Heron Bros received this top award for its work on the new state of the art, Sport Ireland’s National Indoor Area at Blanchardstown in Dublin. The new flagship facility at the National Sports Campus has already received widespread praise across Ireland and the UK.
Commented the awards judges: “This multi million pound project covers all three strands of sustainability – economic, environmental and social – providing excellent opportunities for the local construction supply chain across the island of Ireland.”
The fully accessible multi-sport and multi-purpose arena is the newest of its kind in Europe. Built to the highest world class standards and specifications, it will ensure that Ireland has the best facility for indoor sports and events which can be used by everyone, from Irish sporting bodies, to high performance athletes and the general public. It magnificently houses three indoor arenas, each one as impressive and as multi-functional as the next, facilitating both the high-performance and recreational ends of Irish sport, and everything else in between.
The centrepiece is the 200-metre indoor running track, partly laid on hydraulics, which means the bends can be raised for competition purposes, or else levelled, allowing the floor space to be used for a variety of purposes from concerts to show jumping events. At one side of the arena is the indoor sports hall, which can be used for 20 different sports from badminton to basketball; and at the other side there is the indoor gymnastics arena, the first of its kind in Ireland and capable of staging national and major championship events. Commented Heron Bros’ Contracts Manager Kevin Sage: “This is our second year in a row to have won this award, so we are really delighted. It underlines our continued commitment to sustainability in all of our projects. Awards like this are very important to us, especially for those directly involved in the project as it is recognition of all their hard work and dedication;we have a really fantastic team around us.” And for the sponsors, added QPANI Regional Director Gordon Best: “This award to Heron Bros reflects the innovation and ingenuity within the Northern Ireland construction industry where sustainability is playing a much bigger part, especially in the area of procurement. For a little country, our industry is punching way above its weight. The standard of all the entries in this category was very high, but Heron Bros are worthy winners.”
QPANI is Northern Ireland’s top trade association for the quarrying industry.
It is part of the award-winning Mineral Products Association, representing members’ interests on policy, planning and technical matters with government departments, local authorities, professional trade bodies and other key audiences at European, national and local levels.
In Northern Ireland, its members produce more than 90% of aggregates extracted – sand and gravel and crushed rock as well as non aggregate minerals such as agricultural and industrial lime including limestone, clay and shale for cement.
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