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Your chance to choose Ireland's new building

UCD's student centre, Bord Gais network's offices and Ballyroan Library are in the running for the title of Ireland's best new building.

The public are being asked to vote for their favourite new structure – and fifteen out of the 33 projects shortlisted for the Public Choice Award are in the capital.

The Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI) is encouraging the public to vote for their favourite building online at www.riai.ie or on Facebook.

Michelle Fagan, RIAI president, said: "The entries continue to highlight the unique architectural excellence and home-grown talent that Ireland possesses."

The list includes the JFK Memorial School in Limerick, Luan Gallery in Athlone and the Phoenix Care Centre in Dublin.



Others include the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Co Council's operations centre at Ballyogan; Presentation College, Bray; Social Housing in Shangan Avenue, Ballymun and the Contemplation Space in the Mater Hospital, Dublin.

Also in the running is "Extension to a protected structure" in Portobello, Dublin; Carnival House in Fethard on Sea, Co Wexford; decentralised Government and civic offices, Tipperary and "House plus 3 extension" in Co Dublin. Eddie Conroy, chairman of the judging panel, noted that there has been an upsurge in the number of entries for the best new house category.

"This year, we have received the most entries in the best house and best house extension categories, showing us that people are now investing in their homes and working with their local architect."

Now in its sixth year, the popular Public Choice Award gives the public the opportunity to have their say by voting for their favourite shortlisted project, which has the honour of being named Ireland's favourite new building, the RIAI said.

The winners will be announced on Tuesday, July 2, in the Wood Quay Venue, Dublin City Council offices.