Connecting local suppliers to opportunities in the Construction Sector

26th September 2014

Meet BAM – preferred bidder on Schools PPP Bundle 4 programme

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

Tuesday 7th October 2014 from 4pm to 7.30pm
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dundalk. Co. Louth

Thursday 16th October from 4pm to 7.30pm
Charleville Park Hotel, Charleville, Co. Cork

The National Development Finance Agency (NDFA) in partnership with Enterprise Ireland & BAM PPP will host two information and networking events connecting local suppliers to opportunities in the construction sector under the Schools Public Private Partnership (PPP) Bundle 4 programme. The events take place on Tuesday 7th October in Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dundalk, Co Louth and on Thursday 16th October in Charleville Park Hotel in Charleville, Co Cork, commencing at 4pm. These free events will  highlight supply chain opportunities for SMEs and microbusinesses with BAM PPP as they  advance their work on four post primary schools in Clare, Tipperary, Cork and Louth. Attendees will find out how to become a sub supplier to the projects and have speed meetings with  a team of specialists from BAM PPP.

Registration for the Meet the Buyer event is free and interested companies can now register to attend on

The Schools PPP project - part of a €1.4 billion PPP programme included in the Government’s Infrastructure Stimulus Plan - will see 10 new and replacement schools built in counties Carlow, Clare, Cork,  Louth, Meath, Tipperary, Wexford and Wicklow. In total these schools will provide accommodation for approximately 7,850 students.

BAM PPP is the preferred tenderer for four of these school building projects

  • Comeragh College, Carrick on Suir, Co.Tipperary
  • Skibbereen, Co. Cork
  • St. Joseph’s, Tulla, Co. Clare
  • St. Mary’s, Dundalk, Co. Louth

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 lifetime of the PPP contract.

There will also be an Enterprise Support zone at the event, where attendees can get information on business supports through the Local Enterprise Office network and Enterprise Ireland. The Department of Social Protection will provide delegates with information on the Pathways to Work initiative (including the Jobs Ireland Services) and check eligibility for the JobsPlus scheme.

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: ‘These events are a great opportunity, both for possible suppliers and the preferred bidder. SMEs get direct access to the buyer while the buyer has the opportunity to meet suppliers face-to-face and find out about their capabilities. And of course the resulting business relationships can also have a wider application beyond this individual project’.

Julie Sinnamon, CEO Enterprise Ireland, said: ‘The national school building projects are a boost to regional economies and we are working closely with the Local Enterprise Office network, the local Chambers of Commerce and industry associations to ensure local suppliers are made aware of this important pitching opportunity with BAM PPP.

Our Public Procurement team is working with the public sector to help Irish SMEs win contracts/projects with the Irish public sector. These contracts are both lucrative and are excellent reference sites as they sell into export markets".

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

Or contact

Jane Watson

01 668 9887

For more information on Schools PPP Programme:


For further information please contact the Press Office at Enterprise Ireland


NDFA | David Clerkin

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
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.

About BAM
BAM PPP manages all phases of Public Private Partnership projects, from design, construction and financing through to operations and maintenance to provide our public sector customers with a first class service. Partnership and long-term relationships define every project within BAM PPP.

With offices in Kill Co Kildare, Galway and Cork, our in-house expertise is amongst the broadest in the industry, the integration of expertise makes BAM one of the few companies of its kind that can offer a locally provided service truly backed by European expertise.

Combining the investment and management skills with the design, construction and operational resources available within Royal BAM Group, we are uniquely equipped to deliver PPP projects. This breadth allows our public sector partners to gain the advantages of working with a single supplier, to deliver fully integrated whole life solutions.

Following on from the completion on schedule of the Schools Bundle 3 programme which consisted of 8 schools, BAM PPP along with our sister companies BAM Building and BAM FM are delighted to be associated with this exciting Schools Bundle 4 project which with the assistance of Enterprise Ireland and the NDFA will bring welcomed stimulus for jobs growth back to the economy for the duration of the full concession period.