Reaching for the stars

5 Aug , 2016  

There are many building projects where people stop and wonder how on earth that is being done and one such development was the construction of the Arc Cinema in Drogheda.

One might say what’s the big deal about a cinema being built, but when you learn that it was constructed on top of an operating multi-storey shopping centre then you realise just what an undertaking it was.

There are few companies in Ireland capable of completing such a complex project, but one firm that has turned this type of work into a speciality is Duleek, Co Meath based Manley Construction Limited.

This family run business is an award-winning, multi-disciplinary building contractor with over 30 years’ experience in the construction industry.

They have completed many, many projects over the years and there work has earned them plaudits and awards both here and the U.K where they have an office in Manchester.

Tom Manley is the founder and director of the company while his two sons and daughter Gabriel (Managing Director), and Damien (Construction Director) and Martina (Financial Director) run the business these days.

Damien spoke to Building Ireland about the various projects they have been involved in including the Arc Cinema project which saw their work earn numerous awards.

Manley Construction were awarded the 2015 Tourism & Hospitality of the Project of the Year at The Irish Construction Industry Awards, while in 2014 Fit-out Leisure Large Fit Out Project (Fit-Out Awards).

The awards took place last June in the Ballsbridge Hotel, where ‘the cream of Ireland’s construction sector’ were recognised and celebrated in front of an audience of over 350 senior executives from the Industry.

Twenty prestigious trophies were presented to the very best leaders and organisations within Ireland’s construction industry including Manley Construction’s project – ‘The Arc Cinema’ in Drogheda.

The Arc Cinema won the hearts of the Judges who felt that it was a particularly special project in many respects. They stated ‘The high calibre of the work achieved had created a stunning, new cinema that is much loved by the community.’

The Arc Cinema development aimed to revitalise the existing Town Centre in Drogheda, from the outset the development was designed and constructed to be exemplar in every aspect from the adaptation of new technologies, to local investment and engagement of the local community.

“We were delighted to win awards, it was a massive project for us and we were pleased with the fact that it only took us ten months to complete and not once did the shopping centre have to close,” said Damien who as project manager on the job also received recognition for his efforts.

In 2015 Damien was awarded Silver medal in the CIOB Construction Manager of the Year Awards for the Arc Cinema development.

“It was nice to get the personal recognition for the work done, but it was certainly a team effort and everyone involved played their part.”

The state of the art six-screen cinema was developed by Melcorpo to reinvigorate the heart of Drogheda Town Centre. The project was delivered using a collaborative BIM approach right through the construction and fit-out stages.

Damien explained what the entire project involved over the course of the ten-month construction.

“There was part demolition and extension to level 3 of an existing shopping centre in order to accommodate a new six- screen theatre and associated accommodation.

“The new extension involved the remodelling of the existing level 3, replacement of the existing stairwell between levels 2 and 3, re-configuration of existing plant which was housed on the roof along with substantial intrusion works into the existing retail units which remained in full operation during the works. We were also involved in the fast-track fit-out of the cinema.”

The company’s ability to integrate construction solutions with the overall Design Team utilising 3D BIM technology assured the timely delivery of the project.

Damien added that the business can specialise in a number of areas across the construction industry. Since their foundation, the family run business has grown in strength and provides services in the areas of general and civil contracting, property development, project management, facilities management, timber frame manufacturing and bespoke joinery.

“We operate across Ireland and the UK, with expertise on a wide range of projects, including Commercial, Retail, Industrial, Healthcare, Education, Leisure, Residential – New Build, Refurbishment, Fit Out and Design and Build.

“The high volumes of repeat business we have secured are testament to our success as a trustworthy partnering contractor.”

Customer satisfaction is key to the success of any business and Manley Construction strive to meet those goals on every job.

“Our overall main objective as a Main Contractor is to maintain client satisfaction. Our clients require a certainty that we are going to deliver, whether that be on time, to the right quality, safety and within budget.

“We ensure that to achieve our objectives on our all our projects, our project team are highly involved with the Client and Design Team to ensure that at practical completion everything aligns with their requirements.”

Contact Details:
Head Office

Telephone: 00353 (0)41 982 3981
Email: [email protected]

Manley Construction
Main Street
Co. Meath

UK Office
Telephone: 0044 (0)161 3367161
Email: [email protected]com

Manley Construction (UK) Ltd

Unit 12 Crown Point South Industrial Park
Kings Street
M34 6PF
United Kingdom

Taken from Building Ireland magazine, Spring 2016, Vol 2, No 1