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Tom Costello: Construction Industry Leader 2017

Tom Costello

We are delighted to announce that Tom Costello will be the very worthy recipient of the prestigious Construction Industry Leader 2017, sponsored by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Ireland, at the fourth annual Irish Construction Industry Awards on Tuesday, May 9th in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the growth of the sector in Ireland.

Born in Co. Mayo, Tom graduated as a Civil Engineer from NUIG in 1979. He joined Sisk as a graduate engineer in Western Division and apart from a 1 year stint in Nigeria he stayed West of the Shannon for 20 years, much of it in Limerick where he laid down his Munster roots. While in Limerick he developed long lasting relationships with companies such as J&J, Analog Devices and Tiernan Properties. He moved up through the ranks in the Sisk organisation taking over as Regional Director in 1989, where he got actively involved in CIF, Limerick Treaty 300, Limerick Enterprise Network and Engineers Ireland.

He was appointed Managing Director of Sisk in 1999 taking over from the legendary Kevin Kelly. He spent a rollercoaster 12 years in the role from the high of 2006 with turnover in Ireland of €1.3bn followed by some very challenging years. Over the years, he has worked with the Sisk team on projects such as Croke Park, Aviva, Dundrum Town Centre, Spencer Dock including National Conference Centre, Grand Canal theatre, and large motorway projects including the first ECI project at Cashel to Mitchelstown. Of particular interest was his work with multinationals, including major projects done for J&J, Wyeth, Pfizer, Microsoft, Amgen.

The projects that stand out are Castlebar Hospital in 1986 and Arthurs Quay Limerick in 1989 as he was building his career, and more recently his work at Aviva & Centacor where all parties saw project success through the power of everyone working together every day with respect, passion and pride to deliver the job safely and to the highest standards.

5 years ago, he left Sisk to set up his own consultancy, focussed initially with Diageo on construction of new Brewhouse and currently as Head of Construction at IPUT.

Tom Costello with the new Children's Hospital development plans

In September 2013, he was asked to chair the Development Board for the New Children's Hospital. From the outset, he has embraced the role with vigour getting the right companies, peoples and structures in place and ensuring a 'best in class' approach is adopted at all stages.

A major milestone was achieved last month when the Cabinet gave final approval for the €1bn project.

He lives in Kilternan, Co. Dublin with his wife Mary. They have 3 sons Ronan, David and Thomas and a daughter Grainne.

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