Yorkshire Pride - Celebrating a Triple Success at Regional RICS Awards

Jaime-Louise O'Donnell
The ceremony on Friday 12th May saw two projects delivered from Faithful+Gould's Leeds office win in three categories of the Yorkshire and Humber RICS Awards 2017.

The £25 million redevelopment of East Riding Leisure Bridlington took the win for 'Community Benefit' after demonstrating a significant increase in users from the local area, and it's success in attracting many visitors into the region. This impressive project created what the judges described as 'a valuable community asset, with exemplary facilities, which support and encourage health and wellbeing in the town, whilst encouraging tourism and reducing the energy and revenue costs for the local authority'.

The same project also scooped the win in the 'Tourism and Leisure' category, notably for being an exemplary and visually striking development with state-of-the-art health and well-being facilities.

Senior Quantity Surveyor, Sophie Barrow was there on the night when her clients received their awards."Working with East Riding of Yorkshire Council on this project has been extremely rewarding both during the design construction process and also during occupation in seeing how popular the facility is amongst the local community. The facility is a new benchmark of what a leisure facility should be and its a fantastic asset not just for Bridlington but the whole region. The utilisation of Building Information Modelling to develop the scheme was crucial in the smooth running of the project during the construction phase which created programme and cost savings for the council."

The third award Faithful+Gould celebrated that evening was for clients Airedale International Air Conditioning Ltd in the 'Design through Innovation' category for their new BREEAM 'Very Good' HQ in Leeds. RICS judges praised the new facility as 'world-class and said its new state-of-the-art research and development facility is particularly impressive, allowing Airedale to significantly increase its production capacity and lead the world market in their industry with the largest R&D facility of its kind in northern Europe'.

“It is testament to the team involved that the project has collected this prestigious award. To achieve recognition for “Design through Innovation” is particularly satisfying given the programme and commercial pressures we were under and the need to minimise the Client’s time at temporary premises. Our procurement expertise was pivotal in rationalising the re-build programme and by working closely with stakeholders we gained a knowledge and understanding of the building’s requirements at an early stage” Managing Quantity Surveyor, Craig Hitchenor.

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