According to John Sisk & Son CEO Stephen Bowcott, despite the difficult environment caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the group’s construction arm delivered a good set of results. “The strategy of growing our geographical coverage in the three key markets of Ireland, the UK and Europe has resulted in a 2020 revenue split of 47%, 35% and 18% across these areas. Different government policies towards the shutting down of construction protected us during this period, as the UK and Europe continued to operate while Ireland was closed for two months in 2020.
“Our brand continues to be well respected by our clients, and our annual employees’ opinion survey results are strong during what has been a challenging period for our staff’s wellbeing.
Stephen Bowcott continues. “The company was able to maintain all of our staffs’ salary payments throughout the year despite Covid-19 shutdowns, and this was very well received by all.”
(UK €520.3M, Mainland Europe €276.9M)
Sustainability in Sisk
In 2020, Sisk published its 2030 Sustainability Roadmap, Building today, Caring for tomorrow. This roadmap included 21 ambitious targets covering five themes:
– Tackling climate change and air pollution
– Caring for the environment
– Enhancing communities
– Leading on responsible business practices
– Embracing innovation and digital technology
The roadmap is the foundation for Sisk’s work for the next 10 years, and it will report annually on its progress against the targets set.
In 2020, on the ground, Sisk continued to improve its operational carbon performance, reduced its energy consumption, leading the way with its pioneering approach to electrification of its fleet and the adoption of alternative fuels. Its efforts continued to receive external recognition, and it benchmarked its operations using internationally recognised accreditation programmes.
Sisk in Ireland
Sisk was involved in delivering a number of high-profile projects in Ireland during 2020.
In November 2020, Project Kells in Dublin city centre completed a 1,100 cubic-metre pour – probably the largest for the project – utilising both temporary platforms, static and mobile pumps. This project is due for completion in 2023.
70 St Stephen’s Green
70 St Stephen’s Green is a six-storey office development with a double basement. The Sisk team on the project achieved practical completion in December 2020. This was a fantastic achievement prior to the Christmas break on what was a very confined site in Dublin city centre site with logistical and construction challenges.
The expansion of BioCork 2 involved the construction of new buildings with a total floor space of almost 20,000 sq metres. It also included expansion of the existing warehouse, laboratory administration buildings, support infrastructure and utilities. The new facility will deliver products that will be consumed by patients, so the quality of manufacture and cleanliness of the manufacturing space is critical to this process.
East Quad, Technological University Dublin
The East Quad at Technological University Dublin in Grangegorman achieved practical completion in October 2020. The building will mainly house academic activities and facilities required for the College of Creative and Cultural Industries. The accommodation includes a 400-seat music performance hall and provides practice spaces, creative arts and media studios.
The Pearse Station roof project included the design and construction of two new roofs at the main train hall and car park. Pearse Station is the busiest commuter station on the Iarnród Éireann (IE) network and caters for 30,000 passengers per day, with the majority of the works being carried out in the live rail environment.
In October 2020, Bonham Quay in Galway celebrated its topping out with the site team, client Edward Capital and BDP architects. The €105m mixed-use development scheme was also recognised as a leader in “One Planet Living” by the international sustainability charity, Bioregional. It is the first development in Ireland to achieve such recognition.
Sisk in the UK
Sisk has worked at Wembley Park for over 16 years, delivering 11 major projects. The transformation of Wembley Park for Quintain is one of the largest urban developments currently underway in Europe. Its team completed the handover of Canada Gardens in October 2020.
Circle Square is a new neighbourhood for the city of Manchester that reached practical completion in December 2020. The site boasts over 1,700 new homes and over 100,000 sq feet of retail and leisure space, providing a variety of boutique retailers, restaurants, bars and pavement cafes, all centred around Symphony Park.
In October 2020, Sisk successfully secured a place on the EHA 3 (Eastern Highways Alliance 3). The framework provides 10 county councils in the east of England with a cost-effective vehicle to procure local highways and infrastructure projects. It is estimated that up to £400m of schemes will be delivered via the framework over the next four years, and Sisk has been awarded a place on Lot 3 for schemes ranging in value from £5m to £30m+. Sisk also secured a place on the NHS Shared Business Services public sector construction works framework high-value lots. This deal has also been designed to support the UK Government’s construction strategy by ensuring social value, sustainability and modern methods of construction were incorporated into the original agreement. These frameworks add to Sisk’s ever-growing list of UK public sector clients, including YORCivils, Manchester City Council, NMWTRA, NEPO, Crown Construction Services, Network Rail and National Highways.
Sisk in Europe
Sisk’s European business has continued to expand, primarily in the specialist sectors of data centres and life sciences, where it has extensive experience. During 2020, Sisk worked on projects in Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Denmark and Sweden.
Sisk Outlook 2021/22
Sisk’s order book in both the UK and Europe is very strong. In Ireland, Sisk is seeing some weakness outside Dublin, particularly in regional building. The civil engineering pipeline is very good in both UK and Ireland, as governments in both countries commit to significant investment programmes as part of their recovery plans from the pandemic. Sisk has been successful in frameworks for its subsidiaries Vision Built and Sensori, as well as its strategic projects teams, for several Irish government bodies, including the Office of Public Works, the Department of Education and the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA). In the UK, the civils team has won a place on several frameworks, including National Highways, York and Humber local authorities and Network Rail.
No 1: John Sisk & Son
ADDRESS: Wilton Works, Naas Road, Dublin 22.
PHONE: 01 409 1500
LINKEDIN: John Sisk & Son Ltd
KEY EXECUTIVES: Stephen Bowcott, CEO; Ger Penny, Chief Financial Officer; Donal McCarthy, COO, Ireland and Europe; Mark McGreevy, COO, Construction Services Business & Group Commercial Director; Paul Brown, COO, UK Construction and Civil Engineering; Maura Toles, Company Secretary and Chief Legal Officer; Wayne Metcalfe, Director – Health, Safety, Sustainability & Quality; Sean Fitzpatrick, Director – Human Resources.
KEY ACTIVITIES: General Building, Civil Engineering, Fit-Outs, Facilities Management, Offsite Construction.