Project of the NI company Gilbert-Ash for the main prize


Europe’s first “eco-mosque”, built by the Belfast-based construction company Gilbert-Ash, was nominated for the RIBA Stirling Prize 2021.

Ambridge Central Mosque is one of six projects selected from 54 winners of the RIBA National Award 2021.

The Stirling Prize is awarded to buildings that are considered to be the most significant of the year for the development of architecture and the built environment. This year’s winner will be announced on October 14th.

Marks Barfield Architects, who are competing for the award, designed the building.

It is the third Gilbert Ash project to be nominated for the category. The ensemble’s work at the Lyric Theater in 2012 and the Giant’s Causeway Visitor’s Center in 2013 were also recognized, while their work at the Everyman Theater in 2014 won the category.

Ray Hutchinson, director of Gilbert-Ash, described the mosque as “a unique building in many ways with a remarkable attention to detail.”

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