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Ballymena school building shortlisted for prestigious award

Braidside Integrated Primary School in running for prestigious scheme.

The new Braidside Integrated Primary School has been shortlisted for the RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) Awards 2022.

Glasgiven Contracts recently completed facility to the prestigious awards scheme, which has been shortlisted in the Community Benefit category.

The 2,500m² building, which includes a nursery, caters for the educational needs of Braidside IPS’s 440 pupils aged 3-11 years.

At the opening ceremony, Ballymena born actor and Hollywood star, Liam Neeson recorded a message for pupils and parents.

He said: “I want to pay tribute to those founding parents who had the vision, courage and determination to establish Ballymena’s first ever integrated primary school. And with such a superb new school with first class facilities I know Braidside’s future is going to be even brighter. I am so proud of you all for bringing integrated education to my home town of Ballymena and for helping to make it an even better place for everyone.”

The RICS Awards showcase the most inspirational initiatives and developments in land, real estate, construction and infrastructure. They recognise outstanding achievement, teamwork and companies.

Amongst the other NI shortlisted entries are Rossmar Special School in Limavady, Necarne Castle in Enniskillen, The North West Multi-Modal Transport Hub in Derry, and The Banks residential development in Bangor.

The entries are shortlisted across six categories – Commercial Development, Community Benefit, Heritage, Public Sector, Refurbishment-Revitalisation and Residential.

Companies still have the opportunity to enter an additional four categories – to be judged nationally – and have until 29th April to submit their entry.

Chair of the RICS Awards judging panel, Michael Hannaway FRICS, said:

“Despite much uncertainty and challenging conditions over the past couple of years, property professionals in Northern Ireland continue to deliver exemplary, and in many cases, world-class built projects that are having a profoundly positive impact on our cities and towns. I wish the teams behind them all the best of luck in gaining recognition for their skills and hard work.”

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Northern Ireland entries shortlisted for the awards are:

·Cyber Building, Weavers Court, Belfast (Commercial Development)

·Merchant Square, Belfast (Commercial Development, Refurbishment – Revitalisation)

·An Chroi Community Hub, Derry (Community Benefit, Public Sector)

·Braidside Integrated Primary School, Ballymena (Community Benefit)

·Rossmar Special School, Limavady (Community Benefit)

·Hampton House, Belfast (Heritage, Refurbishment – Revitalisation, Residential)

·Necarne Castle, Enniskillen (Heritage)

·North West Multi-Modal Transport Hub, Derry (Heritage, Refurbishment - Revitalisation)

·Erne Campus, South West College, Enniskillen (Public Sector)

·The Kelvin, Belfast (Refurbishment – Revitalisation)

·The School House, Methodist College, Belfast (Public Sector, Refurbishment – Revitalisation)

·The Banks, Bangor (Residential)


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