Projects get shortlisted
Two projects in east Belfast have been shortlisted in the RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) Northern Ireland Awards, following an all-time high level of entries.
The conservation of Knockbreda Mausolea, in Knockbreda Graveyard, and the City East Business Centre regeneration project, on the Newtownards Road, are amongst the 33 shortlisted entries in the scheme.
They face competition from other projects, including The Ulster Museum and the redevelopment of Newry Railway Station.
The projects compete for four category prizes — Regeneration, Sustainability, Community Benefit and Building Conservation — with an overall winner then selected.
The four Northern Ireland category winners also go forward to the overall RICS Awards to compete against projects from across the UK and internationally.
RICS Northern Ireland director Ben Collins said: “We can see in the entries to the RICS Awards the enormous contribution that chartered surveyors make to enhancing Northern Ireland’s infrastructure, protecting our cultural heritage and minimising the environmental impact of our buildings.”
Judging for the awards will take place during spring 2010, with the RICS Northern Ireland Awards ceremony taking place in May at The Great Hall, Queen’s University Belfast.