Rush to build housing shouldn’t ignore vital community infrastructure, warns engineering body
09 October 2017
The rush to build new housing should not come at the expense of proper provision of transport, communications, water and energy infrastructure that supports community development and connectivity, Engineers Ireland has said.
Announcing its final shortlist for Engineering Project of the Year as part of the Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards 2017, the body said there is a critical need for efficient planning and delivery of not only homes, but of sustainable and connected communities.
Engineers Ireland Director General, Caroline Spillane, said: “Ireland undoubtedly needs to build more houses at a quicker rate to meet surging demand, but just as important is ensuring that these new developments have adequate transport, communications, water and energy infrastructure so that they become sustainable, thriving and long-term communities. The Government’s key upcoming programmes, including Budget 2018 this week, the National Investment Plan and National Planning Framework Ireland 2040, need to take this critical consideration in to account.”
In what is the eighth year of the Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards, Caroline Spillane welcomed the central role engineers are playing in society: “Engineering is at the heart of community and culture in Ireland and this is very much exhibited by the 2017 shortlist. Covering areas as diverse as health, island communities, sport, transport and culture, it is brilliant to see engineers across the country delivering so many creative and ingenious solutions for society.”
The Engineering Project of the Year shortlist, part of the Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards 2017, held in association with ESB, is:
- Connswater Community Greenway by Belfast City Council, Arup and Farren’s 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
- Redevelopment of Páirc Uí Chaoimh and Centre of Excellence, Cork by Malachy Walsh and Partners
- 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
- Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena by TOBIN Consulting Engineers
The Engineering Project of the Year Award category, sponsored by Transport Infrastructure Ireland, will be decided by a panel of judges and a public vote. Members of the public are encouraged to have their say and vote for their favourite project.
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