Our Team

Brigid Browne MSc, BSc, MIEI, MSCSI, MRICS – Managing Director 

Brigid iqualified with an honours Bachelor of Science in Building Surveying from Dundalk Institute of Technology in 2000. On graduating from Dundalk she was employed by Muskry Construction, Cahir as a building surveyor and quality controller on construction sites in the Cahir and Clonmel areas.  


In 2001 she moved to Hayes Higgins Partnership and rose to the position of Senior Building Surveyor in the Tipperary Office.  In 2004 Brigid set up in private practice as a building surveyor and planning consultant and in 2007 changed from a Sole Trader to a Limited Company.  She went on to obtain an honours Masters of Science in Planning and Development from DIT Bolton Street.


Brigid became a Chartered Building Surveyor in 2016 registered with the SCSI and the RICS.


Duties with Fortress Planning are as follows: 


  • Planning and Appeals Consultant
  • Building Engineering
  • Certificates of Compliance for Building Regulations and Planning Permission
  • Building Surveying
  • Site & Area  Certification
  • Project  Management
  • Assinged Designer
  • Assigned Certifier
  • Interim Inspections for builds  
  • Sales and Marketing


Brigid brings a high level of energy to her role as Managing Director with Fortress Planning.   When involved in building design she deals directly with all clients to ensure that the design brief is understood and all client needs are incorporated into the design. Brigid maintains a working presence on all jobs from initial conception to final completion.


She has vast experience at resolving planning conflicts including handling Further Information requests from Planning Authorities and making Appeal submissions to An Bord Pleanala.


Brigid is also Fortress Planning's on-site engineer carrying out Interim Inspections on all builds and issuing Certificates of Compliance on Completion and Opinions of Compliance with Planning Permission.


Mike Ryan – Projects Director

Mike qualified as a Building and Industrial Services Technician and joined the BCD Engineering Group straight from college in 1995.  Michael was involved with every aspect and division of the BCD Engineering Group since 1995 but his experience was concentrated on project management of pipework installation projects mostly on site.


Mike is also qualified as a Process Draughtsman and spent the early part of his employment with BCD Engineering generating construction drawings for piping installations and skids. Michael was also involved in the development and implementation of the BCD Quality Management System for ISO9001. 


Mike left the BCD Engineering Group in 2007 to join Fortress Planning as Projects Director specifically to expand the company activities into the Project Management sector. He has been Projects Director for Fortress Planning since 2007. Mike's duties at Fortress Planning are as follows:


  • Project Accounts and Budgetary  Management
  • Project  Co-Ordination/Management
  • IQ/OQ  Documentation
  • Quality  Management
  • Project  Scheduling
  • Health & Safety Risk  Assessments
  • Building Design, Planning and Construction Drawings
  • PSDP - Project Supervisor Design Process


The broad experience he has of managing projects for industries in the Pharmaceutical, Bio-Pharmaceutical, Chemical, Brewery, Food Processing and Dairy sectors is ideally flexible for the conceptual and detailed design, and management of any type of project. Mike has worked on projects for a wide range of well known companies such as Pepsi-Cola, GE Healthcare, Heineken, Allergan Pharmaceuticals and many more.


From February 2012 to July 2012, Mike undertook contract work in Afghanistan for mainly the Australian Defence Force through NATO Sponsored Danish Company, Copenhagen Contractors on Multi-National Military Base in Tarin Kowt, Uruzgan Province. The majority of the construction projects managed by Mike in Afghanistan where in Camp Holland and Camp Russell for the Australian Defence Force including the Chalet 'H' Development Project, MTF (Mentoring Task Force) Relocation Project, ISA EOD Compound Upgrades and Camp Russell Well Head Project. Mike also project managed works for the US Military through the ADF such as the Relocation of the US Federal Post Office in Camp Holland and also the Upgrade of the US Military 1-14 compound. For his work in Afghanistan, Mike received two Certificates of Appreciation for Copenhagen Contractors for Chalet 'H' and MTF Relocation Projects and a Letter of Recommendation from Major Reynolds, Senior Project Engineer with The Australian Defence Force Project Management Team (ADF-PMT).


Mike brings to the team a high level of accuracy and attention to detail with full understanding of the benefits of good budget control and quality of service. He also has vast experience at resolving project conflicts including contract scope of works and scheduling issues.


Mike also achieved IOSH Accreditation as PSDP (Project Supervisor Design Process).

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