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State’s largest construction company launches facilities management brand

State’s largest construction company launches facilities management brand

21/04/19

The State’s largest construction company, John Sisk and Son, has launched its new facilities management brand having entered into a joint venture with the Designer Group. Sensori Facilities Management was formally launched on Thursday night resulting from Sisk’s acquisition of a 50 per cent holding in Designer Group… Read More

Ward & Burke boss urges action on construction staff and skills shortage

Ward & Burke boss urges action on construction staff and skills shortage

11/04/19

The government needs to do more to tackle a skills and staff deficit in the construction sector, a boss of one of Ireland's largest indigenous specialised engineering firms, Ward & Burke, has warned. Padraig Burke told the Irish Independent that the shortage of staff has also put upward pressure on wages. He said that… Read More

Have we reached peak housing?

Have we reached peak housing?

07/04/19

The co-founder of Glenveagh Properties this week cast doubt on whether the private sector would ever be able to deliver the 35,000 housing units necessary to meet demand in the Irish market, a notion that must have sent shivers through Government. At a press briefing following the company’s first full-year results, Stephe… Read More

€31m Project Secured For Floating Wind Project In North West Europe

€31m Project Secured For Floating Wind Project In North West Europe

24/03/19

A €31 million project has been approved for an ambitious four-year floating offshore wind project. Subject to consenting, it is planned  that a full-scale floating wind turbine be deployed for testing off the west coast of Ireland at a Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) test site near Belmullet, Co. Mayo,… Read More

Housebuilding drives construction activity in February

Housebuilding drives construction activity in February

15/03/19

Construction activity accelerated in February, driven by the housebuilding segment of the sector, according to a new report. The Ulster Bank Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index rose to 60.5 in February on a seasonally adjusted basis, marking a seven-month high, from 54.6 a month earlier, according to the bank. A readin… Read More

Excessive cost inflation in construction sector key risk for 2019 – CSG

Excessive cost inflation in construction sector key risk for 2019 – CSG

08/03/19

A Government-appointed expert group has warned about the impact of “excessive cost inflation” in the construction sector, which it describes as a “key risk” for 2019. The report, from the public-private Construction Sector Group (CSG) also warns of the upward march of labour costs, an impending tightening in the supply … Read More

Scale of Dublin Office Demand has Decoupled from Size of Domestic Economy

Scale of Dublin Office Demand has Decoupled from Size of Domestic Economy

25/02/19

The rise of internationally traded services – a consequence of shifting global consumption patterns, the internationalisation of business processes and more sophisticated accounting practices within multinationals, has led to the presence in Dublin of outward-facing corporations whose activities are decoupled from the size of … Read More

Echelon granted planning permission for €500m Arklow data centre

Echelon granted planning permission for €500m Arklow data centre

20/02/19

Echelon Data Centres, a recently launched Irish company, has been granted planning permission for a €500 million data centre on Co Wicklow. Permission was granted for the company’s planned 45,000sq m (485,000 sq ft) facility in Arklow that will have a capacity of up to 100MW. The centre will create 450 construction jobs … Read More

Construction companies struggling to hire skilled workers

Construction companies struggling to hire skilled workers

15/02/19

Builders are struggling to hire skilled workers in key trades, hitting their ability to finish houses and infrastructure on time, a new study shows. A Construction Industry Federation (CIF) survey has found that almost nine out of every 10 companies have difficulty recruiting skilled workers. The federation says that there i… Read More

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