Newry projects in the running for top awards

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Wednesday, February 21st, 2018
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Two local building projects have been shortlisted in the prestigious RICS Awards 2018, Northern Ireland.

The annual awards recognise exemplary built projects, and the teams behind them, that contribute positively to Northern Ireland and this year the awards have seen the highest number of entries in their 28 year history.



Newry Leisure Centre has been shortlisted in two categories, Regeneration and Tourism and Leisure while Killean Primary School is in the running for an award in the Community Benefit category.

The £19m leisure centre project funded mainly by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, was a two-phase design concept combining numerous facilities that were previously spread across the city.

The new state-of-the-art facility includes an eight lane swimming pool with moving floor, vitality suites, a café, two large sports halls, fitness suites and fitness studios.



The building was conceived as an object carved out of stone, inspired by the beauty of the natural carving of the Newry and Mourne mountain. Surveyors were Currie and Brown, architects were Kennedy FitzGerald and Felix O’Hare were the building contractors.

The £1.25m building project at Killean Primary School provided a new multi-purpose hall with adjacent playspace and a new front entrance as well as improved public access.

As a neighbouring pavilion, the hall can be used as either a separate entity from the school for local community events or as a day-to-day activity space for the pupils of the school. Its agricultural character was inspired by the rural landscape surrounding it and best practice was used during the design and construction phases with the use of an NEC building contract.

Companies which worked on the project were Edmond Shipway Construction Consultants, d-on architects and Newry firm Bavan Contracts.

The Newry projects will compete with 33 other building projects from across Northern Ireland at the RICS Awards 2018, which will be held at The La Mon Hotel & Spa, Belfast on 24 May.

A wide variety of projects have been shortlisted across the eight categories of the awards scheme – Building Conservation, Commercial sponsored by Sika, Community Benefit, Design through



Innovation sponsored by Forbo, Infrastructure, Regeneration, Residential and Tourism and Leisure.

All category winners will go on to compete against other regional winners at the national RICS Awards Grand Final in London in November 2018.

The winners of each category will also be in with a chance of winning the top prize, the highly esteemed Project of the Year title, presented to the scheme which demonstrates overall outstanding best practice and an exemplary commitment to adding value to its local area.

Michael Hannaway, Chair of the RICS Awards Northern Ireland judging panel, said, “Despite the uncertainty in the current climate, Northern Ireland’s property professionals continue to deliver exemplary, and in many cases, world-class built projects that are having a profoundly positive impact.



“I am delighted to see so many of these remarkable built initiatives on this year’s shortlist for the 2018 RICS Awards, Northern Ireland.

He added, “The exceptional talent and skills of the teams and surveyors behind these schemes is nothing short of remarkable, and I wish them all the best of luck in gaining the recognition they deserve for ensuring their local communities remain fantastic places to live, work, and visit.”



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