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Exciting fit outs showcased across varied and interesting range of industries at this year’s Fit Out Awards

Constantly striving to stay ahead in terms of design, functionality and innovation, key players in Ireland’s fit out sector came together at the Fit Out Awards 2022 to celebrate their achievements and connect over common goals and a shared purpose

Now in their 11th year, the Fit Out Awards recognised an impressive array of projects, all in competition for one of 29 prestigious trophies to be won.

The winners were announced during a live awards ceremony held at the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road, Dublin 4, on November 23rd, 2022 and hosted by author, broadcaster and comedian, Colm O’Regan.

The Irish Times were communications partner to the Awards.

Notable winners on the night included Nikki O’Donnell, recipient of the Fit Out Leader of the Year Award, and the Stepped Slate House project which won the Grand Prix Fit Out Project of the Year Award.


Another winner was O’Connell Mahon Architects. Léa Laurent, interior architect with the firm said: “We were delighted to win this award, it’s a great recognition of our work and our commitment to sustainability in our office. The benefits of winning this award are: it’s very uplifting for our team and it’s a great motivator to continue working on those topics. It’s also very interesting to have for our clients and for our future projects.”

Shaun Bonner, UK and Ireland group sales director of Etag Fixings said, “Massive congratulations to the winners and finalists of the Fit Out Awards 2022. Etag proudly sponsored the event and two awards. The organisers did an excellent job to make the awards an exceptional night, ending the year on a high. The night was enjoyed by all in attendance. Well done to everyone involved.”

Millimetre Design were finalists at this year’s Awards. Ronan Holohan, managing director, said, “We don’t set out to win awards but when we do it’s an affirmation that people appreciate what we do and it motivates us to push a little harder. The Fit Out Awards inspires all of us in the industry to deliver best-in-class fit outs.”

Joining as a sponsor was SAS International, whose director, Cathal McGuinness said: “SAS International are proud sponsors of the Fit Out Awards. Every year we come together with professionals across the industry to celebrate the design of outstanding interior spaces. We proudly sponsor the ‘Fit Out Project of the Year’ Award and the winning project was Stepped Slate House. Congratulations to all the winners.”

TapCreative also stepped onto the podium with Niamh Higgins, their managing director saying, “The Fit Out Awards celebrate the best of the best in the industry. Being recognised among such industry greats is significant for our agency and our team, bringing with it a whole new level of credibility. It’s a game-changer.”

Another of this year’s sponsors was Elliott Group, whose managing director, Darragh Elliott said: “It has been Elliott Group’s pleasure to participate in the Fit Out Awards night for years now and we appreciate the opportunity they give businesses to showcase the best and brightest in the country. Having recently launched the Elliott Group Fit Out Division, we wanted to support our industry partners as sponsor to the Awards.”

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 Etag Fixings Ltd, CLG Group, Zip Water, Finsa Ireland, Sas International, DCON SAFETY CONSULTANTS LIMITED, SIG Workplace, Fiontar Group, T&I Fitouts, Ethos Engineering, 2tec2, Vescom, Ezobord, Walls, Ardmac, McKeon Group, Structure Tone, Walls2Workstations, Optima, Knoll, CRM Interior Fit-Outs, Lumen Search, Pure Fitout, Elliott Group, Globoserv Ltd, Johnston Fit Out, Core Solutions, Pro-Light Design and Technology, Havwoods Ireland, and Vibe by Vision Branding. Their investment in the awards underlines their commitment and support of this key business area.

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

Full list of judges:

· Ann Marie Aguilar (judging co-ordinator), senior vice president, EMEA Region, Well Faculty at the IWBI

· Angela Connolly (judging co-ordinator), creative director, Conbu Interior Design and past president, Interiors Association (2014-2020)

· Britt Berentzen, programme director, Interior Design and Interior Architecture, Griffith College

· Dr. Vanessa Brady OBE, founder and chief executive, The Society of British and International Interior Design (SBID)

· Sue Corcoran, programme leader, BA (Hons) Interior Design, TUS Midlands Midwest

· Alan Crawford, founding partner, Crawford Partnership

· Tracey Dalton, design lecturer, Dublin School of Creative Arts, TU Dublin

· Garbhan Doran, director, Broadstone Architects

· Justin Kinsella, director, Harcourt Architects

· Barry McCabe, principal, McCabe Design Group

· Aidan McGovern, chartered engineer, Office of Public Works

· Katrina Kostic Samen, director, head of workplace strategy and design, KKS Savills

· Kay Sargent, global director of workplace, HOK USA

· Keith Somers, head of design and product, Lioncor

· Emer Tubridy, head of design department, Blackrock Further Education Institute

· Rowan Watson, lecturer, Interior Architecture and Design, Atlantic Technological University - Sligo

Full list of winners:

Excellence in Sustainability – Sponsored by 2tec2

Winner: O’Connell Mahon Architects

Excellence in Health and Safety – Sponsored by Dcon Safety Consultants Limited

Winner: Structure Tone

Excellence in Design Collaboration - Sponsored by Ethos Engineering

Winner: Ash Wilson Design and Edge Design and Construction

Fit Out Sub-Contractor of the Year – Sponsored by Etag Fixings Ltd

Winner: Hereworks

Fit Out Project of the Year – Residential – Sponsored by Havwoods Ireland

Winner: Stepped Slate House

Fit Out Project of the Year - Residential (Large) – Sponsored by Solutions

Winner: The Loom Student Housing

Fit Out Project of the Year – Conservation – Sponsored by Pure Fit Out

Winner: St. Clare’s Amenity Space

Fit Out Project of the Year - Tourism and Leisure – Sponsored by Johnston Fitout

Winner: The Snug Townhouse

Fit Out Project of the Year – Retail – Sponsored by Pro-Light

Winner: Brown Thomas Dundrum

Fit Out Project of the Year - Hospitality – Sponsored by Pro-Light

Winner: Mama Yo

Fit Out Project of the Year - Public Sector – Sponsored by Elliott Group

Winner: Central Bank of Ireland, Dublin Landings

Fit Out Project of the Year – Healthcare – Sponsored by Vescom

Winner: National Forensic Mental Health Service, Portrane

Fit Out Project of the Year - Hospitality (Hotel) – Sponsored by Finsa Ireland

Winner: The Dean, Galway

Fit Out Project of the Year – International – Sponsored by Structure Tone

Winner: Google Warsaw Hub

Fit Out Project of the Year - Office New Build – Sponsored by W2W and Knoll

Winner: 20 Kildare Street

Fit Out Project of the Year - Small Office under €500K – Sponsored by Globoserv Ltd

Winner: Dentsu Ireland

Fit Out Project of the Year - Small Office over €500K – Sponsored by CRM

Winner: Workrise at 35DP

Fit Out Project of the Year - Medium Office – Sponsored by SIG Workplace

Winner: Dropbox Dublin Studio

Fit Out Project of the Year - Large Office – Sponsored by W2W and Optima

Winner: Riot Games, Project Stryker

Fit Out Project Manager of the Year – Sponsored by Vibe by Vision Branding

Winner: Muriel Kerr - McMahon Associates

Fit Out Client of the Year – Sponsored by Fiontar Group

Winner: Horizon Therapeutics

Fit Out Project Management Firm of the Year – Sponsored by Walls

Winner: JLL Project and Development Services

Fit Out Professional Consultancy of the Year – Sponsored by Ardmac

Winner: Ethos Engineering

Fit Out Designer of the Year - Rising Star – Sponsored by T&I Fitouts

Winner: Conor Dunne - TapCreative

Fit Out Designer of the Year – Sponsored by McKeon Group

Winner: Anne-Marie Saul-Rotne - Saul Design

Fit Out Design Practice of the Year – Sponsored by CLG Group

Winner: TapCreative

Fit Out Contractor of the Year – Sponsored by Etag Fixings Ltd

Winner: T&I Fitouts

Fit Out Leader 2022 – Sponsored by Zip Water

Recipient: Nikki O’Donnell

Fit Out Project of the Year – Sponsored by SAS International

Winner: Stepped Slate House