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Grafton and Carmody Groarke on RIBA Belfast police station shortlist

The RIBA Competitions Office has revealed the five-strong shortlist of teams vying to design a £12 million regeneration-focused ‘expo centre’ on the site of a former police station in west Belfast, Northern Ireland

Among the architects who will be asked to come up with design proposals for the overhaul of the now-demolished Andersonstown Police Barracks are Dublin’s Grafton Architects, London’s Carmody Groarke and local practice Hackett Hall McKnight.

Standing at the junction of the Falls and Glen Roads, the ex-police station’s concrete watchtowers and walls were dominant features of west Belfast and the new expo centre aims to ‘showcase the wider regeneration and transformation’ of the city and ‘set a new standard [for the area] in terms of innovation and design’. 

Shortlist in full:

  • Grafton Architects and BDSP Partnership with Adams Kara Taylor
  • Hawkins\Brown with North Seven
  • Kennedy FitzGerald & Associates with Carmody Groarke
  • Niels Torp with WDR & RT Taggart
  • URS Scott Wilson with Hackett Hall McKnight.

Starchitect Daniel Libeskind, chair of the assessment panel said: ‘I was very impressed with the overall high quality of the submissions. The jury worked in an extraordinary, congenial and informed manner. We are sure a great scheme will emerge.’

The project is backed by the Northern Ireland Department for Social Development’s Belfast Regeneration Office working in partnership with West Belfast Partnership Board and PLACE, the Architecture and Built Environment Centre.

Each of the five shortlisted teams will now be asked to draw up design proposals and will be paid an honorarium of £6,000. 

Libeskind will also chair the judging panel for the design phase of the competition which will be assessed on 1 August 2011.

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