Faithful+Gould Midlands Offices Celebrate Success at the RICS Awards

Sarah Brown
Over the course of two nights, Faithful+Gould, a member of the SNC Lavalin Group collectively won five awards and one highly commended at the West Midlands and East Midlands RICS Awards.

De Montfort University, Mill Lane and Gateway Public Realm won the Infrastructure category, North Kesteven District Council ONE NK Sports Centre won the Tourism and Leisure category and received a highly commended in the Design Through Innovation with Loughborough University STEM Lab going on to win the category at the East Midlands RICS Awards. The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire won West Midlands RICS Awards Project of the Year and the Design Through Innovation category, a project delivered out of Faithful+Gould’s Birmingham office. 

Showcasing the most inspirational initiatives and developments in land, real estate, construction and infrastructure, The RICS awards celebrate the achievements and successes of RICS professionals and their impact on local communities. Across eight individual categories, the awards are regarded as the premier property and construction awards in the country. 

"These accolades demonstrate our expertise in construction consultancy service delivery and rewards the hard work and dedication of everyone involved."

The Mill Lane and Gateway Public Realm scheme created an attractive communal space along a former public highway through the centre of De Montfort University’s main campus in Leicester. The pedestrianised area of Mill Lane, which runs from the city centre end of the campus down to the riverside, has been transformed into an attractive, usable and vibrant space with strips of bright green, punctuated by plant beds and budding trees forming striking spacious grounds. 

Designed to work harmoniously with De Montfort University’s vision for the campus, the scheme tied in with several projects throughout the city as part of “Connecting Leicester.” Complementing the wider regeneration of the area, the attractive natural stone matches that used in the high-profile Cathedral Square scheme, which was completed in conjunction with the Richard III Visitor Centre, a project also delivered by the Nottingham office team. 

The judges commented “The new STEM Building at Loughborough University embraces the principle of ‘Design through Innovation."

The RICS judges said: "Universities are synonymous with being on a campus. De Montfort University in Leicester was however before this project split in two, with a busy road running straight through its heart. This project run jointly by the University and Leicester City Council transformed the area, improving pedestrian access into the city centre from the west as well as helping to create the University Campus." 

Loughborough University STEMLab is a new BREEAM Excellent, state of the art Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics facility. The building comprises of modern energy-efficient teaching areas over two upper floor levels with a lower ground floor area of workshop zones. STEMLab greatly enhances the university’s provision for existing and new STEM students further promoting Loughborough University as one of the leading 20 research-led universities in the country. 

The judges commented “The new STEM Building at Loughborough University embraces the principle of ‘Design through Innovation’. The judges were impressed by the design and flexibility of the space provided along with recognising the complex nature of laboratory spaces. Construction of the building sought to achieve value for money through clever earth modelling on site to provide alternative uses on campus, whilst reducing delivery costs. The building achieved a BREEAM Excellent rating and has clearly provided leading research and teaching facilities on campus." 

North Kesteven District Council ONE NK Sports Centre in the suburb of North Hykeham is a state of the art leisure facility including an interactive iSlide, the first  in the UK, splash pool, dance, cycling and aerobic studios and gym. The revitalised facility successfully demonstrates what can be achieved by investing in an existing facility. Through the combination of intelligent architecture, community involvement and a committed team, the rebranded ONE NK highlights how public and private sectors can work to achieve a lasting legacy. 

The judges commented “ONE NK represents an excellent example of successfully regenerating an outdated leisure centre to provide high quality, modern facilities which consider the needs of all users. The project demonstrates a continued commitment to investment in providing inclusive leisure activities and facilities, at affordable prices, which is reflected in the increase in visitor numbers. Innovative design, engagement with suppliers and local people, together with a strong sense of social responsibility and local identity, have enabled the project to maximise value for money while delivering a leisure centre which is now also a community hub."

Faithful+Gould Nottingham office played a leading role on all of these high-profile projects, delivering project management and cost management consultancy services.

Neil Walker, Director and Head of Operations East Midlands for SNC-Lavalins Faithful+Gould business said, “I am hugely proud of everyone in the Nottingham office who was involved in the schemes. These accolades demonstrate our expertise in construction consultancy service delivery and rewards the hard work and dedication of everyone involved."

Delivered out of the Birmingham office, the RICS West Midlands Project of the Year 2018 and winner of the Design Through Innovation category was the Royal Conservatoire Birmingham, part of Birmingham City University.

The highly acclaimed Project of the Year title is presented to the scheme which demonstrates overall outstanding best practice and an exemplary commitment to adding value to its local area.

"The Conservatoire is a world class facility and is rightly a contender to win the RICS Project of the Year Award in November."

The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire is the new purpose-built music school and is the first digital conservatoire of the 21st Century. Covering approximately 10,500m2 of lecture and teaching space the conservatoire also boasts 100 rehearsal rooms, a new 500 seat concert hall, intimate 150 seat recital hall, and Birmingham’s only dedicated jazz club and an organ performance space.

Judges praised the team for delivering this ‘world class’ facility with national and international appeal which will attract further investment to the City. This grand project, which has also received the Royal seal of approval, had stiff competition from other entries but in many ways stood ‘head and shoulders’ above other entries.

John Rawlinson, Director and Head of Operations West Midlands for SNC-Lavalin's Faithful+Gould business  said “This is a fantastic effort by the delivery team involved in the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. The Conservatoire is a world class facility and is rightly a contender to win the RICS Project of the Year Award in November."

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