Rejuvenation was a highly discussed topic amongst the 1000 property industry stakeholders present at the KPMG Irish Independent Property Industry Excellence Awards gala awards. The awards, now in their fifth year, reward and honour excellence, setting the benchmark for professionalism in the sector. Over 120 nominations were judged across 10 categories. Jim Clery, Head of Real Estate at KPMG, said: “The standard of applications for this year’s awards demonstrate the continued progress of the industry, especially in the areas of innovation and technology, and I’d like to thank participants for taking the time to share their business developments and achievements over the past year. At KPMG we’re delighted to support the recognition of excellence in Ireland’s property industry, and the showcasing of high standard activities that are shaping the future of the industry”.
The 2019 Overall Winner Award went to Dublin City Council, Dolphin House Regeneration.
The 1950s estate of 400 flats near the Coombe hospital in Dolphin’s Barn is the largest remaining council flat complex in the State. Designated for demolition and redevelopment more than a decade ago, the regeneration is an exemplary example of the principles of community-based, tenant-led approaches to housing regeneration, ownership and management. The regeneration of 100 homes at Dolphin House, Dublin’s largest apartment scheme has been completed at a cost of €26 million. The result has been high-quality low-energy use buildings, achieving A2 and A3 BER ratings.
Other award winners include The Ballymun Boiler House which won the Energy Efficiency Award, the Clones Renewal Scheme which won the Excellence in Planning award and Rathmullan Pier in Donegal which won the Community Benefit Award.
Denise Maguire Editor of Irish Construction Industry Magazine