Government urged to increase capital investment to enhance the recent economic recovery and meet the needs of society as final shortlist for Engineering Project of the Year 2018 announced for public vote
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With just days to go until the announcement of Budget 2019, Engineers Ireland has renewed its calls to Government to use the forthcoming budget to power Project Ireland 2040 ambitions through capital investment, institutional reform and capacity building.

The representative body for engineers, whose membership represents the full spectrum of the engineering profession in Ireland, has urged government to increase capital investment to enhance the recent economic recovery and meet the needs of society.

Engineers Ireland’s top five priorities for Budget 2019 are:

  • Implement Project Ireland 2040 investment commitments, including the promised €1.5 billion increase in capital investment to €7.3 billion as a stepping stone to 4% Modified Gross National Income (GNI*);
  • Reform infrastructure policy, planning and delivery, including funding for a single infrastructure authority;
  • Increase the supply of high-quality connected housing, surpassing Rebuilding Ireland targets and reinforcing building regulations;
  • Build up safe and secure water and flooding systems by providing multi-annual funding to Irish Water and strategically delivering flood relief schemes;
  • Incentivise professional skills and experience in STEM to overcome the shortage of engineers and other skilled professionals.

Commenting in advance of Budget 2019, Caroline Spillane, Director General of Engineers Ireland said: “Earlier this year, a survey of Chartered Engineers found that just 20% believe that Ireland’s infrastructure is in good condition with capacity for future development. We are calling on Government to future-proof our economy and facilitate a modern capital infrastructure by making significant long-term investments in infrastructure projects in rural and urban regions”.

Engineers Ireland’s renewed calls for sustained investment come as the organisation today announced the shortlist for the Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards, held in association with ESB.

Ms. Spillane continued: “Engineers are vital to achieving a knowledge-based, sustainable future for Ireland and are crucial for the delivery of Project Ireland 2040 goals and ambitions. The shortlisted projects for the Engineering Project of the Year Award, and indeed, for the each of the 12 categories within the Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards are a testament to the reputation and talent of engineers.

“Engineers deliver so many creative and ingenious solutions for communities in Ireland and overseas and they will be at the forefront of Project Ireland 2040 delivering design-led engineering solutions for communities and families across Ireland. We look forward to showcasing and celebrating the work of talented engineers for many years to come”, Ms Spillane concluded.

Shortlisted in the Engineering Project of the Year Award, sponsored by Transport Infrastructure Ireland, are:

  • Kevin Street Garda Head Quarters by Atkins
  • M17/M18 Gort to Tuam Motorway PPP by Barry Transportation and Arup
  • Kerry Central Regional Water Supply Scheme -by Nicholas O’Dwyer, TOBIN, Irish Water and Glan Agua
  • Northern Spire Bridge by Roughan & O’Donovan, Buro Happold, Farrans and Victor Buyck
  • Shannon Airport Rehabilitation of Runway 06-24 by RPS
  • BXD 400 – Luas Cross City by Sisk Steconfer JV

Members of the public are encouraged to have their say and vote for their favourite project by visiting: http://www.engineersireland.ie/awards/excellence-awards/outstanding-engineering-project-year.aspx

Other shortlisted categories announced today include:

Heritage and Conservation Award, sponsored by OPW

  • Refurbishment and Extension of Adare Manor, Co. Limerick by PUNCH Consulting Engineers
  • Refurbishment and Remodelling of Clones Market House by Monaghan County Council
  • Aran Sweater Market – Galway by TOBIN Consulting Engineers and Architectural Conservation Professionals (ACP)
  • National Famine Commemoration Sod Cabin by University College Cork

Local Authority Engineering Initiative Award, sponsored by Colas Bitumen Emulsions

  • Lough Rinn International Rowing and Canoe Course Project by Leitrim County Council and Jennings O’Donovan & Partners Limited
  • Returning Vacant Homes to use for Social Tenants by Louth County Council
  • Monkstown Village Improvement Scheme by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and Atkins
  • Greystones South Beach Playground by Wicklow County Council and All Play
  • River Dargle Flood Defence Scheme by Wicklow County Council

Technical Innovation of the Year Award

  • Development of Stevie: A Socially Assistive Robot developed to provide support for older adults by Dr. Conor McGinn and the Robotics and Innovation Lab (RAIL) at Trinity College Dublin.
  • Design-Driven Innovation: Combined Sewer Interceptor Physical Model Test-Bed Project by Ward and Burke Construction Ltd and NUI Galway

Geoscience Ireland Award, sponsored by Geoscience Ireland

  • TAGS by Gavin & Doherty Geosolutions
  • Ballygaddy Bridge – Bespoke Treatment of Karst Feature by Barry Transportation
  • The National CFRAM Programme by The Office of Public Works, with support from Jacobs Engineering Ireland, JBA Consulting, Mott MacDonald and RPS
  • Northern Spire Bridge by Roughan and O’Donovan; Farrans Victor Buyck Joint Venture; Quinn Piling; and Fugro-Loadtest
  • Post Impact Assessment of KS Endeavour Rig Blowout by Verde Environmental Group

The winners will be announced at a special awards ceremony on Friday, 9 November at the InterContinental Hotel in Dublin.

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With just days to go until the announcement of Budget 2019, Engineers Ireland has renewed its calls to Government to use the forthcoming budget to power Project Ireland 2040 ambitions through capital investment, institutional reform and capacity building. The representative body for engineers, whose membership represents the full spectrum of...