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Coady Partnership Architects announces new International Design win and new jobs

Richard Bruton TD., Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation with Tomas Sexton and Mark McCann Directors and Anne Fletcher, Managing Director, Coady Partnership Architects at the official announcement of the Practice winning a major International contract to design 4 new secondary schools in Belgium.

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Coady Partnership Architects announces new International Design win and new jobs.

Leading Irish Architectural Practice, Coady Partnership Architects (CPA) based in Ranelagh, Dublin 6, are delighted to announce a major International competition win in Belgium to design 4 new secondary schools.

With a combined area of 22,500 sq. m, these schools are part of the Belgian government Scholen van Morgan (Schools for Tomorrow) project, a program of 150 school buildings being delivered through a Public Private Partnership. CPA are lead designers for the project and are collaborating with ELD, their Perspective partner in Belgium, who is assisting with local consultations, tender stage and site supervision. Perspective is a network of architectural practices across 9 countries in Europe, with a resource base of 260 architects and a wide range of expertise.

Winning the competition has significantly boosted the practice's workload in these difficult times and the firm has now increased its workforce to 33 people. According to Anne Fletcher, MD of CPA, “The strong relationship with our Perspective partner in Antwerp enables us to deliver these projects in an effective manner. We are completing detailed design in Dublin, travelling to meet clients and making presentations. Working within the Belgian educational framework has been very interesting and enjoyable. We were primed for these projects by our familiarity with the comprehensive Department of Education and Skills guidance documentation, used on all school projects in Ireland."

"The effort required to compete in a PPP project in Belgium was about one fifth of that required to bid for similar work in Ireland and we see partnership with European practices and competing in limited competitions as a viable way to expand our work outside of Ireland. We contribute specialist skill in architecture for education, healthcare, office and sustainable design matched to local skills in project delivery ".

Welcoming the announcement, Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation said, “A key part of the Government’s plan for growth and jobs is supporting indigenous businesses. If Irish businesses are to drive the recovery we are all working towards, Government must help them to innovate and find new markets and products that will enable them to grow and create jobs. Today’s announcement by Coady Partnership Architects, that it has reacted to the crisis in the domestic economy by winning new markets abroad with the creation of employment, is a fine example of the type of activity that will help get us out of this crisis. Through the Action Plan for Jobs, Government will step up its supports for Irish enterprise so that more businesses can follow this model and create the jobs we badly need”

About Coady Partnership Architects (CPA)

CPA is a design lead architectural practice serving public and private sector clients, building a reputation for responsive building design and building quality. In 2008, CPA joined a European network of architectural practices, Perspective, to enable them to bring their varied expertise to a wider market. CPA currently holds the Presidency of the group. With the collapse in the Irish construction market, joining Perspective allowed CPA to target several markets with their European partners. CPA’s and Perspective’s expertise ranges from office, hospitality, commercial, health, residential, data centres, pharmaceutical, and industrial sectors to large scale transport and master planning, serving clients throughout Europe and further a field in Asia, the Gulf and South America.

Coady Partnership Architects is continuing to trade strongly and the practice is growing despite the severe downturn. They have expanded their staff numbers by 30% to 33 creating much needed architectural jobs to deliver the Belgian competition schools win and other tender successes.

This has required adaptability and management acting quickly and proactively by taking strong measures to ensure continued competitiveness of the business. In 2011, CPA put in place a successful Strategic Plan to grow the business. They reduced costs and commenced up-skilling of staff by introducing Building Information Modelling (BIM). They have a top class team at CPA who have bought into their plan to deliver success. In the last 12 months they have been tendering competitively in the Irish and European markets.

BIM will put CPA ahead of the competition. It provides clients with a fully integrated design solution to building design and servicing, providing competitive tendering cost and programme certainty. It offers clients great potential to reduce the life cycle costs of buildings and to reduce maintenance costs. Now in 2012, this plan is being delivered with great success.

CPA’s staff is the lifeblood of the practice. They are a young, enthusiastic workforce and are hugely talented and committed. CPA continues to provide a stimulating learning environment for graduates, students and year-out placements. They view this as an investment in the future.

The practice has a very strong winning record in design build competitions, having built up long standing relationships with contractor partners. It continues to be at the leading edge of sustainable design achieving BREEAM ‘excellent’ and BER ‘A2’ standards. A 7,000sqm office project on site at present is designed to LEED ‘Gold’ standard. Coady Partnership Architects has designed award winning sustainable buildings including the new Property Registration Authority Offices, Roscommon, Government Offices, Tipperary.

CPA has developed strong in house quality management and environmental systems and is ISO 9001 and 14001 accredited. The practice encourages collaboration with like-minded design-driven offices from outside of Ireland for joint ventures on large projects which is a great experience and provides cross-fertilisation of ideas.

CPA now has a very bright future and aims to continue to lead the way in design projects in Ireland and Internationally.

Further information:

Mary FitzGerald
PR Consultant, Coady Partnership Architects (CPA)
T: 01-678 7916
M: 086-2520181
E: info@maryfitzgeraldpr.ie

Anne Fletcher
Managing Director, Coady Partnership Architects (CPA)
T: 01-497 6766
E: admin@coady.ie
W: www.coady.ie

Click below to read two pdfs of articles on the practice from the press.

Irish Times, Business Supplement Done Deal page in the Sunday Business Post
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