RIBA award contender

One of the twenty one schemes that have been shortlisted for the regional RIBA award in Northern Irelands is Corriewood Private Clinic, designed by McGurk Architects.

The Architects’ Journal has stated that “last year just six projects in the region made the shortlist for the honours, also known as the Royal Society of Ulster Architects Design Awards, which are the first step on the road towards the RIBA Stirling Prize.

RSUA director Ciarán Fox said: ‘This year’s shortlist takes in a wonderful range of project types and budgets, ranging from a distinctive house for £100,000 in Belfast to a £75 million 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 among clients and policymakers in the region that investing intelligently in design quality delivers tangible benefits to a project and to society.’

He added: ‘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.’

The 21 finalists also make up the longlist for the Liam McCormick Prize – Northern Ireland’s building of the year award.

The regional winners are due to be announced on 18 May at the Whitla Hall, Queen’s University Belfast, and will be put forward for the RIBA National Awards, with the recipients named in June.

Those collecting national awards will then be considered for the 2018 RIBA Stirling Prize.”

To view more about Corriewood Private Clinic, click here.

 

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