Our projects won the Commercial and Regeneration categories, and also received a 'highly commended' in the Design through Innovation category. The highlight of the evening was receiving the Project of the Year accolade for the Longbridge project, having excelled in a combination of the main categories and considered the most remarkable entry on the shortlist.
The awards recognise property professionals in the region and showcase their talent and ingenuity, creating stunning properties and projects around the West Midlands. The awards are designed to celebrate projects that provide a boost to the local community as well as the local economy.
The Regeneration and overall Project of the Year award, went to Longbridge Town Centre Phase 1. Since acquiring the 468 acre site in 2003, our client, St. Modwen has been driving forward this regeneration project, restoring a sense of identity, purpose and economic strength. Part of a larger £1 billion investment delivering 10,000 new jobs and 2,000 new homes, the first phase of the £70 million town centre was completed this year.
Commenting on the Project of the Year, Richard Moxon, Chair of the Awards judging panel, said “Longbridge is a more than a deserving winner of the RICS West Midlands Awards Project of the Year 2015. It absolutely embodies the values that the judges look for in a development – it serves its users in a way that few other projects could… This large and complex regeneration project was delivered during a difficult time for the industry and required commercial innovation and tenacity to remain viable. Job creation from new business has reached 4000 and will eventually exceed those lost by the closure of the car plant that used to occupy the site.”
The Commercial project award was won by The School Yard. We worked with property developers EDG Property to provide a sympathetic refurbishment of a Grade II Listed School and Clock Tower that has re-enlivened Harborne High Street. Judges commented, “…the project has successfully taken a disused building and turned it into a commercially viable development whilst retaining the original character of the buildings.”
The MB Science Building for the University of Wolverhampton was highly commended in the Design through Innovation category. Representing a strategic investment for its students and the wider Black Country, it will educate future scientists to the highest possible level, and is the first Science Building in Europe to install lecture capture throughout the building and electronic laboratory books to all students.
We played a leading role on all three of these prestigious projects delivering our core services including project management, employers agent, quantity surveying, CDM co-ordinator and BREEAM consultancy services.
Paul Doherty, director and head of operations in the Midlands, said, “I am hugely proud of our team in winning the above awards and this goes some way to recognising their hard work and dedication in delivering such economically important and high profile projects across the Midlands.”
"I am hugely proud of our team in winning the above awards and this goes some way to recognising their hard work and dedication..."
Paul Doherty, Faithful+Gould Head of Operations - Midlands
The Longbridge Town Centre Phase 1 project will go forward to the RICS National Awards being held in London on 16th October, where it will compete against other leading projects from across the UK for the overall category winner, and for the ultimate accolade – Project of the Year.
This fantastic achievement follows our successes at the RICS Awards 2015 for the East Midlands and Scotland, and the recent Building Awards Construction/Surveyor of the Year win, further cementing the reputation of Faithful+Gould for excellence in service delivery and Constructive Expertise.