Wednesday, August 13 11:09:32
Over 400 participants today attended an information and speed-dating event in Dublin for suppliers seeking to become part of the E200m Grangegorman project.
This 'Meet the Buyers' event also gave participants access to representatives from the three shortlisted building consortia to promote their offer in a series of short 5 minute 'pitch meetings', and the opportunity to network with other suppliers with the aim of partnering and maximising the business potential from this major construction and development project.
The Grangegorman re-development is a flagship Government project and its reach can be felt far beyond the Dublin 7 area. This phase of DIT's new campus at Grangegorman will accommodate approximately 11,000 students and staff when completed and occupied in September 2017. Construction has already commenced on the broader campus with work scheduled to begin on the Central and East quads development in 2015. The overall strategic regeneration project at Grangegorman will deliver in the region of 4,500 construction jobs and a further 1,000 when complete.
The event was officially opened by Ged Nash, Minister for Business and Employment and was hosted by the National Development Finance Agency (NDFA) and Grangegorman Development Agency (GDA) in partnership with Enterprise Ireland.
This is the fourth such event promoting supply chain opportunities organised by the NDFA and Enterprise Ireland, and will be followed by further information and networking events as other projects are rolled out later this year as part of the Government's PPP Stimulus Package.
Speaking at the event Minister Nash said: "This event provides a real opportunity for small businesses in the construction sector to gain access to key decision makers and construction consortia who are bidding for this flagship project. The high number attending shows the keen interest in this type of initiative. It is encouraging to see the recent Purchasing Managers Index which shows that activity and employment in the construction sector rose for the 11th month in a row showing a strong growth in housing and commercial sectors".
The NDFA is responsible for delivering E650m of Public Private Partnership projects as part of the E2.5bn Infrastructure Stimulus Programme announced by the Irish Government in July 2012. Through the Grangegorman re-development project, the Government is investing approximately E300 million into the Irish economy over this period up to September 2017. There will be further investment when further areas of the campus development come to market. The next DIT phase will include the West Quad (Business) and the new library. Other projects coming online within the re-development are the HSE primary care centre, the new Dublin 7 Educate Together primary school and the Community Nursing unit.
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