Duggan Brothers Profile
Duggan Brothers is an exceptional example of a company that maintains the values of a family-run business as it grows from strength to strength. Now in its third generation, Duggan Brothers has been in business since 1923, now employing 120 management and technical staff across their head office in Tipperary and regional offices in Dublin and Cork. They are proud to be recognised as a family run company executing a collaborative approach that has earned them a reputation for excellence.
David Duggan, Joint Managing Director says that the success of Duggan Brothers is down to the fact that they work across several sectors concurrently. “Each sector has its own individual requirements. We believe that our collaborative approach and progressive management systems allows us to adapt and work effectively irrespective of the sector,” he said.
Some of their most recently completed projects include the Irish Stock Exchange (Euronext), UCD Lochlann Quinn Extension and the 100 Bed Nursing Facility and Catering Department at Peamount Healthcare, all of which are finalists in the 2020 Irish Construction Excellence (ICE) Awards.
Irish Stock Exchange
The Irish Stock Exchange (Euronext) project called for the provision of significant additional accommodation to consolidate all staff and operations into one building complex. The project involved Duggan Brothers upgrading two protected structures to provide a new reception, offices and meeting rooms to meet contemporary office standards. Also a new five storey extension to provide state-of-the-art contemporary open plan office space was built for increased communication between teams, as well as spaces, which can accommodate events and interfacing with the public.
The sensitive restoration of two protected structures has brought these two buildings up to contemporary office standards. This included the restoration of the north Armoury stone wall, which was badly damaged in the previous extension works; the installation of new concrete slabs and waterproofing at basement level, and installation of new services to a large portion of these two buildings integrated with existing services and comms rooms.
The structure of the new building in exposed concrete demonstrates excellence in both fair-faced and board-marked concrete finishes, and is definitely a stand out. The high level of architectural detailing in the finishes throughout and in particular to items such as welded brass handrails and reception desk and PPC aluminium balustrades to the main stair demanded a high level of skilled craftsmanship and attention to detail in working to very tight tolerances.
Duggan Brothers Construction Director, Eddie Cleary, commented: “An Irish Construction Excellence Award is a highly valued and prestigious accolade. We are proud of the work our team has completed on the Irish Stock Exchange (Euronext) building and winning this award would be the perfect validation for our efforts.”
This project comprised the construction and delivery of a €21.0 million 100-bed residential healthcare unit for Peamount Healthcare on their existing campus in Newcastle, Co. Dublin.
Extending to c. 6,700sq.m over 2 no. floors, the building is arranged as two interlocking squares with private courtyards, to provide 50 no. replacement residential beds for older persons in addition to a new 50 bed unit.
The new building far exceeds the original interpretation anticipated when Peamount Healthcare initiated the project and began the brief development process over a decade ago. Fundamentally, it represents the application of a mindset of empathy; which sought to understand and envision the challenges, capabilities, perspective and experience of the building’s future users.
John Butler, Duggan Brothers Contracts Director said: “This building is a vital and long-awaited addition to the Peamount campus and wider community and represents the first phase of a
Masterplan developed as part of Peamount Healthcare’s five-year strategy to be an international
leader in delivering and promoting rehabilitation and continuing care services. The 50no. new in-patient beds, in addition to the 50-no. replacement residential beds will serve to support the acute hospital system for the early transfer of patients for follow on care, thereby reducing waiting lists for in-patient services across the greater Dublin area.”
Highlights of this project include the parkland which was constructed so it would be visible to patients at all time, and it includes multi-sensory planting. The choices of finishes and colour was integrated into the interior design strategy which is linked to the overall identification of zones within the wards, enhancing the residents’ perception and identification of functions and activities; living and breakout spaces, dining spaces, and therapy spaces, all of which are clearly distinguishable from clinical support and plant areas.
University College Dublin
The client required a state-of-the-art facility in which to promote a new teaching and learning environment. There was a strong desire to move away from traditional teaching models in favor of more versatile active learning environments and digital collaboration spaces that enable diverse ways of working. One of the key challenges for the project was the various interfaces with the surrounding buildings, all of which were live throughout the construction phase. The complex facades of this building also presented many challenges. But with much collaboration between teams, the intricacies of the complex facades were successfully managed.
Throughout the works, Duggan Brothers adopted a cooperative approach, working closely with the Design Team and Client on a day to day basis. Duggan Brothers relentlessly worked through all problems & difficulties in a cooperative and collaborative manner rather than relying on the contract for solutions and as a result avoiding all adversarial routes. In this way also, they believe that the building delivered a better outcome than what was described in the Client’s brief.
To find out more about the work Duggan Brothers has done, please visit: https://www.dugganbrothers.ie/