CIF Member Focus: Manley Construction

06 Sep 2017

Manley Construction Limited is an award winning, multi‐disciplinary building contractor applying specialist construction knowledge and skills to a wide range of exciting projects throughout Ireland and the UK. Celebrating 30 years in business this year, the organisation has grown in strength and provides services in the areas of general and civil contracting, property development, project management, timber frame manufacturing and bespoke joinery.



Positioned number 44 in CIF top 50 Contractors, Manley Construction turned over €26.34m last year with a management team of 54 people.  Based in Duleek Co. Meath, operating nationally in both Ireland and the UK Manley Construction have delivered numerous prestigious award-winning projects over a vast array of sectors including;

  • Commercial
  • Retail
  • Industrial
  • Healthcare
  • Hospitality
  • Educational
  • Leisure and Residential
  • Residential
  • Fit Out
  • Conservation & Refurbishment
  • Design & Build


Manley Construction prides itself on its unique family‐orientated approach, impeccable safety record, excellent standards of workmanship and experienced teams.  Manley Construction are committed to offering a consistent approach to quality and deliver reliable construction solutions that aim to always exceed expectations with the people they work with.

Each project is led by a Director who provides dedicated client contact on a day‐to‐day basis and takes full ownership of the project from contract award to completion and handover. Manley Construction assemble teams specifically based on the required skill set and then draw in specialists as required to deliver a seamless service via the management of the company. This assures all of its clients of a quality, professional service and robust delivery. Manley Construction are uniquely positioned to manufacture and supply timber frame and specialised joinery into projects.

Having recently completed projects such as St Ita’s Portrane, Scoil Lorcáin, Irish Institute of Sport (IIS) Training Facility, 34 Apartments which meet the Passive Housing Standard, University of Warwick and the Church of the Holy Name, Ranelagh to name a few Manley Construction continue to behave and have the position, competencies and experience to remain market leaders within the industry.

Previous Projects in detail:

Buvinda House – The project works comprised of the alteration and construction works in regard to the conversation of an existing building for Meath County Council along with the internal fit out and reconfiguration of the existing floor areas. The project included a large quantity of remedial works also to be undertaken to the building façade and carparks.  The design integrates the functional requirements along with being visually pleasing with a high spec.  The high-quality finish included Specialised Joinery throughout the building, a feature Oak Lantern with birch infill panels at the main reception, Western Red Cedar for the joist, purlins and rafters, Architectural laminated veneer lumber along the stairs, incorporating LED lighting the length of the staircase, 30mm thick Green Connemara marble countertops, Kilkenny Limestone at the main entrance and Claytec plastering.

St Ita’s Portrane – The project consisted of the refurbishment and conversion of a protected hospital building to provide office accommodation at St. Ita’s Hospital, which was a live hospital campus.  The refurbishment works included the internal renovation of the building, the demolition of some internal walls/partitions, restoration of plaster, office fit-outs, the thermal upgrade of external walls and upgrade of mechanical and electrical services.  The works to the windows and doors comprised of combination of repair and overhaul. The plastering work involved vigilantly removing failed plaster along with remedial works in order to maintain the original lime plaster.  The specialist sash window renovation and performance upgrade was a distinguishing feature and key to the success of this refurbishment and fit out.


Docfield, Tallaght – €25m – The construction and fit-out of six storey mixed use development consisting of 107 apartments, 413 space multi storey car park and 2,300m² of retail and commercial floor space. The works involved the construction of the development over an existing 6 retail units on ground floor, which remained operational during the contract programme, and involved removal of the existing roof including the removal of some asbestos containing materials. The new development was constructed using a structural steel frame, a combination of pre-cast concrete floor slabs/metal deck flooring both with insitu concrete screeds. Finishes include a mix of composite external wall panels clad in stone/zinc/brick slip or plastered with a coloured render, aluminium windows and doors and printed concrete roof terraces/ balconies. Pre-fabricated bathroom pods and kitchens were used in the construction of the development. M&E Installations to the building included Fire and intruder alarms systems, pedestrian and vehicular access control systems, general lighting and power.


Drogheda Town Centre (incl Arc Cinema) – This project involved the part demolition and extension to level 3 of an existing retail centre in order to accommodate a new leisure complex containing a 6 screen cinema and retail accommodation.  The project was constructed by negotiating with and modifying the existing structure and services and relocating the rooftop plant whilst maintaining the continuity of the existing building.  An integrated BIM approach was utilised throughout the design and construction processes which lead to the success of the buildability of the project, it ensured the buildings structure integrated with its building services and ultimately achieved a condensed and efficient layout which satisfied the restrictions of working within an existing retail centre. The overall challenge of the project was ensuring the continuity of the retail centre, which was achieved through out of hours working and working in close collaboration with the Client and the retail Centres management.


Some other really exciting projects Manley Construction are currently working on:

  • Commercial development at Franklin House on Pembroke Road
  • €13m Tank refurb at Poolbeg (for NORA)
  • A residential development at Avourwen in Drogheda
  • A residential development in Dun Laoghaire
  • Buvinda House which is going to be Meath County Council new HQ
  • Nenagh Hospital Extension
  • Ratoath College Extension


“The momentum and growth within the industry this year has been exciting for Manley Construction and as we look to 2018 and 2019 as a company we are confident of our strategic growth based on our secured work and future projects with our existing clients and teams.  We are motivated by the growth and challenges within the industry and the prospective projects within the pipeline and look forward to developing new relationships with Clients and Design Teams”. – Gabriel Manley, Managing Director

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