Saturday 21 July 2018

Grafton Architects dominate awards

Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara with Jim Clery, partner, head of Real Estate at KPMG Ireland, at the KMPG Irish Independent Property Industry Excellence Awards at the Convention Centre in Dublin last night. Photo: Iain White
Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara with Jim Clery, partner, head of Real Estate at KPMG Ireland, at the KMPG Irish Independent Property Industry Excellence Awards at the Convention Centre in Dublin last night. Photo: Iain White

Ronald Quinlan Commercial Property Editor

Over 800 of Ireland's leading property professionals came together at the Convention Centre Dublin last night for the announcement of the winners of this year's KPMG Irish Independent Property Industry Excellence Awards.

More than 120 shortlisted nominations were considered across 11 categories by the judging panel. Chaired by Professor Brian Norton, president of DIT, the judges are leaders from related property professional bodies, including: Carole Pollard, president of RIAI; Pat Davitt, CEO of IPAV and Tom Parlon, director general of The CIF.

Both the 2017 Overall Winner and Outstanding Contribution to the Property Industry awards went to Grafton Architects.

Founded by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara in 1978, the firm has forged a global reputation for its work in Ireland, the UK, Italy, France, and Peru, and won the prize for World Building of the Year in 2008 for the Bocconi University project in Milan. This year, Ms Farrell and Ms McNamara are curators of the prestigious Venice Architecture Biennale.

Last night, Henry J Lyons Architects secured the Design Project of the Year award for its work on the Central Bank's new headquarters, while Tobin Engineering earned the Community Benefit award for Sport Ireland's National Indoor Arena.

The award for Commercial Agency went to Savills Ireland while Hooke & Mac Donald emerged as Residential Agency of the year.

The other winners were Joe McGinley of Iconic Offices and Roisin Lafferty of Kingston Lafferty Design (Emerging Talent), Irish Life Investment Managers (Property Investment Fund Manager of the Year), John Paul Construction (Contractor of the Year), Cairn Homes (Excellence in Planning for Marianella, Rathgar), Cosgrave Developments (Energy Efficiency award for Cualanor, Dun Laoghaire), Anderson Auctioneers (Regional Excellence).

Speaking at the awards, Paul Muldoon of INM thanked its sponsors KPMG, PINERGY and Eugene F Collins Solicitors for their support. He also acknowledged patrons Hibernia REIT, Irish Life, Cosgrave Developments and Linesight for their support of the DIT doctorate in Property Research.

Irish Independent

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