It’s faced court challenges, delays and planning restrictions are still on obstacle, but Dublin’s Airport’s North Runway is being celebrated on the global stage.
The new runway – described by DAA CEO Dalton Philips as “the most important thing that Ireland will build in a generation” – has won a major international award for being a “considerate” construction project.
The DAA’s main contractor on the first construction package, Roadbridge, was awarded Gold at this year’s Considerate Constructors Scheme Awards in London. The runway is the first ever Irish project to win a Gold Award in the scheme. Representatives from both Roadbridge and the DAA’s North Runway project team were in London to accept the prize at an official ceremony.
The aim of the Considerate Constructors Scheme is to promote innovative measures in the construction industry focusing on five main categories: Care about Appearance; Respecting the Community; Care for the Workforce; Protecting the Environment; and Securing Everyone’s Safety.
The DAA’s Maurice Hennessy, who is the company’s executive lead for the North Runway Project, said: “This is a fantastic award for North Runway to win. It is of particular significance to daa that our corporate values align with those of the Considerate Constructor Scheme. We are hugely focused on the positive culture of safety and respect that it promotes and reaffirms, as well as a commitment to ongoing open communication with our neighbours throughout the works.
“North Runway is the most important project that Ireland will build in a generation as it will drive growth in tourism, connectivity and jobs for decades to come. We are delighted at Roadbridge’s success and commend them, and DAA’s project delivery team, on their commitment to the principles of the Considerate Constructors Scheme.”