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In pictures: Stunning Northern Ireland designs up for RICS architectural award

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By Angela Rainey

A footbridge across the River Lagan, a church and a lifeboat station are among the contenders shortlisted for a major architectural award.

The £5m Lagan Weir Footbridge in Belfast has been nominated for the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) annual awards.

It connects Donegall Quay and Queen's Quay and was officially opened in June 2015, replacing the old footbridge to give greater foot and bicycle access to the city.

It has been nominated in the Infrastructure category, and is among six projects in the Design through Innovation category.

The shortlist includes schemes, projects and public spaces from across all six counties.

In Co Antrim, the refurbishment of Seaview Hall in Glenarm is shortlisted in the Regeneration category; while in Co Down, Hamilton Road Baptist Church in Bangor has been shortlisted in the Community Benefit category. In Co Fermanagh, Lisbellaw's RNLI Lifeboat Station is one of six shortlisted in the Commercial category.

Sion Stables in Sion Mills in Co Tyrone helps make up the Building Conservation category, and Co Armagh is represented by Acton House in Poyntzpass.

Also shortlisted for awards are Galgorm Resort and Spa outside Ballymena; City Quays 1 office complex in Belfast, and Schomberg House, Belfast, which houses the Orange Order's museum.

The RICS NI Awards will take place on May 6 at the La Mon hotel, hosted by developer and TV presenter Gary McCausland.

Judging chairman Alistair Dunn said: "The variety of projects that make up this year's shortlist demonstrates how important the built environment is to Northern Ireland."

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