Glebe House, designed by Ballymena architect Marshall McCann, is one of nine shortlisted buildings after a rigorous evaluation process by an expert panel of architects from across Ireland and the UK.
Each of the shortlisted projects will now be visited for a second round of judging, with the winners announced at a ceremony on Friday 29 April at Queen’s University Belfast’s Great Hall.
It will be the right place for this year’s prestigious award ceremony. The building’s renovation, which restored carved stone elements, repaired and replaced zinc window frames, and installed new wood paneling throughout the Great Hall, was named the 2021 RSUA Design Award winner and was also highly acclaimed. in the conservation category.
Ciarán Fox, director of RSUA, welcomed the news, noting: “Buildings have a huge impact on our lives and that’s why it’s so important that we do them right. Not only for the people who are in them every day, but also for the occasional visitor, neighbor, passer-by and, very importantly, for our natural environment.
“I congratulate the architects, clients and wider teams involved in these nine projects. After evaluating this year’s entries, the distinguished jury concluded that each of these architectural works demonstrated some element of delight, ingenuity, or ambition that merited closer examination. I am pleased to report that this year’s awards schemes have included the introduction of new entry criteria designed to ensure that the competition remains the most reliable indicator of the best architecture emerging from Northern Ireland. The submitted buildings had to be in use for at least one year before they could be nominated so that the jury could better assess the sustainability and overall performance of these projects. RSUA will continue to raise the bar on how our built environment is valued, ensuring that the focus is not just on aesthetics, but on the full range of design considerations, including, most importantly, environmental impact and carbon footprint.”
Designs that win the RSUA Design Award will be eligible for the Liam McCormick Prize – NI Building of the Year and will also be considered for the UK National RIBA Award in recognition of their architectural excellence.
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