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Video: Architecture awards - New-look Kingspan in the mix for top construction awards


A bishop's palace, a rugby stadium and a therapeutic centre for families affected by cancer are all up for Northern Ireland's top architecture prize.

Each of the buildings has been short-listed for the finals of this year's Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Awards which honour the most impressive initiatives in land, property, construction and the environment. One of the most high-profile projects, the redevelopment of Ravenhill Rugby Grounds - now known as Kingspan Stadium - has been shortlisted for both the Commercial and Design through Innovation categories.

The major redevelopment, completed last April, means the impressive grounds now accommodate 18,000 people - 6,000 more than the former home of Ulster Rugby. Also on the short-list is Daisy Lodge, the Cancer Fund for Children's £3m state-of-the-art therapeutic short break facility for families affected by cancer.

The historically significant Bishop's Palace in Armagh has picked up a Building Conservation nod. The Grade A listed building was where the Church of Ireland Archbishops lived from 1770 to 1975.

Credit: Belfast Telegraph

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