Published on December 8th, 2019 | by Mark Dwyer


New Dublin Airport Control Tower Wins Award

The new IAA Visual Control Tower at Dublin Airport has won Engineering Project of the Year at the Irish Building and Design Awards 2019. The tower has become Ireland’s tallest occupied building and is an iconic new addition to the city’s skyline. Professionals from the world of Architecture, Engineering, Construction and Design attended the biggest annual awards ceremony in the industry recently at the Clayton Hotel, Dublin to recognise and acknowledge the best in Ireland’s Building & Design projects over the last 18 months.

The new facility will be ready for single runway operation during the first half of 2020 and will be ready to facilitate parallel runway operations by 2021 when the Northern parallel runway is introduced at Dublin Airport.

The overall height of the structure, resulting from the operational requirement for a control room floor level of 80m above ground level, will be 86.9m. Analysis of the brief established that the new facility comprises two main elements: The Cab (including the Visual Control Room or VCR) and its associated Support Facilities. In order to provide a slim, elegant structure and in an effort to keep the tower as light and elegant as possible, most of the support accommodation (technical rooms and associated plant) has been separated from the Tower and is located in a single storey support facility at ground level. This support building is connected to the Cab Shaft with a fully glazed single storey link corridor. The separation of the tower and support accommodation ensures that the free-standing quality of the Tower is unaffected and consequently the new facility appears as two distinct elements, each containing their own distinct functions.

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Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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