In November last, CBRE Ireland won the Fit Out Project Management Firm of the Year at the annual Fit Out Awards at Dublin’s Clayton Hotel. Building Ireland heard all about the success from David McConnell, Executive Director and Head of Building Consultancy at the company.
When David McConnell joined CBRE Ireland back in 2014, he was part of a team of six in its Dublin base.
Since that time, they’ve built the team up to almost 30 members and CBRE Ireland now has offices in Dublin, Cork and Belfast, as well as over 750 staff across all service lines, including CBRE GWS.
CBRE are, after all, the world’s largest commercial property consultants and are able to deliver unrivalled service and assistance in the construction and development, acquisition, selling, financing, leasing, valuing and management of assets.
The company’s principal objective is to provide clients with class leading advice, unrivalled service and exceptional results across all their commercial property needs. They achieve this by having staff that are experienced, technically adept, innovative and determined to see their clients succeed.
For David McConnell, Executive Director and Head of Building Consultancy at CBRE Ireland, providing a quality service has always been theme in his six years so far with the company.
“It’s the quality of service that we deliver that means we have continuous repeat clients and business,” he said. “We understand the entire property lifecycle from inception to disposal and offer fully integrated property solutions” On a global basis CBRE are one of the biggest Project Management companies in the world with over 7,500 PM’s. which is a fact that most people in Ireland wouldn’t have thought.
“When I joined in 2014, we were coming out of a global recession and the construction industry was beginning to grow again in Ireland, so it was great time to join and by securing some landmark projects meant we were able to accelerate our growth strategy. McConnell himself has been involved in the construction industry 20 years now and he previously worked in London and Qatar before joining CBRE Ireland in 2014.
Quality pervades every facet of CBRE – the world’s largest commercial property consultancy firm, employing over 70,000 people in more than 500 offices globally. Through consultancy advice and transactional and property management capabilities, they deliver results that ensure that clients realise the true value of their real estate.
Building Consultancy is just one of the many key services provided by CBRE Ireland and have had some major success in recent years securing clients such as Salesforce, Google, Intercom, Paypal, Facebook, Uber, Teleflex, to name a few.
Working throughout Ireland, the UK and Mainland Europe, CBRE Building Consultancy is a multidisciplinary group which harnesses the skills of Building Surveyors, Architects, Quantity Surveyors and Project Managers to advise owners, occupiers, developers, banks and investors on how to get the best from their buildings and on how best value can be delivered through creative technical solutions that bridge the gap between the physical and operational characteristics of the property and the balance sheet.
As well as being highly professional and vastly experienced, the team is flexible and versatile. Their expertise is in big demand, in keeping with the superb reputation that CBRE has earned nationally and internationally.
“Business at the moment is excellent,” McConnell beamed. “Revenue has improved year on year for the full company since I’ve been here and I feel the building consultancy team has been a key part of the success and growth.”
With CBRE, every client and every job is treated as a priority and they guarantee total attention to detail from the first point of contact through to completion of projects.
This past autumn saw the company shortlisted at the 2019 Fit Out Awards in the Fit Out Project Management Firm of the Year category.
First launched in 2012, the Fit Out Awards celebrate excellence in the execution of world-class fit outs and also the people and clients who drive these projects.
The awards have grown in scale with each passing year and companies from all over the country come together, network, collaborate and showcase their work.
Previous winners at the awards comprise a ‘who’s who’ of the most notable leaders and projects within the sector.
November 27th saw CBRE Building Consultancy reign supreme in the Fit Out Project Management Firm of the Year section and mark yet another award success for the company.
Members of the CBRE team were on hand at the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road, Dublin on the night to proudly collect the award on the company’s behalf.
“Our team has been a huge part of the success and continued growth and I have to say that the Managing Director (of CBRE Ireland, Myles Clarke) has been hugely supportive since Day One,” the Executive Director and Head of Building Consultancy concluded.
The result is a high-performing, award-winning department that epitomises the firm it represents!
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This article was published in Building Ireland Magazine, May/June 2020, Vol 6 No 3