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.


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 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.


Our judges are currently reviewing each entry in this category and we will announce the shortlist on Thursday, 5th October 2017.
Best of luck to each organisation in this category!