2019 ICE Awards Call for Entry Launched

The call has been made for entries to the 2019 Irish Construction Excellence Awards.

The Irish Construction Excellence Awards are the original and premier recognition of performance excellence for the contracting sector in Ireland. The ICE Awards provide an opportunity for the industry to showcase and reward best practice across the full range of construction disciplines and project categories. The Awards are judged by a panel of highly skilled industry experts from all key construction disciplines.

Entry to the Awards is open to: Building Contractors, Civil Engineering Contractors, Specialist M&E Contractors, Specialist Contractors, Construction Product Suppliers and Third Level Colleges offering certain construction related courses.

Submission deadline is Friday, 30 November 2018.

The ICE Awards cover a broad range of construction projects with a variety of categories for projects such as Residential, Civil Engineering, Commercial, Industrial, Healthcare and Education, and associated industry Awards for Health, Safety & Wellbeing, construction product, third-level course and industry contribution. The categories provide an opportunity for the industry to highlight excellent performance across the full range of construction disciplines and project categories. The project categories are for projects completed in the Republic of Ireland within 24 months of the submission deadline date, except where stated.

The ICE Awards has 2 stages: Assessment Stage and Interview Stage. For the Assessment Stage, an expert panel of judges was assembled from construction disciplines including construction management, engineering, architecture, and cost management. Exclusive to the Irish Construction Excellence Awards, our judging process includes an Interview Stage for the project categories where the finalists will present to our expert judges and showcase their projects and have Q&A sessions. This level of engagement is not only of great value to the entrants but also puts our judging process on a par with best international professional competition practice. The Interview Stage is taking place in Dublin on the 25, 26 & 27 February 2019.

The esteemed Judging Panel of industry experts includes Dermot Clohessy, Former COO and Executive Director of the IDA; Phelim Devine, Design Director/Deputy Project Director of the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board; Jerry Grant,  water utility sector specialist and most recently Managing Director of Irish Water from February 2016 to September 2018; Seán McCarthy, Project Management and Lean/IPD Consultant who was Site Manager of Projects and Construction at the Intel Leixlip campus; Ruth Morrow, Professor of Architecture and Director and Co-Founder of the Tactility Factory; Niall Kane, Head of Digital Engineering at VINCI Construction UK; Brian McClinton, Director at Linesight has with 25 years’ experience of complex large-scale construction projects. Keith Elliott, Associate Director of PM Group, currently Office Projects Manager for PM Group’s Dublin office; Emma Hayes, Managing Director of Digital Built Consultants, a BIM and Digital Information Management Consultancy and Dublin Institute of Technology Lecturer.

Speaking about the increase in construction activity and the modern image of the construction industry with new innovations such as digital technologies and Lean Construction, Judge Emma Hayes said: “Our construction sites are no longer the muddy rough and ready environments of the past but are now becoming clean modern efficient production sites supported by processes where project stakeholders can collaborate and communicate more effectively from design through to construction. I hope this will attract more diverse people to the industry!”

Based on the standard of projects submitted last year Emma Hayes is looking forward to seeing the different types of projects submitted for the 2019 Awards. Reflecting on the experience of the Gala Night, Emma said, “The Gala night in the Round Room of the Mansion House is a superb venue and the night is a great opportunity to catch up and network with industry peers.”

ICE Awards Judge Dermot Clohessy describes the review process as well structured, intensive, comprehensive and transparent. “The depth and breadth of experience of the Judging Panel was the core strength of the process. The combination of formatted written submissions together with interviews supported positively the assessment of the projects by the Judges. Given the volume of submissions to be reviewed, the time provided to the Judging Panel to assess the written submission and to prepare for the interviews was appreciated and demonstrated the planning underpinning the management of the Awards supported by a scoring framework.”

The 2019 ICE Awards Gala Event will take place at the Mansion House, Dublin, on Friday 29 March 2019 and will be the first major social event in the 2019 Irish Construction Industry calendar.  The ICE Awards Team is delighted to welcome back Anna Geary as our MC for the Gala Event. The former Cork All-Ireland winning camogie captain, broadcaster, coach, columnist, and contestant on RTE’s Dancing With The Stars was our MC last year and was greatly received by the attendees at the 2018 Gala.

Pictured above at the launch: ICE Awards Judges, Emma Hayes, Managing Director of Digital Built Consultants and Brian McClinton, Director, Linesight with Carolina Keegan, Senior Events Manager, Mansion House Events.

Click to view information on the Categories, Judges, the Stages, Gala Event and the 2018 ICE Awards finalists and winners.

For further information please email Awards Coordinator Mona McCrea.

Past winning projects include; Adare Manor, The Luas Cross City, the National Gallery of Ireland – Refurbishment of Historic Wings, Páirc Uí Chaoimh and Industry Contribution Award winner Frank Matthews (Mercury Engineering).

At the 2018 ICE Awards Gala, the Peter McVerry Trust was the beneficiary of the raffle held. A total of €4,150 was raised on the night. Focus Ireland will be the charity partner in 2019.

Visit ICEAwards.ie to view the full list of categories