As a sculptor I have a great deal of experience of working in bronze and have completed several public and private commissions in this country. However, my experience of working with Nugents ( of Naas Co Kildare) was probably the most satisfying and successful working partnership I have yet undertaken.
The project was a major motorway sculpture in Corten Steel for Westmeath Co Council, Stephen Nugent effictively ran the project from beginning to end. At the presentation stage Nugents made sure the huge demands made for compliance, health and safety etc were met in full and on time. As lead contractor, they provided the best structural engineers and health and safety officer, supervised the ordering of steel, handled the fabrication of the entire sculpture, supervised the concrete foundations and arranged for the complex transportation to the site.
The erection at a difficult motorway site was pre planned well in advance by senior Nugents staff as was the hiring of cranes and personnel.
I effectively only gave Nugents a set of drawings and a scale model. They delivered the finished sculpture on time and not one penny over budget.
It was a faultless piece of engineering