Rush to build housing shouldn’t ignore vital community infrastructure, warns engineering body

Rush to build housing shouldn’t ignore vital community infrastructure, warns engineering body

09 October 2017 at 09:17
Rush to build housing shouldn’t ignore vital community infrastructure, warns engineering body
 
Final shortlist for Engineering Project of the Year 2017 announced
 
The rush to build new housing should not come at the expense of proper provision of transport, communications, water and energy infrastructure that supports community development and connectivity, Engineers Ireland has said.
 
Announcing its final shortlist for Engineering Project of the Year as part of the Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards 2017, the body said there is a critical need for efficient planning and delivery of not only homes, but of sustainable and connected communities.
 
Engineers Ireland Director General, Caroline Spillane, said: “Ireland undoubtedly needs to build more houses at a quicker rate to meet surging demand, but just as important is ensuring that these new developments have adequate transport, communications, water and energy infrastructure so that they become sustainable, thriving and long-term communities.  The Government’s key upcoming programmes, including Budget 2018 this week, the National Investment Plan and National Planning Framework Ireland 2040, need to take this critical consideration in to account.”
 
In what is the eighth year of the Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards, Caroline Spillane welcomed the central role engineers are playing in society: “Engineering is at the heart of community and culture in Ireland and this is very much exhibited by the 2017 shortlist. Covering areas as diverse as health, island communities, sport, transport and culture, it is brilliant to see engineers across the country delivering so many creative and ingenious solutions for society.” 
 
The Engineering Project of the Year shortlist, part of the Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards 2017, held in association with ESB, is:  
 
  • 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
  • Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena by TOBIN Consulting Engineers
 
The Engineering Project of the Year Award category, sponsored by Transport Infrastructure Ireland, will be decided by a panel of judges and a public vote. Members of the public are encouraged to have their say and vote for their favourite project by visiting: http://www.engineersireland.ie/awards/excellence-awards.aspx 
 
The winners will be announced at a special awards ceremony on November 10 in the InterContinental Hotel in Dublin.
 
Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards 2017 – full category list:
 
Engineering Project of the Year, sponsored by Transport Infrastructure Ireland 
  • Connswater Community Greenway by Belfast City Council, Arup and Farren’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
  • Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena by TOBIN Consulting Engineers
 
Local Authority Engineering Initiative Award, sponsored by Cold Chon
  • The Engineers role in realising Clare’s Rural Potential by Clare County Council 
  • Fabric Upgrade Program Phase One by Cork City Council 
  • South Campshire Flood Protection Project by Dublin City Council and the Office of Public Works
  • Limerick Smarter Travel Route 2 Shared Walking & Cycling Facility by Limerick City and County Council
 
Technical Innovation of the Year Award, sponsored by NSAI
  • Power Off & Save by EirGrid
  • The Coolx600 by Excelsys Technologies Limited
  • Design, validation and commercialisation of a variable speed draught beer cooler control system by Kilkenny Cooling Systems
  • Development of SolarWhite, a new coating for high performance satellite thermal control – Joint application between University College Dublin School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering and ENBIO Ltd.
 
Engineering Education Award – Best in Class 2017 
  • Innovative and New Product Multidisciplinary Laboratories Development by the Department of Mechanical, Biomedical and Manufacturing Engineering and Department of Management and Enterprise, Cork Institute of Technology
  • Creating Holistic Engineers to solve the Grand Challenges of the Future Organisation by the College of Engineering and Built Environment, Dublin Institute of Technology 
  • Innovation in Engineering Education and Outreach by UCD School of Civil Engineering, University College Dublin
  • CIVIL @ UL: Learning Actively, Engaging Creatively by the Civil Engineering Programme, University of Limerick
 
Heritage and Conservation Award, sponsored by The Office of Public Works
  • Henrietta Street – The Tenement Museum Dublin by ARUP and Shaffrey Architects
  • GPO: Witness History Exhibition Centre, O’Connell Street, Dublin by Hendrick Ryan + Associates
  • St. Mary’s Hall, Kilkenny by O’Connor Sutton Cronin
  • National Gallery of Ireland Historical Wings Restoration and Refurbishment Project by PUNCH Consulting Engineers
 
Geoscience Ireland Award, sponsored by Geoscience Ireland
  • Duke's Road CSOmaterial re-use strategy by Cleantech Group
  • UMASW by APEX Geoservices Ltd and School of Civil Engineering, University College Dublin
 
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Employer of the Year Award, supported by the Department of Education and Skills and sponsored by Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland
  • Abbott Ireland
  • Gavin & Doherty Geosolutions
  • Johnson & Johnson Campus Ireland
 
Recipients of the: International Engineer of the Year Award sponsored by ESB International; The Outstanding Contribution to Engineering Award sponsored by ESB; Best Presentation of the Year Award sponsored by Griffiths & Armour and Beale & Company; Innovative Student Engineer of the Year Award, sponsored by Siemens; President's Award; and Chartered Engineer of the Year Award will be announced at the ceremony on 10 November.