Lough Rinn International Rowing and Canoe Course shortlisted for Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards

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Lough Rinn International Rowing and Canoe Course shortlisted for Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards

The Lough Rinn Recreational Facility. Photo by Mark Kelly.

Lough Rinn International Rowing and Canoe Course has been shortlisted in the Local Authority Engineering Initiative Award category, sponsored by Colas Bitumen Emulsions, in advance of the forthcoming Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards 2018, held in association with ESB.

Building on the Olympic and World Championship success of Irish rowers, the Lough Rinn facility provides greater access to training and racing facilities for the increasing numbers of participants to the sport.

Developed by Leitrim County Council and Jennings O'Donovan & Partners Limited, the world class rowing course was constructed in accordance with the FISA Manual for World Rowing. The two-kilometre course has eight lanes and is capable of achieving a three-metre depth facility across the entire area of the course.

It also has a 1,000-metre area where crews can warm up and cool down. The course can also be modified to accommodate nine lanes for International Canoe Federation (ICF) sprint competitions.

The Local Authority Engineering Initiative Award is just one of twelve category awards which will be presented at the forthcoming Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards. The awards, held in association with ESB, are presented annually in recognition of the achievements of engineers that have demonstrated exceptional engineering skills. As well as identifying leaders within the engineering industry, the awards provide an opportunity to showcase and celebrate the invaluable contribution the engineering profession makes to society.

Engineers Ireland is also urging the Leitrim public to now vote online for what they consider to be the best overall national Engineering Project of the Year before the midnight deadline of Friday, 2 November. Those shortlisted in this category include:

Kevin Street Garda Headquarters by Atkins; M17/M18 Gort to Tuam Motorway PPP by Barry Transportation and Arup; Kerry Central Regional Water Supply Scheme by Irish Water in association with Kerry County Council, Nicholas O'Dwyer, TOBIN Consulting Engineers and Glan Agua; Northern Spire Bridge by Roughan & O'Donovan, Buro Happold, Farrans and Victor Buyck; Shannon Airport Rehabilitation of Runway 06-24 by RPS and BXD 400 - Luas Cross City by Sisk Steconfer JV.

In what is the ninth year of the Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards, Caroline Spillane, Engineers Ireland Director General, highlighted the quality of entries, "The Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards showcase and celebrate the pioneering and innovative work that is carried out by Irish engineers both at home and abroad. The Lough Rinn International Rowing and Canoe Course entry embodies real engineering initiative and skill and sets a very high standard in its category.

"I would encourage the Leitrim public to now get involved and to have their say in the Engineering Project of the Year Award category and to vote online for the engineering project they think has made the greatest impact on society over the last 12 months before the midnight deadline on Friday, November 2."

Pat O’Doherty, ESB Chief Executive, said, "The strength and quality of the projects shortlisted embody real engineering excellence and ingenuity. They remind us once again of evolving nature of contemporary engineering and the impact that the engineering profession has on the daily lives of families across this island.

"Engineers have a critical role to play in addressing the challenges facing the world today and they continue to make an incredibly valuable contribution to communities and economies worldwide.

"Engineers are problem solvers and innovators delivering solutions for society and this is why it is so important that we continue to promote engineering as a career choice, to ensure we have the skills necessary to meet our long-term needs as society."

For further information about the Awards and to vote for the Engineering Project of the Year, sponsored by Transport Infrastructure Ireland visit www.engineersireland.ie/awards/excellence-awards.aspx.

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