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Roadbridge has remained to the fore of Irish civil engineering throughout its 50-year history.
Roadbridge celebrated its 50th year in business in 2017. In that time, the Limerick headquartered civil engineering contractor has not only made its mark in Ireland but has been in the vanguard of Irish civil engineering contractors that have taken on and delivered complex overseas turnkey projects for a growing list of international clients. It currently has operations in Ireland, United Kingdom, Norway, Qatar, and Oman.
Conor Gilligan, Managing Director, Roadbridge, attributes the company’s success in recent years to its multi-talented staff and their ability to collaborate effectively with clients.
“We are powered by the people who work for us as well as our focus on collaborating with clients and providing a quality service and product that has genuine added value,” he explains.
Roadbridge employs over 700 people directly.
“Our directly employed personnel carry out the vast majority of project work,” Conor Gilligan continues. “They are supported by an experienced, specialist supply chain with whom the company works collaboratively to deliver innovative solutions and value for clients.”
In recent years, Roadbridge has been involved in the delivery of some of the most significant projects undertaken in Ireland, such as the Limerick Tunnel, Corrib Gas Terminal, Grangegorman DIT Campus and Galway Wind Park. It is currently working on Center Parcs Longford, Oweninny Wind Farm in Mayo and the Vartry to Callowhill Water Scheme in Wicklow. It is also undertaking extensive works at Dublin Port, as part of the Alexandra Basin Redevelopment.
“We are looking forward to beginning work with Microsoft in Grangecastle, Dublin, and MSD in Swords during 2018, following on from successful projects at Facebook in Clonee, Co Meath, and MSD in Brinny, Co Cork,” says Conor Gilligan.
In the UK, Roadbridge’s current portfolio of projects includes the Gas to the West HD Pipeline in Northern Ireland, the East Anglia One Onshore Cabling project in Ipswich, Thirlmere Link Mains in Cumbria and the A737 Dalry Bypass in Scotland.
Further afield, its work has included the Doha Expressway (AlWakra Bypass) in Qatar, on behalf of Larson & Toubro; and the Kwe West Tailings Pond at Goro Mines in New Caledonia in the South Pacific, on behalf of Vale Inco.
“We take a team approach on all projects, focusing on value engineering and innovation in order to achieve best results for clients,” says Conor Gilligan.
Health & Safety
Roadbridge’s commitment to Health & Safety has led to the development of its ‘Your Safe Path’ initiative, whereby they have listed the five critical safety rules that cannot be broken across its sites and offices. These critical rules are issued to all workers on site at induction in a wallet-sized card, and the workers also sign a charter to demonstrate their understanding and willingness to follow the rules.
“The charter, which is signed by every Roadbridge board member, is displayed on all sites,” continues Conor Gilligan. “The company worked in excess of 3 million manhours during 2017 and had an impressive Accident Frequency Rate (AFR) of 0.03, which compares very favourably with the industry average of 0.2.”
Roadbridge has adopted new technology across its operations to improve performance continuously.
Recent examples of this include:
- A move towards the use of electronic forms, which serve to reduce time wastage and paper usage, and speed up information transfer
- Centralised cloud-based project folder structures in place of traditional servers
- The use of sustainable building products
- The introduction of a BIM system across the entire organisation
Value engineering exercises are undertaken across all projects, and a recent example involved the processing of on-site material, instead of importation of rock from outside a site footprint. This initiative removed up to 35,000 truck movements along public roads, which ultimately saved up to 1,055 tonnes of CO₂ production.
In-house expertise provided to clients by Roadbridge as a self-performing contractor include being able to offer their services such as ecological surveying, drone surveys, as well as directly employed engineering personnel, meaning the company can offer a skill set that goes far beyond earthworks and contracting and spans the entire project life cycle.
“Roadbridge has always believed in being a progressive company,” says Conor Gilligan. “During 2017, we were one of the first contractors to pilot the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) on Irish projects, having been involved with the scheme in the UK for a number of years.”
The North Runway Construction Package Project, undertaken on behalf of daa at Dublin Airport became the first project in Ireland to win a Gold Award, at a CCS awards ceremony in London.
“The CCS aims to improve the image of the construction industry, and this fits very well with the Roadbridge ethos of being a collaborative company to deal with,” he continues. “The value that these initiatives add to any project is beyond measure. Construction by its very nature is disruptive, so if a project can be undertaken with as little impact on the public as possible, then it is successful.”
Roadbridge’s future outlook is bright, with the company looking to expand its operations in new countries, such as Norway and Sweden, as well as continuing to provide a quality, value-adding service to customers and stakeholders.
A Model Company
If further proof were needed of Roadbridge being a model company, then the final push would be the fact that the company is being celebrated at the Diecast Model and Diorama show in Limerick on 9th September next. The event will take place at the South Court Hotel in Limerick, and the Roadbridge presentation is the largest project on a single organisation undertaken by the show creators in its 50 years of existence.