Excellence in the design and construction in concrete was clearly evident again at the 36th Irish Concrete Society’s Annual Awards Evening, which took place on the 24 March in the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road, Dublin with 340 people in attendance. Congratulations to GKMP Architects, Scott Tallon Walker Architects and Henry J Lyons Architects who each pick up awards. The Awards recognise excellence in both design and construction of concrete and are adjudicated by a distinguished, independent jury of industry professionals. The main awards jury reviewed a total of twenty-seven projects nominated in three categories of main awards -Element, Infrastructure and Building. There were also eight projects nominated for the 6th International Award, which is sponsored by Enterprise Ireland. The winners of the annual Séan deCourcy Student Award and the biennial Sculpture Award were also announced. The main awards jury consisted of Michael Browne of Collen Construction, Séan Harrington of Séan Harrington Architects and Brian Kavanagh of Garland Consulting Engineers.
GKMP won in the Element Category and Overall Winner: The Vaulted House, Dublin. Chosen from a total of 10 category entries and 27 entries for overall award. Jury Quote:
“The terrazzo flooring in the existing building may have been the spark that set the client, designers and contractors down a road that delivered an exceptional building that has concrete features throughout. The client was brave and gave a complete vote of confidence to the design team and the contractor. There are many architectural exposed concrete elements that could have been submitted, fair faced walls, columns, soffits, and beams; the dramatic board marked beams internally and externally; the extensive use on terrazzo on the floors and stairs. The concrete theme continued into the garden with a board marked concrete shed, planter boxes, barbeque and even an in situ concrete table. Even a concrete worktop and sink. The vaulted concrete ceiling could well have been overpowering and cold. However, the attention to detail in the design and the craftwork and passion from the contractor have resulted in an exceptional feature in a very beautiful modern home.”
Project Client: Private Project Engineer: David Maher & Associates Project Architect: GKMP Architects Project Contractor: Darcy Bros Major Suppliers: Gerry & Martin Brennan / PJ Ryan Terrazzo / Roadstone
Scott Tallon Walker was Infrastructure Category Winner: Páirc Uí Chaoimh Stadium. Chosen from a total of 7 projects entered. Jury Quote: “This is a project of scale and impact and it dominates the local area. The vertical concrete elements and the excellent precast cladding panels captured the panels attention. There is also the row after row of precast concrete all completed to a high standard.This concrete tiered infrastructure surrounding is a worthy winner.”
Project Client: Cork County GAA, Project Architect: Scott Tallon Walker, Project Engineer:Malachy Walsh and Partners Project Contractor: John Sisk and SonMajor Supplier: Banagher Precast Concrete / P J Edwards & Co Ltd / Roadstone
Henry J Lyons was the Building Category winner: Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin Chosen from a total of 10 entries Jury Quote: “The project team have combined to deliver a spectacular building that is alive with learning. The concrete challenges demanded a collaborative approach which must have pushed the parties to their elastic limit at times. From the raking columns, the jumbo corbel transfers, the dramatic board marked free standing concrete walls, the challenges in the basement civil works, this project challenged practitioners in concrete on several fronts. The building that results is a vibrant living centre of Education which highlights the concrete frame of the building in a very positive light. This a landmark living building and excellent concrete work is at the heart of the project.”
Project Client: Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Project Architect:Henry J Lyons, Project Engineer: OCSC, Project Contractor:Bennett Construction, Major Suppliers: Kilsaran