The Irish Government has announced plans to draft legislation to support the remediation of apartments and duplexes with fire safety, structural safety and water ingress defects. Any other types of defect i.e. drainage defects or defects with heating systems would appear to be excluded. The plans are to include apartments and duplexes which were constructed
ALG Construction, Planning and Procurement Seminar
We are delighted to invite you to our Construction, Planning and Procurement Breakfast Seminar on Thursday 9 February as we discuss the theme of “Uncertainty”.
Banking Hall at The Westin Hotel, College Green
Thursday 9 February 2023
7.15am – 10am
Please join us for a light breakfast, followed by a series of…
Advance payment bonds v performance bonds in the Irish market
Performance security is a prominent feature of construction projects and is used as a means of protection for the Employer against the non-performance of the Contractor. The advantage to the beneficiary of the bond (i.e. the Employer) is that a third party surety (often an insurance company or bank/funding institution) agrees to fulfil…
An adjudicator’s decision in the context of the final account process
The Technology and Construction Court (TCC) in England and Wales has recently given judgment in Essential Living (Greenwich) Limited v Elements (Europe) Limited in relation the extent to which an adjudicator’s decision is binding on the parties for the purpose of an ongoing final account process. The judgment may be of interest in…
Regulation of Providers of Building Works Bill reaches Committee Stage
The Regulation of Providers of Building Works Bill (the Bill) continues its progress through the Irish legislature and has now reached the Committee stage (the third stage, before the Dáil). This third stage will see the Bill debated before the Select Committee on Housing, Local Government and Heritage for Committee State, at…
The Construction Contracts Act 2013: latest decision on principles of enforcement of adjudication award – “Pay Now, Argue Later”
The decision in John Paul Construction Limited v Tipperary Co-Operative Creamery Limited  IEHC 3 relates to an application for leave to enforce an adjudicator’s decision pursuant to the Construction Contracts Act 2013 (the Act). It further endorses the key principles of adjudication, including “pay now, argue later”, which have been considered in detail…
Rising materials cost in the construction sector
The construction sector has welcomed the easing of COVID-19 restrictions since April as sites have fully re-opened across the country. However, despite the surge in activity, the industry now faces new problems in the form of price inflation.
The Irish Times reported in April that the price of materials has been increasing from between 5%…
Modern Methods of Construction – the future of construction in Ireland?
The significant shortage of houses in Ireland has been well publicised in recent years and indeed was one of the driving forces behind the ‘Rebuilding Ireland Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness’ and the more recent ‘Project 2040 National Planning Framework’.
One of the five central aims of the Rebuilding Ireland Action Plan is increasing…
Recent developments in professional indemnity insurance in the Irish construction industry
The Irish construction professional indemnity (PI) insurance market has been noticeably hardening in recent years. Having enjoyed quite a lengthy period of relatively stable market conditions, it is our experience that many insurance companies are now tightening their policy terms, increasing premiums and overall are seemingly more reluctant to underwrite the same level…