RICS Judges Shortlist Hamilton Projects in Community Benefit, Innovation, Regeneration and Tourism & Leisure Categories!

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DAERA headquarters
DAERA Headquarters
Five stunning projects designed by Hamilton Architects have been shortlisted in four categories in this year’s RICS Awards, which take place in May.

Competition to reach the finals has been fierce, with a record 36 of Northern Ireland’s most impressive property projects capturing the judges’ attention.

Hamilton projects shone in four of the eight categories: Community Benefit, Design through Innovation, Regeneration and Tourism & Leisure.

Paul Millar, Partner at Hamilton Architects, said: “We are delighted that our design expertise in a myriad of disciplines, everything from conservation to innovation, has been recognised by the judges.

“Our practice has over 45 years’ experience as building designers, project managers, master planner and conservation architects and during that time we have established a reputation for delivering creative, award-winning projects.”

Judges for the Design through Innovation category were impressed with the new £12m DAERA headquarters at Limavady, which consists of linear two storey glazed blocks with bronze framing set on top of a stone base with a dramatic glazed atrium at its core.

The form of this striking building is based around a four-storey heart with long radiating three-storey wings, with the floors above ground floor level extending slightly beyond the building’s footprint.

The Windsor-Olympia Sports Hub triumphed in two categories – Community Benefit and Tourism & Leisure. This £54m project saw the transformation of Northern Ireland’s National Football Stadium and Olympia Leisure Centre into a 21st century Sports Hub.

As part of Belfast City Council’s 10-year, £105m, Leisure Transformation Programme for Belfast, the Sports Hub has created immense economic, social and tourism revenue benefits for the local and wider communities.

Seaview Hall, Glenarm, is a modest but significant project which has helped to reignite the economy of this coastal village. The Old School has been remodelled as a welcoming visitor space and an artisan jewellery workshop, making it a worthy contender in the Regeneration category.

Alongside the Windsor-Olympia Sports Hub, Hamilton has an additional contender in the Tourism & Leisure category – Enniskillen Castle Museum Visitors Centre, a historic fortification situated on the banks on the River Erne.

The £2.1m Museum project transformed the castle complex from a myriad of ancient buildings into a cohesive heritage gateway to the county, providing a state of the art welcome centre, history hub and café.

Chair of the RICS Awards 2019, Northern Ireland judging panel, Michael Hannaway said: “What’s great about the RICS Awards is that they celebrate and recognise the community impact that these shortlisted property projects are having on their local communities, as well as the talent and collaboration of the teams behind them.

“Some of these shortlisted projects have helped to attract more visitors and inward investment, while others have provided much needed housing or vital services and infrastructure to their communities.

“The teams behind them should be extremely proud as many were delivered on time and within budget, and with sustainability at the heart, to ensure they are as energy efficient and environmentally friendly as possible.”

seaview hall
Seaview Hall
olympia leisure centre
Olympia Leisure Centre
national football stadium
National Football Stadium
enniskillen castle
Enniskillen Castle