Derry cathedral on awards shortlist

William Smith, a native of Ayr in Scotland, is buried in the graveyard of St. Columb's Cathedral.

William Smith, a native of Ayr in Scotland, is buried in the graveyard of St. Columb's Cathedral.

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The recently restored St Columb’s Cathedral is on the shortlist for the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors in Northern Ireland building of the year.

The judging is broken into four categories and 20 buildings have been nominated.

Alongside St Columb’s Cathedral is the new Lyric Theatre in Belfast and smaller projects such as the new Jordanstown school for children who are deaf or visually impaired.

The shortlist includes commercial schemes, residential developments, community projects and public sector buildings. As well as picking the best in each indivual category, the RICS will also select an overall winner.

The Church of Ireland cathedral is almost 400-years-old and the £3.6m revamp, which started in 2007, finished last summer.

Almost everything on the site, from the gravestones to the glass windows, was cleaned, restored and done up to show off the cathedral’s best side.

St Columb’s, which sits inside the city’s famous walls and is linked to the Siege of Derry in 1689, attracts thousands of tourists every year.

The award winners will be announced at the RICS Northern Ireland awards ceremony in May. As well as individual category awards, an overall Northern Ireland winner will be picked.

Judging will take place over the next few months with the RICS Northern Ireland Awards ceremony taking place in May. London will host the Grand Final Ceremony in October.