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The Winners South East

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Contents Introduction 

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Winners’ overview 

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Building Conservation 

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Commercial 

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Community Benefit 

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Design through Innovation 

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Regeneration 

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Residential 

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Tourism & Leisure 

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Project of the Year 

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RICS introduction The annual RICS Awards, South East recognise exemplary built projects in the land, real estate, construction and infrastructure sectors that are positively contributing to their local communities. They also celebrate the talented RICS professionals and inspiring teams behind them. A diverse range of innovative projects, of all sizes and budgets, made the shortlist this year and over the next few pages you will find out more about the category winners – and the esteemed ‘Project of the Year’ – not to mention the positive impact they are having on their local areas. You’ll also discover the firms – and the varied range of disciplines – that collaborated to deliver each of these winning projects. It is the vision and talent of these admirable partnerships that have brought these exceptional projects to life, so the winning teams should be very proud of their achievements and contribution to the region.

I’d like to thank our panel of RICS Judges for their time and commitment. The judging process is tough and challenging, particularly for the overall Project of the Year title as this is awarded to the category winner that demonstrates overall outstanding best practice and the highest commitment to adding real value to its local area. This year the prestigious title went to Westgate, Oxford. Congratulations go to the team behind it for delivering such a remarkable, world-class project that is having a resounding positive impact on its community. All category winners including the Project of the Year, will go on to compete against other regional winners at the national RICS Awards, Grand Final in London, for the chance to be crowned the overall UK winner in their respective category and vie for the ‘UK Project of the Year’ accolade. I wish them they very best of luck in representing the South East and showcasing just what RICS professionals, together with other built environment professionals, can achieve. My sincere thanks to our sponsors for this year’s RICS Awards, South East who helped make the awards ceremony such a fantastic celebratory occasion.

Matthew Howell RICS Managing Director, UK & Ireland

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Winners’ overview Once again, the RICS Awards 2019, South East was an outstanding and inspiring evening. The awards continue to attract pioneering entries from all over the region and this year was no exception.

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Across the following pages you will see many examples of the exceptional talent and vision which make the South East a fantastic place to live, work and, of course, visit. The category winners – Building Conservation, Commercial, Community Benefit, Design through Innovation, Regeneration, Residential and Tourism & Leisure – will now progress to the RICS Awards 2019 Grand Final in October to be held at The Lancaster Hotel, London. The full list of winning projects is:

Building Conservation

Regeneration

Winner The Vyne – ‘Lifting the Lid’, Basingstoke

Winner The Lexicon, Bracknell

Commercial

Residential

Winner Westgate, Oxford

Winner Quebec Park, Bordon

Highly Commended University of Kent Student Hub, Canterbury

Tourism & Leisure Winner Battle of Britain Bunker Visitor Centre, Uxbridge

Community Benefit Winner Brighton & Hove Food Partnership Kitchen, Brighton

Design through Innovation Winner Sevenoaks School Science and Technology Centre and Global Study Centre, Sevenoaks Highly Commended Rutherford Cancer Centre, Reading

Inspiring winners The RICS Awards 2018 were full of spectacular projects – here are some Project of the Year winners:

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, part of Birmingham City University, Birmingham, West Midlands

Get Busy Living Centre, Melton Mowbray, East Midlands

Aerospace Bristol, Bristol, South West

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Building Conservation

This award honours excellent work in the conservation of a single bui renovation or conversion to a new or original use.

Winner The Vyne – ‘Lifting the Lid’, Basingstoke Surveyor: National Trust Architect: Nick Cox Architects Owner/Client: National Trust Developer/Contractor: Ken Biggs Contractors Ltd Nominated by: National Trust Suffering from water ingress and chimneys on the verge of collapse, The Vyne has been saved for future generations to enjoy. Following a year of detailed preparation, this fine Tudor mansion has been re-roofed and conserved, utilizing traditional techniques and materials, echoing those employed in its original construction. The work was skillfully executed under the gaze of almost 150,000 visitors who were able to witness the project unfold before their very eyes from a fully accessible 360° scaffold walkway

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The judges said The success of the Vyne project is due to very careful attention to detail and investigations before the contract started. This ensured a high quality scheme coming in under budget. The further challenges were to keep the Vyne open to the public while it was swathed in scaffolding, and then to give full public access to the scaffold to view the works in progress. A temporary lift provided full disabled access to the high-level walkway. An impressive scheme indeed.

Shortlisted Dalby Square, Cliftonville, Margate Nominated by Lee Evans Partnership LLP

Reading Abbey Revealed, Reading Nominated by CRL Restoration

Guildford Cathedral, Guildford Nominated by Thomas Ford and Partners

The Vyne – ‘Lifting the Lid’, Basingstoke Nominated by National Trust

Whitchurch Silk Mill, Whitchurch Nominated by HCC Property Services

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Commercial

This award honours an outstanding commercial property developme Judges were looking for evidence of a commercially successful proje

Winner Westgate, Oxford Surveyor:

Gardiner and Theobald Architect: JV – BDP / Glenn Howells / Panter Hudspith / Allies and Morrison / Dixon Jones Owner/Client: Westgate Oxford Alliance (LandSec and The Crown Estate) Developer/Contractor: Westgate Oxford Alliance (LandSec and The Crown Estate) Nominated by: BDP Architects Westgate arranges a series of individual retail and leisure blocks that operate as a single entity. Due to its scale this unique shopping centre was achieved through a collaborative approach involving a number of teams. The public spaces integrate with the surrounding streets to form a cross weave of arcades and lanes, linking the blocks and connecting the different areas of the historic city.

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ent whether retail, office, leisure, industrial or mixed use. ect.

The judges said Westgate is a large shopping centre made up of four individual retail blocks, tied together by public spaces, operating as a single entity. It has been very successful commercially. It was not easy to integrate a development of this magnitude into an area of much smaller properties. However, the public spaces link with surrounding streets, recreating routes of former streets. Innovative features include the collaboration of five major architectural firms, the successful emphasis on sustainable design, and a large, well landscaped, roof terrace with extensive views over the city.

Shortlisted Connect 38, Ashford, Kent Nominated by Pillary Barn

Temple of Bacchus, Painshill, Cobham Nominated by Cliveden Conservation Workshop

University of Kent Student Hub, Canterbury Nominated by Lee Evans Partnership LLP

Davidson, Reading Nominated by dn-a architecture

The Lexicon, Bracknell Nominated by BDP Architects

Wealden Crematorium, Horam Nominated by MacConvilles Surveying

Gambledown Farm, Romsey Nominated by Studio Four Architects Ltd

The Reef at Holiday Extras, Newingreen Nominated by WAM.design

Westgate, Oxford Nominated by BDP Architects

Hush Heath Winery, Tonbridge Nominated by BBS Construction Ltd

Wealden Crematorium Nominated by MacConvilles Surveying

Highly Commended University of Kent Student Hub, Canterbury Architect: Lee Evans Partnership LLP Owner/Client: The University of Kent Developer/Contractor: Jenner Contractors Ltd Nominated by: Lee Evans Partnership LLP

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Community Benefit

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Winner Brighton & Hove Food Partnership Kitchen, Brighton Surveyor:

MacConvilles Surveying Architect: Claire Potter Designs Owner/Client: The Brighton and Hove Food Partnership Trust Developer/Contractor: Cheesmur Building Contractors Nominated by: MacConvilles Surveying Brighton & Hove Food Partnership have been using food as a focus for positive change in people’s lives for over 15 years. This non-profit organisation delivers programmes championing healthy food, plot-to-plate growing and connecting people through eating. The Community Kitchen transformed a collection of dated offices into a friendly, safe and welcoming space that inspires people; “a great space to cook in but also a place with a heart.”

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which ildingdirectly or structure benefits or athe group local ofcommunity buildings orand structures can illustrate and covers its or groups of buildings, new or improvements to existing facilities.

The judges said The Food Partnership is an outstanding example of a community working together to create a central space that benefits all. The not-for-profit partnership, operating since 2003, had no permanent kitchen so with consultants offering their services for free, suppliers donating materials and an army of volunteers they created a purpose built and fully accessible community kitchen offering everyone the opportunity to learn about, share and enjoy food and improve their confidence and skills both in the kitchen and social situations.

Shortlisted Academic Centre, Milton Keynes Nominated by Feilden+Mawson LLP

Hox Park, Egham Nominated by Studio Partington

The Foley Centre, Ashford, Kent Nominated by Modus Construction Consultants Ltd

Bourne Drive, Littlebourne Nominated by Red Key Concepts

Sevenoaks School Science and Technology Centre and Global Study Centre, Sevenoaks Nominated by Tim Ronalds Architects

The Hundred of Hoo Academy, Rochester Nominated by WW Martin Ltd

Brighton & Hove Food Partnership Kitchen, Brighton Nominated by MacConvilles Surveying

Stokes Centre for Urology, Guildford Nominated by K2 Consultancy

The Lookout at Lepe Country Park, Southampton Nominated by Hampshire County Council Property Services

Cherry Orchard Primary Academy & Community Centre, Ebbsfleet Nominated by Lee Evans Partnership LLP

Studio 144, Southampton Nominated by CZWG Architects LLP

Three Rivers Academy, Walton-on-Thames Nominated by MEA (Michael Edwards Consultants Ltd)

Herne Centre, Herne Nominated by Betteridge & Milsom

The Burrow and the Coach House; Mulberry Bush School, Witney Nominated by Anderson Orr Architects Ltd

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Design through Innovation

This award honours the use of outstanding innovation in designing a creativity and innovative design enhanced a project across a wide ran

Winner Sevenoaks School Science and Technology Centre and Global Study Centre, Sevenoaks Surveyor: Architect:

Bristow Johnson Tim Ronalds Architects Owner/Client: Sevenoaks School Foundation Developer/Contractor: Gilbert-Ash Nominated by: Tim Ronalds Architects This £23m Science & Technology Centre and Global Study Centre offers inspirational educational spaces. 30 glass-fronted laboratories and workshops are arranged around a top-lit atrium, with all activities visible within. The building is a place for experimentation and discovery. Day-lit and naturally ventilated throughout, it has an expressive structure, and durable natural materials. The 7200sqm building also contains sophisticated social, study and educational space for the school’s sixth form, plus an extensive multi-purpose space.

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a successful project. The judges looked for evidence that the use of nge of criteria.

The judges said This project comprises a new multi-level building arranged around a very impressive full height central atrium, a multi-purpose hall, technology workshops and areas to provide sophisticated social, study and educational space for the sixth form students. The saw tooth roof delivers soft, glare free, north light throughout. Low carbon cooling when required is provided via pipe coils cast into the structural slabs, through which borehole water is circulated and then recycled for use within the building. This is a very impressive building for rising 11 year-old children, which would not be out of place in a top 20 university campus setting.

Shortlisted Academic Centre, Milton Keynes Nominated by Feilden+Mawson LLP

Dunstall Lane, St Mary’s Bay Nominated by Peter Brett Associates

Rutherford Cancer Centre, Reading Nominated by JDDK Ltd

Beatrice Shilling Building, Egham Nominated by Stride Treglown

Kingsgate Housing, Winchester Nominated by Cowper Griffith Architects

Sevenoaks School Science and Technology Centre and Global Study Centre, Sevenoaks Nominated by Tim Ronalds Architects

Charterhouse Science and Mathematics Centre, Godalming Nominated by Design Engine Architects

Murray Centre, Downe House School, Thatcham Nominated by Design Engine Architects

Three Rivers Academy, Walton-on-Thames Nominated by MEA (Michael Edwards Consultants Ltd)

Highly Commended Rutherford Cancer Centre, Reading Surveyor: Boyden Group LLP Architect: JDDK Ltd Owner/Client: Rutherford Estates Ltd Developer/Contractor: Graham Construction Nominated by JDDK Ltd

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Regeneration

This award honours exceptional improvements to urban, rural or coa scheme conserved or improved the built or natural environment in a

Winner The Lexicon, Bracknell Surveyor: Architect:

Aecom JV – BDP Architects / Chapman Taylor Owner/Client: Bracknell Regeneration Partnership (Legal & General and Schroders) Developer/Contractor: JV – Legal & General and Schroders UK Real Estate Fund Nominated by: BDP Architects The Lexicon is the transformation of a town centre changing people’s perceptions of a hard and stark environment to one that brings the nature and greenery of the surrounding area into Bracknell, creating a welcoming and inviting new face for the town. This is a new generation of shopping, dining and leisure with a vibrant mix of shops and restaurants housed in beautifully designed individual buildings in a pedestrian-friendly setting.

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astal areas. Judges were looking for evidence to show that the way that contributed to the viability of the area.

The judges said Successful regeneration is not only about finance and buildings, it is also about people and places. This project has transformed Bracknell town centre and brought a new pride to its people; completely changing perceptions of the town and its retail offer. In today’s challenging environment, the scheme has secured a quality mix of shops and restaurants housed in a pedestrianised, part covered, setting. The previously dated and austere centre has been comprehensively redeveloped to create a welcoming focus for the town and a catalyst for adjacent regeneration.

Shortlisted The Bun Penny, Herne Bay Nominated by Betteridge & Milsom

The Lock, Yalding Nominated by WW Martin Ltd

Wildernesse House, Sevenoaks Nominated by Purcell UK

The Lexicon, Bracknell Nominated by BDP Architects

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Residential

This award honours an outstanding residential development of either Judges were looking for evidence of a successful project across a wid

Winner Quebec Park, Bordon Surveyor: Boulter Mossman Architect: ArchitecturePLB Owner/Client: Radian Developer/Contractor: Drew Smith Ltd Nominated by: ArchitecturePLB Quebec Park is the first development in the Whitehill and Bordon ‘Green Town’ Masterplan. The project delivers 100 homes and 100 jobs for the local community, including the conversion of two existing barracks buildings into a community employment hub and café. The scheme establishes an exemplar zero carbon strategy for future developments and is being used as a test bed for an innovative new analytical process aimed at reducing the performance gap between design and construction.

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er a single building or overall scheme, either new build or conversion. de range of criteria.

The judges said What is particularly impressive about Quebec Park is the effort that has been made to create not just a housing development, but a self-sustaining community. At the centre of the scheme is CafĂŠ 1759, a social enterprise cafĂŠ which has become the heart of the community. The development delivers exemplar carbon reduction standards, and care has been taken to preserve the proud military heritage of the area whilst providing modern, well performing, homes and opportunities for employment. Quebec Park delivers totally integrated living.

Shortlisted Creek House, Bosham Nominated by AR Design Studio

Quebec Park, Bordon Nominated by ArchitecturePLB

Tolhurst Way, Lenham Nominated by O S G Architecture Ltd

Hox Park, Egham Nominated by Studio Partington

The Bun Penny, Herne Bay Nominated by Betteridge & Milsom

Wildernesse House, Sevenoaks Nominated by Purcell

Kingsgate Housing, Winchester Nominated by Cowper Griffith Architects

The Lock, Yalding Nominated by WW Martin Ltd

Woodlands Court, Swanley Nominated by Pellings

Military Road, Folkestone Nominated by O S G Architecture Ltd

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Tourism & Leisure This award honours projects that make an outstanding contribution

Winner Battle of Britain Bunker Visitor Centre, Uxbridge Surveyor: Architect: Owner/Client:

Faithful+Gould Pattern Architects London Borough of HIllingdon Developer/Contractor: Volker Fitzpatrick Nominated by: Faithful+Gould This unique building is set in parkland in the centre of Uxbridge, and is designed to sit stealthily into its surroundings, mimicking the appearance of a high-tech fighter aircraft. The building provides facilities to showcase the Grade I listed Battle of Britain Bunker. By providing education and exhibition space, this ensures that people of all ages and abilities can experience the Bunker and learn about the important history it played in the Battle of Britain.

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to tourism and leisure facilities in the region or their locality.

The judges said This historically significant site was the secret heart of Britain’s wartime air defence. It was here that the Battle of Britain was observed, planned and controlled by ordinary men and women doing extraordinary things. The original bunker has been retained intact. The new visitor centre has a bold, contemporary design, which houses an extensive first-class exhibition, with interactive displays, along with a full-sized Spitfire and Hurricane. The centre includes a 90-seat auditorium, meeting rooms and cafÊ.

Shortlisted Battle of Britain Bunker Visitor Centre, Uxbridge Nominated by Faithful+Gould

Temple of Bacchus, Painshill, Cobham Nominated by Cliveden Conservation Workshop

Gambledown Farm, Romsey Nominated by Studio Four Architects Ltd

The Gateway Project, Weald and Downland Living Museum, Chichester Nominated by ABIR Architects

The Lookout at Lepe Country Park, Southampton Nominated by Hampshire County Council Property Services

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Project of the Year

This award is honours presented excellent to thework project in the which conservation has been judged of a single overall bui renovation both the built or conversion and naturalto environments. a new or original use.

Winner Westgate, Oxford Surveyor:

Gardiner and Theobald Architect: JV – BDP / Glenn Howells / Panter Hudspith / Allies and Morrison / Dixon Jones Owner/Client: Westgate Oxford Alliance (LandSec and The Crown Estate) Developer/Contractor: Westgate Oxford Alliance (LandSec and The Crown Estate) Nominated by: BDP Architects The development has been highly successful both commercially and culturally. It has exceeded development expectations for footfall and is close to being fully let. It has also created two major public spaces for the city as well as a unique rooftop terrace.

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ilding as anor excellent structure example or a group of best of buildings practice or bystructures professionals andworking covers in This project has been designed to suit modern retailer demands from physical accommodation to the shopper facilities. Upon opening the centre was over 93% let or in solicitor’s hands. In the first year of opening Westgate has experienced 19m visits, exceeding the 15m estimated footfall. The Total Impact Report’s onstreet and local business survey highlighted substantially improved perceptions of the scheme across the following areas; green space/landscaping, public space, design/architectural quality, sense of local wellbeing. These factors all contribute towards an improved perception of Oxford’s reputation according to the survey. The overall project met or exceeded expectations. Modern methods of construction using off site manufacturing ensured value for money in the construction of the project. For occupiers the total occupancy costs are considered when rents and service charge were set to ensure a sustainable trading environment was set up. The development has completely transformed the shabby and under-utilised West End of Oxford by introducing a high quality and vibrant urban quarter that provides excellent pedestrian permeability and connections to the surrounding area. Westgate arranges a series of four individual retail and leisure blocks, tied

together by public spaces and urban fabric that operate as a single entity. The public spaces integrate with the surrounding streets to form a cross weave of arcades and lanes, linking the blocks and connecting the different areas of the historic city. Retail accommodation is arranged along the route, while a unique public roof terrace leads to restaurants and bars which provide spectacular views across the historic roofscape. Westgate Oxford has provided a new architectural legacy, acting as a catalyst for further expansion and regeneration in the southwest quarter of the city including future development on Oxpens Road. Public and stakeholder perception of Oxford Westgate, and its social, environmental and economic impact, has improved substantially as a result of the development. The clients impact report ‘Inspiring Change’, shows the huge social and economic value created by the development. £738m of gross economic value was created, £4.3m towards improving local infrastructure and the creation of 3,500 retail jobs through a community employment programme targeted at those furthest from the local jobs market.

the ERs for the project at contract stage to insure that CO2 emissions reductions are embedded during procurement and construction. As well as local sourcing, cement replacement and high recycled content steel, over 75% of the existing facade for block 4 was retained and incorporated into the final scheme. Emissions during operation have been minimised by using centralised air source heating to deliver heating and cooling to shops and restaurants. The Westgate Oxford Alliance challenged the contractor to deliver savings that would enable the development to meet its ultra-low carbon target and in doing so, offset the first 30 years of operational carbon emissions. This was a major innovation and hadn’t been achieved before in the UK.

A key innovation for the client was the inclusion of carbon-related clauses and carbon targets being considered from the outset. These were introduced as part of

The judges said Westgate is a large redevelopment of a shopping and commercial quarter in the heart of Oxford. It has successfully integrated the new buildings within a surrounding area of smaller properties and reinstated the routes of previous historic streets. There were extensive archaeological excavations at the outset. Five major architectural firms collaborated in the design, with an emphasis on sustainability. There are attractive public spaces at ground level and a stunning roof terrace, with numerous restaurants and extensive views over the City. This project is an exemplar for the redevelopment of a city centre. 23


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