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Kerry Central Regional Water Treatment Plant wins another Engineering Award

The recipient of the 2019 Irish Construction Excellence Award in the Civil Engineering Category was Glan Agua Ltd., with the Kerry Central Water Treatment Plant, the award was presented in association with ICE Awards Sponsor, Diatec.

Andrew Driver (Glan Agua), David Harpur (Diatec), Michael Tinsley (Irish Water), Andrew Young (Glan Agua)
& John O'Connor (Kerry County Council). Image copyright: ICE Awards/Conor McCabe.

Civil Engineering Project of the Year Award 2019.

Announced at Irish Construction Excellence Awards ceremony which took place on Friday evening, March 29, the Kerry Central Regional Water Treatment Scheme won the Civil Engineering Project of the Year Award 2019.

The prestigious awards ceremony took place in the Round Room of the Mansion House, Dublin. The Irish Construction Excellence Awards provide an opportunity for the industry to showcase and reward best practice across the full range of construction disciplines and project categories.

The project by Irish Water, in association with Kerry County Council, and undertaken by Nicholas O'Dwyer Ltd, TOBIN Consulting Engineers and Glan Agua Ltd, was chosen as the winner by an expert panel of judges from the construction world.


Calling on all Local Authorities to sign up as All-Ireland Pollinator Plan partners

Most people appreciate the beauty wildflowers bring to our landscape, they want the option to grow their own fruits and vegetables, and they want to buy affordable Irish apples or strawberries in our shops. This can only happen in a landscape that supports pollinators and provides them with nesting areas and a diverse diet from spring to autumn.  We know that one third of our 98 wild bee species are threatened with extinction from Ireland. We also know that the abundance of our common bumblebees has declined by an alarming 14% since 2012. The problem is urgent, but together we can change their fate. The All-Ireland Pollinator Plan is a call to action to everyone from councils to farmers, local communities, faith communities, gardeners, businesses and transport authorities.


New qualification to help improve agility in the public sector

A new qualification designed to meet Government demands for improved delivery of digital services in the public sector has been released.

AgileDS©  has been developed by the Agile Business Consortium and integrates the world-leading Agile project management framework AgilePM®* with elements of Government Digital Service (GDS) guidance.

An early prototype was initially trialed by Newcastle City Council and the Ministry of Justice before undergoing a rigorous two-stage beta programme.

The four-day course, which improves skills in agile project and programme management, was tested by over 20 public sector organisations and suppliers to the public sector. More than 200 people took part, with additional content being included as a result of feedback.


Study: Majority of Ireland’s Heat Demand could be covered by District Heating Networks

A major study into Ireland’s heating sector has found that up to 57% of the country’s total heat demand could be covered by district heating networks, if the necessary government regulations are in place. The results of the ‘Heat Atlas for Ireland’ study will be presented at the Irish District Energy Association’s first ever national conference, which takes place this Friday, 12th April 2019 in the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Dublin.

The Irish District Energy Association (IrDEA), together with the ESB, had commissioned this study to examine the potential for developing district heating networks across the country. The study was carried out by Dr Bernd Moeller and his research team at the Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems at the Europa-Universität Flensburg.



Excellence in concrete design and construction was celebrated at this year’s Irish Concrete Society’s Awards Evening, which took place on the 30th of March in the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road, Dublin.

This was the 37th Annual Awards Evening and the event is always one of the highlights of the construction industry’s calendar, with 280 attending. The Awards recognise excellence in both design and construction in concrete and are adjudicated by a distinguished, independent jury of industry professionals. The main awards jury reviewed a total of twenty-five projects nominated in three categories of main awards - Element, Infrastructure and Building. There were also nine projects nominated for the 7th International Award, which is sponsored by Enterprise Ireland. In addition, the winner of the annual Séan de Courcy Student Award was announced.


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