Out of twenty-three schemes that were entered for the RSUA Design Awards in 2019, eight 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 Friday 17 May 2019 at the Ulster Museum, Belfast. This building – a rare example of 20th-century Northern Irish architecture of international repute – was designed by the London office of Francis Pym from 1963 with the integral assistance of Portaferry man Paddy Lawson. The extension went on to win a RIBA award in 1972.
Ciarán Fox, Director of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects (RSUA), said, “This year’s shortlist is brilliantly diverse with no two projects alike. From a distinctive local transport hub to the restoration of a ship from the first world war, there is much to celebrate. Northern Ireland always has some remarkable housing projects but it is great to see a social housing project make this list, reflecting a new focus by housing associations on architecture.”
“The last two years have been challenging for architects seeking to deliver the best value to society in Northern Ireland. There have been quite a few sizeable commercial projects where perhaps design quality was not a major consideration for the client. A number of significant publicly funded projects have stalled and many of those that have proceeded have sought design on the lowest fee basis. In that context, the clients, architects, other consultants and builders involved in these shortlisted projects are to be particularly commended.”
“Looking ahead architects are concerned about the flow of new public buildings due to the absence of devolved government. But there is hope too. Public bodies are now taking meaningful steps to help improve design quality through procurement processes that seek creativity and long term value. Simultaneously some local councils are becoming more aware of their role as guardians of design quality through the planning process.”
12th century castle remaining in the ownership of the Rowan Hamilton family. The castle has been
extensively repaired in line with architectural conservation principles.
Architect: Alastair Coey Architects
HMS Caroline, Thompson Dock Pumphouse and Alexandra Dock
The restoration of the ship, pumphouse and dock is a project to create an international visitor
destination in Belfast’s docks. HMS Caroline dating from 1914 is the last surviving ship from the
Battle of Jutland and has been restored as a floating museum.
Client: National Museum of the Royal Navy
Architect: Consarc Design Group
Colin Town Centre Transport Hub
The transport hub is the west Belfast terminus for the Glider and along with the new square will act
as the focal point for further regeneration in Colin Town Centre.
Client: Department for Infrastructure
Architect: Hall McKnight
Belfast City Quays 2
City Quays 2 is the second speculative commercial office building that forms part of a wider
development of Belfast Harbour around Clarendon docks. The £15m building provides eight stories
of flexible workspace.
Client: Belfast Harbour Commissioners
This is new facility for the radio station which serves the Gaelic speaking community across Ulster
and beyond. The building, which includes a café, exhibition space and garden, brings ‘front door’
activity back to Divis Street in Belfast.
Client: Raidió Fáilte
Architects: McGurk Architects with ARdMackel Architects
Barn style house in County Down designed to meet the accommodation needs of a semi-retired
couple and their children who would stay on the occasions when they visit.
Architects: McGonigle McGrath
65-67 Fitzroy Avenue
A social housing project, developed following a design competition involving twelve practices, in south
Belfast. The building provides fifteen apartments.
Client: Clanmil Developments
Refurbishment of existing house and extension to create a five-bedroom family home in south Belfast.