RICS publishes shortlist of the north's 33 best construction projects

The Fire Service’s new support centre in south Belfast

THE Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has published a shortlist of 33 recent construction projects from around the north ahead its annual awards in May.

The projects, selected for their, cross nine categories. They include the Fire Service’s new support centre in the Boucher Road area of south Belfast, the new £5m train station in Portrush and the recently renovated Killeavy Castle in Armagh.

The 33 projects will be judged and voted on by an expert panel based on their role in transforming communities and the everyday lives of people.

The categories include: Commercial, student accommodation, heritage, education, healthcare, residential, infrastructure, and leisure. An overall winner will also be announced during the ceremony on May 21, advancing to a UK grand final in September.

Susan Mason, head of RICS in Northern Ireland, said:

“The real estate industry plays a vital role in Northern Ireland, and our refreshed awards celebrates the positive impact that our professionals can have on people's lives and the best of what is built.

“This year’s shortlist features some of the best talent in our profession, and the new social impact awards recognises the significant value these projects have brought to the communities around them. The judges will have their work cut out deciding on who gets the top award with so many top projects involved.

“I’m also delighted to be supporting The Prince’s Trust in getting young people into construction. Our shortlists, showcase projects which have been turning people’s lives around, whether that’s through apprenticeships for young people, rehabilitating ex-offenders or regenerating towns and cities to make them more inclusive, and we hope that promoting these will encourage more talent into a profession that can really make a difference."

Chair of the award judging panel, David Brooks Wilson added: "The real estate sector is an important part of our economy, and this year’s shortlist shows the power of built environment professionals to make a positive impact on society and our communities.

“It features the breadth of work and contributions that our professionals and wider industry make and the difference this profession can make.”

Project (Location) - Category

123 York Street (Belfast) - Commercial, Student Accommodation

Boarding Extension at Campbell College (Belfast) - Student Accommodation

Bramley Business Centre (Richill) - Heritage

Carrickfergus Castle Roof Replacement (Carrickfergus) - Heritage

Coleraine Library (Coleraine) - Education

Corriewood Private Clinic (Castlewellan) - Healthcare

Elms BT1 & BT2, Queens University (Belfast) - Student Accommodation

Eden Square (Derry) - Residential

Full Circle Generation – Energy from Waste (Belfast) Infrastructure

Golden Gate (Greenisland) - Residential

Hillsborough Castle and Gardens Visitor Facilities (Hillsborough) - Heritage, Leisure

HMRC Belfast Regional Centre Fit Out (Belfast) - Commercial

Killean Primary School (Newry) - Education

Killeavy Castle Hotel and Wellness Centre (Killeavy) - Heritage, Leisure

Lawnfield Close (Newcastle) - Residential

Leisure Transformation Programme (Belfast) - Leisure

Lisburn City Centre Public Realm (Lisburn) - Infrastructure

Mew Island Lighthouse Optic Relocation (Belfast) - Heritage

NIRFS Service Support Centre (Belfast) - Commercial, Infrastructure

Old Mill Court (Sion Mills) - Residential

Ormeau Avenue Sewerage Improvement Scheme (Belfast) - Infrastructure

Peartree Barn Nursery Ltd (Lisburn) - Commercial

Portrush Train Station (Portrush) - Commercial, Infrastructure

Project FLEX (Belfast) - Commercial

QUB McClay Library Phase 3 (Belfast) - Education

St Bronagh’s Primary School (Rostrevor) - Education

St. Mary’s Parish (Lavey) - Heritage

Strabane Academy – Phase 1 (Strabane) - Education

The Acute Mental Health Inpatient Centre  (Belfast) - Healthcare

The Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity (Magheralin) - Heritage

The Courtyards at Montalto (Ballynahinch) - Commercial

The Lanyon Building Conservation and Restoration Project (Belfast) - Education, Heritage

The Merchant House & Mews (Donaghadee) - Heritage, Residential

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