Belfast Telegraph

Construction industry awards set to showcase homegrown 'green' giants

By Heather McGarrigle

Professionals working in property, including developers, engineers and architects are being invited to take part in a hunt for Northern Ireland's greenest and most socially important buildings.

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Northern Ireland Awards recognise recently completed construction projects for sustainability, community benefit, conservation and regeneration.

Each of the four categories - sustainability, community benefit, conservation and regeneration - demonstrates how property professionals use their skills to develop, regenerate and conserve the environment where people live and work.

In addition to winners and commended projects in the four categories, the RICS Northern Ireland Awards will also name an overall Project of the Year from the four category winners.

The Northern Ireland category winners are also entered into the final, where they will compete with regional winners from across the UK and the world to be the awarded overall category winner and for Project of the Year.

RICS Northern Ireland director, Ben Collins, says that the awards recognise world-class local building projects for their positive contribution to life in Northern Ireland.

"The RICS Awards are the property industry's pre-eminent celebration and I encourage local professionals to enter their work to showcase it on a local and international platform," he said.

Entries to the RICS Awards can be made until Friday, January 21, 2011. More information is available on 020 7269 1430 or at