Awards season 2023

Check out the homes that have won awards in 2023, from the Federation of Master Builder Awards to architects’ awards.

In this article we cover:

  • Winners of the Federation of Master Builder Awards: renovations, new builds, kitchen and bathroom projects
  • Winners of the RSUA Awards: new build and small project winners
  • Winners of the RIAI Awards: a new build, renovation and a home office won awards
  • Photographs with links to award winning entries

Celebrating building excellence in NI is the biennial Federation of Master Builder (FMB) Awards. The accolades this year went to a range of different house styles, from historical to modern.

The prestigious House Builder Award went to MRPX Construction for a Des Ewing designed home showcasing workmanship from the brickwork to the sandstone portico, window surrounds and the detailed joinery.

The large renovation project, meanwhile, went to Gareth Roddy for the renovation of a derelict ancestral home that had been damaged by fire.

Highly Commended for a loft conversion and three extensions was GM Construction.

The Medium Renovation Project Award went to NMC NI Contracts who renovated and extended a 1930s carriage house. The Studio Vericat design transformed the space into a habitable self contained living area.

James Wylie bagged the Small Renovation Award for a complete kitchen transformation.

Moffitt & Robinson Construction won the coveted Sustainability Award.

The Bathroom Project Award went to Marlfield Joinery and Construction, for a wheelchair accessible spa bathroom.

And the Kitchen Project Award went to Nickell & Richmond.

Architect Awards: RSUA

The Royal Society of Ulster Architects (RSUA) has awarded the Liam McCormick Prize for Northern Ireland’s Building of the Year to Hill House, a 5-bedroom family home which overlooks the Lagan Valley, on the outskirts of Belfast. The McGonigle McGrath designed house also won a RIBA National Award.

Studio idir meanwhile won the Small Project Award for its Ballyhackamore House Extension in East Belfast. Aisling Shannon Rusk was both client and architect on this project.

Architect Awards: RIAI

The RIAI Awards placed a strong focus on sustainability this year with a passive house designed house in Co Down winning the Sustainability Award.

Silver Bark House by Marshall McCann is a contemporary timber clad new build with an oversized dormer window. Photos by Keri Leigh Kearney.

The Living Category meanwhile rewarded two projects, Charleville which is an artisan cottage in Dublin’s north inner city designed by Scullion Architects and An Tuí by Karen Brownlee Architects.

An Tuí by Karen Brownlee Architects, photo Aisling McCoy

Charleville images below taken by Fionn McCann.

Winning the Workplace and Fit-Out Award is Clancy Moore Architects’ Writer’s Room, the envy of anyone who’s working from home. Photos by Fionn McCann.

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Written by Astrid Madsen

Astrid Madsen is the editor of the SelfBuild magazine. Email

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