21 Buildings Across Northern Ireland Shortlisted for RSUA Design Awards

12 April 2018

Out of 37 schemes that were entered for the RSUA Design Awards in 2018, 21 have been shortlisted for further consideration for an award.

Throughout April all shortlisted schemes will be visited by the judging panel. The winners of this year’s RSUA Design Awards will be announced at a ceremony on 18th May 2018 at the Whitla Hall, Queen’s University Belfast, which was designed by local architect John McGeagh along with Edward Maufe of London and won a RIBA Architecture Medal in 1950. 

Ciarán Fox, Director of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects (RSUA), said,

“This year’s shortlist takes in a wonderful range of project types and budgets ranging from a distinctive house for £100k in Belfast to a £75m 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 over the last year but there is growing appreciation amongst clients and policy makers in the region that investing intelligently in design quality delivers tangible benefits to a project and to society.”

“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. Nonetheless some difficult decisions had to be made and I would like to thank those who took the time and effort to enter this year’s competition who have not been shortlisted on this occasion.”

A list of the 21 shortlisted projects can be found below. To view images of the projects please click: https://riba.box.com/v/RSUAShortlist2018

All of these buildings are potential RSUA Design Award winners. If they are successful, they will be in the running to win the Liam McCormick Prize - Northern Ireland’s building of the year and will be considered for a UK-wide RIBA National Award in recognition of their architectural excellence, the results of which will be announced in June.  

The buildings that have been shortlisted are: 

Project Name

Location

Architect

Arvalee School and Resource Centre

Omagh

Isherwood + Ellis

Castle Tower School

Ballymena

Isherwood + Ellis

Corriewood Private Clinic

Castlewellan

McGurk Architects

County Down Barn

Newtownards

Micah T Jones Architect

Main Site Tower and Peter Froggatt Centre, QUB

Belfast

TODD Architects

Maison Wedge

Killinchy

BGA Architects Ltd

New Paediatrics Ward, Craigavon Area Hospital

Craigavon

TODD Architects

Newry Leisure Centre - Phase 2

Newry

Kennedy FitzGerald Architects LLP

no 37

Belfast

FAMILY architects designers makers

Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex

Omagh

TODD Architects with Hall Black Douglas

Parkes House

Greenisland

Dickson FitzGerald

QUB Computer Sciences Building

Belfast

Kennedy FitzGerald Architects

Rosemount Mews

Greyabbey

GM Design Associates Limited

Scrabo Clachan

Newtownards

BGA Architects Ltd

Sportlann

Belfast

ARdMackel Architects

St Bronagh's Primary School

Rostrevor

DON architects

The Junction, Community Peace Building

Dungannon

Hall Black Douglas

The Weaving Works

Belfast

RMI Architects

Titanic Hotel Belfast

Belfast

RMI Architects

Tropical Ravine Restoration

Belfast

Hall Black Douglas

Union Theological College

Belfast

Alastair Coey Architects