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Theo Cullinane, CEO of BAM, says the future is bright for the construction sector in Ireland.
BAM has been shaping the face of Ireland for over 60 years, delivering some of the nation’s most innovative and iconic private and public infrastructure.
We have built corporate headquarters, data centres, hi-tech and production facilities for many of the leading FDI companies located in Ireland and provided the physical infrastructure that has opened up the country for investment.
We recently completed the N25 New Ross Bypass PPP scheme which includes the longest extradosed bridge of its type in the world, the Rose Kennedy Fitzgerald Bridge.
This 15km road network will improve links to the South East for business and greatly reduce travel times on the strategic Cork to Rosslare corridor.
As BAM Ireland chief executive Theo Cullinane has said, regional connectivity, as well as driving the environmental agenda, are two of the themes of most importance to multinational corporations.
“Sustainability has, rightly, become the top priority for leading global firms.
It is how they are measured by their clients. They need to know that Ireland Inc, as well as their business partners, share these concerns.
It is no longer just about delivering the goods and services — you have to deliver to the highest sustainability standards.”
At BAM we have once again achieved a leadership place on the international “A List” for Climate Change with the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).
This ranks us in the top 2% of thousands of companies worldwide who disclosed their environmental impact through the CDP.
Our target is to have a Net Positive Impact on climate change, resources, and people by 2050.
We are achieving this through a series of challenging steps in CO2 reduction, waste elimination, environmental sourcing, and moving to green energy.
We have already reduced our CO2 emissions by 72%, have begun work on converting our entire fleet to electricity, and are on track to source all our timber from certified sustainable suppliers by 2025.
Our progress is being monitored by the Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi) and is aligned to the Paris Climate Agreement, making BAM one of only 204 global companies with targets validated by science.
Earlier this year we unveiled our €500,000 new children’s hospital Community Benefit Fund.
This initiative will help fund training, apprenticeships, and third-level education, as well as supporting opportunities for local community groups in the surrounding areas of Dublin 8 and Dublin 12.
These things matter, said Mr Cullinane, who added that BAM is working to ensure all of our supply chain partners share our vision and have complementary sustainability policies of their own.
As an operating company of Royal BAM Group, which is headquartered in the Netherlands, BAM boasts strong international credentials with sister operations throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific.
Over recent years, BAM has been at the heart of re-shaping the skylines of our biggest cities.
In Cork, we are delivering vital infrastructure within a rapidly growing city, with the completion of One Albert Quay in 2016 and the phased construction of Navigation Square.
The latter represents the largest and most significant office development to be undertaken in Cork City’s commercial centre.
We are also developing the new urban quarter at Horgan’s Quay in Cork, situated in a prime location with unrivalled transport links.
Comprising 27,000m² of office space, 325 apartments, a 120-bed hotel, 2,200m² of mixed retail, and 6,000m² of new public space, the development creates the ideal environment for local and global occupiers, spurring on the regeneration of Cork’s inner city.
The Brewery Quarter student accommodation is now complete. The development consists of a 420-bed purpose-built student accommodation on the site of the former Beamish and Crawford Brewery on South Main St.
The scheme also incorporates 820m² of ground-floor retail space and 64 car-parking spaces beneath the building in a single-storey basement.
In recent years we delivered the EMEA HQ, One Microsoft Place in Leopardstown.
One Microsoft Place is a testament to intelligent design, driven by principles of quality and environmentally responsible construction.
In recognition of this, we were awarded Project of the Year at the 2019 Irish Construction Excellence Awards.
For almost 40 years we have been a construction partner with the FDI Major Microchip Manufacturer at Leixlip and we are still continuing services there today.
The much-anticipated development of Boland’s Quay in Dublin’s south docklands is nearing completion and will provide vital additional space in the heart of the city’s technological hub.
Google acquired the development last year in a bid to expand its EMEA HQ, which will boost US capital investment in Ireland and create vibrant new civic spaces and retail amenities in the Docklands area.
As main contractor for the largest health infrastructure project in the history of the State, the new children’s hospital is progressing well, with the first satellite site in Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown having opened in September 2019.
Once complete, the NCH will be one of the most technologically advanced hospitals in the world, ensuring the best for Ireland’s future generations.
We are instrumental in delivering vital infrastructure at no upfront cost to the State through public private partnership (PPP).
Using this model, we have provided six motorway schemes as well as 11 schools under Schools PPP Bundles 3&4 and seven courthouses throughout the country in recent years.
Commenting on this, Mr Cullinane said: “We began investing at a time when bank finance was not available to the State.
"We are committed to continue investing in Ireland’s future in this manner. We firmly believe that PPP has a key role to play in strengthening Ireland’s infrastructure and improving accessibility for global firms to invest in all regions of the country.
"Ireland’s public infrastructure must match that of the best in the world, if we are to remain competitive in attracting the best in world.”