At the awards ceremony, left to right, are: Orla McMonagle, Michael McMonagle. Daniel McMonagle, Barry Gallagher, Declan McCabe, Paul McDaid, Liam Kelly, Patsy Barr, Shane McLaughlin and Michael Kelly
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Congratulations to Donegal Town Credit Union and the team behind their new landmark building, which has won a prestigious international architecture award.
The innovative building beat off stiff competition from across the British Isles and Ireland to be the only Irish premises commended for its design and construction in the 2016 Natural Stone Awards.
Management from Donegal Town Credit Union, McCabe Architects, McMonagle Stone and Glebe Builders travelled to London for the awards ceremony last Friday.
More than 400 guests attended the gala dinner at the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel where the Right Honourable Michael Portillo presented the award to Declan McCabe of McCabe Architects and Daniel McMonagle of McMonagle Stone, who accepted on behalf of the entire team.
A delighted Declan McCabe told the Democrat this week, "It's a great honour to be recognised by your peers on the international stage."
An equally thrilled Liam Kelly, manager of Donegal Town Credit Union, added, "We're so proud for Donegal especially as local materials, including stone from Mountcharles, and local craftsmen and contractors, worked on this project.
"It's a great privilege for the members of Donegal Town Credit Union to have a building that has won such a presitigious award."
The Natural Stone Awards are presented every two years by the Stone Federation of Great Britain and are the industry's highest accolade for excellence of design in natural stone projects.
The judges, some of the top architects in the UK, said of the credit union building, "To better understand this idiosyncratic building, there is a fundamental need to appreciate the philosophy, ethos and approach of the client Donegal Town Credit Union.
"As a shareholding loans body, operated by members for members, the union's remit is geographically specific to the town and its design brief called for a building to epitomise a closer integration with the society it serves.
"Also requiring reference to indigenous nautical influences, the underlying commitment was to create a statement building that grew from the landscape to advantageously and physically anchor the union with the financial needs of its community."
The judges continued, "with such quality in the construction work that has been meticulously detailed throughout all aspects of the building, the unconventional end result admirably and fully satisfies the client's somewhat understated requirements brief.'"
The judges concluded, "In no small measure, the success of the project was due to its powerful concept, the quality of the craftsmanship, and the enabling effect it has created to sit comfortably in its environment creating a landmark building for Donegal Town to be proud of."