Rules of Entry/Terms & Conditions 

The Irish Construction Excellence Awards (ICE Awards) are the original and premier recognition of performance excellence for the contracting sector in Ireland and the only truly independent prize for the contracting sector.

Getting your entry ready

The Judges want to see how your organisation delivered value to your client, meeting and possibly exceeding their requirements and expectations. That Products meet and exceed user requirements and expectations and move the industry forward. Courses meet and exceed requirements and expectations and introduce novel ways of educating. The Judges are interested in the cost and value engineering aspects of projects, innovative procurement routes and project delivery, and meeting the client’s requirements, the programme, budget, quality and  safety standards. The demonstration of good planning and innovative approaches to projects, along with the use of emerging digital tools to deliver safely constructed projects will be of great interest. The positive effects on the end-user, the environment, economy and society will also be factors of influence. 

Judging Process

Stage 1. Assessment

Each entrant must complete the online Entry Form specific to the category they wish to enter. The criteria on which entries are judged for each category are embedded in the questions given to companies entering the competition and any additional material required or suggested will be noted on the entry form. The Judges will use the answers to the questionnaire, images and supporting material to score the entry and select the finalists in each category. The finalist will be the highest scoring entrants in each category. Only one entry per company per category is permitted. Multiple categories may be entered. All category finalists will have an interview stage with the exception of Product Innovation and Third Level Course, these categories will be evaluated on the original submission material.

The finalists will be contacted directly after the Assessment Stage is complete and the Judges have made their selection.

Stage 2. Interview Stage

Finalists from Stage 1 (with the exception of Product Innovation and Third Level Course categories) will be invited to an interview where they make a presentation to a panel of three judges and participate in a Q&A session. A maximum of two A1 boards can be brought to use as part of the presentation. A short video up to a max of 3 minutes can be shown. More details will be sent to the finalist in due course.

Stage 3. Final Assessment

The Assessment Stage Score and the Interview Stage Score, where relevant, will be combined to determine the winner in each category. The winners will be announced at the Gala Awards Event.

Rules of Entry and Terms & Conditions

  • Entry to the Irish Construction Excellence Awards is open to companies operating in the ROI or supplying products available in the ROI.
  • Entry to the Irish Construction Excellence Awards is open to: Building Contractors, Civil Engineering Contractors, Specialist M&E Contractors, Specialist Contractors, Consulting Engineers, Construction Product Suppliers, and Third Level Colleges offering certain construction-related courses. In certain cases an entry may be submitted jointly or in partnership with a Design Team or PM company member. In all cases the entry must be led by the contractor.
  • Each Entrant may submit only 1 entry per category except where categories cover 2 industry’s for example ‘Education or Healthcare’ in this case an entry per category is allowed.
  • Each category has a dedicated entry form, only entry forms from these dedicated categories may be used for that submission.
  • Previous years winning projects or products may not be submitted again in the same category. This also applies for entry to other categories where a substantial element of the entry was evaluated as part of original winning submission. Category entries from; Health, Safety & Wellbeing, Third Level Course and Construction Project Manager (when a different project from the previous winner is being submitted) are excluded from this rule.
  • Past finalists non-winning entries may be entered for one additional year, if it complies with the timeline for the category of entry.
  • Complete the detailed questionnaire and submit the outlined material on your entry.
  • All material for the submission must be included with your original entry.
  • Only the Entry material will be assessed, no additional material can be supplied after submission.
  • The decision of the panel of Expert Judges is final.
  • Only projects which have been completed in Ireland within the past 24 months (from the entry submission deadline) are suitable to enter.
  • International, Innovation, Construction Project Manager and BIM categories can be non Irish projects based but these projects must have been completed by Irish Companies who have a registered office in the ROI.
  • The exception to the completed rule will apply to the BIM and Health, Safety & Wellbeing Categories.
  • The judges may on review of entry move a project or entrant if they feel it would be more appropriate in another category.
  • All applicants acknowledge that the material supplied with the entry, text, drawings, and images may be used in print and online by the organisers unless clearly marked confidential.
  • All applicants acknowledge that the executive summary supplied with the entry, text, drawings, and images may be used in print and online by the organisers.
  • Applicants acknowledge that all text, drawings, photographs, video etc that have been submitted for the project may be used and by entering you give your full permission and in turn provide an undertaking that the correct permission have been obtained for use from the rightful owner.
  • The ICE Awards reserve the right not to issue an award if the quality of entries in any category do not meet the Judges threshold.
  • By entering you also acknowledged here that the owners of the project/client of your submission project has been notified and gives full permission for said material to be reproduced and for its use as part of the entry process. It is acknowledged that all project owners/clients have given their permission for the project to be entered.
  • One trophy will be presented per winning category, additional may be ordered.
  • Gala Tickets must be bought by first registering online.
  • Registering for tickets does not guarantee an allocation. The organisers may offer you a lower number of tickets than registered.
  • Standard event ticket sales Terms and Conditions apply.
  • If for any reason the Gala event is rescheduled purchased tickets will be valid for the rescheduled date.
  • All rights to the Irish Construction Excellence Awards (ICE Awards) Competition reside with the Organisers.

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