The Vaulted House, Dublin, scoops top award at ICS event
03 April 2018
Overall winner: The Vaulted House, Dublin
The Vaulted House, Dublin, claimed top spot at the recent design and construction awards ceremony held by the Irish Concrete Society.
This was the 36th annual awards evening and close to 350 industry players were in attendance. 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 27 projects nominated in three categories of main awards – Element, Infrastructure and Building. There were also eight projects nominated for the 6th International Award, which is sponsored by Enterprise Ireland. The winners of the annual Séan deCourcy Student Award and biennial Sculpture Award were also announced.
The Main Awards
The main awards jury consisted of Michael Browne of Collen Construction, Séan Harrington of Séan Harrington Architects and Brian Kavanagh of Garland Consulting Engineers.
Element Category and Overall Winner: The Vaulted House, Dublin
Chosen from a total of 10 category entries and 27 entries for overall award.
“The terrazzo flooring in the existing building may have been the spark that set the client, designers and contractors down a road that delivered an exceptional building that has concrete features throughout. The client was brave and gave a complete vote of confidence to the design team and the contractor.
“There are many architectural exposed concrete elements that could have been submitted, fair faced walls, columns, soffits, and beams; the dramatic board marked beams internally and externally; the extensive use on terrazzo on the floors and stairs. The concrete theme continued into the garden with a board marked concrete shed, planter boxes, barbeque and even an insitu concrete table. Even a concrete worktop and sink.
“The vaulted concrete ceiling could well have been overpowering and cold. However, the attention to detail in the design and the craftwork and passion from the contractor have resulted in an exceptional feature in a very beautiful modern home.”
• Project Client: Private
• Project Engineer: David Maher & Associates
• Project Architect: GKMP Architects
• Project Contractor: Darcy Bros
• Major Suppliers: Gerry & Martin Brennan/PJ Ryan Terrazzo/Roadstone
Infrastructure Category Winner: Páirc Uí Chaoimh Stadium
Chosen from a total of seven projects entered.
“This is a project of scale and impact and it dominates the local area. The vertical concrete elements and the excellent precast cladding panels captured the judges’ attention. There is also the row after row of precast concrete all completed to a high standard. This concrete-tiered infrastructure surrounding is a worthy winner.”
• Project Client: Cork County GAA
• Project Architect: Scott Tallon Walker
• Project Engineer: Malachy Walsh and Partners
• Project Contractor: John Sisk and Son
• Major Supplier: Banagher Precast Concrete/PJ Edwards & Co Ltd/Roadstone
Building Category winner: Royal College of Surgeons
Chosen from a total of 10 entries.
“The project team have combined to deliver a spectacular building that is alive with learning. The concrete challenges demanded a collaborative approach which must have pushed the parties to their elastic limit at times.
“From the raking columns, the jumbo corbel transfers, the dramatic board marked free standing concrete walls, the challenges in the basement civil works, this project challenged practitioners in concrete on several fronts.
“The building that results is a vibrant living centre of education which highlights the concrete frame of the building in a very positive light.
“This a landmark living building and excellent concrete work is at the heart of the project.”
Winner of 6th International Award: Banagher Precast Concrete, ‘The Royal Mint, London’
An award that recognises Irish companies which export product or service off the island of Ireland. The award reflects the growing emphasis on export for all in Irish construction and is sponsored by Enterprise Ireland. The jury included Ed Hanlon, engineer; Brian O’Rourke, architect; and Donal Byrne from Enterprise Ireland. Chosen from a total of eight entries.
“The ambition demonstrated by this Irish company to complete the encapsulation of an existing busy rail line and free up the valuable airspace overhead for much needed inner city residential accommodation was impressive.
“The entrant provided a full comprehensive design as well as the logistical expertise to manufacture and deliver multiple precast concrete units to this busy inner city site. The structural design life of 120 years, the capacity to withstand a train impact and the innovative design approach undertaken together with the collaborative research into the seismic capability of invisible connections was also impressive.”
• Project Client: The Royal Mint, London
• Irish Supplier: Banagher Precast Concrete
Held every two years this award enables the society to acknowledge the work of sculptors who use concrete as a medium of expression.
The jury consisted of Bob Quinn, sculptor, and James Martin, architect.
Winning Piece: Shards of Memory by Yvonne Casburn.
Chosen from a total of four entries.
“Shards of memory is, through the medium of concrete, a demonstration of the process of architectural decay, and the layers of complexity associated with this deterioration.
“What impressed us was the unique and innovative way that we were now able to appreciate this medium. Though the process of crushing the concrete is random there is a beautiful symmetry and consistency when seen as a whole. That which should have the weight of an industrial product is now a delicate gossamer curtain.”
• Sculptor name: Yvonne Casburn
• Sculpture title: Shards of Memory
Séan deCourcy Student Award
This is an annual award given to the best final year project on a concrete-related topic from the engineering faculties of third level colleges.
The award is named after the late Professor Séan deCourcy, an inspirational professor for many years at UCD, a former chairman of the Irish Concrete Society, an author and historian of note.
• Winner: Steven Conroy, National University of Ireland, Galway
• Project title: Smart materials – structural testing and analysis of ‘smart’ precast concrete slabs