Award for the Sillogue Water Storage Facility


The Sillogue Water Storage Facility has won the 2007 Concrete Society Award for the Best Infrastructural Project.

The facility is the most visible element of the major North Fringe Water Supply Scheme constructed to improve the existing water supply to north Dublin and serve the rapidly developing areas along Dublin’s north fringe.

The prize was jointly awarded to McCarthy Hyder Consultants as consultant engineers (P.H. McCarthy Consulting Engineers - part of the White Young Green Group - and Hyder Consultants), John Cradock Ltd. Contractors, Michael Collins Architects and Dublin City Council as client.

The main features of the recently-completed storage facility are reinforced concrete structures - including a 39m-high water tower with a capacity of 5 million litres, ground level reservoir with a 30 million litre capacity and a pumping station.

The challenge for the water tower, which is a prominent structure immediately adjacent to the M50 and close to Dublin Airport, was to achieve a design that was both structurally efficient and elegant in appearance. The consultants to the project ably rose to the challenge with the use of a double parabolic curve profile accentuated by vertical recessed fluting.

Floodlit at night to enhance its overall effect, the impressive piece of urban sculpture is an exceptional achievement.

Commenting on the award, Ray Moore, Group Managing Director White Young Green Ireland, said - “We are delighted to be joint recipients of this award which acknowledges the outstanding efforts and achievement of all those involved in this landmark project. The role of Dublin City Council in fostering, encouraging and funding a high level of aesthetic design contributed enormously to the success of the project. From the initial design and engineering challenges - met by McCarthy Hyder Consultants and Michael Collins Architects - to the high quality finish achieved by John Cradock Ltd, the Sillogue Water Tower has been a feat of engineering, architectural and construction excellence.”

The Sillogue Water Tower is funded by Dublin City Council with Fingal County Council and the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, through the National Development Plan.

The Irish Concrete Society organises this annual Awards Scheme to acknowledge outstanding achievements in which concrete contributes to the built environment. The Award Scheme, which began in 1979, is now well-established and attracts a wide range of entries from both large and small projects alike.