One of the youngest firms on the Irish Construction News Top Contractors’ list, Vision Contracting celebrates 10 years in business in 2021. The company was established in 2011 by Niall O’Meara, Mick Allen, Aidan Drummond and Colm Fehily. They all have extensive and in-depth experience in delivering medium- to large-scale projects across Ireland and the UK.
The Cork-based firm’s turnover of €61.5m in 2020 is a 16% increase on its turnover for 2019, despite Covid-19 shutdowns. Vision Contracting also has a strong pipeline of secured contracts for 2022 and into 2023.
According to Niall O’Meara, Managing Director, Vision Contracting, the company’s success in 2020 can in part be attributed to having a strong pharma presence as well as being agile enough to quickly introduce the new industry Pandemic Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) as well as its own additional measures on sites. Niall O Meara explains: “We had a good mix of exempted/essential work across the regions, with a spread in pharma, residential, nursing homes, education and healthcare areas.
“We were agile in our approach to addressing Covid-19. Working with our customers, we moved quickly to get our sites set up correctly, so they were safe for everyone. We streamlined operations and staggered times on site for trades to cut site numbers at any one time.
We introduced the new CIF SOP, adding rapid antigen testing as the year went on. Our teams fully engaged in the programme and were quick to adopt the new practices. Where some sites were closed and others open, we were able to divert resources to the active sites.”
Vision Contracting has significantly changed how it operates its projects as a result of its response to Covid-19, with many of the new procedures and practices here to stay.
“Our sites have less traffic and people on them now, with more focus on offsite fabrication,” O’Meara continues. “Project and personnel management have become much more efficient, and monitoring and reviewing work has also greatly improved. We are achieving efficiencies across the board that we could not have anticipated 18 months ago. The Irish construction sector as a whole has achieved so much since the start of the pandemic, and we in Vision Contracting are delighted to have been able to play our part
Vision Contracting Projects
Projects that Vision Contracting had on site or completed during 2020 included The Paddocks, Terenure, Dublin, a high-spec nearly zero energy building (NZEB) development for clients Turkington Rock; Blackhall Place apartment scheme in Dublin 7; and a TK Maxx extension in Liffey Valley. On the pharma front, the warehouse, cleanroom facility and wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) expansion project at MSD, Brinny, Co Cork, was also completed. The countrywide Term Maintenance and Fire Remediation Framework for the Department of Education & Skills, involving more than 30 schools, was also successfully concluded.
Looking to the company’s future sustainability, Vision Contracting has a strong foothold in several specialist niche markets, where entry barriers are high. The company concentrates its efforts on securing repeat business as it works to secure more framework opportunities. It also has several key developer and funder partnerships that provide a steady pipeline of new projects as an alternative to traditional tendering and procurement arrangements.
“We partner on developer-led projects, and we provide design, build and turnkey building services where required.
“We can deliver all groundworks, building work and fit-out works from our own resources,” Niall O Meara continues. “This makes us responsive to clients’ changing needs and allows for greater flexibility at site level. We also have a proven background in pre-construction, value engineering, project and construction management and provide complete delivery solutions.
“Our strategy is to scale out rather than scale up. By doing this, we spread the risk. We are not your standard building firm. We have a broad base of expertise within the company, and we are adding to this all the time. Experience has taught us that it is better to have diversity in what we do rather than focus on one market area where many companies are competing,” Niall O’Meara concludes.
23 VISION CONTRACTING LIMITED
ADDRESS: Melbourne House, Melbourne Business Park, Model Farm, Cork.
PHONE: 021 487 4930
LINKEDIN: Vision Contracting
KEY EXECUTIVES: Niall O’Meara, Managing Director; Mick Allen, Construction Director; Aidan Drummond, Pharma and Industrial Director; Colm Fehily, Commercial Director.
KEY ACTIVITIES: General Building.
YEAR END: 31/12/2020