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Irish construction industry comes together once again at Irish Construction Industry Awards 2021

The industry has remained focused throughout the pandemic

The 2021 Irish Construction Industry Awards celebrated the impressive achievements of all the individuals and teams that kept their focus and stayed the course throughout the pandemic. Having faced a challenging year, construction companies, suppliers and clients from across the country gathered to celebrate their resilience and achievements across the 26 prestigious awards handed out on March 29th.

With more than 65 companies represented at the Awards, the winners were announced during a hybrid event with a live audience in attendance at the Mansion House, Dublin and others attending an interactive virtual ceremony, which was hosted by broadcaster and comedian Colm O’Regan.

Now in its eighth year, the Awards were supported by leading players from the industry. “It was brilliant to attend an in-person event again, especially one that celebrates the most impressive projects and stand-out organisations within the Irish construction industry,” said Noel McKernan, general manager at HALT Natural Fire Retardant Treatment. “Congratulations to all entrants, especially given that the projects nominated for awards were carried out during challenging Covid-19 circumstances.”

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 2021 sponsors, which included HALT Natural Fire Retardant Treatment and Etag. Their investment in the awards underlines their commitment and support of this key business area."

One of this year’s winners was RKD. Sustainability lead Sean Hogan said: “RKD’s Better Buildings for the Future initiative fundamentally embeds sustainability at the core of all projects, ensuring that our work creates places for people to thrive, now and in the future, through sustainable design and delivery. Winning the Green Project award for 35 Shelbourne Road is testament to measured progress we, and our clients, are making together.”

The addition of a full online broadcast of the live event adds a new dimension to the awards ceremony. Because of this, entrants to the awards can now receive comprehensive video collateral of their engagement on the night, which is of huge value in their own social media communications activity. Judges feedback reports are now available, and they give finalists information on how their entries faired against their competitors. These reports provide insights on where improvements are needed to win more consistently at the awards.

The 2021 judging panel

  • Gerry Wynne (judging co-ordinator), construction consultant
  • Gerard Bourke, senior architect, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council
  • Collette Burns, architectural project leader, Grangegorman Campus, TU Dublin
  • Anthony Greene, construction director, JJ Rhatigan & Company
  • Andrew Howley, senior associate, MCA Architects
  • John Hunt, senior advisor & global lead – Construction & Digital, Enterprise Ireland
  • Derry Kearney, partner, Cundall
  • Mark Kelly, lecturer in Building and Civil Engineering, GMIT
  • Robin Mandal, architect
  • Dr. Barry McCauley, assistant head of School of Multidisciplinary Technologies, 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
  • Sujana Sudhir, lecturer, Architectural Technology, Institute of Technology, Carlow

The full list of 2021 winners

Covid-19 Crisis Response Award 
Winner: Ardmac

BIM Initiative of the Year – Sponsored by Etag
Winner: John Sisk & Son, FCC

Project Manager of the Year
Winner: Pierce O'Donnell – PJ Hegarty & Sons

Designer of the Year
Winner: Gary O'Reilly – Ethos Engineering

Excellence in Sustainability
Winner: T&I Fitouts

Excellence in Health & Safety
Winner: Safety First – Ardmac

Innovation in Construction
Winner: John Sisk & Son

International Project of the Year
Winner: Buckle Street Studios, London

Conservation Project of the Year – Sponsoredby HALT Natural Fire Retardant Treatment
Winner: Tuam Cathedral

Green Project of the Year
Winner: 35 Shelbourne Road

Health Project of the Year
Winner: The National Rehabilitation Hospital

Education Project of the Year 
Winner: Grangegorman TU Dublin Campus

Tourism & Hospitality Project of the Year 
Winner: Zanzibar Locke

Retail Project of the Year
Winner: Blackrock Retail Upgrade

Residential Project of the Year 
Winner: Peek-a-Boo!

Residential Project of the Year – Large 
Winner: Ropemaker Place

Commercial Project of the Year 
Winner: Focus Ireland

Commercial Project of the Year – Large 
Winner: North Dock

Project Management Firm of the Year
Winner: Mitchell McDermott

Engineering Firm of the Year
Winner: IN2 Engineering Design Partnership

Consultancy of the Year
Winner: Ethos Engineering

Sub-Contractor of the Year
Winner: LMC MEP

Sub-Contractor of the Year – Large
Winner: Alucraft

Contractor of the Year
Winner: Collen Construction

Construction Industry Leader 2021
Winner: Derry Scully

Construction Project of the Year
Winner: The National Rehabilitation Hospital