Engineers Ireland calls on public to vote online for Best Engineering Project

Engineers Ireland calls on public to vote online for Best Engineering Project

25 October 2018 at 18:07
 
Engineers Ireland is calling on the Irish public to vote online for what they consider to be the Engineering Project of the Year before the deadline at midnight, on Friday, 2 November. The award recognises the highest level of achievement in the engineering field and provides peer recognition of outstanding engineering work, be it a large or small project.
 
The 2018 shortlist for the Engineering Project of the Year, sponsored by Transport Infrastructure Ireland is:
 
Kevin Street Garda Headquarters by Atkins
Developed by Atkins, the newly constructed state of the art Garda Divisional Headquarters replaced the existing Kevin Street Garda station, which was originally built in the 1600’s for the Archbishop of Dublin. The building is an impressively engineered concrete framed structure, which cantilevers over Bride Street and has a five-storey steel frame glazed internal atrium. One of the most impressive architectural and structural elements of the building is a spectacular bespoke granite stone cantilever stair, which spans the full height of the atrium. This building is a significant new addition to the Dublin city centre landscape.
 
M17/M18 Gort to Tuam Motorway PPP by Barry Transportation and Arup
 The M17/ M18 Gort to Tuam PPP Scheme forms part of the Atlantic corridor. This project involved the design and construction of a new road to replace the existing N17 and N18 between Gort and Tuam. This was an extremely complex project due to the sheer number of karst features present in east Galway, drainage challenges presented by hydrogeology, the regionally sensitive aquifers and seasonal flooding, environmental commitments and the construction of Ireland’s first motorway over a live motorway. The M17/M18 will significantly improve safety, reduce journey times and improve connectivity. 
 
Kerry Central Regional Water Supply Scheme by Irish Water, in association with Kerry County Council, Nicholas O'Dwyer, TOBIN Consulting Engineers and Glan Agua 
Over 62,000 people depend on the Kerry Central Regional Water Supply Scheme which serves one of the main tourist regions in Ireland including Tralee, Killarney, Castleisland, Castlemaine. This €30 million project will provide a safe and secure water supply for residents, industry, agriculture and tourism in the area as well as ensuring 62,000 customers are removed from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Remedial Action List (RAL). The new Water Treatment Plant is amongst the largest in the country and will provide over 50 million litres of drinking water every day.
 
Northern Spire Bridge by Roughan & O'Donovan, Buro Happold, Farrans Construction and Victor Buyck 
Opened in August 2018, Northern Spire is a landmark new bridge dominating Sunderland’s skyline. It is central to a new strategic road linking the A19 to Sunderland city centre and the Port of Sunderland. It has created economic growth and development opportunities by significantly improving connectivity locally and across the region. The 105m A-frame pylon was transported by sea and river to site, before being raised into position during a carefully orchestrated two-day operation. The innovative project has raised the profile of civil engineering both in the UK and internationally.
 
Shannon Airport Rehabilitation of Runway 06-24 by RPS
In summer 2017, Shannon Airport Authority (SAA) carried out the rehabilitation of 75% of its main runway. This occurred within extremely tight night time possession windows to avoid interference with the airport’s activities. RPS carried out the detailed design, tender process and site supervision for the works on this critical piece of national infrastructure on behalf of SAA. RPS used its extensive aviation experience to design an economic and grooved marshall asphalt runway, complete with new sustainable LED aeronautical ground lighting. A highquality runway was successfully and safely delivered ahead of programme and within the project budget.
 
BXD 400 - Luas Cross City by Sisk Steconfer JV 
Luas Cross City forms a key link and the next phase in the development of Luas. It comprises a 6km extension from the previous Green Line terminus at St. Stephen’s Green, through the city centre to the north-west inner-city suburbs and terminates at an interchange station on the suburban railway line at Broombridge. The project was undertaken in close collaboration with Dublin City Council due to its on street setting and interface with so many critical urban systems. Sisk Steconfer JV were responsible for, design and construction; systems integration; validation; and bringing into operational service of the total system
 
 
The winner will be announced at the black-tie Excellence Awards ceremony on 9 November at the InterContinental Hotel, Dublin 4.