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Belfast's Lyric Theatre vies with Olympic stadium for top award

The Lyric Theatre in Belfast has just been announced as a contender against the Olympics Stadium for the most coveted prize in British architecture.

The Belfast venue is one of just six buildings across the UK to be shortlisted for the prestigious Stirling Prize, which has never been won in Northern Ireland.

The new £18.1m theatre on the banks of the River Lagan — designed by Dublin-based architects O’Donnell and Tuomey on the site of the old Lyric building — has won a string of architectural awards since it opened in May last year, but the Stirling Prize is the gold medal of architecture.

It is presented each year by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) after a panel of judges has considered the merits of significant new buildings throughout the European Union which have “made the greatest contribution to British architecture”.

The Lyric Board's vice-chairman, Sid McDowell, commented on the Stirling Prize shortlist: “It will be a tough call to win the Stirling Prize, but just to have reached this stage is a real tribute to our architects.

The Stirling Prize winner will be announced on 13 October.

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