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Success for Denis Byrne Architects and Donal Colfer in Irish Concrete Society Awards

Published: Monday, May 13, 2013

The Bord Gáis Networks Services Centre by Denis Byrne Architects and a House Extension in Dublin's Portobello by Donal Colfer Architects were winners in the 2013 Irish Concrete Society Awards. The awards recognise excellence in both design and construction in concrete.

The Bord Gáis Networks Services Centre by Denis Byrne Architects won the 'Building Award' and received a 'Sustainability Commendation'. It was chosen from a total of 15 buildings entered. The Jury said: "In the Design of the Networks Service Centre, Bord Gáis set out to achieve a development that demonstrated their commitment to environmental protection, energy conservation and sustainability. It is fair to say that this goal was truly achieved in the Design and Construction of this fine project. (...) The finish achieved in the concrete throughout the building was of an exceptionally high standard." 

(Photography by Alice Clancy)

A House Extension in Portobello, Dublin by Donal Colfer Architects won in the 'Elemental Category'. “The works are designed with an understanding of the construction process and executed with a level of skill and precision unusual in a small domestic project .The use of insitu concrete for structure, plinths and floors affords a level of refinement and permanence to the spaces which complements the carefully made quality of these brick terraces”, commented the jury.


The Winner in the 'Infrastructure' Category and 'Overall Winner' was the Mizen Head Bridge in West Cork. “This can only be described as a wonderfully unique project undertaken in a breath-taking and dramatic setting but also an extremely intimidating construction location. Not for the faint hearted!” said the jury. The Engineers for this project were RPS Consulting Engineers and the client Fáilte Ireland, Cork County Council and The Commissioners of Irish Lights.

A highlight in the construction industry’s calendar, the Irish Concrete Society Awards took place on 26 April in Dublin. The jury reviewed a total of thirty projects entered in three categories of main awards - Elemental, Infrastructure and Building as well as an International Award sponsored by Enterprise Ireland.  The jury also considered all main award entries for a sustainability award. The annual Sean de Courcy Student Prize was also awarded on the night.

Further details are on the Awards Website

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