Nominees: John Ronan and Richard Barrett


Treasury Holdings was established in Dublin in 1989 by Richard Barrett and John Ronan. John trained as a chartered accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers. Richard Barrett is a barrister and economist with specialist areas of interest including property law, finance, economics and taxation.

The company directly employs 80 people and interacts with large teams of architects, engineers, surveyors and construction contractors. At any time, there are thousands of people working on Treasury Holdings' developments in Ireland and internationally.


Treasury's focus is on developing superior quality in every aspect of its building projects and achieving architectural merit that will attract prestigious tenants, thereby commanding quality rents and stronger investment values.

The company develops primarily commercial buildings, office and retail space, combined with appropriate residential living space. Developments include landmark buildings, and the 52-acre, €4.5 billion Spencer Dock project is regarded as one of the most impressive urban regeneration projects in Europe.


Treasury Holdings has current assets in excess of €2.2 billion, set to increase to €6.5 billion built value. With an international retail investment portfolio valued at €2.4 billion, Treasury has projects in Ireland, the UK, Spain, Russia, Sweden and China, having opened an office in Shanghai in 2005.

What is your biggest business achievement?

I honestly believe it is yet to come. The development in Shanghai dwarfs any of our other projects and brings with it cultural challenges. I am very excited about Spencer Dock - the most ambitious urban regeneration project in Irish history.