Architects Information Day

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We opened our doors recently to welcome over 30 of Cork’s top architects for an information morning and manufacturing tour.  The response was brilliant, thank-you to everyone who took the time to attend we hope you found it both informative and enjoyable.  Due to the fantastic response we will be hosting another information day towards the end of the year.

Operations Manager Brian Murphy talks wall systems to an engaged crew of architects

Technical Sales Director Heber McMahon gives a presentation titled ‘Timber Frame Principles and Opportunities’

Heber showing our guests around the design office

If you are interested in attending one of our open days or would like us to visit your office for a lunch time CPD presentation give us a call on 026 21100 or email 

Celebrating 20 years in Business

Over 120 Cygnum employees past and present came together recently to celebrate 20 years in business.  The 20 year anniversary marks an important milestone for the company which has seen many highlights such as opening it’s state of the art manufacturing facility in 2005. In 2007 further expansion and a focus on improving our service to clients in the UK saw us open an office in Stowmarket, Suffolk.

In 2011, we built one of the UK’s first Passivhaus registered schools in Wolverhampton. This enabled us to develop a technical engineering and design department who are constantly driven to find ways of improving existing products and use cutting-edge solutions to exceed our clients requirements.

In 2016 Cygnum was presented with no less than 5 awards at the Structural Timber Awards. Plans are now afoot to extend the manufacturing facility to house new state of the art machinery to meet the demand of the growing housing market.

Managing Director John Desmond took the opportunity to thank all of his team, many of whom have been with the company since it’s inception in 1997.

We would like to thank all our clients for your support over the past 20’s to the next 20!



One of our Self Build Clients talks about his experience building a Cygnum Timber Frame Home

“We are delighted to be living in our timber-frame home after the short build time. Cygnum have a highly effective process from beginning to end. The very informative sales team and the thorough design team (who worked closely with our architect, Robert Cummins) ensured the delivery of our  dream house. The onsite project team were highly efficient, with the main structure being erected in just three days. Challenges, which were very few given the level of detailed planning upfront, were dealt with in a swift and professional manner.”

Tom Fitzpatrick, Co Kilkenny

Tom’s house was built using our Reflect 200 wall system, a cost effective closed wall system enabling you to achieve a great Building Energy Rating (BER).

For more information see our Self-Build page.

Presentation to Reddy Architecture

Director of Technical Sales, Heber McMahon presenting to the team at Reddy Architecture Cork Office on – ‘Timber Frame Principles and Opportunities’. Thanks guys, looking forward to welcoming the team for a manufacturing tour soon..

For more information on our CPD presentations call 026 21100 or e-mail 

Delivery of timber frame units in Limerick

Another busy week on site. First houses being delivered to one of our developments in Limerick. One of the major benefits for developers using offsite construction for high volume housing is it significantly increases the speed of the build by reducing build time both in the factory and on site.

The expertise of our erector teams means that projects take shape quickly – a typical four bedroom detached home can be erected and made wind and watertight in just five days.

Cork housing development progressing at rapid speed

Work is progressing well on our site in Cork, this is phase 2 of the 90 unit housing estate using our Reflect® 140 wall system which is factory insulated and closed on the inner face with an airtight membrane and service battens.  The combination of foil surfaces and rigid PIR insulation are used to optimise performance and minimise cost.  Factory fitting the airtight membrane and battens greatly reduces site works.”

Cygnum can install several units within days.  A great example of how offsite construction can deliver rapid build housing with precision and accuracy.

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Architecture Ireland – RIIA Cork Edition Launch

Simon Coveney

On April 10th, Minister for Housing Simon Coveney T.D. launched ‘The Cork Issue’ of the Royal Institute of Architects Ireland journal, Architecture Ireland, at the Lewis Glucksman Gallery in UCC. It is the first time ever the RIAI has editorially focused on just one location – and Architecture Ireland takes a close look at the topic ‘Cork Towards a Second City’. The Cork Issue is also the RIAI’s largest edition of Architecture Ireland in almost a decade.

We were delighted to give our support to the launch which was attended by a large number of Cork architects. The edition features 3 proposed social housing schemes ear-marked for Cork. Simon Coveney announced in his speech “I am pleased to have been able to approve a budget of almost €40 million for these schemes which will deliver 154 high quality social dwellings in excellent locations as part of Cork City’s ambitious Social Housing programme.”

Simon Coveney TD,Heber Mc Mahon, Ian O'Regan

Simon Coveney TD with Heber Mc Mahon, Director of Sales and Ian O’Regan, Sales Executive.

Irish Build & Design Awards

ibda finalist

Thrilled to be a finalist in the ‘International Building Project of the Year’ category at the Irish Build and Design Awards taking place in Dublin April 7th.

The Enterprise Centre at the UEA

The awards highlight excellence in the building and design sectors.