ADPs Eddie Weir and Matthew Weir along with the regional committee for the CIAT have organised to have the CIATs annual general meeting and presidents diner dance brought to Northern Ireland. The event is set to attract over 300 professionals form throughout the construction industry and academics in Architectural Technology and the built environment from across the UK, Republic of Ireland, Hong Kong and overseas.
The event was incredibly successful and featured over the course of two days.
Friday 16th November, Following a civic reception hosted by the High Sheriff Alderman May Campbell, members were invited to take a guided tour of Belfast City Hall followed by a Titanic themed quiz hosted by the titanic society in the Europa Hotel.
The presidents diner dance and awards show was hosted on Saturday 17th November in the grand banqueting facilities at the new Titanic Belfast. The prestigious black tie evening was extremely successful with live music provided by the Belfast Jazz Orchestra.
The past year has seen Belfast celebrate the centenary of the launch of the Titanic and the city’s shipbuilding heritage, while CIAT has been celebrating a year which included its Chief Executive, Francesca Berriman being honoured with an MBE for services to the Architectural Technology profession.
Following a civic reception hosted by the High Sheriff Alderman May Campbell, CIAT’s AGM was held in the Europa Hotel. The President’s Dinner Dance was held in the grand Titanic Suite at the Titanic Belfast. It was here that CIAT presented its annual Awards with over 300 guests from across the construction industry including VIPs Dame Mary Peters, Lord Lieutenant of Belfast, and Sammy Wilson MP, Minister of Finance and Personnel.
President Colin Orr said ‘The hospitality and warm welcome...made this a truly memorable visit and we couldn’t have asked for a better setting than the new Titanic Belfast building.’
The event has been widely acknowledge to have been a fantastic success and many have thanked the efforts of the Northern Ireland Regional members who worked hard to make the event so enjoyable.
The chosen charity for the AGM was Marie Curie.
A collection at the President’s Annual Dinner Dance raised an impressive £2,024.06 for Marie Curie Nursing Care.
Suzy McIlveen, Regional Fundraising Events Manager for Northern Ireland, described the total as ‘brilliant’ and added ‘this equates to 101 hours of nursing care’.