Connecting Local Suppliers to opportunities in the Construction Sector & Facilities Management Services

11th September 2015

Meet Prime Balfour Beatty the Preferred Tenderer for Primary Care Centre PPP programme

National Development Finance Agency & HSE Partner with Enterprise Ireland for ‘Meet the Buyer’ Information event

Tuesday 15th September – Dublin, 8.30am - 2.30pm
Wednesday 16th September - Waterford City, 8.30am – 10.30am
Friday 18th September - Claremorris, Co Mayo, 8.30am – 10.30am

The National Development Finance Agency (NDFA) and HSE in partnership with Enterprise Ireland are supporting an information and networking event connecting local suppliers to opportunities in the construction sector as part of the €160mPrimary Care Centre PPP programme. The ‘Meet the Buyer’ series of events takes place on the following dates: Tuesday 15th, Wednesday 16th and Friday 18th September in Dublin, Waterford and Mayo. These free events are open to construction suppliers and enterprises in a wide variety of supply categories. Facilities Management subcontractors with expertise in areas such as planned preventative maintenance and cleaning services are also invited to participate. Through a series of short 5 minute “pitch” meetings, attendees can find out more about the process of becoming a sub supplier.

The project will deliver a network of primary care facilities integrating primary, community and continuing care and social services.

The scheme encompasses the design, build, finance and maintenance of 14 primary care centres along with ongoing facility management services. Healthcare services will be managed by Ireland’s Health Service Executive (HSE) after the centres have been constructed.

This is one of the first four European projects earmarked to receive funding through the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), an initiative between the European Commission and the European Investment Bank established to stimulate growth and enhance European competitiveness.

The NDFA’s role in this project is as the procuring body and financial adviser for and on behalf of the Department of Health who are the Sanctioning Authority with the HSE as Sponsoring Agency.Overall the NDFA is responsible for delivering €650 million of PPP projects as part of the €2.5b Infrastructure Stimulus Programme announced by the Irish Government in July 2012. This strategic healthcare building project will deliver in the region of 1,200 construction jobs. These projects include the primary healthcare centres, Grangegorman DIT campus, schools and courthouses

The consortium Prime Balfour Beatty, consisting of companies including Balfour Beatty Construction, JJ Rhatigan & Company and Aramark, will deliver the 14 Primary Care Centres across Ireland and support the government’s plan to develop modern health services with an integrated, multi-disciplinary model of care.

There will also be an Enterprise Support zone at the event, where attendees can access 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. Other participants in the Business Support Zone include the Office of Government Procurement (OGP) and the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI).

The fourteen Primary Care Centres will be built across 14 sites in 10 counties in locations across Ireland.

HSE RegionLocation
HSE WestBallymote, Co. Sligo
 Boyle, Co. Roscommon
 Claremorris, Co. Mayo
 Westport, Co. Mayo
 Tuam, Co. Galway
 Ballinrobe, Co Mayo
 Limerick City, Lord Edward Street
HSE SouthDungarvan, Co. Waterford
 Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary
 Waterford City, Co. Waterford
 Wexford Town, Co. Wexford
HSE Dublin (Mid-Leinster)Kilcock, Co. Kildare
HSE Dublin (North East)Dublin Inner City (Summerhill)
 Coolock/Darndale, Dublin

Construction is expected to commence in Q4 2015, with delivery of the first Primary Care Centre due for delivery in Q1 2017 and the final Centre due for delivery in Q4 2017.

All Primary Care centres identified will include accommodation for Primary Care Team services including General Practitioner (GP) services. In addition a number of centres will include a wider range of community based services, such as dental services, community mental health services, child and adolescent mental health services, early intervention teams, and Doctor on call services. There will be no pharmacies on these sites.

NDFA Director, Brian Murphy, said:

“The NDFA is proud to be a part of these events which aim to support local SMEs to participate in major public sector construction projects. They are great networking opportunities as local businesses have the opportunity to meet and pitch their business directly to the preferred tenderer, in this case Prime Balfour Beatty, who will deliver the 14 Primary Care Centres being developed as part of this €160m Primary Care PPP”.

EI CEO Julie Sinnamon, said:

“Enterprise Ireland’s ‘Meet the Buyer’ events are a proven element of our approach to widening the access for Irish sub-supply companies to lucrative contracts within the public sector. We would strongly encourage Irish construction suppliers and enterprises to attend one of the three free events in this series, to learn from the ‘5 minute pitch meetings’ and to visit the Enterprise Zone to find out about possible business development supports. 

The hosting of these events in three different regions (Dublin, Waterford and Mayo) is indicative of Enterprise Ireland’s regional development priorities and also the Government’s Regional Action Plan for Jobs, launched in February 2015, both aimed at encouraging communities and agencies in each region to work together to support regional job creation”.

Construction Joint Venture Director, Ger Ronayne, said:

“Participation at the ‘Meet the Buyer’ events for the Primary Care Centre PPP project is impressive; as is the extent of the supply chain categories represented. Promoting supply chain opportunities to SMEs and social enterprises can offer a boost to regional economies and can provide an opportunity to network with other suppliers. Maximising business potential and building relationships with supply chain partners and buyers is mutually beneficial for all involved”.

HSE’s National Director of Primary Care, John Hennessy, added:

“In 2014, more than half of the HSE’s total health expenditure on operational services is in the community healthcare sector. This sector is significant and the reform of these structures will facilitate a move towards a more integrated healthcare system, improving services for the public by providing better and easier access to services, services that are close to where people live, more local decision making and services in which people can have confidence. The fourteen sites being developed are part of this initiative”.


For further information please contact:

Paula Chase

Enterprise Ireland

 +353 (1) 7272842       

+353 87 9974207

Notes to the Editor 

Indicative Supply Categories on the Primary Care Centres are as follows:

Indicative Supply Categories
Access ControlsFire prevention /maintenance suppliersPest control companies
AggregatesFire rated doors (Timber, steel, x-ray, composite)Piling
Air handling unitFire rated Glazed partitionsPlant Hire
ArtistsFire stopping & Fire protection.Plumbing Supplies
Asbestos RemovalFitted Furniture suppliers & fittersPrecast Concrete
Audio VisualFloor coveringsPrecast Contractor Floors & Structures
Balustrading, hand railing and gate fabricatorsFlooring & Tiling ContractorsRadon Protection
Block SuppliersFormworkRainwater Harvesting & Disposal Systems
BMS Control contractorsGeneral Building MerchantsRemote Monitoring Centres
Boiler suppliers/BiomassGlass CoatingsRoadwork and road marking
Brick & BlocklayingGlazing / Rooflights ContractorsRoof lights
Brise Soleil subcontractorsGround water controlRoofing (tiled, slate, built up, green)
Car park systemsGroundworks /Earthworks ContractorsSanitary Ware / Sanitary Ware Accessories
Carpentry ContractorsHealth and Safety Equipment (PPE)Scaffolding
CCTV suppliersHygienic CladdingScreeding
CeilingsICT Contractors (cabling only)Security companies
Cladding (Wall & Roof)InsulationSignage suppliers
Cleaning contractorsIntruder alarm suppliersSite Perimeter & Fencing suppliers & contractors
Cleaning Supplies companiesIronmongerySite Testing
Commissioning engineeringJoinery Supply (door frames, timber screens, trims)Specialist Rendering Systems (Plastering)
Concrete contractors with shuttering and steel fixers for StructureKitchen Equipment (Catering & Domestic)Steel Reinforcement supply and fabrication
Concrete contractors with shuttering crew for pads and foundationsLandscapingStone                                               
Stone Suppliers
Concrete Cutting & CoringLightening protectionStructural Precast Concrete
Crane HireLighting EquipmentStructural Steel
Curtains & Curtain RailsLouvresSurfacing – Asphalt/bitmac
DemolitionMechanical ContractorsSuspended Ceilings
DentalMechanical Ducting installationSustainable Energy Suppliers
DrainageMetal Stud PartitionsTemporary Canteen Facilities
Electrical ContractorsMetalwork (Architectural, Balustrading, Stairs, Stainless steel)Temporary Electrical Contractors.
Façade subcontractorsMoveable / Folding Wall sub-contractorsTimber Frame
Facilities Management  ServicesPainting ContractorsTraffic Management
Facility maintenance subcontractorsPassenger Lift ContractorsWaste Water Treatment
Fall ArrestPatient Hoist subcontractorsWC/Shower Cubicle/IPS/Fitted Furniture subcontractors
Fire alarm installation.Paving SubcontractorsWindows
Window Cleaning Companies




  • Boiler system  
  • Fire systems  
  • BMS system
  • Heating System
  • Rainwater Harvesting
  • Attenuation tank
  • Electrical systems
  • Medical Gasses


  • Local painting subcontractor 
  • Local carpentry subcontractor


  • Soft landscaping subcontractors


  • ·        Local hardware suppliers


  • Feminine hygiene
  • Cleaning subcontractors


  • Contractor (General waste only)


  • Installation Contractor


The following supply categories will not be purchased under the PPP programme but under existing or planned HSE general procurement arrangements:

  • Major Medical Equipment
  • Minor Medical Equipment
  • Medical Consumables
  • Facilities Management Consumables
  • ICT Equipment
  • Stationary
  • Waste Management – Clinical Waste

Public Private Partnerships(PPPs)

Further information on PPPs can be found at

National Development Finance Agency:

The National Development Finance Agency 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 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.

The NDFA is also the statutory financial advisor to State authorities in respect of all public investment projects with a capital value over €20 million. 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.


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.

The core purpose of the Health Service is to provide effective, safe, high quality health and personal social services to the population of Ireland. The Health Service overall gross budget for 2014 is €13.120bn.


Paula Chase
Press Office
Enterprise Ireland

Paula Chase

01 7272842

Ray Gordon
Gordon MRM

Ray Gordon

087 2417373

Jean O'Sullivan

Enterprise Ireland

Jean O'Sullivan

01 727 219