Local Authority Initiative

Local Authority Engineering Initiative Award

Sponsored by Colas Bitumen Emulsion 

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 two awards to reflect the scale of the projects entered.

2018 Winners


Lough Rinn International Rowing and Canoe Course Project by Leitrim County Council and Jennings O'Donovan & Partners Limited


River Dargle Flood Defence Scheme by Wicklow County Council

Entry details

Please detail how your project fits the three key criteria below. Each criterion should be no more than 500 words and should include relevant supporting materials such as photos, drawings and/or video links (max 4 per criterion).
1. 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.
2. Innovation in design and/or delivery
The entry should clearly demonstrate ingenuity, innovation and creativity in achieving the best solution for the required specifications.
3. 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.
4. 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 200 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 and will also be used for promotional purposes should you be shortlisted. 


The local authority engineering initiative must have been completed within a two year period prior to the closing date for entries: Wednesday, 18 September 2019. Please clearly state the completion date within the submission.
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. 

How to Enter 

  • The deadline for submissions is 2pm on Wednesday, 18 September 2019. Please read the terms and conditions of entry prior to submitting your entry.
  • Your submission may include drawings, pictures, photographs and other methods of illustration as indicated above. All entry material and supporting material should be carefully marked with the category, entry title and name of the organisation (and partner organisations if applicable) and completion date. Please PDF your entry and email/ WeTransfer it to excellenceawards@engineersireland.ie
  • Once submitted, please proceed to the payment page to submit your entry fee of €250.  The application fee applies per project entered. We can only accept entries that are received with payment. Entry fees are non-refundable. 


For additional information or queries, please contact:
Phone: +353 1 665 1307