Leading Irish building contractor JJ Rhatigan & Company, headquartered in Galway, has been recognised as one of Deloitte’s Best Managed Companies for 2023. This accolade comes during a period of steady growth for the company, which is currently working on 24 projects across Ireland and the UK with an aggregate value nearing €1.04 billion.

A steadfast presence in the construction sector since its foundation by John J Rhatigan in 1952,  JJ Rhatigan & Company, or JJR, has continuously showcased its commitment to quality, safety, innovation, and sustainability. Over the past seven decades, the family-owned company has been a beacon of excellence, expanding its influence from Galway to Dublin and beyond. Its steady growth led to the opening of the London office in 2013.

JJR’s impressive delivery in recent years includes the delivery of more than 3,800 private and social homes, 17,000 school places, 20 healthcare facilities, 145,000m2 of office and commercial space, 2,500 student accommodation bedrooms, 1,400 hotel bedrooms, and 14 third-level campus facilities. This impressive track record is a testament to the construction leader’s collaborative approach and dedication to delivering high-calibre projects. The team at JJR is focused on curbing the environmental footprint of its projects and operations. This is achieved by leveraging the latest technologies and constantly striving for enhancement in sustainable practices, which was a key consideration for the judges in this year’s competition. 

Brian Murphy, Lead Partner for Ireland’s Best Managed Companies Awards Programme at Deloitte Ireland said: “This year we’re celebrating 15 years of the BMC programme and the incredible companies that have qualified. Even though this year’s cohort faced another challenging period, over the past 15 years we’ve seen how indigenous Irish businesses find opportunities in change. Strengthening governance and recognising the value of specialist expert advice on critical areas such as ESG were key discussion points in the coaching sessions. We also saw companies increasingly focused on innovation driving internationalisation. Despite the uncertainties of the past few years, the confidence of Irish businesses is clear as more and more are scaling their market reach internationally”. 

Showcasing excellence across Ireland’s construction sector, JJ Rhatigan’s robust performance metrics and KPIs attest to its unwavering commitment to health and safety, program delivery, quality, budget management, and fostering collaborative relationships. JJR is pioneering the use of digital workflows with BIM (Building Information Modelling) to enhance collaboration and decision-making.

In addressing industry challenges, JJR has strengthened its senior management team, demonstrating a strong commitment to diversity with 33% female representation. Embracing cutting-edge technology, the company’s adoption of offsite and other modern methods of construction (MMC) not only accelerates delivery but guarantees consistently high-quality outputs.

According to Ger Ronayne, Chief Executive Officer with JJR, “Being distinguished as a Deloitte Best Managed Company is a testament to the relentless dedication and passion of our team. It’s more than an accolade; it’s an affirmation that our direction, steeped in continuous refinement and innovation, is the right one. While we’ve achieved significant milestones, our focus is on ensuring the continued, sustainable growth of the business. Every accolade, every milestone is a stepping stone to the next. This recognition marks a pivotal chapter in JJR’s journey, one that pushes us towards a future that is purpose-driven and progressive.”