PUNCH projects dominate the Irish Building & Design Awards 2016

PUNCH Consulting Engineers is proud to announce that three of its projects picked up trophies at the Irish Building & Design Awards 2016 on Friday, 22nd April.

As award season comes into full swing in the construction industry, PUNCH continues to demonstrate its prominent role in the construction of exceptional projects, such as St. Mel’s Cathedral, which has won a total of nine awards so far since early 2015, and Doolin Pier, Co. Clare, which recently collected the award for Infrastructural Project of the Year at the Irish Concrete Society Awards 2016.

Deemed to be the “biggest award ceremony in the industry”, over 500 prominent figures in the areas of architecture, engineering, design and construction were in attendance at the ceremony, which took place in the Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin. The Irish Building & Design Awards is said to have had the highest number of applications it has seen since it started in 2010.

The first PUNCH winner of the night was Fr. Scully House for House Project of the Year. Funded by the Catholic Housing Aid Society, 99 apartments were constructed over two five-storey blocks, along with a community facility and three commercial units at ground level. The €14m project was completed in 2014.

The second winner was Roscommon County Council Headquarters for Architectural Project of the Year. Completed in 2015, the €14m project consisted of new office accommodation, new council chambers and facilities for elected members. The building achieved BREEAM Excellent Certification (BRE Environmental Assessment Method), which requires the adoption of all best practice sustainability principles and standards.

Finally, to top off an already successful evening, the Analog Devices Building at the University of Limerick took the award for Building Project of the Year. Located centrally within the University’s South Campus, the €18m structure was constructed as part of the ground-breaking Bernal Project. The new science and engineering building consists of state-of-the-art research laboratories, teaching spaces, common areas and a 200-seat lecture theatre. It has also achieved BREEAM Excellent certification, making it one of the first educational buildings in Ireland to be designed to do so.

This marks eight major awards for PUNCH projects so far in 2016. On top of this achievement, our company was also shortlisted for Engineering Practice of the Year, putting the spotlight on how our company operates as a team and the people who make us the success we continue to be.

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