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Three local buildings shortlisted for award

Antrim Castle Gardens & Clotworthy House Howling histories Week JC12

Antrim Castle Gardens & Clotworthy House Howling histories Week JC12

Three building projects in Antrim have been shortlisted for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Northern Ireland Awards.

Antrim Integrated Bus & Rail Station, The Rowan at Antrim Area Hospital, and Antrim Castle Gardens Restoration & Development Scheme are in the running for the prestigious scheme.

The shortlist of some 30 schemes ranges from a new housing development on Rathlin Island to Lisburn Cathedral.

Antrim Integrated Bus & Rail Station has been shortlisted in the Building Conservation category of the awards. The Rowan at Antrim Area Hospital has been shortlisted in the Community Benefit section. Antrim Castle Gardens Restoration & Development Scheme is in the running for the Tourism & Leisure category.

Ben Collins, RICS Northern Ireland Director, said: “Chartered surveyors and other property and construction professionals make an enormous contribution to Northern Ireland through, for instance, their central involvement in creating infrastructure like roads, schools and hospitals that allows our society to function, the buildings in which local companies and foreign investors thrive, and tourism projects that attract visitors from all over the world.

“We are delighted to recognise their skills, contribution and successes through the RICS Awards and to celebrate the importance of the sector to Northern Ireland.”

RICS Northern Ireland Awards Judging Chairman, Alistair Dunn, said: “We are delighted with the quality of this year’s entries and very much look forward to unveiling the winners in May.

“Northern Ireland has a great record in the overall RICS Awards and we will certainly have some strong contenders this year again.”

The winners across seven categories, in addition to the overall Project of the Year, will be announced at a lunchtime ceremony in the Culloden Hotel on May 8, 2014.

The NI winners are also considered for the overall RICS Awards, which pits local projects against prestigious building schemes from the rest of the UK and from around the world, with winners announced in October.

 

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