Northern Ireland Building of the Year shortlist announced
A First World War ship, a 12th century castle and a social housing project are among local buildings shortlisted for a prestigious architecture prize.
The Royal Society of Ulster Architects hand picked eight of the best new designs out of 23 hopefuls.
Success could mean the chance to win the Liam McCormick Prize - Northern Ireland’s building of the year.
The winner will then be considered for a UK-wide RIBA Nationa Award for architectural excellence, to be announced in June.
The contenders include Killyleagh castle which has been extensively repaired in line with conservation principles.
The restoration of HMS Caroline, Thompson Dock Pumphouse and Alexandra Dock is another contender with a historical theme.
Dating back to 1914, HMS Caroline was the last surviving ship of the Battle of Jutland and has been restored as a floating museum.
Looking to contemporary transport, the Colin Town Centre Transport Hub is the west Belfast terminus for the new Glider service.
Business life is respresented by City Quays 2, the new home to UTV is the second speculative commercial office building that forms part of a wider development of Belfast Harbour around Clarendon docks.
On Divis Street, the new facility for Raidio Failte serves the Gaelic speaking community across Ulster and beyond.
In Co Down, country living is represented in modern Barn style house built for a semi-retired couple.
In south Belfast, a social housing project of 15 apartments has been turning heads on Fitzroy Avenue.
Closeby in the south of the city, an ambitious refurbishment of an existing house and extension to create a five-bedroom paradise.
Judges will visit the shortlisted properties throughout April, with this year’s RSUA Design Awards to be announced in the Ulster Museum on May 17.
Ciaran Fox, Director of RSUA, said: “This year’s shortlist is brilliantly diverse with no two projects alike.
“From a distinctive local transport hub to the restoration of a ship from the first world war, there is much to celebrate.”
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