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30th Annual Awards (2012)

Overall Winner and Building Category

Winner:Lyric Theatre, Belfast
Project Client: The Lyric Theatre
Project Architect: O Donnell + Tuomey Architects
Project Engineer: Horganlynch
Project Contractor: Gilbert-Ash (NI)
Major Suppliers: Roadmix / Mastercraft construction

The full impact of this building, and indeed the full impact of the leading role concrete plays in this building, needs to be seen first hand. The intricacies and complexities of the site and of the brief are handled with great care and precision. The volumes and spaces formed by the concrete structure are only surpassed in quality by the flowing public spaces left between them. Perfect detailing is matched by concrete of extraordinary quality leaving the jury singularly impressed and in wonderment at how it was achieved. There is clearly a marriage of conviction between Client, Architect, Engineer and Contractor that permeates this building at every level.

Infrastructural Category

Winner:Structure 17 M50/N3 interchange
Project Client: National Roads Authority / M50 Concession
Project Architect: n/a
Project Engineer: Atkins
Project Contractor: M50 Design & Construction
Major Suppliers: Keegan Quarries, CEMEX Ireland, Shay Murtagh Precast

Very innovative curved precast concrete viaduct bridge on the most difficult and complex interchange of the M50 and the M3 motorways.

Elemental Category

Winner:Formwork Studio, Dublin
Project Client: Private
Project Architect: Architecture Republic
Project Engineer: Casey O'Rourke Associates
Project Contractor: L&S Structures
Major Suppliers: CEMEX Ireland / Kilsaran

This small building exemplifies the possibilities of the material in use. The masterful use of light takes full advantage of the perfectly executed and contrasting finishes, both textured and smooth, forming an ever changing, and what must be inspiring space for its Artist owner.

Sculpture Award Winner

Winner:Rain in the Suburbs by Ken Lambert

This is a highly personal and well crafted piece of work, showing a great understanding of the potential of standard grey concrete and exploiting it in a way that is appropriate for a work of art.

Concrete is used in a delicate and precise manner balancing the texture, weight, colour and finish of the cast concrete pieces with other materials. The work also successfully exploits the casting process as a fundamental theme and is developed in plaster and resin to provide a very successful counterpoint to the concrete.

Sustainability Award Winner

Winner:NUI Galway New Engineering Building
Project Client: NUI Galway
Project Architect: RMJM / Taylor Architects
Project Engineer: ARUP
Project Contractor: BAM Building
Major Suppliers: Oran Pre-Cast / Banagher Precast Concrete / Roadstone Wood

his year one entry to the main awards stood out as having an impressive range of sustainable initiatives. Among other things, its innovative use of composite pre-cast and in-situ bubble slab technology, and the integration of vibration sensors and strain gauges ensures that the concrete structure of this impressive facility contributes significantly to the building’s ‘Green’ agenda, while providing live data for state of the art research and teaching.

Sean De Courcy Student Award Winner

Winner:Daniel Coleman, Cork Institute of Technology

For the project “Construction and Demolition Analysis of a Post Tensioned Footbridge”

Jury comment
“…project looked at both the construction and demolition of an existing post-tension concrete footbridge over a busy road interchange. Daniel’s understanding of his subject shone through in his project as he developed Excel Spreadsheets to analyse both the construction and demolition sequences of the bridge. The Excel tools enabled Daniel to investigate and demonstrate practical construction and demolition sequences for the footbridge while limiting the disruption to the road interchange below.”

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