An Irish Construction Excellence Award is regarded by the industry as the construction prize to be won. Delivering a rigorous credible process of assessment for Irish contracting the awards have become a showcase of the best of the best in the industry. The Irish Construction Excellence Awards (ICE Awards) are now open for entry. Enter today at www.ICEAwards.ie
Entry to the ICE 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.
The ICE Awards is the most prestigious recognition of excellence for the Irish construction industry. The 2022 ICE Awards will again allow contractors to showcase their capabilities to the industry, clients, and the public. In addition to the major coverage in Irish building magazine, the Awards create substantial activity on social media, generating great exposure for companies entering and those sponsoring the ICE Awards. You can follow the ICE Awards on LinkedIn (with over 10,000 other followers), on Instagram and on Twitter @theICEAwards.
New ICE Awards Entry Platform
Always being mindful of entrant engagement the ICE Awards team have developed an online awards platform that allows entrants to register and complete all of their entry requirements online.
Entrants can complete questionnaires, upload images, testimonials and drawings, now entering couldn’t be easier. The new platform is intuitive and guides the entrants through the stages easily and all in one virtual space providing an unparalleled awards entry experience.
Entering the ICE Awards will provide your company with the following benefits:
• Recognise and reward your hard-working teams and attract and retain talent as a finalist or winning company
• Gain client recognition as a finalist or winning company in Ireland’s most prestigious construction awards competition
• Have your work assessed face to face in front of a distinguished panel of our expert judges and receive invaluable facetime and feedback
• Network with industry peers
• Benefit from substantial positive national publicity
• A credible Judging Process
• A gala celebration experience
What winners have said
The quality of the judges and judging process was evident as was the quality of the outstanding projects shortlisted.
The Gala at Home Event was a great evening to unwind and the team was able to share their memories of the project and reflect upon our success as a team.
“The Irish Construction Excellence Awards are an industry recognised benchmark for excellence in construction project delivery. They recognise the collaboration, innovation, quality, safety and leadership skills required to deliver complex construction projects. They are a strong demonstration to our clients, colleagues and industry peers of the skills, talents and commitment of each organisation receiving an ICE Award. The Judging Process is comprehensive, transparent, considered and well conducted. The Gala night is filled with an air of anticipation and excitement.”
The Judging Process is in alignment with and in many cases exceeds best practice internationally. This makes the ICE Awards distinctive in rigour and prestige.
Experts from across the AEC disciplines have been assembled to judge the entries. The ICE Awards Judging Process will be multi-level including an Interview Stage for most of the categories where shortlisted finalists will sit in front of our expert Judges, present their projects and have Q&A sessions. This level of engagement reaffirms the credibility and effort required by the entrants to win these prestigious awards.
We welcome an esteemed panel of returning judges including PJ Rudden, Chair of the Construction Sector Group (CSG) Innovation and Digital Adoption at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform; Mary Flynn, Co-Founder of Public BIM and Dublin City Council Quantity Surveyor; Phelim Devine, Design Director/Deputy Project Director of the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board; Jerry Grant, an experienced Non-Executive Director and Strategic Business Advisor, and former Managing Director of Irish Water; Ciarán O’Connor is the State Architect/Principal Architect in the Office of Public Works (OPW). A Fellow of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland and current member of its Council, Ciarán worked in Germany and Canada prior to joining the OPW; Emma Hayes, Managing Director of Digital Built Consultants, a BIM and Digital Information Management Consultancy and Technological University Dublin Lecturer. You can read more about our full panel of expert judges on ICEAwards.ie
For 2022 the ICE Awards is delighted to welcome two industry leaders from architecture and management respectively who will join the esteemed Judging Panel: Miriam Delaney and Marion Close.
Miriam is an architect and lecturer at the Dublin School of Architecture, TU Dublin. On joining the panel Miriam says: “I’m really looking forward to seeing the range of work submitted. In previous years the diversity of projects submitted and the challenges faced on specific projects gave great insights into the spectrum of work undertaken in construction in Ireland. The ICE Awards present an opportunity to showcase quality construction in a holistic way. Excellence in construction is difficult to achieve, when projects attain excellence it’s important to reward and celebrate that, to keep raising the standard of what is possible and expected. The breadth of categories and the range of work make the ICE Awards special, and the diverse backgrounds and experience of the judges ensure that projects will be evaluated under many themes.”
Miriam’s offers advice to companies considering entering the ICE Awards 2022 and outlines what will help in selecting the finalists: “My top-tip is to keep the information submitted clear and concise, but to make explicit what makes each project unique. The visual presentation of the work – good quality images and drawings – will be critical to us understanding the projects. The construction industry works through collaboration, and the best buildings are ones where synthesis is achieved in construction, design, and engineering.
“I’m also very interested in construction solutions and projects that address current climate demands for innovation – both in material and product development, and in construction solutions.”
Marion Close is an Associate Director at Linesight with twenty years’ experience in planning and scheduling, working with clients in a variety of sectors across the world. Commenting on the prestige of the ICE Awards and why it is important for the industry to acknowledge and celebrate construction excellence, Marion says: “The ICE Awards is widely acknowledged to be the most prestigious recognition of excellence for the Irish construction industry. Historically, the awards have always included some of the strongest market leaders and projects throughout all sectors and areas of the construction supply chain, so to be a part of the event is an honour. Finally, and most importantly, the criteria and structure of the awards are fairly measured and all companies are equally reviewed.”
It is essential to acknowledge and celebrate the leaders and ground breakers in the construction industry, and to recognise innovative and hard-working teams for their contribution. This will, in turn, drive the standards in all stages of construction.”
On joining the judging panel Marion says: It’s an honour to participate in the review and assessment of so many top companies, and to be able to recognise them for their contribution to the industry. Given that we have been living through such unprecedented times in the last year, I am interested to see the solutions and work-arounds that companies have adopted to complete their projects. I am also interested in getting an insight into each entrants outline of approach and execution of their nominated project.”
Judges tips are always valued by entrants and Marion believes the project team should only submit work they are proud of and want to celebrate and has a learning experience. Marion says entrants, “Should consider the things that are not necessarily visible such as new ways of working, innovations they made to keep the project on track and to keep everyone safe through the pandemic, or tips and tricks for dealing with different cultures, regulatory systems, etc, when working on international projects.”
The ICE Awards provides a fantastic platform for companies across the construction industry to celebrate their achievements. The closing date for entry is Friday 10 December 2021.
The ICE Awards 2022 Gala Event will take place on May 14 2022.
Picture above: Colin Walsh, ICE Awards Media Director, Jerry Grant and Miriam Delaney, ICE Awards Judges.