2017 Winners and Shortlist

2017 Excellence Awards Winners

Congratulations to all of the nominees and winners at this year's Excellence Awards, held at the InterContinental Hotel, Dublin on 10th November. Below is a list of the winning and shortlisted projects:

Engineering Project of the Year Award, sponsored by Transport Infrastructure Ireland

Winner: Redevelopment of Páirc Uí Chaoimh and Centre of Excellence, by Malachy Walsh and Partners


  • Connswater Community Greenway by Belfast City Council, Arup and Farrans 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 
  • 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 and BDP M & E Engineering 
  • Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena by TOBIN Consulting Engineers

Outstanding Contribution to Engineering Award, sponsored by ESB

Winner: Professor John Kelly, Former Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at UCD

International Engineer of the Year Award, sponsored by ESB International

Winner: Aidan Madden, Chartered Engineer, ARUP

Chartered Engineer of the Year Award, sponsored by Arup

Winner: Captain Eoghan Carton, Engineer Officer, Irish Defence Forces

Geoscience Ireland Award, sponsored by Geoscience Ireland

Winner: UMASW by APEX Geoservices Ltd and School of Civil Engineering, University College Dublin 


Duke's Road CSOmaterial re-use strategy by Cleantech Group

Best Presentation Award, sponsored by Beale & Company and Griffiths & Armour

Winner: Prof. William Gerard Hurley, Professor of Electrical Engineering at NUI Galway and Director of the Power Electronics Research Centre

Local Authority Engineering Initiative Award, sponsored by Cold Chon (Galway) Ltd
Joint winners

Winner: South Campshire Flood Protection Project, by Dublin City Council and the Office of Public Works

Winner: Limerick Smarter Travel Route 2 Shared Walking and Cycling Facility, by Limerick City and County Council, WSP/Punch Consulting (JV) and John Cradock Ltd


  • The Engineers Role in Realising Clare’s Rural Potential by Clare County Council
  • Fabric Upgrade Program Phase One by Cork City Council and DJF Engineering Services Ltd

Technical Innovation of the Year Award, sponsored by NSAI

Winner: Development of SolarWhite, a new coating for high performance satellite thermal control, by ENBIO Ltd and University College Dublin School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering

  • Power Off & Save by EirGrid and Electric Ireland
  • The Coolx600 by Excelsys Technologies Limited
  • Design, validation and commercialisation of a variable speed draught beer cooler control system by Kilkenny Cooling Systems

Heritage and Conservation Award, sponsored by the Office of Public Works

Winner: National Gallery of Ireland Historical Wings Restoration and Refurbishment Project by PUNCH Consulting Engineers


  • 14 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

President’s Award, sponsored by CRH

Winner: Murt Coleman, Fellow of Engineers Ireland

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

Winner: Johnson & Johnson Campus Ireland

Innovative Student Engineer of the Year Award, sponsored by Siemens

Winner: Aron Purcer, IT Carlow

Engineering Education Award - Best in Class 2017

Winner: Creating Holistic Engineers to solve the Grand Challenges of the Future Organisation by the College of Engineering and Built Environment, Dublin Institute of Technology 


  • 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
  • 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

Read more about the 2017 Excellence Awards