• Construction Costs & Control of Risk – Legal Issues, Cost and time – Reducing Costs & Increase Efficiencies.

A one-day conference

Live Virtual Event 

Date: 23rd June 2021

Construction tender prices and building costs steadily continue to rise which presents a number of challenges for public and private sector projects. Delivering value for money against the backdrop of inflation, Brexit, recent Sectoral Employment Order (SEO) and pressure of increasing wages will require critical input and knowledge from the entire construction team.

This one-day conference will invite and expert line up of speakers to discuss and debate the issues and possible solutions going forward

The Construction Costs Conference is a unique virtual event from our own custom-built CMG Studios. Initial feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, with attendees praising the additional interactive elements, as well as increased Q&A opportunities throughout the day, giving you more opportunity to gain real practical insights on the key issues that are important to you.

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This event will be of great interest and benefit to all those involved in the construction sector, both public and private sector including, contractors, engineers, quantity surveyors, costs consultants, local authorities, housing agencies, semi-state agencies, suppliers, and manufacturers to name just a few

Full Day Programme 

Conference Chairperson & Opening Remarks

Norman Jackson, Senior Projects & Procurement Advisor, The Housing Agency

Keynote Address

Micheál Mahon, President, Society of Chartered Surveyors (SCSI)

What’s in Store for the next 5 year period – what do you need to prepare for on future projects?

SCSI Apartment cost report – detailed review

Paul Mitchell, Director, Mitchell McDermott

  • Construction Inflation
  • Impact of Covid-19
International construction measurement standard  – ICMS

New version of Agreed Rules Of Measurement – ARM 5

Gerry O’Sullivan, Chartered Quantity Surveyor, Barrister-at-Law & legal consultant, Mulcahy McDonagh & Partners (MMP)

Clúid’s experience in managing the rising cost of housing delivery.  

Eibhlin O Connor, Head of New Business, Cluid

  • Innovative procurement methods to reduce cost and increase efficiencies.
  • Clúid’s perspective – the impact of contract selection on the overall construction costs.
  • Partnership arrangements with the private sector to deliver mixed tenure housing at affordable prices.
Construction Costs & Control of Risk Within Projects to Minimise Costs

Victor Clarke, Managing Partner, Clarke Jeffers LLP

  • Contractual risk – standard form construction contract is now being changed in every project
  • Control of risk once an issue arises on site
  • Legal issues – Cost and time
  • LAD’s
  • Controlling any crystallisation of risk – disputes on site – having methodology agreed with contractors
  • Issue of Initial quotations being wrong – not construction costs arising.
Managing costs in the construction industry – How transforming your finance function will save costs and help improve profitability

James Reid, Senior Manager, PwC Advisory

  • The three key actions that construction companies can implement now to assist them in keeping control of their costs
  • How to ensure accountability for cost overruns through the implementation of a system based PO process, with expenditure linked directly to budget holders. 
  • How to Reduce manual processes and improve cost classification
  • Implementing reporting tools such as KPI dashboards to analyse operational and financial data. 


Paul MitchellPaul Mitchell

Director, Mitchell McDermott

Paul’s career spans 20 years, most of which was spent at Davis Langdon with two years spent in San Francisco.

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Shortly after AECOM acquired Davis Langdon in 2010 Paul became Head of Ireland for Cost and Project Management in Ireland. In 2015 Paul set up Mitchell|McDermott with Anthony McDermott to focus in independent Cost Management services in the Irish market.

Paul has a wide range of experience in the Public and Private sector including a number of specialisms most notably in Financial Modelling of development projects and Construction Law holding a post graduate qualification from Trinity College.

Eibhlin O Connor, Eibhlin O Connor,

Head of New Business, Cluid

Eibhlin is Head of Delivery for New Business with Cluid. She has over 20 years’ experience in the design and construction industry.
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reviously she was Senior Architect with Cluid with responsibility for the design, procurement and contract administration of construction projects. More recently Eibhlin has taken on additional responsibilities as Company Secretary for Cluid.

Victor ClarkeVictor Clarke

Managing Partner, Clarke Jeffers LLP

Victor has 20 years’ experience in Law but tends to think with a business brain.
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As managing partner his goal is to redefine how a Law Firm works and how it interacts with its clients.
Understanding what is important to the client and working to meet that objective has seen him appointed to represent some of the country’s leading companys and brands. Victor was awarded the International Advisory award for Ireland 2020 in the area of Commercial Law

Micheál MahonMicheál Mahon

President, Society of Chartered Surveyors (SCSI)

Micheál, who is from Bunclody in Co. Wexford, is a chartered quantity surveyor by profession and has been an active member of the SCSI for 22 years.

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He was Chair of the South East Region from 2011 to 2013 before becoming Chair of the QS Group from 2015 to 2017. In the latter role he co-produced the first SCSI Report on ‘The Real Cost of New Housing Delivery’. Four years later in July 2020 as incoming President he presented the findings of the updated version of that well received report.

Micheál believes that the Society, as the independent voice of the property and construction sector, is ideally placed to make a real contribution to national policy formulation and implementation in general, and in particular to helping address the housing crisis, which is something he is passionate about.

In addition to being President of the Society, he is also the current Chair of the Construction Industry Council.
Outside of the SCSI, Micheál is founder and Managing Director of MGM Partnership, a leading chartered quantity surveying and chartered project management practice headquartered in Wexford.

James ReidJames Reid,

Senior Manager, PwC Advisory

James is a Senior Manager specialising in Finance Transformation, Process Review & Optimisiation, Financial Planning & Analysis, Target Operating Model Design and Programme & Change Management.
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Group Financial Controller at Systech International, a leading international service provider within construction. Successfully implemented two systems changes, streamlining reporting and introducing BI analysis allowing for significant growth.

European Finance Manager at the largest private label oralcare producer in the world, Ranir LLC. Managing the transition of three mergers/acquisitions, introduced BI reporting and forecasting, supervising a team of accountants across multiple regions.

Currently working with The Financial Effectiveness team within PwC, who are experienced in delivering sustainable change for our clients.

Gerry O’SullivanGerry O’Sullivan

Chartered Quantity Surveyor, Barrister-at-Law & legal consultant, Mulcahy McDonagh & Partners (MMP)

Gerry is a highly experienced expert in construction law, and has extensive experience in many aspects of construction contracts, having worked on large and high profile educational, healthcare, commercial, residential and infrastructural projects.
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Working with MMP since 1989, he has served on many professional committees within the Construction Industry and is Vice Chairman of the Society of Chartered Surveyors’ Dispute Resolutions Committee. Gerry is the current chairman of the Construction Liaison Committee as well as Vice Chairman of the Society of Chartered Surveyors Dispute Resolutions Standing Committee. He is currently on the panel of conciliators/arbitrators for the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland, the CIF and Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and is an accomplished author.

There will be CPD certificates awarded to attendees at this conference. Please check directly with your association or awarding body to see how many points they will award



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