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Success for O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects & Denis Byrne Architects in Irish Concrete Society Awards

Published: Thursday, April 11, 2019

Perrott’s Inch Bridge, UCC, Cork by O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects and Denis Byrne Architects with Cliffs of Moher Coach Park Reception Building were winners in the 2019 Irish Concrete Society Awards.

Excellence in concrete design and construction was celebrated at this year’s Irish Concrete Society’s Awards Evening, which took place on the 30 March in the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road, Dublin. The Awards recognise excellence in both design and construction in concrete and are adjudicated by a distinguished, independent jury of industry professionals. The main awards jury reviewed a total of 25 projects nominated in three categories of main awards – Element, Infrastructure and Building.

The main awards jury consisted of Karen McEvoy (Bucholtz McEvoy Architects),  Des Mulcair (Roadbridge) and Jerome O’Brien (J.B. Barry and Partners).

Perrott’s Inch Bridge, UCC, Cork by O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects won the Element Category and the Overall Winner - chosen from a total of 9 element category entries and 25 entries for overall award. The jury said: “Great care and consideration has been given to the crafting of the abutments of this bridge, a delightful addition to the banks of the Lee, facilitating pedestrian connectivity across the river within the UCC campus. The plasticity of concrete has been used to great advantage to sculpt elegant forms in the differing conditions at each side of the bridge, on one side seamlessly offering universal access in a 20m long ramped form, simultaneously offering a place to sit, whilst on the other integrating playful parabolic arches sitting in the floodplain below. The inherent materiality of concrete is explored and made manifest in a variety of excellently executed finishes, their respective locations carefully considered with regard to how users will interface with the concrete (ground and slip resistant underfoot, polished where the human hand will pass over it.”


Cliffs of Moher Coach Park Reception Building by Denis Byrne Architects won the Building Category from a total of 11 entries. The jury said: “In the sensitive landscape along the coast of Clare to which visitors flock to view the Cliffs of Moher, this project seeks to minimise its visual impact on the setting, creating a sunken enclosure of concrete, incorporating reception facilities for the various coach companies serving the site. Concrete is cleverly used to hold back the earth enabling the necessary accommodation to be concealed in a mounded form. Benefiting from the inherent strength, robustness and resilience of concrete, its comprehensive use seems particularly appropriate here. Carefully detailed fair-faced concrete is used extensively in the floors, walls and ceilings both internally and externally, treated with various finishes from exposed aggregate to highly polished, according to its location. Artificial lighting is hidden in niches carved out of the concrete, whilst canted sky windows are crafted to allow daylight into the concealed interior.”

Further details are on the Awards Website


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