Local Authority Initiative

Local Authority Engineering Initiative Award

This award is open to all local authorities to enter an engineering-led initiative which benefits the community in which it has been introduced.

Examples of possible initiatives could include: an energy saving initiative in a public building; road or traffic management improvements; waste initiative; development of local amenities such as a new playground, greenways, etc.

In the past there has been great diversity in the scale of the projects entered in this category. Therefore the judges may decide to make 2 awards to reflect the scale of the projects entered.

Please detail how your project fits the 3 key criteria (each criterion 500 words max)

  • The use of sound engineering principles and practices
    The entry should demonstrate that the design, use of materials, construction or manufacture is based on sound engineering principles and practices in achieving the best solution for the required specifications.
  • Impact of the work on the quality of life of the relevant communities
    The entry should provide evidence that the project positively contributes to the community in which it serves. This may relate directly to cost, time, environment or general amenity of the community.
  • Adherence to the budget, quality and programme
    The entry should demonstrate that it has met the budget parameters, quality requirements and time-lines relevant to the scope of the work in the specification.

Please include an executive summary of 250 words maximum which provides a succinct description of the entry and the principal elements of its claim for engineering excellence. This material is a key element in the judging process.

Terms and Conditions of Entry

Please read the conditions of entry, eligibility criteria, entry fee, selection process, entry submission and digital format information below:

Conditions of entry

  • Engineers Ireland reserves the right to publish in part or whole material contained in entries, apart from that clearly marked confidential;
  • Confidential material should be clearly marked and included only as appendices to entry submissions;
  • Entrants may be required to be available for award presentations and media interviews;
  • We cannot guarantee that submissions and supporting material will be returned so please upload copies of original documents;
  • Engineers Ireland is not responsible for any loss or damage to submissions;
  • Engineers Ireland reserves the right not to allocate an award should the quality of entries not reach a certain standard;
  • The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence concerning decisions will be entered into;
  • Information about award winners will be strictly embargoed until the announcement at the presentation evening;
  • The judging panel will determine the shortlist of entries once all entries are received.


The local authority engineering initiative must have been completed within a two year period prior to the closing date for entries:12 noon on Monday 11 September 2017. Entries will only be considered if they have been partially or completely carried out by a local authority in Ireland and the project should clearly be seen to benefit Irish society.

Entry fee

The fee for each entry submitted is €250.
The application fee applies per project entered. We can only accept entries that are received with payment. Entry fees are non-refundable as they cover our administration costs.

Selection process

Upon receiving your application, we will first send you a confirmation of receipt by email. Thereafter, our judges will review all entries and choose the shortlist.

Entry submission

  • Please complete your submission online by 12 noon on Monday 11 September 2017 detailing how your entry fits the key criteria outlined earlier in this document. We cannot guarantee that submissions and supporting material will be returned so please upload copies of original documentation.
  • All entry material should be carefully marked with the category, entry title and name of the local authority.
  • The submission may include drawings, pictures, photographs and other methods of illustration in either hard or softcopy. If you have video footage of your initiative available, we would also encourage you to submit this.
  • An electronic copy of your logo should also be included. If it is a joint entry, then please include partners’ logos.
  • You should also submit six different colour photographs of professional presentation quality in jpg or tiff format – at least 1MB in size.

Digital format

The following formats can be accepted:

  • For text: .pdf, .doc
  • For logos: .jpeg, .gif (ideally in print quality, 300dpi). If it is a joint entry, please provide all partner company logos.
  • For pictures: .jpeg, .gif. (ideally in print quality, at least 1MB in size).
  • For videos: .avi, .mpeg, .wmv, .mov and .fly.
  • For presentations: .pdf .ppt (ideally convert powerpoint into pdf).


Phone: +353 1 665 1377
Email: excellenceawards@engineersireland.ie

 Local Engineering Initiative of the Year

Please ensure you have read the terms and conditions of entry above before proceeding. 

Your Details

Local Authority
Official project title
Contact first name
Contact surname
How did you hear about the Excellence Awards?
Please specify if Other

Principal contact person during awards if different from previous


If a joint entry please list all additional entrants and their role in the project

Project role e.g. consultant
Project role e.g. consultant
Project role e.g. consultant

Please outline how the project fulfils the three key criteria above and include the 200 word executive summary:

  • We require all application material such as entry criteria, images, videos, etc. to process your entry, as per the terms and conditions
  • As these files can be quite large, we recommend they are uploaded to a free file sharing service such as https://www.wetransfer.com, using excellenceawards@engineersireland.ie as the recepient address.

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