RICS established these awards to celebrate ‘the impact our built environment has on people’s lives’, shortlisting projects that make a positive difference. The awards assess the human, social and environmental impact, and the innovation and collaboration for projects across Commercial, Education, Healthcare, Heritage, Infrastructure, Land & Rural, Leisure, Residential and Student Accommodation sectors.
Our Shortlisted Projects
Alnwick Playhouse, Northumberland County Council
The £3.3m refurbishment of the 1925 Alnwick Playhouse provides an improved arts centre and community asset for 60,000 visitors, with the whole building re-modelled to one coherent vision. The enhanced community facilities have reinvigorated the historic building, making it fit-for-purpose for many years to come.
The Cambridge Mosque is referred to as “the greenest mosque in Europe” It’s total energy rating per annum is 64.85 kWh / m2 including unregulated energy and PVs. Over 70% of the project delivery team were from Cambridge based companies, with our own cost manager living just one mile from the mosque.
St Augustine Community Centre, Derby
The St Augustine’s Community Hub project arose from Derby City Council’s carefully researched understanding of diverse and multi-cultural community needs, together with a specific estate challenge. The innovative client vision saw a new community hub, providing a library, social meeting facilities, community hire space and council working space under one roof.
Crosskeys Building, Exeter
The University of Exeter’s St Luke’s campus lacked a focal hub. The project contributes to improvement of both the student experience and the staff experience, encompassing wellbeing, sense of integration and belonging to a community, as well as improved studying and networking opportunities.
INTO Building for University of Stirling
The INTO Stirling University Centre offers modern facilities for over 300 students, spread over three floors. Flexible learning spaces mirror university-style teaching which includes lectures, hands-on laboratory work, seminar rooms, tutorial space, supported self-study and e-learning.
Collective Calton Hill for City of Edinburgh
Collective is a major art centre and restaurant development atop Edinburgh’s Calton Hill, part of Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site. A £4.5million project, restoring the Grade A listed observatory, transit house and city dome as well as creating a restaurant with panoramic views of the city and a new gallery.
The GRID Building, Heriot-Watt Uni
The GRID building is a new engineering, computer science and maths building at Heriot-Watt University’s Riccarton Campus. The development incorporates a Business Enterprise Zone, which acts as an incubator space for young businesses, forging links with the Heriot-Watt University Research Park.
The Frederick Douglass Centre, Newcastle University
An inspiring building with cutting-edge learning, teaching and conference facilities, in addition to the auditorium, other main features within the building will be a 200-seat collaborative lecture theatre, teaching rooms, café, academic office space, social learning spaces, roof terrace and a significant extension to the public realm within Science Central.
Springwell SEND Primary School
Due to an increase in demand for special educational needs (SEN) primary places across Southampton, the existing Springwell Site was identified by the Council as having the potential to expand, through a £12m two phase expansion.