The Ramelton Historic Towns Initiative won the Urban Design Award at the prestigious Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI) awards.
At the awards ceremony on Thursday evening, the project was also highly commended in the “Sustainability” category.
There were 147 entries in the competition, and the entry was submitted by Moville-based Dedalus Architecture under the title “Ramelton Castle Street Historic Towns Initiative Project”.
The clients for the project were private building owners, the Ramelton Georgian Society and Donegal County Council.
Ramelton is County Donegal’s first designated heritage town with a ‘heritage-focused’ action plan, which has been prepared by Moville-based conservation practice Dedalus Architecture.
The plan, which directs the regeneration of neglected urban fabric, was developed in close collaboration with the Ramelton Georgian Society and council to build relationships to inform residents and undertake other projects under the plan.
The Ramelton Castle Street Historic Towns Initiative Project, the first of the heritage-focused plan actions to be implemented, involved the repair of twelve dilapidated or unused buildings, dramatically improving the appearance and future fortunes of the historic core of the city, with a small budget.
The project demonstrates the potential of modest urban-scale conservation and repair works to address regeneration in an inclusive, sustainable and cost-effective way.
Repairing our built heritage is an urgent challenge for all Irish cities and is a simple but essential first step to reducing energy consumption and essential action to combat climate change.
Mr. Duncan McLaren, Principal of Dedalus Architecture, thanked everyone for the tremendous support they received during the public vote.
He said he was delighted that the ongoing repair works program in the unique historic town of Ramelton, Donegal, is now getting the national recognition it deserves.
This award follows commendation in 2020 by the Irish Planning Institute for the same team’s ‘involvement and engagement’ with the local Church Lane community in Letterkenny for work also funded under the Initiative historic towns.
The award-winning team are currently hard at work on a major Historic Towns Initiative project in Ballyshannon, due for completion at the end of this year.
The project was funded by the Heritage Council and the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage under the Historic Towns Initiative.
As well as the project being managed by county conservation and heritage officers Collette Beattie and Dr Joseph Gallagher, other investment has been provided by the council, with the balance of funding provided by the building owners individual.
In another scoop for the county at the national awards ceremony, two projects by Rathmullan-based architects Pasparaskis Friel were highly praised, a private house and the Killybegs Regeneration Strategy and Action Plan, also for Donegal County Council.
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