PUNCH Collects Three Awards at the Irish Building and Design Awards 2015

We are delighted to announce our win of three awards at the Irish Building and Design Awards on Friday night, 24th April, 2015. The awards reflect PUNCH’s work on two projects: St Mel’s Cathedral, Longford, which picked up both Interior Project of the Year and Irish Building Project of the Year, and Athlone Community College, which picked up Schools Building Projects of the Year.

St Mel’s Cathedral

In the early hours of Christmas morning, 2009, a fire ripped through St Mel’s Cathedral in Longford, destroying both the interior and the roof of the historical building, which was built between 1840 and 1893.

The goal of this project was to restore the Cathedral to its former grandeur, with the objective of completing it by Christmas 2014, the 5th anniversary of the fire.

PUNCH’s first task was to carry out a full Condition Survey to assess the remaining historic building fabric and structure, which allowed essential priority stabilisation works to be carried out in advance of the main contract.

To bring the Cathedral into the 21st century, modern building systems were applied to complement the traditional approaches and materials used to restore the Cathedral to its original state.

The deadline was met and, according to the Sunday Independent, the Cathedral has created a boost in tourism in the area, with the Cathedral itself becoming the main attraction.

Athlone Community College

This project formed one part of the National Development Finance Agency (NDFA) Schools Bundle 3: PPP with BAM Construction (Design Build).

PUNCH was the Civil Structural Designers on this project, which also included schools in Doughiska, Ballinamore and Letterkenny, from concept stage right through to completion.

Athlone Community College was constructed on the site of an existing school, which was kept live during the works.

The state of the art building contains up-to-date technologies and facilities and is considered to be one of the most modern school buildings in the country.

A Job Well Done

A big congratulations goes to the PUNCH teams who worked hard to make these projects the awarding winning successes they have become.

This is the second win for PUNCH this year for our work in Civil Structural Engineering design. Earlier this year we picked up the Building Category award at the Irish Concrete Society Awards for our work on the National Film School in IADT, Dun Laoghaire.

Speaking of Friday’s win, PUNCH Director Ronan Stokes said, ‘It is nice to be recognised for our efforts and the quality of the engineering services that PUNCH provide.’

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