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West Belfast transport hub and town centre named Northern Ireland Building of the Year 2019

The Colin Connect Transport Hub and Colin Town Square in west Belfast was awarded the Liam McCormick Prize for NI Building of the Year by The Royal Society of Ulster Architects (RSUA)
Marie Louise McConville

A transport hub and town square in west Belfast have won a top building award.

The Liam McCormick Prize for NI Building of the Year was awarded to the Colin Connect Transport Hub and Colin Town Square by The Royal Society of Ulster Architects (RSUA).

It was one of four projects to receive a RSUA Design Award 2019, all of which will now be in the running for a UK-wide RIBA award for architecture.

The transport building was designed by Hall McKnight for the Department for Infrastructure, the Urban Villages Initiative, Colin Neighbourhood Partnership and Translink.

It is the west Belfast terminus for the Glider and along with the new square act as a focal point for further regeneration in Colin Town Centre.

The prize for Northern Ireland's House of the Year went to McGonigle McGrath for their house at Lessans, just outside Saintfield.

Ciarán Fox, RSUA Director, said “It is critical to the health, happiness and environmental well-being of our communities that we continue to enhance the architectural culture in Northern Ireland".

"These awards highlight the best and should inspire clients, architects and policy makers to push standards higher again," he said.

"To ensure that local architects are able to fulfil their full potential at home rather than having to go away to achieve their best work we must invest in design, uphold high design standards through the planning system and reward creativity".

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