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30 Northern Ireland buildings in running for top awards

By Claire McNeilly

What do a jail, a bakery, a cathedral and a historic landmark have in common?

They're all in the running for Northern Ireland's top building awards in a prestigious competition.

With an impressive shortlist of 30 schemes, the calibre of this year's entries for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) accolade is high.

The totally refurbished Crumlin Road Gaol is shortlisted in both the Community Benefit and the Tourism & Leisure categories.

More than 100,000 visitors took the gaol tour in 2013 – exceeding projected visitor numbers – and it currently ranks number three out of 125 attractions in Belfast on Tripadvisor.

Lisburn Cathedral has been shortlisted in the Building Conservation category after the internal refurbishment of this Grade A listed building.

Meanwhile, the old Ormeau Bakery, in south Belfast, is shortlisted in both the Residential and Commercial categories.

Also in with a chance is Londonderry's Guildhall, which has been shortlisted in the the Building Conservation and Tourism & Leisure categories.

The winners across seven categories, in addition to the overall Project of the Year, will be announced at a ceremony in the Culloden Hotel on May 8.

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