There are certain projects that can define a business as some are classed more prestigious than others and being involved in One Molesworth Street has certainly enhanced Cobec Engineering’s portfolio.
This striking new 90,000 sq ft development combines the finest contemporary materials and design with a sympathetic understanding of its setting.
One Molesworth Street now enhances the location’s architectural heritage by its use of the highest quality natural stone and glass.It is located on an island site where Molesworth Street and Dawson Streets meet. And here each of the building’s public faces are inspired by the street onto which they front.
Molesworth Street is already one of Dublin’s most distinguished addresses. One Molesworth Street now enhances the location’s architectural heritage by its use of the highest quality natural stone and glass. And echoing neighbouring buildings, Dawson Street‘s airier façade features vertical glass fins, solid bronze and a bronze anodised ‘brise soleil’.
The project involved the construction of a six-storey over 3-basements for mixed-use development. The construction of the building was far from orthodox and as a result Cobec Engineering had to look at a number of innovative ideas to overcome this including using pre-made product to allow for faster installation.
The building had to be commissioned in stages as it came available to the testing team at Cobec Engineering. One Molesworth Street was delivered to the Client and the Design Team’s expectations.
One Molesworth Street meets the highest standards of sustainability and achieves the LEED Platinum accreditation.
The work carried out by Cobec Engineering saw them nominated for a prestigious award at the Irish Construction Excellence Awards held in late March.
Cobec were nominated in the category of Specialist or Specialist Services Contract and although they were not victorious on the night, managing director Leonard Cooper was delighted to be nominated.
“We were delighted to get through to the final few. It was such a prestigious project to be involved in and that showed as it picked up a few awards on the night even in our own category,” said Leonard.
Cobec Engineering are no strangers to awards nights as last year saw them highly commended at the National Electrical Awards for the One Molesworth Project.
“The project is finished over a year now and we have moved on to other work including projects for the IDA, AIB, Irish Life, Dunnes Stores and many more.”
From their headquarters in Mulhuddart, Co Dublin, Cobec Engineering have built a reputation for excellence in their field of expertise which is providing a high standard of mechanical and electrical engineering services to a large customer base.
Being totally client focused has certainly paid a huge part in the company’s success as they can refer to the likes of Twitter, Google, Volkswagen, BD Medical, Alkermes, CITI, Dublin Airport Authority, Trinity College Dublin, Irish Life, Green REIT PLC, Brown Thomas, IPUT, Heineken, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Blanchardstown Centre and Liffey Valley Shopping Centre as their clients.
“We have always focused on giving the client what they want and that starts right from the design stage until we hand over a project. We would confer with the client all the way through the process and that way everyone is happy when the job is complete.”
Considerable senior management time and finance is continuously invested in ensuring that staff and systems develop and evolve, to reflect the changing demands of industry. Cobec have embraced the increasing demands, requirements and expectations of both client and industry, particularly with regard to L.E.E.D., having recently completed several L.E.E.D. Platinum and Gold Standard projects. With B.I.M. becoming an increasing requirement of clients, Cobec have an experienced Engineering Department equipped to meet all requirements in this area.
There’s no doubting that Cobec Engineering Group have emerged as a very efficient, dedicated and customer-focused engineering contractor. Strong relationships have been built with leading design teams, select main contractors and directly with class-leading clients. As they grew and increased their footprints, so too did Cobec Engineering Group. Having started out primarily as an electrical engineering contractor, the organisation has also diversified into mechanical, which enabled them to provide complete, one-stop shop M&E solutions across a range of sectors – commercial, healthcare, financial, office construct, office fit-out, retail, hotel & leisure, manufacturing, mission critical and infrastructure, etc.
Cobec Engineering have always placed a great emphasis on in-house training and Leonard revealed that this has benefited the business over the years.
“We have guys here in senior management that would have served their time as apprentices. We focus a lot on in-house training from apprentices up to senior management. We have our own training centre and there are great advantages to it.
Lastly, Leonard stressed that health and safety is a key area in the business as they strive to protect the health and well-being of not only their employees but those involved in any of their projects as well.
“Our Mission Statement is – ‘Together we plan, communicate and work safely’ – this is the foundation on which we base all of our projects. We really believe in the importance of health and prosperity in the workplace. That’s why, in conjunction with our Health & Safety department and external specialists, we have put the wellbeing of our employees at the forefront of company policy. This has been rolled out across all departments, in our quest to make Cobec’s workplaces safer and healthier. Late last year we provided Health screening services to our staff and we were delighted with the positive response received from all involved.”
Cobec Engineering Group
Unit A14 BASE Centre,
Tel: 01 8613060
Fax: 01 8613061
Email: [email protected]
Taken from Building Ireland Magazine, July, Vol 5 No 7