Last year in a rare interview before the launch of Ballymore's latest Irish development, Dublin Landings, Sean Mulryan said, "The only thing I can guarantee this morning is design, creativity, energy and quality. We're going to build the best."
It was no surprise therefore, that at the Property Industry Excellence Awards, Ballymore was voted Overall Winner with the judges declaring that, "Mulryan consistently displays the very highest level of quality"
It was 35 years ago in a quiet village in County Kildare, Ireland, that Sean Mulryan and his wife, Bernardine, sold their car and most of their belongings, to allow them open their first show house. They were going to build residential homes in and around Ballymore Eustace and call the company Ballymore
Sean had sprung from humble beginnings, a stone mason from County Roscommon, but from an early age he had always nurtured a very clear vision for the building trade. His dream was not just to build houses, but to regenerate unwanted land and create newer and better places for people to work and live. They went on to become the most successful and most innovative developers in Ireland, but it was London which catapulted the company into global recognition.
Sean Mulryan became acutely aware of the potential of the unclaimed, unloved wasteland that was London's East End, and when that city suffered a serious property crash in the 1990's, he saw his opportunity and set about acquiring great stretches of land that was prime for regeneration.
The rest is history. To date Ballymore has created completely new localities in the area, an area no longer a wasteland but perhaps the most sought-after neighbourhood in which to live and work in London. Award winning developments were to come, such as Pan Peninsula and the luxurious New Providence Wharf at Canary Wharf, itself a place which has surpassed the City of London as Europe's leading financial district.
Other pioneering developments include Royal Wharf which has regenerated the Royal Docks, the recently launched Goodluck Hope and, of course, City Island, where Sean's vision of urban life embracing living art has become a stunning reality. City Island is now the home of English National Ballet and London Film School and a thriving community where students, office workers and residents are continually inspired by their cultural surroundings.
But Ballymore has also become a pathfinder for the renewal of other areas in London. In Nine Elms, work is near completion on the exciting Embassy Gardens, to where the United States Embassy has relocated from their former home in Grosvenor Square. Embassy Gardens will also be home to the inspirational Sky Pool, just another example of the vision of the founder, CEO and Chairman of Ballymore.
The company which also has a vast experience with city centre regeneration developments in Central and Eastern Europe, will continue to ply its trade in Ireland and the UK with work in the pipeline for major developments in Birmingham, Brentford, Dublin, Ladbroke Grove and further East in London on the River Thames.
The company remains a family business with three of Sean’s five children actively involved. His son John is Managing Director of the UK operations. Sean still resides in that quiet village of Ballymore Eustace with his wife and co-founder Bernardine. He would like to have more time for his interests in Gaelic Games, Rugby and Horse Racing but he has said that for some time to come he is committed to his guarantee of "design, creativity, energy and quality”.