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Top accolade for housing project

Published 10/05/2015

Youths clash in the Limestone Road area of North Belfast
Youths clash in the Limestone Road area of North Belfast

A project to transform one of North Belfast's most volatile flashpoints has been crowned Northern Ireland's building project of the year.

The Parkside development on the Limestone Road - a regeneration scheme to create shared housing for local residents - won the top accolade at this year's Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Northern Ireland Awards.

The £3.8 million scheme, providing 37 high quality sustainable homes, won the regeneration and residential categories at a gala dinner in Holywood before claiming the overall project of the year title.

The judges said that Parkside was: "An innovative social housing project that has achieved an impressive transformation of one of the most volatile flashpoints in North Belfast... a shining beacon example of what can be achieved in difficult circumstances with innovation, good design and inspiration."

The project also saw the successful removal of the peace wall separating the adjacent Alexandra Park.

Other award winners included Ulster Rugby's Kingspan Stadium and the newly opened Visit Belfast Welcome Centre.

RICS Northern Ireland Awards judging chairman Alistair Dunn said: "The judging panel were overwhelmed by the quality of the entries this year, and delighted by the standard of the shortlisted, highly commended and of course, winning projects.

"The Parkside development has made a worthy overall winner, showing how important the built environment can be in creating a truly shared society in Northern Ireland."

Parkside and the other winners will go forward as finalists to the overall RICS awards that will be announced at a gala event in London in October.

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