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MEDITE SMARTPLY launch new, customer driven website

Innovative timber panel manufacturer, MEDITE SMARTPLY, is excited to announce the launch of its new website - the latest stage in the company’s rebrand project. Designed to provide a customer-centric user experience, the website offers a comprehensive and detailed breakdown of the brand’s entire range of MDF and OSB products, plus all supporting environmental and test certification.

Importantly, it also brings together the previous three individual product websites for ease of navigation and access, something customers asked for.

With a clean, contemporary design, the website hosts a range of content including case studies, news stories, product pages and downloads. External user testing was carried out to develop a site tailored to customer needs and expectations, allowing distributors and end users to find the solution they need in just a few clicks. This was especially critical in the stockist selector, where ease of location was seen as key.

The new website reflects MEDITE SMARTPLY’s market-leading position in sustainable timber panel manufacturing and continues to drive the company’s new corporate identity, helping to cement the brand’s thought-leading position in the marketplace.  New advertising campaigns, sales tools and literature all continue to set the standards of what OSB manufacturers can do.

“We’re tremendously proud of the new website,” said Stuart Devoil, Head of Marketing & Brand at MEDITE SMARTPLY, “which is the result of a lot of hard work and dedication. As MEDITE SMARTPLY moves from strength to strength under one unified brand, it was only right that our website design reflected this new integrated brand identity and the market-leading status of our product portfolio. Along with other vehicles such as our SMARTPLY AR app and product selector, the new site will continue to establish our digital presence and give our customers a more engaging and straightforward experience online.”

Visit the new site here:

Making a new house an A rated home with Natural Gas

On Thursday the 13th of July, construction industry professionals joined Gas Networks Ireland at the Silver Springs Clayton Hotel in Cork, to explore how natural gas, in combination with renewable technologies meets with Part L building regulations in order to achieve a fully A rated home. The seminar was hosted by Gas Networks Ireland and BER Assessors Association Ireland.
Topics explored during the seminar included how to enter natural gas in conjunction with renewable technologies into the SEAI’s DEAP software. Other discussion points included installation and running costs of natural gas in a new house, the guiding principles of gas connections and a look at Ireland’s natural gas infrastructure were also covered.
Guest speakers included Gerhard Heyl of PV Green Energy Savings, Bill Quigley of NuTech Renewables, Calin Tasnadi of Daikin, Jonathan White of LVP Renewables, and Paul McEvoy of Origen and Patrick Wycherley of Clean Energy Ireland.
Choosing the right energy for a new home is an important decision, and for over 647,000 households in Ireland, natural gas is the first choice. Natural gas ensures sustainability and energy efficiency, with low running costs, and is instantaneous and easy to control with no need for external storage.
Speaking at the event, Lorcan Cooke, Gas Applications Engineer and BER Assessor with Gas Networks Ireland:  “When determining the Building Energy Rating (BER) of a new house, the entry of a natural gas system combined with renewable technologies only requires simple user inputs in the DEAP. With BER playing an increasingly important role in the resale value of houses, gas is a good investment.”

Initiative Ireland Aims to Finance €60 million in Residential Construction Loans to Build 250 New Family Homes

- 50 new jobs to be created in the company over next 5-years

Dublin, Ireland, 19 July 2017, Initiative Ireland ( has announced that Ireland’s first syndicated property finance platform, which it is scheduling to launch in September, aims to finance €60 million in construction loans to build approximately 250 new family homes over the next 18 months.

Initiative Ireland will enable the company’s private syndicate members to participate in the funding of secured real estate loans across Ireland. Specialising in residential development finance, the company aims to support the construction of 250 new family homes by December 2018, while offering its private syndicate members the ability to earn 3.50% APR to 7.50% APR for their committed funds.

All loans are professionally managed by Initiative Ireland, on behalf of its members from end to end. A minimum commitment of €10,000 is required per loan from members. The company is currently accepting membership applications from private individuals and institutions interested in lending €100,000 or more via its digital platform.

Supported by Enterprise Ireland as a high-potential start-up, and headquartered at NovaUCD, the company was founded in 2015 by an experienced financial services team, with the goal of providing increased financial inclusion, competition and sustainability to the Irish finance market.

Eoghan Murphy TD, Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, welcoming the announcement said, “Addressing the housing crisis requires innovation and initiative. It is great to see Irish firms, like Initiative Ireland, responding to the market need with new sustainable solutions. I welcome their goal of making finance available at affordable rates to smaller developers, which is a necessary component if we want to see the activation of dormant sites.”

Padraig W. Rushe, CEO, Initiative Ireland said, “Individuals and institutions can now register for membership at and be among the first to gain access to what is an exclusive secured asset class, often available only to Banks and specialist institutions.”

He added, “Moreover, at a time when the country is in desperate need of housing, our initiative will offer competitive returns and terms to our private members, while supporting the construction of much needed family homes across Ireland.”

He concluded, “We have designed our offering to support additional, small developments across the country, with the expectation of financing the construction of a further 250 to 500 new homes per annum starting in 2019. Our affordable pricing is designed to activate dormant sites and as such this additional lending is expected to deliver a further 600 to 1200 additional construction jobs in 2019, in addition to 50 new jobs to be created in the company, over the next 5 years.”

The company aims to provide competitive terms and rates to experienced property developers exclusively. Each loan is carefully assessed and pre-approved by an internal credit risk committee prior to syndication amongst members.

All loans are secured with a 1st lien against Irish real estate and must have a clearly defined exit strategy. As such, the company is focused primarily on financing the construction of quality family homes in high demand residential areas across Ireland.

In September 2016, the company was recognised by the MetLife Foundation Inclusion Plus Awards, for its innovative social lending model, which promotes financial inclusion. Since then, the company has worked to tailor its business offering to create what it considers to be a sustainable solution for the Irish property market.

Caption for attached image: Eoghan Murphy TD, Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government and Padraig W. Rushe, CEO, Initiative Ireland. (Maxwell Photography).

SMARTPLY OSB used for giant Greenpeace tree at Glastonbury 2017

The Greenpeace Field at Glastonbury festival has long been popular among festival-goers thanks to their free hot showers and delicious veggie food available at their cafe. This year, however, it saw a new feature to the field with the addition of a show-stopping 20m giant tree structure.

Built from SMARTPLY OSB, the huge tree came alive at night with a colour changing light show and featured a DJ booth filled at one point by no other than Jarvis Cocker himself.

#StandForForests was Greenpeace’s key message for this year’s festival with the environmental campaigning organisation emphasising the important role forests play in maintaining the health of our planet. The choice of SMARTPLY OSB to build their tree structure was a result of its carbon positive nature as a building material, as well as the rigorous sustainability agenda and clean supply chain of the manufacturer. Making use of renewable wood from well managed Irish forests independently certified in accordance with the rules of the Forestry Stewardship Council, MEDITE SMARPLY are strong believers in working towards a circular economy model when it comes to timber production.

The wooden tree structure offered not only an enjoyable and interesting experience for festival-goers, but was also designed and built with Greenpeace values of sustainability at its core.

The Greenpeace Field at Glastonbury festival has long been popular among festival-goers thanks to their free hot showers and delicious veggie food available at their cafe. This year, however, it saw a new feature to the field with the addition of a show-stopping 20m giant tree structure.

Built from SMARTPLY OSB, the huge tree came alive at night with a colour changing light show and featured a DJ booth filled at one point by no other than Jarvis Cocker himself.

#StandForForests was Greenpeace’s key message for this year’s festival with the environmental campaigning organisation emphasising the important role forests play in maintaining the health of our planet. The choice of SMARTPLY OSB to build their tree structure was a result of its carbon positive nature as a building material, as well as the rigorous sustainability agenda and clean supply chain of the manufacturer.

Making use of renewable wood from well managed Irish forests independently certified in accordance with the rules of the Forestry Stewardship Council, MEDITE SMARPLY are strong believers in working towards a circular economy model when it comes to timber production. The wooden tree structure offered not only an enjoyable and interesting experience for festival-goers, but was also designed and built with Greenpeace values of sustainability at its core.

Sisk Steconfer JV begin testing trams on new Luas Cross City extension

Sisk Steconfer JV has commenced testing the trams on the new Luas Cross City light rail extension in Dublin, the most significant milestone for the project to date.

Running from St Stephen’s Green to Broombridge through the city centre, Phibsborough and Cabra, the new line will link the Luas Red and Green Lines.

Construction works for Luas Cross City are being carried out by a joint venture between John Sisk and Son, Ireland’s No1 provider of construction services with extensive operations across Ireland, the United Kingdom and mainland Europe, and Steconfer, a Portuguese based global railway construction company.

Pictured above from left to right
Pat Lucey, John Sisk and Son, Director Civils UK & Ireland
Michael Nolan, CEO Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII)
Shane Ross, TD, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport
Anne Graham, CEO, National Transport Authority (NTA)

Initial testing known as a ‘gauge run’ began in the city centre on Saturday morning from 3.30am and will continue throughout the weekend.   

The gauge run is the first test for the Luas Cross City system in advance of passenger services commencing in December. It consists of moving trams at slow speeds (from 5kph up to 10kph) whilst carrying out a range of measurements and verifying that the new infrastructure (tracks and overhead wires) is working with the trams. 

Speaking after the first successful gauge run, Stephen Bowcott, CEO of John Sisk & Son, said: “Today marks a significant milestone for the construction of the Luas Cross City extension and the 800 SSJV employees who have combined their talent and expertise to ensure the success of this project to date. As an innovative, international, engineering and construction company, John Sisk & Son is proud to be part of the SSJV team that will deliver such a large, complex and multidisciplinary project in partnership with our client, Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII). The progress on this project to date demonstrates Sisk’s track record, scale and capacity to successfully undertake large, complex, multidisciplinary programmes. With the successful completion of the first tram gauge run, the project is now well on course to be delivered safely and on time.”

The gauge run comes almost two years after SSJV commenced works as the contractor for the project. Today’s test brings all aspects of the electro-mechanical and civils works together for this new light rail extension.  

Pat Lucey, Managing Director of Infrastructure at John Sisk & Son, said: “John Sisk & Son is delighted to play a vital role in this joint venture with Steconfer in the delivery of this significant piece of national infrastructure. It was our aim from the start to deliver the Luas Cross City extension project safely and on time with minimal impact on the people of Dublin and those visiting the city. With the successful completion of the first gauge run today we are well on track to achieving that aim and look forward to completing works on this project over the next couple of months.”

Luis Bairrao, Managing Director, Steconfer said: “Steconfer is proud to play an instrumental role in the successful delivery of this prestigious and multidisciplinary project.  It allows us the opportunity to demonstrate our expertise and high technical skills required for the construction of railway and overhead line electrification systems. We are delighted with the progress made to date and look forward to the final completion of the project within the next few months. The success of this complex project in Dublin consolidates our role in supporting John Sisk & Son and Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) by providing them with our specialised services related to rail infrastructure.

In September the new line will be handed over to Transdev, the tram operators, who will then coordinate the driver training and conclude further tests and trial running of the new system. 

In the interim, SSJV will close out the remaining works around the tracks such as road resurfacing, paving, the fit-out of the tram depot and landscaping of the surrounding plaza. These works continue in parallel with the tram testing programme. 

Key construction statistics:

-              Total Single Track: 13.4km

-              Total weight of the tracks: 1520 tonnes

-              On street concrete track bed and shoulders poured: 13600m3  

-              Total ducting and pipes under the surface: 178000m

-              Daily average distance walked by a foreman: 12km

-              Projected total man hours to complete SSJV works: 2.5 million hours

-              Number of people who worked on the mains infrastructure project: 811

KCC DataStore

Introducing Datastore – KCC Architecturals latest innovation will ease the workload of architects and contractors across the country.

Media surrounding the construction industry is constantly buzzing with information and news on Building Information Modelling or BIM, as most of us know it. We are all familiar with how important it is and understand at this point that it is the future of how buildings are going to be planned, designed, built, and managed.

In 2016 KCC Architectural realised that their traditional hardware catalogue was in need of updating, as there had been so many product additions and enhancements since the last publication. Given the constant changes in the construction industry, KCC understood that the world was a very different place since the last publication. Steve Young, project development director for KCC said “We knew that producing a new and updated product binder simply wasn’t good enough. Put simply, we could see four major factors had changed the landscape as we knew it, and we had to adapt our business to meet these requirements.”

The changes Steve was referring to are not specific to KCC, but relevant to the entire construction industry. One such requirement was CE Marking. In 2011, CE Marking became mandatory for construction products covered by harmonised European Standards (hENs). It became a necessity for manufacturers like KCC to make a Declaration of Performance (DoP) for the product and where appropriate  affix the CE Mark.

The second factor that had a huge impact on the construction industry, was the introduction of Irish Amended Building Regulations 2014 (BC(A)R). With a stringent inspection and certification process, the possibility of ‘passing the buck’ or slacking on quality adherence or best practice simply wasn’t possible. This presented the need for comprehensive product performance statements and test evidence to allow buildings to be certified and occupied.

BIM, quite obviously, became another major factor. The UK Government mandate that came into effect in 2016, insists that all public government projects must be BIM Level 2 compliant by the end of 2016. The growing need to have products available as 3D objects, complete with performance data to use in a 3D Model, became a necessity for KCC to respond to their clients needs.

Steve saw KCC survive the recession and says “We have emerged from the economic recession and we see the construction industry is very different to what existed in 2008. We all have less time, less resources and less patience. As a company we already offer a ‘one stop shop’ solution to our customers and clients by taking away the need to deal with several suppliers. We wanted to take this one step further and develop a system that would save our clients time, energy and effort – so we developed Datastore.”

KCC built Datastore in response to their clients needs and a notable gap in the marketplace. To put it mildly, Datastore is an architect or building contractors dream! An enormous piece of work, in the guise of a vast database of every single component KCC provide, the information is publishable as concise yet comprehensive individual datasheets at the click of a button.

KCC haven’t stopped there however – The Datastore system also delivers project specific catalogues (aka ‘Technical Submittals’) detailing every item KCC are or providing to a particular project, and include images, performance characteristics, dimensions, options, finishes, test evidence, and warranty information.

Speaking excitedly about his involvement in the development of Datastore, Steve says “These technical submittals link directly to our scheduling systems to allow us create project specific catalogues within minutes and it allows us the flexibility to make revisions quickly where necessary. We weren’t content to stop there however, and we went on to develop the system further to be able to produce submittals with 100% of our back up evidence - every test certificate, every fire test report. We can provide the  submittal in hard or soft copy or for those that are working within BIM models, we can export the data in a variety of formats”.

It seems that this is just the start of KCC’s plans as they are now building a library of 3D Revit Models. These and other major enhancements will be released later in the year.


Irish Fencing Services have just completed a successful audit and are now a fully certified company in the scheme.

“Irish Fencing Services are delighted to have been successfully audited both for our production facility and our onsite works. Achieving this is a tribute to the commitment of management and staff in working towards a safe accident free working environment for our employees and clients, the Safe T Cert process has allowed us to implement a system that will allow us to continually improve our approach to our overall Safety Management System“

– Anthony Smyth Health and Safety Advisor

ConQuest and Builder’s Profile join forces

Over 70% of the building contractors in the UK & Ireland gain instant access to the Builder’s Profile open-access Common Database for PQQ and compliance information

Builder's Profile and ConQuest have announced an industry-changing partnership that makes completed PQQs and compliance information instantly accessible to every estimator, surveyor and buyer using ConQuest. That’s 70% of the main contractors in the UK & Ireland.
The leading estimating system can now directly access the Builder’s Profile database of completed and up to date PQQ and compliance information. While every subcontractor or supplier now knows a single Builder’s Profile PQQ can be seen by every one of the thousands of estimators and buyers who use ConQuest.

Paul Long, Builder’s Profile MD says “Today repetitive PQQs have become a thing of the past. Our open-access Common Database provides the technology to share PQQ information with everyone – by joining with ConQuest that vital compliance data is now right in front of the people that matter – the estimators and buyers.”

Tony Day, ConQuest CEO, says “This is a real game-changer for the industry. Finally, subcontractors can have a single PQQ which is instantly visible to and discoverable by all ConQuest’s estimators, surveyors and buyers.”

Key user, Graham Edgell (Director of Sustainability and Procurement at Morgan Sindall Group plc) agrees; “We’ve been using both systems for years, which has led to streamlining and cost savings throughout the Morgan Sindall Group. We’re delighted that the systems are now linked; Builder’s Profile and ConQuest are leading the industry in delivering genuine solutions through effective collaboration.”

About Builder’s Profile
Builder’s Profile is the open-access Common Database service providing compliance and PQQ information to the construction industry. The service allows main contractors, clients and their audit partners to collaborate in collecting, sharing, reviewing and maintaining supply chain and PQQ information. The service reduces information collection time and data duplication and helps in the defence of reputational risk by allowing better compliance management. Additionally, the ease of integration of its common database allows it to effectively complement other information services.

About ConQuest
ConQuest produce the Construction Industry’s leading Estimating, Cost Planning and Surveying application. A highly focused industry centric approach has created a platform that accurately meets the needs of construction and is regarded as the industry standard estimating tool for contractors of all sizes. Over thirty years of continual product development ensure ConQuest solutions set the standards for: features, stability, ease of use and flexibility. ConQuest dominates the industry and is in use with: Main Contractors, Specialist Subcontractors, Refurbishment and Fit-Out Contractors throughout the UK and beyond.

Pictured above Paul Long (MD Builders Profile) & Andy Day (Sales Manager ConQuest) shake hands at their first event together (IT Showcase Wembley)

Jones Engineering Group to Sponsor the Iconic Dublin City Liffey Swim

Jones Engineering Dublin City Liffey Swim to celebrate 100 years in 2019
25th May –   Jones Engineering Group is delighted to announce a ten-year sponsorship of the Leinster Open Sea Swim Series in conjunction with Swim Ireland.
Jones Engineering will sponsor the Leinster Open Sea Calendar, which commences Sunday 28th in Seapoint.  There are four annual major swims: the Dún Laoghaire Harbour Race, the Lough Dan Races, the Island Race (from Ireland’s Eye to Howth), and the highly esteemed Dublin City Liffey Swim.
The Jones Engineering Dublin City Liffey Swim will now go from strength to strength with the objective of becoming one of Europe’s most prestigious open sea competitions.  This year over 500 swimmers of all ages, abilities and nationalities are expected to compete to win the coveted Cup.
First run in 1920, the swim is the oldest continuously run annual swimming race in Europe.  Jones Engineering Group, which was established in 1890, was a thriving business in Dublin when the first Liffey Swim took place and is probably one of only a handful of companies from that time still in business today.
Lord Mayor of Dublin Brendan Carr congratulated Jones Engineering Group and Leinster Open Sea on their new partnership.  “Dublin City Council continues to be a proud supporter of the Dublin City Liffey Swim for many years and I’m delighted that Jones Engineering Group is becoming the title sponsor and supporting the continued development of the Race.  The Jones Engineering Dublin City Liffey Swim provides us with a great tourism opportunity for Dublin as we work to attract new visitors to our city”.
Jim Curley, Director and Chief Executive Officer of Jones Engineering Group said “The Jones Engineering Dublin City Liffey Swim is a unique event in our capital city and we believe throughout Europe.  There is no other event like it for colour, excitement and spectacle.  It has a special place in the hearts of Dubliners and our own company has a strong connection to the race. We are delighted to sponsor the Jones Engineering Dublin City Liffey Swim.   We are very excited to work with Dublin City Council and Leinster Open Sea as we begin planning for the 100th anniversary of the race in 2019.  This sponsorship sits well with our company objectives of working with our partners and helping them to achieve even greater success.”
Gus Cooney, of Leinster Open Sea Series the organising body of the race said “We’re thrilled to announce details of the Jones Engineering Dublin City Liffey Swim. The Liffey Swim is the oldest continuous annual swimming race in Europe and Jones Engineering’s generous sponsorship and commitment to the race for the next ten years secures its future.  In recent years there has been a very strong partnership with Dublin City Council and we are delighted that this will also continue.” Swim Ireland have also come on board this year with us to help foster the growing interest in open water swimming.

One of the earliest Liffey Swims was immortalised in the 1923 Jack B. Yeats painting entitled ‘The Liffey Swim’, which won him a silver medal at the 1924 Paris Olympics competition for artistic endeavour. Each year, the race winners receive a printed copy of the famous Jack B. Yeats painting.

Pictured above Pawel Rudzinski, Sandyford and Vanessa Daws, Sutton.

Actavo announces appointment of Charles Price as CEO of Actavo Industrial Division

Leading international engineering solutions company, Actavo, has announced the appointment of Charles Price as CEO of Actavo Industrial Division.  

Charles joins Actavo from CLH Pipeline System Ltd, where he served as CEO. Previously, he held leadership roles at Oil & Pipelines Agency (Chief Executive & Accounting Officer) and Alderley Plc (working in Africa, the Middle and Far East and Russia), having started his career at ICI Plc, a FTSE30 company.

A member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Charles has a B.Eng in Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Management (University of Liverpool) and an MBA (University of Bath).

Welcoming Charles’s appointment, Chairman and CEO of Actavo, Sean Corkery, commented: “Charles is a CEO with extensive international experience and a proven track record over 25 years in chemical, oil & gas, capital equipment and infrastructure across both the public and private sectors. His appointment comes as Actavo this month celebrates the 50th anniversary of its Industrial business. Under Charles’s leadership, we look forward to Actavo Industrial Division embarking on a new chapter of sustained growth in the UK, Ireland, Kazakhstan and further afield, providing essential engineering services to the world’s leading industrial companies in the petrochemical, power, oil and gas, marine, nuclear and pharmaceutical sectors.”

Octabuild - Ganly’s Athlone wins national award

Ganly’s Athlone has won both the National and Connacht/Ulster (Large Business) category awards in the Octabuild Builders Merchant Awards 2017.

This is the fourth time Ganly’s has won the National Builders Merchant Award since the awards began in 1986. They won previously in 2000, 2005 and 2009.

Ganly’s was established in 1989 employing 4 people in an old disused garage and has expanded over the years to its current staff of 101, offering expert advice and a wide range of products from its Trade Centres and Retail Stores across the Midlands.

Ganly’s are now the largest independent Builder Providers in the Midlands, operating out of three stores in Athlone, Longford and Mountbellow.

The Octabuild Builders Merchant Awards winners were announced at a presentation dinner on Thursday May 11th in the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin.
This was the 20th Octabuild Builders Merchant Awards. The companies who organise the awards as Octabuild are Gyproc, Glennon Brothers, Dulux Paints, Irish Cement, Kingspan Insulation, Sanbra Fyffe, Tegral and Wavin.

Between them the Octabuild companies have over 650 years’ manufacturing experience in Ireland, directly employ over 1,200 people here and have over 20,000 quality products available every day for Irish builders merchants.

This year 11 category awards were presented. A Lifetime Achievement award was also made on the night to William Telford of Telfords Portlaoise.

In addition to Ganly’s, the other award winners were:

Cork City & County
Cork Builders Providers, Togher (Large Business Award) and Topline Burtons, Kanturk (Small Business Award)

Heiton Buckley Ltd, Sligo (Small business Award)

Dublin City & County
Grange Builders Providers, Baldoyle (Large Business Award) and Chadwicks Plumb Centre, Glasnevin (Small business award)

Telfords, Portlaoise (Large business award) and Chadwicks in Navan (Small Business Award)

Morris Builders Providers, Waterford (Large Business Award) and Heiton Buckley Ltd, Waterford (Small Business Award)

Best Staff team award
Maurice Graham Ltd. Monaghan

A Cut above the Rest for Innovation

Combine the experience of years of working as an insulation contractor with the ability to see efficiencies at ground level and a flair for spotting an opportunity and you have some sense of the background of REDLAD, the innovative insulation cutting tool which is the brainchild of David Poynton.

David’s Eureka moment came when he once again was on site facing the typical problem of cutting insulation boards with precision, accuracy and to demanding deadlines.  He was convinced that there must be some bit of kit that could help to achieve the quality, accuracy and speed levels he needed for cutting cavity wall insulation.  Nothing existing as far as he was aware of, so David did what came naturally to him, applied some problem solving thinking to the situation. 

The rest as the cliché goes is history. The solution was REDLAD, an innovative yet brilliant and simple tool that functions as a cavity wall insulation cutting tool.  “It is designed to offer precision cutting while saving time, money and, vitally, reducing wastage,” explains David.

“It’s practical and simple to use. Just measure, slide and saw, couldn’t be easier,” adds David. “REDLAD cuts 90 Degrees or 45 Degree internal and external pieces with effortless ease and no fuss.  Using it brings real benefits and savings on site, from reduced time measuring and cutting and taping joints. REDLAD cuts full cavity insulation up to 150mm thickness. REDLAD is 600mm high by 300mm long and 300mm wide - so it is easily manageable.” 

So what’s been the reaction to this innovative tool so far? “While it is early days yet, there is serious interest in REDLAD and those who have used it are seeing immediate benefits.  Our first batch is out on site and the reaction is really encouraging. We are currently in positive discussions with stockists as well as a number insulation manufacturers & distributors. In our niche sector, REDLAD could revolutionise the way we do things. These are exciting times for us and we are looking forward with great confidence,” states David Poynton.

For further information on product or to become distributor/agent please contact David on 0861075377.

Actavo wins 'Best Firm To Work For' Accolade at Irish Building & Design Awards 2017

Actavo, a leading international engineering solutions company, has won the prestigious ‘Best Firm To Work For’ award at the Irish Building & Design Awards 2017.

Receiving the award, Liam Brew, Operations Director, Actavo Building Solutions, said “Winning the ‘Best Firm To Work For’ award is very special for us. This recognition is testament to the dedication, creativity and service delivery of our team based in Kill, County Kildare, which is supported by our Actavo colleagues across Ireland, the UK and internationally.

He added: “Since our rebrand to Actavo a year and a half ago, we have delivered innovative, offsite accommodation for the healthcare, pharmaceutical, educational and commercial arenas, including Dublin’s Capital Dock, Shannon Airport, Pfizer Grange Castle, Luttrellstown Community College and Lusk Community College, among others. We are also gaining traction for our state-of-the-art offering on student and social housing, and, coupled with our Actavo Building Solutions team in the UK being named ‘UK’s Fastest-Growing Modular Building Company’ for the past three years running, there is real momentum right across our business.”

JJR wins ‘Contractor of the Year’ for a second year running

JJ Rhatigan & Company is delighted to have once again won ‘Contractor of the Year’ at the recent Irish Building and Design Awards 2017 hosted by Marty Whelan on April 7th in the Ballsbridge Hotel in Dublin. The Awards recognise and acknowledge Ireland’s leading Contractors, Manufacturers, and Engineering and Architectural practices in the Construction Industry.

“As one of Ireland’s leading construction companies delivering high quality, sustainable construction projects across a range of sectors all to exacting Client requirements, we are delighted to have won this prestigious award for a second year running”, commented Padraic Rhatigan of JJ Rhatigan & Company. “It is a great testament to the JJR team and the Client and Supplier relationships we have developed over the years.” With a growing staff of over 400 people and a vast portfolio of projects across all sectors including Lansdowne Place, Regional Gardai Headquarters at Galway and Dublin, Trinity Business School, 429 bed Student Accommodation Development for NUI, Galway, Charlemont Street Regeneration Project and The Maldron Hotel Dublin. Last month J J Rhatigan signed the contract for the Gardens International Office Development project in Limerick.


Actavo, a leading international engineering solutions company headquartered in Dublin, has signed a five-year contract with major energy supplier, SSE, to support the national expansion of SSE’s ‘Shield’ programme in the UK.
The contract, which has recently gone live, sees Actavo providing a range of services to SSE’s existing and future customer base across England, Scotland and Wales between now and 2022. Among the services delivered by Actavo as part of the contract are electrical inspection & servicing, boiler inspection and 24/7 service & breakdown cover. Fifteen new in-field gas engineer jobs have been created by Actavo as a result of the SSE partnership.
Welcoming the news, CEO of Actavo Network & In-Home Division, TJ Malone, said: “We are really pleased to be working with SSE for the next five years, and we look forward to playing a critical role in the delivery and expansion of the SSE Shield programme across a wide geographical area”.
David Walter, SSE’s Director of Home Services and Propositions, said: “As the supplier of an essential service, SSE is committed to making sure customers can use energy safely and reliably. The expansion of our home services business, with the help of Actavo, will give customers access to deals that provide great value for money and the peace of mind that should something go wrong, we’ll be on hand to help. We are delighted to be working with Actavo and look forward to a fruitful and productive relationship for years to come.”

Grafton Merchanting ROI to hire 170 New Staff

Grafton Merchanting ROI [‘GMROI’], owner of the Chadwicks and Heiton Buckley brands, today announces it will create 170 jobs over the next two years to facilitate expansion of its business.  The new roles will increase total employment at GMROI to 1,420 staff, an increase of almost 350 since 2014.

Grafton Merchanting ROI is Ireland’s leading builder’s and plumber’s merchant with a nationwide network of branches that includes Chadwicks, Heiton Buckley, Sam Hire, Telfords and Davies.  It is owned by Grafton Group plc.

Up to 100 of the 170 new roles will be created in 2017, with the balance in 2018. The roles include senior management, specialist sales, operatives and administrative support and will be supported by extensive training and induction aimed at facilitating longer term career development within GMROI.  The new roles reflect a strong recovery in the RMI (Repair, Maintain and Improve) market and a gradual, but sustained, increase in new-builds. New jobs will be added in most regions with Dublin set to benefit immediately with the creation of 30 new roles coinciding with the opening of 3 new branches.

Building on the success of a pilot Chadwicks Express store in Glasnevin in late 2016, the new outlets include two Chadwicks Express branches in East Wall (just opened) and Turvey and a Davies’ outlet (specialist heating and bathroom branch) in Sallynoggin, South Dublin due to open in the coming months.  The new stores are designed to accommodate easier access and delivery for builders operating in congested urban locations.  The store openings will increase GMROI’s branch network to 47 stores nationwide by midyear, of which 15 will be situated in the Dublin area.

The East Wall outlet is strategically located beside two of the largest commercial development zones in Europe, the Docklands Strategic Development Zone (SDZ) and the Poolbeg SDZ, which are cited as having scope for up to 8,000 new homes and 450,000sqm of commercial space.

Commenting on the announcement, Eddie Kelly, Chief Executive, GMROI said: “We very pleased to be announcing 170 new jobs, bringing to almost 350 the total number of new roles being added since 2014.  These roles represent a significant opportunity for young people to join a growth industry and avail of the significant training and development provided within the company.  We see this as further evidence of a tangible and sustainable turning point for the construction sector in Ireland. At GMROI, our experienced and knowledgeable staff were a real differentiator during the downturn and that sector knowledge has also informed our decision to invest in new store formats in locations that meet the needs of builders in urban locations.”

“With Reports indicating that 35,000 new homes will be required in Dublin alone by 2018 we anticipate a more sustained new home building programme over the coming years, supported by the Government’s Help-to-Buy scheme and relaxation of mortgage lending rules. We also expect a continuing recovery in RMI activity following a prolonged period of under investment.  We believe this will be supported by improving household income, reduced debt and the extension of VAT relief for home improvements announced in budget 2016/17.”