Pictured here is Sarah McDonnell, Head of Interiors at Ardmac, with Dennis Markey, Marketing Director of Hilti at Hilti’s Irish head office in Finglas, North Dublin

7th January 2019, Dublin: Ardmac, the leading International construction specialist, has been awarded the contract to commercially fit out the Dublin head office of Hilti, a leading software, products and services company which services the professional construction industry.

The 1065m² refurbishment of Hilti’s Irish head office, , based at Finglas in North Dublin, will be completed by Ardmac in a fully operational environment across three floors of the building and includes the relocation of the current Hilti store on site. The project began at the end of 2018 and will be completed in three phases, with completion and handover expected to take place at the end of February 2019. The Ardmac project team is working in partnership with Hilti to develop the new fit out of the building and a design team is being led by RC Design Services.

Following the announcement Sarah McDonnell, Head of Interiors at Ardmac, said; “We are delighted to be working with Hilti on the fit out of its head office building in Finglas. This fit out project is the latest in a series of high profile projects which we are currently completing across Ireland, so it’s been an exciting start to 2019 for us.”

Dennis Markey, Marketing Director at Hilti Ireland, said; “Ardmac were awarded this project following a competitive tender process. As leading construction specialists, Ardmac’s focus on innovation and safety meant that they were the most aligned partner for us and this project. We look forward to seeing the Hilti building transform and grow alongside our people, over the coming months during this exciting refurbishment.”

This contract announcement follows Ardmac’s recent award of ‘Fit Out Contractor of the Year’ at the annual Fit Out awards. Ardmac was founded in 1977 and has gone from strength to strength in recent years, including a rebranding to support its ‘Building Better’ ethos.

About Ardmac

Ardmac is an international construction specialist that delivers complex high value workspaces and technical environments. Headquartered in Dublin with offices in Manchester, Craigavon and Brussels, Ardmac employs over 300 people and provides specialist services in Fit Out, Pharma, Data Centres, Refurbishment and Construction.

Ardmac’s vision is to be the contractor of choice for clients, and the workplace of choice for great people. Ardmac’s mission is to consistently provide the ultimate solution for high value working environments through continuous investment in the best people, technology, and processes.

www.ardmac.comtwitter @ardmacltd | #buildingbetter

About Hilti

Hilti provide leading-edge tools, technologies, software and services for the global construction sector. Built over 75 years ago with some 28,000 people in more than 120 countries now, this refurb is the growth and transformation needed to align with their future growth. | Twitter @Hilti_Ireland

Ardmac singers set to raise the roof in Dublin Airport for Pieta House

29th November, 2018, Dublin: Swords-based Ardmac, the leading international construction specialist, has launched a campaign to help tackle and challenge mental health issues within the construction sector, while also supporting mental health charity, Pieta House.  As part of this campaign, the company has formed the ‘Ardmac Christmas Chorus Group’, who will perform some Christmas classics in Dublin Airport on 12 December to drive awareness for Pieta House.

The challenge of mental health issues in the construction industry is a growing concern, as over the past number of years there has been an increase in the number of employees in this sector suffering from mental health issues. Ardmac is aiming to raise awareness of this issue through several initiatives over the coming months and raising funds for Pieta House in the process.

Established in 2016, Pieta House has helped over 40,000 people to date in suicidal distress or engaging in self-harm.  The charity provides a free of charge professional one-to-one therapeutic service, staffed by 270 therapists, for people who are experiencing suicidal ideation, people who have attempted suicide and people who are engaging in self-harm.

Commenting on the formation of the Ardmac Christmas Chorus Group, Debbie Treacy, HR Manager at Ardmac, said: “Statistics indicate the tragic fact that the number of people suffering mental health issues in the construction industry is twice the national average.  At Ardmac, we are determined and committed to play our part in tackling this issue and supporting the excellent work that Pieta House does in the fight against suicide and self-harm.

“We are delighted with the reaction we have already received from our own staff, as 15 people have so far signed up to perform in Dublin Airport in December, with more members expected to join us in the final weeks.”

Speaking on behalf of Pieta House, Interim CEO Ashley Balbirnie said: “Pieta House would like to sincerely thank Ardmac for organising a Christmas Chorus Group performance at Dublin Airport.  It’s through events like this that Pieta House can have a positive impact on people seeking help by reducing mental health stigma, changing norms and attitudes towards seeking professional help.”

Balbirnie added; “Our vision at Pieta House is a world where suicide, self-harm, and stigma have been replaced by hope, self-care, and acceptance. Stigma is frequently what brings people to the doors of Pieta House. Thank you to Ardmac for the great work to help tackle and challenge mental health issue within the construction sector. We would like to encourage men in particular, who are not as open about their feelings, to feel comfortable to speak to someone whether it be their colleagues, friends or family members, should they find themselves in difficulty.”

In addition to the Ardmac Chorus Group, Ardmac also supports an ongoing health and wellness programme for all its employees that includes; fitness classes twice a week and wellness lunchtime talks on topics such as stress management, skin care, cancer care, time management and nutrition.

To avail of Pieta House services, which are free of charge, please visit Pieta House provides 24/7 support – if you are suicidal or self-harming you can contact Pieta House 24/7 via the Freephone helpline on 1800 247 247, or text HELP to 51444 (standard message rates apply).

EkkoSense, the UK-based data centre M&E Capacity Planning and Simulation specialist, has announced a software partnership with Rentaload – the leading European load bank rental company. Under the agreement Rentaload will integrate EkkoSense’s powerful EkkoSoft Critical M&E SaaS software and sensors into its data centre offering, providing customers with cost-effective ongoing monitoring, management and maximisation of their critical data centre M&E infrastructure.

Designed for server room power acceptance testing during the building, renovation or maintenance of data centres, Rentaload’s rack-mounted load bank solutions provide highly accurate insight into a data centre’s functionality under normal operating conditions. EkkoSoft Critical is the first M&E SaaS software platform to offer a practical and cost-effective way for organisations to achieve real time visibility of their critical data centre heartbeat operational data. Because of this, EkkoSense’s intuitive SaaS provides an entirely complementary solution to the Rentaload proposition.

“Rentaload offers a portfolio of smart electrical load bank solutions for testing resistive loads for initial data centre commissioning (TIER IV and V) / deployments. Now, by working with EkkoSense and its EkkoSoft Critical software, we’re able to provide data centre customers with innovative power and cooling support for their IT and M&E operations,” commented Pierre-Luc Barbe, Rentaload’s General Manager. “EkkoSense’s SaaS software is simple to deploy and use, providing us with a smart solution to build out our Rentaload proposition. We look forward to sharing its undoubted benefits with our many customers across Europe.”

“Applying Rentaload’s proven load bank technology is a great way for organisations to test the actual future load of their data centres, and directly test whether their initial power and cooling provision is adequate and compliant,” added EkkoSense’s CEO Dean Boyle. “Through this partnership, Rentaload will now be able to take advantage of EkkoSense’s powerful front-end software, on site telemetry, low-cost 3D visualisation, power monitoring and cooling analytics to deliver further value for their customers. Adding our wireless sensors and EkkoSoft Critical cloud software to the portfolio will also allow Rentaload to provide their customers with deep insight into 2 their data centre cooling, power and space performance, with an ongoing tool to monitor, manage and maximise their critical M&E investments.”

Maximising data centre performance with EkkoSoft Critical Thanks to advanced DCIM-class features such as powerful M&E Scenario Planning & Simulation and unique Cooling Analytics capabilities, EkkoSoft Critical delivers the management and analytics solutions that help operations teams to maximise their data centre performance. EkkoSoft Critical offers the industry’s most comprehensive software-driven thermal optimisation provision, helping EkkoSense customers to achieve data centre cooling energy savings of 25-30%, typical ROIs of less than a year, and significant benefits in terms of released capacity, reduced energy costs and ongoing ASHRAE standards compliance management.

Come and hear ‘The one and only’ Garry Connelly founder of Host in Ireland talk about the impact, opportunities and challenges of hosting data on the Island of Ireland.

  • The Colocation data centre industry is inextricably connected to the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ It is the backbone that enables the revolution… understand why scale and diversity matters
  • How does this industry impact on businesses in NI – where are the opportunities and what are the considerations
  • Find out about NI’s new carrier neutral and open access fully scalable colocation data centre – situated at UK and NI’s closest cable point to North America, and perfectly placed to support NI’s growth in the digital economy
  • Q&A session
  • Networking opportunity before and after Garry’s talk. Refreshements will be served during the event.

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Photo caption: Pictured here is Justin Treacy, Director, RKD presenting the Fit Out Contractor of the Year award to Ardmac team; l-r Cormac Smyth, Stephen Cooney, Lisa Jennings, Alan Coakley, and Sarah McDonnell.

Construction Specialists win ‘Fit Out Contractor of the Year’ at gala event hosted in Convention Centre Dublin

Ardmac, the leading international construction specialist based in Swords Business Campus, Co Dublin, won a major award at the 2018 Fit Out Awards. The company was crowned ‘Fit Out Contractor of the Year’ at the recent awards ceremony, which took place in the Convention Centre Dublin and was attended by over 900 people from the construction industry.

Ardmac employs over 300 people based across Dublin, Manchester, Craigavon and Brussels and provides specialist construction services to the commercial fit out, life sciences and Data Centre sectors.

Sarah McDonnell, newly appointed Head of Interiors at Ardmac, said; “We are delighted to achieve this significant award at the Fit Out Awards this year. This award is a testament to our hard working and committed teams, and their dedication to each project, producing best in class work for our clients.”

Launched in 2012, the Fit Out Awards celebrate excellence in the execution of world-class fit outs, and the people and clients who drive these excellent projects. Each year, the awards have grown in scale and companies from all over Ireland come together, while also supporting the development of key fit-out skills and promoting best practice to help the sector grow in the years to come.


In the photo are (left to right): Mark Coatsworth – Pre-Construction Manager, Leo Tinnelly – British Standards Authority, Eamon Booth – Managing Director and Jason Rymer – BIM Manager

John Paul Construction are delighted to have achieved Building Information Modelling (BIM) Level 2 Certification for Design and Construction from the British Standards Institution (BSI). The BSI BIM level 2 certification is highly sought after in Ireland and the UK and is the premier kitemark in the construction industry. This demonstrates that our BIM management systems are fully aligned with recognised international standards and we have the ability to deliver BIM projects to the highest level in the construction industry.

The use of BIM has been widely adopted on our projects across all sectors including data centres, pharmaceutical, office, residential and hospital projects. BIM facilitates an enriched environment for collaboration with all project stakeholders, drives efficiency through time and waste reduction, resulting in cost savings and improved quality. By continuing to embrace the use of technology and innovation throughout the business we are constantly developing new ways to improve the level of service and value we provide to our Client base.

The delegation will be promoting Northern Ireland’s expert services for the data centre industry, as well as the region’s investment proposition.

Northern Ireland has well-established construction and engineering sectors, driven by a unique set of skills and expertise, with a focus on innovation and internationalisation.  It has a strong supply chain of companies offering technology solutions for the data centre sector.  This includes gas and diesel generators, energy storage solutions (including battery, solar and bio-energy power supplies), energy management and energy trading, control panel manufacture, cable terminations, HVAC and fire protection systems.

As a location, Northern Ireland also offers an excellent proposition for international investors – including an exceptionally skilled workforce, highly competitive operating costs, a superb infrastructure and excellent support packages. For data centre investment, there are a number of large sites available that are investment ready with outline planning permission.  International companies operating in Northern Ireland include 5NINES, Allstate, Citi, Fujitsu, WhiteHat Security. A testament to the region’s compelling proposition is the facts that almost 75% of our investors go onto reinvest.

Invest NI is the region’s economic development agency and works in an ongoing partnership with businesses offering advice and financial assistance in order to develop and expand the business and to improve capability and international competitiveness.

To learn more about what Northern Ireland can do for your business, visit the Northern Ireland stand – no. 237 or go to

Data Centres Ireland, 20-21 November 2018

Northern Ireland Delegation

3T Power Ltd

Licenced energy supply company operating within ISEM and project development:

  • Provision of bespoke corporate PPA’s
  • Renewable energy supply
  • Grid connection
  • Land Development and Site Acquisition

Extensive track record in renewable energy project development, private wire agreements, grid connections and load management.

5NINES Global

5NINES own and operate data centres around the world, including Northern Ireland’s largest data centre. They offer colocation services from ¼ rack to a whole data hall and can accommodate wholesale customer powered shell requirements. This modern, efficient and secure facility is built to a highly resilient concurrently maintainable standard. It is a carrier neutral facility that is located adjacent to and is directly connected to the GTT North (Project Kelvin) low latency transatlantic fibre landing station giving the fastest connectivity to North America of any UK data centre.

AJ Power Ltd

Based at a modern facility in Northern Ireland the company produces diesel fuelled electric power generating sets from 10kVA to 3350kVA, for use in hospitals, banks, data centres, supermarkets and hotels, as well as for industrial, construction, events, utilities, telecommunications, rental and

residential applications, offering volume production with short delivery times. Since its inception in 2003, the company has maintained continuous growth, with products now distributed in over 80 countries worldwide.

Atlantic Hub

Atlantic Hub Data Centre Campus is located at Foyle Port, Derry and Letterkenny Technology Park, Donegal. A total of 230MW of power capacity on twin Data Centre sites in Donegal and Derry extending to 80 acres, offers exceptional opportunities for fully resilient data hosting together with the fastest connectivity available between Europe and North America. Both campus locations in Donegal and Derry offer ultra-low operational costs with ideal environmental conditions. With Data centre locations only 35 km apart, Atlantic Hub offers a flexible design approach to permit the positioning of multiple buildings and dedicated Data Centre Compounds with the option of ‘availability zoning’ between UK and EU.

Belfast Harbour Commissioners

Established in 1847, Belfast Harbour is Belfast’s port authority and landowner of a 2,000 acre estate; representing 20% of the land area of Belfast City. The harbour estate is a major logistics and distribution hub and home to many large businesses including Warner Brothers, Baker McKenzie, Allen & Overy, Harland & Wolff, Capita, CitiGroup, Catalyst Inc (Formerly NI Science Park), Stena Line & Bombardier. Belfast Harbour have a committed investment pipeline of £132m in infrastructure and real estate projects, targeting regeneration and driving growth in the wider local economy.

Camlin Power Ltd

The Camlin Group operates with the vision of bringing revolutionary products to life for a wide range of industries, including Power, Rail, Photonics, Health and Security. The product range is extensive and diverse and is being continually enhanced by both in-house development and acquisition. The combination of the different business areas, together with the wide range of geographical markets in which the companies operate, underpins the success and continuous growth of Camlin. The Camlin operation currently spans over 20 countries around the globe, with a combination of engineering design, research and development and support locations worldwide.


Continu is an ambitious and growing company which provides a complete solution for backup power requirements and energy storage for the I.T. sector across many markets from Health to Government and Agri-food. Their customers benefit from working with a single specialised and impartial supplier offering expert advice from data centre design through to after sales support. Continu are the Ireland partner to industry leaders in backup power, battery storage and battery monitoring systems, including APC, Riello, Powershield, Schneider Electric and NEC.

Edina Group

Edina is a leading supplier, installer and maintenance provider for combined heat and power (CHP), gas, and diesel power generation solutions. They are the official distributor in Ireland and the UK for market-leading MWM gas engine technology and have achieved over 500MW of electrical installed gas capacity across Ireland and the UK. Our in-house production facility based in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, manufactures bespoke control panel systems and containerised generating units that are designed to expedite site installation, provide low maintenance cost and ensure maximum plant availability.

GES Group

Established in 1972 GES Group are an award-winning electrical and mechanical engineering company, serving customers throughout Ireland, the UK, and Europe. Traditionally electric motor rewind specialists, GES Group have developed an extensive product and service portfolio as a market leader, to provide a holistic solution for their customers. GES Group proudly work for 90% of Northern Ireland’s Top 100 Businesses, with a 97% customer satisfaction rate, and export to over 18 countries worldwide. “We are GES Group – Building Powerful Partnerships.”

JJ Loughran

JJ Loughran offer a synergy of manufacturing, product supply, installation, maintenance and repair services, both in house and on site. They have extensive experience working in Irish Data Centres.

Key areas of expertise includes:

  • Electric motor sales and install
  • Electric motor and electric fan in house and onsite repair and maintenance
  • Onsite in situ bearing changes and maintenance to electric motors and axial fans
  • Variable speed drive sales and install
  • Ventilation equipment sales and install
  • Industrial Electrical Installation’s & Controls

John J Doyle Ltd

Celebrating 90 years in business, John J Doyle Ltd is Ireland and the UK’s chimney & flue experts. A third-generation family business based in Belfast, they are committed to provide premier quality, innovation and integrity to each project – from large to small. With vast experience and a strict adherence to core family values, there is no chimney problem we have not seen and solved. Some of the largest data centres in Europe including Ireland, Finland and Holland have been designed, supplied and installed by John J Doyle Ltd.

Kane Engineering

Kane Engineering has almost 50 years’ experience in the design & manufacture of LV switchgear. Based in Newtownards, Co. Down, the 35-strong team design, engineer, & manufacture Low Voltage switchboards for (1) the building services sector, (2) generator manufacturers, and (3) data centre operators, throughout the UK & Ireland, and internationally. Their mission is to be ‘Your Expert Partner in electrical switchgear’, a mission they reliably achieve for their customers by applying extensive technical skills & experience – together with commercial acumen and key partnerships with industry suppliers – to deliver high-quality switchgear products, on time, and on budget.

MJM Renewables (MJM Group)

MJM Renewables, owned by the McConville family, purchased the former Shackleton Barracks in Ballykelly, Limavady, N.I. in 2016. The 620+ acre site is currently undergoing a master planning exercise with the model to include a hyperscale datacentre. The community consultation has been completed and the project has been submitted for outline planning permission. The Data centre is currently being considered by Causeway Coast and Glens Council.

Scott’s Electrical Services Ltd

Scott’s Electrical Services Ltd was established in 2007 with a heritage that goes back over 100 years. Operating mainly in the Water and Power Utilities Sectors, the Company has developed over the last few years to capitalise on changes in the Electricity Market. These changes have highlighted a need for Battery Energy Storage Systems in order to maximise the investment made in renewable energy through providing additional capacity and fast frequency response. Scott’s has been at the forefront of this as the Balance of Plant Contractor for Fluence Energy for a 10MW system at Kilroot Power Station in Northern Ireland and 60MW at 3 locations in England.


In my role as head of data centre optimisation at Vertiv I visit a lot of data centres. Not the stunning designed and technical marvels of Facebook, Google, AWS or Microsoft. No, I spend my time in facilities that were the cutting edge of the industry 20 or more years go. I’m not complaining. I love it!

I find some pretty interesting things in data centres (see above) but this past 12 months the craziest thing I have found are low temperatures. I’m not talking about “it’s nice and cool in here” kind of temperatures. I’m talking “we can keep penguins in here kind of temperatures”

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