Engineering Project

Engineering Project of the Year

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Introduction

The purpose of the Engineering Project of the Year is to recognise the highest level of achievement in the engineering field and to provide peer recognition of outstanding engineering work, be it a large or small project. 
 
The shortlist for this award is as follows: 
  • Connswater Community Greenway by Belfast City Council, Arup and Farran’s Construction
  • Children’s Cardiac Catheterisation Unit & Orthopaedic Theatre at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin by Clancy, RPS, Casey O’Rourke Associates and MOLA Architecture 
  • Global Engineering At Depth - Aran Islands Subsea Cable Repair by ESB International 
  • Redevelopment of Páirc Uí Chaoimh and Centre of Excellence, Cork by Malachy Walsh and Partners
  • Detailed Design of Luas Cross City Infrastructure Project by O’Connor Sutton Cronin
  • National Gallery of Ireland Historical Wings Restoration and Refurbishment by PUNCH Consulting Engineers and BDP M&E Engineering
  • Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena by TOBIN Consulting Engineers

This award is open to public vote.

 
The winner chosen will reflect both the public vote and the scoring by our judging panel. The public vote will close at midnight on Friday, 27th October.
 
Connswater Community Greenway by Belfast City Council, Arup and Farren’s Construction
 
Completed in April 2017, the Connswater Community Greenway project has created a vibrant, attractive and accessible linear greenway for leisure, recreation and community events improving the lives of 40,000 local residents, and providing a destination for residents of Ireland and further afield. The project has connected open and green spaces for use by cyclists and walkers whilst providing local communities with flood protection, and is acting as a catalyst for regeneration and community cohesion. The linear park follows the routes of three rivers in East Belfast, which flow northwards from the Castlereagh hills to Belfast Lough, providing remediation of the river corridors, and encouraging healthier and more active communities through; - 16km of continuous cycle and walkway - 10 new and 5 refurbished bridges connecting people and places - new recreation facilities in the form new play parks and MUGA pitches - increased tourism and investment at the new C.S Lewis Civic Square - included £8m of flood protection to 1,700 local properties. The project has improved the quality of life for the people of East Belfast, visitors and tourists and investors in East Belfast alike, and created a new greener environment to link local residents to parks, leisure, business, shops, schools and colleges. 
 
Children’s Cardiac Catheterisation Unit & Orthopaedic Theatre at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin by Clancy, RPS, Casey O’Rourke Associates and MOLA Architecture 
 
The new Hybrid Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratory at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin (OLCHC) is the only fully equipped paediatric cardiology service on the island of Ireland to diagnose and treat children with heart defects.
 
Clancy was awarded the Design Build contract for the replacement of the existing OLCHC cardiac catheterisation laboratory in a live hospital environment. The project involved an extension to the operating theatre block to accommodate a hybrid cardiac catheterisation laboratory and ancillary facilities at first floor, suspended over an existing car park, a roof-top plant room and a link bridge.
 
After construction had commenced, the project was extended to include an orthopaedic theatre at the same elevated level as the new catheterisation laboratory and the existing operating theatres.
 
The hybrid design allows the laboratory to be rapidly turned into a cardiac theatre thus permitting more complex interventions such as open heart surgery.
 
The combination of catheterisation and operating facilities allows interventional cardiologists and surgeons to treat a child during a single procedure. This type of treatment can lead to faster recovery times, less tissue damage and reduced scarring. This is especially beneficial for new-borns because it is less traumatic than traditional approaches. The orthopaedic theatre also doubles as the national facility to treat scoliosis patients who are born with curved spine which must be operated on in their early years.
 
Global Engineering At Depth - Aran Islands Subsea Cable Repair by ESB International 
 
All three Aran Islands lost supply on Friday 5th August 2016 and while power was restored by way of activate generator and transformers it was not a sustainable solution. ESB Networks commissioned ESB International to develop a lasting solution to bring power back to the Islands. A traditional method of repairing a subsea cable would be to haul the cable onto a barge or ship and make the repair on the deck of the ship. However, in this case we decided to do things a little differently and used trained divers to access the faulty part of the cable through using a pressurised habitat, mounted around the cable at the bottom of the sea bed. The habitat is based on the design of a hospital incubator giving access to the cable through holes in the side. Windows and mirrors are also fitted to give divers 360 degree views of the cable. The team also employed an innovative fault finding method to pinpointing the faults. This solution has been a major breakthrough in the repair of subsea power cables. The ESB International in-situ repair solution means that there is now a viable low cost alternative for subsea cable repairs available to the industry.
 
Malachy Walsh and Partners - Redevelopment of Páirc Uí Chaoimh and Centre of Excellence, Cork
 
Pairc Uí Chaoimh is a long established sports ground but required extensive redevelopment in 2013 if it was to continue as a venue for major games and concerts. The development in tandem by Cork City Council of the unenclosed public Marina Park set within the scenic area of the Marina, means that Pairc Uí Chaoimh will be the first Stadium in Ireland within a Municipal park.
 
The number of games played at a Provincial Stadium is not sufficient to generate the required income necessary to maintain it. Accordingly, a key requirement was to provide for multi-purpose usage of space to cater for different activities on match and non-match days.
 
 A floodlit bowl-shaped venue was designed to accommodate a capacity of 45,300 and up to 47,000 for games and concerts respectively, including 21,300 seats. The South Stand caters for players/officials at ground floor level, separating them from the 3 spectator tiers overhead. The remainder of the Stadium is single tier.
 
 A second 4G playing pitch was also constructed.
 
The playing pitch is the focus of activity within the Stadium, enhanced by the facilities provided in the new stands and terraces, creating a wonderful player and spectator experience on the banks of the River Lee.
 
Detailed Design of Luas Cross City Infrastructure Project by O’Connor Sutton Cronin
 
The new line has been successfully constructed in Dublin city centre and links the original green and red lines as well as the north Dublin communities of Phibsborough and Cabra with the City Centre.  It links Broombridge railway and the new DIT campus at Grangegorman to the city centre with a 21 minute journey time from Cabra to St.Stephens Green. 
 
The project involved the design of 5.6km of railway track, 13 stops, a tram depot and two sub-stations, a two-span integral bridge at Broadstone and the rehabilitation of three masonry arch structures.  The Overhead Contact system was erected through the historic centre of Dublin using poles or building fixings.  34 traffic signal controlled junctions had to be redesigned and integrated into the SCATS system.
 
The project successfully achieved the APIS approval from the Commission for Railway Regulation and became the first infrastructure project to do so.
 
Trams successfully ran on the new service for the first time on 17th June 2017.
 
National Gallery of Ireland Historical Wings Restoration and Refurbishment by PUNCH Consulting Engineers and BDP M & E Engineering
 
The Historical Wings of the National Gallery of Ireland: the Dargan wing (1864) and the Milltown Wing (1901), have long held works of fine art. Yet through 150 years of decay and alterations, the gallery had become disjointed and dysfunctional, no longer providing a frame to support and enhance the artwork within, nor to inspire new Irish creativity.
 
The client’s brief:  1) upgrading and restoring the Historical Wings to the highest international standards for environment control, lighting and security systems, and 2) developing a coherent and accessible circulation system through the various layers of the gallery.
 
The project challenged at every level: preservation, taming the glazing for light, heat and strength, enabling enhanced control of the environment, fostering the illusion of the absence of services while distributing them sufficiently throughout the old buildings, strengthening the floors for loadings, hiding the plant, and meshing 2 complementary yet discordant historic buidlings into a dynamic, inviting space. Achieving all this on a confined site, preserving both the buildings themselves and the priceless Irish heritage they house, increased the pressure for exceptional efficiency and perfect aesthetics. Every challenge was exceeded. The National Gallery will inspire new generations of Irish creatives, both artists and engineers. 
 
Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena by TOBIN Consulting Engineers
 
TOBIN Consulting Engineers has selected the National Indoor Arena as our entry for the ‘Engineering Project of the Year’ because of its well documented credentials as a ‘ground-breaking’ engineering project within the Irish and indeed European ‘sports infrastructure’ sector. The quality, ingenuity and innovation of the design adopted in this particular project is unrivalled in any other Irish or European sporting venue at this present time.  We see it as a most credible and long term benchmark for future pursuits in this specific sector of engineering and construction.  
 
The pragmatic approach adopted by TOBIN throughout the various stages of the NIA’s development is reflective of the very practical strategies used in our company when undertaking projects of this nature. From the outset, we understood that we needed to provide the ‘best of the best’ for all elements of the NIA and for our client, Sport Ireland. Our approach was to ensure that a correct balance was continuously struck to ensure a number of specific actions were realised, namely; that the use of sound engineering principles and practices was a constant, that we utilised all of our engineering capabilities in bringing as much ingenuity as possible to the project and finally, that we were relentlessly meticulous in keeping within the parameters of the budget, quality and programme requirements. We are immensely satisfied to have achieved this ambitious balance for Sport Ireland throughout the entirety of the project.  
 
We are also very proud that the NIA is now a well-established and significant contributor to the local, regional and national economy from its Abbotstown base. Since opening, the NIA has made a very clear and positive impact on a number of local and national communities, across a number of key economic and social areas. It is for these reasons, amongst others, that the NIA is now a significant benchmark for future engineering pursuits on this island and indeed further afield, around the world