Hatch Student Living, Copley Street

Working with John Paul Construction on the revitalisation of the HATCH Cork Copley Street complex over the past 18 months has been an experience I don’t think any of us will forget. As with all construction projects there were trials and tribulations (mostly of our own making!) but Paul Fewer and Martin Looney (with some help from Tom and Martin O’ Das well) somehow managed to keep it all on track. The finished project is without doubt beyond all our expectations and something I hope JPC are very proud of.

Throughout the process, from initial planning meetings to our final handover, JPC were professional, skilled and thorough. Paul, Martin and all their team brought their experience to every task and were quick to foresee any possible complications that could arise, always having a plan B (or C!) ready to go.

The rapid build timeline put immense pressure on us all, but we opened as scheduled in June 2019 and I don’t believe this would have been possible with another contractor.

I’m sure at times they found us demanding as clients however they were always open to ideas and worked hard to find a solution to any proposal we suggested.

I highly recommend John Paul Construction and look forward to working with them again in the future!

 Emer Meehan, Operations Manager, Hatch

Pearse Lyons Whiskey Distillery & Visitors Centre

Pearse Lyons Distillery is among four projects on which we have partnered with John Paul Construction and was perhaps the most challenging. Restoring the iconic St. James’ Church was an extraordinary undertaking that required meticulous attention to historic preservation. John Moran and Charlie McGirl were professional and reliable, and they carefully supervised every aspect of this passion project, often conducting extensive research and sourcing unique materials. Throughout the painstaking process, John, Charlie and their team delivered results with precision, executing our vision beautifully. Pearse Lyons Distillery was a labour of love, and John Paul Construction was instrumental in revitalizing a striking tribute to 800 years of history, the art of distilling and the timeless Liberties of Dublin.

 Deirdre Lyons, Co-Founder and Director of Corporate Image and Design

The Seamark Building

Located on Merrion Road, Block D was an existing 8 storey building which had been designed for use as a hotel and hospital. The Block was completed to shell and core stage in 2007. Based on their prior experience John Paul Construction were appointed to reconfigure the existing building into a spectacular commercial office space known as the Seamark Building. John Paul Construction and their team carried out the complicated works in a very efficient manner and to a very high quality. They fully engaged with the Early Contractor Involvement process, LEED and BC(A)R requirements and employed good management resources to successfully deliver client handover, accredited LEED Platinum and full validation of BC(A)R. We are delighted with the finished product and recognize the significant input of John Paul Construction in achieving such an excellent outcome.

 Declan Curtin, Project Director, Chartered Land

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John Paul Construction were appointed as main contractor for the above development at 1 Windmill Lane on behalf of Hibernia REIT. The project entailed the construction of over 14,000sqm of office space, 14No.apartments and retail unit. The development comprised 6No. storeys over a basement carpark and welfare area. As architects for the development we found John Paul Construction to be very professional, engaging, non-adversarial and a pleasure to work with. Led by Donal Winters, Mark O’Shea and Keith McConville the team were always proactive, committed and passionate on the delivery of excellence. We would have no reservation in recommending John Paul Construction for similar projects and look forward to working with them again.

 Ralph Bingham, Director, MOLA Architecture

Gilead Sciences QC Laboratory Extension

John Paul Construction and their team carried out the works in a collaborative and efficient manner ensuring that the fast-track schedule was achieved and the handover smooth and incident free. The complexity and density of the services required of a Quality Control Lab of this nature, made the coordination between the various disciplines crucial. The entire project was designed, coordinated, planned and installed using BIM Level 2. This approach provided an invaluable tool to the delivery team in early clash detection and avoidance and also ensured that the building successfully met and exceeded end-user requirements. In particular, their effective work planning, execution and efficient site operations ensured no disruption and downtime was encountered to the site QC, Manufacturing & Business Operations. We would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending John Paul Construction to any prospective Clients.

 Brian Minehane, Mgr. Project Management, Gilead Sciences Ireland UC

Alkermes Athlone

The project was extremely complex to manage (working within and adjacent to a live production environment) and had aggressive interim milestones to facilitate a new clinical product development scale up timeline. The JPC team were highly compentent in their roles and communicated effectively with the onsite team throughout the project. The team also complemented the ethos of the project team and culture of the site. The teams approach to safety and quality was proactive and progressive which ultimately produced a highly quality end product.

Alkermes are delighted with the end project and would work with John Paul Construction again.

 Noel Clerkin, Director, Engineering, Alkermes Pharma Ireland


Fit-out of Ryanair Corporate Headquarters, Airside Business Park, Swords, Co. Dublin

We are delighted with the finished product and recognise the significant input of John Paul Construction in achieving such an excellent end result. Also, John Paul Construction have provided significant post-completion support and their attention to operational issues as they arose was exceptional.

Michael O’Leary, Chief Executive, Ryanair Ltd.



Enson Works – Centre of Refurbishment Excellence (CoRE)

On behalf of Stoke-on-Trent City Council, in the role of Client Project Director for the CoRE Enson Works in Longton, I have found John Paul Construction to be an excellent contractor; committed, flexible, knowledgeable, and safe, and would not hesitate to utilise them again on future projects.

David Dobson, Senior Project Manager, City Projects, Regeneration Directorate, City of Stoke-on-Trent

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Alterations & Extension to Alltech Facility Dunboyne

“The John Paul team is the best construction group I have ever worked with and I am delighted you came back to us to bid.  The team is on task always and you should be so proud of them.”

Deirdre Lyons, Director, Corporate Image and Project Management

St. Vincent’s Private Hospital

I would like to commend John Paul Construction for their proactive approach throughout the contract duration, which resulted in the successful completion of the hospital in 2010, to an exceptional standard of quality, on budget and on time. This allowed a seamless transfer of patients from the old hospital into the new hospital and commencement of procedures just two weeks after completion of construction.

Michael Redmond, Chief Executive Officer, St. Vincent’s Private Hospital

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Beacon Medical Group – Beacon Hospital

“Beacon Medical Group required John Paul Construction to carry out the co-ordination, installation and commissioning of all items of furniture, fittings and equipment which included the liner accelerators and CT Sim.

John Paul Construction completed the Beacon Hospital to a high standard of finish, adjacent to occupied buildings and on schedule to an onerous programme.”

Michael Cullen, Chef Executive, Beacon Medical Group

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Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council – Sandyford to Drummartin Link Road (now Benildus Ave)

“I can confirm on behalf of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council that John Paul Construction have performed these appointments in a highly professional, competent and efficient manner and that Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council is fully satisfied with the quality of the services provided.

In conclusion, due to the quality of services that were provided, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council has been delighted with the association of John Paul Construction with this important project.”

John Bowes, Senior Executive Engineer, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, Transportation Department

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DCU Science & Research Building

“I confirm that John Paul Construction Limited have recently completed the construction and fit-out of our new Engineering and Research Building.

The project has been a great success.  The building was handed over on time.  The building has been finished off to a very high standard and most importantly the five university departments who occupy it are delighted with the building”

Colm Murphy, Project Manager, Dublin City University

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Alcon Ireland – Alcon Manufacturing Facility Upgrade Works

“John Paul Construction has successfully completed the first four phases and are currently completing work on the remaining final phase.

To date all work has been completed safely, to the highest standards and all phases have been delivered within budget and programme agreed at outset of project. This has only been achieved through detailed preplanning, careful coordination of new and existing live services, and diligent attention to detail during the execution of the works by the entire project team.”

John Kelly, Facilities Engineering, Alcon Laboratories Ireland Ltd, Cork

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Bank of Ireland – Bank of Ireland, South Mall, Cork

“During the works John Paul Construction maintained their agreed programme which allowed Bank of Ireland to liaise and agree scheduled dates with our Business Partners HP/BT for relocation of staff throughout the various phases.

I would have no hesitation in recommending John Paul Construction for complex projects of a similar nature.”

Paul Faulkner, Project Manager – Capital Projects, Bank of Ireland

Beacon Court Mixed Development

Landmark Developments are delighted with the finished project and recognise the significant input of the John Paul Management Team in achieving such an excellent end result in terms of programme, budget and quality.
They are currently constructing Phase II of the development which is proceeding equally as efficiently.

Paddy Shovlin, Landmark Developments


Department of Finance

We found John Paul Construction to be very accommodating, professional and eager to deliver the Client a high quality finish. Quality, safety and programme controls were very much in evidence and this approach led to a very successful contract.

Philippe O’Sullivan MRIAI, Grafton Architects



The project was completed to an excellent quality standard and met the programme requirements. We found John Paul Construction to be proactive and professional in their commitment to the project objectives and the attention to detail by their project team, contributed significantly to the successful outcome of the project.

David Jordan, Partner, Campbell Conroy Hickey Partnership Architects

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Bon Secours Health System – Bon Secours Hospital Cork, Floor 3 Block 6 Refurbishment

“We confirm that Bon Secours Health System appointed John Paul Construction as Main Contractor/PSCS on the refurbishment/conversion of Floor 3 Block 6 at Bon Secours Hospital Cork to a Breast Care Unit/Day Surgery Unit.

The above project was completed in 2009 within time and budget and with minimum disruption to the operation of the existing Hospital.  Bon Secours Health System were most satisfied with the performance of John Paul construction on the above project.”

Denis O’Sullivan, Group Projects Manager, Bon Secours Health System, Ireland

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Independent Newspapers (Ireland) Ltd – Citywest Printing Facility

“Can you please convey to everyone involved in the work at Citywest, our heartfelt thanks to you and your team for meeting the deadline for the plant hand-over. I am delighted and I know all of you are, at the progress of the work and of the wonderful building we have created.

It would be invidious to name anyone in particular but let me just say that the senior team on site are quite outstanding.”

David Palmer, Chairman, Independent Newspapers (Ireland) Limited

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National Software Centre, Cork

“The contract was completed in a very professional manner and to a high standard.  I was personally involved in many of the site meetings and negotiations and found the team extremely helpful and a pleasure to work with.

I would be happy to recommend John Paul Construction for similar type work and look forward to working with them in our next phases of the development. ”

Shemas Eivers, Chairman, National Software Centre

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Chartered Land – The Village at Rathborne

“We found JOHN PAUL CONSTRUCTION to be very professional and the building was completed on time and within budget.

We as a company would be happy to use JOHN PAUL CONSTRUCTION Ltd in the future
and we would have no hesitation in recommending them to other Clients for similar projects. ”

Michael O’Sullivan, Construction Director, Chartered Land Limited

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UCC – Extension to Mardyke Arena and subsequent extensive refurbishment following the floods in November 2009

“John Paul completed both projects to a high level of quality and completed the projects on time and budget. The Site Team displayed an excellent attitude to manage the works in a friendly and effective manner.”

Mark Poland, Director of Buildings & Estates, University College Cork, Ireland

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Profile Properties – Harcourt Street Office development

“This was an extremely demanding fast track project carried out on a difficult city centre site. The John Paul team delivered the contract on time and budget and to a very high specification.

We are delighted with their performance and in particular with their proactive approach to achieving the best result. ”

Paddy Shovlin, Profile Properties

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 Malting Company of Ireland – Plant expansion works

“This project was carried out successfully, on time and within budget. We are pleased with John Paul’s performance and would have no hesitation in recommending them to others.”

R.S. Walsh, Chief Executive, Malting Company of Ireland Ltd


Aldi Stores (Ireland) – Aldi Stores Clonmel and Thurles

“JOHN PAUL CONSTRUCTION were main contractors for the above developments. They completed the contract to our entire satisfaction in terms of quality, budget and programme.  Their contract team was proactive at all times and contributed significantly to the success of the project.

We would be happy to work with them again and can confidently recommend them.”

Eoin McGovern, Property Director, Aldi Stores (Ireland) Development Limited

Liffey House

The Contract was completed by a professional manner and to a very high standard. I found the team on site to be professional and proactive at all times and this approach contributed hugely to the success of this very difficult project.
I would recommend John Paul Construction without hesitation for any other project of this nature.

Charlie Donnelly, Donnelly Turpin Architects

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Turner Curvilinear Range, Botanic Gardens

This was a specialist restoration project involving ironwork, stonework and associated restoration expertise.  The Contractors carried out the work in a professional manner to good standard.  The project won a Europa Nostra Medal for conservation.

Michael Carroll, Office of Public Works

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UCD, Quinn Business School

The 16 month schedule project, which was completed on programme and within budget, has brought great satisfaction to our principle client, the UCD Building Office, and all members of the Faculty of Commerce. It allowed for early occupation with sufficient time to prepare for the new academic year.

We would have no hesitation in recommending John Paul Construction for other significant projects of this size and scale and would look forward to working with them in the future.

David Browne, RKD Architects