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REGIONAL AWARDS 2010 Regional Awards Introduction East of England East Midlands International London North East North West Northern Ireland Scotland South East South West Wales West Midlands Yorkshire and Humber

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BUILDING CONSERVATION Building Conservation Introduction Building Conservation Shortlist Building Conservation Winner Building Conservation Commended

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COMMUNITY BENEFIT Community Benefit Introduction Community Benefit Shortlist Community Benefit Winner Community Benefit Commended

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REGENERATION Regeneration Introduction Regeneration Shortlist Regeneration Winner Regeneration Commended

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SUSTAINABILITY Sustainability Introduction Sustainability Shortlist Sustainability Winner Sustainability Commended

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PROJECT OF THE YEAR Project of the Year


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President’s welcome

The RICS Awards recognise exceptional contribution to conservation and enhancement of our built and natural environment. I am proud to introduce the Awards on their 20th anniversary. With an unprecedented 447 entries, the shortlisting process for regional Judging Panels was harder than ever. Competing entries were of a very high calibre. The 62 shortlisted projects are outstanding examples of the positive contribution development or renovation can make to society and the environment. Property is so much more than just a functional fact of life. It can be aspirational and should reflect the wider social and environmental values of society, whether it be through the conservation of our heritage, the embedding of sustainability into our daily lives or the facilitation of regeneration for the benefit of the community. The Awards are a testament to the professionalism, skill and community contribution that lies at the heart of all the professions involved in the built environment. As well as announcing this year’s winners, to mark the anniversary of the Awards, we will be taking the opportunity to look back at some highlights of the past 20 years, with a showcase of former winners of the Project of the Year Award.

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Grand Final Judges

Simon Pott FRICS FRAgS FinstCPD Simon Pott is Chairman of Judges, RICS Awards. A past President of RICS he is a Consultant to Savills, Chairman of The Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester, The Almshouse Association, The Day Foundation and Trustee of The Rural Housing Trust. He was Honorary Commander of USAF Base at RAF Lakenheath.

Debbie Dance MRICS MSc Debbie Dance is the panel’s Building Conservation expert. Debbie has over 25 years experience in the property profession and is a chartered surveyor. Debbie is past Chair of the UK Association of Preservation Trusts and has been a panel member of the Heritage Lottery Fund South East.

Michael Wyldbore-Smith FRICS Michael Wyldbore-Smith is the panel’s Community Benefit Judge. Formerly a Director with DTZ and a past Chairman of the RICS West Midlands branch, he is now surveyor to the Stratford Trust, a charity formed in the 16th century which offers financial help to worthy causes in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Stephen Robinson FRICS MRTPI MA (Cantab) Stephen Robinson is the panel’s planning and Regeneration expert. Stephen is Chairman of the RICS London Policy Group and is a consultant to GVA Grimley LLP, where he was formerly London Senior Partner and Head of the firm’s Planning, Development and Regeneration Group.

Jim Ure MSc CEng MIEE FCIBSE Jim Ure is the panel’s Sustainability expert. He is Managing Director of ABS Consulting which he founded in 1987. ABS Consulting provides sustainable solutions for the design and operation of buildings and estates with particular emphasis on carbon efficiency and occupant well-being.

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For the winning and commended entries in this year’s RICS Awards, the Grand Final marks the end of a rigorous and highly competitive assessment process. Teams of Judges visited the finest new projects in the built and natural environment across the country in order to crown the winners of the 12 UK regional heats, while overseas projects squared off in the international heat. Through the expertise, enthusiasm and commitment of the Judges, the regional heats provided a showcase for the most outstanding new projects. Although some regions honoured local successes with additional categories, Judges in all regions faced the difficult task of selecting the best scheme in Building Conservation, Community Benefit, Regeneration and Sustainability, with winners progressing to the Grand Final. Whilst only four entrants made it onto the national shortlist, the regional heats provided a spotlight for many more excellent local projects.


Across the UK, regional heats culminated in an assembly of property professionals at glittering Award presentations. Thanks to the tireless efforts of the RICS Regional Boards and staff, each Awards ceremony highlighted the high calibre of the projects on show and provided a valuable opportunity for attendees to network. These ceremonies ensure important exposure in the local, regional and trade media for the winning and commended projects and the property professionals behind these schemes.

This year the UK Regions attracted a record number of entries to the RICS Awards, evidence that their prestige continues to grow year on year. Regional heats led to a fine selection of worthy winners in the main categories and provided an unenviable task for the Judges. I pay tribute to all those who organise and undertake a rigorous judging procedure. Recognising excellence in the built environment is important and inspires us all to strive for excellence.”


Peter Miller RICS UK Director

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Regiona egi e eg giio East of England ds A d This year’s East of England Awards received an impressive 14 entries in the Community Benefit category. More than 200 property professionals celebrated the winning projects at the Cambridge Belfry Hotel in Cambourne. Janine Machin, presenter of BBC Look East, hosted the gala dinner and Dr Nigel Brown OBE, the founder of NW Brown Group Ltd and High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire, helped present the prizes for Sustainability, Regeneration and Building Conservation, as well as the hotly contested Community Benefit Award.


This year’s event was one of our best on record. There were some highly original entries of an exceptional standard, and on Awards night we were supported by an enthusiastic audience, all of which made the eagerly anticipated winners’ announcements that much more compelling.”

David Potter RICS East Operations Director

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Queen Anne’s Summerhouse, Shuttleworth Estate, Bedfordshire, was joint winner in the Building Conservation category

Sustainability Award winner 2010, The Wine Society’s Warehouse, Stevenage, Hertfordshire

Dr Nigel Brown OBE, High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire

Regiona egi e eg giio East Midlands ds A d Buildings that benefited the community and reflected the breadth of work in the region dominated the shortlist for this year’s East Midlands Awards. A record number of entries were received this year for the RICS East Midlands Awards, reflecting the diversity of work in the region. The RICS East Midlands Awards ceremony took place near Nottingham at the prestigious Belfry Hotel. During a memorable evening hosted by ITV presenter Lucy Kite, the exceptional standard of entries from all East Midlands counties made it difficult to single out the overall regional winner.

Building Conservation Award winner 2010, Stoke Rochford Hall, Lincolnshire

East Midlands finalists awaiting the winners’ results at the Belfry Hotel


This year’s RICS East Midlands Awards gained extensive media coverage, helping not only to raise the profile of the event, but also to bring to light the work and achievements of RICS members across the region. There were many outstanding entries, making the eventual Award winners all the more deserving.”

Project of the Year winner 2010, Derby College’s Roundhouse development

David Potter RICS East Operations Director

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Regiona egi e eg giio International ds A d Nine entries from outside the UK made up the shortlist for the International RICS Awards. These projects were based all over the world, from mainland Europe to Malawi in Africa, even reaching as far afield as Perth, Australia. International schemes were evenly spread across all four categories. These projects ranged from a state-of-the-art meeting centre in Brussels, to the British Embassy in Algiers and The O2 in Dublin.


Inside the British Embassy, Algeria

The dramatic SQUARE Brussels centre, Belgium

The shortlisted schemes showcase the outstanding work that is being carried out by RICS members worldwide. The even balance of entries across all categories demonstrates that RICS members are at the forefront of the most innovative work being carried out across all aspects of the built environment.”

Michael Newey Chairman of RICS Awards Working Party

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The O2 in the heart of Dublin’s docklands, Republic of Ireland

Regiona egi e eg giio London ds A d A remarkably wide range of entries in this year’s RICS London Awards included the Monument in the City of London, a restored historic water garden, a synagogue and an innovative design for a newspaper kiosk. The winners were commended at a reception and Awards Dinner in the crypt of St Paul’s Cathedral, itself the Grand Final Winner of the RICS Awards 2009. A record number of entries saw a significant uplift in the Sustainability category, which the Judges attributed to an increasing awareness of the importance of the category.

Guests took guided tours of the Cathedral before the Awards ceremony


Each project demonstrated the care and dedication of the team responsible – London may be the smallest region of the Awards in terms of area, but the diversity and wealth of talent is constantly impressive. The Judges were privileged to be shown such a fascinating array of projects.”

Hyde Housing Association and Shepheard Epstein Hunter Architects were presented with the overall regional winner’s trophy for the Stonebridge Estate Regeneration project

Julian Harrap Architects won the Building Conservation category for the refurbishment of The Monument

Barry Woodman FRICS Chairman of the London Region Judges

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Regiona egi e eg giio North East ds A d A record number of entries in this year’s Awards illustrated the breadth of development in the region. Entrants came from both the public and private sectors, with projects including museums, a city centre library, beach huts and even a cattle shed. With four additional categories, the Awards on offer were equally diverse. Some 500 guests attended a celebratory dinner at Newcastle upon Tyne’s prestigious Civic Centre to see the Saltholme Wildlife Reserve and Visitor Centre, Teesside, crowned North East Renaissance Awards Project of the Year 2010.

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RICS North East Renaissance Awards Project of the Year 2010, Saltholme Wildlife Reserve and Visitor Centre

Awards’ host TV newsman Nicholas Owen, left, with winners Lisa Daley and Alison Thornton-Sykes, plus sponsor Neil Robson

The North East has become associated with some impressive and eye-catching projects in recent years. The RICS Awards are an ideal way to recognise the excellent and varied work carried out by property professionals, and to celebrate the impact they have on the region as a whole.”

Jennifer Welch RICS North Operations Director

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Winner of the North East Community Benefit Award 2010, Newcastle’s new City Library

Regiona egi e eg giio North West ds A d Nearly all facets of the North West region’s built environment were represented across eight categories in the RICS North West Awards, from education, health and rural to manufacturing, housing and leisure projects. All winners were recognised at the Awards’ presentation and gala dinner which saw Blencow Hall, in Penrith, Cumbria take the Award for Building Conservation and the title Project of the Year. Held at a former North West Project of the Year – The Monastery, in Manchester – the Awards were hosted by BBC Breakfast presenter Bill Turnbull.

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Cumbria’s dramatic Blencow Hall was the overall winner in the North West


Host Bill Turnbull, left, with Project of the Year Award winners John Simons, of Donald Insall Architects and Charles Blackett-Ord, of Blackett-Ord, plus RICS Judge Simon Pott

RICS members and colleagues packed out The Monastery, in Manchester

The Monastery was a fitting location to celebrate the best projects in the North West region. This year’s competition attracted some stunning schemes which have transformed not just the places in which they are set, but also the lives of the people who now live and work there.”

Jennifer Welch RICS North Operations Director

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Regiona egi e eg giio Northern Ireland ds A d Projects from across the five counties in Northern Ireland contested the RICS Northern Ireland Awards at a gala ceremony, held in the grand setting of the Great Hall at Queen’s University, Belfast. A diverse shortlist included hospitals, churches, cultural centres and residential developments. However it was entries located in Belfast that grabbed the headlines, winning Awards in all four categories. St Malachy’s Church, Belfast, was named Northern Ireland Project of the Year 2010 for renovation which brought many of the original features to life.


It was a special year as a number of Northern Ireland’s most iconic buildings were shortlisted for Awards following dramatic restoration. These included the Ulster Museum, Belfast City Hall, Ulster Hall and St Malachy’s Church, Belfast. The projects underlined Northern Ireland’s heritage, and this was recognised by the Awards.”

Alistair Dunn FRICS Chairman of the RICS Northern Ireland Awards Judging Panel

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Sustainability category winner 2010, New Library, Queen’s University, Belfast

Community Benefit category winner 2010, Ulster Museum

The winning team of the St Malachy’s project pictured left to right, Oliver Magill MRICS; John Savage and Bronagh Lynch of Consarc Conservation and Fr Martin Graham

Regiona egi e eg giio Scotland ds A d Scotland’s first major new whisky distillery for 30 years scooped the coveted Scotland Project of the Year Award. In the eighth year of the RICS Scotland Awards, Judges agreed that the overall standard of entries was better than ever. The Roseisle Distillery is the largest in the country, covering an area of 3 000 square metres. Other category winners ranged from a restored 19th century school house near Montrose to the UK’s largest speculatively built office park on the site of undeveloped farmland.


RICS Scotland Awards Project of the Year 2010, Roseisle Distillery

RICS Scotland Community Benefit Award winner 2010, North Glasgow College

The RICS Awards stand out from other property awards because the winning entries are not chosen simply because of the aesthetics of their design. The Awards recognise the benefit that the project provides to its surrounding environment and community and the thought and care with which this is engineered.” Graeme Hartley RICS Scotland Director

RICS Scotland Regeneration Award winner 2010, Maxim Office Park

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Regiona egi e eg giio South East ds A d With double the number of entries received compared to 2009, this year’s entrants into the RICS Awards South East ranged from the iconic St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle to Leeds Castle Gate Tower and East Beach Café in Littlehampton. The winners’ Awards ceremony and evening dinner, attended by 150 guests, was held at Mercedes-Benz World and hosted by national RICS Awards Judge Debbie Dance and the Chairman of RICS South East Regional Board, Roy Ilott.


We were pleased that there was strong representation for each Award and particularly impressed with the quality of entries in the Sustainability category. The projects displayed the originality and variety of the region and we visited some compelling and distinctive projects, all of which gave us a tough challenge in deciding the winners.”

James Offen FRICS Chairman of the South East Judging Panel

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The atrium of Mercedes-Benz World Former RICS Chief Executive Louis Armstrong congratulates Martin Ashley Architects who won the Building Conservation category for the restoration of St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle

The Awards dinner at Mercedes-Benz World

Regiona egi e eg giio South West ds A d Celebrating the region’s many outstanding building projects, the South West were delighted to announce that out of 28 finalists the Judges once again found eight projects worthy of an Award or highly commended. The title of South West Project of the Year was scooped by Boscombe Spa Village Regeneration Scheme, a regeneration of the seafront estimated to add £41.5m to the local economy. Judges were impressed by the combination of innovation with important aspects of conservation, environmental and sustainability considerations.

RICS South West Community Benefit Award winner 2010, Bishop Cornish Education Centre, Saltash, Cornwall


James Gregory (RICS South West Regional Chair), Sir Idris Pearce and David Marsh present the RICS South West Sustainability Award 2010 to Phil Northfield, Aspire Defence Capital Work for the Project Allenby & Connaught at Tidworth, Wiltshire

RICS South West Building Conservation Award winner 2010, Corfe Castle, Dorset

The standard of entries in 2010 maintained the exceptional quality of work undertaken across the region in previous years. The South West continues to put forward some creative and distinctive schemes, and we can rightly be very proud. The achievements of all our winners were highly impressive.” James Gregory MRICS RICS South West Regional Chair

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Regiona egi e eg giio Wales ds A d Wales’ RICS Awards 2010 celebrated a series of first-rate building projects, from small scale schemes achieved by the vision and determination of an enthusiastic individual, to multi-million pound, globally recognised developments. The Judges were tasked with selecting four winners from an 18 strong shortlist, as well as choosing the Welsh Project of the Year.


RICS Wales Project of the Year 2010 winner, Hafod Eryri, Snowdon

All the entries have had real benefits for the communities across Wales and the variety was especially impressive. The calibre of entry was particularly high and reflected the hard work and dedication of the people involved. Both winners and entrants deserve our congratulations.”

Emma Georgiades RICS Wales Events and Office Manager

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Scala Cinema and Arts Centre’s winning team, with host Jonathan Hill and sponsors Golley Slater

RICS Wales Community Benefit Awards winner 2010, Scala Cinema and Arts Centre

Regiona egi e eg giio West Midlands ds A d From a record shortlist of 30 finalists, RICS West Midlands were pleased to announce this year’s winners in May. At a ceremony for the RICS West Midlands Awards finalists, Project of the Year Award was given to the West Midlands Regional Food Academy, Newport, which aims to provide support to the development of food and drink businesses in the region. Judges considered the Academy to be well thought out, designed and executed. The prestigious Regional Chair’s Award for outstanding contribution to the profession was given to Harvey Williams on the night. He is a long serving and highly active RICS member who has made a significant impact on RICS media relations and raising the profile of the organisation. Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College, Birmingham, highly commended in the Regeneration category

Ian Pitt (RICS West Midlands Regional Chair) and Dr Adrian Passmore present Mike Sheard MRICS with the RICS West Midlands Community Benefit Award 2010 for Barford Village Shop


Once again the Awards have highlighted the quality and creativity of the projects being undertaken in the West Midlands. The standard of competition was outstanding and with a record number of finalists, the winners deserve the acclaim.”

RICS West Midlands Building Conservation Award winner 2010, The Malthouse, Harvington Hall, Worcestershire

Ian Pitt MRICS RICS West Midlands Regional Chair

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Regiona egi e eg giio Yorkshire and Humber ds A d Property professionals from across Yorkshire and Humber came together to support the RICS Pro-Yorkshire Awards 2010 at a black tie dinner which honoured the achievements of the region’s property and construction industry. The 300 strong audience was treated to a glimpse of 45 shortlisted projects and saw the Regional Agricultural Centre, in Harrogate, take the title Project of the Year. Other entries included regeneration of historic sites, innovative housing schemes, new community facilities, retail and commercial centres and iconic university developments.



RICS Pro-Yorkshire Building Conservation Award winner 2010, Navigation Warehouse, Wakefield

The Awards’ audience at Pavillion, Leeds United Football Club

The sheer diversity of the entries sets these Awards apart, making them the premier property awards of the Yorkshire and Humber calendar. It means that the winning entries have to excel not just in their own categories but also within a wider range of criteria that seek to recognise achievement beyond bricks and mortar.”

Jennifer Welch RICS North Operations Director

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RICS Pro-Yorkshire Project of the Year 2010, the Regional Agricultural Centre, Harrogate

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Grand Final Awards 2010

The RICS Awards is an annual celebration of built and natural environment projects that demonstrate excellence in the categories and a commitment to value for money and sustainability. The categories have been chosen to showcase the skills offered and the contribution made, in delivering world class projects. In additon to the four main Awards categories shown below, the Project of the Year Award is given to any entry that is judged to have excelled in any (or all) of the main categories.


I am proud to say that the RICS Awards will be celebrating their 20th anniversary this year. Achieving such a milestone shows that year on year these Awards are not just being valued by chartered surveyors but by all professionals who recognise the need to raise the profile of brilliance in conservation and the enhancement of our built and natural environment. With over 440 entries being received for the 2010 Awards, it gives me great pleasure to report that this is an all time record, reinforcing that the Awards remain a much coveted prize and demonstration of professionalism in land, property and construction. I look forward to the future success of the RICS Awards and the continued recognition and celebration of professionalism and high standards. Finally, I would like to thank the many professionals who give their valuable time to judge and organise the Awards as well as to everyone who enters projects that make a difference to the world we live in.�

Sean Tompkins RICS Chief Executive


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Building Conservation

This Award recognises the contribution that conservation can make in its widest sense and looks for the highest standards of restoration and renovation. The Award pays particular attention to the sensitivity of any adaptation, or introduction of new and sustainable uses, which will ensure the survival of the historic building or structure into the future. In this category the Judges also look at the use and reuse of building materials and the techniques employed. Evidence of detailed background research undertaken is important, plus an explanation of how this research informs the approach taken to the overall scheme.

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This Award honours conservation in all its forms and covers renovation or conversion to new or original use. The Judges look for: •

use of traditional materials and/or techniques

major conservation achievements

methods used to overcome difficulties

use of specific research to inform decisions

incorporation of environmental considerations into the scheme

provisions made for future maintenance

how the occupier uses the building

reception by users in the local community

the building’s long-term prospects

the philosophy behind the repair and conservation of the scheme

how the important architectural features of the property have been conserved

the quantity of original material remaining in the building, and methods adopted to reuse original materials

the impact of any future use on the character of the building

thought given to the sustainability of the reuse.

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Judge’s comments

RICS’ Award for Building Conservation recognises the importance of heritage projects and the economic and social benefits they can have on communities in the UK. The innovative approach to 21st century history that we see as Judges will leave much for future generations to enjoy.” Debbie Dance Building Conservation Judge

1. Queen Anne’s Summerhouse Bedfordshire East of England

6. The Monument Major Repair Contract City of London London

11. St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle Windsor South East

2. Snape Maltings Suffolk East of England

7. Bowes Museum County Durham North East

3. Fire Damage Restoration of Stoke Rochford Hall Lincolnshire East Midlands

8. Blencow Hall Penrith North West

12. Corfe Castle Stone Conservation and Stabilisation Dorset South West

4. The O2, Dublin Republic of Ireland International 5. Our Lady’s Star of the Sea Church Republic of Ireland International

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9. Restoration of St Malachy’s Church Belfast Northern Ireland 10. The Old Schoolhouse Logie Scotland

13. Villa Marina Llandudno Wales 14. The Malthouse, Harvington Hall Kidderminster West Midlands 15. Navigation Warehouse Wakefield Yorkshire and Humber















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Building Conservation

The Winner – Blencow Hall

Project Team Owner Mr & Mrs Charles Rowley Developer Blencow Hall Partners Architect Donald Insall Architects Blencow Hall, a Grade I listed building in Cumbria, is of medieval origin, and composed of three sets of buildings around a courtyard. At the southeast and northeast corners are two late 16th century crenellated towers, each with three storeys. When the present owners acquired the Hall it was part derelict, with the central block of the house and south facing wing still in occupation, but the two towers vacant and decaying. The north tower had entirely lost its crenellations but surviving pictorial evidence was reliable enough to permit their accurate reconstruction and the rebuilding of the head of the stair tower. Surviving medieval features such as the stone fireplaces, inglenook openings and garderobes were carefully preserved.

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The preservation of a large gash through the south tower was an unusual feature of the project, and achieved by building a separate steel structure inside, supporting a contemporary inner screen wall which served to stabilise the external masonry shell. The new floors and roof structure were kept back from the face of the wall internally, so that the raw edges of the broken masonry remained visible. The aim of the scheme was to maximise the reuse of the existing building, reoccupying abandoned spaces and refitting them to a contemporary standard. The main principle was that new work always fitted to old and that old was not modified but protected. The long-term future of the building has been secured and Blencow Hall now provides luxury accommodation for up to 24 visitors.


Blencow Hall is an example of 21st century design being utilised to allow a building in ruins to live once again. Today, the Hall has a sustainable future contributing to the environment and as a viable commercial enterprise. This innovative approach combines modern standards and facilities with conservation and character – with lessons for all in the heritage industry.” Debbie Dance Building Conservation Judge

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Commended – The O2, Dublin

In creating The O2, Dublin, the architects have maintained the historic structure and qualities of the docklands warehouse and created a world class, 21st century entertainment venue. We were particularly impressed by the extent to which existing materials were reused in order to preserve the tradition of the site.”

Simon Pott Chairman of the Judging Panel

The challenge for the architects was to provide a sustainable future for the arena by converting the interior hall at the heart of Dublin’s docklands, a famous listed warehouse, into a unique elliptical amphitheatre auditorium, while retaining the building’s essential features. The design was required to be contemporary, yet historically sensitive. The aim was to transform the warehouse space into a world class venue with unparalleled acoustics. The architects adopted a tripartite design, introducing diminishing levels of light throughout the building, mirroring the established basilica cum Lombardic palazzo synthesis design of the 19th century. Demolished sections of the existing stone and brick façades were fully incorporated in the new building. Where new exit openings were required, the architects used traditional historical masonry

techniques to extend and enlarge existing window openings with locally recovered stone and brickwork. Existing cast iron columns on their original granite stone bases and wrought iron beams recovered from the interior structure were reused as structural elements supporting seating tiers and external stone walls. Entire stone arched entrance openings were reused as feature internal openings, cast iron gutter and downpipe systems were recovered and reused, while primary steelwork from the original theatre conversion was recycled locally. The result is a state-of-the-art arena, positioning The O2, Dublin as one of Ireland’s most exciting entertainment venues. A full seated capacity of 9 500 can be achieved, with an ultimate capacity of 14 000, and there is flexibility to create the right ambience for smaller events by screening off parts of the seating arena.

Project Team Owner/Developer The Point Exhibition Company Live Nation

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Architect Populous

Main Contractor Walls Construction

Project Manager and Cost Consultant Davis Langdon

Planning Consultant John Spain Associates

Structural and Civil Engineer Buro Happold

Heritage Consultant Consarc Design Group Ltd


Commended – St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle

The research, choice of materials, design and craftsmanship underpinning this project are exemplary, reflecting the chapel’s standing in an official residence for HM the Queen. It is clear that the Dean and Canons of Windsor are committed to ensuring that the chapel maintains its status as a jewel in the country’s proud architectural history.” Debbie Dance Building Conservation Judge

Built between 1475 and 1528, the Queen’s Free Chapel of St George is acknowledged as one of the masterpieces of late medieval architecture in Europe. Located in the heart of Windsor Castle, it is the setting for Royal and national ceremonies and welcomes over a million visitors every year. The Dean and Canons of Windsor are undertaking the restoration of St George’s Chapel in eight phases, with the most significant three external phases now complete. A fine example of late perpendicular gothic design, the chapel is being restored through phased renovation, known as the 21st century restoration cycle. Externally the work involves restoration of the entire surface stonework, including buttresses, pinnacles and friezes, as well as Henry VII’s coat of arms in the great west window. Extensive research indicated that construction stonework restoration was undertaken in the 17th century under Sir Christopher Wren, as well as in the late 18th century, throughout the 19th century and during the 1920s.

This research was critical to informing the current restoration project. The philosophy of the masonry repair has been to hand clean pollution deposits from the entire stonework surface, conserve friable stone by scaling back and lime sheltercoating, and inserting stone indents where surfaces were severely decayed. Some 19th century external sculptures had deteriorated, requiring a range of remedies from cleaning and light conservation to complete replacement. In each restoration phase, severely decayed grotesques are being replaced with carvings by students of the City & Guilds of London Art School. The external work is mirrored internally through restoration of the blind-arcaded walls and great arcade piers rising to the great ceiling vaults, incorporating hundreds of carved, painted and gilded heraldic ceiling bosses.

Project Team Owner/Developer The Dean and Canons of Windsor St George’s Fabric Advisory Committee

Project Manager The Director of Royal Household Property Section, Buckingham Palace

Quantity Surveyor Huntley Cartwright

Structural Engineer SFK Consulting

Architect Martin Ashley Architects

Main Contractor Cathedral Works Organisation Ltd

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Community Benefit

The interaction between a project and the community in which it sits is at the heart of this Award. It values outstanding involvement by the community and looks for the engagement of the community in the scheme, through the contribution of volunteers or through consultation in the design process.

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Furthermore, this category places value upon the variety of people that were involved in these projects and rewards schemes that can demonstrate their reach through the whole community. Projects may be single buildings or multiple units and may stand in urban, rural or coastal areas. In this category, Judges looked for evidence of improvement to the local landscape or streetscape and high levels of public access to the scheme.

Projects may be single or groups of buildings, situated in urban, rural or coastal areas, and either entirely new or improvements to existing facilities. This Award recognises projects that have benefited the local community and Judges look for:

evidence of success from local community feedback

whether it was a new building, or an enhancement of an existing facility

who was behind the project

how the project was funded

the level of community involvement

improvements to the local landscape/streetscape

best practice in design and construction

how responsible use was encouraged

improved or increased public access

the types of individuals using the scheme and their response to it

the safeguarding of its future

community initiatives or special projects that are linked to the scheme.

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Judge’s comments

We see schemes of all sizes in this category. Irrespective of scale, what always impresses us is the commitment of all the people involved, whether a commercial team, community group or a determined individual.” Michael Wyldbore-Smith, Community Benefit Judge

1. The Forum Norwich East of England

7. Newcastle City Library Newcastle upon Tyne North East

13. The Langley Academy Slough South East

2. Leicester Grammar School Leicester East Midlands

8. Saltholme Wildlife Reserve and Discovery Park Visitor Centre Teesside North East

14. Scala Cinema and Arts Centre Prestatyn Wales

3. Neno Schools Malawi International 4. British Embassy, Algiers Algeria International 5. Halls Creek Town Walk Australia International 6. Chessington Community College Chessington London

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9. Gorton Education Village Manchester North West 10. The Ulster Museum Belfast Northern Ireland 11. North Glasgow College Glasgow Scotland 12. Lakeside Energy from Waste Facility and Education Centre Berkshire South East

15. Barford Village Shop Warwick West Midlands 16. The Junction Goole Yorkshire and Humber
















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Community Sustainability Benefit

The Winner – Scala Cinema and Arts Centre, Prestatyn

Project Team Owner/Developer Denbighshire County Council Architect Burrell Foley Fischer LLP with Christopher Sanders Architect

Quantity Surveyor Burke Hunter Adams Structural Engineer Capita Symonds Ltd

Services Engineer Carpenter Davies Partnership Main Contractor R L Davies

Scala Cinema originally opened in 1913, but was forced to close in December 2000 due to neglect and the high cost of much needed repairs. However, following a lengthy campaign by the local community, the site was restored and reopened as a new, state-of-the-art cinema and arts centre in 2009; revitalising Prestatyn and the surrounding area in the process. The site now offers a 150 seat, multi-use auditorium, suited not only to showcasing the latest cinematic releases, but also providing an excellent venue for performing arts, dance and exercise classes, fairs and markets. The community also has access to the centre’s new social and training facilities, exhibition spaces and meeting rooms.

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Media Consultant Inglis Todd Associates

Acoustic Consultant Arup Acoustics

Theatre Consultant PMC Stage Services

Access Consultant B3 Burgess

The new Scala comprises a modern extension, set back behind a small scale, early 20th century high street frontage, which has been restored and adapted to the building’s new use. Designed with economy of operation in mind to ensure its future sustainability, the project entails the reuse of part of an existing building, which had been vacant for a number of years, and aims to support the vitality and viability of the town centre. A new glass canopy forms a contemporary counterpoint to the Victorian façade, while a high level of visibility is afforded by a large glazed screen between the street and the entrance foyer, making the building welcoming and accessible to all visitors.


This is an extraordinary example of how the passion of local residents can help drive a project through to completion. After a nine year struggle, the local community of Prestatyn is finally able to enjoy the superb facilities of this engaging cinema and arts centre.” Simon Pott Chairman of the Judging Panel

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Community Benefit

Commended – The Langley Academy, Slough

Project Team Owner/Developer DCSF and Langley Academy Trust Sponsor The Arbib Foundation Architect Foster + Partners

Structural, Mechanical and Electrical Engineer Buro Happold Contractor Wates

Quantity Surveyor Davis Langdon

When the Arbib Foundation decided to sponsor The Langley Academy, its aim was to create an exciting learning environment for the local community, which was fit for the 21st century. Opened in September 2008 as a new mixed academy for 11–18 year olds, The Langley Academy is at the centre of Slough’s community, with the majority of students able to walk or cycle to the academy each morning. The social, cultural and ethnic mix of students is a reflection of the wider community and its exceptional facilities are available to all local residents. The academy provides Slough with a focal point for learning, and, in addition to daytime classes for students, the centre provides an extensive range of evening classes, which are open to all.

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While the academy should be commended for its focus on sustainability, it really stands out for the way it benefits the local community. It provides a truly outstanding environment for learning, and students of all ages will enjoy the quality of its facilities.” Simon Pott Chairman of the Judging Panel

Its main entrance leads to an impressive atrium, the heart of the academy, which provides fantastic views over the academy’s museum and installations. The open-plan design means that, from the West Wing Balcony, visitors have an excellent panorama of the academy’s wide range of specialist classrooms and facilities. The state-of-the-art building also includes a large sports hall, rowing gym, lecture and dance theatre with seating for 230 people. Combining community benefit with best practice in sustainable architecture, the project was built with future generations in mind; all water and energy use is monitored and displayed to students, as well as being shared via the Eco Council.

Commended – Saltholme Wildlife Reserve and Discovery Park Visitor Centre, Teesside

The Discovery Park Visitor Centre is a new visitor facility set amidst the Saltholme Wildlife Reserve: 1 000 acres of reclaimed industrial land at Port Clarence in Teesside which is surrounded by the dramatic landscape of the area. The aim was to provide a visitor centre that would attract, excite and inspire the local, regional and tourist public using the surrounding wildlife and habitat. By virtue of its location alone, the building reflects the transformation of former industrial sites in the region into green areas, and the focus on sustainability fittingly reflects the project’s close relationship with its immediate environs. The centre is situated adjacent to a freshwater pool, part of the existing wildlife habitat, and the landscape design purposefully wraps the water around the building, with a swing bridge forming the main point of access. Appropriately inspired by the plumage of the kingfisher, the building stands out for the terracotta colours of the lime render and its blue glazed bricks. Involvement from the local community has been central to the project at all stages. Extensive public consultation and feedback at exhibitions and events played a key role in the design development and planning application processes, while the exhibition function of the building now provides ongoing educational benefits, both for regular visitors and tourists.

Project Team Owner/Developer RSPB Newcastle Teesside Environmental Trust Architect Jane Darbyshire & David Kendall Ltd

Contractor Lumsden & Carroll Construction Cost Consultant Turner & Townsend

Structural and Civil Engineer Building Design Northern Ltd Mechanical and Electrical Engineer Arup


This is a fine example of a project conceived with the community in mind. As a result of lengthy public consultation, the Visitor Centre provides an excellent resource for local residents while helping to conserve the area’s wildlife and natural environment.”

Michael Wyldbore-Smith Community Benefit Judge

Access Consultant Steve Hudson, Gateshead Access Panel Landscape and Environmental Consultant Glen Kemp Limited

CDM Co-ordinator EC Harris Interior Designer Ward Robinson Ltd

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This Award recognises improvements to the built or natural environment that make long-term contributions to the vitality and prosperity of an area. Key judging criteria includes the scope of the challenge at the inception stage, the identification of solutions to difficult investment and development issues and successful delivery of the overall project. The measure of success embraces built environment, social and community gains and evidence of a project’s long-term prospects. The human factor as a motivating and innovative force in the regeneration process is always foremost in the Judges’ minds.

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The project must have conserved or improved the built or natural environment in a way that has contributed to the viability of the area. The Judges look for: •

the background/history of the site and its need for regeneration

the scheme’s part in wider regeneration policy in the area

success in overcoming obstacles such as contaminated land

the types of users or occupiers of the area and their reaction to the scheme

the involvement and reaction of the local community

how the scheme has acted as a catalyst for other improvements in the area

the long-term prospects for the area.

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Judge’s comments

We look for projects that combine innovation, determination and vision to deliver renewed environments where communities and businesses can flourish.” Stephen Robinson, Regeneration Judge

1. The Mill Ipswich East of England

6. CitySpace Sunderland North East

11. Boscombe Spa Village Boscombe South West

2. The Roundhouse Campus for Derby College Derby East Midlands

7. Covered Market Hall Stockport North West

12. Llety Cynin, Accommodation & Leisure Carmarthenshire Wales

3. SQUARE Brussels Meeting Centre Belgium International 4. Stanislavsky Centre Russia International 5. Stonebridge Estate Regeneration Harlesden London

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8. St Anne’s Square Belfast Northern Ireland 9. Maxim Office Park Glasgow Scotland 10. John Pounds Regeneration Scheme Portsmouth South East

13. Hafod Eryri Snowdon Wales 14. West Midlands Regional Food Academy Shropshire West Midlands 15. Newington and St Andrew’s Frontage Improvements Hull Yorkshire and Humber















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Regeneration Sustainability

The Winner – Stonebridge Estate Regeneration, Harlesden

Project Team Owner/Developer Hyde Housing Association Hillside Housing Trust London Borough of Brent

Masterplanner and Architect Shepheard Epstein Hunter Architects

Planning Consultant Terence O’Rourke Ltd

Employer’s Agents, Cost Consultants and CDM Co-ordinators Baily Garner LLP Calford Seaden

The regeneration of the Stonebridge Estate has made an exceptional contribution to the lives of the residents of Stonebridge and to the urban fabric of Harlesden, North London. Stonebridge Estate was built by Brent Council during the late 1960s as a wholesale replacement of the 19th century suburban development that had formed there. However, after 25 years, Stonebridge had become one of the worst estates in the country with a notorious reputation for poverty, social exclusion, violence and drug dealing. In 1995, unemployment on the estate was over 20% and 56% of households had a weekly income of less than £200. As well as the physical regeneration of the estate, a key objective was therefore to improve the economic and social welfare of its residents. Over a 12 year period, the regeneration programme has delivered 1156 new affordable homes, a PCT Health Centre, chemist, community centre, nursery, sports facilities, three new parks and a range of retail outlets on the estate. As a result of the project, unemployment, vandalism, graffiti and fear of crime have all fallen, while there has been a sharp increase in qualifications among residents.

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This regeneration project has not only made an incredible difference to the lives of the Stonebridge residents, but it has also safeguarded the economic future of the estate and restored its connections with the wider communities of Harlesden and North London.” Stephen Robinson Regeneration Judge

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Commended – Hafod Eryri, Snowdon The tourism industry plays a key role in the local economy of the Llanberis area. Each year, it generates £12m for the village, providing employment for 50% of the working population. A key attraction is the Snowdon Mountain Railway (SMR), which generates £2.5m per year and employs 58 staff to transport tourists to and from the summit of Mount Snowdon. As a result of damage caused by the summit’s harsh conditions, the old summit building risked closure due to safety concerns. This would have left 25% of the SMR workforce facing redundancy and the village’s income from tourism in jeopardy. The Snowdonia National Park Authority therefore set out to provide a new building which would improve and enrich the experience of all visitors to the summit. The key objective was to provide excellent facilities for the 350 000 annual visitors without detracting from the natural experience of scaling the mountain top. The new building was conceived with the uniqueness and sensitivity of the surrounding landscape in mind. Panoramic windows provide visitors with a breathtaking view and ensure that the destination is as spectacular as the journey. Materials and design have been tailored to withstand the extreme climate, while the building now features two entrances to avoid congestion and improve accessibility for all visitors.

Project Team Owner/Developer Awdurdod Parc Cenedalethol Eryri/ Snowdonia National Park Authority Architect Ray Hole Architects Project Manager and Quantity Surveyor Jacobs Babtie Design and Build Contractor Carillion Structural, Mechanical and Electrical Engineer Arup Planning Supervisor Terry Potter

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The natural beauty of the area is perfectly complemented by the new summit building. By enhancing the overall experience of reaching the summit, the project will help attract a greater number of visitors and protect the economic prosperity of the surrounding area.” Simon Pott Chairman of the Judging Panel


This Award measures a project’s commitment to the efficient use of resources and celebrates schemes that provide sustainable environments “that meet the needs of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” (Brundtland Commission) The Judges look for schemes that are sustainable in their design and operation, balancing the economic, environmental and social criteria of the projects.

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More specifically in this category, one of the most challenging, the Judges look for evidence of forward planning and site monitoring, whether recycled construction materials were used, energy efficient construction and operation procedures and ‘green’ measures to solve waste and transport needs. Lastly, a key component of a sustainable development must be its ability to be replicated. Judges assess schemes on their potential to demonstrate best practice to a wider audience and to what extent design solutions can be reproduced.

This Award celebrates those schemes that provide sustainable environments that meet the needs of people now, as well as the needs of future generations. It is a challenging category, where the Judges look for: •

evidence of forward planning and continuous monitoring

the location of the scheme, e.g. existing site or greenfield development

additional capital invested with the intention of reducing energy use or environmental impact

use of ‘environmentally friendly’ materials and recycling

use of energy efficient procedures in construction

energy efficient design and monitoring

setting of performance targets and success in meeting these objectives

measures taken for other issues such as waste and transport needs

thought given to deconstruction, eventual reuse and recycling

achievement of a British Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) rating

the setting of energy consumption and CO2 emissions targets at the design stage

occupant/user feedback on their perception of the project in operation.

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Judge’s comments

The need and desire for sustainable buildings has become increasingly evident over recent years. Successful projects in this category are those where the teams involved have gone beyond mere green rhetoric and demonstrated how thoughtful design and operation have been used to achieve an appropriate balance of the social, environmental and economic impacts of the project.”

Jim Ure Sustainability Judge

1. The Wine Society Prefabricated Hemcrete Warehouse Stevenage East of England 2. Branston Prepared Foods Factory Lincoln East Midlands 3. Serenity Luxembourg International 4. Solaris Belgium International 5. Lee Valley Athletics Centre Enfield London 6. Outpatients Suite, St Oswald’s Hospice Newcastle upon Tyne North East

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7. Chadderton Wellbeing Centre Oldham North West

13. Cardiff Central Library Cardiff Wales

8. New Library, Queen’s University, Belfast Belfast Northern Ireland

14. Cross Street South Wolverhampton West Midlands

9. Roseisle Distillery Elgin Scotland 10. Elizabeth II Court Winchester South East 11. Bishop Cornish Education Centre Saltash South West 12. Project Allenby & Connaught Various South West

15. Smart Timber Frame Co. Ltd Stoke-on-Trent West Midlands 16. Regional Agricultural Centre Harrogate Yorkshire and Humber
















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The Winner – New Library, Queen’s University, Belfast

The New Library, with 2 000 reader places and accommodation for 1.5 million books, has transformed the student and staff experience at Queen’s University, Belfast replacing the previous library provision which was wholly inadequate for a student population of more than 24 000. In building the New Library, the University demolished four undistinguished 1970s era buildings with flat roofs, lightweight external cladding and poor thermal insulation properties. These buildings were energy inefficient, and made little contribution to the quality of the campus and its wider conservation area. Their demolition allowed the construction of a new sustainable building.

The New Library has proved so popular that the original opening hours have had to be extended. The aim of the design was to reduce energy loads and provide energy input as efficiently as possible. The building was designed to be flexible, with an open-plan approach where possible. Meters enable data on energy, fuel and water consumption to be recorded and reviewed against targets on a quarterly basis. During the design and specification process, BRE Green Guide ‘A’ rated materials were selected, including 13 200 sq m of carpet tiling, aluminium curtain walling and rubber flooring. All contained a recycled element and can be refurbished or recycled after use.

Project Team Owner Queen’s University, Belfast

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Architects Robinson Patterson Partnership Shepley Bulfinch Richardson & Abbott

Quantity Surveyor Hood McGowan Kirk

Structural, Mechanical and Electrical Engineer Malone Exchange

Contractor O’Hare & McGovern


The New Library is proving an invaluable resource for students at Queen’s University, Belfast. The building achieves excellence on two fronts: in terms of providing essential educational support, and through its distinction in sustainability. On both counts, it is an exceptional project.” Jim Ure Sustainability Judge

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Commended – Regional Agricultural Centre, Harrogate

The Regional Agricultural Centre in Harrogate is a remarkable project which comfortably meets the needs of the local agricultural industry while, fittingly, making the most of its natural surroundings to maximise energy efficiency and pioneer sustainability.”

Simon Pott Chairman of the Judging Panel

The Yorkshire Agricultural Society (YAS) is a registered charity best known for running the annual Great Yorkshire Show, but it works throughout the year to support farming and the countryside in the region. The aim of the Regional Agricultural Centre was to create a focal point for farmers and farming, bringing people together to celebrate and sell the very best local produce in a truly sustainable building. The building comprises both offices and retail space. The office block is a hub for rural organisations, ensuring cohesive working and good communication, while actively keeping costs and emissions down with use of shared facilities. The building also includes a shop and café dedicated to celebrating and selling food and drink from across the region and aims to inject new life into the rural economy. As a result of innovative design, the building has sustainability at its core while paying homage to local traditional skills.

It is positioned to maximise natural daylight by following the path of the sun, and the width of the building was determined by how far natural light would reach, limiting the amount of electric light required. The centre is located on brownfield land and the building’s frame is made entirely out of timber, with a sedum roof, grey water recycling, sensor taps, photovoltaic lighting and sheep wool insulation. A ground source heat pump uses minimum energy during cold spells, and the building incorporates solar panels, solar control glazing and reactive lighting. Recycled materials are used throughout the building, right down to the shopping trolleys and baskets, which are made from recycled plastic bottles. In line with the scheme’s regional focus, local businesses have been involved in the project as far as possible, from the architects through to the supplier of café furniture.

Project Team Owner Yorkshire Agricultural Society Architect P+HS

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Quantity Surveyor Derrick Kershaw Partnership

Contractor Houseman & Falshaw

Mechanical and Electrical Consultant Buro Happold

Structural Engineer Scott Wilson


Commended – Elizabeth II Court, Winchester

At a time when central and local government are under pressure to identify efficiency savings, Hampshire County Council has led the way with its creative refurbishment of Elizabeth II Court. The building’s successful transformation ensures the region is served by a highly efficient central council HQ, and stands out as a paragon of sustainable retrofitting in the built environment.” Jim Ure Sustainability Judge

The Elizabeth II Court project (formerly Ashburton Court) in central Winchester represents a groundbreaking transformation of a dilapidated 1960s office block into a modern, efficient and highly sustainable working environment for Hampshire County Council. The project is an exemplar for both urban natural ventilation and the reuse of a building type that exists across the country. The whole lifecycle environmental impact of the building has been reduced to less than that of an equivalent new build, mechanically ventilated building, while its appearance and working environment have also been transformed. By increasing the floor area after refurbishment and introducing flexible working, Hampshire County Council has been able to accommodate around 500 staff in the building. This has enabled the council to reduce its headquaters by about 30% and dispose

of other offices in Winchester, thereby significantly reducing energy consumption and allowing funds to be redirected into improving the provision of frontline services. The low energy strategy has transformed environmental performance by around 70% in terms of carbon emissions. This represents a groundbreaking achievement as it matches the performance of many new build sustainable offices in the UK, while working within the constraints of an existing building in an urban location. Natural ventilation is the project’s key innovation. It is provided predominantly via a wind driven system that does not require windows to be opened onto the heavily trafficked roads. Elizabeth II Court is now a ‘Demonstration Project’ for the Carbon Trust as a model example of creative and progressive reuse of a building.

Project Team Owner Hampshire County Council Project Manager Mace Group

Architect Bennetts Associates Architects Main Contractor BAM Construction Ltd

Structural Engineer Gifford Cost Consultant Davis Langdon LLP

Mechanical and Electrical Engineer Ernest Griffiths Town Planning Consultant Colliers CRE

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Commended – Branston Prepared Foods Factory, Lincoln

Branston is historically renowned for being at the forefront of modern technology and the Prepared Foods Factory maintains this tradition. It is clear that energy efficiency and sustainability were at the heart of the project, and this should ensure that the factory plays a key role for the company for many years to come.”

Jim Ure Sustainability Judge

Branston was formed in 1968 when a group of Lincolnshire farmers joined together to market their potatoes. The company has seen exponential growth since then, and through a strategy of embracing modern technology and innovative production techniques, it has become the leading fresh potato supplier in the UK. This strategy was never more evident than with the launch of the Prepared Foods Factory in 2009. With demand for Branston’s prepared food range growing since its launch in 2005, it became clear that additional space was needed, and the company invested in building its own factory. The new Prepared Foods Factory was aligned with Branston’s strategy of low carbon = low cost, with energy efficiency a key part of the design brief. The 2 500 sq m factory was conceived

with streamlined processes in mind to maximise efficiencies and reduce waste. All building materials were sourced locally, and internally the factory was designed to be practical and flexible. Externally it has a contemporary design, with wood panelling and a curved roof. Branston invested in a biomass heating system, fuelled by waste potato boxes and pallets, as well as an innovative remote controlled building management system which monitors temperatures and all incoming and outgoing services. Electricity is created from organic waste and outgrade product and the factory is designed to be completely independent of external utilities. The factory includes PIR lighting in all staff amenity and office areas and uses sun tubes to maximise natural light.

Project Team Owner and Project Manager Branston Ltd

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Architect Trundley Architects

Principal Contractor Chalcroft Construction




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Project of the Year – The Roundhouse Campus for Derby College


The new Roundhouse Campus is an outstanding asset for the city of Derby, and is having a considerable impact on both students and members of the public. Developing a derelict building presents obvious challenges, and the facilities available now provide an excellent resource for the city. The Roundhouse not only cherishes the historical significance of the buildings, but will also help secure the city’s future through the many generations who will be able to study there.” Simon Pott Chairman of the Judging Panel

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The buildings included in the project are integral to the historical, architectural and social history of Derby, key to the industrial heritage of the Midlands, and nationally important because of their unique architectural qualities and rarity. The Grade II listed buildings represent the UK’s best preserved, early purpose built railway works and include the world’s oldest surviving roundhouse. The site was shut down more than 20 years ago, as many industrial activities had moved to more modern buildings in the 1980s. The buildings stood empty, continuing to deteriorate as successive winters took their toll, and were eventually entered into the Buildings at Risk Register. The challenge was to preserve the buildings, which are so strongly connected to the identity of Derby, and develop them into a facility of which the city could be proud. The existing buildings had many large span, open sheds, which perfectly matched the spatial demands of the college. The first floor boasts general purpose learning spaces and includes a bespoke classroom pod system, allowing acoustic and thermal insulation.

The redevelopment of the site is an excellent example of urban regeneration providing an integrated solution to the provision of educational requirements. Since the Roundhouse opened, interest in the college’s courses has soared, with a 15% increase in student numbers across the campus. Alongside the original buildings, the new Stephenson building houses a range of vocational learning areas and the arts faculty, not to mention a hair and beauty salon. The site is located alongside Derby’s railway station and is a five minute walk from the new bus station. To promote sustainability, students are encouraged to use public transport. There are no student parking facilities on the site; instead, excellent facilities are provided for cyclists. The Roundhouse has already been returned to its rightful place as a key landmark of Derby, having been incorporated in the official blue badge walking tours of the city, and its extensive opening hours mean members of the public can enjoy its state-of-the-art facilities around the clock.

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Winning and commended entries

Winner: Blencow Hall, Penrith The maintenance and preservation of the 16th century Grade I listed building, securing the future of the hall and providing luxury accommodation for visitors. Building Conservation

Commended: The O2, Dublin The transformation of a famous warehouse at the heart of Dublin’s docklands into a world class entertainment venue. Commended: St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle Cleaning and preservation of one of Europe’s late medieval architectural masterpieces, at the heart of Windsor Castle.

Winner: Scala Cinema & Arts Centre, Prestatyn Restoration of Prestatyn’s cinema, previously forced to close due to neglect, following a lengthy campaign by the local community. Community Benefit

Commended: The Langley Academy, Slough An exciting learning environment fit for the 21st century, offering exceptional facilities to all local residents. Commended: Saltholme Wildlife Reserve and Discovery Park Visitor Centre, Teesside A new visitor facility set amidst the Saltholme Wildlife Reserve: 1 000 acres of reclaimed industrial land.

Winner: Stonebridge Estate Regeneration, Harlesden Formerly a no-go area, the estate has been reconnected with the wider community by a transformational regeneration programme. Regeneration

Commended: Hafod Eryri, Snowdon The creation of a new summit building on Mount Snowdon, providing excellent facilities and a stunning view for visitors who scale the mountain.

Winner: New Library, Queen’s University, Belfast Providing an invaluable resource for students, the sustainable, open-plan New Library monitors energy, fuel and water consumption against stringent targets. Sustainability

Commended: Regional Agricultural Centre, Harrogate The centre creates a focal point for agriculture, bringing the farming community together to celebrate and sell the very best produce from the region in a truly sustainable building. Commended: Elizabeth II Court, Winchester The Elizabeth II Court project represents the transformation of a dilapidated 1960s office block into a highly sustainable working environment for Hampshire County Council. Commended: Branston Prepared Foods Factory, Lincoln Constructed to cope with rapidly increasing demand, the factory maximises energy efficiency, reduces waste, and includes a biomass heating system.

Winner: The Roundhouse Campus for Derby College, Derby Project of the Year

The regeneration of the derelict, 19th century Derby Locomotive Department to produce a state-of-the-art educational centre for students and members of the public at Derby College.

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The RICS wishes to express its thanks to all those involved in the delivery of the RICS Awards 2010, in particular the Judging Panel and regional assessors, whose commitment and support is vital to the success of these awards. RICS Awards 2010 Judging Panel Simon Pott FRICS FRAgS Chairman of the Judging Panel, Past President RICS Deborah Dance MSc MRICS Director, Oxford Preservation Trust Stephen H Robinson MA FRICS MRTPI Consultant to GVA Grimley LLP Jim Ure MSc CEng MIEE FCIBE Managing Director, ABS consulting Michael Wyldbore-Smith FRICS Surveyor to the Stratford Trust Regional Assessment Panels 2010 East Edward Coe FRICS* Stephen Boniface FRICS Richard Lloyd FRICS Antony Nix FRICS Tony Redman BSc FRICS East Midlands Stephen Anelay BSc FRICS Dip BMM* Paul Collins MBA MRICS MBIFM FICPD Gordon Fisher FRICS Geoffrey Soar FRICS IRRV International Graham Rigby BSc (Hons) MRICS Tim Ward FRICS London Barry M. Woodman FRICS* Allen Gilham MRICS Dip.T.P. IHBC Tom Godfrey FRICS David Goodridge Dip.Bldg.Cons. FRICS FB Eng. Hugh Kemsley OBE MA FRICS Saba Nayab BSc MRICS George Ralph Dip.Arch. RIBA Ross S.M. Sinclair BSc MRICS Dip.Build.Cons. Tony Suttill FRICS Jon Tivey C.Env. MRICS

Robin Hayward FRICS Mick Hooson BA (Hons) BSC (Hons) FCIH MRICS MBEng David Inman BSc (Hons), MRICS, AIEMA, TechIOA Andrew Kellaway FRICS John Marland Charles Nixon BSc FRICS Pippa Page MRICS Nicola Parker BSc (Hons) MRICS Ray Parker MRICS Sandy Roy ARIBA Fred Slater MRICS Derek Walker BSc MRICS South East James Offen MA FRICS* Terry Adsett FRICS Philip Bobby FRICS Ann Heywood BSc PhD FRICS Tony Martin MRICS Martin O’Hara FRICS Peter Owen MA FRICS John Playle FRICS H J G Russell OBE MA FRICS Paul Vale BSc, CEng South West David Marsh FRICS* Don Alder FRICS MRTPI Richard Basnett BSc FRICS James Bruges RWA AA Dipl RIBA Sally-Ann Carr BSc MRICS FFB Ian Duncan BSc MSc CEng MICE FIStructE Tim Griffin FRICS Tim Key MA FRICS Mark Ledgard MA MRICS DipArchCons Jan Molyneux BA (Arch) Hons MRTPI Mark Robinson MSc FRICS DipArchCons Mark Wightman FRICS

Jonathan Moore MRICS Dr Jenny Muir Stephen Nelson FRICS Paul Teague MRICS Scotland Laura Johnstone BA(Hons) MRICS MRTPI* Tom Barclay BSc, MRICS ACIH MBA Claire Conway BSc DipLE MRICS Colin Smith BSc Hons MCD MRTPI MRICS Wales Peter Caldwell FRICS (Chair of Judging Panel) Wendy Caldwell BSc (Judge) Jonathan Kearsley-Wooller FRICS (Judge) Matt Williams MRICS (Judge) Richard Baddeley FRICS Richard Bond Andrew Dakin MRICS Simon Davies MRICS Tim Davies MRICS Philip Johns FRICS Richard Ormond FRICS Steve Slocombe MRICS Kevin Thomas MRICS Wyn Walters MRICS Elfed Williams RICS Matt Williams MRICS Roger Wilyman FRICS RICS Awards Working Party Michael Newey BSc FRICS MCIH Chairman of the Working Party Simon Pott FRICS FRAgS Chairman of the Judging Panel Philip Morris MRICS Member of the Working Party

West Midlands Roger Stone FRICS FAAV* Glyn Pitchford FRICS MCIArb Michael Pratt QC Graham Winteringham FRIBA RBSA

Andrew Thompson MSc EDM (Open) MRICS MIOSH Member of the Working Party

North East Catherine Dewar BA (Hons), DipTP, MSc, MRTPI, IHBC Lesley Fairclough LLB (Hons) Prof. David Fleming BSc (Hons), PgDip, MBA, DBA, FRICS David Furniss BSc (Hons) MRICS MBA Neil Graham BSc MRICS Colin Haylock FRIBA MRTPI IHBC FRSA Keith Hogg BSc MRICS PGCE Mark Reynolds MRICS MRTPI David Scurr BSc (Hons) MRICS Adam Serfontein BSc MBA MRICS Craig Taylor BSc MSc Gillian Tiplady LLB (Hons) Jonathan Woods Combe LLB (Hons)

Yorkshire Lee Barron MSc MRICS Sylvia Bowden BSc MRICS Andrew Halstead FRICS Colin Harrop FRICS Andy Hirst BSc (Hons) MBA DipProjMan MRICS Mark Hosea BA (Hons) MSc Daniel Hughes MRICS Andrew MacCuish LLB Alex McCallion BSC (Hons) PG Dip MRICS Trevor Mitchell Mphil IHBC Richard Motley MIED Richard Schofield FRICS Peter Swift FRICS Geoff Ward BA (Hons) DipArch RIBA Edward Waterson BSc FRICS Michael Watson LLB Kevin Wood MRICS

Jennifer Welch Operations Director, RICS North

North West Kevin Aspin MRICS Sarah Briggs BA (Hons) MRICS Alan Butler MRICS Geoff Chetwood FRICS Dip Rating Mike Grace BA (Hons) DipArch

Northern Ireland Alistair Dunn FRICS, ACIArb* Diana Fitzsimons FRICS Freddie Luke MRICS Seline McElhatton MRICS Joris Minne MICPR

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Stephen Thornton RICS UK Media Relations Manager Jennie Bryant RICS Logistics Manager Zarna Amin RICS Brand Manager Emma Allen RICS Brand Marketing Assistant Alex Kane Spada Glenn Barber Spada Art Direction and Design The Vanilla Pod Photography Warwick Sweeney

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