Connecting local suppliers to opportunities in the Construction Sector

Meet shortlisted bidders on Schools PPP programme

National Development Finance Agency partners with Enterprise Ireland for construction sector information event

Friday 31st January 2014 from 09.15am – 2.00pm - The Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise, Co Laois

The National Development Finance Agency (NDFA) in partnership with Enterprise Ireland is running an information and networking event connecting local suppliers to opportunities in the construction sector under the Schools Public Private Partnership (PPP) programme. The event takes place on Friday 31st January 2014 in the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise, Co Laois, at 9.15am. This free event is open to construction suppliers and enterprises in a wide variety of supply categories from aggregates to windows. Attendees willlearn more about the Schools PPP programme and have an opportunity to meet with the three shortlisted building candidates. The three PPP consortia that have been shortlisted by the NDFA to progress to the next stage of delivery of these schools are: Amber Education Partnership which includes PJ Hegarty & G4S Solutions, BAM PPP and Carillion Construction. Attendees will also find out how to become a sub supplier through a series of short 5 minute “pitch” meetings.

The Schools PPP project - part of a €1.4 billion PPP programme included in the Government’s Infrastructure Stimulus Plan - will see 12 new and replacement schools built in counties Carlow, Clare, Cork, Kildare, Louth, Meath, Tipperary, Wexford and Wicklow. In total these schools will provide accommodation for approximately 8,650 students.

The PPP company that will be selected to deliver the programme will finance the design, build and maintenance of these schools for a 25 year period. The schools will be fully furnished and equipped (except for specialist educational equipment) as part of the PPP contract with elements of the fixtures, fittings and equipment to be maintained over the 25 year period.

Registration for the Meet the Buyer event is free and open to companies who can supply the following categories:

AggregatesKitchen Equipment
Air handling unit.Laboratory Furniture & Equipment
Audio Visual.Landscaping and playing pitch subcontractors
Asbestos RemovalLightening protection.
Blinds subcontractorsLighting Equipment
BMS Control contractorsLoose schools furniture suppliers
Boiler suppliers/BiomassMechanical Contractors
Brick & BlocklayingMechanical Ducting installation.
Building MaterialsMetalwork
Car park systems.Painting Contractors
Carpentry ContractorsPartitions
CCTV suppliersPassenger Lift Contractors
CeilingsPaving Subcontractors
CladdingPest control companies
Cleaning contractorsPiling
Cleaning Supplies companiesPlant Hire
Commissioning engineeringPlastering
Concrete Cutting & CoringPlumbing Supplies
Concrete slab contractorsPrecast Concrete
DemolitionRadon Protection
DrainageRoadwork and road marking
Electrical ContractorsRoof lights.
Façade subcontractorsRoofing
Facilities Management ServicesScaffolding.
Facility maintenance subcontractorsSchools Curriculum Supplies
FencingSchools Sports Equipment supplies
Fire alarm installation.Security companies
Fire rated doorsSignage suppliers
Fire rated Glazed partitionsSite Testing
Fire prevention /maintenance suppliersSteel Reinforcement supply and fabrication
Fire stopping & Fire protection.Stone
Flooring & Tiling ContractorsStone suppliers
FormworkStructural Precast Concrete
Furniture & Schools Equipment suppliersStructural Steel
Groundworks/Earthworks ContractorsSuspended Ceiling subcontractors
Glazing / Rooflights ContractorsSustainable Energy Suppliers
Glass CoatingsTemporary Canteen Facilities
Gym EquipmentTemporary Electrical Contractors.
Ground water controlTimber Frame
Hygienic CladdingTraffic Management
ICT Contractors (cabling only)Waste Management subcontractors
IronmongeryWaste Water Treatment
Intruder alarm suppliersWindow cleaning companies
Joinery Supply 

There will also be an Enterprise Support zone at the event where attendees can get information on topics such as the Pathways to Work initiative from the Department of Social Protection including the Jobs Ireland Services and to check eligibility for the JobsPlus scheme. The zone will also include a bond & credit rating advisory service.

Brian Murphy, Chief Executive of the NDFA, which is responsible for the delivery of €650 million of education, health and justice PPP projects under the Stimulus Plan, said: “This event is about making sure that suppliers from the SME and construction sector have all the information and support they need to be able to exploit the business opportunity presented by the Schools PPP Programme so we’re delighted to collaborate with Enterprise Ireland and others on such an initiative’’.

Michael Brougham, Enterprise Ireland Director Midlands Region, said: ‘These national school building projects will be a boost to the local economy and our regional office network is working closely with the local Chambers of Commerce, the City & County Enterprise Boards and industry associations to ensure quality suppliers are made aware of this important pitching opportunity with the shortlisted building candidates on the Schools PPP Programme. Enterprise Ireland’s public procurement team is working with both the public sector and Irish SMEs on key procurement opportunities particularly within the national investment programme. The aim is to increase the number of Irish SMEs who win projects with the Irish Public Sector, leading to employment and providing reference sites for companies focussing on export markets’.

For more information on how to register for the Meet the Buyer event please visit:

Or contact:

Claire Beattie

01 7272275

Claire Beattie

Cormac Friel

 +353 1 7272137 

Cormac Friel

For more information on Schools PPP Programme :


For Further Information please contact Press Office, Enterprise Ireland or

Denis Duggan

Enterprise Ireland
Midlands Region office

0906 487121


Denis Duggan

David Clerkin at Gordon MRM

087 830 1779

Notes to the Editor

About National Development Finance Agency:
The National Development Finance Agency is the statutory financial advisor to State authorities in respect of all public investment projects with a capital value over €20 million. It also has full responsibility for the procurement and delivery of Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects in sectors other than transport and the local authorities.

In its financial advisory role, the NDFA advises State Authorities on the optimal financing of priority public investment projects by applying commercial standards in evaluating financial risks and costs. The NDFA’s overriding objective is to maximise value for money for the Exchequer.

In its procurement role, the NDFA is responsible for all aspects of delivering the procurement of projects and hands them over to the sponsoring body after construction is complete and the asset is operational.

About Enterprise Ireland:
Enterprise Ireland is the Irish Government agency charged with developing and promoting Irish enterprise.Enterprise Ireland partners with entrepreneurs, Irish businesses, and the research and investment communities to develop Ireland’s international trade, innovation, leadership and competitiveness. The ultimate objective is increased exports, employment and prosperity in Ireland.