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 two awards to reflect the scale of the projects entered.

Our joint 2017 winners were as follows:

Limerick City and County Council, joint winners of the Local Authority Engineering Initiative Award (from left) Gary Power, John Cradock Ltd, Dan Slavin, Limerick City and County Council, John Cradock, John Cradock Ltd, Miriam O’Donoghue and Vincent Murray, Limerick City and County Council, Peter Edwards, WSP, and Victor Smyth, John Cradock Ltd, with award sponsor, Liam Henry, Cold Chon.

Dublin City Council and the OPW, joint winners of the Local Authority Engineering Initiative Award (from left) Maurice Buckley, Vincent Rhatigan, John Murphy and Patrick McCormack, of the OPW, with David Ryan and John McCooey, Dublin City Council. Also pictured, award sponsor, Liam Henry, Managing Director of Cold Chon.

Entry details

Within your submission, please detail how your project fits each of the three key criteria below (each criterion 500 words maximum).

  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. 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.
  3. 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. Additionally, please clearly state the completion date of your entry within the submission.


The local authority engineering initiative must have been completed within a two year period prior to the closing date for entries: Monday 10 September 2018. 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. Please clearly state the completion date within the submission.

How to Enter

  • Please complete your submission online by 2pm on Monday 10 September 2018, detailing how your entry fits the key criteria outlined earlier in this document.
  • Your submission may include drawings, pictures, photographs and other methods of illustration. Please include this information within your application and/or an appendix and submit via WeTransfer.
  • You should also submit six different colour photographs of professional presentation quality in jpg or tiff format – at least 1MB in size.
  • 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.

Terms and Conditions of entry



For further information, please contact: 

Phone: +353 1 665 1307
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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