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Search underway to find Northern Ireland's most inspirational building projects

The search is underway to find Northern Ireland's most inspirational building projects.

A four month hunt for remarkable building projects has started following the opening of entries for the 2017 Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Awards.

The annual awards celebrate the top initiatives and developments in land, property, construction and the environment that provide significant value to the communities they serve.

They attract dozens of entries from all over Northern Ireland, including small scale pioneering schemes, as well as large multi-million pound developments.

Last year's big winners included Mount Stewart House, City Quays 1, the Lagan Weir footbridge and the £32million Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine, situated in the grounds of Belfast City Hospital, was named Project of the Year.

City Quays development recognised with prestigious accolade for standard of design and build 

The 9,000 square metre building provides accommodation for some 330 members of staff specialising in research into finding cures for eye diseases and diabetes, and the development of a global programme to aid understanding of the genetics of complex chronic diseases.

Chair of the RICS Awards, Northern Ireland judging panel, Michael Hannaway, said the awards are a unique opportunity for professionals in the property and construction sectors to have their work highlighted on a local, UK, and international platform.

There are eight categories to enter in which local property professionals must demonstrate how they have used their skills to develop, regenerate and conserve the environment in which we live and work.

These include: Building Conservation, Commercial property, Community Benefit, Design through Innovation, Infrastructure, Regeneration, Residential and Tourism & Leisure.

An overall Project of the Year is also awarded to the entry that demonstrates outstanding best practice and an exemplary commitment to adding value to its local area.

All category winners go on to compete against other regional winners at the national RICS Awards Grand Final, for the chance to be crowned the overall UK winner in their respective category.

Mr Hannaway has encouraged entries.

"A wide range of local schemes have made a positive impact in communities and in business, have broadened our tourism offering, enhanced our infrastructure, revived residential areas, and have restored some of our most-loved buildings," he said.

"I would strongly encourage the professionals behind them to take the opportunity to have their excellent work recognised."

Entries can now be made to the 2017 RICS Awards, Northern Ireland at and the deadline for entries is 16 January. For further information, contact Susan Mason at RICS e: or telephone: 02890322877.

The 2017 RICS Awards, Northern Ireland will be presented at The La Mon Hotel & Spa, Belfast on 25th May, 2017.

The 2016 winners were:

Building Conservation

Winner – Mount Stewart, Newtownards

Highly Commended – The Graduate Building, Queen’s University, Belfast

Commercial – sponsored by Sika

Winner – City Quays 1, Belfast

Highly Commended – Development at 19-21 Broad Street, Magherafelt

Community Benefit

Winner – SPACE (Shared Process and Community Engagement) People’s Park, Portadown

Highly Commended – SERC Performing Arts, Computing and Engineering Campus, Bangor

Design through Innovation – sponsored by Forbo

Winner – The Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine, Belfast

Highly Commended – Grillagh Water House, Maghera


Winner – Lagan Weir Footbridge, Belfast

Highly Commended – RNLI Life Boat Station, Clarrybridge, Enniskillen


Winner – SPACE (Shared Process and Community Engagement) People’s Park, Portadown

Highly Commended – Refurbishment of Seaview Hall, Glenarm


Winner – Blacksmith’s Cottage, Portrush

Highly Commended – Lime Court, Peter’s Hill, Belfast

Tourism & Leisure

Winner – Galgorm Resort & Spa, Ballymena

Highly Commended – Schomberg House, Belfast

Project of the Year: The Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine, Belfast

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