The 33rd Awards Evening which took place on the 21st of March in the Conrad, Dublin is one of the highlights of the construction industry’s calendar. The Awards recognise excellence in both design and construction in concrete. The jury reviewed a total of twenty eight projects entered in three categories of main awards – Elemental, Infrastructure and Building. The third Irish Concrete Society International Award, sponsored by Enterprise Ireland, was also awarded in addition to the annual Sean de Courcy Student Prize.
The main awards jury included, Eamon Booth (Managing Director of John Paul Construction), Denis Byrne (Denis Byrne Architects) and Paul Healy Director (OCSC).
The 3rd International award jury included Michael Holst (Associate Director of Clifton Scannell Emerson Associates), Brian Kavanagh (Kavanagh Tuite Architects) and Kelly Spillane (Enterprise Ireland).
Infrastructure and Overall Award Winner – Rosie Hackett Bridge, Dublin
Project Client Dublin City Council
Project Engineer Roughan & O’Donovan
Project Architect Seán Harrington Architects
Project Contractor Graham Construction
Major Suppliers CEMEX
Rosie Hackett Bridge won the ‘Infrastructural Category and Overall Winner’, chosen from a total of 28 entries.
The Jury said: “The elegance and simplicity of this hard-working bridge mark it out as a significant recent example of understated civic excellence. Taking the Luas line, buses, taxis, cyclists and pedestrians across the river in a single in-situ reinforced concrete span of 48ms, whilst achieving an astonishing visual slenderness at mid-point, this is an extraordinary piece of infrastructure design. The inherent plastic qualities of in-situ concrete are exploited to the full in the sinuous, orchestrated resolution of the curved and double curved underside geometries. Of particular additional interest technically is the use of the insitu upstanding concrete fins to provide, at once, useful longitudinal stiffening to the upper part of the bridge, separation of vehicular and pedestrian traffic, a base for seating and planting and the main component of the bridge’s clever flood defence system. The Rosie Hackett Bridge is a triumph of graceful design, engineering excellence and advanced concrete technology and a worthy winner of both the Infrastructural Category award and the overall Concrete Society award.”
Building Award Winner – National Film School, Dún Laoghaire
Project Client Institute of Art Design and Technology, Dún Laoghaire
Project Engineer Punch Consulting Engineers
Project Architect ABK Architects
Project Contractor Collen Construction
Major Supplier Kilsaran
Chosen from a total of 9 entries the winner for the ‘Building Award’ was the National Film School.
The Jury said: “This is a real concrete construction; that is to say it exploits a full range of the possibilities of the material to provide the building with its main formal qualities. External and internal walls, floors and even ceilings are constituted of insitu concrete, tooled to expose the aggregate finish, both to provide a pleasing texture and to provide an integral hard-wearing low maintenance finish. The choice of material is especially appropriate given the acoustic sensitivities of the building, whose main space is a technically advanced, fully functioning TV studio, and the robust requirements of a heavily-used student building. It lends the suburban campus in which it sits an air of gravitas and nobility, greatly adding to the quality of the institute’s expanding collection of buildings.”
Elemental Award Winner – Mount Anville Outdoor Learning Facility
Project Client Mount Anville School
Project Architect Paul O’Toole Architects
Project Engineer Banagher Precast Concrete
Project Contractor Merrion Contracting Ltd
Major Suppliers Banagher Precast Concrete
Jury Quote: “The simple composition of precast and in-situ elements, allied to the technical virtuosity of the cast grass-in-concrete flooring and the place-making aspirations of the designers, combine to produce a work of quiet power. The considered positioning of the elements in the garden landscape that surrounds the school, nestled as it is into an L-shaped southwest-facing corner adjoining the main entrance, give this amphitheatre a sense of place and make of it a profound emblem of assembly. All our schools would benefit from an intervention such as this.”
3rd International Award winner – Reading Elevated Platform Viaduct.
Precast Concrete made in Ireland by Shay Murtagh Precast.
Project Client Reading Elevated Platform Viaduct
Irish Supplier Shay Murtagh Precast
An award that recognises Irish companies who export product or service off the island of Ireland. The Award reflects the growing emphasis on export for all in Irish construction and is sponsored by Enterprise Ireland. Chosen from a total of 10 entries.
Jury Quote: “This major Rail infrastructure project involved the construction of a 1000m. viaduct in a 30 week period. This viaduct is a series of flyovers that is the U.K’s longest concrete viaduct. The project consisted of 244 Bridge Beams with spans of 25m, 176 No. Precast Box Culverts, each weighing 28 tonnes, 84 Box Beams and over 1000 Precast Concrete panels used for a reinforced earth retaining wall. This project demonstrated both technical and innovation excellence in concrete on this major infrastructural project. It involved close coordination and programming with the client Network Rail when installing the concrete units adjacent to the live railway tracks. The project involved significant use of 3D modelling especially in the planning of the complex installation. The entrant brought a precast value engineered design solution over the original in-situ specification. The judges were impressed with the scale and complexity of this project on a tight programme.”