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Townmore: 5 million steps for Dóchas

8 teams – 4 weeks – 5 million steps for cancer support 

Townmore team members are stepping it up for cancer support charity Dóchas during the month of October, Breast Cancer Awareness month



Townmore employs close to one hundred people working out of offices and sites across the country and 32 members of the Townmore team are on a mission to walk a combined five million steps to raise awareness and a target of €5,000 for Dóchas.   


About Dóchas

Dóchas is a charitable organisation providing the highest quality holistic cancer support services to people throughout the Midlands whose lives have been impacted by cancer. Dóchas offers a wide variety of therapies including reflexology, counselling, mindfulness, massage, reiki, acupuncture and more for those most in need, free of charge. 

This vital organisation is primarily funded through donations, with little to no government support, and it has become a lifeline for families across the Midlands whose lives have been touched by cancer, including the Townmore team.


Our Mission

Townmore is on a mission to raise much-needed funds for Dóchas and, following a call out to all employees, 32 members of the company (in teams of four people) have embarked on a five million step journey to raise €2,500, with Townmore matching the collective sum raised – you can show your support through the GoFundMe page:



All participants have been randomly split into teams of four people and the eight teams of four will capture their combined weekly step count. This weekly tally will be submitted to the marketing team each Monday and the leaderboard will be updated – see which team has taken the lead for week 1 in our leaderboard below!

In addition to raising awareness and much-needed funds for Dóchas (and, of course the bragging rights!), the winning team will be treated to a special prize at the end of the event.



A GoFundMe page has been established for people to share and contribute to in order to show their support. The aim is simple, to fundraise as much as possible. Once all monies are received, Townmore will match the amount and make a payment to Dóchas.

Show your support:


Week 1 Leaderboard 


Well done to everyone for their efforts this week, both walking and providing support  – we are well on our way to exceeding the target! The team of 32 have completed an equivalent of 1,400 km this week.



How the COVID-19 Pandemic Will Change the Built Environment

Earlier this week ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST published a thought-provoking article by Alyssa Giacobbe entitled ‘How the COVID-19 Pandemic Will Change the Built Environment’ – you can read the full article here:

The piece starts by quoting Boston-based architect and adjunct professor at MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning Rami el Samahy: 

This won’t be the first time in history that cities and buildings will be reimagined in response to an increased understanding of disease” ~ Rami el Samahy

This is a particularly good time to reflect on what kind of buildings we are designing and delivering, but also to reflect on how we are designing these spaces. Not only do we have a little more time on our hands to step back from the everyday design and build work, most of us are somewhat contained to our home offices (or any quiet space) and frustrated at the design inadequacies. These inadequacies are not simply around use of space but rather its flexibility, or soundproofing, or potential to be cut off and isolated, when needed. Apparently there is a collective urge to change this.

Many people living in Ireland might have seen footage of a political exchange in the Dail yesterday whereby Green Party leader Eamon Ryan urged hardware stores to remain open for as long as possible so that people confined to their homes can engage in some homes and garden DIY. We are finding out that our homes are not designed for peace and quiet to work when all family members are home. And we are finding out that our office buildings and retail units are not designed for social distancing with ease.

There has been much rhetoric this week about the world changing. While this might sound dramatic, it is true, particularly from a design perspective. In the same way that weather events prompted us to alter designs and innovate better materials and methods of building, the unfolding Covid-19 situation and examining the documented spread of the virus will almost certainly prompt the industry to design future solutions. One likely example of this is the trend of open offices; practically, uniform open workplaces will almost certainly need to be re-imagined. 

For many in the design community, however, the rapid spread of COVID-19 has caused them to reevaluate their life’s work, and what it might mean to design for a world that will never be quite the same, especially when it comes to how we gather in and use large public spaces, like airports, hotels, hospitals, gyms, and offices.” ~ Alyssa Giacobb           

These design measures will range from the seemingly small or insignificant, to the audacious; from simply incorporating more hand-washing and sanitizing stations, to moving from open place workplaces towards so-called “deep-work chambers”, as championed by David Dewane of Chicago-based practice Barker/Nestor, who hopes businesses will take the learnings of team members working remotely this month and use these to create more balanced work spaces that facilitate both individual concentration task space and areas for productive collaboration.

If virtual working is successful, if we are in fact more productive, it’s going to fundamentally change the value proposition of shared workspace. Not everyone wants to be in a big social playground.” ~ David Dewane of Barker/Nestor

The article discusses the likelihood of public spaces moving towards more automation to mitigate the risk of contagion. This will likely incorporate more touch-less technology, for example, automatic doors, voice-activated elevators and light switches, keyless entry through doors. Other possible solutions include self-cleaning bathrooms,enhanced use of pods and modular units that can be sealed off, disinfected or quickly torn down, if necessary.

According to Craig Scully, chief engineer at Indiana-based firm Design Collaborative, designers will incorporate more antibacterial fabrics and materials, for example copper. He goes on to say: “If five years ago I had a conversation with a convention center about implementing those materials, they might not want to spend the money, but today that’s likely to be a totally different story”. 

Plenty of food for thought here. 


2020: A New Decade of Construction

Townmore’s Top 5 Construction Tech Picks for a New Decade

1.  Construction software and project management tools 

After decades of very little process innovation and growing criticism, there has been a whole raft of so-called efficiency tools in recent years, dedicated to the construction industry.  A satisfying number of these new tools have been developed by Irish-based startups. Real-time collaboration software is fast becoming a best practice for modern building companies, however, the use of this is not as widespread across Irish contractors as it needs to be in 2020. While this might not seem like a worthy tech pick for a new generation of Irish construction teams, reliable, real-time, collaboration software is the most important first step for many firms as it facilitates the digital record-keeping for construction projects from start to finish.

2.  BIM

Technology is transforming modern construction and the team at Townmore is leading the charge. BIM, or building information modelling, is an intelligent 3D model-based process. It allows project stakeholders to efficiently plan, design, construct and sustainably manage buildings over the entire lifecycle of the building.  It has already reached tipping point (15%+) across Irish design and build teams. In the UK, BIM became mandatory on all PPP projects by 2017 (no timeline for this on Irish PPP projects). The use of BIM became mandatory on all Townmore projects from Q3 2019; this required heavy investment in hardware, software and training for all staff and subcontractors on site, so we are well prepared for 2020 upskilling.

3.  MMC (in particular, Modular and Offsite Construction)

Like every forward-thinking construction contractor, Townmore has included MMC options in all design and build proposals in recent years. Given the persistent housing crisis here in Ireland, chronic undersupply of rental property and strong demand for office space within the capital, rapid build and more certain programme delivery options are appealing for construction project clients. Irish offsite construction manufacturers are now offering certified building systems to deliver buildings up to 10 storeys – this is opening up a whole new era of taller buildings in Ireland, using MMC techniques.

4.  Data (given the AI treatment)

In reality, the construction industry has always generated more data than it knows what to do with. As we kickstart a new decade of construction, poor planning, project management, miscalculations/cost overruns etc are fast becoming unacceptable. For the first time, predictive analytics are currently being applied en masse to construction data in Ireland  (Construction Data 2020 pilot project). Predictive analytics provides forecasting abilities that have the potential to transform construction by facilitating more accurate costings, avoiding failure triggers and helping to eliminate waste. Specific outcomes of AI, or artificial intelligence, to the data include: more accurate simulation prior to construction, design issue prediction, identification and analysis of specific construction project risks, irrespective of the level of complexity involved.

5.   Sustainability

Whereas so-called ‘green technologies’ are products/services that facilitate a carbon-neutral building footprint, sustainability goes to the core of the design and build strategies of the project, with due consideration for the lifecycle of end building. This encompasses the most efficient use of resources, including natural light, in order to reduce ongoing running costs and waste. Compliance with increasingly onerous legislation and reducing overall environmental impact are the primary considerations of sustainability design teams and we know that this legislation is likely to become more burdensome over the next decade.

The above doesn’t touch on 3D printing, robotics, emerging construction safety technologies and a whole host of immersive technologies (including virtual and augmented reality). As a growing (and margin-conscious) construction contractor we need to strike a balance between useful innovation and novelty – what industry innovations would make your top 5?