Darren Devane Receives Gold at Construction Manager of the Year Awards 2015
5th June 2015
The Chartered Institute of Building 2015 Construction Manager of the Year Awards took place in the Conrad Hotel Dublin on Friday 5th June, with BAM Contracts Manager, Darren Devane receiving the Gold Medal Award for his management of the Newlands Cross Flyover Project in Dublin.
Darren picked up the Gold Medal Award for projects ranging €30-100 million. He was presented with his award by Mr. John Keegan of Xtratherm.
The adjudicators said the standard and quality of entries was of an exceptionally high standard with each winner truly deserving of their award. Mr Ivan McCarthy FCIOB, Chair of the CIOB in Ireland welcomed everyone to the event and outlined in his speech the rigorous judging process, congratulating the finalists for even getting that far in the competition. He also noted that we as an industry should be promoting construction excellence and that these awards show that we have the expertise in construction in Ireland to make a contribution to our economic recovery. The overall award was presented by the Vice President of the CIOB, Mr Chris Chivers FCIOB. In his speech Chris asked all of the entrants to stand up. He then told the audience that this is what top class construction managers looked like before asking for a round of applause for them all. Chris then went on to say that the entrants had all displayed a commitment in all areas of the build especially in health & safety, programme and quality.
The construction of the new N7 Newlands Cross flyover in Dublin was the final piece in a motorway network which would allow motorists to travel the 420km journey from Belfast to Cork without having to stop at any traffic lights. Newlands Cross has been a notorious bottleneck for motorists and the construction of the new flyover was part of a PPP scheme which also included the new N11 Arklow to Rathnew road scheme. The schedule for the design and construction of the new flyover, at 21 months, was always going to be a challenge. This, combined with the requirement to maintain all existing traffic lanes through the junction to allow the 90,000 vehicles to pass through on a daily basis, required some innovative construction solutions.