The Following is taken from the Hogan Stand GAA Magazine from the 12th of May 2000:
Men Of Steel
Gradually - almost unseen to the public eye, save for the occasional glimpse - Croke Park is being transformed into one of the most brilliant examples of architectural excellence in Europe. The main steelwork contractor on the ambitious redevelopment project, Grogan Engineering, is playing a major role in shaping this modern-day phenomenon.
Already lauded by Gaels (and others) as one of the finest stadiums in Europe, Croker will be even more impressive on its completion. The redevelopment work (which began back in 1990 and started in earnest with the removal of the old Cusack Stand the day after the 1993 Derry/Cork All-Ireland football final) is now gathering a real head of steam, with extensive work on going simultaneously on both the Canal (Phase 2) and Hogan (Phase3) ends.
Having contributed enormously to the success that is 'the New Stand' steelwork specialists Grogan Engineering are also involved extensively on the Canal End redevelopment and hope to lend their expertise once again when the time is right for steelwork input on 'the new Hogan'.
Grogan Engineering won the contract for phase 1 and 2 against stiff competition and are currently hoping to negotiate phase 3.
Grogans carried out at least 80% of the steelwork on the new stand and are doing 70% of the Canal End. "We started fabrication for the Canal End over a year ago and have been on site since May '99," notes Grogans..
Naturally, then, it's extremely important that all targets are met...exactly why the GAA has drafted in the experience and know-how of Grogan Engineering, proven specialists in their field.
Who actually came up with all the design ideas for the steelwork at Croke Park?
"It's a collective process," says Grogans. "The architects and the engineers give us an indication of what they want and we draw up our plans and proposals in a practical manner. We make various suggestions on an ongoing basis and constantly liaise with the engineers and architects." The steelwork on Phase 2 could be complete in six months and estimates that Phase 3's steelwork will take approximately 18 months from start to finish. Thereafter, if practical, We hope to continue the firm's relationship with the GAA with regards to any future projects that might arise.
Grogan Engineering is a Dublin family business which currently employs 35 people and was established by Frank Grogan in the mid-Seventies. Frank literally started the business from his home garage and painstakingly built it up into the success story it is today.
Other prestigious jobs carried out by Grogan Engineering were the new Central Bank railings and the refurbishment of the Custom House railings. But one suspects the Croke Park development is heading for pride of place on the companies already impressive Curriculum Vitae.
In terms of architecture and design, Croke Park can match any stadium anywhere in Europe and Grogan Engineering can be rightfully proud of its contribution.
The company specialises in steelwork on all types of construction projects and secures agreements with all the main contractors to work on a variety of office developments, shopping centres, hospitals, factories and apartments. And that's not to mention the normal, everyday smaller and even the more unusual jobs for private individuals.