Shortlist announced for RICS NI Awards

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The annual awards recognise exemplary built projects that contribute positively to Northern Ireland and this year has seen the highest number of entries in their 28-year history.

Schemes of all sizes and budgets from all over Northern Ireland are now in with a chance of gaining acclaimed industry recognition along with the teams behind them.

A wide variety of projects have been shortlisted across the eight categories of the awards scheme – Building Conservation; Commercial sponsored by Sika; Community Benefit; Design through Innovation sponsored by Forbo; Infrastructure; Regeneration; Residential; and Tourism and Leisure.

The RICS Awards 2018, Northern Ireland, will be presented at The La Mon Hotel & Spa, Belfast on May 24. All category winners will go on to compete against other regional winners at the national RICS Awards Grand Final in November 2018. The winners of each category will also be in with a chance of winning the top prize, the highly esteemed Project of the Year title, presented to the scheme which demonstrates overall outstanding best practice and an exemplary commitment to adding value to its local area.

Full list of shortlisted projects for 2018 RICS Awards, Northern Ireland:

BUILDING CONSERVATION
Ballycopeland Windmill
Deerpark Cottage, Bellaghy
One Sussex Place, Belfast
The Pump House, Portadown
The Tropical Ravine
Titanic Hotel Belfast
Union Theological College

COMMERCIAL
Bunzl Ireland
City Quays 2
Colby House, Belfast
Fallahogey Studio, Kilrea
LacPatrick Dairy Technology Centre, Artigarvan
New Laser Testing Facility
The Weaving Works
Ulster Carpets Dye House

COMMUNITY BENEFIT
Connswater Community Greenway
Foyle College, Ebrington Primary School & Nursery
John Paul II Primary School, Belfast
Killean Primary School, Newry
Portaferry Market House
St Mary’s Primary School, Banbridge
St. Bronagh’s Primary School, Rostrevor
Tannaghmore Primary School, Lurgan

DESIGN THROUGH INNOVATION
Better Gym, Belfast
Fallahogey Studio, Kilrea
Omagh Hospital & Primary Care Complex

INFRASTRUCTURE
Connswater Community Greenway
Enniskillen Ambulance Station
Omagh Hospital & Primary Care Complex

REGENERATION
Foyle College, Ebrington Primary School & Nursery
Newry Leisure Centre
One Sussex Place, Belfast
Rosemount Mews, Greyabbey
St. Bronagh’s Primary School, Rostrevor
The Pump House, Portadown
The Weaving Works

RESIDENTIAL
Beltoy House, Carrickfergus
Catherine Place, Bangor
Deerpark Cottage, Bellaghy
Rathgill, Bangor
Rosemount Mews, Greyabbey
Sloan Street, Lisburn

TOURISM & LEISURE
Belfast City Hall Exhibition
Newry Leisure Centre
Rainey Endowed Sports Complex
Silverbirch Hotel, Omagh
Titanic Hotel Belfast

Twelve projects from across Northern Ireland have achieved the honour of being shortlisted in two categories, including the new Titanic Hotel Belfast, which is in the running for both Building Conservation and Tourism and Leisure awards.

Other Belfast projects which have been shortlisted for two awards include housing development One Sussex Place in Belfast and The Weaving Works, which has seen the redevelopment and regeneration of Armagh House, a neglected 19th century former linen warehouse on Ormeau Avenue.

Connwsater Community Greenway in east Belfast is shortlisted in Community Benefit and Infrastructure categories.

County Londonderry projects including Fallahogey Studio in Kilrea, which has provided a new architectural studio in a rural setting, Foyle College, Ebrington Primary School and Nursery, and Deerpark Cottage in Bellaghy, a listed building which dates back to 1830, have also been shortlisted in two categories.

In Country Tyrone, Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex, a new model of healthcare provision, unique to the UK in how services are delivered on one site, has been shortlisted in Design Through Innovation and Infrastructure categories.

The Pump House in Portadown is in running for awards in the Regeneration and Building Conservation categories.

And in County Down, Rosemount Mews in Greyabbey, St Bronagh’s Primary School in Rostrevor and Newry Leisure Centre are also both in the running for two awards.

Michael Hannaway, Chair of the RICS Awards Northern Ireland judging panel, said, “Despite the uncertainty in the current climate, Northern Ireland’s property professionals continue to deliver exemplary, and in many cases, world-class, built projects that are having a profoundly positive impact on our cities and towns.

“I am delighted to see so many of these remarkable built initiatives on this year’s shortlist for the 2018 RICS Awards, Northern Ireland. The exceptional talent and skills of the teams and surveyors behind these schemes is nothing short of remarkable, and I wish them all the best of luck in gaining the recognition they deserve for ensuring their local communities remain fantastic places to live, work, and visit.”

For further information, contact Susan Mason at RICS, e-mail [email protected] or 028 9032 2877 or go to www.rics.org/awards