The innovative use of technology in the development plan for Rowlestown in Fingal has won an award at this year’s National Planning Awards
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The innovative use of technology in the development plan for Rowlestown in Fingal has won an award at this year’s National Planning Awards.

The village development plan for Rowlestown by iCon Architecture with Cummins and Voortman, working with Fingal County Council, has won the Emerging Sustainable Technologies category and particularly impressed the judges with how technology was used.

The award was granted at the Irish Planning Institute (IPI) National Planning Awards in Dublin.

IPI president Deirdre Fallon commended the virtual model created for the entire village which served as a canvas whereby changes to the village were tested and developed.

“Building Information Modelling was used to model the terrain, existing buildings, proposed sites, shadow studies and wind patterns allowing proposals to be tested and validated. Interactive visualisations and drive through video showcases enabled the community to engage and visualise proposed changes and assist in decision making.”

The awards include an overall winner, nine category winners and a President’s Choice.

Overall winner: North Lotts and Grand Canal Dock Planning Scheme


The overall winner was the North Lotts and Grand Canal Dock Planning Scheme by planners at Dublin City Council which is the biggest urban redevelopment and regeneration project in the history of the state. More than 60 per cent of the plan area is now benefitting from permissions granted giving a sustainable vision to this major part of the city.

Other winners of note include Fáilte Ireland for the Wild Atlantic Way tourism brand which co-ordinated a tourism route stretching approximately 2,500km along Ireland’s Atlantic coast. A voluntary community group in Ballina Killaloe won an award for high quality sports and recreational facilities they developed to address a lack of amenities in the local area.

The President’s Choice Award was won by Fingal County Council for training in planning and mapping skills it provided to planners in Lesotho.

The categories included: plan making; opportunity and empowerment; media and communications; responsive urban and rural design; emerging sustainable technologies; ‘smart’ travel; tourism and economic development; climate change and international innovation.

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The innovative use of technology in the development plan for Rowlestown in Fingal has won an award at this year’s National Planning Awards. The village development plan for Rowlestown by iCon Architecture with Cummins and Voortman, working with Fingal County Council, has won the Emerging Sustainable Technologies category and particularly...