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36th Annual Awards

Element Category and Overall Winner

Winner:The Vaulted House, Dublin
Project Client: Private
Project Architect: GKMP Architects
Project Engineer: David Maher & Associates
Project Contractor: Darcy Bros
Major Suppliers: Gerry & Martin Brennan / PJ Ryan Terrazzo / Roadstone

There are many architectural exposed concrete elements that could have been submitted, fair faced walls, columns, soffits, and beams; the dramatic board marked beams internally and externally; the extensive use on terrazzo on the floors and stairs. The concrete theme continued into the garden with a board marked concrete shed, planter boxes, barbeque and even an insitu concrete table. Even a concrete worktop and sink.

The vaulted concrete ceiling could well have been overpowering and cold. However, the
attention to detail in the design and the craftwork and passion from the contractor have resulted in an exceptional feature in a very beautiful modern home.

Infrastructure Category

Winner:Páirc Uí Chaoimh Stadium
Project Client: Cork County GAA
Project Architect: Scott Tallon Walker
Project Engineer: Malachy Walsh and Partners
Project Contractor: John Sisk and Son
Major Suppliers: Banagher Precast Concrete / P J Edwards & Co Ltd / Roadstone

This is a project of scale and impact and it dominates the local area. The vertical concrete elements and the excellent precast cladding panels captured the jury’s attention. There is also the row after row of precast concrete seating and terraces all completed to a high standard.

This concrete tiered infrastructure surrounding is a worthy winner.”

Building Category

Winner:Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin
Project Client: Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Project Architect: Henry J Lyons
Project Engineer: OCSC
Project Contractor: Bennett Construction
Major Suppliers: Kilsaran / SMG Formwork

The project team have combined to deliver a spectacular building that is alive with learning.
The concrete challenges demanded a collaborative approach which must have pushed the parties to their elastic limit at times. From the raking columns, the jumbo corbel transfers, the dramatic board marked free standing concrete walls, the challenges in the basement civil works, this project challenged practitioners in concrete on several fronts. The building that results is a vibrant living centre of Education which highlights the concrete frame of the building in a very positive light.

This a landmark living building and excellent concrete work is at the heart of the project.

6th International Award

Winner:The Royal Mint, London
Major Suppliers: Banagher Precast Concrete

The ambition demonstrated by this Irish company to complete the encapsulation of an existing busy rail line and free up the valuable airspace overhead for much needed inner city
residential accommodation was impressive.
The entrant provided a full comprehensive design as well as the logistical expertise to
manufacture and deliver multiple precast concrete units to this busy inner city site. The structural design life of 120 years, the capacity to withstand a train impact and the innovative design approach undertaken together with the collaborative research into the seismic capability of invisible connections was also impressive.”

Sculpture Award

Winner:Shards of Memory by Yvonne Casburn

Shards of memory is, through the medium of concrete, a demonstration of the process of architectural decay, and the layers of complexity associated with this deterioration.

What impressed us was the unique and innovative way that we were now able to appreciate this medium. Though the process of crushing the concrete is random there is a beautiful
symmetry and consistency when seen as a whole. That which should have the weight of an industrial product is now a delicate gossamer curtain.

Séan deCourcy Student Award

Winner:Steven Conroy, National University of Ireland, Galway for "Smart materials – structural testing and analysis of ‘smart’ precast concrete slabs"

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