RICS announces award shortlist for Northern Ireland

RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) has announced the shortlist for this year’s RICS Awards 2019, Northern Ireland, which includes some of the most loved local built environment projects.

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What building will take the RICS Northern Ireland title won by Tropical Ravine in 2018?

A record 36 of Northern Ireland’s most innovative and community beneficial property projects have captured the hearts of RICS judges and will now go on to compete in eight categories at this year’s awards ceremony in May.

The eight categories for 2019 are -Building Conservation, Commercial, Community Benefit, Design through Innovation, Infrastructure, Regeneration, Residential and Tourism & Leisure.

All category winners go forth for the acclaimed Northern Ireland Project of the Year title, awarded to the scheme that demonstrates outstanding best practice and an exemplary commitment to adding value to its local area.

Last year saw The Tropical Ravine at Botanic Gardens, Belfast, win the esteemed title for restoring the Victorian building to its former glory, with a modern 21st-century twist in order to transform the over-grown plot to a popular tourist attraction.

The awards highlight the great talent involved in shaping the Northern Ireland built environment for now and the future.

This year’s shortlist projects from across Northern Ireland include The Blossom Children & Young People’s Centre, Craigavon; The Mourne Wall Restoration Project in County Down; The Station Master’s House, Maghera; Omagh Integrated Primary & Nursery School; the Galgorm Halodome, Ballymena; and Enniskillen Castle Museum & Visitors‘ Centre.

Six projects were shortlisted in two categories, including four from the wider Belfast area. The HMS Caroline, Alexandra Dock and Thompson Dock Pump House project has been shortlisted in the Building Conservation and Tourism & Leisure categories. Northland Road in Derry-Londonderry is in the running for both the Residential and Regeneration categories, while the Lisburn City Centre Public Realm project is in consideration for a Regeneration and Design through Innovation title.

Michael Hannaway, Chair of the RICS Awards 2019, Northern Ireland judging panel, said, “What’s great about the RICS Awards is that they celebrate and recognise the community impact that these shortlisted property projects are having on their local communities, as well as the talent and collaboration of the teams behind them.

“Some of these shortlisted projects have helped to attract more visitors and inward investment, whilst others have provided much needed housing or vital services and infrastructure to their communities. The teams behind them should be extremely proud as many were delivered on time and within budget, and with sustainability at the heart, to ensure they are as energy efficient and environmentally friendly as possible.”

All Northern Ireland winners go on to compete against other regional winners at the national RICS Awards Grand Final in November 2019, for the chance to be crowned the overall UK winner in their respective category.

The RICS Awards 2019, Northern Ireland, will be held on Thursday, May 30 at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Tickets for the ceremony and black tie dinner can be booked online at www.rics.org/niawards

FINALISTS

BUILDING CONSERVATION

COMMERCIAL

  • Artola House, Belfast
  • Charles Hurst Jaguar/Land Rover, Belfast
  • Lidl, Magherafelt
  • River House, Belfast
  • The Shed, Maghaberry
  • Milewater Road Service Centre, Belfast

COMMUNITY BENEFIT

DESIGN THROUGH INNOVATION

  • DAERA offices, Ballykelly
  • Stranmillis Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Belfast
  • Lisburn City Centre Public Realm

INFRASTRUCTURE

  • Corriewood Private Clinic, Castlewellan
  • Rathview Mental Healthcare Facility, Omagh
  • The Blossom Children & Young People’s Centre, Craigavon
  • The Croft, Abbotts Road, Newtownabbey
  • Milewater Road Service Centre, Belfast

REGENERATION

  • Asia Supermarket, Belfast
  • Seaview Hall, Glenarm
  • Lisburn City Centre Public Realm
  • Let’s Go Hydro, Carryduff
  • Northland Road, Derry

RESIDENTIAL

  • Carnlough House, Carnlough
  • Cullingtree Meadows, Belfast
  • Laurel Hill Gardens, Coleraine
  • The Front, Holywood
  • Northland Road, Derry

TOURISM & LEISURE