With a global turnover of €605m, of which €507m was generated in Ireland, John Paul Construction performed strongly in 2022, delivering high-quality, complex projects across many sectors at home and abroad.
John Paul Construction
The company’s diversification strategy remains a crucial driver of growth. Having transitioned from being a traditional main contractor to being a highly agile operator with specialist expertise in a range of high-tech sectors, John Paul Construction now has projects in Ireland, the UK and the Middle East.
In 2022, this sectoral and geographical diversity enabled it to continue to deliver on its margins whilst mitigating market risks, all against a backdrop of rising inflation and interest rates and with a war in Ukraine that is further disrupting the macroeconomic climate.
For Liam Kenny, Managing Director, John Paul Construction, the most meaningful progress that the company made in 2022 was the reduction in the accident frequency rate, thanks to the relentless application of its safety management system. He comments, “There is no greater achievement. To see such progress on our journey towards zero accidents and incidents is encouraging.”
John Paul Construction also made great strides in its Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) efforts. To further scale its push for a more inclusive workforce, it established a dedicated EDI committee to lead change. In 2022 those efforts were rewarded with Silver accreditation in the Investors in Diversity scheme, which recognises companies with a holistic approach to building a more inclusive, equitable and diverse organisation.
In the past year, the company undertook multiple projects in the data centre (co-location and hyperscale), pharma/life sciences, industrial, healthcare, commercial, residential, and civil sectors.
Varying widely in scale and complexity, these projects included the completion of a 110kV data centre substation in Dublin and a 16MW data centre in the UK, both for a global client.
Other projects completed include the new Radiation Oncology Centre in University Hospital Galway, providing treatment to patients across the region; and Walter Scott House, the new Garda Security and Crime Operations Centre in Dublin, which houses several Garda Bureaus and operational units. The company is also nearing completion of a 19,000-sq-metre bio-pharma facility in Co Meath.
The pipeline of projects already underway is healthy, with schemes that reflect the company’s diverse portfolio.
Projects in Ireland include a significant 28,000-sq-metre MedTech facility in Kilkenny, a new admin lab building for a global pharmaceutical client in Limerick, a new 40,000-sq-metre commercial office building for Hibernia REG at Harcourt Square in Dublin, and the delivery of over 1,000 new residential apartments by the end of the year. This includes the 600-unit residential development, Sandyford Central for Richmond Homes.
In the UK, the company is completing a complex new manufacturing facility for a global client in advanced technology, which is seeking to localise the production of its semiconductors. Most recently, the company has been awarded the contract for the Upgrade of Terminal 7 at Rosslare Europort in Wexford. This is not just a significant project for John Paul Construction, but for Ireland as a whole, given the role the upgraded port will play in the post-Brexit euro economy.
Technology & digital transformation
John Paul Construction is known for embracing technologies that help deliver construction projects quickly, safely and efficiently, particularly the use of off-site construction. In 2022, it further developed its Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) offering by making mobile applications and BIM tools more widely available across its many sites, resulting in increased quality standards and productivity. Whether it’s the use of drones to assess progress or, most recently, adopting Procore, a cloud-based project documentation and field management tool, the company continues to adopt innovative technologies.
No 4: John Paul Construction
ADDRESS: Dundrum Business Park, Dundrum Road, Dublin 14.
PHONE: 01 215 6100
LINKEDIN: John Paul Construction
KEY EXECUTIVES: Liam Kenny, Managing Director; Conor O’Donnell, Financial Director; John Keaveney, Operations Director; Paraic Keogh, Construction Director; John Moran, Construction Director; Niall O’Connor, Construction Director.
KEY ACTIVITIES: Main Contractor/General Contractor