Insight into RSUA Design Awards 2018

d-on architects for St. Bronagh’s Primary School, Rostrevor

  • Liam McCormick Prize – Northern Ireland’s Building of the Year
  • Project Architect of the Year
  • Sustainability Award

About: A new six-classroom school on a tight site set in a dramatic landscape.
Judges said: “One is aware of an immediate sense of calmness, light and airiness on entering the building – doubtless counter-balancing the noisy pupils!”

Micah T Jones Architects for County Down Barn, Ballygowan

  • Northern Ireland’s House of the Year
  • Small Project of the Year (less than £500k)

About: This home, built on the footprint of a dilapidated agricultural shed, is the first cross laminated timber house in Northern Ireland.
Judges said: “This project highlights that it does not take a big budget to produce a special house.”

McGurk Architects for Corriewood Private Clinic Care Home, Castlewellan

  • Residential Development of the Year

About: A residential development for the elderly set around a cloistered courtyard.
Judges said: “The extension is planned with dementia care to the fore. It draws on lessons learnt by both the client and architect at the Dementia Services Development Centre at Stirling University and creates a model to be replicated.”

Todd Architects with Hall Black Douglas for Omagh Hospital & Primary Care Complex

  • Integration of Art Award

About: A new model of healthcare provision in Northern Ireland.
Judges said: “Despite this project not being covered by the new Percent for Art policy there was a clear commitment to integrate art through the appointment of a dedicated engagement officer.”

Hall Black Douglas for The Junction – Community Peace Building, Dungannon

  • Client of the Year
  • Living Places Award

About: A community facility commissioned by the South Tyrone Empowerment Programme (STEP) for the people of Dungannon.
Judges said: “The permeability of the building is evident, and it can be approached and accessed from a variety of directions, and has connectivity with a variety of cycling and pedestrian routes.”

RMI Architects for The Weaving Works, Belfast

  • Conservation Award

About: The redevelopment of a former linen warehouse into offices.
Judges said: “This project shows how the restoration and adaptation of old building stock can achieve continuing, and appropriate, new use whilst enhancing the essential character of an historical inner city area.”


TODD Architects for Main Site Tower and Peter Froggatt Centre, QUB, Belfast

About: An overhaul of two university buildings from the 1960s.
Judges said: “This design stood out for its careful consideration of how it would integrate with the historic nature of the site.”

Isherwood + Ellis for Castle Tower School, Ballymena

About: A school to deliver a full educational provision for its 300 pupils, with a range of moderate to complex educational needs, across the entire age spectrum (3-19 years).
Judges said: “This project is the successful resolution of the very challenging brief. The inspiring outcome was achieved through careful planning, client commitment and a belief by all stakeholders in the value of their school pupils and the contribution architecture can make to their development.”

Kennedy FitzGerald Architects LLP for Newry Leisure Centre Phase 2, Newry

About: The delivery of two large sports halls, a café and a range of dry-sports facilities was the second phase of a wider project by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council.
Judges said: “The vigorous modelling of what could have been a bland functional block gives this building great civic presence, sending out a clear message of the importance of health and fitness in our lives.”

FAMILY architects design makers for No 37 Belfast

About: This is a dwelling, modest in size and budget, which was designed with down-sizing in mind.
Judges said: “This project is proud to be different. It falls in that space between city centre and suburbs and tackles the challenge of evolving accommodation needs over our lifetimes.”

BGA Architects Ltd for Maison Wedge, Killinchy

About: A private house where the brief was to design a sculptural object for living that would visually connect the house to its elevated site and present various views of Strangford Lough.
Judges said: “This design dispenses with the standard approach to the house in the countryside and instead models parabolic roof forms that echo the rolling landscape of County Down.”

ARdMackel Architects for Sportlann, Belfast

About: A sports building for Coláiste Feirste, Belfast’s first Irish language secondary school.
Judges said: “Built to a tight budget and complying with Department of Education spatial standards this building demonstrates what can be achieved when creative thinking is applied to what might easily have proved a very constraining brief.”

McGarry Moon for Fallahogey Studio, Kilrea

About: A new studio for McGarry Moon architects built in the garden of their own home.
Judges said: “This is a precisely crafted, confident and delightful building which provides a series of beautiful spaces for its users, engages with its site and local context, and which clearly demonstrates the ‘can-do’ attitude, enthusiasm and evident skill of its architects.”

Keppie Design with Hoskins Architects for Ballymena Health and Care Centre

About: A public health building providing a wide range of primary, intermediary, diagnostic and community health facilities.
Judges said: “The new building contributes positively to the town and immediate environs. It provides a collection of bright internal spaces and rooms which are well used and enjoyed by the local community.”

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