Faithful+Gould Project Wins at RICS Awards 2013

Sarah Greenslade
Faithful+Gould has won the Best Regeneration Project Award for North Prospect at the RICS Awards 2013 – South West and Wales.

North Prospect in Plymouth is one of the most socially deprived wards in England. In 2009 Plymouth Community Homes embarked on an ambitious 10 year regeneration programme to counter years of under investment and to improve the areas longer term viability. The first phase of the programme was completed in January 2013 on time and within budget. It provided modern day homes, constructed to Lifetime Homes principles and achieves Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4, incorporating photovoltaic and rainwater harvesting. The redevelopment and regeneration of the area has brought about a new future for North Prospect.

The Best Regeneration Project category was extremely competitive and the whole team are absolutely delighted to have won this prestigious award.

Adam Jones, Faithful+Gould's Regional Director

Faithful+Gould was instructed as Employer’s Agent, to procure the developer for the scheme, which was one of the first major projects to make use of the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) Delivery Partner panel, with contracts signed in March 2011 for immediate start on site. Phase 1 consisted of 250 homes, commercial and community facilities. The scheme was tendered to a select list of developer’s on the basis of an outline development brief and spatial development strategy, and the successful developer was responsible for preparation of an outline and detailed planning application of the first phase. Faithful+Gould managed the procurement process, including the production of tender documentation, and assisted in the evaluation and selection of the developer.

Faithful+Gould is now carrying out the post contract Employer’s Agent role for successive phases.   

The award entry was prepared by Mark Walsh, Dominic Leaver and Adam Jones from the Exeter office and also consisted of a site visit by two Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) judges. Adam Jones, who is delighted to have won the award, commented, “from a standing start, Plymouth Community Homes has embarked on one of most ambitious regeneration projects in the south west and Faithful+Gould has been instrumental in supporting them since the beginning. The Best Regeneration Project category was extremely competitive and the whole team are absolutely delighted to have won this prestigious award.”

As a result of the success of this project, Adam has been invited to present a case study of the North Prospect scheme at the upcoming RICS South West Property Conference on the 6th June at the Holiday Inn, in Bristol. The conference will be delivered through a number of practical sessions and case studies, which aims to assess the current key policy drivers and regional initiatives that are driving the South West property and construction market.