The current president of the Association of Consulting Engineers of Ireland (ACEI), David McHugh, would appear ideally qualified and experienced for the role he has taken up, considering the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in the coming year and beyond for the association. The senior director responsible for renewable energy and business development at RPS in Ireland also has eight years of experience in global roles as a corporate executive and management consultant specialising in sustainability. With its recently published ACEI Sustainability Vision, the association is setting out an ambitious programme for its members to become advocates for climate action and sustainable change in Irish construction and lead by example by becoming carbon neutral by 2030.
FERGAL LALOR, Managing Director, Sisk Living, speaks with Barry McCall of Irish Construction News about current factors affecting the house-building market and why the Sisk Living business model ideally places it to deliver social and affordable homes.
The government target is for 35,000 new homes to be delivered each year, with around 10,000 of them falling into the social and affordable categories. Progress was being made until Covid hit. The industry was shut down for eight weeks in the spring and early summer of 2020, while many potential homebuyers were spooked by the economic fallout of the pandemic.
New home delivery fell slightly to 20,780 in 2020. This was a drop of just 411 on the number built in 2019. With large parts of the industry shut down again during the early part of 2021, this will have a knock-on effect on completions this year. But the industry was resilient in 2020, and it is hopeful of making up for lost time in 2021, despite some non-Covid related challenges.
FIONA CORMICAN, New Business Director, Clúid Housing, speaks with Barry McCall of Irish Construction News about how the social housing delivery model has changed in recent years and calls for more joined-up thinking between stakeholders around building social housing.
New Hardware Association Ireland president Michael O’Donohoe discusses his priorities for the association in the coming year. “HAI members will be key partners in providing knowledge and products for Ireland’s ambitious energy retrofitting plans.”
Theo Cullinane, CEO, BAM Ireland –”Appropriate Risk Sharing Must Be Embedded In All Procurement Models”
Theo Cullinane, CEO, BAM Ireland, speaks with ROBBIE COUSINS about some of the contractor’s successes in the past year and discusses issues that need urgent attention if the sector and economy are to bounce back from the Covid-19 crisis.
Liam Kenny, Managing Director, John Paul Construction, speaks with ROBBIE COUSINS about his hectic first few months heading up the company, and how the sector’s workers have responded, and CIF members cooperated in addressing Covid-19, gives him great confidence for its future.
Micheál O’Connor, Deputy MD, Dornan – “Covid-19 Is The Catalyst Needed To Usher In Digital Transition”
Micheál O’Connor, recently appointed Deputy Managing Director of Dornan Engineering, speaks with Mimi Murray about why all stakeholders should grasp the opportunities presented by Covid-19.
John O’Shaughnessy, MD, Clancy Construction – Offsite Construction Crucial To Overcoming Covid-19 Challenge
John O’Shaughnessy, Managing Director, Clancy Construction, speaks with Robbie Cousins about how the contractor has adapted to meet the Covid-19 challenge, and why he believes the sector will come out stronger at the other side of the pandemic.
Rachel Clarke, President, MBCA, speaks with ROBBIE COUSINS about the challenges facing main contractors and the role that MBCA members have to play in getting the Irish economy back on its feet.