New-look Ravenhill in the mix for top construction awards

Kingspan Stadium, home of Ulster Rugby, is among the nominees
Kingspan Stadium, home of Ulster Rugby, is among the nominees

A fire station, a bishop’s palace and a rugby stadium are amongst 36 projects battling to be Northern Ireland’s top building.

The shortlist for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Northern Ireland Awards 2015, which rewards excellence in the property and construction industry, also includes categories for building conservation; community benefit; commercial; residential; regeneration; infractructure; tourist and leisure; and design through innovation.

The redevelopment of Ravenhill rugby grounds, now known as Kingspan Stadium, has been shortlisted in both the commercial (sponsored by Bank of Ireland) and design through innovation (sponsored by Sika) categories.

In Co Fermanagh, the Lakeland Community Centre in Belcoo is shortlisted in the community benefit category, while the Crest Pavilion in Enniskillen and Omagh fire station pick up a design through innovation nod.

In the building conservation category Royal Belfast Golf Club in Holywood, the restoration of Arthur Cottage in Cullybackey and the Larne Market Yard are amongst the six shortlisted.

Meanwhile, Bishops Palace, Armagh, Royal Belfast Golf Club and Duncairn Centre for Culture & Arts have been nominated for the building conservation category.

Portadown railway station was nominated in the regeneration category. Nominations for tourism and leisure include Aurora Aquatic & Leisure Complex, Bangor and Mary Peters Track in Belfast.

Judging chairman, Alistair Dunn said: “This shortlist is a fantastic spread of innovative projects from across Northern Ireland that we’re delighted to have in the mix for the 2015 awards.” RICS NI Awards 2015 will take place on May 8 at the Culloden, Holywood.