Seamus Brady is the founder and Managing Director of Galway’s Castle Group – Castle Ceilings & Partitions, Castle Modular and Castle FM. He has been a CIF member since 2000.
What project are you most excited about?
We are very excited about the market’s ambitions around all aspects of Modular Construction.
Because we are currently heavily invested in this sector through key staff hires, manufacturing facility expansion and overall product development.
Our current live projects include a 3D modular Temperature and Security Check Hub for a logistics company, a 2D flat panel healthcare project and a 2D flat panel project for a Pharma client.
We also have five Bathroom Pod projects on the factory floor which are for the residential and hospitality sectors.
So, we are really looking forward to the growth we are forecasting next year and seeing the whole market embracing Offsite Modular as the new normal.
Tell us something we can’t read about your company online?
Historically the construction industry has had a bad reputation for both the physical and mental health of employees at all levels of the industry.
At Castle Group we live our values in terms of healthy body healthy mind, by positively encouraging all artisans and staff to partake in company activities.
The company has an active cycle team, which is very inclusive and caters for all levels.
Activities include 300km two-day cycle trips, weekly meet ups on the road on mountain bikes in the winter and in lockdown many have moved to online cycle at-home exercise sessions multiple times per week.
Teams that train and have fun together are much more capable of pulling together to deliver on projects.
What’s been the biggest benefit of CIF membership?
The contacts that have been created through CIF events, which have brought us a huge benefit in being able to grow all aspects of our business.
From a business development perspective, we have made direct contacts with client and consultants which has led to long-term relationships and thus securing good quality projects.
On the technical engineering and innovation side of the business we managed to link up with key consultants that we again have developed very productive working relationships.
There is a base understanding of each other’s capabilities that allows us to really push the entrepreneurial side of Castle Group.
Again, the contacts we were introduced to enabled the establishment of the Castle Group Ceilings and Partitions Academy, which was a great learning exercise not only for the apprentices but for the Group as a whole.