As one of Ireland’s longest-established and most progressive healthcare, commercial and industrial electrical contractors, L Redmond (Electrical) Ltd. continues to set the highest standards on a wide array of prestigious, high-profile projects across the capital and beyond. We touched base with commercial director Brian Redmond to get an update on this industry-leading, family-run operation.
To glean an understanding of the high esteem in which L Redmond (Electrical) is held as one of Ireland’s premier commercial electrical contractors, one need only take a cursory glance at the diverse range of landmark projects successfully delivered by the long-established yet cutting-edge business since its genesis more than half a century ago.
L Redmond (Electrical) boasts an impeccable track record that is simply second to none and this has been embellished considerably by an impressive series of recent and current projects, many of which have been delivered within the critical healthcare sector, where the Dublin 3 based contactor has always excelled.
Although it was established by Liam Redmond as far back as 1969, L Redmond (Electrical) is very much a modern and progressive operation, which has moved with the times to invariably deliver the most efficient, economical and up-to-date electrical installation and maintenance solutions.
While they are widely known for their highly-skilled and specialist work in the field of healthcare, specific and oftentimes bespoke services are offered across a wide range of sectors to many major and established clients and organisations, including UCD, Trinity College Dublin, the HSE, RTE and the OPW to mention just a handful.
“We’ve certainly been kept going in recent times,” notes Brian Redmond, who has been involved in the outstanding family business for over 27 years. “Even all the way through Covid-19, we never stopped as we were active on a number of healthcare and food projects.
“For example, we were working on Fyffes’ new 10,000 sq ft warehouse building and head office for the Republic of Ireland, in Balbriggan, which was deemed as essential work. We had a large crew on site there and that helped keep us going.”
On the healthcare front, L Redmond are also installing a new substation, main board and generator at the Eye and Ear Hospital’s A&E department and carried out significant upgrade work at The Rotunda maternity hospital. Just as Covid took hold they also delivered a large project at Wicklow Hospice as well as a laboratory extension at The Mater Hospital.
The team at L Redmond (Electrical) are vastly experienced when it comes to working safely and discreetly in live environments and these skills proved extremely beneficial since the additional public health guidelines and requirements were added to the equation post March 2020.
“Thanks to all of the aforementioned projects, we have been able to keep a full crew going,” Brian confirms. “Just before Covid, we also finished the Rita Kelly Conference Centre at The Coombe as well as the new set for the well-known RTE television series, Fair City. They moved their whole set to a new location closer to the studio and we finished doing the electrical work on that in late 2019.
“We carry out a lot of maintenance work at Trinity College, where we are in the process of rewiring their 1937 reading room [library], which is a listed building. We had previously done their Berkeley Library in 2018 and that was so successful that the client expressed a desire for us to be on board again. Obviously, it’s a great honour to work regularly at such a prestigious and historic site as Trinity.”
L Redmond (Electrical) also brought their experience and expertise to bear on a new-build extension to Marymount Care Centre in Lucan and a 39-bed extension to Harold’s Cross Hospice as well as an upgrade to the Butterfly Suite at Temple Street Children’s Hospital.
Covering the Dublin, Leinster and midlands regions, L Redmond (Electrical) currently generate direct employment for a vastly-experienced and highly-skilled crew of 60+. “We keep the business at a manageable size and avoid over-reaching or overextending ourselves, which allows us to look after our clients and to give complete attention to detail from start to finish on every project, large or small,” says Brian.
Further highlighting the versatility and flexibility of the services provided, the affable commercial director continues. “We also completed Balbriggan Rugby Club last year and completed two large projects for UCD, running into early 2020. One of these was an upgrade to the Ulysses Centre in Dublin City Centre, off Stephen’s Green, which is another listed building, and the second was an extension of UCD Nova Innovation Centre on campus.”
Son of company founders Liam and Ann, Brian Redmond has worked in the electrical industry for over 27 years, starting from the ground up. He qualified as an electrician in 1999 and subsequently completed a Degree in Electrical Building Services Engineering followed by an Honours Degree in Electrical Services and Energy Management, with an emphasis on engineering in sustainable electrical energy systems.
As an electrical contractor and engineer, he combines the practical element of electrical installations with efficient energy solutions for clients at the most basic level, providing cost effective, sustainable systems that can be utilised in commercial and industrial premises, reducing electrical consumption costs for clients through better design and product selection with the knock-on effect of reduced energy costs and carbon emissions.
Another project which clearly demonstrates the ability of L Redmond (Electrical) to deliver to the most exacting standards on the most diverse and varied of briefs was an extension and refurbishment of the indoor tennis courts building at Castleknock Lawn Tennis Club, including the installation of high-grade lighting to international tournament standard.
“This is a good indicator of the fact that we are getting involved in more and more diverse and complex projects,” Brian notes. “We are always looking to grow and to increase our knowledge and the range of projects we’re doing is certainly getting wider.
“We’re also doing the landmark Block 15 at Stemple Exchange in Blanchardstown for Lanmeur. This development comprises two large seven-storey office blocks located side by side, designed to achieve LEED v4 gold standard certification. We completed Block A last year and are in the process of doing Block B now.”
Traditionally excelling when it comes to procurement and planning, L Redmond (Electrical) is a well-established electrical contractor that is also modern and progressive. This is why they have consistently worked for a who’s who of businesses, organisations, local authorities and main contractors down through the decades.
“I’ve been in the industry for 27 years and my father has been involved for 60 years, while our senior foreman, Kevin, has been in the industry for over 45 years,” Brian concludes. “That’s over 130 years’ experience between the three of us alone and there is also fresh blood coming through. We have a proven track record working across all sectors of industry – including hundreds of healthcare projects, sports and leisure, food, medical, schools, commercial and industrial – and embrace new challenges as we continue to take on more-varied project types.”
L Redmond (Electrical) Ltd.,
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This article was published in Building Ireland Magazine, December 2021, Vol 7 No 12