Project at English Street, Downpatrick Nominated for RICS Awards by Matt Bishop

We are delighted to announce that our refurbishment of English Street, Downpatrick has been nominated for the RICS Awards 2017. Here are a few pictures of the finished project:

The regional award ceremony will take place on 25 May 2017 at La Mon Hotel & Country Club, Belfast.

A full list of projects shortlisted for the RICS Awards 2017 can be found on the RICS website.

Official Opening of Sunnylands Grove, Carrickfergus by Matt Bishop

Left to right: Jayne McFaul (Choice Housing Ireland), Ian Snowden (Director of Housing Policy and Performance at the Department for Communities), Hazel Bell (Chair of Choice) and Harry Rolston (Rolston Architects)

Left to right: Jayne McFaul (Choice Housing Ireland), Ian Snowden (Director of Housing Policy and Performance at the Department for Communities), Hazel Bell (Chair of Choice) and Harry Rolston (Rolston Architects)

Thursday 9th March marked the official opening of Sunnylands Grove, providing 12 new homes for people over the age of 55.

The sheltered development at Sunnylands Grove, was officially opened by the Chair of Choice, Hazel Bell and Ian Snowden, Director of Housing Policy and Performance at the Department for Communities. Our own Harry Rolston, who was architect on the scheme, also attended the opening with Development Officer Jayne McFaul.

The apartments will enable older people to live independently and privately in their own dwelling within a safe, friendly and supportive environment.

Hazel Bell Chair of Choice said:

“Sheltered housing is an excellent option for older people who want to live independently in their own homes but remain closely connected to their community. These new high quality apartments will make a real difference to the lives of residents and bolsters the number of Choice homes in the Carrickfergus area.

“Sunnylands Grove is the latest completion in a busy new build programme that is actively planning and constructing much needed new homes across Northern Ireland. Today marks another milestone in our ambitious plans to support positive change across the region and deliver more high quality homes.”

Ian Snowden, Director at the Department for Communities said:

“One of the aims of the Department for Communities is to provide good quality, affordable housing for everyone in housing need and this development at Sunnylands Grove is a fine example of what we are trying to achieve. These are modern, energy efficient homes providing a contemporary living environment for the older population of Carrickfergus with easy access to the town’s facilities.”

The Sunnylands Grove scheme was designed by Rolston Architects and construction work was completed by O’Hanlon and Farrell.

ask an architect 2017 by Matt Bishop

This year Rolston Architects will again participate in an architectural event with a great cause, 'ask an architect'.

To book one of our 5 free consultations visit

ask an architect is an unique annual event and takes place over a single week each year. During that week architects across all of Northern Ireland will offer their services free of charge, giving advice to those considering a building or renovation project, all for a charitable a charitable donation of a minimum of £40 to local charity The Jill Todd Trust, in partnership with Friends of the Cancer Centre. ask an architect will give members of the public the opportunity to get expert advice from a chartered architect on building projects of all shapes and sizes.

This year ask an architect will be held 13 - 19 May 2017 inclusive.

The initiative is organised by the Royal Society of Ulster Architects (RSUA), PLACE and the Jill Todd Trust. Thanks to our sponsors who cover administrative costs and provide critical pro bono services, 100% of all funds raised by ‘ask an architect’ will be used by Friends of the Cancer Centre to support local cancer research through clinical trials at the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology (CCRCB) at Queen’s University, Belfast.

Redevelopment at Durham Street, Belfast by Matt Bishop

Proposed view from Galway Street

Proposed view from Galway Street

Existing view from Glaway Street

Existing view from Glaway Street

Proposed view from Citylink Business Park

Proposed view from Citylink Business Park

Existing view from Citylink Business Park

Existing view from Citylink Business Park

Work has started at Durham Street, and whilst completion may be some time away, here's a sneak preview into what you can expect when our project is finished!

It's always rewarding to see the impact our projects can have to a local community.

The project includes 23 residential Units, including a variety of house types and category 1 apartments for the elderly.

Location: Durham Street, Belfast
Client: Clanmil Housing Association
Contractor: GEDA Construction

Progress at Donaghadee Road, Bangor by Matt Bishop

Work is progressing at 189 Donaghadee Road, Bangor. We're excited to see the project coming together.

The project includes 12 supported living Apartments with Communal & Staff Facilities.

Location: Donaghadee Road, Bangor
Client: Belfast Central Mission & Choice Housing
Contractor: Donaghmore Construction