Tender Opportunity

Portlaoise, County Laois.

Our client has instructed us to seek contractors for a granny flat extension to the rear of their home. The tender will issue this Friday 12th August 2022. The tender period will be 4 weeks with an anticipated start on-site date of the 1st October 2022 (depending availability). If your company would like to tender please e-mail niall@bcfarchitects.ie for further information on the project.

15th July 2022

Tender Oppoortunity

Proposal to renovate and extend an existing property in Blackwater, County Wexford: If you are a contractor and would like to tender, please call our office or drop an e-mail to niall@bcfarchitects.ie

Grants of up to€50,000.

The Government released details of a new grant scheme “Croí Cónaithe (Towns) Fund” for first time buyers and other owner-occupiers to refurbish derelict and vacant homes. Please click on the link for further details: https://www.irishtimes.com/ireland/housing-planning/2022/07/14/grants-up-to-50000-to-refurbish-derelict-and-vacant-regional-homes/

Laois Open:

Best wishes to the Laois Martial Arts Club in Mountmeelick when they host the Laois Open on Sunday. BCF Architects are proud to be a sponsor at this years event.

Newcastle Airfield, Wicklow.

A massive well done to all of the pilots and volunteers last Saturday when they hosted their “Special Day of Flying” around Wicklow Bay for kids with special needs. It was a great day getting a trip in a helicopter, food afterwards and treats.

In the Office:

It is a busy time of year, with planning applications falling due, tenders being sought and on-site works. Recently, we have secured permissions for a new dwelling in County Offaly, renovation/ extension work to dwellings in Tipperary and permissions in County Laois. Tenders are active on projects in Offaly and Wexford. Siteworks in Kildare, Laois, Offaly and Tipperary at the minute. Some new projects to start from next week.

If you have a project that you would like to discuss, please feel free to contact me.

Tender Opportunities

BCF Architects are looking for contractors in the following area:

Wexford, Blackwater – internal renovations and extension to a 1970’s bungalow. Approx start date: August 2022

Offaly, Birr – internal renovations to a protected structure. August 2022

Tipperary, Roscrea – internal renovations and extension to family home. August 2022

Laois, Portlaoise – Internal renovations and granny flat to existing dwelling. September 2022

Any interested contractors can e-mail niall@bcfarchitects.ie for further information.

20th May 2022

It has been a very busy couple of months. Above is the proposed front elevation for a relocation of an existing restuarant business currently in the planning phase. Ballinakill Community Development Association opened their new playground. BCF Architects are proud to have been involved and wish them the very best going forward.

Conservation grants were awarded to a number of our clients for their premises that included repairs and reinstatement works. BCF Architects were happy to help with the grant applications and supporting documents. Hopefully, these grants will see some of our older stock put back into everyday use.

A massive congratulations to Tara Swaby who completed 9, 5Km runs last weekend as part of a fundraiser for Down Syndrome Ireland Waterford & South Kilkenny Branch. This was part of a fundraiser called Run Ireland in 72 Hours which saw volunteers from the Saturday Road Runners Waterford complete a 5Km run in every county over one weekend. A fantastic feat and funds in excess of €41,600.00 raised.

Down Syndrome Ireland – Laois Branch is our chosen charity. It was brillant to run #9 with Tara in Portlaoise on Sunday evening. Pictured are Ellie, our beautiful daughter, her godmother Tara and myself. Thanks Ta for all your hard work and continued support.

Tender opportunity

BCF Architects will be tendering a two-storey new build dwelling in Mountmellick town. Tenders will issue near the middle to the end of February 2022. Any contractor that would like to be considered (client approved) to submit a quotation can leave a reply or send an e-mail to niall@bcfarchitects.ie expressing their interest.

St. Stephen’s Day Charity Game…


It was great to get to play a game with my two brothers, something we have not done for a long time. It was a first to play with my nephew Cian. It was a great event, organised by Brian O’Sullivan, for the Cuisle Cancer Centre and Pieta House. It was nice to see so many friends enjoying a bit of fun while raising funds for two worthy and important charities.

Friday 02nd July

Insurance Issues…….

Over the past number of months, it has been widely reported that professional indemnity insurance cover for fire & cladding related services will be excluded from the Irish market. A process that has already started when professional indemnity renewal is required. It is fully understood by BCF Architects that no fire related service can now be offered including accepting third party advice as part of a design, once the main consultant is engaged to sign off as the project lead. Without this much needed insurance cover, fire safety certificates cannot be prepared, submitted for approval and form part of the final design of any structure. This includes on-site supervision and inspection of any fire related product, device and signage. This exclusion now extends to projects previously carried out in the past 7 years also.

A quick response is needed from Government and the Insurance Sector or else the housing crisis will deepen. On the back of a pandemic and post Brexit, this is far from ideal and urgent action is required.

(Charlie Weston-Supply of new homes to be hit by insurance issues for engineers, Irish Independent, 26th May)

(Eamon Quinn, Irish Examiner, 26th May 2021) &

(Michael Clifford, Construction sector faces major fire safety insurance problems, 28th April 2021)

Our past week……

It was another busy week, with new applications lodged to the Local Authority, site surveys and certification for house sales. With the good weather our on-site projects are beginning to pop up over ground level. Post Brexit and Covid has led to clients and contractors experiencing problems sourcing materials with some advising of increased costs.

Presently, BCF Architects are working on improving our website so our page is currently offline. It is anticipated that the website will be back online by Friday 16th July 2021.

A good friend has retired from the public sector after 40 years of service. Once he puts away the pencils we will have a chat to discuss how the business has changed for him……………

Our Charity:

It Meet Ellie Culleton from Mountmellick, our next €4.00 Text to Donate Branch Member for the next 4 weeks promoting our Laois “Field of Dreams” Employment Training Centre of Excellence. Please give generously to support Ellie and her peers to complete their life cycle through meaningful paid employment, leading to socialisation and integration into our communities that the rest of us take for granted. Please support this very worthy cause by donating €4.00 to make Ellie’s and her peers future brighter and better. All funds raised in Laois stays in Laois for the benefit of our members here in Laois. Please donate

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