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Focus on FDI Investment in the Commercial and Industrial Sectors

In this article which featured in the CIF Construction Magazine, CIS has focused on the Industrial and Commercial Sectors which have received the bulk of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in recent years. 

The last five years in particular, has witnessed a proliferation of large data centre construction in Ireland by major foreign companies. Most notably, in 2016, Facebook commenced work on their ambitious Clonee data centre in Co. Meath. This €200 million development will be supplied by 100% renewable wind energy utilising the Irish climate to create an innovative approach to data storage.  Ireland’s temperate oceanic climate of is a big attraction for foreign technology companies setting up storage here. Data centres create a vast amount of heat, in order to house an efficient data centre a climate like Ireland’s is preferable over locations like California or mainland Europe which can be subject to heatwaves.

One of the most contentious issues on the geopolitical landscape in the last decade has been that of privacy in relation to internet use. This year, Microsoft benefited from a ruling by a United States appellate court which ruled that the United States Government could not force Microsoft to hand over customer emails stored on servers in Ireland. The unique Irish data laws make Ireland an attractive prospect for setting up shop in as they can offer assurances to customers that their privacy can be maintained through Irish data laws.

Apple Data Centre

This combination of climate and data security has spurred on construction of data centres around the country with Apple’s €850 million data centre development near Athenry, Co. Galway receiving final approval from An Bord Pleanála in August 2016. Works are expected to commence On-Site by the end of 2016 and should create up to 600 jobs in the construction industry, with a further 50 jobs for Apple employees once the centre becomes operational.

Below is a table of On-Site and planned data centres by Microsoft at Grange Castle Business Park Clondalkin, Co. Dublin. There are pre-plans for a further four data centres designated for the Clondalkin site in the coming years which will amount up to €890 million investment by Microsoft to scale up their operations in Ireland.

Microsoft Data Centre

Project Title

Planning Stage

€30m Data Centre

On-Site

€380m Data Centre

On-Site

€70m Data Centre

On-Site

€280m – 2 Data Centres

Plans Granted

Amazon also commenced works on their new data centre at the Former Jacobs Biscuit site on the Belgard Road in Dublin 24. This €100 million data centre solidifies the company’s presence in Ireland with offices being created in Cork and Dublin to house new operations for the large multi-national company. 

Activity in the Commercial Sector has continued to grow strongly month on month in Ireland, primarily in Dublin. The demand for high quality office buildings is on the rise and Ireland is seen as an attractive option for foreign companies to relocate or expand their operations into and for overseas investors looking for a high return on investment. This is a result of many outlying factors. These include an open economy located within the European Union, an established business location, competitive tax rates, transparent markets, a young and highly educated workforce and favourable flight access to Europe and beyond. Dublin is currently home to some of the world’s largest corporate firms including Yahoo, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Workday, Air BnB, Amazon and many global financial and legal firms.

The pipeline for development of new Grade A office accommodation has seen an increase in planning applications and this will continue to rise in the coming years to cope with demand. To testify this, Construction Information Services (CIS) currently has over €1 billion worth of office building schemes across the country, either at a planning or a later construction stage on their database.

 Project Wave

Examples of planned Grade A office developments in Dublin can be seen in the table below:

Project Title

Promotor

Location

Commercial Space

Project Stage

€45m Mix-Use  Office Development

U+I Investments

Donnybrook, Dublin

5,000 sq.m. over 4 storeys

Plans Granted

€47m Office Development

Ardstone Capital

Sandyford, Dublin

27,751sq.m. over 6 storeys

Plans Granted

€55m Office Development

Wexele Limited

Sandyford, Dublin

21,099 sq.m. over 6 storeys

Plans Granted

€110m Office Development – Blocks A and B

Kennedy Wilson

Sir John Rogersons Quay, Dublin

25,227 sq m over 8 Storeys

On-Site

€30m Office Development

IPUT Management Services Limited

Molesworth Street, Dublin

13,000 sq.m. of over 5 storeys

On-Site

€22m Office development

Green REIT

4-5 Harcourt Road, Dublin

7,000 sq.m. over 8 storeys

On-Site

€111 million office Development – Block D

Ballymore Group and Oxley Holdings

North Wall Quay, Dublin

60,000 sq.m. over 9 and 7 storeys

On-Site

Outside of Dublin, plans have been approved for an €8 million office development for Shannon Commercial Properties in Shannon, Co. Clare. The development calls for the provision of a 4 storey building consisting of over 5,000 sq.m. of office space. Tenders are currently being sought from contractors, with work expected to start later this year and be completed in late 2017.

In Cork, Apple Operations Europe has received a favourable planning decision for a large scale extension consisting of an additional 15,000 sq.m. of office space at their premises in the Holyhill Industrial Estate outside of Cork City, as they look to consolidate their presence in Ireland.

 

Most Viewed Northern Ireland Construction Projects

Below is a table of the most popular Construction projects in Northern Ireland, viewed on our database in the last week. Premium customers can click on the hyperlinked project ID's to directly login and view the projects of interest to them. Fremium users can click to login and view up to ten of them as part of their monthly allowance. Discover more about our tailored great value premium subscription options here.

Call us on 01 2999 200 or email for more information on how CIS can identify relevant leads and boost your business pipeline.

Quays

Project ID

Project

Views

591714

£20m - Shopping Centre Extension, Phase 5

52

758117

£35m - Adult Mental Health Unit

40

811528

£2.9m - Refurbishment of College Building

32

815914

£13m - Office/Call Centre Development

30

805402

£9.3m - Hotel

29

866316

£6.2m - New 21 Class Based Primary School

27

776447

£1m - Parish Centre

26

760719

£25m - Mixed Use Development of Homes, Community Centre, Business Units

22

886580

£2.3m - Primary School

22

846671

£724k - Retail Unit Extension

21

Top 10 ROI Construction Projects Last Week

See the most viewed Irish construction projects on our CIS database this week by clicking on the hyperlinked ID below. Customers have unlimited access to thousands of active construction projects on our system and CIS FREE users can view some of these projects as part of their allowance of 10 free leads per month.

 

Events Centre

Job ID

Project Name

Views

886215

€110m - Data Centre

160

133300

€180m - Mixed Use Development

132

862786

€25.5m - Office Extension

110

590052

€53m - Event and Convention Centre

105

775053

€60m - Hotel Development

98

791571

€7.5m - University Extension

93

860504

€20m - Technology Building/Office Space

93

805017

€120m - Boland's Quay Development

91

819446

€25m - Student Housing Development

86

664977

€35.8m - Residential Development

79

Top Viewed Northern Ireland Construction Projects Last Week

Click on the hyperlinks below to view further details on the most viewed NI Construction projects in the past week on the CIS Online database. CIS FREE users can view 10 projects per month and paying subscribers have unlimited access to project views. See our range of great value CIS Premium subscription packages here

Brandywell

Project ID

Project

Views

852339

£10m - New Storage and Distribution Warehouse

41

805402

£9.3m - Hotel

38

821289

£30m - Leisure Centre Development

35

861431

£6m - Office and Retail Complex

35

838350

£5.9m - Residential Development

28

763992

Library & Community Facilities

24

760468

£8.8m - Redevelopment of Brandywell Stadium

22

776447

£1m - Parish Centre

20

785865

£12m - DARD Office Headquarters

20

843795

£4.5m - Residential Care Home

19

Top 20 Most Active Northern Ireland Contractors in Last 12 Months

CIS have produced a table of the most active Northern Ireland contractors on our database based on the number of active projects we have associated them with. If you are a contractor firm and would like to see the number of projects we have you associated with to compare with your own records, please feel free to call us on 01 2999 200 or email us on research@cisireland.com

We welcome information synergies with contractors in return for project information/ industry activity recorded on our in-depth and fully researched online database as well as discounts off our online paid subscription package.

 *values rounded to the nearest million

Company Name

Active Projects

Value

BSG Civil Engineering Limited

11

33,1m

FP McCann Limited

10

13,5m

Cleary Contracting Limited

9

20,3m

MSM Contracts Limited

9

18,1m

O'Hare & McGovern Limited

9

218,4m

QMAC Construction

9

6,6m

Geda Construction Company Limited

8

18,3m

Turkington Construction

8

26,3m

Martin & Hamilton Limited

8

24,2m

Lagan Construction Group Limited

8

29m

Hugh J O'Boyle Limited

8

13,3m

Felix O'Hare and Company Limited

7

78,6m

Graham Group

7

82,5m

Cunningham Contracts

7

7,3m

Kelly Brothers Building Contractors

7

10,1m

Dixons Contractors

7

25,3m

John McQuillan (Contracts) Limited

7

9,2m

Whitemountain Quarries Limited

7

56,3m

Farrans Construction Limited

7

17m

Lowry Construction Limited

7

9,2m

Woodvale Construction Limited

7

23,7m

Donaghmore Construction Limited

7

12,2m

Brendan Loughran & Sons Limited

6

15,6m

Lagan Homes Limited

6

96,6m

Top 20 Most Active Northern Ireland Architects in the Last 12 Months

CIS have produced a table of the most active Northern Ireland architects on our database based on the number of active projects we have associated them with. If you are an architecture firm and would like to see the number of projects we have you associated with to compare with your own records, please feel free to call us on 01 2999 200 or email us on research@cisireland.com

We welcome information synergies with architects in return for project information/ industry activity recorded on our in-depth and fully researched online database as well as discounts off our online paid subscription package.

 *values rounded to the nearest million

Company

Active Projects

Value

Henry Marshall Brown Architectural Partnership

50

48,7m

Coogan and Company Architects

48

129,8m

Alan Patterson Design

42

52,5m

Like Architects

31

65,5m

Clarman Limited

30

18,4m

GM Design Associates Limited

28

38,6m

McAdam Stewart Architects

27

78,2m

Harry Rolston Architects

26

32,7m

Vision Design

26

11,2m

McAdam Design

24

29,5m

Shane Birney Architects

23

3,2m

Todd Architects

22

137,5m

Studiorogers Architects Limited

21

23,5m

McCreanor and Company Architects

20

8,9m

Newline Architects

20

3,4m

R Robinson & Sons Limited

19

47,5m

Knox and Clayton Architects

19

36,9m

Teague & Sally Limited

19

24m

McGirr Architects

16

18m

J. Aidan Kelly Limited

16

7,3m

Site Express

15

401m

RPP Architects Limited

15

74,3m

Park Design Associates

15

8,1m

HR Jess Limited

15

3,3m

Hall Black Douglas Architects

14

15,9m

Top 10 Most Viewed ROI Construction Projects This Week

See the most viewed Irish construction projects on our CIS database this week by clicking on the hyperlinked ID below. Customers have unlimited access to thousands of active construction projects on our system and CIS FREE users can view some of these projects as part of their allowance of 10 free leads per month.

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Project ID Project Name Views
133300 €180m - Mixed Use Development 165
847700 €100m - Office Development 165
756616 €70m Trinity College - Business School 160
778462 €40m - Apartment Development  135
878182 €11m - Renovations to Vistors Centre  88
788254 €150m - ESB HQ Development 82
837018 €22m - Office Building Development  82
821211 €110m - Capital Dock Development  78
873746 €67m - Office Development 61
769275 €1.5m - Sports Hall 58

Top 10 NI Construction Projects on CIS Database This Week

Click on the hyperlinks below to view further details on the most viewed NI Construction projects in the past week on the CIS Online database. CIS FREE users can view 10 projects per month and paying subscribers have unlimited access to project views. See our range of great value CIS Premium subscription packages here

Teaching Block

Project ID

Project Name

Views

785865

£12m - DARD Office Headquarters

46

811528

£4m - Refurbishment of College Building

39

843795

£4.5m - Residential Care Home

36

861231

£1b - Contract for Maintenance and Improvements Services 2016

30

735361

£9m - Retail Extension & Refurbishment

28

797705

£2.9m - Sports Pavilion Complex

27

878925

£6m - University Teaching Block

27

802622

£2.2m - Sports Hall and School Accommodation

26

832088

£15m - Student Accommodation Development

26

821289

£30m - Leisure Centre Development

25

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Top 10 Northern Ireland Projects This Week

Click on the hyperlinks below to view further details on the most viewed NI Construction projects in the past week on the CIS Online database. CIS FREE users can view 10 projects per month and paying subscribers have unlimited access to project views. See our range of great value CIS Premium subscription packages here

Student Acc

Project ID

Project Title

County

Views

878925

£6m - University Teaching Block

Co. Londonderry

49

832088

£15m - Student Accommodation Development

Co. Antrim

37

735361

£9m - Retail Extension & Refurbishment

Co. Antrim

33

864527

£1.1m - Extensions to Training Facility

Co. Antrim

32

810019

£10m - Non-Clinical Support Building

Co. Antrim

26

821289

£26.7m - Leisure Centre Development

Co. Down

26

894404

£8.5m - Social Housing Development

Co. Antrim

22

805996

£2.7m - School Extension

Co. Londonderry

21

864287

£2.5m - Office Building

Co. Antrim

20

873066

£1.3m - Renovation of Civic Building

Co. Down

20

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