Shortlisted in no fewer than three categories at the 2019 Irish Building & Design Awards, ShareRidge is a dynamic, modern and innovative civil engineering solutions specialist which has grown rapidly into one of Ireland’s most highly regarded water conservation providers. Building Ireland touched base with Bid Administrator Cróna Esler to find out more.
Ten members of the excellent ShareRidge team enjoyed a great night out in the capital at the 2019 Building & Design Awards in the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road on Friday, November 29th, where the County Mayo headquartered company was shortlisted in three categories.
The rapidly-growing, industry-leading multi-disciplined utilities and civil engineering contractor was selected as a finalist for the Engineering Practice of the Year, Engineering Project of the Year and Public Building Project of the Year accolades – fitting recognition of the company’s outstanding performance over what was another landmark calendar year for ShareRidge.
Organised annually by CMG, the Irish Building & Design Awards recognise excellence in the building and design sectors, acknowledging the finest and most innovative projects, firms and practices in Ireland. Being shortlisted for three awards in such a prestigious competition is a huge honour for the team at ShareRidge –a worthy endorsement of their work on civil engineering projects all across Ireland and an acknowledgement of the skills, expertise and dedication of their entire 100-strong team.
Bid Administrator Cróna Esler, who prepared the submissions for the awards, admits it was a great source of pride to ShareRidge to be rubbing shoulders with the crème de la crème of Irish construction at the gala awards night in Dublin 4: “We were delighted to see ShareRidge nominated for three awards. There was huge excitement within the company. To be shortlisted for such prestigious awards is a huge achievement in itself.
It’s a huge honour for us and, of course, it was great to be representing Mayo in Dublin!”
Engineering Practice of the Year is one of the most sought-after prizes of all and Cróna admits it was especially satisfying to make the shortlist for that key award: “It’s a huge one. We were delighted and it’s a notable achievement to be shortlisted in that one. There was a great buzz throughout the company.
“We have a diverse mixture of outstanding people in all disciplines across the company, from the head office and regional offices [in Limerick and Galway] to the people on the ground. They are all wonderful workers, with tremendous technical ability, who are committed and motivated, and they all have their heads down day-on-day and week-on-week, striving for excellence in all aspects of their work.
“As word filtered through that we had been shortlisted, it gave everybody at ShareRidge a pep in their step.”
Indeed, as a progressive and rapidly-growing operation, synonymous with innovative civil engineering solutions, ShareRidge has more than doubled its workforce over the past three years, currently generating direct employment for up to one hundred people … plus considerably more indirectly through the regular use of preferred subcontractors, depending on what projects are being delivered at any given time.
Cróna agrees that the staff are the backbone of the business: “Every single person at ShareRidge contributes to our success. It’s very much a team effort and it’s the staff who are driving the business on. Without them, we wouldn’t have achieved the success we have to date and we wouldn’t be in the national spotlight at high-profile events such as the Irish Building & Design Awards.”
ShareRidge delivers contracts for a host of clients including Irish Water, County Councils, Town Councils, local authorities, Group Water Schemes and various organisations and institutes throughout Ireland. The company is renowned for offering comprehensive, professional services that are client-orientated.
Their nominations for Engineering Project of the Year and Public Building Project of the Year at the 2019 Irish Building & Design Awards were in recognition of their work on the Cape Clear Island Watermain Rehabilitation Project.
Focussed on developing innovative solutions, offering a wealth of expertise and professionalism to clients and partners, both private and public, ShareRidge achieves excellence in all aspects of its work and service delivery. The company pushes the boundaries by introducing pioneering techniques, making work more efficient, improving outputs and offering shorter delivery timescales.
ShareRidge has strong technical competency and experience and are specialists in pipe replacement technology, boasting industry-leading expertise in Design, Utilities, Water, Wastewater, Street Enhancement Works and Roadworks.
Turnkey solutions are delivered from concept design and detailed development through to value engineering and construction to full operation / maintenance.
ShareRidge has accumulated vast experience in multi-utility infrastructure solutions, including significant electrical ducting and undergrounding works nationwide, working for ESB, Eir and various other telecom providers.
The company is one of Ireland’s leading water network rehabilitation contractors, specialising in innovative trenchless technology solutions, including directional drilling, pipe bursting, slip lining and auger boring. With extensive experience in constructing wastewater treatment plants, pumping stations, control buildings, rising mains and gravity sewers, ShareRidge has successfully carried out numerous projects nationwide, including works in tidal estuaries, Special Areas of Conservation and river crossings.
Furthermore, as a diverse and multifaceted business, ShareRidge has a huge amount of experience in delivering public realm / streetworks enhancement schemes throughout Ireland, having completed a full portfolio of roadworks projects from minor road improvements to major road upgrades and greenfield road construction.
At the time of writing, ShareRidge was leading several projects across the country, including Galway City Conservation Watermain Rehabilitation Project, Donegal Countywide Watermain Rehabilitation Project, Tuam Regional Water Supply Scheme Extension Project and Water Network Management Services and Works Framework for the Mid-West Region (Clare, Limerick and Tipperary).
In addition, ShareRidge has completed 50% of works, to date, on the O’Connell Street Enhancement Project in Sligo. This is the initial step in the provision of the Global Public Realm Strategy for Sligo City and, as such, is considered a flagship project. As well as delivering an attractive urban space, the project will incorporate the construction of a new surface water drainage network and new ducting infrastructure for utility services. Work will recommence at the beginning of January.
Works on the O’Connell Street Project – which is focused in and around Sligo’s busiest shopping district – forms part of ShareRidge’s strategy towards an additional concentration on urban renewal and streetworks enhancement projects nationwide.
In early January, they will also begin works on an exciting new project for Wicklow County Council. The Fitzwilliam Square Improvement Works will create a multifunctional space within Wicklow Town that will improve accessibility, while enhancing the presentation and public realm of the town centre at Fitzwilliam Square.
ShareRidge recognises the importance of having a skilled workforce to achieve its strategic and operational plans. The company is committed to providing an environment that is conducive to effective performance, promoting training and development opportunities for all.
ShareRidge promotes wellbeing in providing a safe, healthy and secure workplace, looking to its staff to work constructively with their colleagues and provide customers with the best possible standards of delivery across all projects. With this in mind, the company is committed to the ongoing training and personal development of all its employees.
ShareRidge’s approach to projects is built around early contractor involvement and continuous dialogue and communication with clients. The company is fully committed to its corporate responsibility of promoting sustainability in both the environment and the communities in which it works.
ShareRidge Civil Engineering,
Unit 13 Castlebar Retail Park,
Tel: 094 90 24663
This article was published in Building Ireland Magazine, February/March 2020, Vol 6 No 1