Connecting Local Suppliers To Opportunities In The Construction Sector

Meet shortlisted bidders on Schools PPP programme

National Development Finance Agency partners with Enterprise Ireland for construction sector information event

Friday 31st January 2014 from 09.15am – 2.00pm
The Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise, Co Laois

The National Development Finance Agency (NDFA) in partnership with Enterprise Ireland is running an information and networking event connecting local suppliers to opportunities in the construction sector under the Schools Public Private Partnership (PPP) programme. The event takes place on Friday 31st January 2014 in the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise, Co Laois, at 9.15am. This free event is open to construction suppliers and enterprises in a wide variety of supply categories from aggregates to windows. Attendees will learn more about the Schools PPP programme and have an opportunity to meet with the three shortlisted building candidates. The three PPP consortia that have been shortlisted by the NDFA to progress to the next stage of delivery of these schools are: Amber Education Partnership which includes PJ Hegarty & G4S Solutions, BAM PPP and Carillion Construction. Attendees will also find out how to become a sub supplier through a series of short 5 minute “pitch” meetings.

The Schools PPP project – part of a €1.4 billion PPP programme included in the Government’s Infrastructure Stimulus Plan – will see 12 new and replacement schools built in counties Carlow, Clare, Cork, Kildare, Louth, Meath, Tipperary, Wexford and Wicklow. In total these schools will provide accommodation for approximately 8,650 students.

The PPP company that will be selected to deliver the programme will finance the design, build and maintenance of these schools for a 25 year period. The schools will be fully furnished and equipped (except for specialist educational equipment) as part of the PPP contract with elements of the fixtures, fittings and equipment to be maintained over the 25 year period.

Registration for the Meet the Buyer event is free and open to companies who can supply the following categories:


Kitchen Equipment

Air handling unit.

Laboratory Furniture & Equipment

Audio Visual.

Landscaping and playing pitch subcontractors

Asbestos Removal

Lightening protection.

Blinds subcontractors

Lighting Equipment

BMS Control contractors

Loose schools furniture suppliers

Boiler suppliers/Biomass

Mechanical Contractors

Brick & Blocklaying

Mechanical Ducting installation.

Building Materials


Car park systems.

Painting Contractors

Carpentry Contractors


CCTV suppliers

Passenger Lift Contractors


Paving Subcontractors


Pest control companies

Cleaning contractors


Cleaning Supplies companies

Plant Hire

Commissioning engineering


Concrete Cutting & Coring

Plumbing Supplies

Concrete slab contractors

Precast Concrete


Radon Protection


Roadwork and road marking

Electrical Contractors

Roof lights.

Façade subcontractors


Facilities Management Services


Facility maintenance subcontractors

Schools Curriculum Supplies


Schools Sports Equipment supplies

Fire alarm installation.

Security companies

Fire rated doors

Signage suppliers

Fire rated Glazed partitions

Site Testing

Fire prevention /maintenance suppliers

Steel Reinforcement supply and fabrication

Fire stopping & Fire protection.


Flooring & Tiling Contractors

Stone suppliers


Structural Precast Concrete

Furniture & Schools Equipment suppliers

Structural Steel

Groundworks/Earthworks Contractors

Suspended Ceiling subcontractors

Glazing / Rooflights Contractors

Sustainable Energy Suppliers

Glass Coatings

Temporary Canteen Facilities

Gym Equipment

Temporary Electrical Contractors.

Ground water control

Timber Frame

Hygienic Cladding

Traffic Management

ICT Contractors (cabling only)

Waste Management subcontractors


Waste Water Treatment



Intruder alarm suppliers

Window cleaning companies

Joinery Supply


There will also be an Enterprise Support zone at the event where attendees can get information on topics such as the Pathways to Work initiative from the Department of Social Protection including the Jobs Ireland Services and to check eligibility for the JobsPlus scheme. The zone will also include a bond & credit rating advisory service.

Brian Murphy, Chief Executive of the NDFA, which is responsible for the delivery of €650 million of education, health and justice PPP projects under the Stimulus Plan, said: “This event is about making sure that suppliers from the SME and construction sector have all the information and support they need to be able to exploit the business opportunity presented by the Schools PPP Programme so we’re delighted to collaborate with Enterprise Ireland and others on such an initiative’’.

Michael Brougham, Enterprise Ireland Director Midlands Region, said: ‘These national school building projects will be a boost to the local economy and our regional office network is working closely with the local Chambers of Commerce, the City & County Enterprise Boards and industry associations to ensure quality suppliers are made aware of this important pitching opportunity with the shortlisted building candidates on the Schools PPP Programme. Enterprise Ireland’s public procurement team is working with both the public sector and Irish SMEs on key procurement opportunities particularly within the national investment programme. The aim is to increase the number of Irish SMEs who win projects with the Irish Public Sector, leading to employment and providing reference sites for companies focussing on export markets’.

For more information on how to register for the Meet the Buyer event please visit

Or contact Claire Beattie on Tel: 01 7272275 / or Cormac Friel on Tel: +353 1 7272137 /

For more information on Schools PPP Programme please visit