JeanetteHeritage Contracting and Conservation of the Built Environment

There is an ever increasing demand for main and specialist heritage contractors who have the competence, i.e. knowledge and skills, to conserve, repair and restore the wide range of heritage structures and sites in Ireland. The success of each project is dependent on the competence, attitude and approach of the contractors who carry out the work. The skills of the traditional craftsmen involved, coupled with effective management of the works programme, are essential elements for the client.

The Register of Heritage Contractors provides an accredited listing of such competent main contractors and specialist contractors in the field of built heritage conservation. The Register is overseen by an independent Board comprised of senior figures from the construction industry, the professions, third level institutions and conservation bodies (including: Construction Industry Federation, Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland, Office of Public Works, The Heritage Council, Irish Georgian Society, Limerick Institute of Technology, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Fingal County Council).

"The best advice I would have for any Irish companies looking to build relationships with Canadian counterparts would be to speak with our office first," says Gerry Mongey Trade Commissioner at the Canadian Embassy in Dublin.

Gerry works on behalf of Canadian companies across a variety of sectors, but always in line with local strengths. Her mandate is to best understand the local market and see where opportunities lie between Ireland and Canada.

"If an Irish company is looking to import a product or service from Canada, has been contacted by a Canadian company and wishes to learn more about that company, is interested in a joint venture or partnership or looking at investing in Canada, I can be the first point of contact and will be pleased to assist and guide as appropriate," Gerry explains.

A busy building site may not be the first place you’d imagine hearing the term ‘mindfulness,’ but Collen Construction have successfully incorporated the practice into their innovative approach to site safety.

“Mindfulness is very useful in that it gets people to focus on the task that they are doing and if people focus on the task at hand, we will reduce accidents and incidents which often occur when people are distracted by what we call ‘the noise,’ in other words, the bills, the personal life, the GAA and all of these other things that might be on our minds,” said Health and Safety Manager, Joe O’Dwyer. “So what we are striving to do is to get people to reduce that noise for themselves and be mindful and focused on the job.”

Cahalane Bros Ltd are putting Clonakilty Black Pudding back on the West Cork map.

In February 2016, Cahalane Bros Ltd was appointed to deliver a new €7 million production facility for Clonakilty Black Pudding.

This exciting project heralds the return of the famous brand’s production to Clonakilty and will see the company increase operations and expand their range.

“This is our first time to deliver a project for a food industry client and it has been a great experience,” Donal Cahalane, Project Engineer with Cahalane Bros said. “Our background is in commercial and residential, so this project presented a challenge in that sense, but we employed the same approach as we do to all of our work; we worked very closely with the client to collaborate and get the project over the line.”

The CIF has warned that the ambition of balanced regional development can only be delivered by a thriving construction industry. The Government must set out an industrial strategy for the construction industry to ensure that it has the capacity to deliver the housing, infrastructure and specialist building required to deliver the vision of Ireland 2040 launched today.

Speaking at the launch of Ireland 2040, Director General Tom Parlon said;

“This is a hugely ambitious vision for the future of Ireland. It focuses on developing cities, regions and infrastructure to deliver balanced economic growth. The construction industry will be integral to the delivery of this plan. There will be a huge amount of debate over the coming months to decide where resources should be allocated. However, the capacity of the construction industry and in particular regional construction companies is the critical success factor in this vision. As part of this process, the Government must set out an industrial strategy for the construction industry in the run up to its launch with a well-funded development plan in place to give certainty to Irish construction companies.