Local practices and one-off houses dominate the 2015 RIBA Northern Ireland Regional Awards
Schemes by practices including Hall McKnight, McGonigle McGrath and Patrick Bradley Architects are among the five to be handed RIBA Northern Ireland Regional Awards.
The winning projects include four private homes and a ‘sensitive and respectful’ health care centre by RPP Architects with Richard Murphy Architects.
Hall McKnight, which narrowly missed out on the Stirling Prize shortlist in 2013 for The MAC in Belfast, had both its shortlisted housing schemes awarded by the judges who praised Church Road on the outskirts of Belfast for its ‘delightfully balanced and carefully crafted’ façade, while they said its house on the shore of Loch Lagan was a ‘setting for a family’s fairy tale’.
The region awarded just one special award to Patrick Bradley Architects for its Small Project Award-winning Grillagh Water House in Londonderry, which the judges said ‘offers a new vernacular to the rural landscape of Ireland’.
RIBA Northern Ireland Award winners
- House at Maghera, County Down by McGonigle McGrath
- Church Road House, Belfast by Hall McKnight
- Grillagh Water House, Londonderry by Patrick Bradley Architects
- Old See House Community Mental Health Facility, Belfast by RPP Architects in association with Richard Murphy Architects
- House on Victoria Road, Holywood by Hall McKnight
RIBA Northern Ireland Regional Awards Winners
Special Awards winners
Small Project Award Grillagh Water House by Patrick Bradley Architects
Martin Hare, president of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects, said: ‘Architectural design awards are a fundamental cornerstone of promoting good design. They recognise the astonishingly hard work required by architects and their design teams as they elevate well planned and considered buildings and infuse them with something that delights the intellect and inspires the spirit.
‘In this context the RIBA design awards represent the highest accolade possible and as president of the RSUA I am delighted that an unprecedented five local projects have recently received RIBA Awards. This reflects well on our local architectural talent and confirms that our built environment is prospering from some excellent design work.’
Regional winners will be put forward for the RIBA National Awards, with the lucky recipients announced in June. Those collecting national awards will then be considered for the 2015 RIBA Stirling Prize.