PUNCH are double award winners

And the winner is…!

PUNCH had double the reason to celebrate this weekend when it picked up an award at both the Association of Consulting Engineers of Ireland (ACEI) Awards and The Irish Concrete Society Awards.

St. Mel’s Cathedral, Longford, is proving a force to be reckoned with. It picked up the award for Design Excellence, Large Structures Project of the Year at the ACEI Awards on Friday, 8th of April. This is the project’s eighth award to date since its completion in 2014. PUNCH acted as part of the design team that restored St. Mel’s Cathedral to its former grandeur following a fire that devastated both its interior and exterior in 2009.

The second award went to Doolin Pier, Co. Clare for the Infrastructural Category at the Irish Concrete Society Awards on Saturday, 9th April. Completed in 2015, the new Doolin Pier allows the facilitation of ferry operation at all tides.

An estimated 90,000 people avail of the ferry services between Doolin and the Aran Islands, which formerly required transhipment of passengers at sea during low tides. Not only will this increase passenger safety and be a boost for business, but for the people of the Aran Islands it is life changing to have the freedom to travel to and from the mainland without hindrance, and that outcome is something of which PUNCH is very proud to have been a part.

This is the second time that the PUNCH Marine section has scooped a national award for a marine project associated with the Aran Islands having already won the Engineers Ireland Project of the Year Excellence Award 2012 for the new harbour at Kilronan on Inis Mór.

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