Ballywalter Park conservatory vies for RICS design award

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The restored conservatory at Ballywalter Park Dunleath Estates in Northern Ireland is in the running to win a design award.

Derry Journal reported that the development is competing in the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Northern Ireland Awards 2012 and is up against a number of other “inspirational” initiatives around the country.

A decision will be made this spring regarding who finishes top, with a ceremony planned for May and the winners going up against other projects around the UK later in 2012. For homeowners, the Ballywalter Park conservatory could provide inspiration for their own glass extensions projects featuring conservatory blinds.

This year’s RICS Northern Ireland Awards sees the introduction of the design and innovation prize; Ballywalter Park is in the running to win the building conservation accolade.

Alistair Dunn, judging chairman, said: “We have six projects competing in the Design and Innovation category, which throws the spotlight on creative and imaginative building projects. It ensures that the RICS awards continue to reflect the scope and expertise of our building professionals.”

BBC News explained that 20 buildings in total have been nominated for the four categories of the awards ceremony, with the other two sections being regeneration and community benefit.

As well as being in with a chance of winning its individual category, Ballywalter Park could go home with the overall winner prize.