early adopters of technology so this was a natural progression for us. 

The Technology Division provide design and installation services in the following fields: Integrated Telecommunication Systems and Infrastructure, Audio Visual, Building Automation and, Fixed and Wireless Network Systems. In particular, we are seeing a huge take up for our audio visual “learning aid” systems in the educational sector at the moment, which is great to see. Interactive presentations used to engage an audience need no longer be the preserve of the boardroom.

As the importance of technology reaches further into each aspect of our own lives, we too see that the Technology Division is becoming more and more involved in so many of our own projects to provide that final interface between hardware and user.     

Fingal County Council - Building Upgrade

Fingal County Council – Building Upgrade

What recent projects have you been involved in? 

We have a diverse client list from GE, IBM, Google, OPW, Fingal County Council, Dublin City University, Keelings and the HSE to name a few. Recent projects over the last couple of years have included Tyrone Court consisting of 123 apartments, IBIS Hotel upgrade in Clondalkin, Innovation House fit out in DCU, Fingal County Council Chamber building upgrade, INTREO Office and Malahide Castle refurbishments, Flight Center Office fit out and a large Audio Visual roll-out in DCU.


Innovation House

Innovation House – Fit Out

What does the future hold for McKeon Group?

Goals for the future include substantial growth and expansion. We want to build on the number of multi-million projects we undertake, while retaining our smaller projects. We have come out of the leaner years and we want to expand again. We have just moved our head office into a new purpose built facility in Ashbourne to cater for our expanded team.

Our early years were built on spotting opportunities that other contractors of our size didn’t see and capitalising on them. We plan on continuing that tradition as we grow. It is wonderful to see the economy accelerating again and McKeon Group intend on being part it. We have a number of large projects underway and in the pipeline for the rest of 2016.

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

Most definitely, BuildingInfo allows us to reach out to our client base for specific projects they have in their pipeline, to build new relationships and to keep us abreast of the growing market trends. 


Details on McKeon Group’s full range of services as well as their portfolio of completed projects can be found on their website –

Call on 01 8402116 or contact Paul McKenna at

247 Solar Development Projects Ireland Opportunities

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Solar Development Projects in all Construction Sectors

Each of the points on the map indicates a solar development projects currently at planning application or planning granted phase with a requirement for Solar Panels or Solar Photovoltaics. The projects range from small residential self-builds to multi-million euro commercial and industrial schemes. The wind turbine marker on the map is the generic image used for power generation schemes within BuildingInfo – these schemes are typically exclusively solar farm developments. Other map markers indicate the nature of the scheme with a solar requirement e.g. Commercial, Industrial, Residential etc.

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Major Residential Development Approved in Santry

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374 Units Residential Development Granted Planning Permission on 2nd June

Site: Santry Demesne, Northwood Avenue, Santry, Dublin 9

Residential Development Dublin

Application Date: 22 Sep 2015
Granted Date: 2 Jun 2016
Units: 374
Value Estimate: €109 Million

Description: Permission for modifications to planning permission Dublin granted under Reg. Ref. F04A/1562/E2 replacing 5 no. logistic warehouses (11,126sq.m), 23 no. 3 storey own door office buildings (9,696sq.m), 1 no. amenity building (1,700sq.m) and associated car parking with 374 no. residential units. The proposed residential development will consist of: 2 no. 6 storey apartment buildings and 1 no. 5 storey apartment building to contain 246 no. apartments with balconies comprising 22 no. 1-bedroon units, 213 no. 2-bedroom units and 11 no. 3-bedroon units, a reception area (98sq.m) and a crèche (461sq.m) positioned around a secure central courtyard (3,030sq.m) which will contain a gym (99sq.m) on a podium over a single level basement (9,648sq.m) containing 293 no. car parking spaces (with the remaining 71 no. at ground level), 133 no. bicycle spaces (with remaining the 113 no. at ground level), storage and plant; 120 no. 2 storey dwelling houses comprising 46 no. 3-bedroom units and 74 no. 4-bedroom units; 8 no. 5-bedroom 2.5 storey dwelling houses; all houses will have in-curtilage car parking; ancillary crèche parking and drop-off area; 2 no. ESB substations; attenuation; foul and surface water arrangements; internal roads and access; all associated boundary treatment works; services provision; landscaping; playground; and; site development works to also include the reconfiguration of the permitted commercial car parking servicing Swift Square Office Park all on a c.7.0 ha site.

Cosgrave Developments
15 Hogan Place
Grand Canal Street
Dublin 2
01 6110417
RPS Group
Helena Gavin
West Pier Business Campus
Dun Laoghaire
Co. Dublin
01 4203100
McCrossan O’Rourke Manning Architects
Leanne Courtney
1 Albert Place West
Harcourt Lane,Dublin 2
01 478 8700 |
Consulting Engineer
JB Barry Consulting Engineers
Classon House
Dundrum Business Park
Dublin 14
01 4851400 |
Consulting Engineer
O’Connor Sutton Cronin
Andrew O’Brien
9 Prussia Street
Dublin 7
01 8682000 |
AWN Consulting Ltd.
Damian Kelly
Clonshaugh Business & Technology Park
Dublin 17, 01 8474220
Consulting Engineer
McElligott Consulting
Liam McElligott
H2a Centrepoint Business Park
Oak Road, Dublin 12
01 4243014
Doyle Kent Planning Partnership 
Jane Doyle
71 Carysfort Avenue
Blackrock, Co. Dublin
087 6263918
Sabre Electrical Services Ltd.
Graham Sheehan
Unit 11 Bellvue Industrial Estate
Finglas, Dublin 11
Faith Wilson Ecological Consultant
Faith Wilson
Kilnamanagh Farm
Kilnamanagh Beg
Co. Wicklow
Landscape Architect
Kevin Fitzpatrick Landscape Architecture
Kevin Fitzpatrick
94 Foxfield Grove
Raheny, Dublin 5
01 4440724 |
Geraghty Energy Consultants
B17 Ballymount Corporate Park
Ballymount Avenue
Dublin 12
01 5329363
The Tree File Ltd. (Consulting Arborists)
Andy Worsnop
Brookfield House
Carysfort Avenue
Co. Dublin
01 2833500

Over 750 New Farm Buildings Planned in Q1 2016

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According to recent research at Building Information Ireland during Q1 2016 over 750 applications have been submitted for new farm buildings throughout Ireland.  As highlighted in the most recent edition of the Building Information Ireland Index, the construction of farm buildings have one of the shortest Application to Commencement lead times (52 weeks).  The relatively straightforward nature of the majority of Agri construction schemes together with short turnaround times makes this sector of particular interest to many of our clients in the steel, cladding, concrete and aggregates industries.

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  • 140 – Connacht
  • 179 – Leinster
  • 208 – Munster
  • 136 – Ulster

Full details on each of these 753 farm buildings projects are available to subscribers via our online project database.  Free trial access is also available.

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

Details on all planned Residential construction projects are available on our website to subscribers or via our free trial access.  

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