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Bumper year in Northern Ireland for RIBA award contenders

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A huge 21 schemes have been shortlisted for regional RIBA awards in Northern Ireland – more than three times the number of projects reaching the same stage in 2017

Last year just six projects in the region made the shortlist for the honours, also known as the Royal Society of Ulster Architects Design Awards, which are the first step on the road towards the RIBA Stirling Prize.

Selected from 37 entries, the 2018 contenders include three schemes designed by Belfast-based Hall Black Douglas and TODD Architects. The practices worked together on the Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex.

RSUA director Ciarán Fox said: ‘This year’s shortlist takes in a wonderful range of project types and budgets, ranging from a distinctive house for £100,000 in Belfast to a £75 million hospital in Omagh. There are also a number of fine examples of conservation of our historic built environment, which add so much to the character of the region.’

Conditions for architects working in Northern Ireland have remained challenging

‘Conditions for architects working in Northern Ireland have remained challenging over the last year but there is growing appreciation among clients and policymakers in the region that investing intelligently in design quality delivers tangible benefits to a project and to society.’

He added: ‘The judging panel have decided to visit as many projects as possible because it is not until you’ve experienced a building and met with the client that you can get a true sense of its merits.’

The 21 finalists also make up the longlist for the Liam McCormick Prize – Northern Ireland’s building of the year award.

The regional winners are due to be announced on 18 May at the Whitla Hall, Queen’s University Belfast, and will be put forward for the RIBA National Awards, with the recipients named in June.

Those collecting national awards will then be considered for the 2018 RIBA Stirling Prize.

The RSUA Design Awards 2018 judges 

Chair and architect (from NI), Michael Doherty of Doherty Architects; RIBA-appointed judge (from GB) Greg Penoyre of Penoyre & Prasad; RSUA-appointed lay judge, broadcaster Wendy Austin; RSUA-appointed judge (from Republic of Ireland) Carole Pollard, immediate past president of RIAI; and RSUA-appointed judge (from NI) architect Geoff Sloan.

The shortlist

Arvalee School and Resource Centre, Omagh, by Isherwood + Ellis

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Arvalee School and Resource Centre,Omagh by Isherwood + Ellis

Source: Donal McCann

Arvalee School and Resource Centre, Omagh, by Isherwood + Ellis

Castle Tower School, Ballymena, by Isherwood + Ellis

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Castle Tower School, Ballymena by Isherwood + Ellis

Source: Donal McCann

Castle Tower School, Ballymena, by Isherwood + Ellis

Corriewood Private Clinic, Castlewellan, by McGurk Architects

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Corriewood Private Clinic, Castlewellan by McGurk Architects

Source: Gordon Mcavoy

Corriewood Private Clinic, Castlewellan, by McGurk Architects

County Down Barn, Newtownards, by Micah T Jones Architect

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County Down Barn, Newtownards by Micah T Jones Architect

Source: Micah Jones

County Down Barn, Newtownards, by Micah T Jones Architect

Main Site Tower and Peter Froggatt Centre, QUB, Belfast, by TODD Architects

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Main Site Tower and Peter Froggatt Centre, QUB, Belfast by TODD Architects

Source: Chris Hill

Main Site Tower and Peter Froggatt Centre, QUB, Belfast, by TODD Architects

Maison Wedge, Killinchy, by BGA Architects

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Maison Wedge, Killinchy by BGA Architects

Source: Aidan Monaghan

Maison Wedge, Killinchy, by BGA Architects

New Paediatrics Ward, Craigavon Area Hospital, Craigavon, by TODD Architects

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New Paediatrics Ward, Craigavon Area Hospital, Craigavon by TODD Architects

Source: Chris Hill

New Paediatrics Ward, Craigavon Area Hospital, Craigavon, by TODD Architects

Newry Leisure Centre – Phase 2, Newry, by Kennedy FitzGerald Architects

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Newry Leisure Centre - Phase 2, Newry by Kennedy FitzGerald Architects

Source: Donal McCann

Newry Leisure Centre - Phase 2, Newry, by Kennedy FitzGerald Architects

no 37, Belfast, by FAMILY architects designers makers

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no 37, Belfast by FAMILY architects designers makers

Source: Grainne Cumming

no 37, Belfast, by FAMILY architects designers makers

Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex, Omagh, by TODD Architects with Hall Black Douglas

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Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex, Omagh by TODD Architects with Hall Black Douglas

Source: Chris Hill

Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex, Omagh, by TODD Architects with Hall Black Douglas

Parkes House, Greenisland, by Dickson FitzGerald

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Parkes House, Greenisland by Dickson FitzGerald

Source: Todd Watson

Parkes House, Greenisland, by Dickson FitzGerald

QUB Computer Sciences Building, Belfast, by Kennedy FitzGerald Architects

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QUB Computer Sciences Building, Belfast by Kennedy FitzGerald Architects

Source: Donal McCann

QUB Computer Sciences Building, Belfast, by Kennedy FitzGerald Architects

Rosemount Mews, Greyabbey, by GM Design Associates

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Rosemount Mews, Greyabbey by GM Design Associates pressimage 5

Source: JH Turkington and Sons

Rosemount Mews, Greyabbey, by GM Design Associates

Scrabo Clachan, Newtownards, BGA Architects

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Scrabo Clachan, Newtownards, BGA Architects

Source: John Lavery

Scrabo Clachan, Newtownards, BGA Architects

Sportlann, Belfast, by ARdMackel Architects

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Sportlann, Belfast by ARdMackel Architects

Source: Gary Quigg

Sportlann, Belfast, by ARdMackel Architects

St Bronagh’s Primary School, Rostrevor, by DON architects

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St Bronagh’s Primary School, Rostrevor by DON architects

Source: Richard Watson

St Bronagh’s Primary School, Rostrevor, by DON architects

The Junction, Community Peace Building, Dungannon, by Hall Black Douglas

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The Junction, Community Peace Building, Dungannon by Hall Black Douglas

Source: Mervyn Black

The Junction, Community Peace Building, Dungannon, by Hall Black Douglas

The Weaving Works, Belfast, by RMI Architects

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The Weaving Works, Belfast by RMI Architects

Source: Todd Watson

The Weaving Works, Belfast, by RMI Architects

Titanic Hotel Belfast, Belfast, by RMI Architects

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Titanic Hotel Belfast, Belfast by RMI Architects

Source: Gareth O’Cathain

Titanic Hotel Belfast, Belfast, by RMI Architects

Tropical Ravine Restoration, Belfast, by Hall Black Douglas

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Tropical Ravine Restoration, Belfast by Hall Black Douglas

Source: Mervyn Black

Tropical Ravine Restoration, Belfast, by Hall Black Douglas

Union Theological College, Belfast, by Alastair Coey Architects

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Union Theological College, Belfast by Alastair Coey Architects

Source: Katherine McClean

Union Theological College, Belfast, by Alastair Coey Architects

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