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Work starts on new €200 million continental cheese factory

    Work starts on new €200 million continental cheese factory

Representatives from Glanbia Co-op, international dairy producer Royal A-ware and the Irish Government recently took part in the turning of the sod at the site of a new continental cheese

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Plans approved for SeAH Wind’s £300 million Teesside offshore turbine base factory – the largest in the world

    Plans approved for SeAH Wind’s £300 million Teesside offshore turbine base factory – the largest in the world

The proposals for South Korean steel manufacturer, SeAH Wind’s giant £300 million, 40-metre-tall offshore turbine base factory at Teesside’s Freeport have received planning approval. The giant facility – the largest

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Planning approved for new £390 million glass manufacturing facility in Wales

    Planning approved for new £390 million glass manufacturing facility in Wales

Planning permission has been granted for a new £390 million glass bottle manufacturing facility in Ebbw Vale, which aims to bring around 600 jobs to the local area when it

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Panattoni planning £250 million Avonmouth logistics development

    Panattoni planning £250 million Avonmouth logistics development

Panattoni, the largest logistics real estate developer in Europe, is planning a £250 million speculative logistics development, which will include the UK’s largest-ever speculative logistics building, in Avonmouth, Bristol. The

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Stronger Output and Activity for Irish Construction Sector but Challenges in Housing Remain

    Stronger Output and Activity for Irish Construction Sector but Challenges in Housing Remain

The construction industry in Ireland commenced 2022 on a solid footing, supported by a strong economy, a buoyant labour market and a remarkably resilient public sector balance sheet, according to

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Kingspan to invest €200 million in new Building Technology Campus in Ukraine

    Kingspan to invest €200 million in new Building Technology Campus in Ukraine

Kingspan, the global leader in advanced insulation and energy-efficient building solutions, is to invest €200 million in a new Building Technology Campus in Ukraine. Kingspan’s Building Technology Campus in Ukraine

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Cygnum to create 50 jobs and grow operations by 60% to tackle Irish housing and climate crisis

    Cygnum to create 50 jobs and grow operations by 60% to tackle Irish housing and climate crisis

Cygnum, one of the largest timber frame manufacturers in Ireland, has announced ambitious plans to increase its output to help meet the targets set out by the Housing for All

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Welsh fabricator secures top class projects

    Welsh fabricator secures top class projects

Leading Welsh fabricator Dudley’s Aluminium is supporting the construction of two innovative school projects. The first of the two builds is a Welsh medium primary school in Rhydyfelin, in the

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New orders down for first time in 13 months amid strong cost pressures in Irish construction

    New orders down for first time in 13 months amid strong cost pressures in Irish construction

Near-record cost pressures acted to depress demand in the Irish construction sector during April, with new orders dropping for the first time since March 2021. Meanwhile, activity, employment and purchasing

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CRH completes $3.8 billion deal

    CRH completes $3.8 billion deal

CRH plc has completed the divestment of its Building Envelope business for an enterprise value of $3.8 billion. The Building Envelope business provides architectural glass, storefront systems, architectural glazing systems

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Framespace to hire 150 more staff to accelerate Irish offsite housing supply

    Framespace to hire 150 more staff to accelerate Irish offsite housing supply

Framespace Solutions, Ireland’s fastest growing offsite housing supplier, has announced plans to hire 150 more staff as it officially opened a new manufacturing facility in Longford. The company, which already

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Wolseley UK acquires the Heat Merchants and Hevac LTD Businesses in Ireland

    Wolseley UK acquires the Heat Merchants and Hevac LTD Businesses in Ireland

Wolseley UK,  a leading specialist provider of plumbing, heating, cooling, and utility products to trade customers, has announced the acquisition of leading heating, plumbing, tiling and bathroom businesses Heat Merchants,

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British Construction orders show fastest rise in seven months

    British Construction orders show fastest rise in seven months

British building output was boosted by sustained rise in new work across the board according to the Construction Purchasing Managers index for March. The latest reading of 59.1 was unchanged

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Growth in Irish construction activity slows at end of first quarter

    Growth in Irish construction activity slows at end of first quarter

There were signs of a growth slowdown in the Irish construction sector at the end of the first quarter of the year, often reflecting the impact of soaring prices on

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ESS Group announces strategic investment from ISG

    ESS Group announces strategic investment from ISG

ESS Group, an industry leader in modern methods of construction (MMC) in the UK and Ireland, has announced that ISG has acquired a majority shareholding in the business. The investment

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Jazz Pharmaceuticals Announces New £75 Million Investment in UK Manufacturing

    Jazz Pharmaceuticals Announces New £75 Million Investment in UK Manufacturing

Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc and its subsidiary, GW Pharmaceuticals – a world leader in discovering, developing and delivering regulatory approved cannabis-based medicines – has announced the official initiation of construction of

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Janssen to Invest €150 Million in Cork to Expand Biopharmaceutical Supply Chain Footprint

    Janssen to Invest €150 Million in Cork to Expand Biopharmaceutical Supply Chain Footprint

Janssen Sciences Ireland[i], part of the Johnson & Johnson family of companies, has announced an expansion of its biopharmaceutical supply chain facility in Ringaskiddy, County Cork. The €150 million investment

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Precast concrete foundations win NHBC approval

    Precast concrete foundations win NHBC approval

A greener way of using concrete in housebuilding has gained the thumbs up from the National House Building Council, NHBC. The warranty company has approved Roger Bullivant’s RBeam precast concrete

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Work commences on £80 million industrial and advanced manufacturing development in Sunderland

    Work commences on £80 million industrial and advanced manufacturing development in Sunderland

Construction of the first phase of a £80 million industrial development is underway in Sunderland. Legal & General-backed Hillthorn Business Park in Washington is on-track with GMI Construction Group poised

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Construction at NMIS HQ nears completion

    Construction at NMIS HQ nears completion

Construction at the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland Group’s (NMIS) headquarters in Renfrewshire’s Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland (AMIDS) is nearing completion, with the interior now rapidly taking shape. Designed as

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Kirby Group Engineering awarded Engineers Ireland’s CPD Accredited Employer Standard

    Kirby Group Engineering awarded Engineers Ireland’s CPD Accredited Employer Standard

Founded in 1964 in Limerick, Kirby is a leading mechanical and electrical engineering contractor with operations in Ireland, the UK, and Mainland Europe. The organisation provides full mechanical and electrical

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Irish residential construction activity in 2021 exceeded pre-pandemic levels

    Irish residential construction activity in 2021 exceeded pre-pandemic levels

The number of residential commencement notices lodged in Ireland in 2021 was above pre-pandemic levels, according to a report from Deloitte. Deloitte Ireland’s latest Real Estate Planning & Development Statistics

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CRH to divest its Building Envelope business for $3.8 billion

    CRH to divest its Building Envelope business for $3.8 billion

CRH, the largest building materials business in both Europe and North America, has agreed to divest of its Building Envelope business to KPS Capital Partners, LP for an enterprise value

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Further global expansion by Kingspan

    Further global expansion by Kingspan

Kingspan, the global leader in high-performance insulation and building envelope solutions, has agreed to acquire Ondura Group from Naxicap Capital

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British Government loans to help SMEs build more homes

    British Government loans to help SMEs build more homes

A £1.5 billion home building fund offering loans to SMEs to help them deliver 42,000 new houses across the country

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Bricks shortages and rising product prices predicted

    Bricks shortages and rising product prices predicted

Bricks and roof tiles are in short supply with demand outstripping supply against a backdrop of rising inflation, the Construction

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Irish construction activity continues to rise, but at softest pace in eight months

    Irish construction activity continues to rise, but at softest pace in eight months

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

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Irish buildings tech company IFS announces global expansion with creation of 100 jobs

    Irish buildings tech company IFS announces global expansion with creation of 100 jobs

Integrated Facilities Solutions (IFS), the Dublin-based leading provider of digital asset management solutions for infrastructure and real estate, has announced it is

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Architects O’Donnell + Tuomey awarded the RIAI Gold Medal for Architecture for the Lyric Theatre, Belfast

    Architects O’Donnell + Tuomey awarded the RIAI Gold Medal for Architecture for the Lyric Theatre, Belfast

The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) has awarded the RIAI Gold Medal (2010-2012) to O’Donnell + Tuomey,

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Forum to advance greener, healthier homes in Ireland

    Forum to advance greener, healthier homes in Ireland

Healthy Homes Ireland, a new forum established to influence public policy, has hosted its inaugural virtual meeting, to advance a

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Further sharp rise in Irish construction activity as new order growth continues

    Further sharp rise in Irish construction activity as new order growth continues

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

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New European fund to scale up timber construction

    New European fund to scale up timber construction

A network of pioneering developers, designers, investors and insurers have launched a multi-million euro fund to scale up timber construction. Engineers

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PM Group opens Philadelphia office

    PM Group opens Philadelphia office

Dublin-based PM Group has announced the launch of its new life science design center in Philadelphia. The new office will

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McAleer & Rushe to build a £37.5 million Liverpool Hotel

    McAleer & Rushe to build a £37.5 million Liverpool Hotel

Leading UK design and build construction company McAleer & Rushe has been appointed as the contractor in a major £37.5

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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