Ireland's Electrical Magazine 93 Oct-Nov



Cosgrove Project Manager, Colin Dixon.

Cosgrove Operations Manager, David O’Donaghue.

Project Manager Colin Dixon. “This is an innovative way of saving energy as there is a setting for almost every situation. It’s all about understanding the design, the use, and the function of the space, and then applying our installation to suit that.” Communication Working with so many contractors and sub-contractors on a large-scale project, building relationships with all the teams was key for Cosgrove to guarantee a successful delivery. David explained that being an exceptional communicator is essential. “You need to be able to get your message across, but also to stand up for your company when the pressure is on,” he said. “That was built with our team. At the start of the project, we brought them onboard, introduced them to the project’s expected standards and established a great collaborative relationship.” While working on many blocks at the same time, communication was also fundamental to coordinating their work with the other teams’. “We

discussed their output, compared it to ours and agreed on a sequence of tasks to get the best of our resources and time in each residence,” he adds. Valuable lessons While working on this development, Cosgrove started having a more holistic approach to their work. “With the help of the interior design specialists, we were able to see what we do as a function embedded in a concept,” David explained. “For example, a dining table is much more than that: you are going to sit there for two hours, entertain guests, have a meal with the family, drink a glass of wine. That is what we want our lighting arrangement to cater for, rather than just installing lights. We started considering what we do in zones to make sure that the lighting is functional, adequate, and energy efficient.” Zero callbacks To both David and Colin, seeing the finished project and with zero callbacks was one of the most satisfying points

of this journey. “There was 100% of verification, so every switch, every socket, every light was verified by the consultant engineer, our own testing commissioning team, and our installation team, which meant there was absolutely zero chance of any failure once the residence was occupied,” David explained. “We’ve had zero callbacks after the installation, so that is a real testament to our work.” Award-winning company It’s been an exciting year for Cosgrove, as the company has won two categories at the Ireland’s Electrical Awards 2022: Contractor of the Year and Best Large-Scale Commercial Project for the Fulcrum Building in Dublin. In its 24 years, Cosgrove has gone through lots of good times as well as recession periods but keeping its core crew of solid engineers and managers has been crucial to the company’s success, as David commented, “We look after ourselves and our clients. Cosgrove has a solid reputation built on high quality and value for money. The prestigious jobs come as a bonus.”

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