THE refurbishment of Our Lady and St Patrick’s Church in Ballymoney has been shortlisted for Northern Ireland’s most prestigious building awards.
The Victorian, gothic-style church (PICTURED ABOVE) will compete against eight other projects in the Building Conservation category.
In total, 31 shortlisted entries including large and small, new and reborn building projects from all over Northern Ireland will compete across four categories in the RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) Awards.
Other shortlisted entries include the Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre and Titanic Belfast which are going head-to-head in Design & Innovation, the conservation of the Crumlin Road Gaol and 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, congratulated Our Lady and St Patrick’s Church 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.