With dedicated property maintenance and development divisions, Premier Property Group is the fastest growing provider of property services in Ireland. Building Ireland touched base with managing director John Powell, to find out more about this industry-leading, multifaceted operation, which he established alongside his father James in 2009.
Premier Property Group was established by father and son team James and John Powell in August, 2009, specialising in residential property maintenance. Set up during the economic downturn, the company’s aim was to provide a full and comprehensive service in the property maintenance sector.
From headquarters in Navan, County Meath and with a second office in Galway, Premier Property Group is a nationwide service provider, carrying out works in all 26 counties, working with agents, landlords, home owners, investment companies and asset managers alike, covering every area related to property maintenance and repairs, resolution services and property facilities.
Their innovative approach and commitment to providing efficient, reliable and customer-focused property management services – using a dedicated in-house team – is trusted by property owners nationwide.
Premier Property Group’s qualified trade and technical experts work together to provide a seamless service that saves time organising multiple providers to carry out repairs, maintenance and building services, also giving clients ultimate flexibility in designing a property service suited to their specific requirements.
With full certification for property works, strict adherence to building regulations and an innovative task-based smart phone app that supports property managers and landlords with live feed reports on progress, Premier Property Group offer unmatched efficiency in property management services giving customers complete peace of mind.
The maintenance division of Premier Property Group provides a comprehensive range of preventative and reactive maintenance / emergency repair services, covering everything from painting and decorating to plumbing, heating and renewable energy, electrical work, gardening, appliance repairs, plaster work and insulation, kitchen / bathroom upgrades, tiling, flooring, contract cleaning / waste removal, glass repairs and glazing, pest control, general household maintenance and locksmith services (holding a locksmith license from The Private Security Authority (PSA)).
Premier Property Group’s in-house team is registered with OFTEC (oil fired heating), RGI (gas installers), RECI (electrical) and PAT (Portable Appliance Testing), holds all required tickets including working from heights, using a harness and operating a hoist, and keeps up-to-date with the latest training opportunities.
They are registered with the SEAI’s home energy grant scheme which is designed to help property owners achieve enhanced energy efficiency and are happy to advise customers about energy efficiency and cost savings as part of their grant application.
Meanwhile, running hand in hand with the maintenance division and making full use of the Group’s skilled in-house team of experts, Premier Property Developments has emerged to provide unrivalled building upgrade services as well as renovations, extensions and bespoke one-off, turnkey new builds.
Premier Property Developments provides comprehensive building services for the quality construction of planning-approved new builds, renovations of derelict properties and large extensions or renovations. They also deliver turnkey solutions for the development of greenfield sites, priding themselves on fully-certified, quality construction that is compliant with the latest building regulations for a high-quality finish.
Listening carefully to project goals and working closely with architects and engineers to bring the client’s vision to life, Premier Property Developments strives to be Ireland’s most innovative and customer-focused development company, with an emphasis on modern build design, technology and sustainable urban and rural living.
Bringing professionalism, reliability, innovation, sustainable design and ethical management to every building project, Premier Property Development’s state-of-the-art 3D technology allows customers to view the finished product before any work commences. During the build, they carry out regular safety audits on all projects to ensure a safe, clean working environment, complying fully with all current Health & Safety legislation, including being fully Covid-19 compliant. All staff are fully trained and competent in all aspects of Health & Safety.
Premier Property Group’s Project Management team has full Building Control Amendment Regulations (BCAR) training. They combine strong traditional values of skilled craftsmen with modern materials and building techniques and can offer traditional concrete build, timber frame or bespoke modern designs, incorporating some of the most modern techniques in energy efficiency.
For bespoke dwelling alterations, living spaces can be easily transformed with BCAR-registered property alterations that cater for people with disabilities and reduced mobility. The in-house team provides a one-stop-shop for home alterations such as the installation of ramps, grab rails, chair and stair lifts; moving light switches, door handles and doorbells; resurfacing paths and driveways; and adapting bathroom facilities, while fully-trained technicians take a sensitive and caring approach to each unique case and ensure that all works are fully certified, subject to fair pricing, compliant with HSE regulations and carried out in accordance with the conditions of grants and schemes.
With 48 full time staff and a fleet of 37 vans on the road, Premier Property Group / Premier Property Development has evolved into one of Ireland’s leading property management / building companies, working in partnership with a who’s who of clients including Irish Homes, Rehab Group, Arena Property Acquisitions, The Iveagh Trust, Madden Property Consultants, Cluid, Enable Ireland, Smith Property Management, O’Dwyer Real Estate Management and an exhaustive list of landlords, agents, home owners, investment companies and asset managers nationwide.
“On the development side, a lot of what we are doing is one-off houses, renovations and extensions, predominantly in the Navan area,” notes MD John Powell. “It really took off around 2014-15 and we haven’t looked back. We also do a lot of upgrades and revamps, retrofitting and renovating old houses.
“Using our own crew of fully-qualified, -accredited and vastly-experienced tradesmen, we can provide a complete range of building services across the board. We can take on small or large renovations, from €5,000 to €40,000 or more. Between development and maintenance, there’s nothing we can’t do, from changing a lightbulb or lock to replacing a boiler, fixing a leak or building a dream home.”
The high quality of services provided has been instrumental in the steady growth and expansion of the company, with up to 95% of business provided to satisfied repeat clients. “The reliability factor is critical in property maintenance and development,” John continues. “The fact that we employ all our own men in-house means we will get every job done on time and to the highest standards and without being held up by subbies.
“Clients want efficiency, quality workmanship and reliability. When we say we are going to be there at a particular time, we will be there every time without fail.”
While the novel coronavirus outbreak has led to uncertainty in Ireland’s economy, leaving no sector untouched, Premier Property Group has managed to come through relatively unscathed thus far: “We continued to provide emergency services even during the peak of the Covid crisis,” says John. “So, even though we scaled back, we weren’t shut down completely.
“Thank God, it appears as if we were just put on pause temporarily because we are back to full capacity again now with a lot of work ahead of us. Things look positive for the time being and hopefully that can continue. I think the fact that we are so flexible and versatile and cover such a wide range of services stands to us.
“We’ve also started to provide a contract cleaning service recently and are always evolving and trying to move with the times,” the Group MD concludes. “There are always new products and systems emerging in the construction industry – particularly in mechanical and electrical work – so we keep abreast of this and constantly upskill and educate our tradesmen to make sure we continue to perform at the highest industry standards. Premier Property Group have also just launched our new website, which showcase in detail, the type of varied services we provide. Check us out at www.premierproperty.ie”
Premier Property Group,
Mullaghboy Industrial Estate,
Tel: 046 9023527
Mobile: 086 1545285
Email: [email protected]
This article was published in Building Ireland Magazine, November 2020, Vol 6 No 6