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.

 

Omagh Integrated Primary School: Official Opening

Pupils and staff of Omagh Integrated Primary School celebrated the official opening of their new school on Friday 17 May.

TODD Architects Associate and Project Architect Bobby Moore presented the school’s Principal Anthony Bradley with a framed aerial print taken by local photographer Conor O’Doherty to mark the occasion.

The £7million project comprises 14 classrooms for over 330 pupils, a nursery unit for up to 26 children and a school funded wrap around care centre.

 

Speaking at the official opening, Fiona Hepper, Deputy Secretary at the Department of Education said:

“Working in the Department of Education, I always welcome the opportunity to see at first hand the significant benefits of capital investment in our school estate. The opening of any new school is something to be enjoyed, especially when you see the positive changes it can bring to the daily life of a school, not just for the pupils and staff- but also for the wider community. The Department has invested over £7 million in this wonderful new school. I want to wish you every success as you embark on this new chapter.”

 

Omagh Integrated Primary & Nursery School, combined with the adjacent existing Drumragh College, forms the first Integrated Education Campus serving the Tyrone region.

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

 

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.