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THE Carriage Rooms at Montalto Estate, Down Arts Centre and the Downshire Civic Centre have been selected for Northern Ireland’s most prestigious awards for excellence in the built environment.

In total, 31 shortlisted projects from all over Northern Ireland will go head to head across four categories in the RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) Awards.

The Carriage Rooms at Montalto will compete in the Building Conservation category, Down Arts centre in the Community Benefit section, and Downshire Civic Centre will face seven challengers for the Regeneration award. (See the full shortlist below).

The Carriage Rooms, Montalto,

The Carriage Rooms, Montalto,

Other selected entries include large and small, new and reborn building projects, ranging from the Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre and Titanic Belfast in the Design & Innovation category, the conservation of the Crumlin Road Gaol, Enniskillen’s South West Acute Hospital in the Community Benefit category, and the regeneration of Omagh’s Leap Mill.

Four category winners and a Project of the Year will be selected from the 31 shortlisted entries in the scheme, which is sponsored by Tughans, the Department of the Environment (DoE) and the Department for Social Development (DSD). The winners will then be invited to represent Northern Ireland against projects from across the UK and internationally in the overall RICS Awards.

RICS Northern Ireland Director, Ben Collins, praised the shortlisted entries and said: “Due to the quality of the projects, the shortlist is a beacon of excellence which clearly demonstrates the positive impact of the property and construction professionals on the economy and on the quality of life of local communities.”

Judging for the awards will take place during spring 2013 with the RICS Awards ceremony taking place in May. The prestigious final ceremony will take place in London in October.

Shortlisted Projects:

Down Civic Centre, shortlisted in the RICS awards.

Down Civic Centre, shortlisted in the RICS awards.



Building Conservation

Banbridge Old Town Hall, Banbridge

Church House, Fisherwick Place, Belfast

Crumlin Road Gaol, Belfast

Internal Restoration of the Church of the Most Holy Redeemer, Clonard, Belfast

Our Lady & St Patrick’s Church, Ballymoney

Queens Ashby Institute, Belfast

Restoration of First Derry & Claremont Presbyterian Church, Derry-Londonderry

Restoration of Vernacular Cottage, Augher

The Carriage Rooms at Montalto, Ballynahinch


Community Benefit

Belfast Metropolitan College Springvale, Belfast

Belfast South Methodist Church, Belfast

Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick

Shankill Wellbeing & Treatment Centre, Belfast

Skainos Project, Belfast

South West Acute Hospital, Enniskillen


Design & Innovation

Ballantine Garden Village, Lisburn

Belfast Metropolitan College (TQ), Belfast

Public Records Office, Belfast

QUB Willow Walk, Elms Village, Belfast

South West Acute Hospital, Enniskillen

The Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre, Bushmills

Titanic Belfast

Translink Maintenance Depot, Belfast



Belfast Metropolitan College Springvale, Belfast

Belfast South Methodist Church, Belfast

Downshire Civic Centre, Downpatrick

Lakeside, Coleraine

Leap Mill, Omagh

Peace Bridge, Derry-Londonderry

Skainos Project, Belfast

Station Square Public Realm, Portrush