Double Success at West Midlands RICS Awards

Angelina Padovano
Our Birmingham office is celebrating again after having scooped an award in the Residential category, and was highly commended by the judges in the Design through Innovation category at the West Midlands Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Awards 2016.

Regarded as the premier property and construction awards in the country, RICS bring together the most innovative projects in the region and awards the achievements of the most inspirational regional initiatives and developments.

The Residential Award was for The School Yard - Phase 2. We worked with client EDG Property to create a contemporary new residential building within a former school playground. The building, which includes thirteen boutique one, two and three bedroom homes provides outstanding views and a luxury specification, all homes were sold off-plan and were delivered on schedule to purchasers.

Chair of the RICS Judging Panel, Richard Moxon FRICS, Pennycuick Collins said: "The strikingly modern second phase of the School Yard, off Harborne's High Street, has been successfully integrated in a public courtyard setting established by the listed building development of the first phase. The development boasts maximum flexibility with purchasers securing all dwellings early enough to influence the final design and delivering bespoke accommodation throughout. The development has created a unique living environment which has appealed to occupiers in spite of the challengingly tight site. We expect this to be a popular development for years to come and a catalyst to further development locally."

The Residential Award was for The School Yard - Phase 2. We worked with client EDG Property to create a contemporary new residential building within a former school playground.

Commenting on the win, Neil Edginton from EDG Property said: "The numerous awards the project has scooped are testament to the efforts of everyone involved."

Curzon Building Award Presentation

The Curzon Building at Birmingham City University was highly commended by the judges in The Design through Innovation Category, the building represents a significant addition to the University’s City Centre Campus, continuing the University’s skyline dominance at the eastern end of the City Park and provides a state-of-the-art home to Business, English, Law and Social Sciences students. The project has continued to innovate in its adoption of Building Information Modelling to deliver greater long-term value for money through effective facilities management.

We played a leading role on both of these high-profile projects, delivering employer's agent, quantity surveying and CDM co-ordinator consultancy services.

The RICS judging panel said: "The Curzon Building is the next stage in the expansion of Birmingham City University. Now home to students for Business, English, Law and Social Sciences the project exemplifies the effective use of BIM in modern day construction. We are extremely impressed with the high level of innovative design displayed and the project was a firm favourite amongst the team; unfortunately it was just pipped to the post for the award in the Design through Innovation category."

We played a leading role on both of these high-profile projects, delivering employer's agent, quantity surveying and CDM co-ordinator consultancy services.

Paul Doherty, director and head of operations in the Midlands, said, "This is the second year running that our Midlands' projects have been recognised at the RICS awards, I am hugely proud of everyone involved in the schemes. These accolades demonstrate our expertise in construction consultancy service delivery and rewards the hard work and dedication of everyone involved."

This fantastic achievement is in addition to other recent award success in the Midlands, including our wins in the RICS Awards 2016 for the East Midlands, the West Midlands Celebrating Construction Awards 2016 and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) West Midlands Awards 2016.

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