Autumn 2013 Archive

Building the future: latest Forfás report

PETER STAFFORD analyses the latest report into the construction industry from Forfás. As part of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs 2012, Forfás was asked to develop a national strategy for the construction industry, following engagement with stakeholders including the professional bodies. The report, ‘Ireland’s Construction Sector:

Collen employee voted Construction Manager of the Year 2013

The 2013 Construction Manager of the year is Thomas O’Connor of Collen Construction for managing the construction of three Eirgrid and ESB substations during a 12-month period. Thomas received his title at the Construction Manager of the Year Awards dinner in the Conrad Hotel on June 7. The adjudicators stated that Thomas showed exceptional technical capability and, in addition, an

Going for goal: Annual Society Soccer Tournament

The Annual Society Soccer Tournament, which took place in the grounds of Pembroke Wanderers on August 23, and was organised by Ciaran Lydon of Savills and Antoine Xavier of Xavier McCaffrey on behalf of the YSCSI, proved to be another exciting and action-packed evening for sporting surveyors. Supporters were not left disappointed with the large cohort of property and quantity surveying

Society report shows continued rise in construction tender prices

New figures from the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland show that building costs increased slightly in the first half of 2013, continuing a trend of moderate price increases since bottoming out at the start of 2011. The Society’s Tender Price Index, which has been running since 1998 and is the only independent assessment of construction tender prices in Ireland,

Surveyors welcome Property Asset Management Plan

The Society has welcomed the publication of the Property Asset Management Delivery Plan, ‘Accommodating Change – Measuring Success’. The Society notes that the Plan recognises the potential role of professional property management to reduce building running costs and ensure better value for money for taxpayers. Society President Micheál O’Connor said: “The running of public built estate is a significant cost to the