More than 300 guests attended the presitigious RSUA (Royal Society of Ulster Architects) Design Awards in Belfast last month and saw McGarry-Moon Architects scoop the Wood Award for Fallahogey House and Studio near Kilrea in Coleraine.

The judges praised the design for “using timber imaginatively – enormous sliding doors, cedar panelling, moveable cedar shading. A reminder of what can be achieved with local skills”.

The Awards are sponsored by Wood NI, which represents the timber industry in Northern Ireland and works in partnership with local architects to advise on the use of wood in design and building.

“The entire industry should be extremely proud of the stunning architectural projects recognised in the Awards,” said Maurice Brooks, Wood NI director. “Despite challenging times RSUA architects have produced some of the best projects on these islands, on a par with the very finest internationally.

“We are particularly delighted to see that sustainability featured so highly amongst this year’s winning projects – clearly showing the industry’s continuing commitment to the environment, quality and innovation.”

Local architect Neil Darby won the overall award, the Liam McCormick Prize for Architecture, for his work on House on Sketrick Island, in Killinchy, Co Down.