Roscommon County Council Roscommon town Domnick Connolly

Roscommon County Council HQ nominated for Architecture Award

Roscommon County Council Roscommon town Domnick Connolly
The Roscommon County Council Civic HQ, Áras an Chontae, has been nominated for the Public Choice Award at the 2016 RIAI Irish Architecture Awards.

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Now in its ninth year, the popular RIAI Public Choice Award gives the public the opportunity to have their say by voting for their favourite shortlisted project, which has the honour of being named Ireland’s favourite building 2016. From today, the RIAI encourages the public to vote for their favourite building online on or through the RIAI Facebook page.
Voting closes at Midday on Friday June 17th.

This year’s awards received 180 entries – the highest in five years – across 17 categories with 52 shortlisted in best commercial, best educational and best health building, best house, best housing and best house extension, best public building, best cultural project, best leisure, best public space/urban design, best international project, best sustainable project, best conservation, and best universal design. There is also a new award for best fit-out and awards for best research and for the best emerging practice. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham on Friday, 24th June.

The shortlist is selected by the 2016 IAA Juries, from projects that have been entered across 17 different categories – projects have to be practically complete in 2015 in order to enter.

The 2016 RIAI Irish Architecture Awards categories are:

Emerging Practice
Fit Out
International (RIAI members working abroad, and or any project outside Ireland)
House Extension
Housing (more than one unit)
Public Building
Public Space/Urban Design (Includes completed projects and masterplanning, local area plans, amenity studies)
RIAI Universal Design Award supported by the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design (CEUD) at the National Disability Authority

It is not the first time that the quality of the Roscommon County Council HQ and it’s architecture have been recognised. Last month it won both Architectural Project of the Year and Sustainable Project of the Year at the CMG Irish Building & Design Awards. The awards were presented to ABK Architects and Stewart Construction.