Engineering Excellence Digital Series

Engineers Ireland’s Engineering Excellence Digital Series, held in association with ESB, shines a light on the creative ways Ireland’s engineers seek to support and transform society. In addition to the engineering skill needed to deliver these projects in 2022, the series also highlights the engineers behind these projects and how their work benefits communities in Ireland and overseas.

Following a free-to-enter competition and judging process, five engineering projects were selected to represent the top engineering initiatives undertaken in the fields of innovation, sustainability, buildings and structures, and infrastructure. The sixth video in the series recognises Engineers Ireland’s Engineer of the Year.

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Dublin Airport North Runway by Arup, SENER and FCC Construcción

Dublin Airport’s North Runway is one of the largest infrastructure projects in Ireland and the first international runway constructed in Ireland in over 30 years

Glasgow Airport Investment Area – Ancillary Infrastructure by RPS Group and Wills Bros Civil Engineering Ltd

From their offices in Dublin, Cork and Galway, RPS Group provided design services for Wills Bros Civil Engineering on the Glasgow Airport Investment Area – Ancillary Infrastructure project, which is being led by Renfrewshire Council and jointly funded by the UK and Scottish governments through the £1.13bn Glasgow City Region Deal

The Deep Retrofit of Lahinch Leisure Centre by Tipperary Energy Agency

Prior to Tipperary Energy Agency’s appointment as the Energy Efficiency Consultants and Mechanical & Electrical Design Engineers, Lahinch Leisure Centre in County Clare had unsustainable energy costs and a heavy reliance on fossil fuels.  Today, the facility proudly displays an A3 non-domestic BER

The Redevelopment of Bolands Quay by Arup and project partners

The urban regeneration scheme behind Bolands Quay breathes new life into this formerly derelict industrial site. Important Irish industrial heritage has been protected and incorporated into a live, modern, multi-use development

Engineering Endeavour of 2022

Dublin Airport North Runway, the first international runway constructed in Ireland in over 30 years, was awarded the prestigious title of Engineering Endeavour of 2022 by Engineers Ireland on 19 December 2022.

Delivered by an international project team, comprising of Arup, SENER and a Construction Joint Venture made up of FCC Construcción and Roadbridge Ltd, Dublin Airport North Runway was chosen by the public and members of Engineers Ireland as the top engineering project of 2022 having featured in Engineers Ireland’s Engineering Excellence Digital Series, held in association with ESB, and following an online vote.

The development of North Runway, considered one of Ireland’s largest infrastructure projects, involved the building and installation of over 340,000m2 of new runway and taxiways, 6km of internal airport roads, 425km of electrical cable and 2,500 runway and taxiway lights. The industry-leading decision to continuously consider whole life costs throughout the project also ensures that North Runway can be operated and maintained in the most efficient and reliable manner, providing a long-term, resilient asset and a safe working environment for operators on a day-to-day basis.

Meet our Engineer of the Year

Mary Hurley has been awarded the prestigious title of Engineer of the Year 2022 by Engineers Ireland.

In her role as a Major Linear Infrastructure Project Manager with engineering consultancy firm Arup, Mary strives to make a positive impact and create sustainable solutions for communities across Ireland. Throughout her 20-year career, she has challenged preconceived ideas by developing innovative approaches to sustainable transport projects. She believes that adaptability, communication and empathy are three of the greatest skill sets that engineers can possess, and that people should be at the heart of all engineering projects.


The Engineering Excellence Digital Series is held in association with ESB. 

As Title Sponsor of the Excellence Awards since 2010 and now our new Digital Excellence Series, we would like to thank ESB for their ongoing support in recognising Ireland's engineering profession.

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