Newry projects shortlisted for RICS Social Impact Awards

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Monday, March 2nd, 2020
Business, Community

33 of Northern Ireland’s most impactful recent construction projects have been shortlisted by RICS (Royal Institution for Chartered Surveyors) for the organisation’s prestigious awards.

The shortlisted construction schemes in the RICS Social Impact Awards include Killeavey Castle Hotel and Wellness Centre.

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Killeavy Castle Estate comprises 350 acres on the slopes of Slieve Gullion with stunning views across the hills of South Armagh.

 

 

Grade-A listed Killeavy Castle, completed 1836, was vacant 20 years and dilapidated. Seventeenth-century Grade-B listed outbuildings (mill, coach house, walled garden) were derelict and in partial collapse.

The project was a painstaking restoration of these historically significant buildings and their sympathetic incorporation into a 45 room, 4-star boutique hotel, with spa and permanent marquee events centre.

St Bronagh’s Primary School, Rostrevor was also shortlisted. The impressive new £2.5m school on the edge of Rostrevor village maximises green space and the school’s dramatic setting in the Mournes, with classrooms facing south and south-east to provide views of the mountains and forest, therefore providing a stimulating environment for pupils

 

 

Another local shortlisted construction scheme was Killean Primary School. An important £1.5m investment in the Newry primary school provided a new multipurpose hall whose agricultural charter has been inspired by the rural landscape surrounding it and which features a number of important educational features for pupils.

The 33 local construction projects from across Northern Ireland will be judged and voted on by an expert panel of RICS members and other experts based on their role in transforming communities and the everyday lives of people.

The winners will be announced at the RICS Northern Ireland ceremony on 21 May.

A UK grand final will be held later in September for those successfully nominated from each region – with property expert David Brooks Wilson leading a panel of guest judges to select those projects worthy of the top award.

 

 

Susan Mason Head of RICS in Northern Ireland said, “The real estate industry plays a vital role in Northern Ireland, and our refreshed awards celebrate the positive impact that our professionals can have on people’s lives and the best of what is built.

“This year’s shortlist features some of the best talent in our profession, and the new Social Impact Awards recognises the significant value these projects have brought to the communities around them.  The judges will have their work cut out deciding on who gets the top award with so many top projects involved,” she added.

 

 

Chair of the award judging panel David Brooks Wilson said, “The real estate sector is an important part of our economy, and this year’s shortlist shows the power of built environment professionals to make a positive impact on society and our communities.

“It features the breadth of work and contributions that our professionals and wider industry make and the difference this profession can make,” he added.

 

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