Conack Construction is a general building and civil engineering contractor founded in 2008 by joint managing directors Kieran Cusack and Tom O’Connor. It has its headquarters in Limerick, with regional offices in Cork, Dublin, and Galway. Conack delivers specialist construction solutions to public and private sector clients, operating across multiple sectors, with recent works completed in residential, commercial, healthcare, offices, civic, hospitality, education, retail, pharmaceutical and medical, design and build, and office fit-out sectors.
Conack Construction project approach
Conack takes a collaborative approach to project delivery, working closely with clients, staff and its supply chain to ensure projects are delivered efficiently and in a sustainable manner. Kieran Cusack explains how this approach to project delivery has worked for the contractor, its clients and supply chain. “We provide a personal service and pay great attention to the detail of every project. We embrace innovation in materials, construction methods and design, and we incorporate this in all of our projects. “Our motto is to build better together. This means our clients, design teams, construction teams and supply chain are recognised as stakeholders in project delivery. We have established our ability to compete at all levels with both tier 1 and tier 2 contractors by taking this approach. Conack employs over 160 people directly. While its turnover reached €76m in 2020, Kieran Cusack says Conack is on target to achieve a turnover of €100m this year and €110m in 2022.
Conack Construction projects
Cherrywood TC1 (90m) And TC4 (46m)
Conack is currently working on two residential developments in Cherrywood in Dublin, TC4 and TC1. Including community and employment facilities, retail units and 530 residential units. TC4 will form part of the first WELL community scheme in Europe, promoting and incorporating sustainability and a greener environment and optimising buildings to benefit people’s health. Conack is targeting BREEAM ‘Excellent’ certification for this €46m project. With the €90m TC1 development, it is building all 317 residential units to an LEED standard.
Meiragtx Facility, Shannon (€40m)
Conack recently completed phase one of FDI client MeiraGTx’s facility in Shannon, with over 100,000 man-hours with no lost-time injuries. Phase one has been shortlisted for a major national award in 2021. Conack has a team of over 200 people currently engaged on phase two of the project.
From the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, Conack management took a holistic approach to addressing the many challenges that arose, placing staff safety to the fore of their concerns. Tom O’Connor says: “In addition to control measures developed by the HSE and the construction industry, we introduced our own Covid-19 standard operating procedure, with controlled access on larger sites via thermal pods with facial recognition and temperature checks minimising touchpoints on turnstiles or handles. We also introduced antigen testing in April 2021. This provides greater peace of mind for employees, subcontractors and clients.”
Conack has been transitioning to digital construction techniques over the past number of years. Tom O Connor explains: “The early-stage use of building information modelling (BIM) data on any project can show the complete building life cycle. Conack is committed to BIM as it creates transparency throughout the project process as an accurate representation of the project as it is progressed. We are currently pursuing our BIM Level 2 ISO accreditation as part of our 2021 objectives and targets.” Conack uses Procore, a cloud-based site management platform. Procore construction software manages a construction project from planning to hand-over. The platform connects every project contributor, including specialist contractors, design team members and client representatives. The ability to communicate across teams makes it easier to collaborate using a single common-data environment. Conack also uses the Causeway tendering package, which has helped it successfully manage projects and growth.
Conack staff growth
In closing, Kieran Cusack says: “As our staff are the heart of our business, their full engagement and alignment to the company’s core values and productivity has enhanced the growth of the company. With their input, we would hope to be in a position to increase staff numbers to 200-plus in the near future in order to continue expanding.”
20: Conack Construction
ADDRESS: Unit 1C, Eastway Business Park, Ballysimon Road, Limerick.
PHONE: 061 310002
KEY EXECUTIVES: Kieran Cusack, Joint Managing Director; Tom O’Connor, Joint Managing Director; Denis O’Brien, Commercial Director; Donal O’Donnell, Operations Manager; Frank Geary, Regional Director – Cork; Mike Hession, Regional Director – Dublin.
KEY ACTIVITIES: General Building, Civil Engineering.
YEAR END: 31/12/2020