Limerick ‘projects of excellence’ selected for awards

Alan Owens

Reporter:

Alan Owens

LIMERICK’s Milk Market and Tunnel Project have been listed as finalists in the Local Authority Members Association (LAMA) Awards.

LIMERICK’s Milk Market and Tunnel Project have been listed as finalists in the Local Authority Members Association (LAMA) Awards.

The awards, held in association with IPB Insurance and first held in 2006, were created to recognise local projects of excellence in the areas of infrastructure, community development, recreation and national impact initiatives.

LAMA represents elected councillors nationwide, who nominated the various projects, which were then shortlisted.

Limerick’s 200-year-old Milk Market was redeveloped at a cost of €2 million in 2010, and is a modern, all-weather facility under a 1.8 tonne, half acre canopy, or “Ireland’s largest tent” as architect Michael Healy has described it. It has won several awards and is nominated in the Best Heritage Project and Best Community Based Initiative categories.

Limerick’s 900m tunnel was one of the biggest engineering projects ever undertaken in Ireland, costing over €600 million to construct. The project is nominated in the Best Civil Engineering Project and National Impact Award categories at the LAMAs.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in the Crown Plaza Dublin, hosted by Miriam O’Callaghan, on February 11. See www.lamaawards.org for more.