Mount Sackville Secondary School Crowned as Overall Winner of the CIF’s 2022 “Building The Future” Competition
- Two students from Mount Sackville Secondary School, Dublin are named overall winner for its for its Radharc na Life proposed housing development on Knockmaroon Hill, Castleknock, Dublin 20.
- New Cross College in Finglas and Galway City Youthreach also awarded with accolades from the CIF.
- The winning team will present their designs at the WorldSkills Ireland Live Event in the RDS. In addition and they will receive a day’s “Construction Experience” provided by Technical University Dublin, a TOPCON Complete construction package of laser equipment and instruction as well as a prize for each of team members.
April 7th 2022: Mount Sackville Secondary School in Chapelizod, Dublin has won this year’s overall Construction Industry Federation’s (CIF) Building the Future Award for its Radharc na Life (“The Liffey View”) proposed housing development on Knockmaroon Hill, Castleknock, Dublin 20. They edged out both New Cross College with its sustainable housing development proposal and Galway City Youthreach whose housing and apartments in Galway to claim overall first place.
Mount Sackville Secondary School’s Radharc na Life (“The Liffey View”) proposal was selected as it mapped out a sustainable housing development on Knockmaroon Hill, Castleknock, Dublin 20. Created by students Orla Murphy and Olwyn Berry, Radharc na Life, is based on an Earth ship model, which is a style of architecture developed in the late 20th century to early 21st century by architect Michael Reynolds. Earthships are designed to behave as passive solar earth shelters made of both natural and upcycled materials such as earth-packed tires. The judges were particularly impressed how the students proposed to ensure Radharc na Life would have a zero carbon footprint, through the utilisation of turbines, wave generator buoys and solar panel technology, and would deliver on its sustainable goals.
The winning students from Mount Sackville team will present their designs at the WorldSkills Ireland Live Event in the RDS in September 2022. In addition, they will receive a day’s “Construction Experience” provided by Technical University Dublin and a TOPCON Complete construction package to include most up to date laser equipment and a half day instruction, as well as a prize for each of team members.
Both New Cross College and Galway City Youth Reach will also present their designs at the World Skills Ireland Live Event in the RDS and receive a TOPCON Construction package to include the latest equipment plus a half day’s instruction for New Cross College. Both teams will receive individual prizes for each team member.
“We want to say a sincere thank you for all the schools and students who entered. We were elated with the level and quality of entries for the second year in a row. We are delighted that Mount Sackville won in such a close competition,” said Frank Kelly, President of the CIF. “the imagination, creativity and clear thought put into the entries made the judging process very challenging. We look forward to the presentations at the World Skills Ireland Live Event The mix of innovation, sustainability and the vision was inspirational. We look forward to creating the virtual model and share this with the public.”
Speaking at the event, Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien, TD said, “Given the critical importance of the construction sector in Ireland, we want to inspire the next generation to consider all the potential that a career in construction offers them. This competition shows we have an abundance of natural talent and look forward to what the next generation can bring to the construction and property sector. A huge well done to the students from Mount Sackville and indeed to all the finalists.”
Ivan Gaine, Managing Director, Sherry FitzGerald New Homes said “Congratulations to Orla and Olwen who really impressed us with their creativity and vision. Their proposal really grasped the essence of the project, sustainable and energy efficient development, which gives me great confidence in the next generation of construction and property professionals. Each of the finalists should be very proud to have delivered exceptional development proposals, I hope the students found the project insightful and would now consider a career in this dynamic industry.”
Competition designed with education leaders and judged by the Industry
This year’s programme was also supported by Sherry Fitzgerald, Autodesk and Diatec.
The entries were reviewed by and the winning schools were chosen by a select group of judges who were:
- Frank Kelly, President of the Construction Industry Federation
- John Sweeney, Senior Contracts Manager, Collen Construction
- Ivan Gaine, Managing Director, Sherry FitzGerald New Homes
- Marguerite Boyle, Director, New Homes & Residential Investments at Sherry FitzGerald
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