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Irish Construction – New orders continue to rise sharply, despite rate of growth softening

    Irish Construction – New orders continue to rise sharply, despite rate of growth softening

The Ulster Bank Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index® (PMI®) – a seasonally adjusted index designed to track changes in total construction activity – posted 56.3 in September. Although dipping from 57.5 in August and

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New report outlines role of offsite construction in addressing the housing crisis

    New report outlines role of offsite construction in addressing the housing crisis

Property Industry Ireland (PII), the Ibec group for businesses working in the property sector, has launched ‘Innovation Increasing Supply’, a new report on how offsite construction can help support the

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New code to restore confidence in building materials post Grenfell

    New code to restore confidence in building materials post Grenfell

A code to ensure transparency over building products aimed at preventing another Grenfell Tower disaster has been launched. The Construction Products Association, CPA, developed the code based on the principle of clear,

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Kilsaran benefiting from MotionMetrics fleet management solution

    Kilsaran benefiting from MotionMetrics fleet management solution

Leading Irish building materials supplier Kilsaran has signed up to the MotionMetrics suite of fleet management tools to improve efficiencies across its 400-strong vehicle fleet. On a single screen, MotionMetrics

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Senior team appointments at Kirby Group Engineering

    Senior team appointments at Kirby Group Engineering

Kirby Group Engineering has announced a round of key appointments to its Senior Management Team. The development follows a period of strategic and sustainable growth, which has seen Kirby continually

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Irish Construction industry advised to be aware of over-ambitious targets in government capital spending programme

    Irish Construction industry advised to be aware of over-ambitious  targets in government capital spending programme

It would be prudent for the Irish construction industry to discount over-ambitious targets in the next version of the National Development Plan (NDP) as they could be sacrificed from 2023

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Irish construction firms see further sharp rises in activity and new orders

    Irish construction firms see further sharp rises in activity and new orders

The Ulster Bank Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index® (PMI®) – a seasonally adjusted index designed to track changes in total construction activity – dipped to 57.5 in August from 62.8 in July. Although the

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Work begins on one of Ireland’s most sustainable large buildings

    Work begins on one of Ireland’s most sustainable large buildings

Work has commenced on the E3 Learning Foundry, a state-of-the-art building situated at the eastern end of the Trinity College Dublin campus in Dublin. It will deliver new teaching facilities

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UK construction output grows in Q2 although monthly data points to a slowdown in activity

    UK construction output grows in Q2 although monthly data points to a slowdown in activity

While the UK construction industry contracted sharply by 14% in 2020, a strong recovery is expected, with output forecast to rise and grow by 10.6% in 2021, according to GlobalData.

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New modular factory to produce 5000 homes a year

    New modular factory to produce 5000 homes a year

A new steel frame modular housebuilder opened its first factory recently intending to build 5000 new homes a year within the next five years. CoreHaus’s 20,000 sq ft factor at

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Builders come together to create a future homes delivery hub

    Builders come together to create a future homes delivery hub

High-quality zero carbon ready homes using sustainable building methods are among the goals of an industry-wide delivery plan for the next 30 years. Housebuilders, suppliers, regulators, environmental groups and planners as part

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Irish construction Activity rises sharply again, but cost inflation hits fresh record high

    Irish construction Activity rises sharply again, but cost inflation hits fresh record high

The Ulster Bank Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index® (PMI®) – a seasonally adjusted index designed to track changes in total construction activity – posted 62.8 in July, down from 65.0 in

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Double-digit growth forecast for UK construction for 2021

    Double-digit growth forecast for UK construction for 2021

Construction output is forecast to rise by 14 per cent in 2021 and 6.3 per cent next year, according to the Construction Products Association, CPA, summer forecast. Private housebuilding and infrastructure

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Irish Construction activity continues to ramp up

    Irish Construction activity continues to ramp up

The Ulster Bank Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index® (PMI®) – a seasonally adjusted index designed to track changes in total construction activity – remained well above the 50.0 no-change mark in June, posting 65.0

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Smart building budget shortfalls put sustainability at risk in the UK

    Smart building budget shortfalls put sustainability at risk in the UK

Building decision-makers list budget constraints and buy-in from senior leadership as the two biggest barriers to their adoption of smart technologies, according to a new research report from Johnson Controls. The

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Connex to create 50 jobs in Newry in £4.6 million investment

    Connex to create 50 jobs in Newry in £4.6 million investment

Newry-based modular bathroom pods manufacturer Connex Offsite Limited is creating 50 jobs in Newry in a £4.6 million investment to help it grow its business in international markets. Established in

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Irish builders concerned at impact of increased cost of building materials on affordability of homes

    Irish builders concerned at impact of increased cost of building materials on affordability of homes

A survey carried out by the Irish Home Builders Association (IHBA) of its membership has found that increased timber prices and supply chain issues, exacerbated by Covid-19 and Brexit, have

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Premier Inn presses on in Dublin with three pipeline hotels under construction

    Premier Inn presses on in Dublin with three pipeline hotels under construction

Whitbread, the owner of Premier Inn, the UK’s largest hotel business, is pressing on with its expansion plans in Dublin city centre with three of its five pipeline hotels currently under construction.

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English manufacturer Stephens Gaskets invests in new site to support growth

    English manufacturer Stephens Gaskets invests in new site to support growth

Stephens Gaskets has been manufacturing gaskets and ring shims since it was established in 1947. The company has recently invested in a new site with a £1.7 million loan from

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Initiative Ireland to Lend €600 Million to Build 5,000 New Homes Nationwide Over Next 3-years

    Initiative Ireland to Lend €600 Million to Build 5,000 New Homes Nationwide Over Next 3-years

The Government has welcomed the announcement by Initiative Ireland of its new sustainable finance partnership, for the construction of residential homes, with Fairfield Real Estate Finance. Through this partnership, Initiative

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Developing public land set to get easier for SMEs in England

    Developing public land set to get easier for SMEs in England

Smaller housebuilders are to be given a better chance of bidding to develop public land following a major overhaul of the system. Housing accelerator Homes England is making the process more

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Two million revolutionary bricks go into annual production

    Two million revolutionary bricks go into annual production

A new brick producing a tenth of the carbon emissions of a traditional one is poised to go into commercial production. Zero Waste Scotland has pledged £1 million for manufacturing

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Irish Construction could fall short of meeting demands even when it fully opens

    Irish Construction could fall short of meeting demands even when it fully opens

As lockdown ends, and building is finally allowed to recommence, Irish construction may not be ready to meet the pent up demands it has to meet. This is one of

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SME builders give thumbs up to £150 million to kickstart ‘made to order’ homes

    SME builders give thumbs up to £150 million to kickstart ‘made to order’ homes

Smaller builders could benefit from a £150 million ‘help to build’ fund to make it easier for people to commission

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RIAI launches Sustainable Design Pathways Guide to prioritise sustainability in the built environment

    RIAI launches Sustainable Design Pathways Guide to prioritise sustainability in the built environment

The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) has published a guide for architects to integrate sustainability in their projects and

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COVID-19 lockdown leads to further decline in Irish construction activity, but confidence reaches two-and-a-half year high

    COVID-19 lockdown leads to further decline in Irish construction activity, but confidence reaches two-and-a-half year high

The Ulster Bank Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index® (PMI®) – a seasonally adjusted index designed to track changes in total construction activity – posted 30.9

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UK housebuilding surge fuels six-year high construction rise

    UK housebuilding surge fuels six-year high construction rise

UK construction activity boomed in March with the purchasing managers’ index reaching 61.7 – the highest reading since the second half of 2014. This

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Robust performance by CRH

    Robust performance by CRH

CRH plc, the global building materials group, has report a 2% decline in like-for-like sales revenue to $27.6 billion for

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Ardmac appoints Managing Director for its Cleanrooms Division

    Ardmac appoints Managing Director for its Cleanrooms Division

Ardmac, the construction specialist, has announced the appointment of Enda Murphy, as Managing Director of Ardmac’s Cleanrooms Division. Ardmac directly

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Setanta invests in R&D to win over £1 million of contracts in GB and France

    Setanta invests in R&D to win over £1 million of contracts in GB and France

Setanta Construction has won lucrative new contracts in GB and France following investment in Research & Development. The SME, which

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Quinn Rebrands to Mannok as 2019 results show company in strongest position since acquisition

    Quinn Rebrands to Mannok as 2019 results show company in strongest position since acquisition

‘Mannok’ is the new identity for Quinn Industrial Holdings, a name which the company’s familiar brands ‘Quinn Building Products’ and

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95 jobs and £30 million investment by Tobermore Concrete

    95 jobs and £30 million investment by Tobermore Concrete

Northern Ireland-based paving manufacturer Tobermore is to invest £30 million and create 95 jobs in ambitious plans to rapidly grow

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Guaranteed Irish House Online Listing Launched

    Guaranteed Irish House Online Listing Launched

The Government has Launched the Guaranteed Irish House online listing, the country’s first national listing of sustainable construction sector businesses

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This Smart Building Is a Living Lab for a Greener Future in Construction – Kingspan

    This Smart Building Is a Living Lab for a Greener Future in Construction – Kingspan

There was a time when the annual World’s Fair was the planet’s primary showcase for “the buildings of tomorrow.” People

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Ardmac acquires stake in modular builder Cental

    Ardmac acquires stake in modular builder Cental

Ardmac, the international construction specialist headquartered in Dublin, has taken a significant equity investment in Cental, a leading and fast-growth

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New Hyundai Fork Truck distributor secures new deal with leading masonry manufacturer

    New Hyundai Fork Truck distributor secures new deal with leading masonry manufacturer

UK Midlands-based forklift truck sales and service provider, Compact Fork Trucks, are no strangers to the Hyundai brand and already

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€3.7m investment and 40 jobs to be created in Manorhamilton

    €3.7m investment and 40 jobs to be created in Manorhamilton

North Leitrim and wider north west region are set to benefit from an investment of €3.7m in a new innovation,

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Hawkins Construction to build UK’s largest carbon capture plant

    Hawkins Construction to build UK’s largest carbon capture plant

Skelmersdale-based Hawkins Construction Limited has been appointed as the Principal Contractor of the delivery of a 40,000-tonne capacity Carbon Capture

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IKEA appoints modular housing manufacturer, TopHat, to deliver first UK homes

    IKEA appoints modular housing manufacturer, TopHat, to deliver first UK homes

BoKlok UK, the sustainable, quality low-cost home provider, jointly owned by Skanska and IKEA, has announced that it has appointed

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Kingspan’s UltraTech Versatile, Single-Source Cleanroom Solutions

    Kingspan’s UltraTech Versatile, Single-Source Cleanroom Solutions

Kingspan Cleanroom Systems are innovative, high-end and versatile cleanroom solutions tailored to your individual project requirements. With over 50 years’

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Ibstock Steps-up Forklift Safety With Doosan

    Ibstock Steps-up Forklift Safety With Doosan

Ibstock plc is a leading manufacturer of innovative clay and concrete building products. With 38 manufacturing plants in the UK,

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Softer Rise in Construction Activity Amid Storm Disruption

    Softer Rise in Construction Activity Amid Storm Disruption
The Ulster Bank Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index® (PMI®) – a seasonally adjusted index designed to track changes in total construction activity – posted
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New EU Circular Economy Action Plan Shows the way to a Climate-neutral, Competitive Economy of Empowered Consumers

    New EU Circular Economy Action Plan Shows the way to a Climate-neutral, Competitive Economy of Empowered Consumers
The European Commission has adopted the EU’s new Circular Economy Action Plan. It is one of the main building blocks
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2020 National Construction Summit Postponed Until 22nd October

    2020 National Construction Summit Postponed Until 22nd October
As a result of the uncertainty caused by the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the 6th annual National Construction Summit, which was
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The Guinness Storehouse Unveils New €20 Million Gravity Bar

    The Guinness Storehouse Unveils New €20 Million Gravity Bar
The Guinness Storehouse, Ireland’s number one visitor attraction, has officially opened the highly anticipated new Gravity Bar. Developed over three
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Construction Work Commences on New Dublin Railway Station

    Construction Work Commences on New Dublin Railway Station
Construction is now underway on the new Pelletstown Station in West Dublin. The newest station on the Iarnród Éireann network is
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Winners of the Irish Planning Awards 2020

    Winners of the Irish Planning Awards 2020
The Irish Planning Institute (IPI) has announced the winners of the 2020 Planning Awards. Limerick City and County Council’s ‘Living
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National Construction Summit – 24th March 2020 – The National Arena, Sport Ireland Campus in Dublin

    National Construction Summit – 24th March 2020 – The National Arena, Sport Ireland Campus in Dublin
The annual National Construction Summit is being held on Tuesday, 24th March 2020 at a new venue - the National
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Jacobs’ Symposium Spotlights Strategies to Enhance Safety in Construction Supply Chain

    Jacobs’ Symposium Spotlights Strategies to Enhance Safety in Construction Supply Chain
With 150,000 people working in construction in Ireland and the sector experiencing annual growth of 10%, a sustainable safety culture
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Expert Speakers Announced For the 2020 Project Management National Conference

    Expert Speakers Announced For the 2020 Project Management National Conference
The Ireland Chapter of Project Management Institute (PMI) has announced the expert speakers for its National Conference, with former Irish Rugby
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GDP Growth Revised Upwards Thanks to Strong Domestic Economy and Potential Increase in Government Spending

    GDP Growth Revised Upwards Thanks to Strong Domestic Economy and Potential Increase in Government Spending
EY has revised upwards its forecasts for the Republic of Ireland (ROI) in the firm’s latest EY Economic Eye report, thanks to
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Major Milestone For Premier Inn as it Surpasses 1,000 Hotel Rooms in Ireland and Appoints New Development Manager

    Major Milestone For Premier Inn as it Surpasses 1,000 Hotel Rooms in Ireland and Appoints New Development Manager
Whitbread Plc, the owner of the Premier Inn hotel chain, is continuing to gain momentum in its expansion into Ireland
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Continued Rise in Construction Activity as New Order Growth Quickens to Seven-month High

    Continued Rise in Construction Activity as New Order Growth Quickens to Seven-month High
The Ulster Bank Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index® (PMI®) – a seasonally adjusted index designed to track changes in total construction activity – posted
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Initiative Ireland to Expand Operations in Ireland and the UK

    Initiative Ireland to Expand Operations in Ireland and the UK
Initiative Ireland, the property finance and impact investment specialist, has announced that it plans to expand operations to fund the
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Derry Engineering Firm, Gallagher and McKinney, Expands

    Derry Engineering Firm, Gallagher and McKinney, Expands
Gallagher and McKinney Ltd has built a new manufacturing facility at Skeoge Industrial Park, and is creating 14 new jobs.
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Residential Prices in Dublin Will Grow by Maximum of 5% While New ‘Near Zero Energy Buildings’ Regulations Will Impact Construction Costs

    Residential Prices in Dublin Will Grow by Maximum of 5% While New ‘Near Zero Energy Buildings’ Regulations Will Impact Construction Costs
Uncertainty stemming from global events will be the key aspect of the Irish property investment market in 2020, according to
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Planning Application Submitted For Waterford North Quays Development

    Planning Application Submitted For Waterford North Quays Development
Falcon Real Estate Development Ireland has submitted its application for Planning Permission to Waterford City & County Council for the
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€20 Million Investment By JCD Group Boosts Blarney Business Park

    €20 Million Investment By JCD Group Boosts Blarney Business Park
The new owners of Blarney Business Park, JCD Group, have committed to a €10 million investment in the strategically important
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