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Construction News

News from the Irish building sector

Contractors, architects and engineers team up for Focus Ireland to deliver essential HQ refurbishment

T&I Fitouts

A number of companies have carried out essential redevelopment work on Focus Ireland’s High Street Dublin 8 premises, which is a hub office for all the charity’s Dublin and nationwide services. The building is home to over 100 support staff and provides the essential space f0r front line teams to have meetings and complete essential […]

Counting the building materials costs

Building materials costs

The costs of building materials have been undergoing an unprecedented surge since the beginning of 2020, with many in the industry expecting prices to remain at an elevated level for a considerable time to come. Timber, steel, plastics, cement, aggregates, roof tiles and bricks have all been following an upward pricing trend as well as being in short supply.

Construction activity rises sharply again, but cost inflation hits fresh record high

Ulster Bank Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index

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 2021, down from 65.0 in June but still pointed to a substantial increase in construction activity.

Construction activity ramped up in June following loosening of restrictions

Ulster Bank Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index

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 2021, posting 65.0 following a reading of 66.4 in May. Activity increased for the second month running following the full reopening of the sector and at one of the strongest rates since the survey began 21 years ago. Index readings above 50 signal an increase in activity on the previous month, and readings below 50 signal a decrease.

Read the latest Irish Construction News

Irish Construction News

The latest issue of Irish Construction News is out and features interviews with PJ Rudden, Chairman of the Construction Sector Group’s key Innovation and Digital Adoption SubGroup; David McHugh, President, ACEI; Eamonn Stapleton, Managing Director, Clonmel Enterprises; Des Mulcair, Director, Roadbridge; and Tony McCarthy, Director, Jennings O’Donovan on the rollout of national roads infrastructure.

Cleary Doyle celebrates 60 years in business

Cleary Doyle

Cleary Doyle directly employs over 50 highly skilled professionals, many with vast experience in the construction industry. Cleary Doyle has a strong focus on encouraging and assisting its team members to maximise their potential through education and having direct input on project decisions.

Minister McGrath publishes tender for the External Assurance Process on major infrastructure projects

External Assurance Process

The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Michael McGrath TD, has approved the publication of the Request for Tenders (RFT) for the External Assurance Process (EAP). The EAP will be utilised for major infrastructure proposals (those estimated to cost in excess of €100 million).

Etex acquires Horizon Offsite

Etex

Building solutions innovator Etex has announced the acquisition of Horizon Offsite. This acquisition follows closely on the group’s purchase of Cork-based technical consultancy company Evolusion Innovation. It boosts Etex’s ability to deliver offsite building solutions in Ireland and the UK, helping the company’s European modular ambitions.

Sisk parent company Sicon reports turnover of over €1.5bn for 2020

John Sisk & Son

Sicon Limited, the parent company of the Sisk Group’s construction and construction-related activities in Ireland, the United Kingdom and Europe, has announced its financial results for the year ended 31 December 2020, with a turnover of €1.503bn and profit before tax of €23.3m