We are pleased to announce that our MMC Quantity Surveyors’ team has expanded! Warmest welcome to our new members of staff.
The recently published National Planning Framework in Ireland is a sweepingly impressive document in both its scope and ambition. It sets out to plan for a population growth of 1 million people in the next 20 years, including additional 660,000 jobs in a sustainable way that will attempt to redress[…]
Design-and-build contracts have become increasingly common in construction, a trend that must be reversed in light of the Grenfell Tower fire if we are deliver safe and high quality buildings, says quantity surveyor Michael McCarthy When the Grenfell Tower tragedy struck on the 14th June, people around the world looked[…]
Build Costs – How Much Does It Cost to Build a House per m2 /ft2 One of the most common questions I’m asked in by people is how much does it cost to build a house per square foot or square meter. The answer is always the same – It depends. House[…]
How 5D BIM can shake up the construction industry. The construction industry is over-due for a massive shake up. While other industries have seen productivity increases and costs fall, construction has seen the opposite. Productivity has fallen and costs have risen. In reality, this could be attributed to increased[…]
It’s a threat to us all. If you have been to both Dublin and Cork recently you may have noticed an even greater distinction between the two largest cities in the state than normal. Dublin is littered with tower cranes whereas Cork is largely devoid of them. There are[…]
How to Make Housing Affordable. In ‘The Real Cost of Housing’ I looked at the effect of taxation and levies and its role in the current state of the housing sector. In this article, we examine other ways to make housing affordable, especially for first time buyers. Help to Buy[…]
Measuring embodied carbon in the construction of new buildings has long been a distant cousin of measuring carbon from building use. This is rightly so. The energy used and therefore carbon emitted from a building in use is indefinite and will be at least 60 years. However, measuring embodied carbon[…]