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Walls Construction is an Irish owned building contractor operating nationally with offices in Dublin and Cork. The business was established by PJ Walls in 1950 and is today recognised as one of Ireland’s leading construction companies, with a reputation for quality and building excellence and customer service.

In 2015, the executive team, supported by private investors including members of the Walls family, acquired the company and this investor blend has enabled us to continue to expand the business. Critical to this growth is the strength of our clients and the relationships we have forged over the years with key subcontractor partners and other professionals.

We are proud of the experience of our leadership team and the skills and ability of our employees, both the construction teams with proven expertise in delivering projects, often to demanding timescales while meeting the highest quality standards, and our dedicated support personnel.

In all we do, safety is our main priority so that everyone on a Walls project arrives safe, works safe and leaves safe. We attract and retain a talented workforce whose skills are constantly developed through an investment in training and continuous professional development, and we have achieved accreditation and best in class awards in quality, construction performance and environmental building practices.

Since our foundation over 70 years ago, key to our success has been customer service, with a commitment to putting the needs of our clients first and realising the vision of their professional design teams. We acknowledge the trust and confidence they place in our hands, and we diligently protect their reputation and core values.

Finally, while our relationships are personal, where ideas are shared and problem solving is collaborative, our approach to managing projects to successful outcomes is always based on delivering value.

Our History

1950 - Incorporation

PJ Walls and Brothers Limited was incorporated as a Company on the 23rd March 1950, with registered offices on Glandore Road, off Griffith Avenue, Dublin 9.

1965 - Tynagh Mines

Construction work started in the early 1960’s and was officially opened by An Taoiseach, Sean Lemass, in 1965. By 1970 Tynagh was the largest producing lead mine in Europe.

1970 - Shannon Airport

In 1965 Boeing announced its plans to produce a Jumbo 747 jet capable of carrying up to 400 passengers. This decision affected all of the major airports as new facilities were required to handle aircraft of this size.

1977 - Tralee General Hospital

In 1977 work started on the construction of the new Tralee General Hospital. Now known as University Hospital Kerry, it is the main hospital for Co. Kerry and is the third largest of seven acute hospitals in the HSE South Region.

1984 - Blackrock Clinic

In 1977 work started on the construction of the new Tralee General Hospital. Now known as University Hospital Kerry, it is the main hospital for Co. Kerry and is the third largest of seven acute hospitals in the HSE South Region.

1990 - UCD – O’Reilly Hall

The award winning O’Reilly Hall, designed by renowned architects Scott Tallon Walker and situated beside the lake on the UCD campus, opened in 1990.

2000 - New Head Office

In the year 2000 our Head Office premises opened, the second building completed at Northern Cross. In the following years the Walls Group developed the Hilton Dublin Airport Hotel and a major mixed use residential, commercial and retail development in this location.

2008 - 3 Arena

Walls had completed the redevelopment of the original Point Depot in Dublin’s docklands as an entertainment venue and in 2008 we managed its award winning transformation to the O2 Dublin, now The 3 Arena.

2011 - Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute

This 40,000m2 8 storey building on Dublin’s Pearse Street incorporates biomedical, academic, commercial and retail use together with 2 levels of basement carpark space and a new pedestrian link to the adjacent railway station and remains the largest single construction project undertaken by Walls.

2015 - MBO

In 2015 the executive team, supported by private investors including members of the Walls family, acquired the Company. This investor blend, combining industry knowledge, experience, financial strength and the Walls family heritage, provides a strong foundation for the growth and development of the Company to 2050 and beyond.

2017 - Central Bank of Ireland HQ

The Central Bank of Ireland new headquarters building set the standard for the revitalisation of Dublin’s North Wall Quay between Spencer Dock and Dublin Port.  The project included the completion of the existing concrete structure with the addition of a floor at roof level, a new triple façade including a distinctive anodised, aluminium coat comprising triangular and square mesh panels and an award winning internal fit-out.  With a total area of 29,000m2, the use of high performance, long life materials has created a sustainable and energy efficient building with a BREEAM Outstanding accreditation, the first office development in Ireland to do so, and a BER A2 energy rating.

2021 - Frank Kelly, President of the Construction Industry Federation

Frank Kelly, Construction Director, has been elected as President of the Construction Industry Federation.  Frank has been actively involved in the CIF for many years, including the chair of the Safety, Health & Welfare committee, and he was previously President the Master Builders and Contractors Association.  His presidency, which is for a two year term, is a personal honour for Frank and we are proud of his achievement and wish him well in his role, knowing that he will represent the Federation and Walls Construction to the very best of his ability.

2022 - New Brand Update

We were proud to announce an update to our brand / visual identity and the launch of our new website! The new Walls logo keeps the same consistency as the old logo, and at the same time gives it a modern, fresh lift.

We’ve made some changes to our colours and updated our content to better reflect our rich history and our core values. What hasn’t changed is our commitment to building infrastructure and relationships since 1950.

Established over 70 years, Walls is one of Ireland’s leading building contractors

Our People

We are proud of the experience of our leadership team and the skills and ability of our employees, both the construction teams with proven expertise in delivering projects, often to demanding timescales while meeting the highest quality standards, and our dedicated support personnel. While our relationships are personal, where ideas are shared and problem solving is collaborative, our approach to managing projects to successful outcomes is always based on delivering value.

Chief Executive Officer

Eugene O'Shea

Eugene joined the Company on completion of his BE Civil in UCD and progressed his career into senior management roles prior to being appointed Managing Director in 2006.  He has overseen the sustained and progressive growth of the business, including an investor backed management buy-out in 2015, while ensuring that our reputation as a customer focused company, delivering quality projects for international and indigenous clients in several sectors, is maintained.  Eugene effectively leads a dedicatedprofessional team and is particularly noted for his collaborative, solutions-based approach to managing relationships; somebody you can do business with.

Chief Commercial Officer

Willie White

Willie is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and Fellow of the Society of Chartered Surveyors.  During his extensive career with Walls he has led commercial teams in the roles of Managing QS, Chief Surveyor and Commercial Director, prior to his appointment as Managing Director of Walls Developments in 2006.  From 2012 onwards Willie’s focus has been on the construction company and he was a driving force behind the successful investor backed management buy-out in 2015.  Since then his exceptional insight and commercial know-how have contributed to the sustained and progressive growth of the business.

Chief Operating Officer

Frank Kelly

Frank joined Walls as a Graduate Engineer from Waterford Institute of Technology in 1992.  His career progressed into senior management roles including his appointment as Construction Director in 2006.  His industry standing was recognised by his appointment as President of the Master Builders and Contractors Association in 2013 and President of the Construction Industry Federation for a two year term, 2021/2022.  Frank brings a pragmatic approach to his work, understanding that leading successful construction projects is dependent on having the right players on his team, well managed and playing to the best of their ability.

Chief Operating Officer

Adrian Corcoran

Adrian is a Chartered Civil Engineer who gained over 10 years international experience prior to joining Walls Construction in 2000.  Appointed as Construction Director in 2005, his management responsibilities include chairing the Company’s training and development committee.

Adrian thrives on the responsibility involved in fully meeting client expectations by leading dedicated construction teams managing diverse projects across all industry sectors, bringing a dynamism and ‘can do’ attitude to all aspects of his role.

Chief Finance Officer

Hugh O'Brien

Hugh is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants who trained with BDO Simpson Xavier and then spent almost 20 years in senior finance roles with a large publicly owned industrial holding group prior to joining Walls in 2018.

As Finance Director, Hugh’s responsibilities include finance, strategic planning and risk management, managing the Company’s banking relationships, legal, regulatory and corporate governance, company secretarial, tax management and internal and external financial reporting.

Construction Director

Cathal Healy

Cathal joined the Company in 1996 after graduating with a BE Civil from NUI Galway. He has managed some of our largest construction projects including the Northern Cross mixed-use development on the Malahide Road and more recently, the new Central Bank of Ireland HQ building on Dublin’s North Wall Quay. Cathal is as assured leading his construction teams as he is demonstrating his engineering and technical capability working alongside design teams and other third parties, to maximise the performance of the contracts under his management.

Regional Director Munster

John Boylan

John Joined the Munster Region office of Walls Construction as a Contracts Manager in 2001 and was promoted to Regional Manager and Divisional Director in 2004.  With a 1st Honours Degree in Construction Management his formative years were spent working with a small number of specialist building contractors in the UK.  His experience with Walls ranges from large new build to major refurbishment projects and includes the residential, healthcare, commercial, hotel and leisure and education sectors.  John is a hands-on manager who leads by example to ensure that project objectives are achieved and exceeded.

Operations Director Construction

Gareth Lloyd

Gareth graduated in Civil Engineering from Trinity College Dublin in 1994 and joined Walls one year later as a Site Engineer. He was appointed as Contracts Manager in 2004 and has managed major construction contracts, such as the Trinity Biosciences building on Pearse Street, Dublin 2 and his current responsibility for two large-scale city centre based mixed use development projects. Gareth brings an organised, professional and customer focussed approach to all aspects of his work, traits that will continue to stand him in good stead.

Construction Director

James O'Toole

A Civil Engineering graduate of Queen’s University Belfast, James joined Walls in 2001 and progressed through various site engineering roles prior to his appointment as Contracts Manager in 2007. Over ten years later, James has few peers in the Irish construction sector in terms of the successful management of fit out, redevelopment and refurbishment contracts. James’s success is based on technical knowledge, attention to detail and an uncompromising concern for the achievement of the highest quality standards; fully meeting our client’s expectations throughout the process.

Operations Director Chief QS

Kieran Masterson

After completing his QS qualifications in DIT Bolton Street Kieran joined Walls Construction in 1988 and set about bringing technical know-how, commercial acumen and a practical approach to his career as a Quantity Surveyor.

Kieran was appointed Chief Quantity Surveyor in 2017 and leads over 30 professionals responsible for the commercial management of construction projects across a variety of industry sectors, resulting in successful outcomes for all parties involved in the successful completion of our projects.

Construction Director

Gareth Brady

Gareth is MRICS MSCSI qualified with post-graduate qualifications in Construction Law/Contract Administration and Arbitration Law. Prior to joining Walls in 2014 he worked for 15 years as the Lead Estimator/Commercial Manager for an established family owned building contractor.

Gareth leads a team committed to the delivery of competitive tender opportunities in compliance with project requirements based on diligent processes and well researched information, to provide commercial benefit to Walls Construction and our public and private clients alike.

Operations Director Finance

David Strickland

David is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and recently completed a MSc in Management Practice through the Irish Management Institute and University College Cork.  He joined Walls as a Management Accountant in 1996 and was appointed Financial Controller in 2013 and Divisional Director, Finance in 2018.  David’s skills include re-engineering financial processes to drive efficiencies, bringing technical and analytical skills to establish robust internal controls and automating key financial processes, together with his ability to influence and partner with business units to deliver commercial solutions that positively sustain long-term growth.

Director of Business Development & Marketing

Barry Hennessy

Barry has overall responsibility for business development & marketing, supporting the company’s sales and marketing strategy and growth plans across all sectors of the Industry.

He has held Director level positions in a large Global Japanese Company, a Large European Contracting business and has diversified to medium-sized local companies.

Barry’s experience spans all sectors, particularly the life sciences, data center, and industrial sectors.

He has an exemplary track record in the construction, contracting, and specialist supply sectors gained over the last 25 years.

Our Values

 
 

Accountable

We have a bias for action and are accountable to our clients.

 
 

Trustworthy

We work tirelessly to earn the trust and respect of our employees and stakeholders.

 
 

Sustainable

We manage our business to best protect the environment and the communities we work in.

 
 

Agile

We are flexible, innovative, and resourceful, while keeping things simple and people informed.

 
 

Safe

We ensure that people arrive safe, work safe and leave safe.

Our Projects

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Current ProjectsData Centres

DUB10 Data Centre

Work on Phase 1 has commenced on this Data Centre project, located on a 35- acre site on the M50 motorway...
Commercial

The Central Bank of Ireland

The Central Bank of Ireland headquarters on North Wall Quay is one of the most iconic building projects in Dublin City.
CommercialCurrent Projects

College Square

Located in Dublin city centre, College Square is a mixed-use development providing 52,413m² of commercial office...