With a focus on constant improvement, development and implementation of new and innovative ways of working, you would be forgiven for mistaking Ardmac for a start-up, rather than the experienced international construction company it is today.
After spending over four decades building a reputation for meeting and exceeding client expectations as specialists in construction, Ardmac remains far more focused on the future than on the past – from implementing daily improvements to its ways of working to defining a deeper purpose that keeps them in step with an ever-changing world.
That mission, says Chief Executive Ronan Quinn, is to deliver excellence as standard.
“Our mission is to consistently provide the ultimate solution for high-value working environments, through our continuous investment in the best people, technology and processes; to grow a company of integrity, financial robustness, and strength, on an international platform and be a leader in the delivery of complex construction projects,” he explains.
The company delivers specialist construction for cleanrooms and data centres as well as commercial interiors and design and build projects internationally, and have seen the benefit of working with leading companies in pharma and technology.
“Working with leading multinationals has made us world-class and enabled us to expand across sectors and territories,” says Ronan.
“With our headquarters in Ireland and regional offices in the UK and Belgium, our turnover in 2017 was €107 million, employing 289 people. We have a target of €147 million for this year, which we are well on our way to achieving, with all our business units providing significant opportunities and continuing to grow.”
He adds that the company’s richness of culture can be seen in the fact that 65 of the 285-strong team have been there for over a decade – and that is key to their recruitment strategy.
“We are recruiting for all disciplines and have forecasted our numbers employed to be around 340 by the end of the year. Ardmac is about people. We believe in building long-term relationships with both our clients and employees.”
High praise from happy partners
An example of the growth of their regional business is the company’s UK interiors business, based in Manchester and led by MD Andrew Winstanley.
Describing recent projects in the north west, Andrew outlines, “We’ve completed fit out projects for Zenith Vehicle Solutions in Leeds and are working on significant projects at 101 Barbirolli Square and City Tower in Manchester, Exchange Quay, Handlesbanken, and Procter & Gamble.”
Praise for Ardmac’s northwest project activity is supported by Terry Jones of BDO in Leeds, where Ardmac also carried out a state-of-the-art refit, who says, “The Ardmac team, led by Carl, really took the time to understand our business requirements and unique needs. They were inventive, creative, and always full of energy to solve problems. We really appreciate the time they dedicated to working closely with us to create a personalised project plan and realise a design that helped create our fantastic new office in Leeds.”
With major projects delivered, no one in Ardmac is resting on their laurels. Ronan explains,
“Expectations are high. The constant challenge from our customers ensures we remain innovative and drive our culture of continuous improvement. We are at the forefront of the lean construction initiative and have recently rolled out ‘Last Planner’ project planning techniques on all our sites.”
Innovative project delivery models
Ronan adds, “It is also encouraging to see clients adopting different procurement models, an example being Integrated Project Delivery (IPD). IPD provides early collaboration of design, engineering, and construction specialists by harnessing the talents and insights of all participants, with responsibilities shared between the team members which means that risk and rewards are also shared.”
“We’re working on two IPD projects and by having shared goals and working as a team, we can see schedule durations being reduced and improvements to the commercial, safety and quality aspects of the projects. Bringing greater value brings greater reward to all parties.”
It is such rewards that enable Ardmac to forge ever-stronger partnerships with its multinational client base and beyond.