Derry's outgoing Mayor Gerard Diver presented each winner with their well-earned Favourite Building Awards certificates. Mayor Diver praised all those who won an award as well as all those who were initially nominated by the public. He also commended the Foyle Civic Trust and, in particular, Honorary Secretary Colm Cavanagh, for creating the innovative awards.
The awards celebrated the very best of the city's built environment. The nomination and voting process spanned several months and saw local people voting in their thousands for the region's most popular buildings, open spaces, restorations and artworks.
The winners (all images courtesy of the Derry Journal):
Favourite Public Building
Holy Cross College, Strabane
Winner Award: Mrs Maria Doherty, Principal.
Architect Award: RPP Architects with HLM Architects
Favourite Residential Building/Development
Bayview Gardens, Waterside
Winner Award: Fermac Properties
Architect Award: ASI Architects
Favourite Commercial Building
The Sollus Centre, Bready
Winner Award: Bready & District Ulster Scots Association
Architect Award: Hegarty Carr Architects
Favourite Restored Building
The Opticians, 34 Waterloo Street
Winner Award: Janice Milligan
Architect Award: Paul McLaughlin, Architect.
“Where Dreams Go” (AKA “Ambrose the Pig”) sculpture at The Alley Theatre, Strabane
Award: Strabane District Council
Sculptor: Martin Heron, Cookstown (now resident in France).
Favourite Open Space
Newmarket Street/Linenhall Street space
Winner Award: DSD N-W Development Office.
Architect Award: MWA
Favourite Public Artwork and 2008 Overall Winner
City of Oak sculpture “An Taoiseach Feasa” (Chief of Knowledge) at St Paul’s Primary School, Galliagh, by artist Kieran O'Doherty.
Winner Award: St Paul’s Primary School.
Artist Award: Kieran O’Doherty, sculptor.
Derry Journal: Favourite Building Awards