Local company clinches top national award for Mayo bridge

A local consulting engineering firm, Ryan Hanley, has beaten off strong competition to win a prestigious national award for design excellence.

City based, Ryan Hanley is this year’s winner of the Association of Engineers of Ireland, President’s Award for Excellence in Design.

The honour which was presented at the association’s annual dinner in Dublin is for the new pedestrian Salmon Weir Bridge which spans the river Moy in Ballina, Co Mayo.

The award citation recognises “excellence in design of a structure which is particularly appropriate in its environment”.

The bridge is the landmark in the regeneration of Ballina’s Ridgepool area and was constructed at a cost of €1.7m.

This is the second time that Ryan Hanley, which is based at Sherwood Avenue in Taylor’s Hill, won the award, having previously done so for their design of Galway’s Quincentenary Bridge.

This recognition programme has been running since 1970 and previous winning projects include; The Central Bank, The Square Centre Tallaght, Thomond Park, The Living Bridge at the University of Limerick and The Boyne Bridge.

Ryan Hanley are the consulting engineers for a new landmark pedestrian bridge in Galway. This will span the Eglinton Canal, from the NUIG campus to the Fisheries field, linking a network of pedestrian pathways from the docks to the banks of the Corrib.

The bridge, which is part of the Galway City Smarter Travel project, is a joint venture between NUI Galway and Galway City Council. and is due to be completed next month.

Accepting the award, Damian Hanley, the director of structures at Ryan Hanley, said he was delighted to receive this prestigious award from the association, which is the representative body of consulting engineers in Ireland, because it acknowledges the expertise and professionalism of the company.


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