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Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles sponsor sixth Irish Construction Industry Awards

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Ireland return for their third year as title sponsor of the Irish Construction Industry Awards after another year of growth

The Irish Construction Industry Awards return to the Citywest Hotel, Co Dublin on June 13th.

Entries are up 15 per cent on 2018 and a record sell-out audience of approximately 750 construction leaders will be on hand to celebrate excellence across 26 industry sectors, covering all key construction disciplines.

While the early part of 2019 saw a slight slow down in the expansion of the construction industry, the sector bounced back in February and is enjoying a 69 month run of continued growth.

The awards recognise the best in class and fittingly, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Ireland are returning as the title sponsor for the event.

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Award winners in their own right, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Ireland are also seeing growth from their key customer group: construction and trades people. In January, the brand realised its highest retail volume with a significant market share development in Ireland. It comes as no surprise that they see the Irish Construction Industry Awards as the perfect opportunity to show support to the sector and showcase their expertise.

The awards acknowledge exceptional achievements and significant contributions

Alan Bateson, managing director of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Ireland said: “The construction industry is the largest customer segment for the brand in Ireland and has grown rapidly over the last three years with further growth forecast for 2019. Our partnership with the Irish Construction Industry Awards gives us an excellent opportunity to celebrate and recognise their benchmark achievements within the Irish construction industry.

“The awards of Construction Project of the Year and Construction Industry Leader 2019 acknowledges exceptional achievements and significant contributions to the construction industry in Ireland. To be able to present these awards on behalf of the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicle brand is a brilliant synergy, as they are values that we believe in within our industry. 2019 is our third year as main sponsor and we are really looking forward to the gala event.”

About Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Ireland

On March 8th, 1956, the Volkswagen factory in Hanover, Germany finished production on its first transporter vehicle. Since then the company has grown internationally and today, the Volkswagen Caddy is the number one selling commercial vehicle in the Irish market.

The only commercial vehicle brand to offer personal contract plan (PCP) finance in the Irish market, they are now offering their own Volkswagen Financial Services vehicle lease solution, which is also one-of-a-kind in the market. As well as that, they are the only brand to offer the possibility of combining 1.9 per cent APR with up to €4,000 scrap or save allowance.

“When you combine these with a specialist van centre network with trained brand managers in every location and a focus on delivering the best customer solutions, it delivers exactly what our customers want, a premium vehicle and service with maximum uptime to support their continued business growth,” said Bateson.

Event background

This year will be the sixth instalment of the annual Irish Construction Industry Awards. Applicants from companies, small and large, submitted their entries to any of the 26 different categories. These categories include the likes of Contractor of the Year, Commercial Project of the Year and Construction Project of the Year.

An independent panel of recognised and expert judges, representing the construction sector, decided upon a shortlist for each category before determining deserved winners to be announced at the gala ceremony in June. This year’s award recipients will join past winners, such as JJ Rhatigan & Company, Turner & Townsend, Bennett Construction and Roadbridge.

This year’s panel of distinguished judges include:

  • Derry Scully, group president, Linesight
  • Dr Avril Behan, assistant head of School of Multidisciplinary Technologies, Technological University Dublin
  • Shay Bowman, project co-ordinator, Grangegorman Development Agency
  • David Cahill, director, Scott Tallon Walker Architects
  • Alan Crawford, founding partner, Crawford Partnership Architects and Interior Designers
  • Belinda Dillon, associate director, DCT Group
  • Michael Duff, director, REDM
  • Alan Fogarty, partner, Cundall
  • Enda Mc Guane, managing director, Winters Property
  • Mark Kelly, lecturer, GMIT
  • Karen Kennedy, business development manager, TownLink
  • Patrick Keogh, assigned certifier and building surveyor
  • Davitt Lamon, architectural technologist, CWO Architects and Senior BIM Demonstrator, Technological University Dublin
  • Paul Mangan, property and project management consultant
  • Fiona Mullally, communications and business development executive, KMCS
  • Brian O'Neill, company director, McCrossan O'Rourke Manning Architects
  • Mark O'Neill, director, KSN Project Management