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Building and Architect of the Year 2017 winners announced

The Building and Architecture of the Year Awards 2017 took place in the Mansion House, Dublin on June 8th

 

Nearly 300 architecture and construction industry figures came together to celebrate excellence and creativity at the inaugural Building and Architect of the Year Awards 2017. 17 trophies were awarded across the key areas of architecture.

The Overall Award for Architectural Excellence went to Elizabeth's Tree House, Barretstown Camp by McCauley Daye O’Connell Architects. “The awards were a very enjoyable event and evening for the Barretstown and McCauley Daye O'Connel Architects team. We were delighted that Elizabeth’s Tree House won, it is a great recognition and achievement for the wonderful teams, donors and helpers at the Barretstown Fun Camp” said the team at McCauley Daye O’Connell Architects.

The recipients of the Outstanding Contribution to Architecture were Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, Directors at Grafton Architects. Earlier this year they became the first Irish architects ever invited to be the curators of the Venice Architecture Biennale for 2018. The two architects were warmly applauded to the stage with a standing ovation in front of an audience of their peers and colleagues.

RKD Architects were prominent on the night as they received two awards. David Petherbridge, director of RKD Architects, commented that, “there was real design buzz in the Mansion House - a fitting celebration of the high standard of innovation and design demonstrated by the architecture profession here in Ireland. We were particularly happy that the awards collected by RKD on the night (Building of the Year – Office (Medium) for Baggot Plaza and Multi-Discipline Collaboration Achievement for DIT Research Hub) represent great design work delivered through excellent team effort and client vision.”

Reddy Architecture and Urbanism took home the award for Building of the Year - Small Office Project 2017. This is the fourth project they have collaborated on with Deloitte, as part of their strategy to develop modern working environments at key locations throughout Ireland.   

“Whitaker Court was created as an innovation and office space to house the exciting industry disruptors, Deloitte Blockchain Lab, and the Digital Technology Team. Such a bespoke project was in direct response to the great energy and enthusiasm generated in the workshop sessions with the Deloitte user groups. We are very proud of the end result and hope that many ground breaking ideas are generated and implemented at Whitaker Court,” said the team at Reddy Architecture and Urbanism.

​The judges commenting on the entry from Reddy Architecture and Urbanism said it was a “very strong submission, an example of high quality fit out design, creating an individual and unique sense of place.”

The judging panel consisted of practitioners, academics and commentators drawn from the world of architecture, including international judges Peter Murray, chairman of NLA, London’s Centre for the Built Environment and founder of Blueprint Magazine, Lynne Sullivan OBE, one of the UK’s foremost champions of sustainable architecture and Ann Marie Aguilar, director of client relations UK and EMEA with the Washington-based International Well Building Institute.

Frank McDonald, the judging coordinator and former environment editor with The Irish Times said, “the standard was fantastic for these inaugural awards. The architecture profession has embraced this initiative which was made evident by the submissions received from all over the country. I was delighted to see the awards reflect such diversity with international, urban and rural entrants being recognised.”

The Platinum sponsors of the Building and Architect of the Year 2017 were Actavo and speaking about their involvement in the event their director of operations, Liam Brew said, “the inaugural Building & Architect of the Year Awards were a fantastic new platform for Actavo to get involved with as a platinum sponsor. We were very impressed by the excellence of the nominated projects in the various categories, and by the organisation of the event from start to finish.”

The ‘Building and Architecture of the Year Awards’ will return in 2018 with an expanded format and judging panel featuring international figureheads. 

The awards were devised and organised by Business River and produced by Event Strategies. It is part of a series of events for the design and building sector which inludes The Fit Out Awards, The Construction Industry Awards, The Fit Out Conference, The FM Awards and the Irish Property Developer Conference.

Judging was by an independent panel of distinguished experts led by judging cooridnator Frank McDonald.

Below are the winners from the Building and Architect of the Year Awards 2017.


1. Building of the Year / Overall Award for Architectural Excellence

Sponsored by Ardstone

Winner: Elizabeth's Tree House, Barretstown Camp - McCauley Daye O’Connell Architects

Lynn Lambe, Marketing Manager, Ecocem Ireland presents the Building of the Year award to the, McCauley Daye O’Connell Architects team.
Lynn Lambe, marketing manager, Ecocem Ireland presents the Building of the Year award to the McCauley Daye O’Connell Architects team.

2. Building of the Year - Office (Medium)

Sponsored by Castlerock Contracting & Developments

Winner: Baggot Plaza - RKD Architects

Richard Flood, Managing Director, Castlerock Contracting & Developments presents the Building of the Year - Office (Medium) award to the RKD Architects team.
Richard Flood, managing director, Castlerock Contracting & Developments presents the Building of the Year - Office (Medium) award to the RKD Architects team.

3. Building of the Year - Office (Small)

Winner: Whitaker Court - Reddy Architecture + Urbanism

Richard Flood, Managing Director, Castlerock Contracting & Developments presents the Building of the Year - Office (Small) award to the Reddy Architecture + Urbanism team.
Richard Flood, managing director, Castlerock Contracting & Developments presents the Building of the Year - Office (Small) award to the Reddy Architecture + Urbanism team.

4. Building of the Year – Retail

Sponsored by Fiontar Safety

Winner: Shoe Shelf Shop - Urban-Agency

Gerard De Brun, Managing Director, Fiontar Safety Management presents the Building of the Year – Retail Award to Bram D’hoedt, Urban- Agency.
Gerard De Brun, managing director, Fiontar Safety Management presents the Building of the Year – Retail Award to Bram D’hoedt, Urban- Agency.

5. Building of the Year - Medical & Health

Sponsored by Actavo

Winner: Banbridge Health & Care Centre - Kennedy FitzGerald Architects & Avanti Architects

Liam Brew, Operations Director, Actavo presents the Building of the Year - Medical & Health Award to Kennedy FitzGerald Architects & Avanti Architect team.
Liam Brew, operations director, Actavo presents the Building of the Year - Medical & Health Award to Kennedy FitzGerald Architects & Avanti Architect team.

6. Building of the Year – Educational

Sponsored by Actavo

Winner: MST & PFC Queen’s University Belfast - TODD Architects

Liam Brew, Operations Director, Actavo presents the Building of the Year – Educational Award to Peter Minnis and Michael Burns TODD Architects.
Liam Brew, operations director, Actavo presents the Building of the Year – Educational Award to Peter Minnis and Michael Burns TODD Architects.

7. Building of the Year - Public

Sponsored by Galtee Group

Winner: Hill Of Uisneach Visitor Centre - Cooney Architects

Eoin Ryan, Managing Director, The Galtee Group presents the Building of the Year – Public Award to Frank Cooney, Cooney Architects.
Eoin Ryan, managing director, The Galtee Group presents the Building of the Year – Public Award to Frank Cooney, Cooney Architects.

8. Building of the Year – Leisure

Sponsored by Ardstone

Winner: Elizabeth's Tree House, Barretstown Camp - McCauley Daye O’Connell Architects

Donal O'Neill, Managing Director, Ardstone presents the Building of the Year – Leisure Award to McCauley Daye O’Connell Architects team.
Donal O'Neill, managing director, Ardstone presents the Building of the Year – Leisure Award to McCauley Daye O’Connell Architects team.

9. Outstanding Contribution to Architecture

Winner: Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, Grafton Architects

Franks McDonald, Judging Coordinator presents the Outstanding Contribution to Architecture award to Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, Grafton Architects.
Frank McDonald, judging coordinator presents the Outstanding Contribution to Architecture award to Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, Grafton Architects.

10. Multi-Discipline Collaboration Achievement

Winner: DIT Greenway Hub - RKD Architects & DIT

Tur Uisce Passive House, Spiddal - Helena McElmeel Architects & Greentec Building Jim Loughran, Commercial Director, Kingspan Insulation presents the Sustainability Award for a Single Building or Development Award to Helena McElmeel Architects team.
Jim Loughran, commercial director, Kingspan Insulation presents the Sustainability Award for a Single Building or Development Award to Helena McElmeel Architects team.

11. Sustainability Award for a Single Building or Development

Sponsored by Kingspan Insulation

Winner: Tur Uisce Passive House, Spiddal - Helena McElmeel Architects & Greentec Building

Jim Loughran, commercial director, Kingspan Insulation presents the Sustainability Award for a Single Building or Development Award to Helena McElmeel Architects team.
Jim Loughran, commercial director, Kingspan Insulation presents the Sustainability Award for a Single Building or Development Award to Helena McElmeel Architects team.

12. Conservation Award for a Single Building or Development

Sponsored by Vescom Wallcoverings & Fabrics

Winner: Medieval Mile Museum Kilkenny - McCullough Mulvin Architects

Stephen Pierce, Senior Area Manager Vescom Wallcoverings & Fabrics presents the Conservation Award for a Single Building or Development Award to McCullough Mulvin Architects and the Kilkenny County Council team.
Stephen Pierce, senior area manager Vescom Wallcoverings & Fabrics presents the Conservation Award for a Single Building or Development Award to McCullough Mulvin Architects and the Kilkenny County Council team.

13. Building Refurbishment for a Single Building or Development

Sponsored by Ayrton Group

Winner: Pembrokestown Coach House – dhbArchitects

Martin Murray, Regional Sales Manager, Ayrton Group presents the Building Refurbishment for a Single Building or Development to Fintan Duffy and Máire Henry, dhbArchitects.
Martin Murray, regional sales manager, Ayrton Group presents the Building Refurbishment for a Single Building or Development to Fintan Duffy and Máire Henry, dhbArchitects.

14. Housing Project of the Year

Winner: St Michael's Housing, Foxford - John Halligan Architects & Society of Saint Vincent De Paul

Jim Loughran, Commercial Director, Kingspan Insulation presents the Housing Project of the Year Award to  John Halligan Architects and Society of Saint Vincent De Paul team.
Jim Loughran, commercial director, Kingspan Insulation presents the Housing Project of the Year Award to  John Halligan Architects and Society of Saint Vincent De Paul team.

15. Single House Building of the Year

Sponsored by Sodra

Winner: Tireighter Cairn - Broadstone Architects

Jeremy English, Sales Director, Södra, presents the Single House Building of the Year to Garbhan Doran, Broadstone Architects.
Jeremy English, sales director, Södra, presents the Single House Building of the Year to Garbhan Doran, Broadstone Architects.

16. House Extension Refurbishment

Winner: Another Level Living - DMVF Architects

Andy Christian, Sales Manager, Ecocem Ireland presents the House Extension Refurbishment to DMVF Architects team.
Andy Christian, sales manager, Ecocem Ireland presents the House Extension Refurbishment to DMVF Architects team.

17. Excellence in Education & Training

Winner: Professional Energy Skills in NZEB - Dublin Institute of Technology

Suzanne Ryan, Financial Controller, Actavo presents the Excellence in Education & Training Award to Cormac Allen, Dublin Institute of Technology.
Suzanne Ryan, financial controller, Actavo presents the Excellence in Education & Training Award to Cormac Allen, Dublin Institute of Technology.

See Building and Architect of the Year Awards 2017 for more information: www.buildingoftheyear.ie/

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