John Paul Construction win BIM Excellence Award at the 2019 ICE Awards


The 2019 Irish Construction Excellence Awards (ICE Awards) celebrated the best in Irish construction and once again delivered a rigorous credible process of assessment. On Friday 29 March the 2019 ICE Awards presented 22 trophies across all categories and raised €5,776 for Focus Ireland.

The Mansion House event was the first major social event in the 2019 Irish construction calendar.  The ICE Awards was delighted to welcome back Anna Geary as MC for the Gala.

The ICE Awards covered a broad range of construction projects with a variety of categories for projects such as Residential, Civil Engineering, Commercial, Industrial, Healthcare/Education, and associated industry Awards for Health, Safety & Wellbeing, construction product, third-level course and industry contribution.

FDI clients Microsoft and LinkedIn were some of the many well-known clients that had their projects receive awards. Housing excellence was also awarded on the night with John Sisk & Son winning the Residential Award for George’s Place and Purcell Construction receiving a Judges Silver Award for Dolphin House Regeneration. A number of tourist attractions and needed services received awards: Blarney Castle, Carlingford Ferry, and Pearse Lyons Whiskey Distillery and Visitors Centre.

John Paul Construction clinched the Award in the BIM Excellence category with 1 to 6 Sir John Rogerson’s Quay (1SJRQ). The Awards was presented in association with CitA.

1-6 Sir John Rogerson’s Quay (1SJRQ) is a mixed-use development of 2 retail units and 10,487m2 office space, spread over 6 floors overlooking the river Liffey. The third phase in an overall redevelopment of the area by the client, works also include a reinstatement of cobbled streets, additional granite kerbs and footpaths, and new landscaping to the streetscape. 1SJRQ, with its neighbouring buildings, the Observatory, and 1 and 2 Windmill Lane have re-branded Dublin’s SOBO district.

Following the success of 1 Windmill Lane, delivered in 2018 by JPC to a BIM Level 2 standard, the Client chose to use the BIM processes on the Sir John Rogerson’s Quay project. The John Paul Construction BIM management plan, which has been awarded tier 1 BSI kitemark for design and construction, was implemented to achieve the deliverables set out by the client. JPC created a collaborative environment where the project team can share and manage documents and RFIs. Using innovative processes, the company successfully coordinated the project prior to construction using BIM tools. JPC delivered the client a detailed asset information model which was to be data rich with valuable information.

ICE Awards Director Colin Walsh spoke of the benefits of the competition and thanked the Judges saying: “The ICE Awards provides an exceptional showcase of Irish construction talent and can only serve to improve the image and standing of our industry. The Judges were extremely impressed with the quality of the entries and also the passion and commitment shown from submission through to interview stage. I would like to thank our esteemed Judges who gave their time and effort throughout the judging process.” Colin went on to thank the Sponsors: “The ICE Awards team are grateful to the Gold and Silver Sponsors. Gold Sponsors: Arthur Cox Solicitors, Sika Ireland, ESB Networks, DAVY Private Clients, Euro Executive Recruitment.  Silver Sponsors: Surety Bonds, Brooks, Topcon, Diatec, Alucraft.”

John Sisk & Son won the 2019 ICE Award for International project with The Royal Academy of Arts, London. The Bristol-Myers Squibb, Large Scale Cell Culture Biologics Manufacturing Facility by Jacobs Engineering Ireland was the winner of the Industrial category.

The winner of the 2019 ICE Award in the Commercial Over €10 million category was LinkedIn EMEA HQ, built by Walls Construction Ltd. This Award was presented in association with Sika Ireland Limited. Joining Anna on Stage to present the Award was Declan Carroll, Sika Ireland Managing Director.

The winner of the Civil Engineering category was Glan Agua’s Kerry Central Water Treatment Plant. This award was presented in association with Diatec. David Harpur, Diatec Managing Director presented the trophy.

The Public or Heritage Award was presented in association with DAVY. Joining Anna on stage to present the Award was Davy Director Tom Hamilton.  The winner of the Award in the category was John Paul Construction with the Pearse Lyons Whiskey Distillery and Visitors Centre.

The Education or Healthcare Award, presented in association with Alucraft, went to JJ Rhatigan & Company for the Waterford Primary Care Centre. Jack McHugh, Managing Director of Alucraft presented the Award to the contractor.

The Residential Award was presented in association with Brooks Group. Sisk Living (John Sisk & Son) was the winner of the 2019 ICE Award in the Residential category for George’s Place, Dun Laoghaire. Brooks Managing Director Mark Lohan presented the trophy.

The winner of the 2019 ICE Award in the Construction Project Manager category was Ray Craig of Mace. This award was presented in association with Euro Executive Recruitment. The recruiter’s operations director Denis Casey presented the trophy to Ray.

The winner of the Award in the Health, Safety & Wellbeing category, sponsored by ESB Networks, was Collen Construction. The Third Level Course – Postgraduate or CPD Award was presented to Technological University Dublin for its Postgraduate Building Information Modelling & Management Suite. This award was in association with Topcon Positioning Ireland. Karol Friel, Sales Manager for Topcon presented the trophy to the new university.

The Fit Out or Refurbishment Award was presented in association with Surety Bonds. Colm McGrath, Managing Director of Surety Bonds handed the trophy to John Paul Construction for The Seamark Building, Elm Park.

Judges Silver Awards went to Purcell Construction Limited for Dolphin House Regeneration; Hegarty Demolition Ltd for Bolands Quay Demolition, Enabling & Conservation Works; Keating’s Carlingford Ferry; and Redmond Building Restoration for the Conservation of Blarney Castle.

As mentioned previously, the 2019 ICE Awards ‘Project of the Year’ was One Microsoft Place built by BAM Ireland. The Project of the Year was voted for online by members of the industry and public from the full list of the 2019 Irish Project Finalists. 14,284 votes were cast. This award was in association with Arthur Cox, and Niav O’Higgins, Partner and head of the Construction and Engineering Group at Arthur Cox presented the trophy.

The Industry Contribution Award was presented to John McGowan. This award recognises an Irish individual working at home or abroad that has had a major impact and made a significant contribution to the Irish construction industry during the course of their career. John has been a leader for innovation and change, and has had a prolific career.

Colin Walsh says the judging process is one of the factors that makes the ICE Awards distinct. “Uniquely, 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 included an Interview Stage for the project categories where the finalists present to the expert judges and showcase their projects and have Q&A sessions. For project entries the submission Assessment Stage accounted for 70% of the overall score and the Interview Stage accounted for 30%. Scores were combined and the highest in each category determined the winner. 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 was held in Dublin on 25, 26 & 27 February 2019.

You can view the winners gallery now on the ICE Awards site

The 2019 ICE Awards charity partner was Focus Ireland. In the last 34 years Focus Ireland has developed expertise in two areas: working with families and working with young people. The ICE Awards Gala raised €5,776 for Focus Ireland. Thank you to all that donated and to the companies that kindly sponsored a prize. Collen Construction, Mace, C+W O’Brien Architects, Irish building and

With the full media support of Irish building magazine and these prestigious awards have set the event benchmark for the industry and this has been shown in the feedback in meetings with industry and on social media, #ICEAwards

List of Winners:

Commercial Under €10 million Award Winner – Thomas Burgh House | JJ Rhatigan & Company

Specialist or Specialist Services Contract Award Winner – Façade at One Molesworth Street | Gunn Lennon Fabrications Ltd

Construction Product Innovation Award Winner – Hi-therm+ Lintels | Keystone Lintels

International Project Award Winner – The Royal Academy of Arts, London | John Sisk & Son

Industrial Award – Bristol-Myers Squibb, Large Scale Cell Culture Biologics Manufacturing Facility | Jacobs Engineering Ireland

Industry Contribution Award – John McGowan

Commercial Over €10 million Award – LinkedIn EMEA HQ | Walls Construction Ltd

Civil Engineering Award – Kerry Central Water Treatment Plant | Glan Agua Ltd

Public or Heritage Award – Pearse Lyons Whiskey Distillery and Visitors Centre | John Paul Construction

Education or Healthcare Award – Waterford Primary Care Centre | JJ Rhatigan & Company

Residential Award – George’s Place, Dún Laoghaire | Sisk Living (John Sisk & Son)

Construction Project Manager Award – Ray Craig | Mace

Health, Safety & Wellbeing Award – Collen Construction

Third Level Course – Postgraduate or CPD Award – Postgraduate Building Information Modelling & Management Suite | Technological University Dublin

Fit Out or Refurbishment Award – The Seamark Building, Elm Park | John Paul Construction

BIM Excellence Award – 1 to 6 Sir John Rogerson’s Quay (1SJRQ) | John Paul Construction

Innovation in Construction Award – Digital Project Delivery | John Sisk & Son

Project of the Year Award – One Microsoft Place | BAM Ireland

Judges Silver Awards:

Dolphin House Regeneration | Purcell Construction Limited

Bolands Quay Demolition, Enabling & Conservation Works | Hegarty Demolition Ltd

Carlingford Ferry | Keating

Conservation of Blarney Castle & New Castle Entrance Café | Redmond Building Restoration

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