Dungannon’s newest landmark shortlisted for prestigious architectural award

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An innovative local building project has been shortlisted in the prestigious RICS Northern Ireland Awards 2017.

The Junction, at Beechvalley Way, is a new landmark building opened last year to serve diverse communities in the Dungannon area.

It creates high quality shared space for communities to gather together, access key community support services and attend voluntary and educational groups. The Junction also provides a wide range of meeting spaces and a place where everybody in the community can feel ‘at home’.

Its key tenants are Inspire Mental Health, Willowfield Disability Support and STEP Community Development.

Companies involved in the project were QMAC, surveyors V B Evans, and architects Hall Black Douglas.

The annual awards have become known as the region’s property Oscars and this year schemes of all sizes and budgets from all over Northern Ireland are in with a chance of gaining industry recognition along with the teams behind them.

All category winners will go on to compete against other regional winners at the national RICS Awards Grand Final in November 2017, for the chance to be crowned the overall UK winner in their respective category.

The winners of each category will also be in with a chance of winning the top prize, the highly esteemed Project of the Year title, presented to the scheme which demonstrates overall outstanding best practice and an exemplary commitment to adding value to its local area.

Michael Hannaway, Chair of the RICS Awards Northern Ireland judging panel, said: “These awards showcase our region’s top built environment projects, along with the talent and skills of the teams behind them. Every year I wonder how we’re going to top last year’s shortlist, but I’m never disappointed; many of this year’s nominees are truly unique and pioneering, and have transformed local communities. It just goes to show, our region is home to some of the most inspiring built environment projects.