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Building projects shortlisted for top construction awards

By Laurence White

Published 05/05/2008

The restored Georgian courtyard which is vying for Ulster building
The restored Georgian courtyard which is vying for Ulster building

Building projects, ranging from a Newry castle to the Spire of Hope on Belfast's St Anne's Cathedral, are in the running for Northern Ireland's top construction awards.

A total of 11 entrants have been shortlisted for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Northern Ireland awards sponsored by building products firm Brett Martin. The awards, at the Waterfront Hall on May 21, will find four category winners in building conservation, regeneration, sustainability and community benefit as well as the province's top project.

The shortlisted entrants are:

l Bagenal's Castle, Newry, which was restored and renovated and is now used by Newry and Mourne District Council.

l The Courtyard at Drumnabreeze House, Magheralin, which has been renovated to provide state-of-the-art stables for racehorses, offices for 15 people, four homes, an entertainment loft area and a gym.

l The extension to the Grand Opera House in Belfast.

l The 53 metre tall Spire of Hope atop St Anne's Cathedral.

l Queen's Elm student accommodation village and centre.

l The refurbishment of a listed building at 27-31 Talbot Street, Belfast, to provide apartments, office and retail space.

l A hotel and office accommodation at Adelaide Exchange in the centre of Belfast.

l The Strule Arts Centre in Omagh which provides a 4,000 sq m arts facility with auditorium, lecture theatre and associated facilities.

l Innovative office space at White Star House in Belfast's Titanic Quarter.

l Retail and office accommodation at Fountain House, Londonderry which uses geothermal heating technology.

l The Orchard development in Belfast.

Alex Mackay, the RICS NI awards chairman, said the winners of these awards should demonstrate how professionals have used their skills to develop, regenerate and conserve the world in which they live, work and play.

The Northern Ireland winners will compete in the national RICS awards in London in October.

Belfast Telegraph

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