2021 was another good year for John Paul Construction, with turnover reaching €544m, €420m of which was generated in Ireland.

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Liam Kenny, Managing Director, John Paul Construction.

The company continued its journey of sectoral and geographic diversification, delivering complex projects across all sectors of the industry in Ireland, the UK and the Middle East.

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John Paul Construction current projects

In the life sciences sector, John Paul Construction are delivering projects for major clients such as MSD, Eli Lilly, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Alkermes and Jazz Pharmaceuticals.

Works are also underway on a number of data centres, both hyperscale and co-location, for global companies in both Ireland and further afield. In addition, the company are also nearing completion on a new 110kV data centre substation in Dublin.

In other sectors, John Paul Construction are currently constructing a new radiation oncology centre for University Hospital Galway, the new Garda Security and Crime Operations Centre for the OPW in Dublin city centre, and a production facility for PepsiCo in Cork.

On the residential front, they have more than 1,000 apartments at varying stages of construction, along with 800 much-needed student accommodation beds, nearing completion in Dublin and Cork.

Moreover, the company’s civil engineering division is busy delivering a new HVDC converter station at Great Island, Wexford, which will provide a new grid connection between the existing substation and the UK national grid’s Pembroke substation in South Wales. The team is also working on the A1 Craighall Junction for Transport Scotland.

John Paul Construction completed projects and expansion

In this past year, John Paul Construction achieved completion on multiple projects. These include works for Keurig Dr Pepper on a major beverage manufacturing facility in Kildare, a new pharmacy and multi-storey carpark extension, delivered in partnership with Gray Integrated Services, for St Vincent’s University Hospital, and the Townsend Street Development, which comprises three hotels, as well as residential accommodation for Dublin City Council.

In the commercial and retail sector, they have completed a high-specification office development at 20 Kildare Street for long-term client Kennedy Wilson and have constructed an additional 29 retail units and a new carpark at the Kildare Village Retail Outlet. Townsend Street Development, Dublin.

In a bid to expand their client base and support existing clients in Europe, the company established new offices in the Netherlands, which are focused on mission-critical and life-science projects. The team there has commenced tendering projects and look forward to commencing works on the ground this year. Providing delivery excellence for clients in different markets to the same exacting standards is a crucial part of John Paul Construction’s strategic plan.

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Townsend Street development. Dublin.


Another element of the company’s strategic plan is Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) principles, which remains a global priority. John Paul Construction have developed their own sustainability agenda and published a sustainable roadmap to 2030, which is aligned with international best standards. The company will continue to work to influence their construction partners and the wider industry to improve sustainable construction.

John Paul Construction have also joined the Irish Green Building Council (IGBC) as a gold member to contribute to developing a more sustainable industry. Through this new partnership, they will be supporting the IGBC in developing new programmes to decarbonise the Irish built environment.

Digital technologies

John Paul Construction has been at the forefront of advancing construction technologies for many years, constantly striving to improve the quality of their project management systems and project delivery methods by utilising the latest digital technology.

They have continued to develop their BIM-centric virtual design and construction (VDC) systems and processes, which are built around three pillars: improved efficiency; better decision-making; and better sharing and communication of information. These processes and procedures ensure a leaner, more efficient delivery approach is achieved, guaranteeing enhanced value for their clients.

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Garda Security & Crime Operations Centre, Dublin.
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A9 Cromarty Bridge scour repairs, Scotland.

Addressing challenges

Recently, John Paul Construction secured several new projects across multiple sectors with both new and existing clients. However, the company remains aware of ongoing concerning developments in the market. Liam Kenny, Managing Director of John Paul Construction, comments: “Rising inflation, the conflict in Ukraine, availability of resources, along with local constraints such as the provision of utilities and our planning system, all contribute to unease and uncertainty in the industry. Despite this, the Irish construction industry and John Paul Construction are resilient. We have faced and come through many challenges in the past. We diversified, started working in new sectors, went abroad, adopted the latest technology, and we made off-site construction work at a practical level. So, it’s certainly within our capabilities to overcome the current challenges and prevail.”

Through 2022 and 2023, John Paul Construction will continue working with their clients, design teams and trade partners to deliver critical infrastructure and landmark developments to the highest standards.

No 4: John Paul Construction

ADDRESS: Dundrum Business Park, Dundrum Road, Dublin 14.

PHONE: 01 215 6100

WEB: www.johnpaul.ie

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TWITTER: @johnpaulconst

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KEY EXECUTIVES: Liam Kenny, Managing Director; Conor O’Donnell, Financial Director; John Keaveney, Construction Director; Paraic Keogh, Construction Director; John Moran, Construction Director; Niall O’Connor, Construction Director.

KEY ACTIVITIES: Main Contractor

YEAR-END: 31/12/2021