51 of London’s most impressive and community-beneficial property schemes battled it out for top honours at last night’s 2017 RICS Awards, London, where Fitzrovia’s Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour was awarded the overall ‘Project of the Year’ title.

The prestigious annual contest — held at the Marriott, Grosvenor Square on Wednesday 24 May — celebrates inspirational initiatives in London’s land, property and construction sectors. Television and radio presenter Angellica Bell, best known for appearing in BBC programmes ‘The One Show’, ‘Children in Need’ and ‘Sport Relief’, was the host for this year’s sell-out ceremony, which attracted over 330 local property professionals.

Project of the Year: Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour

The highly acclaimed Project of the Year accolade is presented to the scheme that demonstrates overall outstanding best practice and an exemplary commitment to adding value to its area. Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour is a unique, world-class facility designed specifically to promote and enhance research into neuroscience. Not only did this exceptional scheme scoop the prestigious title this year, it also won the 'Design through Innovation' award.

The judges described the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour as highly rational, very efficient and beautifully detailed. The judges expressed the design to be highly adaptable, but also attractive to the world’s leading scientists to come and work there. They also said that the laboratories are a unique combination of facilities, for theoretical and experimental scientists to work collaboratively, and are the result of intensive research.

These exceptional built schemes are already having a positive impact on their local area and are helping to ensure that the capital remains one of the best places to live, work and visit. The teams behind each project should be incredibly proud as they have shown what is achievable with vision and an innovative approach to collaboration.

Despite the ongoing skills shortages in the construction industry, every year our region’s professionals continue to deliver world-class built projects. This shows that we have some of the best skilled property professionals and surveyors, who together are attracting significant investment into London, helping the capital prosper.

Category winners

The winners of all eight individual categories were:

  • Building Conservation: Queen's House & Bell Tower, Tower of London
  • Commercial: St James's Market, Soho
  • Community Benefit: Ealing Green Church, Ealing
  • Design through Innovation: Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour, Fitzrovia
  • Infrastructure: Enjoy Waltham Forest Programme, Waltham Forest
  • Regeneration: The Old Dairy, Ruislip
  • Residential: Sherwood Court, Lewisham
  • Tourism & Leisure: Pop Brixton, Brixton

RICS Awards 2017, Grand Final

All category winners will go on to compete against other regional winners at the national RICS Awards Grand Final on 2 November 2017 in London, for the chance to be crowned the overall UK winner in their respective category.

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