Two Derry building projects in race for prestigious NI design awards

The innovative design of Ralphs Close at Gransha Park.
The innovative design of Ralphs Close at Gransha Park.

Two impressive Derry building projects have been shortlisted in the RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) Northern Ireland Awards 2012.

The careful restoration of St Columb’s Cathedral features in the Building Conservation category while the imaginative redevelopment of assisted living accommodation at Ralphs Close (Gransha Park) has been selected in the new Design and Innovation category.

The south elevation of St Columb's Cathedral after restoration.

The south elevation of St Columb's Cathedral after restoration.

Other inspirational building projects competing for Northern Ireland’s most prestigious awards for excellence in the built environment include: Corrymeela Davey Village, Ballycastle; the new Jordanstown School for children who are deaf or visually impaired; the restored Victorian conservatory at Ballywalter Park Dunleath Estates; and the purpose built Carrickore Children’s Home in Newry.

The shortlist includes commercial schemes, residential developments, community projects and public sector buildings.

The new award for Design and Innovation has been introduced alongside Regeneration, Community Benefit and Building Conservation.

Judging chairman Alistair Dunn explains: “We have six projects competing in the Design and Innovation category, which throws the spotlight on creative and imaginative building projects.

“It ensures that the RICS awards continue to reflect the scope and expertise of our building professionals.Sustainability remains a major focus for the awards and should be an important part of every entry.

‘Testimony to tenacity’

“The high standard and overall number of entries is testimony to the tenacity and ingenuity of property and construction professionals in challenging economic times.”

In addition to the individual category awards, an overall winner for Northern Ireland is selected.

Each of the four Northern Ireland category winners goes forward to compete against British and international projects.

Judging will take place during spring 2012 with the RICS Northern Ireland Awards ceremony taking place in May.

The grand final ceremony will take place in London in October.