May 16, 2020

Turner & Townsend appoint two new directors in Ireland

Mark Kelly
Republic of Ireland Managing Director
Turner & Townsend
Cost and commercial management expert Mark Coady
Catherine Sturman
3 min
Turner & Townsend appoint two new directors in Ireland
Turner & Townsend have appointed two new directors to help grow the companys real estate and infrastructure businesses in Ireland.

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Turner & Townsend have appointed two new directors to help grow the company’s real estate and infrastructure businesses in Ireland.

Cost and commercial management expert Mark Coady has been appointed to further boost services in Ireland. Coady, an accomplished commercial advisor with more than 20 years’ experience in the construction industry both in Ireland and overseas, will be primarily responsible for providing cost and commercial management services. Based in Dublin, he will lead the team, driving and safeguarding clients’ commercial interests from start to finish, and growing the Irish business by drawing on our existing local and global client base.

Coady has experience in managing all aspects of building projects, specialising in cost and commercial management from initial feasibility to on-going advice, working with all forms of contract for both infrastructure and building projects. He said: “This was an opportunity to join a global player with a strong reputation in the public and private sectors in Ireland.

“I have ambitious but realistic plans to grow the cost and commercial management team over the next five years, with an aim also to further expand our commercial offering.”

The second senior appointment, Brian Thompson, has been hired as a director to further establish Turner & Townsend’s presence in the Irish infrastructure market, building on the consultancy’s success with Dublin Airport, Metro North and both Irish Water and Northern Ireland Water.

Starting as an engineer with Rolls Royce, he most recently headed up Unipart’s consulting practice for manufacturing, heavy industry and construction clients for five years. He has worked on some of the UK’s most high-profile programmes such as Hinkley Point C and Crossrail on both the client and supply chain side.  

Covering the ROI and Northern Ireland, Thompson’s key focus will be on the transport, utilities and power sectors, cementing relationships with current clients and forming new partnerships. Brian will be concentrating on helping clients ensure they are maximising the value from their assets and have true confidence that their programmes are under control and equipped to deliver. He added: “It is an exciting but challenging time for the Irish infrastructure sector. We’re seeing a bounce back in major programme activities but a bigger than ever focus on maximising value.

“I’m thrilled to return to Ireland and become part of Turner & Townsend. I believe the relevance of the consultancy offering with a continued focus on regional strength, places us well to serve our clients throughout Ireland.”

This summer, Turner & Townsend aim to move from their current offices to the city centre in order to be closer to clients and partners. A series of major projects has underpinned this success, including fit-outs for technology companies Slack Technologies, Quantcast and Yapstone.

Mark Kelly, Republic of Ireland Managing Director, said: “I’m delighted to welcome on board both Mark and Brian – both highly regarded in the construction industry. They will lead hugely talented teams with enviable client bases.

“Our real estate division has been going from strength to strength in Ireland and we’ve seen an upturn in the infrastructure market. Their strategic roles will prove vital in driving further growth and improving delivery performance for all our clients.”

Colm Lavery, Director in Northern Ireland, said: “Brian and Mark are great additions to Turner & Townsend's service capability across Ireland and will add real value to our regional service offering and the client base we have built up.

“I look forward to working alongside both Brian and Mark to drive growth north of the border and ensure Turner & Townsend continue to be considered as leaders in the Real Estate, Infrastructure and Advisory sectors”

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Jul 29, 2021

Environment Agency clamps down on plastic films and wraps

Dominic Ellis
3 min
Environment Agency aware of plastic film and wrap from the construction and demolition sector being illegally exported

Businesses in the waste and construction industries must ensure they deal with waste plastic properly to stop illegal exports, the Environment Agency (EA) has warned. 

The warning comes as the Agency is increasingly aware of plastic film and wrap from the construction and demolition sector being illegally exported. 

Exports are frequently being classified as ‘green list’ waste of low risk to the environment, but are often contaminated with materials such as mud, sand, bricks and woodposing a risk to the environment and human health overseas, and undermining legitimate businesses in the UK seeking to recover such waste properly.

During the last year, the EA has intercepted shipments to prevent the illegal export of this material on numerous occasions. The Agency inspected 1,889 containers at English ports and stopped 463 being illegally exported. This, combined with regulatory intervention upstream at sites, prevented the illegal export of nearly 23,000 tonnes of waste.

Those convicted of illegally exporting waste face an unlimited fine and a two-year jail sentence. But construction firms could also face enforcement action if contaminated construction and demolition waste plastic is illegally exported.

Malcolm Lythgo, Head of Waste Regulation at the Environment Agency, said it is seeing a marked increase in the number of highly contaminated plastic film and wrap shipments from the construction and demolition industry being stopped by officers.

“I would strongly urge businesses to observe their legal responsibility to ensure waste is processed appropriately, so we can protect human health and the environment now and for future generations. It’s not enough just to give your waste to someone else - even a registered carrier. You need to know where your waste will ultimately end up to know it’s been handled properly. We want to work constructively with those in the construction and waste sectors so they can operate compliantly, but we will not hesitate to clamp down on those who show disregard for the environment and the law.”

There are a number of simple, practical steps that businesses can take to ensure that C&D site waste is handled legally.

Construction businesses should check what’s in their waste

  • Different waste types need different treatments and so must be correctly categorised to ensure it goes to a site that is authorised to handle it safely. Businesses can also check if their waste is hazardous as different rules might apply.
  • If you are removing the waste yourself, you must be a registered waste carrier- registration can be carried out here. When a waste collector is transporting your site waste, you must check they have a waste carrier’s licence from the EA.
  • You must also check that the end destination site any waste is taken to is permitted to accept it and has the right authorisations in place. Keep a record of any waste that leaves your site by completing a waste transfer note or a consignment note for hazardous waste which record what and how much waste you have handed over and where it is going.

Waste management industry must adhere to export controls

  • Contaminated C&D waste plastic - including low-density polyethylene (LDPE) wrap and film - must be exported with prior consent from the EA as well as competent authorities in transit and destination countries.
  • Those involved in the export of such waste must ensure that it meets the requirements set under the relevant export controls, such as being almost free-from contamination; the destination sites are appropriately licensed to receive and treat the waste; and waste is correctly managed once received.

The EA will continue to actively target those who export contaminated C&D plastic waste illegally, including any accredited packaging exporters who issue Packaging Waste Export Recovery Notes (PERNs) against such material in breach of their Conditions of Accreditation.

Businesses involved in the shipment of waste are required to take all necessary steps to ensure the waste they ship is managed in an environmentally sound manner throughout its shipment and during its recycling.

Anyone with information regarding the illegal export of waste including C&D waste plastics can contact the EA’s Illegal Waste Exports team at: [email protected] or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their website 

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