Editor's Viewpoint: The Boat that rocks
The regeneration of Laganside has been one of the great success stories of modern Belfast, with former derelict mudflats and decaying buildings transformed into one of the most vibrant areas of the city.
The prestigious architectural award for the stunning multi-storey The Boat building in the heart of the area is a tribute to the vision of not just its designers, but all those who saw a future for that area. Visitors who only remember Belfast as a bomb-pocked city with a fast-fading Victorian grandeur are astonished when they see it today, with sensitively-designed, but innovative buildings creating a whole new skyline. The judges were certainly impressed, rating The Boat world-class.