The CIF, in partnership with the Department of Finance, the banks and other financiers, is to launch a campaign to inform the construction sector about the systems for securing development finance. New financial models are required if more construction activity is to take place
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The Construction Industry Federation (CIF) is to launch an awareness campaign to inform the construction sector about the new systems for securing development finance.

The CIF will work with the Department of Finance, the banks and other financiers to help create greater understanding of the new financial models which the industry will need to adopt if more construction activity is to take place.

This follows the conclusion of the ‘Construction Financing Options’ conference event in Dublin which was attended by approximately 200 developers, contractors, builders and financiers.  During the course of the conference, the construction industry heard how the traditional finance model no longer applies.

Traditionally a single financial institution, such as a bank, had provided the full finance requirements for viable construction projects.  However, the current practice amongst the banks is to provide no more than 60% of the total finance towards any project.  This means that construction companies need to secure additional funding through other financiers such as mezzanine or equity providers.

CIF director general Tom Parlon said, “Whether we like it or not, the old system of construction finance is dead.  Most projects will need to make use of these new models if they are to move forward.  The industry has been looking for alternative funding options.  We now need to start utilising these more complicated financial structures.

“The whole purpose of the Construction Financing Options conference was to help bring financiers together with those who are looking to move construction projects forward.  Over the last few years access to finance has been one of the key issues holding up construction activity.  We hope that all those who attended the conference will have come away with a greater understanding of what financing projects now involves.  Hopefully this will be just the start of a new way of thinking about finance for the wider construction industry,” he concluded.

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  The Construction Industry Federation (CIF) is to launch an awareness campaign to inform the construction sector about the new systems for securing development finance. The CIF will work with the Department of Finance, the banks and other financiers to help create greater understanding of the new financial models which the...