Triple feature for Arup in engineering excellence series

Clare O'Loughlin Clare O'Loughlin Europe Press Office, Ireland
30 November 2022

Arup’s people and projects from across our property and transport portfolios feature in three videos in Engineers Ireland’s 2022 Engineering Excellence Digital Series. The series demonstrates how engineering work benefits communities and aims to shine a light on the engineers behind the projects.

Mary Hurley from Arup’s Galway office was selected by Engineers Ireland as the 2022 Engineer of the Year. Two projects were chosen as the top engineering initiatives over the past year – Bolands Quay in the buildings and structures category and Dublin Airport North Runway as the top infrastructure project. Both projects are now shortlisted for the Engineering Endeavour of 2022. Cast your vote here before the deadline at 12pm GMT on 09 December.

Engineer of the Year Mary views her role as project manager of major linear infrastructure as an opportunity to deliver transport solutions that benefit future generations. Throughout her 20-year career, she has challenged preconceived ideas and developed innovative, human-centred, sustainable transport solutions.

Through her work, Mary has demonstrated excellence, leadership and influence and has delivered innovative and community focused transport solutions to improve connectivity and support regional growth. ” John Power President of Engineers Ireland

Click the link to watch the Engineer of the Year video.

Speaking about her Engineer of the Year Award, Mary said: “A career in engineering has endless opportunities and particularly provides exciting ways for us to progress projects more sustainably. I am proud to be named this year’s Engineer of the Year. I look forward to continuing to place people at the heart of our projects.”

Click here to watch the Engineer of the Year video

Celebrating our project success, the top buildings and structures project in the video series, Bolands Quay, involved redeveloping a historic urban site to create a best-in-class, modern multi-use development.

Through the restoration and transformation of existing 19th century assets, alongside the design of three new landmark tapered towers over a three-storey basement, Dublin’s past and future have been woven together. A new pedestrian bridge and two new plazas link the campus to the local area, alongside a space to host cultural events. It has a clear sustainability remit, with the entire development targeting a LEED Gold standard.

Click the link to watch the Bolands Quay video. Photo credit: Enda Cavanagh

Project Manager for the redevelopment of Bolands Quay, Conor Hayes said: “With the ever-increasing focus on the climate and biodiversity crisis, we can expect a continuing greater focus on the repurposing of urban sites. Bolands Quay sets an ambitious benchmark in this regard.”

Click here to watch the Bolands Quay video

Recognising one of the largest infrastructure projects in Ireland, Dublin Airport North Runway is the infrastructure project of the year.

This significant project involved the building and installation of over 340,000m2 of new runway and taxiways, 6km of internal airport roads, 425km of electrical cable and 2,500 runway and taxiway lights. The industry-leading decision to continuously consider whole life costs throughout the project has ensured that Dublin Airport North Runway can be operated and maintained in the most efficient and reliable manner. This will provide a long-term, resilient asset and safe working environment for operators now and for the future.

Click the link to watch the North Runway video. Photo credit: daa

Project Manager for the design of Dublin Airport North Runway, Emer O’Dea said: “The international project team, comprising of Arup, SENER, FCC Construcción and Roadbridge, brought together their expertise from Ireland, Spain, the UK and globally to deliver this best-in-class runway in support of daa’s future plans and ambitions.”

Click here to watch the North Runway video

Find out more about Arup’s people and projects in previous Engineers Ireland Engineering Excellence Digital Series – the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Bridge in 2020 and Aisling Hahessy as Engineer of the Year in 2021.

View the 2022 series and vote for your favourite project here.