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Steven McGee

Chief Operating Office, Ireland, John Sisk & Son

Will Merriman

Managing Director Civil Engineering, Ireland, John Sisk & Son

Project Ireland 2040, the Government’s long-term strategy to build a more resilient and sustainable future, looks to ensure the alignment of investment plans with the stated National Strategic Objectives for 2040 in a cohesive and defined manner.

Sustainable buildings and infrastructure serve the people who use them as well as the greater societal need. At Sisk, we have an important role as an Irish-based, internationally active construction and civil engineering business. Our ambition is to lead in the industries in which we work, with the sustainable management of our operations throughout their entire life cycle, while upholding our core values and delivering excellence for our people and planet.

The need for investment

By 2040, there will be approximately 1 million additional people living in Ireland. This population growth will require hundreds of thousands of new jobs, new homes, heightened cultural and social amenities, enhanced regional connectivity and improved environmental sustainability. The need for sustainable infrastructure in Ireland is clear.

We are already working to deliver Project Ireland 2040, constructing a series of wastewater treatment projects and delivering improvements to our railway, aviation and marine infrastructure as well as working hard to deliver better regional road connectivity via projects such as the Dunkettle Interchange Project in Cork.

Delivering education and tourism infrastructure

We help clients deliver major construction projects in the core sectors we operate in such as office and commercial projects, data and ICT, life sciences, pharma, residential, leisure and retail. We have delved into educational infrastructure in recent years including the world-class facilities at the Grangegorman TU Dublin campus, and we are part of the regeneration project in Limerick with Project Opera.

By 2040, there will be approximately 1 million additional people living in Ireland.

Tourism is a key economic sector; and this year, we delivered the new facilities at the iconic Avondale House in Co. Wicklow as well as recently delivering the world-class Center Parcs Project in Longford.

We want to ensure that we are tackling the challenges that lie ahead for our industry and wider society. We have people across the business with the skills, expertise and — most importantly — the passion to deliver the change required.

Aiming to deliver sustainably

Sisk is committed to being carbon neutral by 2030. It is at the heart of our business strategy. It informs everything we do as a business as we grow and expand the services we offer.

Construction is a sector that needs to play its part in reversing the climate crisis by fundamentally changing how we go about our business. Our materials, how and where we source them, how we move them about and how we create the energy to power the vehicles and machines we use are at the heart of our journey.

In the delivery of our projects across civil engineering (building roads, railways, bridges, harbours) or our construction business (building offices, shops, schools and homes), we work collaboratively with our clients, supply chain partners and wider stakeholders to understand the key project drivers. We enable the development of solutions that truly fulfil project needs while providing the best value for our clients and making a difference. 

Choosing suppliers carefully

Sisk ensures that decisions taken regarding the procurement and engagement of any organisations, individuals, goods or services are governed by integrating environmental, legal, social and economic considerations into all stages of the procurement process.

Our procurement teams actively seek to collaborate with clients, consultants, specialist contractors and suppliers to develop integrated supply chains which respect biodiversity and human rights and promote fair employment practices. Our people, technology and modern methods of construction sit at the heart of our offering and are true enablers for our clients in achieving their own sustainability agendas.

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