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In pictures: Stunning Northern Ireland designs up for RICS architectural award

Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) annual awards: Northern Ireland nominations [Photos] Close

Lagan Weir Footbridge, Belfast

Lagan Weir Footbridge, Belfast

Around Noon, Newry

Around Noon, Newry

Graduate Building, Queens University Belfast

Graduate Building, Queens University Belfast

Grillagh Water House, Maghera

Grillagh Water House, Maghera

Hamilton Road Baptist Church, Bangor

Hamilton Road Baptist Church, Bangor

Killynure Green, Carryduff

Killynure Green, Carryduff

Galgorm Resort and Spa Thermal Village

Galgorm Resort and Spa Thermal Village

City Quays One, Belfast

City Quays One, Belfast

Ballymagarry House, Portrush

Ballymagarry House, Portrush

19-21 Broad Street, Magherafelt

19-21 Broad Street, Magherafelt

Beresford Obelisk, Limavady

Beresford Obelisk, Limavady

Galgorm Great Hall, Ballymena

Galgorm Great Hall, Ballymena

Circular Road, Derry

Circular Road, Derry

Ballymacrea House, Portrush

Ballymacrea House, Portrush

Castle Veterinary Hospital, Downpatrick

Castle Veterinary Hospital, Downpatrick

19-27 Meeting Street, Magherafelt

19-27 Meeting Street, Magherafelt

Lime Court, Peters Hill, Belfast

Lime Court, Peters Hill, Belfast

Mount Stewart, Newtownards

Mount Stewart, Newtownards

North West Regional Science Park, Londonderry

North West Regional Science Park, Londonderry

Old Church Square, Dundonald

Old Church Square, Dundonald

PORTICO – formerly Portaferry Presbyterian Church, Portaferry

PORTICO – formerly Portaferry Presbyterian Church, Portaferry

 RNLI Life Boat Station, Carrybridge, Enniskillen

RNLI Life Boat Station, Carrybridge, Enniskillen

SERC Performing Arts Computing and Engineering Campus, Bangor

SERC Performing Arts Computing and Engineering Campus, Bangor

Schomberg House Museum of Orange Heritage, Belfast

Schomberg House Museum of Orange Heritage, Belfast

Sion Stables, Sion Mills, Tyrone

Sion Stables, Sion Mills, Tyrone

SPACE Project Peoples Park, Portadown

SPACE Project Peoples Park, Portadown

St. Patricks Church, Donaghmore

St. Patricks Church, Donaghmore

Seaview Hall, Glenarm

Seaview Hall, Glenarm

Acton House, Poyntzpass

Acton House, Poyntzpass

The Wellcome-Wolfson Institute, Queens University Belfast

The Wellcome-Wolfson Institute, Queens University Belfast

Carlisle Memorial Church, Belfast

Carlisle Memorial Church, Belfast

Lagan Weir Footbridge, Belfast

A footbridge across the River Lagan, a church and a lifeboat station are among the contenders shortlisted for a major architectural award.

The £5m Lagan Weir Footbridge in Belfast has been nominated for the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) annual awards.

It connects Donegall Quay and Queen's Quay and was officially opened in June 2015, replacing the old footbridge to give greater foot and bicycle access to the city.

It has been nominated in the Infrastructure category, and is among six projects in the Design through Innovation category.

The shortlist includes schemes, projects and public spaces from across all six counties.

In Co Antrim, the refurbishment of Seaview Hall in Glenarm is shortlisted in the Regeneration category; while in Co Down, Hamilton Road Baptist Church in Bangor has been shortlisted in the Community Benefit category. In Co Fermanagh, Lisbellaw's RNLI Lifeboat Station is one of six shortlisted in the Commercial category.

Sion Stables in Sion Mills in Co Tyrone helps make up the Building Conservation category, and Co Armagh is represented by Acton House in Poyntzpass.

Also shortlisted for awards are Galgorm Resort and Spa outside Ballymena; City Quays 1 office complex in Belfast, and Schomberg House, Belfast, which houses the Orange Order's museum.

The RICS NI Awards will take place on May 6 at the La Mon hotel, hosted by developer and TV presenter Gary McCausland.

Judging chairman Alistair Dunn said: "The variety of projects that make up this year's shortlist demonstrates how important the built environment is to Northern Ireland."

Belfast Telegraph