Building receives architecture award

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A local building has received a prestigious UK-wide award for its architecture.

The Castle Hill Events Space in Dungannon was named as the winner of the Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology in the recent Architectural Technology Awards.

The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) has announced the winners for its annual Awards.

The awards celebrate Architectural Technology globally at its very best.

The winners and shortlisted entrants were selected by a judging panel made up of experts within the discipline.

The Castle Hill Events Space was designed by Coleraine based company GM Design Associates Ltd.

Announcing the awards, the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists said the Dungannon building “illustrates the transformative power of Architectural Technology on one of the most important archaeological sites associated with the ancient seat of the O’Neill’s, the Flight of the Earls and the Plantation of Ulster.”

The completed building is comprised of four distinct elements: the old garage which now forms an internal exhibition space, a three storey viewing tower, the covered external events space, and a single storey utility building.

Vice-President Education, Paul Laycock MCIAT and Chair of the Judging Panel said: “Our Architectural Technology students continue to deliver innovative and thought provoking designs and reports that take the discipline to the next level and I am excited by how they will be practising and utilising these attributes in the real world.

“With talented graduates such as these I look forward to the future of creating robust sustainable design solutions that perform and endure over time.”

Other awards went to Streamline House, a unique modern residence influenced by art deco design; and Woodland Works Discovery Centre, a mixed-use two-storey building with galleries, seminar rooms, a dual height exhibition space, café with terrace, laboratories, offices and workshops.

The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) is the lead qualifying body for Architectural Technology and represents those practising and studying within the discipline.