(Knox Clayton), Tommy Anderson
(Lagan Valley Steels), architect
Alison Brown of Knox & Clayton
Architects and Emma-Louise
Johnston Host of the Showcase
A LEADING Lisburn firm of architects has
scooped its fourth major award in as many months for the
distinctive design of a new college campus.
Knox & Clayton of Lisburn picked up the
External Finish Award for its work on the Orchard Building at
Stranmillis University College in the prestigious annual Design
and Build Showcase Awards ceremony in Belfast last week. The
high standard of work by the Lisburn firm was recognised in five
categories for which a number of its major projects were short
Knox & Clayton were pleased to work with
Belfast-based Scott Wilson Architects on the multi-award winning
Orchard Building project.
Commenting on this latest accolade, senior
partner Ernie Knox said: "To be finalists in five categories and
winners of one of the top awards was very satisfying for the
practice and a tremendous recognition of our emphasis on
The Showcase Awards, sponsored by Specify
magazine, were attended by leading figures in the construction
industry across Northern Ireland.
Just last month the Orchard Building picked
up the Wood NI Award, plus a commendation in the "Over
£3million" category in the prestigious 2008, Royal Society of
Ulster Architects Design Awards.
A few weeks earlier the scheme received the
first ever Sustainable Planning Award in Northern Ireland in a
competition organised by the Royal Town Planning Institute NI
branch and the RSPB.
Tommy Anderson, MD of Lagan Valley Steels
(one of the sponsors) commented: "Lagan Valley Steels are very
impressed with the quality of the finalists and winners at the
inaugural Showcase Awards.
"I was delighted to be involved in such an innovative event
and hope that it will be the first of many. The Showcase Awards
have high-lighted an area that previously has not had its
creative potential fully recognised. "These superb companies are
vital not only the industry but also for the ongoing
rejuvenation of Northern Ireland. Now everyone can see how they
are challenging world construction and punching above their