Celebrating 25 Years of Lafferty
As Lafferty celebrates its 25th year in business, John Rattigan, the Managing Director and longest serving member of the team reflects on the business’ growth and his personal highlights since joining the team in December 2002.
My first project in Lafferty was Dundrum Town Centre, now home to Lafferty’s Dublin office. This was a major project for the business, with the monetary turnover on construction per day reaching €1 million at its peak – for the shell and core alone. Co-ordinating the retail fit-out which followed, including 90 individual stores was a big programme of work in itself.
Ultimately, this project with Dundrum Town Centre became the platform upon which we built our business. And we haven’t stopped since.
Following Dundrum Town Centre we progressed into other areas including commercial offices such as Grand Canal Square where Facebook, William Fry and the Bord Gais Energy Theatre are today. This was a landmark development designed by internationally renowned Architect Daniel Libeskind and delivered by Lafferty.
In 2009, we identified an opportunity to provide an integrated service offering to the workplace sector; a growing market at the time particularly for FDI clients looking to establish themselves in Ireland. Since this time, we’ve had the opportunity to lead and deliver projects for clients from Ancestry.com, to Prometric, Twitter and Yahoo!, Workday and Docusign – to name a few. These are the types of projects that we really enjoy; delivering at pace and learning from truly innovative clients – it’s an exciting and rewarding sector to be involved in.
The past 25 years have seen huge success for Lafferty.
During my time at Lafferty I have been fortunate to work with so many knowledgeable, smart and wise professionals; from Pat Lafferty himself, to global industry experts, to the exceptional team I’m surrounded by today. I’ve found myself in the company of some top professionals and outside of the technical aspect of projects I got to see strategic thinking in practice. I thank Pat Lafferty for providing me with that opportunity.
The past 25 years have seen huge success for Lafferty; working on a number of landmark projects, breaking new ground in project management approach and delivery, entering into new sectors like Life Sciences and continuously expanding the team with the best in the industry. There has no doubt been challenges along the way, from the economic downturn of 2008 to the more recent Covid 19 Pandemic, but the exceptional dedication and determination of our team here at Lafferty has allowed us to work through these challenges.
Today Lafferty employs 44 people, including direct staff, an operations team and independent contractors. We are a team of exceptional and ambitious people, united in our values of professionalism, teamwork, commitment & growth. We care deeply about what we do and we take great pride in our work.
Above all, we are ambitious – always searching for ways to be better; to uncover new opportunities, to deliver the best possible outcome, and to create a positive impact for our clients and our people. We always want to be the best that we can be and do the right thing and it’s this mindset that I believe has enabled us to persevere through challenges, remain resilient and continue to deliver success for our clients.
In December, we hosted an All Hands for the team; giving everyone the opportunity to share an overview of current projects, completed projects, ongoing strategy work and personal achievements.
In that moment, as team members spoke about their respective projects and achievements and the impact they had made – I felt a great sense of pride in what we have achieved and in equal measure, excitement for what’s ahead.
We’ve got big ambitions for the future and I’m excited for what’s to come for Lafferty.
Above all, we are ambitious.