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07

Nov

We are delighted to announce Diarmaid Ferriter will be giving a talk at our event, ‘A Symphony of Construction Skills’

  • By Cooney Architects

ferriter-photograph-2015We are delighted to announce that Diarmaid Ferriter will be giving a talk at our event, A Symphony of Construction Skills, taking place on Thursday 10th November in the National Sports Campus.  Diarmaid Ferriter is one of Ireland’s best- known historians and is Professor of Modern Irish History at UCD. His books include The Transformation of Ireland 1900-2000 (2004), Judging Dev: A Reassessment of the life and legacy of Eamon de Valera (2007), Occasions of Sin: Sex and Society in Modern Ireland (2009) and Ambiguous Republic: Ireland in the 1970s (2012). His most recent book is A Nation and not a Rabble: The Irish Revolution 1913-23 (2015) He is a regular broadcaster on television and radio and a weekly columnist with the Irish Times.

Click below to access tickets for the event.  Numbers are limited.

https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/a-symphony-of-construction-skills-delivering-capital-projects-tickets-28551100109

02

Oct

House at Kildalkey completed on site

  • By Cooney Architects

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Located in the beautiful rolling countryside of County Meath, close to Trim, this striking house has reached completion.  The two interlocking elements create a home which is simple in its design yet striking in its form.  The structure has been designed to capture the beautiful views and draw in natural light.  It has been designed to the highest energy efficient standards creating a healthy environment with low maintenance and low ongoing running costs for the Client.

 

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29

Sep

Hill of Uisneach – The space between the old and the new.

  • By Cooney Architects

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The Hill of Uisneach or Ushnagh is an ancient ceremonial site in the barony of Rathconrath in County Westmeath, Ireland. In Irish mythology it is the centre of Ireland and is associated with the festival of Bealtaine.

The new visitors centre at the Hill of Uisneach opened its doors at the very end of July.  The new centre, constructed in corten steel, contrasts against the old rendered cottage building.  The amphitheater and public space between, joins the two contrasting structures together, creating a homogeneous whole.

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26

Sep

Kilmainham Offices and Training Centre, Dublin 8

  • By Cooney Architects

Four-storey office and training building, located in the heart of Kilmainham on a restricted site, granted planning permission.

 

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22

Sep

National Sports Campus Courtyard Building

  • By Cooney Architects

Refurbishment of courtyard building and stable managers house, Protected Structures, located to the rear of Abbottstown House, on the National Sports Campus, for Sports Ireland, due to commence on site in the coming weeks.

 

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19

Sep

James Street, Dublin 8

  • By Cooney Architects

Five-storey-over-basement apartment refurbishment for Clúid Housing, located on James Street, Dublin 8, starts on site.

 

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06

Sep

Well done Lucy!

  • By Cooney Architects

A big congratulations to

Lucy Yang,

Cooney Architects-

Graduation ceremony at UCD on 05th September.

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08

Aug

RIAI Good Practice Guide Quality Scheme Equals ISO 9001 Quality Management International Standard

  • By Cooney Architects

Today, we were given our first training course by Marjorie Brooker (BSC MBA FCIOB) of Brooker Consulting  on Internal Quality Audits.

We are in the process of implementing the RIAI Good Practice Quality Scheme (which equals ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management International Standard) and internal auditing will be an on-going process of this QMS system.

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The first half lecture was about introducing quality auditing.

What is quality management?

“Co-ordinated activities to direct and control an organisation with regard to quality.”

(Note: Direction and control with regard to quality generally includes the establishment of a quality policy and quality objects, quality planning, quality control, quality assurance and quality improvement)

{NB: Quality Management also includes Communication.}

What is quality assurance?

“All those planned and systematic actions necessary to provide adequate confidence that a product or service will satisfy given requirements for  quality”.

What is quality?

“The totality of features and characteristics of a product or service that bear on its ability to satisfy stated or implied needs.”

What is quality auditing?

A systematic and independent examination to determine whether activities and related results comply with planned arrangements and whether these arrangements are implemented effectively and are suitable to achieve objectives.

Auditing is-

*An independent means of checking that the processes are being carried out correctly and effectively, as per written procedures, formal quality standard, and the Client’s requirements, i.e. checking that the organization is “doing what it says it does”, doing what it promised the Client and in accordance with all legislation.

*A discipline devoted to the establishment of facts. It is not an inquisition of people! Auditing is also a risk management tool.

*Report constructively to achieve maximum improvement to the management system.

During the second half of the session we had to quality audit each other.

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