The South Dublin County Council Planning Team scooped two awards and were highly commended under 3 separate categories at the Irish Planning Institute’s Irish Planning Awards 2023. The Irish Planning Institute (IPI) has announced the winners of its 2023 Planning Awards at the Institute’s first awards gala dinner since the Covid-19 pandemic. There were 24 entries recognised at the awards, including South Dublin winning in the Workplace of the Year and Research and Innovation categories. The IPI awards acknowledge a diverse range of projects and plans nationally taking place at a local, county and regional level in complex and dynamic environments. This year’s Awards recognised innovation and excellence in Irish planning in eight categories.
Speaking at the awards, IPI President Mary Mac Mahon said: “The Irish Planning Institute’s Irish Planning Awards serve as a testament to the invaluable role of planning in our society. They celebrate our diverse, dynamic, and sustainable projects, showcasing the positive impact of planning on our communities. As President, it’s been my privilege to elevate the profile of planning and to honour the achievements, diversity, and potential within our sector. With entries spanning the island, our winners from Dublin to Donegal exemplify excellence. I extend my gratitude to all entrants, congratulate the winners, and acknowledge our sponsors for making these awards possible.”
The South Dublin County Council Projects which won were in Workplace of the Year, South Dublin County Council – #Making it Work @ SDCC Planning. And Research and Innovation, South Dublin County Council – ‘Instantaneous Data’ – A South Dublin Approach to Active Land Management
South Dublin County Council also received commendations for the following projects:Plan Making, Highly Commended – South Dublin County Development Plan 2022-2028. Urban Regeneration and Heritage, Commended– The Street – Kick starting the Tallaght Innovation Quarter. And Climate Action and Biodiversity, Commended – South Dublin County Council – South Dublin’s Green Space Factor.
Mayor of South Dublin County Council, Cllr Alan Edge said “All of us in South Dublin County Council are really proud of thisachievement by our Planning Team and this recognition of the wide range of innovative projects that are currently underway in the county. South Dublin County Council has always been a progressive and ambitious council, it continually seeks out new and innovative ways to serve the people of South Dublin. I’d like to congratulate the team for these well-deserved awards and commendations. It’s particularly exciting to have won the Workplace of the Year award. It is a hugely rewarding place to work. Planning in South Dublin is front and centre in helping to meet the various housing, climate change and place making challenges we face. It is a collaborative team and rewarding experience where people are given a real opportunity to learn and to work on a raft of interesting plans and projects.”