A new theatre overlooking the River Lagan in Belfast, has won this year’s award for the Best Public Building category at the 2011 Brick Awards as well as the Supreme Winner award.
Built on an epic scale, the Lyric is sited between the surrounding Belfast brick streetscape and the serpentine parkland of the River Lagan. The new building holds one corner of the continuous system of brick streets and has been built to match the surrounding local ‘Belfast brick’. Built by brickwork contractor, Gilbert Ash NI Ltd using Heritage Red Blend bricks from Ibstock, the natural day lighting of the building is both sustainable and enhances the brickwork.
Architects O’Donnell + Tuomey won an international architectural competition held by the Lyric to design the new theatre facility, impressing the judging panel chaired by Bob Allies of Allies and Morrison who described the development as “an example of outstanding architectural commitment with beautiful interiors that cleverly links with the street scene”.
The Awards were held at the Marriott Grosvenor Square Hotel in London on November 2.
The Brick Awards is organised by the Brick Development Association, as an annual contest to provide the definitive showcase for what brick can achieve.