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

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By Angela Rainey

Published 29/02/2016

Lagan Weir Footbridge, Belfast
Lagan Weir Footbridge, Belfast
Around Noon, Newry
Graduate Building, Queens University Belfast
Grillagh Water House, Maghera
Hamilton Road Baptist Church, Bangor
Killynure Green, Carryduff
Galgorm Resort and Spa Thermal Village
City Quays One, Belfast
Ballymagarry House, Portrush
19-21 Broad Street, Magherafelt
Beresford Obelisk, Limavady
Galgorm Great Hall, Ballymena
Circular Road, Derry
Ballymacrea House, Portrush
Castle Veterinary Hospital, Downpatrick
19-27 Meeting Street, Magherafelt
Lime Court, Peters Hill, Belfast
Mount Stewart, Newtownards
North West Regional Science Park, Londonderry
Old Church Square, Dundonald
PORTICO – formerly Portaferry Presbyterian Church, Portaferry
RNLI Life Boat Station, Carrybridge, Enniskillen
SERC Performing Arts Computing and Engineering Campus, Bangor
Schomberg House Museum of Orange Heritage, Belfast
Sion Stables, Sion Mills, Tyrone
SPACE Project Peoples Park, Portadown
St. Patricks Church, Donaghmore
Seaview Hall, Glenarm
Acton House, Poyntzpass
The Wellcome-Wolfson Institute, Queens University Belfast
Carlisle Memorial Church, Belfast

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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