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32nd Annual Awards

Infrastructural Category and Overall Winner

Winner:River Erne Bridge
Project Client: Cavan CC/NRA
Project Engineer: ROD, Ferrovial Agroman & RPS
Project Contractor: Ferovial Agroman Ireland
Major Suppliers: Quinn Building Pdts/Tecpresa

The River Erne Bridge, with a total length of 140m including a 70m main span, is located at the northern end of the N3 Butlersbridge to Belturbet scheme and represents an aesthetically pleasing structure, which remains sympathetic to the scenic landscape along the River Erne. The structure is comprises a slender concrete deck with a double curved soffit, which minimises obstructions to views along the river, and four reinforced concrete pylons which provide support by means of saddles to the extradosed cables. The quality of detailing throughout and the finish on the double curved concrete soffit in particular is hugely impressive.

Building Category Winner

Winner:Ballyroan Library
Project Client: South Dublin CC
Project Architect: Box Arcitecture
Project Engineer: Lohan & Donnelly
Project Contractor: MDY Construction
Major Suppliers: Concast

There is a wonderful civic quality about this library. The various components of the brief, particularly the reception area the gallery, reading spaces, and computer room have been integrated successfully to create a pleasant sequence of public spaces. The use of concrete has made a very significant contribution to the building both externally in the approach to the library and in the quality of the internal spaces

Elemental Category winner

Winner:DCU Lettering
Project Client: Dublin City University
Project Architect: Zap & Colin Maher Martin Architecture
Project Engineer: Hanley Pepper Consulting Engineers
Project Contractor: McKeon Group
Major Suppliers: Techrete

Concrete is used in a sculptural manner involving three concrete letters sitting on a reconstituted stone plinth. The quality of design and finish were of a very high standard, including the etched finish on the reconstituted stone. The overall composition will make a fine addition to the University Campus, providing a welcoming and instantly recognisable form at the main entrance.

International Award

Winner:Joint Winner: Athletes Village
Project Client: Olympic Development Authority
Project Engineer: Techcrete

The Athletes Village is a story of the production of a very large number of precast concrete panels to demanding technical standards in a very short time frame in two different countries. The project has demonstrated the ability of an Irish company to deliver a complex project on time and within budget outside Ireland.

International Award:

Winner:Joint Winner: London School of Econmics Student Centre
Project Client: London School of Economics

A strikingly interesting building in central London. Its angular form and red brick facade emphasised by the verticality of the surrounding buildings and their curtain wall or stone style. While outwardly clad in brickwork the structure below is a complex concrete frame which was required to accommodate the varieties of shape and form at each floor and the passage of services through the building. The project represents delivery of Irish skills outside Ireland and excellent use of the properties of concrete

Sustainability commendation

Winner:Tipperary Civic Campus
Project Client: Office of Public Works
Project Architect: Coady Partnership Architects
Project Engineer: TOBIN Consulting Engineers
Project Contractor: Stewart
Major Suppliers: Gleeson Concrete / Flood Precast

The Tipperary Civic Campus demonstrates the commitment to environmental protection, energy conservation and sustainability in every aspect of the design. The extensive use of exposed concrete contributes to the overall quality and forms a high thermal mass for the building.

Sculpture Award Winner

Winner:Mel French

This is an award for the design and construction of a sculptural project that uses concrete as the main visual element. The winner is Mel French for The Sacred Bulls.

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