|Queen's Physical Education Centre Scoops Top Building Award|
The new extension at Queen’s University Belfast’s Physical Education Centre (PEC) has been announced as overall winner in Northern Ireland’s most prestigious built environment awards. The PEC won the overall award for ‘Best Building 2007’ in the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Northern Ireland Awards.
It also won an award for Excellence in the Built Environment in the Community Benefit category.
Responding to the announcement of the award Gary Jebb, Queen’s Estate Director, said: "The PEC extension confirms the University’s reputation for innovation and excellence in the design and construction of new buildings. Not only is it a major asset to the sporting and social life of South Belfast, it has very quickly become a strong iconic presence. This award is a tribute to vision of all those involved in the planning and design."
The overall RICS Award is presented for innovation in design and construction, contribution to the local community, sustainability and economic viability. The Awards recognise building projects completed in Northern Ireland during the last three years within Regeneration, Building Conservation, Sustainability and Community Benefit categories. The winner of the overall award is selected from the four category winners.
Queen’s Sport PEC was officially opened in March by Dame Kelly Holmes, and offers state of the art sporting facilities to student members and the general public alike.
RICS Northern Ireland Chairman, Diana Fitzsimons, said the enhanced PEC has significantly extended and improved the university’s delivery of sporting and recreational services to students, schools and the wider community: "The PEC project had been an immediate hit with students, the local community, school groups and other users and has underpinned the university’s wider strategy of reinforcing its role in the city of Belfast and as an important member of the local community."
The regional winners go through to compete in the overall RICS awards, the winners of which are announced in London in October. Previous winners of the overall RICS Awards have included projects such as the site of the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, the Bullring in Birmingham, London’s Royal Opera House and the Eden Project in Cornwall.