RICS Awards 2019, South West winners brochure

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The Winners South West



Contents Introduction


Winners’ overview


Building Conservation




Community Benefit


Design through Innovation








Tourism & Leisure


Project of the Year



RICS introduction The annual RICS Awards, South West 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 Bristol Old Vic, Bristol. 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 West 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 West who helped make the awards ceremony such a fantastic celebratory occasion.

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Winners’ overview Once again, the RICS Awards 2019, South West 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 makes the South West a fantastic place to live, work and, of course, visit. The eight category winners – Building Conservation, Commercial, Community Benefit, Design through Innovation, Infrastructure, 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.

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The full list of winning projects is:

Building Conservation


Winner Bristol Old Vic, Bristol

Winner Wiltshire Air Ambulance New Air Base, Trowbridge

Highly Commended The Farmers Arms, Woolsery, Bideford

Commercial Winner UK Hydrographic Office, Taunton

Community Benefit Winner The Hub @ Mulberry Park, Bath

Design through Innovation Winner Chester Long Court, Exeter

Highly Commended Gloucester Transport Hub, Gloucester

Regeneration Winner Oceansgate, Plymouth

Residential Winner The Dunes, Perranporth

Tourism & Leisure Winner Being Brunel, SS Great Britain, Bristol

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


Building Conservation

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

Winner Bristol Old Vic, Bristol Surveyor: Architect:

Gardiner & Theobald Haworth Tompkins Ltd Developer/Contractor: Gilbert-Ash Owner/Client: Bristol Old Vic Nominated by: Haworth Tompkins Ltd Haworth Tompkins Ltd have completed a new foyer and studio theatre for the Grade I listed Bristol Old Vic, the oldest continuously working theatre in the English-speaking world. The result of five years careful research, consultation, design and construction, the project aims to open up the front of house areas to a wider, more diverse audience and to place the theatre at the heart of Bristol’s public life and public space.


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The judges said The Old Vic is an internationally famous cultural icon which has been reinterpreted for the future. The developed scheme has been a triumph of conservation, bringing natural daylight into the heart of the new Foyer and magnificently expressing and interpreting the rear wall of the Georgian auditorium. The scheme returns the Georgian public rooms, including the magnificent ‘Cooper’s Hall,’ back to their original grandeur and provides new income streams with a bar, coffee shop, dining and wedding venue.

Shortlisted Bristol Old Vic, Bristol Nominated by Haworth Tompkins Ltd

Rose Court, Truro Nominated by Mount’s Bay Trading Ltd

The Barton, Holcombe Burnell, Exeter Nominated by Jonathan Rhind Architects Ltd

Castle House, Bridgwater Nominated by Ferguson Mann Architects

Shire Hall, Dorchester Nominated by Philip Hughes Associates

The Farmers Arms, Woolsery, Bideford Nominated by Jonathan Rhind Architects Ltd

Horton Court, Horton, Chipping Sodbury Nominated by Corbel Conservation Ltd

St Helen’s Church, Lundy Island Nominated by Ward Williams Associates

Uphill Manor, Weston-Super-Mare Nominated by TRP Architects

Plymouth Cathedral, Plymouth Nominated by Purcell

Stockton House, Warminster Nominated by Donald Insall Associates

Highly Commended The Farmers Arms, Woolsery, Bideford Surveyor: Mildred, Howells & Co. Architect: Jonathan Rhind Architects Ltd Developer/Contractor: Anthony Branfield Carpentry & Building Ltd Owner/Client: MXB Devon Operations Ltd Nominated by: Jonathan Rhind Architects Ltd



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

Winner UK Hydrographic Office, Taunton Surveyor: Mace Group Architect: AHR Architects Ltd Developer/Contractor: BAM Construct UK Owner/Client: UK Hydrographic Office Nominated by: Mace Group The new 11,000m2 headquarters for the UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) is a bespoke office designed to meet the needs of one of the world’s leading geospatial information companies. With a build cost of £30m, the building is arranged around a dramatic 800m2 atrium and accommodates 700 desks across flexible floor plates with extensive meeting and collaboration spaces. The project consisted of main HQ, security building, dog kennels, car parking for 500 cars and associated external works to BREEAM Excellent standard.


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The judges said The project has shown the UK Government’s commitment to Taunton providing long term investment and employment for over 900 people. The high-quality finishes and BREEAM Excellent design achieved on the project can reward the Government’s initial investment with many years of greater value, efficiency and productivity.

Shortlisted Aurora at Finzels Reach, Bristol Nominated by Cubex Land Ltd

Graphic Controls, Paignton Nominated by Midas Group

UK Hydrographic Office, Taunton Nominated by Mace Group


Community Benefit

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Winner The Hub @ Mulberry Park, Bath Surveyor:

Ridge & Partners LLP Architect: BDP Architects Developer/Contractor: Rydon Construction Owner/Client: Curo Group Nominated by: Curo Group Forming the heart of a new neighbourhood south of the World Heritage city of Bath, the Mulberry Park Community Hub is a trailblazer for future community buildings. The Hub is a new community building situated in a neighbourhood of 700 homes currently being delivered by housing association and house-builder Curo on a former Ministry of Defence site. The Hub is home to a 210-place primary school and 70-place nursery, an all-weather 4th generation sports pitch, a friendly family cafĂŠ and facilities that include a fitness suite, lettable office spaces and flexible spaces for community use.


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The judges said The Mulberry Park Community hub sits at the heart of a bold redevelopment of the former Admiralty site on the south side of Bath and drew on local community for their input. The resulting facilities and designs met and exceeded the vision of Curo in bringing people together and delivering stateof-the-art facilities which includes a nursery, cafe and flexible community and business spaces that can be adapted and evolve as the needs of the community change.

Shortlisted Bristol Old Vic, Bristol Nominated by Haworth Tompkins Ltd

Scott Medical and Healthcare College, Plymouth Nominated by Kier Group

Victoria Methodist Church, Bristol Nominated by Stride Treglown

Primrose Park, Plymouth Nominated by Midas Group

The Hub @ Mulberry Park, Bath Nominated by Curo Group

Wiltshire Air Ambulance New Air Base, Trowbridge Nominated by The CMS Group


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 Chester Long Court, Exeter Surveyor:

Randall Simmonds LLP Architect: Gale & Snowden Architects Ltd Developer/Contractor: C G Fry & Son Ltd Owner/Client: Exeter City Council Nominated by: C G Fry & Son Ltd Chester Long Court is a new development of 26 one and two bedroom apartments constructed to Passivhaus Certification and Healthy Building Biology standards. The design is constructed using Climate Ready data to maintain comfort levels to 2080 and designed for independent over-60 year-old people The project was developed by Exeter City Council with the assistance of Gale & Snowden Architects, Structurehaus Consulting Engineers and Randall Simmonds LLP, who acted as Project Manager and Quantity Surveyor. The Contractor was CG Fry Ltd.


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The judges said This well-received 26 unit social housing scheme achieves Passivhaus standard, Healthy Building Biology Standard and is Climate Change Resilient to 2080. The key innovation is in its monolithic method of construction, using a single skin of precision-engineered hollow fired interlocking clay blocks with 1mm adhesive bed joints with external render and internal plaster finish. This allowed for rapid construction and eliminated the risks to air tightness associated with membranes, resulting in a cost of under ÂŁ1300m2. The success of this construction method has led to further schemes by Exeter, Bournemouth and Bristol Councils.

Shortlisted Cathedral Primary School, Bristol Nominated by Kier Group

Greenhatch Farm, Cheltenham Nominated by Knox Bhavan Architects

Milner Centre for Evolution, University of Bath Nominated by WRW Construction Ltd

Chester Long Court, Exeter Nominated by C G Fry & Son Ltd

Harbour View Burial Ground, Poole Nominated by Western Design Architects

UK Hydrographic Office, Taunton Nominated by Mace Group



This award recognises the excellent achievement by a project or prog projects that deliver essential facilities, services or organisational str

Winner Wiltshire Air Ambulance New Air Base, Trowbridge Surveyor: The CMS Group Architect: The CMS Group Developer/Contractor: Rigg Construction (Southern) Ltd Owner/Client: Wiltshire Air Ambulance Nominated by: The CMS Group Wiltshire Air Ambulance (WAA) provides an essential helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) in Wiltshire and surrounding counties, helping to save lives alongside the medical teams on the ground. The new state of the art operating base importantly enables their helicopter to reach anywhere in the county within 11 minutes. The base includes a Flight and Operations Centre for the charity’s aircrew, a hangar for the helicopter and medical equipment, offices for their charity team and an immersive simulation room.


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The judges said Funded solely by charitable donations the Wiltshire Air Ambulance project has delivered a scheme that provides an integrated state of the art rapid response health care facility serving the region and beyond and saving lives. The facilities provided have been efficiently structured and provide a service to our health care infrastructure that sets standard for the rest of the UK follow. The dedication, passion and enthusiasm of all the staff in response to their new place of work shone through at every point of the judges visit.

Shortlisted Gloucester Transport Hub, Gloucester Nominated by Kier Group Construction Central

Scott Medical and Healthcare College, Plymouth Nominated by Kier Group

Wiltshire Air Ambulance New Air Base, Trowbridge Nominated by The CMS Group

Highly Commended Gloucester Transport Hub, Gloucester Surveyor: Gloucester City Council Architect: BDP Architects Developer/Contractor: Kier Group Construction Central Owner/Client: Gloucester City Council Nominated by: Kier Group Construction Central



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

Winner Oceansgate, Plymouth Surveyor: Midas Group Architect: Form Design Group Developer/Contractor: Midas Group Owner/Client: Plymouth City Council Nominated by: Midas Group The first phase of Oceansgate, the UK’s first marine enterprise zone designed with the needs of marine businesses in mind, was built by Midas Construction Ltd. The £7.7m scheme saw Midas transform disused Ministry of Defence land into 2,600m2 of innovative office and industrial space for up to 21 different businesses. The regeneration project also reflects the historic nature of the former naval yard, while spearheading a major new economic investment for Plymouth.


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

The judges said Oceansgate is the first phase in an imaginative and ambitious regeneration of former MoD Devonport Dockyard land. Developed under the auspices of the Marine Business Technology Centre – a consortium of Plymouth City Council, Plymouth and Exeter Universities, Plymouth Marine Laboratory and the Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science (SAHFOS) – the project is a boost to Plymouth’s position as a leading marine science and technology centre, attracting cutting-edge businesses involved in important areas such as innovative marine engineering and environmental work. Oceansgate is the UK’s largest Marine Enterprise Zone. The development is also a tribute to Plymouth City Council’s late Strategic Projects Director, Gareth Simmons, who was largely responsible for conceiving and working up the scheme, who died recently.

Shortlisted Finzels Reach, Bristol Nominated by Cubex Land Ltd

Gloucester Transport Hub, Gloucester Nominated by Kier Group Construction Central

Glenside Laundry, Bristol Nominated by Kier Group Western and Wales

Harvey’s Foundry, Hayle Nominated by Purcell

Oceansgate, Plymouth Nominated by Midas Group



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

Winner The Dunes, Perranporth Surveyor: Taylor Lewis Architect: Stride Treglown Ltd Developer/Contractor: AH Construction Solutions Ltd Owner/Client: Private Owner Nominated by: AH Construction Solutions Ltd The Dunes is an innovative and stunning regeneration of a prominent beachfront site in Perranporth, a lively and popular North Cornish seaside town. The development by Acorn Property Group and Galliard Homes replaces a 1920’s hotel which had become unviable as a business with sustainable homes and a new restaurant. Already a positive talking point, its architecture has enhanced the town’s skyline as well as acting as a catalyst for new businesses and increasing spend in the town.


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The judges said The combination of innovative design, high quality construction, sustainability and community consideration made The Dunes an exceptional development. Replacing a redundant 1920s hotel, the land was used to its highest and best use to enhance the surrounding area with sustainable homes and a restaurant. The developer’s approach to sales, with set prices on a first come first served basis, was admirable. It showed a consideration towards the local population in not pricing them out of the market.

Shortlisted 11 Esplanade, Fowey Nominated by Arco2 Architecture Ltd

Furzy Close, Polzeath Nominated by Arco2 Architecture Ltd

Primrose Park, Plymouth Nominated by Midas Group

Branksea House, Poole Nominated by Mitchell Eley Gould Architects

Greenhatch Farm, Cheltenham Nominated by Knox Bhavan Architects

The Dunes, Perranporth Nominated by Acorn Property Group

Brunel House, Bristol Nominated by Assent Building Control

No.5 Gwithian Towans, Hayle Nominated by Arco2 Architecture Ltd

Tregunnel Hill, Newquay Nominated by ADAM Architecture

Chester Long Court, Exeter Nominated by C G Fry & Son Ltd

Picture House Court, Bedminster Nominated by Speller Metcalfe


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

Winner Being Brunel, SS Great Britain, Bristol Surveyor: Architect:

Chappell Alec French Architects Developer/Contractor: Beard Construction Owner/Client: SS Great Britain Nominated by: Alec French Architects Being Brunel is a new museum telling the extraordinary story of hero engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel through never-before-seen personal possessions, as well as interactive exhibits and audiovisual experiences. It will give unprecedented access to objects from the National Brunel Collection, currently cared for at the Brunel Institute. Located on Bristol’s Floating Harbour, Being Brunel will be a major addition at Brunel’s SS Great Britain.


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

The judges said This impressive scheme has significantly enhanced the visitor offer at Brunel’s SS Great Britain, giving real insight into Brunel’s life as an engineer and surveyor for the first time. The project showcases previously unseen personal archives and allows visitors access to the restored Grade II* listed drawing office where Brunel worked on his designs. An outstanding project which has boosted visitor numbers and dwell time, promising to also inspire the Brunels of tomorrow.

Shortlisted Being Brunel, SS Great Britain, Bristol Nominated by Alec French Architects

The Barton, Holcombe Burnell, Exeter Nominated by Jonathan Rhind Architects Ltd

The Farmers Arms, Woolsery, Bideford Nominated by Jonathan Rhind Architects Ltd

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Project of the Year

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Winner Bristol Old Vic, Bristol Surveyor: Architect:

Gardiner & Theobald Haworth Tompkins Ltd Developer/Contractor: Gilbert-Ash Owner/Client: Bristol Old Vic Nominated by: Haworth Tompkins Ltd We have completed a radical new front of house space and studio theatre for the Grade I listed Bristol Old Vic, the oldest continuously working theatre in the English-speaking world. Following detailed analysis and close dialogue with the Bristol City Council conservation and planning teams, a radical approach to demolish a large section of the Peter Moro 1970s Grade I listed site was agreed in order to connect the 1766 Georgian Auditorium (the oldest continual theatre in the UK) with King Street for the first time in the Old Vic’s history.


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ilding as anor excellent structure example or a group of best of buildings practice or bystructures professionals andworking covers in Demolition of the 1970s entrance foyer and main stair enabled the team to relocate the Studio Theatre within the cellars of the 1744 Coopers’ Hall and reinstate the original banqueting hall as a new public room for Bristol. Adopting a process of ‘archaeological discovery’, the beauty and patina of any historic building fabric discovered was stabilised and left exposed. The 1766 Auditorium wall forms the prime example of this approach where the scars from more than 250 years of history were revealed and celebrated as the new backdrop to the main foyer space. Importantly, the works also exposed a range of historic material that dates back to 1744 and allowed a deeper understanding of the site’s architectural history. The 1766 Auditorium wall, the 1744 flank walls of the Coopers’ Hall, and the attic space called the Coopers’ Loft with exposed original timber trusses are all key features that have been retained. Numerous techniques were tested and adopted in order to ensure the conservation of Bristol Old Vic’s historical features. During demolition, original

stonework was salvaged. The demolition process itself was manual, which had been previously tested and agreed in order to avoid damaging the historic built fabric.

As a result of the revitalisation project, Bristol Old Vic now educates its audience of its rich history through professional visits and tours for architecture student groups.

Meanwhile, the application of a traditional material palette to construct radical new architectural interventions has achieved a delicate balance between inserting new life and energy in to the public spaces and avoiding negative impact on the historic building fabric.

Furthermore, part of the Heritage Lottery Fund scheme is to make the history of the theatre more accessible. This has resulted in a number of educational schemes including projection mapping an animated film on the 1766 wall, the addition of new exhibition spaces and painted murals which depict the theatre’s history.

Bristol Old Vic’s major conservation achievements range from reinstating the Coopers’ Hall banqueting space, exposing the 1766 Auditorium wall for the first time in the theatre’s history, and transforming and reinstating the original Coopers’ Loft. Most significant of all was keeping the building open and occupied during construction works, which required a high level of organisation. Developing the cost plan and project scope in response to different funder requirements and timescales also proved a complicated process, along with the development of early design proposals in close dialogue with key stakeholders.

Environmental considerations were woven into the Grade 1 listed 250-year-old theatre, most notably its natural ventilation, green roof and façade shutters acting to reduce solar gain, along with the reuse of historic building fabric and existing structure (foundations). Overall, the works have modernised this historic landmark and ensured Bristol Old Vic’s long-term prospects by making the building theatrically effective, universally accessible and socially inclusive, with the ability to support a range of theatre makers from diverse backgrounds and offer a public meeting place for the city.

The judges said The scale and concept of the scheme has been brave and superbly executed. The project team have completely re-imagined the approach and entrance to the theatres to achieve a breath-taking blend of inclusivity, access, functionality and conservation. Converting its dark and complicated predecessor into an open atrium flooded with natural light. The Judges were thrilled with the concept and its execution. The Old Vic project is a worthy winner of the esteemed Project of the year title.


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