Lyric building “dazzles” civic trust judges

The Lyric Theatre in Belfast has received a prestigious Civic Trust Award for its newly-built theatre on the banks of the Lagan. The judges described the new Lyric Theatre as “a dazzling building of international quality, constructional design and execution”.

The Lyric Theatre by O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects received a prestigious Civic Trust Award at a ceremony in Edinburgh at the weekend for making “an outstanding contribution to the quality and appearance of the environment”.

The £18.1m new theatre opened last May and is a stunning addition to Belfast’s landscape, attracting visitors from across Ireland and abroad.

The awards citation reads: “The new Lyric Theatre is a dazzling building of international quality, constructional design and execution.

“Overlooking the River Lagan on a confined inclined urban site, the relationship with the surrounding houses, the distant views and the immediate and closer approaches are all very well judged and realised.

“This building is an appropriate landmark that is woven deftly into the surrounding urban fabric and an enhancement to the entertaining requirements of the city of Belfast.”

A total of 26 projects received a Civic Trust Award which demonstrated excellence in architecture or design, sustainability, inclusive design and which make a positive social, cultural, environmental or economic benefit to the local community.

From 306 national and international entries, 52 projects were recognised altogether by the Civic Trust Awards at a ceremony held at The Hub in Edinburgh at the weekend. Awards were presented to the best new buildings, public spaces, restorations and public art by Civic Trust Awards Patron, architect and TV presenter George Clarke and Civic Trust Awards Managing Director Malcolm Hankey.

The Civic Trust Award adds to a string of accolades for the Lyric Theatre which recently won a Best Public Building Award and is the Supreme Winner of The Brick Awards.

Northern Ireland Environment Minister Alex Attwood congratulated the Lyric for its success.

“This is a special achievement, not only for the winning entry but also for the architectural profession and the construction industry in Northern Ireland,” the SDLP minister said.

“The awards are judged UK-wide and contenders are in competition with a high number of quality entries from across the UK and abroad.

“It is also important to note that in addition to a quality design, the Lyric is being recognised for making a positive contribution to the local community.”