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Construction & Planning Activity – September 2018

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Construction & planning activity by sector during September 2018. The table below outlines the volumes of projects either submitted for planning, granted planning permission or commenced construction.

  Applied Granted  Commenced
Agriculture Construction 124 128 31
Commercial Construction 139 133 45
Education Construction 55 35 39
Industrial Construction 84 56 24
Medical Construction 25 20 8
Residential Construction 288 151 48
Social Construction 98 77 19

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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.

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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Q1 2017 – Granted Planning Permissions by Sector

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Examination of Granted Planning Permissions by sector during Q1 2017.  

Agriculture Consruction

Agriculture – 387 Granted Projects

Decrease of 197 v’s 2016

Commercial Construction

Commercial & Retail – 486 Granted Projects

Increase of 69 v’s 2016

Schools Construction

Education – 120 Granted Projects

Increase of 2 v’s 2016

Industrial Construction

Industrial – 179 Granted Projects

Increase of 42 v’s 2016

Hospital Construction

Medical – 58 Granted Projects

Decrease of 19 v’s 2016

Residential Construction

Residential – 432 Granted Projects

Increase of 109 v’s 2016

Social Construction

Social & Community – 225 Granted Projects

Increase of 90 v’s 2016

€4.4m Dublin City University Extension

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Commencement Notice 29 August 2016

Collins Avenue Extension
Dublin 9

University Extension Development Dublin

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Build Value Estimate: €4.4 Million
Floor Area: 3,180 Sq M
Commencement: 29th August 2016
Location: Map Link

Description: University Extension Development Dublin consisting of the extension of the existing Science, Research and Engineering Building at DCU with the construction of a new 4-storey building on a previously constructed podium to accommodate a variety of teaching facilities (2 no. 250 seat tired lecture theaters; 4 no.100 seat, 1 no. 75 seat and 2 no. 40 seat classrooms), cellular and open plan office space, a new entrance and atrium off the Business School quadrangle, relocation of existing gas bottle stores, ancillary and roof top plant space. The extension will be located to the west of the existing four storey over basement building on the DCU campus.

Dublin City University
Collins Avenue Extension
Dublin 9
01 7005341 | www.dcu.ie

MOLA Architecture
Kieran Fitzgerald
2 Donnybrook Road
Dublin 4
01 2183900 | mail@molaarchitecture.com | www.molaarchitecture.com

Clancy Construction
Co. Tipperary
052 9152166 | build@clancyconstruction.ie | www.clancyconstruction.ie

Consulting Engineer
O’Connor Sutton Cronin
9 Prussia Street
Dublin 7
01 8682000 | ocsc@ocsc.ie | www.ocsc.ie

MOLA Architecture
Michael O’Carroll
2 Donnybrook Road
Dublin 4
01 2183900 | mail@molaarchitecture.com | www.molaarchitecture.com

€6.7m UCC Student Hub Development

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Tender notice for Building Contractors – deadline 6th September 2016

University College Campus
College Road & Gaol Cross
Cork City

Student Development Cork

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Build Value Estimate: €6.7 Million
Floor Area: 2,747 Sq M
Granted Date: 20 May 2016
Tender Deadline Date: 6 September 2016
Location: Map Link 

Planning Description: For construction of a six storey Student Development Cork within the university campus adjoining College Road and Gaol Walk, Cork. The building will be used to provide student and administrative services and flexible learning spaces. The proposed development involves the carrying out of works within the curtilage of two protected structures: Crawford Observatory and Gates onto Western Road (PS538) and University College Cork Main Quad (PS963).

Tender – Works Contractor: The Proposed new UCC Student Hub will integrate the Student Support model providing  (a)Student Learning- Flexible learning spaces, formal small group shared learning spaces and informal social learning spaces in a technology rich environment (b)Student Development & Employability – An integrated student services model in one central location fostering new relationships and creating new synergies in support of students’ personal development, employability skills development and academic success (c)Student Administration Services -A one-stop-shop to facilitate more student friendly, accessible and efficient student administrative services

Uniquely the Hub will accommodate in one center these three major aspects of the student experience demonstrating their interdependence in providing a holistic education to students. The development will consist of the construction of a six storey Student Hub Building within the university campus adjoining College Road and Gaol Walk, Cork. The building will be used to provide student and administrative services and flexible learning spaces. The gross floor space will be 3991m2.

The proposed works will involve demolitions, alterations and extensions to the existing Windle Building, the removal of some existing car parking spaces and the provision of new hard and soft landscaping and lighting. The proposed works will also include permanent alterations to the existing main entrance route to the campus from College Road, construction of a new storage shed and temporary dismantling and reinstatement of the Old Gaol Entrance to facilitate access during construction. The proposed development involves the carrying out of works within the curtilage of two protected structures: Crawford  Observatory and Gates onto Western Road (PS 538) and University College Cork Main Quad (PS 963)

University College Cork
6 Elderwood
College Road
Co. Cork
021 4903635 | procurement@fin.ucc.ie | www.ucc.ie

RPS Group (Dublin)
West Pier Business Campus
Dun Laoghaire
Co. Dublin
01 4882900 | www.rpsgroup.com

Fionnuala Rogerson Architects
Ardtona House
Lower Churchtown Road
Dublin 14
01 2984261 | info@rogerson.ie

McCutcheon Halley Walsh – Cork
Brian McCutcheon
6 Joyce House
Barrack Square
Co. Cork
021 4208710 | bmccutcheon@mhwplanning.ie | www.mhwplanning.ie

O’Donnell & Tuomey Architects – Cork
Willie Carey
35 Grand Parade
Co. Cork
021 4271600 | willie.carey@odonnell-tuomey.ie | odonnell-tuomey.ie

Consulting Engineer
Maurice Johnston & Partners – Cork
Co. Cork
021 2427107 | info@mjp.ie | www.mjp.ie

Consulting Engineer
Horgan Lynch & Partners
Pat Brady
Blackrock Road
Co. Cork
021 4936100 | cork@horganlynch.ie | www.horganlynch.ie

AEGIS Archaeology Ltd.
F Coyne
32 Nicholas Street
King’s Ireland
Co. Limerick
061 634375

JCA Architects
Jack Coughlan
St. Albert’s House
021 4393800 | www.jca.ie

Brady Shipman Martin (Cork)
John Morgan
Penrose Wharf Business Centre
Penrose Wharf
021 2425620 | mail@bradyshipmanmartin.com | www.bradyshipmanmartin.com

Kelleher Ecology Services
Daphne Roycroft
Co. Cork
086 8677932 | kelleherecologyservices@gmail.com

University Construction – €21 Million New Trinity College Business School

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University Construction Commenced on 27th January

Trinity College Business School

Site: 183-188 Pearse Street, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2

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Floor Area: 14,155 Sq M
Build Value Estimate: €21 Million
Commencement: 27th January 2016

Description: PROTECTED STRUCTURE: The Provost, Fellows, Foundation Scholars and the other members of Board, of the College of the Holy and Undivided Trinity of Queen Elizabeth near Dublin intend to apply for permission for University construction development (to be known as the Trinity Business School) at a 0.518 ha site approximately, within the campus of Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2. The site is principally bounded by Pearse Street to the north; the existing railway line to the east; existing structures on Pearse Street to the west and the Trinity College campus to the south. The site also includes Nos. 183-188 Pearse Street (incl.) which are Protected Structures, which will be refurbished as a cafe and student accommodation with related ancillary uses. The development will include the demolition of the following structures; the existing Sports Hall (Luce Hall), the maintenance workshops and first floor WCs to the rear of Nos. 183-188 Pearse Street and the Simon Perry engineering building. The development will consist of a business school; innovation and entrepreneurship hub; auditorium; cafe and student accommodation with ancillary administration, staff and student uses. The proposed new building comprises six floors of lecture/office accommodation (25.15 m above ground level) over two basement levels (11,714 sqm Gross Floor Area) linked to Nos. 183-188 Pearse Street. The development will also include the refurbishment, including internal revisions, of Nos. 183-188 Pearse Street, which will be extended at the rear ground floor level to provide cafe use with student accommodation at first (including rear terraces) and second floor levels (2,441 sqm Gross Floor Area including basement). The development will include the refurbishment of shopfronts to Nos. 183-188 Pearse Street and related elevational works; changes in level; the part infill and deepening of the existing basement to the rear of Nos. 183-188 Pearse Street; minor reconfiguration works at the interfaces between the existing Protected Structures and proposed new development; revised boundary treatment to Pearse Street; landscaping; bicycle parking provision; basement surface water attenuation tanks; plant and storage areas; balconies and terraces; signage; diversion of underground services; set-down areas; ESB substation and all related site development and excavation works above and below ground.

Trinity College Dublin
Trinity Bioscience Building
152-160 Pearse Street
Dublin 2
01 8963989 | BSIRECPT@tcd.ie | www.tcd.ie

Scott Tallon Walker Architects
David Cahill
19 Merrion Square
Dublin 2
01 6693000 | mail@stwarchitects.com | www.stwarchitects.com

Tom Philips & Associates
John Gannon
2-3 Roger’s Lane
Lower Baggot Street
Dublin 2
01 478 6055

Consulting Engineer
ARUP Consulting Engineers
15 Oliver Plunkett Street
Co. Cork
021 4277670 | cork@arup.com | www.arup.com

BAM Building Ltd
Co. Kildare
045 886 400 | info@bamcontractors.ie | www.bamcontractors.ie

David Slattery Conservation Architects
David Slattery
8 Vergemount
Dublin 6
01 2697344 | slatcon@iol.ie | www.slatteryconservation.ie

Construction Tender – €6.3m Saint Patrick’s Special School in Co. Wexford

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Upper Drumgold
Co. Wexford

Value: €6.3m

Floor area: 5926 Sq M

Tender Deadline: 15th September 2015

Construction Tender: a new school building for Saint Patrick’s Special School, Enniscorthy. The development will consist of a new part three-storey building of 5926m2, containing 20 Classrooms, Junior and Senior Dining Areas, General Purposes Hall, Library, Specialist Teaching Rooms for Art, Music, Daily Living Skills, Computers, Home Economics, Woodwork and Horticulture, Multi-Sensory rooms, Physiotherapy and Occupational therapy areas, Therapy and Treatment rooms, Nurses’s area, kitchen, ancillary storage and services. Access via existing entrance and exit onto Upper Drumgold, no works proposed to Protected Stone Boundary Wall. Site works to include internal school access road, bus pick up/set down area with covered canopy, 92 car parking spaces for staff and visitors, ball- court, external classrooms, external dining area, school gardens, play areas, landscaping and site services, all at Upper Drumgold, Enniscorthy, County Wexford.

Department of Education & Skills
Portlaoise Road
Tullamore, Co. Offaly
057 9324300 | www.education.ie

Department of Education & Skills
Portlaoise Road
Tullamore, Co. Offaly
057 9324300 | www.education.ie

Stephen Diamond Associates
68 Pearse Street
Dublin 2
01 6775670 | mail@sdacla.ie | www.sdacla.ie

Q1 & Q2 Building Projects Commencements

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2014/2015 Comparative figures per sector – Q1 & Q2

The image below compares the volume of building projects commenced in the Republic of Ireland per sector in 2014 versus 2015. Overall the comparison showed a mixed set of results with increases or stability year on year for building projects in the Commercial, Education, Industrial and Medical sectors but with declines in the Agriculture, Residential and Social sectors.

Building Projects Commenced


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Over 200 €1m+ Building Projects Granted During Q2 2015

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Building Projects in all construction sectors

The image below shows the geographical distribution of 212 Building Projects in the Republic of Ireland valued in excess of €1m that received planning permissions granted during Q2 of this year.  Each of the icons on the map represents the broad sector that each project falls into.  All main construction sectors are represented including Residential, Medical, Commercial and Retail, Industrial, Civil, Education and Social. An interesting observation is the absence of high value granted permissions in counties Clare, Leitrim, Cavan and Wexford and conversely the density of projects in the greater Dublin region.

€1m Building Projects

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