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Arup wins accolades from Engineers Ireland

Clare O'Loughlin Clare O'Loughlin Europe Press Office, Ireland
2 December 2020

Arup’s work on the longest bridge in Ireland and the firm’s continuing professional development (CPD) initiatives received awards from Engineers Ireland. The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Bridge over the River Barrow, part of the N25 New Ross Bypass, was a winning project in the Engineering Infrastructure and Buildings category. Arup was awarded the title of 2020 CPD Employer of the Year in recognition of successfully using CPD to progress the firm’s digital transformation and equality, diversity and inclusion initiatives.

As part of a newly unveiled Engineering Excellence Digital Series, Engineers Ireland profiled six winning projects, one of which is the N25 New Ross Bypass PPP incorporating the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Bridge over the River Barrow. The project is also now eligible for a public vote to choose the Engineering Endeavour of 2020 by midnight on 11 December. Cast your vote here.

The Engineering Infrastructure and Buildings Award celebrates the collaboration of designers Arup and Carlos Fernandez Casado (CFC) and contractors BAM and Dragados. Hailed as a world-class 21st century engineering masterpiece, the bridge was commended for improving the lives of residents on both sides of the River Barrow, as well as the wider community in south-east Ireland.

It is an honour to be the joint winners of the Engineering Infrastructure and Buildings Award. The form and height of the bridge’s three towers supporting the twin main spans, combined with a single central plane of cables in a harp arrangement, have provided the bridge with an unique aesthetic personality, quickly becoming a recognisable landmark and a local tourist attraction in itself. ” Marcos Sanchez Marcos Sanchez Director, Bridges and Civil Structures
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Arup’s training and knowledge-sharing initiatives were also recognised by Engineers Ireland. The CPD Employer of the Year Award recognises the firm’s use of best-practice CPD initiatives to promote Arup’s strategic priorities around digital transformation and equality, diversity and inclusion.

From workshops and ad hoc learning sessions, to mentoring and formal structured courses, Arup’s approach to training and knowledge sharing has been instrumental to supporting the firm’s strategy.

Arup received the 2020 continuing professional development (CPD) Employer of the Year Award in recognition of successfully using CPD to progress the firm’s digital transformation and equality, diversity and inclusion initiatives.

“Career-long learning and support through training and development initiatives are vitally important to enable us all to thrive and grow. This award is a testament to our values and learning strategies and also to the culture of learning and development within Arup. Knowledge sharing through our CPD programme has been instrumental to embedding digital transformation and equality, diversity and inclusion across all aspects of our business and enabling the delivery of quality and innovative solutions for our clients,” said Dympna Kilgallen, Ireland Human Resources Manager.


As digital technology continues to transform our world, Arup is constantly improving its use of digital tools, techniques and thinking, harnessing the power of technology across all sectors to improve decision making, enhance sustainability and encourage collaboration.

Diverse teams create better solutions. Arup is committed to increasing awareness and understanding of equality, diversity and inclusion to create and maintain an inclusive working environment.

Arup’s people and projects have received numerous awards from Engineers Ireland, including the 2018 Outstanding Contribution to Engineering Award for Eoghan Lynch, 2017 and 2019 International Engineer of the Year Awards for Aidan Madden and Connor McGrath respectively, the 2015 Engineering Project of the Year Award for Kerry Group’s Global Technology and Innovation Centre, the 2019 Sustainability Award for Fernhill Park and Gardens and the 2019 Local Authority Engineering Initiative Award for Mary Elmes Bridge.