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Fit Out industry gathers at one of Ireland’s biggest award nights

The largest Fit Out Awards to date saw 27 categories up for grabs as the biggest names in Irish design and architecture came together to applaud those who have shone over the past year

Fit Out Awards 2018

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On November 1st, nearly 1,000 Fit Out leaders from across the country gathered at The Convention Centre Dublin to celebrate those who impressed in an industry that has accelerated growth once again this year. The seventh annual Fit Out Awards was the largest to date and featured 27 different categories in an exciting night hosted by Mario Rosenstock.

Matt Mohan, FKM CEO was honoured to present the award of Fit Out Project Manager of the Year to Louise Dwyer of JLL. Afterwards he spoke of their long-term partnership with the Fit Out Awards:

“The FKM Group were delighted to sponsor the Fit-Out Awards in 2018 - for the seventh year in a row.  As Fit-Out, Engineering, Facilities Management and Property related businesses we enjoyed an incredible night that celebrates and supports the brightest innovators in the industry and to deepen relationships we have developed over the past 73 years in Business.”

This type of awards programme recognising the key contributors in Fit Out brings together all of the biggest names together under one roof to celebrate the great success of this emerging industry. 

The awards were supported by a large number of sponsors, who assisted those working within the Fit Out industry. Many viewed it as a key opportunity to network with potential clients and exchange ideas on where the sector is headed in the future.

The awards are considered the event of the year within the Fit Out industry, recognising the emerging talent, innovation and ongoing collaboration within our sector

Ardmac, Winner of Fit Out Contractor of the Year and long-term sponsor of the awards, spoke of their ongoing support of the awards. Sarah McDonnell, their head of interior, said, “Ardmac have been proud sponsors of the Fit Out Awards for the past four years. The awards are considered the event of the year within the Fit Out industry, recognising the emerging talent, innovation and ongoing collaboration within our sector. We encourage all associated businesses to support this prestigious event.”

With the construction industry showing growth for the 61st consecutive month in September, the increased demands on the fit-out industry has provided a challenge and brought out the best in those nominated. Keith Somers, head of design at the Staycity Group, led the team of judges who decided the winners on the night, and he was highly impressed by the level of entries:

“The standard of entries that I have witnessed over the last four years continues to improve year upon year and is testament to the creativity, hard work and dedication of the entire industry in firstly reaching ‘best in class’, and now in leading it across a number of territories.” 

Fit Out Awards 2018 was run by Business River. The full shortlist, including winners, is available below and to read about other Business River events visit their news hub.

Fit Out Project of the Year

Sponsored by SAS International.  
Winner: RCSI, 26 York Street, submitted by Henry J Lyons7
See the full shortlist here.

Cathal McGuinness, Director, SAS International presents the Fit Out Project of the Year award to Carole Smillie, Bennett Construction, Maria Mulcahy & Robert Salmon, Henry J Lyons.
Cathal McGuinness, Director, SAS International presents the Fit Out Project of the Year award to Carole Smillie, Bennett Construction, Maria Mulcahy & Robert Salmon, Henry J Lyons.


Outstanding Contribution Award

Sponsored by Sonica.  
Winner: Press Up Entertainment Group
See the full shortlist here.

Tamara Howard, Brand & Bid Manager, SONICA presents the Outstanding Contribution Award to Matt Ryan, Press Up Entertainment Group.
Tamara Howard, Brand & Bid Manager, SONICA presents the Outstanding Contribution Award to Matt Ryan, Press Up Entertainment Group.


Fit Out Design Practice of the Year

Sponsored by Walls.  
Winner: MOLA Architecture
See the full shortlist here. 

ames O’Toole, Divisional Director Interiors, Walls Construction presents the Fit Out Design Practice of the Year award to the MOLA Architecture team.
James O’Toole, Divisional Director Interiors, Walls Construction presents the Fit Out Design Practice of the Year award to the MOLA Architecture team.

Fit Out Contractor of the Year

Sponsored by RKD
Winner: Ardmac
See the full shortlist here. 

Justin Treacy, Director, RKD presents the Fit Out Contractor of the Year award to Ardmac team.
Justin Treacy, Director, RKD presents the Fit Out Contractor of the Year award to Ardmac team.

Fit Out Sub-Contractor of the Year

Sponsored by Storage Systems
Winner: Specialist Joinery Group
See the full shortlist here. 

Eoin Murphy, Commercial Sales Manager, Storage Systems presents the Fit Out Sub-Contractor of the Year award to Specialist Joinery Group team.
Eoin Murphy, Commercial Sales Manager, Storage Systems presents the Fit Out Sub-Contractor of the Year award to Specialist Joinery Group team.

Fit Out Professional Consultancy of the Year

Sponsored by Ardmac
Winner: Ethos Engineering
See the full shortlist here. 

Sarah McDonnell, Head of Interiors, Ardmac presents the Fit Out Professional Consultancy of the Year award to Ethos Engineering team.
Sarah McDonnell, Head of Interiors, Ardmac presents the Fit Out Professional Consultancy of the Year award to Ethos Engineering team.

Fit Out Project Management Firm of the Year

Sponsored by The Interiors Group.  
Winner: KMCS Construction Project and Cost Consultants
See the full shortlist here. 

Trevor Schwer, Managing Director, The Interiors Group presents the Fit Out Project Management Firm of the Year award to Fiona Mullally & Nigel Spence, KMCS Construction Project and Cost Consultant
Trevor Schwer, Managing Director, The Interiors Group presents the Fit Out Project Management Firm of the Year award to Fiona Mullally & Nigel Spence, KMCS Construction Project and Cost Consultant

Fit Out Client of the Year

Sponsored by Riverside Group.
Winner: HubSpot, Dublin
See the full shortlist here.

Tony Ptohopoulos, Managing Director, Riverside Group presents the Fit Out Client of the Year award to the HubSpot & SONICA team
Tony Ptohopoulos, Managing Director, Riverside Group presents the Fit Out Client of the Year award to the HubSpot & SONICA team

Fit Out Designer of the Year

Sponsored by Versatile Group
Winner: Ann-Marie O'Neill - O'Donnell O'Neill Design
See the full shortlist here.

Philip Treacy, Director, Versatile Group presents the Fit Out Designer of the Year award to Ann-Marie O’Neill, O’Donnell O’Neill Design. Fit Out Project Manager of the Year
Philip Treacy, Director, Versatile Group presents the Fit Out Designer of the Year award to Ann-Marie O’Neill, O’Donnell O’Neill Design. Fit Out Project Manager of the Year

Fit Out Project Manager of the Year

Sponsored by The FKM Group.
Winner: Louise Dwyer – JLL
See the full shortlist here.

Matt Mohan, CEO, The FKM Group presents the Fit Out Project Manager of the Year award to Louise Dwyer, JLL.
Matt Mohan, CEO, The FKM Group presents the Fit Out Project Manager of the Year award to Louise Dwyer, JLL.

Young Fit Out Designer of the Year

Sponsored by T&I Fitouts.
Winner: Paul Finnegan - MOLA Architecture
See the full shortlist here.

Dave Merriman, Director, T&I Fitouts presents the Young Fit Out Designer of the Year award to Paul Finnegan, MOLA Architecture
Dave Merriman, Director, T&I Fitouts presents the Young Fit Out Designer of the Year award to Paul Finnegan, MOLA Architecture

Fit Out Project of the Year - Large Office

Sponsored by Walls to Workstations
Winner: Avolon
See the full shortlist here. 

Stuart Ramsden, Director, Walls to Workstations presents the Fit Out Project of the Year – Large Office award to the MOLA Architecture & Avolon team
Stuart Ramsden, Director, Walls to Workstations presents the Fit Out Project of the Year – Large Office award to the MOLA Architecture & Avolon team

Fit Out Project of the Year - Medium Office

Sponsored by Walls to Workstations
Winner: Thomas Burgh House
See the full shortlist here. 

Oscar Kiernan, Furniture Sales Manager, Walls To Workstations presents the Fit Out Project of the Year – Medium Office award to Niall Rowan & John Maguire, DTA Architects
Oscar Kiernan, Furniture Sales Manager, Walls To Workstations presents the Fit Out Project of the Year – Medium Office award to Niall Rowan & John Maguire, DTA Architects

Fit Out Project of the Year - Small Office over €500K

Sponsored by SIG Workplace.
Winner: APC Pilot Suite, submitted by RKD Architects
See the full shortlist here. 

JP Rust, General Manager, SIG Workplace presents the Fit Out Project of the Year - Small Office over €500K award to Jim Byrne, RKD Architects
JP Rust, General Manager, SIG Workplace presents the Fit Out Project of the Year - Small Office over €500K award to Jim Byrne, RKD Architects

Fit Out Project of the Year - Small Office under €500K

Sponsored by Huntoffice Interiors.  
Winner: Instil Software
See the full shortlist here. 

Martin Johnston, Interiors Director, Huntoffice Interiors presents the Fit Out Project of the Year - Small Office under €500K award to Joe Daly & Rachel McDonagh, Terry Design
Martin Johnston, Interiors Director, Huntoffice Interiors presents the Fit Out Project of the Year - Small Office under €500K award to Joe Daly & Rachel McDonagh, Terry Design

Fit Out Project of the Year - Office New Build

Sponsored by Corian Design
Winner: Scot's Church, Abbey Street
See the full shortlist here. 

Adrian Ewart, Ireland Sales Manager, Corian® Design presents the Fit Out Project of the Year - Office New Build award to Robert McCauley, Michael Owen & Rob Murray, McCauley Daye O’Connell Architects
Adrian Ewart, Ireland Sales Manager, Corian® Design presents the Fit Out Project of the Year - Office New Build award to Robert McCauley, Michael Owen & Rob Murray, McCauley Daye O’Connell Architects

Fit Out Project of the Year – Retail

Sponsored by Castlerock.  
Winner: The Vaults
See the full shortlist here.

Richard Flood, Managing Director, Castlerock presents the Fit Out Project of the Year – Retail award to Kingston Lafferty Design & NSBS teams.
Richard Flood, Managing Director, Castlerock presents the Fit Out Project of the Year – Retail award to Kingston Lafferty Design & NSBS teams.

Fit Out Project of the Year – Hospitality

Sponsored by McKeon Group
Winner: RCSI, 123 St. Stephen’s Green
See the full shortlist here. 

Tomás G. Mac Eoin, Managing Director, McKeon Group presents the Fit Out Project of the Year - Hospitality award to the Henry J Lyons team
Tomás G. Mac Eoin, Managing Director, McKeon Group presents the Fit Out Project of the Year - Hospitality award to the Henry J Lyons team

Fit Out Project of the Year - Tourism & Leisure

Winner: Storehouse Brewing Floor
See the full shortlist here.

Richard Flood, Managing Director, Castlerock presents the Fit Out Project of the Year - Tourism & Leisure award to Jim Sullivan, RKD Architects
Richard Flood, Managing Director, Castlerock presents the Fit Out Project of the Year - Tourism & Leisure award to Jim Sullivan, RKD Architects

Fit Out Project of the Year - Public Sector

Sponsored by CRM Interior Fit-outs
Winner: Glucksman Library
See the full shortlist here.

Robbie Hamilton, Managing Director, CRM Interior Fit-outs presents the Fit Out Project of the Year - Public Sector award to Gopal Naidoo, Malgorzata Poznanska & Philip Volschenk, RKD Architects
Robbie Hamilton, Managing Director, CRM Interior Fit-outs presents the Fit Out Project of the Year - Public Sector award to Gopal Naidoo, Malgorzata Poznanska & Philip Volschenk, RKD Architects

Fit Out Project of the Year – International

Sponsored by StructureTone.  
Winner: The Rag Trader and Bo Peep, New York
See the full shortlist here.

Tom Murnane, Commercial Director, StructureTone presents the Fit Out Project of the Year - International award to Graham O’Donnell & Ann-Marie O’Neill, O’Donnell O’Neill Design.
Tom Murnane, Commercial Director, StructureTone presents the Fit Out Project of the Year - International award to Graham O’Donnell & Ann-Marie O’Neill, O’Donnell O’Neill Design.

Fit Out Project of the Year - Conservation

Winner: Scot's Church, Abbey Street
See the full shortlist here.

Tom Murnane, Commercial Director, StructureTone presents the Fit Out Project of the Year - Conservation award to Rob Murray, VHI Healthcare, Dan Daye & Kevin Treacy, McCauley Daye O’Connell Architects
Tom Murnane, Commercial Director, StructureTone presents the Fit Out Project of the Year - Conservation award to Rob Murray, VHI Healthcare, Dan Daye & Kevin Treacy, McCauley Daye O’Connell Architects

Fit Out Project of the Year – Residential

Sponsored by The Interiors Association.  
Winner: 1 Ballsbridge
See the full shortlist here. 

Angela Connolly, Creative Director & President, The Interiors Association presents Fit Out Project of the Year – Residential award to Lucy Rainey, LUCA Architecture
Angela Connolly, Creative Director & President, The Interiors Association presents Fit Out Project of the Year – Residential award to Lucy Rainey, LUCA Architecture

Fit Out Project of the Year – Healthcare

Sponsored by: Fiontar Safety Management.  
Winner: RCSI, 26 York Street
See the full shortlist here. 

Stuart McFadden, Operations Manager, Fiontar Safety Management presents the Fit Out Project of the Year – Healthcare award to Rob Salmon, Maria Mulcahy, Henry J Lyons & Carole Smillie, Bennett Property
Stuart McFadden, Operations Manager, Fiontar Safety Management presents the Fit Out Project of the Year – Healthcare award to Rob Salmon, Maria Mulcahy, Henry J Lyons & Carole Smillie, Bennett Property

Excellence in Collaboration

Sponsored by Vision Creative Studios.  
Winner: MOLA Architecture & Bakkala Consulting Engineers
See the full shortlist here.

Aaron O'Grady, Managing Director, Vision Creative Studios presents the Excellence in Collaboration award to Dara Murphy, Paul Finnegan, MOLA Architecture & Chris Bakkala, Bakkala Consulting Engineering.
Aaron O'Grady, Managing Director, Vision Creative Studios presents the Excellence in Collaboration award to Dara Murphy, Paul Finnegan, MOLA Architecture & Chris Bakkala, Bakkala Consulting Engineering.

Excellence in Sustainability

Sponsored by Specialist Joinery Group.  
Winner: O'Connor Sutton Cronin (M&E)
See the full shortlist here.

Ciaran O’Hagan, Managing Director, Specialist Joinery Group presents the Excellence in Sustainability award to O'Connor Sutton Cronin (M&E) team
Ciaran O’Hagan, Managing Director, Specialist Joinery Group presents the Excellence in Sustainability award to O'Connor Sutton Cronin (M&E) team

Excellence in Health & Safety

Winner: ACB Group Design & Construct
See the full shortlist here. 

Stuart McFadden, Operations Manager, Fiontar Safety Management presents the Excellence in Health & Safety award to Gillian O’Donoghue, ACB Group Design & Construct.
Stuart McFadden, Operations Manager, Fiontar Safety Management presents the Excellence in Health & Safety award to Gillian O’Donoghue, ACB Group Design & Construct.

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