Winners: RICS NI Awards 2019

We are thrilled to share TODD Architects designed Craigavon Area Hospital: Blossom Children’s & Young People Centre won in its Infrastructure Award category and Omagh Integrated Primary School came Highly Commended in the Community Benefit category at last nights RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) NI Awards, held at the Crowne Plaza, Belfast.

Congratulations and well deserved to both design teams, clients and all contractors involved.


A record thirty-six of Northern Ireland’s most innovative and community beneficial property projects were shortlisted for this years Awards, across eight categories: Building Conservation, Commercial, Community Benefit, Design through Innovation, Infrastructure, Regeneration, Residential and Tourism & Leisure.


All Northern Ireland winners go on to compete against other regional winners at the national RICS Awards Grand Final in November 2019, for the chance to be crowned the overall UK winner in their respective category.


TODD Architects at MIPIM: Engaging the Future

MD Paul Crowe, Director Andrew Murray and London Principal Katie Parfitt are representing TODD Architects at MIPIM 2019, taking place in Cannes from Tue 12 – Thu 14 March.


Grade A Office Showcase
11am | Tue 12 March | Belfast stand (C19.D)

Paul will be speaking with chair Brian Lavery (Managing Director CBRE NI) and a panel including Gareth Graham (Director Oakland Holdings), Laura McCarthy (Senior Asset Manager Killultagh Estates) and Paul Beacom (Senior Asset Manager McAleer & Rushe) on Grade A Office Showcase.

Check out the full Belfast MIPIM Programme 2019 here


Masterclass with Daniel Libeskind
3.30pm | Wed 13th March | Belfast stand (C19.D)

World-famous architect Daniel Libeskind will be offering a masterclass based on his perspective of Belfast as an edgy city and how that can shape its future successes.

Libeskind, is the architect behind the Jewish Museum in Berlin, the extension of the Denver Art Museum, the Grand Canal Theatre in Dublin and a host of other landmark buildings, as well as being the masterplan architect for the reconstruction of the World Trade Centre site.

He will share his views on the future for Belfast as a place to live, work and play, shining a light on the importance of cultural attractions in forming a rounded, vibrant, welcoming city.

Booking is essential, book your place here



If you would like to arrange to meet up with our TODD Architects team, please get in touch: | +44 (0) 28 9024 5587  | @TODDArchitects

Our team are looking forward to meeting you all there!

Omagh Integrated Primary & Nursery School

TODD Architects recently completed the newbuild Omagh Integrated Primary & Nursery School, which combined with the adjacent existing Drumragh College, forms the first Integrated Education Campus serving the Tyrone region. This new addition marks a major milestone for the school and local community, as they have been campaigning for this new building for thirty years. TODD Architects engaged with the school’s principal, teachers and parents to create the most effective, efficient, sustainable design to facilitate flexible teaching needs and to suit its rural context.

The school comprises of fourteen classrooms for a capacity of 420 students. Located on a greenfield site on the outskirts of Omagh town, both Primary and Nursery school benefit from a new access road, cycle path, car and bus parking with dedicated drop-off provision. Teaching areas are complemented by generous hard and soft play areas with a central sheltered courtyard & associated landscaping. Internally a resource area provides a key node point to each corner of the courtyard with through access to accompanying multipurpose hall and dining facilities.

Omagh IPS was initially established in 1989 and up until the new build was complete was previously housed in temporary portacabin accommodation. During this time the school has grown from strength to strength building on its already renowned reputation for being a child-centred, progressive and parent friendly school, promoting diversity, dignity and respect for all, regardless of race, religion, politics, culture or background.  The school also offers a 24 child Nursery class and wrap around extra care services including Parent & Toddler classes, Omagh IPS Friends Pre-School and After School homework club.

TODD Architects conducted an extensive feasibility study examining the available options for the location of the new building, while focusing on environmental and sustainability factors both in construction and in use. Architecturally the main influences were based on the Classroom configuration developed to follow the progress of pupil’s transitionary cycle from P1 to P7 around the building in an anticlockwise arrangement. Central resource areas grouped around classroom key stages were directly linked to the central courtyard and external learning environment. The continuous circulation loop provided glimpses into the central space and aided orientation for younger pupils. The central courtyard in addition offers sheltered protection from the adverse weather extending the resource area outside.

The scheme started on site in Jan 2017, reaching completion in June 2018, on target and within budget.

“TODD Architects listened very carefully to what we needed to make our school really work for all its inhabitants. We had a vision of a bright, airy dynamic building that also generated a sense of serenity and order to reflect our Integrated Ethos, and that is exactly what TODD’s delivered. Throughout the design journey, there were of course very many challenges and changes, twists and tweaks, but time and again, the TODD Architects’s team produced creative solutions to complete the brief and satisfy our demanding needs of quality, function, design and aesthetics. What I liked most about working with TODD’s was their client-based approach, their architectural aptitude, their accountability and most of all their accessibility.  In summary, I would say that it was an enlightening and thoroughly enjoyable experience working with TODD Architects and I couldn’t recommend them highly enough for any school at the genesis of their design process. “


Anthony Bradley, Principal Omagh IPS

Four projects shortlisted for RICS NI Awards 2019

RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) has announced the shortlist for this year’s RICS Awards 2019, Northern Ireland.

A record thirty-six of Northern Ireland’s most innovative and community beneficial property projects have captured the hearts of RICS judges and will now go on to compete in eight categories at this year’s awards ceremony in May. The eight categories for 2019 are; Building Conservation, Commercial, Community Benefit, Design through Innovation, Infrastructure, Regeneration, Residential and Tourism & Leisure.

TODD Architects are delighted and proud to share four of our entered projects have been successfully shortlisted:

Community Benefit category:
Omagh Integrated Primary & Nursery School

Infrastructure category:
Rathview Mental Healthcare Facility
The Blossom Children & Young People’s Centre, Craigavon Area Hospital
The Croft, Abbotts Road, Newtownabbey

“What’s great about the RICS Awards is that they celebrate and recognise the community impact that these shortlisted property projects are having on their local communities, as well as the talent and collaboration of the teams behind them. Some of these shortlisted projects have helped to attract more visitors and inward investment, whilst others have provided much needed housing or vital services and infrastructure to their communities. The teams behind them should be extremely proud as many were delivered on time and within budget, and with sustainability at the heart, to ensure they are as energy efficient and environmentally friendly as possible.”

Michael Hannaway, Chair of the RICS Awards 2019, NI judging panel.


The RICS NI Awards 2019 will be held on Thursday, May 30 at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast, we wish the best of luck to all teams involved.

All Northern Ireland winners go on to compete against other regional winners at the national RICS Awards Grand Final in November 2019, for the chance to be crowned the overall UK winner in their respective category.



Would you like to join us?

TODD Architects are currently recruiting for both our Belfast and Dublin practices for;

  • Architects
  • Experienced Technologists
  • Interior Designer

If you would like to inquire about these roles or would like to send your CV through, email us at:

An Taoiseach performs turning of the sod ceremony at Holy Family School

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar attended Holy Family school, Cootehill Co. Cavan on Fri 12 Oct to perform a turning of the sod ceremony marking the commencement of the new build. Designed by our TODD Architects Education Design Team, lead by Associate Bobby Moore.

The newbuild special educational needs school will consist of;

  • A new 1-2 storey replacement Special need’s School building with 26 classrooms
  • Associated ancillary accommodation
  • 94no. car parking spaces
  • Bus drop-off
  • 1 no. sports pitch
  • Play areas
  • Sensory garden
  • Site boundary treatment with landscaping to include connection to external perimeter pavement.

The total floor area of the new school will be 5310m².


‘Sometimes we need look at the world differently from the way we have in the past and challenge conventional wisdom.
We have to see what can be, and then try and make it a reality.
It’s what this school is all about and it’s why I’m delighted to be here today to turn the sod on this new building.’

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar 


Read more of An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s speech here;