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Newly-restored Tropical Ravine named Project of the Year

25 May 2018
A south Belfast building project which has transformed an overgrown corner of Botanic Gardens into a new and exciting visitor attraction has been named Project of the Year at RICS Awards 2018, Northern Ireland.

The Tropical Ravine, a unique and nationally significant Victorian building, housing a noteworthy collection of tropical plants, reopened to the public in April following a £3.8m upgrade.

Belfast City Council, with significant Heritage Lottery Fund support, working with Friends of Botanic, has restored it back to its former glory, with a modern 21st century twist aimed to make it one of Belfast’s popular tourist attractions.

Judges of the prestigious RICS Awards said the project had scored very highly when inspected and had been unanimously supported as Project of the Year. The Tropical Ravine also won the Building Conservation category of the Awards.

The annual RICS Awards, Northern Ireland celebrate inspirational initiatives across the built environment. The Project of the Year Award is presented to the project which is judged overall as an excellent example of best practice by professionals working in both the built and natural environments.

Projects from across Northern Ireland won awards with the Tropical Ravine also scooping the Building Conservation award.

The Tropical Ravine was deemed “a model of best practice” by the judging panel who praised the work of the conservation team which nurtured it through dramatic change, enhancing its use while consistently respecting its historic fabric.

The project has transformed a previously neglected overgrown corner of Botanic Gardens into a visitor attraction with an amazing story to be absorbed at leisure.

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