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award at the Irish Concrete Societys 34th Annual AwardsExcellence in the design and
construction in concrete was evident again at this year's Irish Concrete
Society's Awards Evening, which took place on the 9th of April in
the Conrad Hotel, Dublin.
This was the 34th Awards
Evening and the event is always one of the highlights of the construction
industrys calendar with 250 of the construction industrys finest in
attendance. 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 Sean 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
Chosen from a total of 11 category
entries and 26 entries for overall award.
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 Dun Laoghaire Rathdown
Engineer Horganlynch Consulting Engineers
Architect Carr Cotter
Contractor John Sisk and Son
Structures / Banagher Precast Concrete / Kilsaran
Winner - Infrastructure
Pier, Co. Clare
Chosen from a total of 8
exposed maritime site provided a significant challenge in constructability and
in complying with environmental constraints.Concrete is an obvious choice for this structure in this exposed
location, combining strength and durability.The innovative step was to use precast construction techniques to
construct large fully interlocking sections off site. This reduced the on-site construction time,
limiting difficult working conditions and allowing better quality control for
the elements which were to be submerged or below the high water line. The overall quality of finish of the in-situ
above water deck and wave wall is good, and precast concrete was also very
successfully used for wave dissipating x-blocs."
Engineer Malachy Walsh
and Partners / Punch Consulting
Contractor L&M Keating
Major Supplier Banagher Precast Concrete
/ Cairealacht Cill-Bhride Teo / Ryan Bros (Ennis) / McGrath Quarries
Winner - Elemental
Chosen from a total of 7 entries
is successfully used in this extension of a 1920's townhouse with very
challenging site conditions. The
boundaries between inside and out are blurred using the plasticity of concrete
to create sculptural space and forms that are both functional and beautiful. The
complexity of the in-situ concrete construction, coupled with the quality of the finish for this relatively
small project is a credit to the contractor and adds significantly to the
overall built project"
Architect lid architecture
Engineer Robert Barry
Winner of the 4thInternational Award "Crossrail C310 - Thames Tunnel"
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
Chosen from a total of 8 entries.
"To construct two complex tunnels
with a total length of about 5.5km, almost 30,000 high quality precast concrete
tunnel segments were delivered from Ireland to a site in East London. The
judges were impressed with the scale and complex logistics of this prestigious
project, with pre-construction full scale verification testing, export of a
total of 38,000m3 concrete in over 3,500 articulated loads, and featuring
demanding quality control management and with an important research
C310 - Thames Tunnel
This Award scheme enables the
Society to acknowledge the work of sculptors who use concrete as a medium of
expression. The winner was Mel French with her piece titled "Fleeting".
Sean De Courcy Student Award
This is an award given to the best
masters project on a concrete-related topic from the engineering faculties of
the third level institutions.
The award is named after the late
Sean de Courcy, an inspirational professor for many years at UCD, a former
chairman of the Irish Concrete Society, an author and historian of note.
Winner Donogh Coleman, University College
of ground granulated blastfurnace slag concretes in acidic wastewater environments."