As it prepares to celebrate 20 years in business, KD Group continues to go from strength to strength by providing unrivalled mechanical contracting services to clients across a wide range of sectors.
Established in 2003 by cousins Kieran and David Staunton, the Castlebar-headquartered company was delighted to be shortlisted for Sub-Contractor of the Year at the 2022 Irish Construction Industry Awards. No stranger to award ceremonies, KD Group was previously a finalist in the Large Sub-Contractor of the Year category at the 2019 Irish Construction Awards, while in the same year, it picked up three accolades – Regional, Driving for Work and Consistent High Achiever – at the NISO Awards.
From humble beginnings, KD Group has grown in knowledge, expertise and size. Focused solely on the Irish market, it now employs more than 50 people both onsite and at its headquarters in the N5 Business Park in Castlebar. The KD name is synonymous with excellence and quality, guided by its values of care, integrity and trust. The firm’s mission is to reach its maximum potential as a mechanical engineering company through commitment of providing quality services to all clients and ensuring compliance with applicable Health & Safety and environmental legislations.
Technology has been instrumental in the advancement of mechanical and electrical engineering, Building Information Modelling (BIM) has proven invaluable to KD Group. The contractor implements BIM into most projects and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. The use of BIM also facilitates the greater use of its off-site prefabrication facility.
Any project undertaken by KD Group comes with a number of assurances that are ultimately backed up by its accredited certifications which ensure that the project is delivered according to the highest international quality standard and that it’s compliant with all relevant Health & Safety and environmental legislations and policies.
The Co. Mayo operation is registered and certified with Certification Europe for the following standards: ISO 45001:2015, ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 9001:2015. KD’s adherence to Health & Safety legislations is paramount to its business, employees and clients, and it continually strives to improve and exceed certified standards. KD Group is committed to maintaining the highest Quality Management System that ensures delivery of consistently high-quality products and service to its clients from the initial phase of the contract to its final handover phase.
KD is equally devoted to conserving and protecting its environment, employees, clients and community by ensuring continuous monitoring and adherence to certified standard ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management System. The company’s accredited certification ISO 45001:2018 additionally shows its effective compliance with Health & Safety legislation which ensures that all employees, visitors, contractors and others are provided with maximum safety as reasonably practicable, including that from Covid-19 transmissions.
Furthermore, the award-winning mechanical contractor is proud to be a registered member of CIF, CIRI, NISO, GFI and RGI. Its success at the NISO Awards reflects its commitment to high workplace Health & Safety standards.
Achievement of numerous projects across Ireland, as a result of KD’s qualified team and experienced on-site employees, has developed and expanded the company into what it is today. KD Group believes that its clients and employees are vital assets, and has built a skilled, loyal and professional team who are central to the company’s success. The company promotes continuous professional development of all employees to raise awareness of any changes within the industry and for providing superior service and satisfaction for all clients. It is committed to maintaining a zero-tolerance level of accidents onsite, which is ensured by a full-time Health & Safety manager.
KD’s vision is to earn recognition as one of the leading mechanical engineering companies in Ireland. Despite the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic and more recently by the war in Ukraine, the company continues to prosper by understanding the work commitment and dedication involved in building it from the bottom up, and delivering quality products and services to clients. KD Group’s goal is to continue building strong relationships with contractors and consultants, provide effective services to clients, continuously strive for growth, promote a positive work environment, expand its professional team and make it a company that clients want to work with.
KD Group provides services to the commercial, residential, healthcare, education, pharmaceutical, leisure, and historical sectors to name but a few. Some of its current / recent outstanding projects include St. Camillus’ Hospital in Limerick, Tuam RCC (Residential Care Centre), IT Sligo – Block L and Fitzwilliam Street Garda Station in Dublin. Leinster House, Kevin Street Garda Station in Dublin and Kylemore Abbey in Co. Galway are just three of the high-profile projects it has worked on. The IDA, OPW, JJ Rhatigan, Conack Construction and Boyle Construction are among its valued clients.
The St. Camillus’s Hospital project consists of the construction of a new 75-bed elderly care ward. The mechanical services installations works carried out by KD Group include site natural gas services, natural gas installations, external mains water pipeworks, air-to-water heat pump installation, comms room cooling installations and mechanical ventilation and air handling. The contract value is €2.45 million.
The IT Sligo – Block L project comprises an extensive deep refurbishment and extension of the existing block to accommodate facilities for the Faculty of Engineering & Design and YAADA (Yeats Academy of Arts, Design and Architecture) Department. The mechanical services installations include commissioning, planned preventative maintenance, heating and ventilation installation, water service installation, above ground soils and waste installation, fuel supply services, first aid and firefighting services, and BMS installation. The contract is valued at just under €1 million.
The Tuam RCC project involves the construction of a new 50-bed residential care centre. The mechanical services installation package, which is valued at €2.1 million, includes heating and ventilation installation, water service installation, above ground soils and waste installation, fuel supply services, first aid and firefighting services, and BMS installation.
The recently-completed Fitzgibbon Street Garda Station project included the full internal refurbishment and repair of the existing four-storey-over-basement building at numbers 24-28 Fitzwilliam Street and the two-storey-over-basement building at number 30 Fitzgibbon Street. Works on the listed buildings were completed in line with the requirements of Directive 2010/31/EU + Nearly Zero Energy Building.
The scope of mechanical works included strip out of existing services, heating and cooling installations, water service and ventilation installations, natural gas and drainage installations, BMS installations, fire safety equipment and process installations. The contract value was just under €800,000.
In addition, KD Group is currently carrying out boiler upgrade works at courthouses in Tralee, Limerick and Castlebar. The company prides itself on its ability to complete works on time and within budget.
KD Group overcame the challenges posed by Covid-19 by putting in place effective procedures to mitigate transmissions and allow work to proceed as normal. Some of these measures included work from home, social distancing onsite and continuous communication of Covid-19 work procedures with all employees.
As it expands into the mechanical maintenance market and continues to enjoy significant growth, KD Group would like to take this opportunity to thank its clients, suppliers and construction partners for their continued support as well as its staff for their hard work, dedication and expertise.
Here’s to the next 20 years!
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This article was published in Building Ireland Magazine, March 2023, Vol 9 No 3