The 34th Annual Irish Concrete Society’s Awards took place on the 9th of April on the Conrad Hotel, Dublin. The Awards recognise excellence in both design and construction in concrete. The jury reviewed a total of twenty six projects entered in three categories of main awards – Elemental, Infrastructure and Building. The 4th Irish Concrete Society International Award, sponsored by Enterprise Ireland, was also awarded in addition to the annual Seán de Courcy Student Prize and the biennial Sculpture Award.
The main awards jury consisted of Philippe O’Sullivan of Grafton Architects, Jim Sherry of Mott MacDonald and John Pentony of Jons Civil Engineering
Winner – Building Category and Overall Winner
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Chosen from a total of 11 category entries and 26 entries for overall award.
‘In this civic building, the use of large elements of concrete was a choice rather than a requirement. Having made this choice the architect and design team have exploited the use of concrete to the full. The large, open well finished concrete elements appear a near-perfect material for the spaces created – finished in areas with oak slats. The massive pre-cast roof beams were a complex piece of construction well delivered. The contractor is also to be congratulated for the overall quality of finish achieved. The extensive use of concrete in this building clearly shows what concrete can add to an award winning building.’
Project Client Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council
Project Engineer Horganlynch Consulting Engineers
Project Architect Carr Cotter Naessens Architects
Project Contractor John Sisk and Son
Major Suppliers Kwik Structures / Banagher Precast Concrete / Kilsaran
The Irish Concrete Society is a learned society founded in 1973 to support and encourage technical excellence in concrete. It is a cross-sectorial, independent, impartial, science based organisation. With membership open to all who have an interest in concrete.
The Society acts as a focal point for industry debate, research, education, standards development in the field of concrete technology, design and construction. The Society is a not for profit organisation funded by membership and services it provides.