DAERA Wins RICS Innovation Design Award For Hamilton

RICS Awards 2019
Compere Paul Clarke (left) presents the RICS Awards 2019 ‘Design Through Innovation’ accolade for DAERA Headquarters, Limavady, to the winning team (from left) Pat Mullan of Edmond Shipway; Peter Carr, Project Architect at Hamilton Architects; and Gary Turkington of Turkington Construction. Also pictured is Fiona Grant, RICS UK & Ireland World Regional Chair.
Hamilton Architects won the Design Through Innovation Award at this year’s RICS Awards for their stunning design for the new DAERA Headquarters at Ballykelly.

A record number of 36 of Northern Ireland’s most innovative and community-beneficial property projects competed for top honours at the final at the Crowne Plaza, Belfast.

Hamilton had four projects which were finalists in five categories, including Windsor-Olympia Sports Hub, Belfast; Enniskillen Castle Museum, Co Fermanagh; and Seaview Hall, Glenarm.

The innovative new Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs building on the eastern shore of Lough Foyle, designed by Senior Partner Mark Haslett, was developed as the result of a historic £12m investment.

Presenting the award, the judges commented: “Any visitor arriving at this flat, windswept location in North Antrim will be impressed at the way it melts into the landscape.

“On entering the reception area, the mature trees dominating the glass atrium make several bold and comforting statements. This building is part of the landscape and integrates energy and sustainability seamlessly.

“Appropriately scaled on a 9-acre site, this striking building delivers a real civic presence for the North West, along with community engagement and local economic benefit.”

Hamilton’s delivery partners for the project were contractors JH Turkington & Sons and construction consultants Edmond Shipway.