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Achievements of Irish construction industry celebrated at 2022 award ceremony following a year of trials and challenges

Attesting to the resilience and adaptability of Ireland’s construction sector, the Irish Construction Industry Awards brought together the very best teams, individuals and clients for a night of networking and celebration, with many impressive projects and innovations showcased throughout the evening

Now in their ninth year, the Irish Construction Industry Awards recognised an inspiring collection of projects and collaborations, all in competition for one of 24 prestigious trophies to be won.

The winners were announced during a live awards ceremony held at the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road, Dublin 4, on December 7th, 2022 which was broadcast over the web. The ceremony was hosted by author, broadcaster, and comedian Colm O’Regan.

The Irish Times were Communications Partner to the Awards and were joined by Gold Sponsors Halt Natural Fire Retardant Treatment, Lumen Search, Industry Training Services, Petruf Consulting Structural Engineers, Tier3Tech, and Williaam Cox. Amárach Research also supported the 2022 Awards.

Notable winners on the night included Bennett (Construction), winner of the Contractor of the Year Award, Chris Croly of BDP, who won the Designer of the Year Award, and the 20 Kildare Street project which won the Grand Prix, Construction Project of the Year Award.


Another winner was ClearTech Solutions with their Specialist use of Post Tensioning, Spencer Place, Dublin. Feargal Cleary, managing director of ClearTech Engineered Solutions said, “We were delighted to win this award – it is encouraging for our team to get the validation of our peers and to achieve recognition for devising smart solutions to difficult engineering design issues. Winning this award raises awareness of the importance of finding the right solutions to challenging problems which also achieve sustainability and net zero goals.”

Darragh Coleman, managing director of Gold Sponsor Williaam Cox said, “Williaam Cox, as leading specialists in the construction industry, are proud to align ourselves with the Irish Construction Industry Awards and what they symbolise. These prestigious awards raise the standards of workmanship in the sector every year and have successfully established themselves as a benchmark of excellence in Irish construction.”

Another award winner was Clancy Construction. Their project director, Tom O’Malley, said, “Winning any award is good in the construction industry, so for this one, for the hard work that we put in for the hospitals that we built during COVID is extra rewarding. I would recommend entering the awards. I mean, it’s great being out for the evening with your colleagues, it’s great being out with other people in the industry. Mixing around with your peers in the industry is just fantastic. It’s a good evening.”

Joining as a sponsor was Industry Training Services, whose managing director, Brendan Crealey said: “We support these awards as it’s important that the construction industry celebrates its own success and pats itself on the back for its achievements in Ireland. The industry is one of the backbones of the country and these awards helps to showcase that fact.”

Duggan Brothers also stepped onto the podium with Vivian Kenneally, their BIM manager saying, “When we won the award, we were very surprised, we were very honored. The Irish Construction Awards are obviously very prestigious awards and to win we are so delighted. I would absolutely encourage everyone to enter the Irish Construction Awards. It’s a very prestigious awards and it’s a great night out.”

Speaking at the awards, Kevin O’Driscoll, director Partnership Programmes, Business River said, ‘Events like this are made possible through the support of sponsors. We are thankful to our 2022 sponsors and professional partners, which includes Halt Natural Fire Retardant Treatment, Lumen Search, Industry Training Services, Petruf Consulting, Tier3Tech Support Ltd., and Williaam Cox. Their investment in the awards underlines their commitment and support of this key business area.

The awards were judged by a distinguished panel of construction experts drawn from all areas of the sector.

Full list of judges:

  • Gerry Wynne (judging co-ordinator), retired construction consultant
  • Ruairí Hayden (judging co-ordinator), head of construction management, School of Surveying and Construction Innovation, Technological University Dublin
  • Dr. Avril Behan, project director, Build Digital Project at TU Dublin
  • Gerard Bourke, senior architect, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council
  • Collette Burns, architectural project leader, Campus Planning, TU Dublin
  • Daniel Clarke Hagan, programme chair, Construction Project Management, Department of Civil Engineering & Construction, Atlantic Technological University, Sligo
  • Máire Henry, director, dhb architects and head of The Department of Architecture & Built Environment, Waterford Institute of Technology
  • John Hunt, senior advisor and global lead - construction & digital, Enterprise Ireland
  • Derry Kearney, partner, Cundall
  • Mark Kelly, head of Atlantic Technological University (ATU) Galway Mayo Centre for Sustainability
  • Jane Larmour, director, Arigho Larmour Wheeler Architects
  • Robin Mandal, principal, Robin Mandal Architects
  • Dr. Barry McAuley, chartered construction project manager and head of geospatial surveying and digital construction, School of Surveying and Construction Innovation, Technological University Dublin
  • Aidan McGovern, chartered engineer, Office of Public Works
  • Jim McNamara, lecturer, Quantity Surveying and Civil Engineering, TUS
  • Brian O’Neill, company director, McCrossan O’Rourke Manning Architects
  • Catherine Opdebeeck, director programme & procurement, The Grangegorman Development Agency
  • Sujana Sudhir, lecturer, Architectural Technology, Southeast Technological University (SETU), Carlow Campus

Full list of winners:

COVID-19 Crisis Response Award

Winner: Clancy Construction

BIM Initiative of the Year

Winner: Streamlining the Development of Room Datasheets - Duggan Brothers

Project Manager of the Year

Winner: David Gogarty - PJ Hegarty

Designer of the Year

Winner: Chris Croly - BDP

Excellence in Health & Safety (Sponsored by Industry Training Services)

Winner: Mind Your Mental Health - ADCO Contracting

Innovation in Construction

Winner: Specialist use of Post Tensioning, Spencer Place, Dublin - ClearTech Engineered Solutions

International Project of the Year

Winner: Grafton Way Building, University College Hospital London

Conservation Project of the Year

Winner: 20 Kildare Street

Green Project of the Year (Sponsored by Halt Natural Fire Retardant Treatment)

Winner: Kilbride Court

Health and Education Project of the Year

Winner: UCD Village Student Education and Amenity Building

Tourism and Hospitality Project of the Year

Winner: Townsend Street Development

Retail Project of the Year

Winner: Lidl Bagenalstown

Residential Project of the Year

Winner: Hines TC2 Cherrywood

Residential Project of the Year – Large

Winner: Printing House Square

Commercial Project of the Year

Winner: Guinness Enterprise Centre

Commercial Project of the Year – Large

Winner: PJ Hegarty Project Fitzwilliam

Industrial Project of the Year (Sponsored by William Cox)

Winner: Bausch + Lomb Area 9 Expansion

Sub-Contractor of the Year

Winner: LMC Group

Sub-Contractor of the Year – Large

Winner: Cobec Engineering

Engineering Firm of the Year

Winner: Ethos Engineering

Consultancy of the Year (Sponsored by Tier3Tech)

Winner: IN2 Engineering

Project Management Firm of the Year (Sponsored by Petruf Consulting)

Winner: Mitchell McDermott

Contractor of the Year

Winner: Bennett (Construction)

Construction Project of the Year (Sponsored by Lumen Search)

Winner: 20 Kildare Street