McClay Library at Queen’sUniversity Belfast received a Commendation in the UK’s 2011 Civic Trust Awards held in Manchester, England, on March 4.
Established in 1959, the Civic Trust Awards recognize the best in architecture, design, planning, landscape and public art. Awards are given to projects of the highest quality design that are judged to have made a positive cultural, social, or economic contribution to the local community.
McClay Library was the only project from Northern Ireland to be so recognized. This is the second major UK award for the Library, which took top national honors with the Sustainability Award from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
The library was dedicated in July 2010 by Seamus Heaney. Shepley Bulfinch was the design architect for the project, in association with RPP Architects of Belfast.