Hat-Trick for Belfast Design Schemes
Published on Tue, 4 Apr 2006
Three Belfast design schemes have achieved a prestigious UK Civic Trust Award for architecture and environmental design.
The successful entries are Customs House Square with Cathedral Quarter Streetscapes; a rejuvenated Victorian terrace at 2-6 Kinnaird Street; and the Falls Leisure Centre.
The awards are given to outstanding examples of new architecture, restoration, town planning, landscapes and public art. In addition to design excellence, the awards recognise projects that benefit their local communities and environments.
David Ferguson, Chief Executive of the Planning Service said: "This is an outstanding achievement not only for the winning entries, but also for the architectural profession and the construction industry in Northern Ireland. The competition was extremely tough, with an exceptionally high number of entries received from across the UK.
"These schemes demonstrate the positive impact that good development can have on the quality of life of the people they serve.
"I hope that Northern Ireland's success this year will inspire and encourage everyone involved in the industry to continue striving to create a quality environment for us all."
Notes to Editors
The Awards scheme in Northern Ireland is organised by the Civic Trust in partnership with DOE's Planning Service. The 2006 awards focused on the Metropolitan areas.
The Civic Trust is an independent, national organisation with charitable status. It is the leading UK charity dedicated to bringing vitality, sustainability and high quality design to the built environment.
The Trust works with people to promote thriving towns and villages, developing dynamic partnerships between communities, government and business to deliver regeneration and local improvement.
The Civic Trust Awards have been established for 46 years, and are only given to outstanding examples of new architecture, restoration, town planning, landscapes and public art.
Entries for the 2007 Civic Trust Awards will be invited from Summer 2006 and will cover the countryside and country towns in the UK.
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