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On Property Matters this week, host Carol Tallon is joined remotely by William Power and Brian Bolger of C+W O’Brien Architects, Tom Parlon Director General of the Construction Industry Federation, Arthur O’Brien of C+W O’Brien Architects and Shane Dempsey of the Construction Industry Federation.
William Power and Brian Bolger, Directors at C+W O’Brien Architects, were first to join Carol on Property Matters to discuss the latest updates on the planning process in Ireland at the moment and we raise the question – is now the time to push for digital submissions? William begins the interview explaining that the Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy has stopped the clock on applications that were in the public consultation phase or entering the public consultation phase, however, the local authority and Bord Pleanala are still accepting applications and all other applications can proceed to decision making. Brian talks to Carol about the need for a digital submission process, which needs to be prioritised. To finish off their interview, William and Brian talk about what C+W O’Brien are doing at the moment in response to Covid-19, for example, all team members working from home, functioning 100% remotely with the use of MS Teams.
Also joining us on Property Matters this week was Tom Parlon, Director General of the Construction Industry Federation. Tom and Carol speak about the collapse of the construction industry after restrictions take hold due to Covid-19, in particular, Ulster Bank’s PMI shows housebuilding and work on projects at lowest level in 11 years. The SCSI has reported that major building projects could take up to two years to get up and running after the Covid crisis unless the Government learns lessons from the last financial crash. Tom closes off his interview explaining that the CIF is due to publish its guidance document about what contractors need to do right now to prepare to get back on site as soon as it is safe to do so. He issues a stark warning that “contractors will not be returning to the same workplace”. Everything has changed.
Last to join us this week on Property Matters was Shane Dempsey, Director of Communications for the Construction Industry Federation, and Arthur O’Brien, Managing Director of C+W O’Brien Architects, to talk to us about the future of construction. To begin, they point out that it is a possibility (likely even?) that we will not be able to return to full capacity immediately. It is more likely that the industry will need to socially distance in work for a long period of time, resulting in a reduced number of staff. This could be an opportunity for modular construction as it would maintain programmes, and less workers would be required, henceforth, enabling social distancing. The industry is ramping up facilities in Ireland so not everything will need to be imported. Both Shane and Arthur explain that they have seen the merits of remote working and the impact it will have on how we design, if this does become our new reality. They close out their interview talking about the acceleration of the digitisation of the construction industry and the forced adoption of new technology and ways of working.
Tune into Property Matters weekly on Dublin South FM from 6-7pm every Tuesday (or catch up via podcast www.iPropertyRadio.com) for more planning, construction, property and proptech chat.
- Produced by Katie Tallon, Hear Me Roar Media , our thanks to Sarah Kennedy from C+W O’Brien Architects and Hayley Rock of Construction Network Ireland for assisting.
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