St. Angela’s College, Cork wins overall
award at the Irish Concrete Society’s 35th Annual Awards
Excellence 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 8th of April
in Croke Park.
This was the prestigious
35th Awards Evening and the event is always one of the highlights in
the construction industry’s calendar with some 280 of industry’s finest in
attendance. The Awards recognise excellence in both design and construction in
concrete and are adjudicated by an independent jury of industry professionals. The
main awards jury reviewed a total of twenty-six projects nominated in three
categories of main awards - Elemental, Infrastructure and Building. There were seven
projects nominated for the 5th Irish Concrete Society International
Award, which is sponsored by Enterprise Ireland. The winner of the annual Sean
de Courcy Student Prize was also announced.
The main awards jury consisted
of Frank Lee, Consulting Engineer, Peter Dudley, Scot Talen Walker Architects
and Eden Keane, SIAC Construction.
Winner – Building
Category and Overall Winner
Angela’s College, Cork
Chosen from a total
of 12 category entries and 26 entries for overall award.
internal walls and ceilings in this building are predominantly fair faced
exposed concrete. That might conjure up a cold and dark environment in many
minds. Yet the head of the establishment is quoted as saying that "……the
building is a pleasure to come in to. There is fun in the design. Light fills
the corridors. … there are lovely social spaces.” The 18m level difference
between the top and the bottom of the site has resulted in a linked series of
buildings which the architects liken to a "hill town”.
architects’ and engineers’ choice for exposed internal structure was insitu
concrete made with local limestone and cement chosen to give a light colour,
while the other common local rock – red sandstone - was used for external paths
and paving. The exposed concrete quality is uniformly smooth and consistent.
Formwork joints intersections and shutter tie locations are all planned and
executed in exemplary manner. Even a 9m high wall single pour was kept to that
of Education and Skills
Engineer: Malachy Walsh and
Architect: O’Donnell + Tuomey
Contractor: L&M Keating
Suppliers: Lagan Concrete /
Winner – Infrastructure
Cross Flyover, Dublin
Chosen from a total
of 6 projects entered.
would be hard to find another project where the brief required the contractor
to deal with the passage of 80,000 vehicles per day through the construction
area. Provision of traffic routes alongside and through the building works was
a complex and noteworthy exercise in itself. 1300 limestone faced precast
concrete panels faced are anchored back into the embankments (in the
"Reinforced Earth” system). They were used on either side of the raised
roadway, where more conventional site cast concrete retaining walls would have
served the same function but taken much longer to build.
28m spans of precast concrete bridge beams carry the 6 lane N7 over the R113
Fonthill / Belgard Road crossing. Precast concrete beams weighing 52 tons
support the span beams on the columns of the central island below. Concrete
finishes throughout are excellent. "
Client: NRA / TII
Engineer: ARUP / RPS / Mott
Contractor: BAM Contractors
Supplier: Shay Murtagh Precast
/ Paul Mulcair Ltd / Roadstone
Winner – Elemental
Stairs and Gallery, Donegal
Chosen from a total
of 8 entries
because of its initially fluid nature can be shaped into a myriad of forms. Most could be termed mundane or practical,
others can be indulgent. The element in question is in the Jury’s opinion a
delightful blend of the two. Its shape is a testament to the imagination of its
architect, and to the man from Tory Island whose custom-made formwork brought
the design into three-dimensional reality. Additional skills were brought to
bear in producing finished concrete so white and polished that it is initially
hard to believe it is in fact concrete. Structurally the analysis of the
element’s ability to carry load is complex, and it is no surprise that the
engineer load tested it to check deflection.”
Designer: Michael McBride
Engineer: Carr & Company
Contractor: Denis Diver
Suppliers: Muckish Sand &
Gravel / Noel & Stanley Tease
Winner of the 5thInternational Award "Techrete for Victoria Gate, Leeds”
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. The Jury included Ken Aherne, John Sisk and Son, Joe
Kennedy of Smith Kennedy Architects and Robert Geragthy from Enterprise
from a total of 7 entries.
its use of modern technology in the design process, and BIM 3D software to
direct the CNC cutting machines for mould-making, for the achievement of the
highest standards in quality control and production of each of the individual
units, for the novel and innovative method of transporting and handling theses
unique precast units, coupled with the difficult onsite installation process,
and for delivering an outstanding end-product for a marquee and high-profile
Client: Victoria Gate, Leeds
A high commendation was
awarded to Graton Architects with University Campus in Lima Peru.
De Courcy Student Award
This is an award
given to the best master’s 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
Reddy, Queen’s University Belfast
title: Thermal Activation of Low
Carbon Precast Concrete
About the Irish
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.
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.
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Building and Overall
Award winning entry – St. Angela’s College, Cork
team members for St. Angela’s College accepting their award from Jim Mansfield
(Chairman of the Society (L-R) David McCarthy (L&M Keating), Henrik
Wolterstorff (O’Donnell + Tuomey), Lorcan Hoyne (L&M Keating), Jeana Gearty
(O’Donnell + Tuomey), John Lee (Malachy Walsh & Partners).
Category Winner – Newlands Cross Flyover, Dublin
team members for Newlands Cross Flyover accepting their award from Jim
Mansfield (Chairman of the Society (L-R) Joe Shinkwin (Mott MacDonald), Barry
Williams (Mott MacDonald), Albert Daly (NRA / TII),), Thomas Holden
(Roadstone), Daniel Keating (ARUP), Liam McGovern (Shay Murtagh Precast), Kieran
Winner– Feature Stairs and Gallery, Donegal
team members for "Feature Stairs and Gallery” accepting their award from Jim
Mansfield (Chairman of the Society (L-R) Michael McBride (Michael McBride
Architectural Services), Patrick Galvin (Carr & Company Civil Engineers), Denis
Award winner – Victoria Gate, Leeds. Irish Company: Techrete.
Vivian Hand (Techrete), Jim Mansfield (Chairman of the Society),
John Reddy, (Queen’s University Belfast student), Jim Mansfield (Chairman of
the Society), Mrs Sheila DeCourcy (widow of Sean DeCourcy).