Video Thumbnail
James Kirby and Son in 1964

Founded in 1964, Kirby is a mechanical and electrical engineering contractor. We operate in Ireland, the UK and Northern Europe, and directly employ over 1,000 highly-skilled employees.

We provide full mechanical and electrical contracting services as well as specialist high voltage (HV) and medium voltage (MV) design and construction services to clients across a number of different sectors including Data Centres, Life Sciences, Industrial Manufacturing, Substations and Renewables, Power Generation, Petrochemical and Commercial.

Our Vision, Purpose & Core Values

Our Vision:

Kirby aspires to be the most trusted provider of high-value engineering and construction services.


Our Purpose:

Creating and sharing value through providing operationally excellent mechanical and electrical engineering and construction services, while continuously focussing on building sustainable partnerships by always delivering on our commitments.


Our Core Values:

People     – We truly value our people and invest in their development.

Safety       – We ensure our people go home safely every day.

Quality     – We are proud of the quality of the projects we deliver.

Delivery   – We always deliver on our promise and go the extra mile for all our clients.

Value        – We are honest, fair and reasonable in all our transactions.

Senior Management Team

Geography of Operation

Kirby Group Engineering has seven offices across Ireland, UK and Continental Europe.

We have the capability to execute projects in Ireland, UK, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland.


“We consider safety first and foremost, on every project, and for every person affected by our operations.
Ray Ryan, Director Quality and EHS


Get it right first time, safely!  Kirby are uncompromising when it comes to safety standards. We aspire to be ‘best in class’ in all aspects of health and safety and protection of the environment.

We have adopted a process of continual improvement in health and safety, applying the ISO 45001 and ISO 14001 EHS Management Systems and we have been accredited by Achilles UVDB.

We are members of:


Kirby consistently receive international awards and recognition for our approach to health and safety.

Kirby also accept our responsibility for the protection of our environments, for the management of our finite natural resources, and for making sustainable choices which will provide for present and future generations.

View our Health and Safety Policy

View our Environmental Policy


Quality at Kirby is more than just a set of procedures; it’s a culture committed to ‘Getting it Right First Time’. Our Quality Management System is independently verified and continuously under review. Our dedicated Inspection and Testing Department ensures that finished products are defect-free; of the highest quality; conform to all standards and regulations; and meet or exceed our clients’ expectations.
View our Quality and Lean Policy


Key Quality Achievements:

  • ISO 9001:2015: Kirby were one of the first construction-related companies to receive ISO 9001 accreditation. Today we hold ISO 9001:2015 accreditation across all services and geographic regions, including electrical, mechanical, power, calibrations and communications.
  • Beyond ISO 9001: Kirby has developed its quality management procedures beyond ISO 9001 to conform to work in GMP and FDA-regulated environments.
  • Q-Mark Standard: Kirby have achieved the internationally-recognised Q-Mark Quality Management System Certification – a business excellence framework which demonstrates our commitment to operational excellence and continuous improvement at all levels of our business.
  • Achilles UVDB Verify: In 2008, Kirby secured Achilles UVDB registration.
    Kirby also hold Achilles RISQS, Achilles Sellihca (Nordic Utilities), Achilles Power & Tech Community and Achilles Supply Line certification for supply-chain procurement.
  • Lloyd’s Register: Kirby has been accepted onto the Lloyds National Electricity Registration Scheme in the UK as a Utility Connection Provider for contestable works up to 132kV
    SEK, Elsäkerhetsverket: Kirby has been accepted onto the Swedish National Electricity Registration Scheme as a certified Electrical Company for works up to 1kV.
    ATEX Certification: Kirby have +20Nr. CompEx certified Atex Inspectors in-house, whom can perform Atex Inspections to the current Atex Directive 2014/34/EU.

Innovation and Lean

Kirby culture is driven by innovation, efficiency, waste elimination and meeting our customers’ needs at minimum cost each and every time. Lean practices and processes have become critical components of our project delivery, which bring significant value to us and our customers.

At Kirby, we operate an Innovation Suggestion Scheme, where participation is encouraged among all of our workforce. This approach allows us to continuously generate innovative / lean ideas from our site and office employees. The suggestions are focused around introducing efficiencies into the business by continuously improving the site conditions and the quality of our services. This system allows us to continuously add value and generate savings on our clients’ projects.


CSR and Sustainability

Corporate Social Responsibility

At Kirby, we conduct our business in an ethical manner and in accordance with current internationally recognised best practice with respect to CSR. We are mindful of our duty to our employees, business partners, the communities we work within and our environment to build a sustainable future for all individuals and localities affected by our various operations.

Our people are our most valued resource. Their health, safety and well-being is our primary concern. Our aim is to promote diversity, equal opportunity, respect and personal development within our company and among our colleagues.

We are a community based organisation. While international in nature, our work is delivered locally with significant interaction with the communities we work within.  We support, through active involvement and financial contribution, community based initiatives which seek to build local infrastructure, support local needs and foster community integration.

View our CSR Statement



At Kirby, sustainability is about protecting our environment and communities – now and for future generations. We aim to promote sustainability through responsible sourcing of suppliers and materials, good design, minimising waste, and providing a safe working environment for staff, building users and the surrounding community.


Kirby understand the need to deliver projects that are not only cost-effective but also sustainable.Kirby has successfully achieved BREEAM ‘Excellent’ and LEED ratings on a number of developments within our portfolio.

View our Waste and Energy Management Policy Statement

Information Security Management (ISM)

At Kirby, Information Security is about protecting our ICT systems, end users and clients’ managed data – on a continual basis. We aim to promote cyber-security best practices through responsible accessing of incoming data sets, emails, software applications, and by providing a secure Information Technology working platform for our staff and end users.

Kirby understand the need to protect our offices and project data from unwanted cyber and information security risks, through ongoing software implementation and upgrades. Kirby has successfully achieved the ISO 27001:2017 – Information Security Management System certification across our entire business.

View our ISMS Policy

Awards and Certifications

Year after year, Kirby consistently wins national and international awards due to our strong performance culture and our reputation for quality, value and service.

Learn more