We're delighted to announce our Project of the Year 2017 — The GlaxoSmithKline Carbon Neutral Laboratories for Sustainable Chemistry in Nottingham — and the other eight category winners for the RICS Awards 2017, East Midlands.

34 of the East Midland’s most impressive and community beneficial property schemes battled it out for top honours at the RICS Awards 2017, East Midlands. TV Presenter Angelica Bell hosted this year’s sell-out ceremony, held at The Athena, Leicester, which attracted over 200 local property professionals.

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Project of the Year: The GlaxoSmithKline Carbon Neutral Laboratories for Sustainable Chemistry (sponsored by Forbo Flooring)

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The highly acclaimed Project of the Year title is presented to the scheme which demonstrates overall outstanding best practice and an exemplary commitment to adding value to its local area. The GlaxoSmithKline Carbon Neutral Laboratories for Sustainable Chemistry — delivered by Gleeds, Fairhursts Design Group and Morgan Sindall for the University of Nottingham — has transformed the previous fire-scathed academic building into a sustainable building of the future.

Located within the award-winning Innovation Park on its Jubilee Campus, the building serves as a hub to catalyse sustainable scientific collaborations within the industry. It incorporates the latest technologies in design to allow it to be carbon-neutral within 25 years of completion and is constructed of materials intended to have the least possible impact on the environment.

Winners & highly commended projects from the eight other categories:

Building conservation: The West Mill, Darley Abbey Mills, Derbyshire

West Mill is a highly significant and nationally and internationally important heritage asset and represents an important part of Derbyshire’s industrial architectural history and a key component of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. A careful design, and considered approach, through material choice and attention to detail to maintain the visual function and scale of the historic working floor space, the buildings original architectural character, and their heritage value was adopted. A continuing use and associated income stream will help to preserve the heritage value and significance of the site; supporting its future sustainability and conservation for generations to come.

  • Highly commended: No award

Commercial: Derby Innovation Hub, Derby

The Derby Innovation Hub (iHub) is a flagship commercial development located on Infinity Park, Derby. This prestigious scheme aims to expand on Derby’s reputation as a centre of industry and manufacturing, whilst regenerating a previously unpopulated area. As a catalyst for growth, the Innovation Hub has been designed to attract new investments by providing bespoke, high-quality working environments for local Small and Medium Enterprises, in keeping with the city’s “planes, trains and automobiles” ethos.

  • Highly commended: No award

Community benefit: Harvey Hadden Sports Village, Nottingham (sponsored by University of Nottingham)

The £16 million redevelopment of Harvey Hadden Sports Village is the flagship project in Nottingham City Council’s ten-year-long leisure transformation programme and is a collaboration with Sport England, British Cycling, England Athletics, the Football Association, England Squash and local clubs. The council’s forward-thinking programme has replaced or upgraded outdated leisure centres with modern, energy-efficient centres that are becoming architectural landmarks, successfully inspiring more people to be more active, more often.

  • Highly commended: No award

Design through innovation: The GlaxoSmithKline Carbon Neutral Laboratories for Sustainable Chemistry, Nottingham (sponsored by Sika Sarnafil)

The GlaxoSmithKline Carbon Neutral Laboratories for Sustainable Chemistry are the latest landmark development to be undertaken by The University of Nottingham. Located within the award-winning Innovation Park on its Jubilee Campus, the building serves as a hub to catalyse sustainable scientific collaborations within the industry. It incorporates the latest technologies in design to allow it to be carbon-neutral within 25 years of completion and is constructed of materials intended to have the least possible impact on the environment.

  • Highly commended: No award

Infrastructure: London Road Fire Station, Nottingham

The London Road Fire Station is a state-of-the-art building that houses three fire engine bays, accommodation for fire fighters, and office space for Nottingham City Council’s Emergency Response Department including training facilities. Well placed to respond safely and quickly to emergency calls, this prestigious scheme replaces the iconic Central Fire Station which has served the cite centre since the 1940s. The co-location of the Emergency Response Department represents a new and exciting chapter in the stations history

  • Highly commended: No award

Regeneration: London Road Fire Station, Nottingham

The London Road Fire Station is a state-of-the-art building that houses three fire engine bays, accommodation for fire fighters, a training tower and office space for Nottingham City Council’s Emergency Response Department. Well placed on an arterial route to respond safely and quickly to emergency calls, this prestigious scheme forms part of Nottingham’s major Regeneration ambitions within the Waterside Regeneration Zone and links the Zone to the city centre, whilst revitalising an under-utilised site, and benefitting the local community.

  • Highly commended: No award

Residential: Heathcott Road, Leicester (sponsored by Nottingham Trent University)

Just off Heathcott Road, Saffron Lane, Leicester, lies the biggest Passivhaus affordable housing scheme in the country. The community-led scheme has regenerated 13.3 acres of overgrown and disused land into a £7 million community of 68 eco-homes that have been built to Passivhaus standard. The affordable housing scheme is accessible to everyone, giving families, couples and individuals a well-designed, environmentally friendly and community orientated place to live in the city.

  • Highly commended: No award

Tourism and leisure: The West Mill, Darley Abbey Mills, Derbyshire

The Grade I Listed building ‘West Mill’ was on English Heritage’s ‘Buildings at Risk’ register when it was purchased by the client since 2012 and had lain largely empty. The owner’s vision and brief was to regenerate the building to create a bespoke and unique exclusive-use hospitality wedding venue in West Mill along with the adjoining Long Mill to form small creative enterprise business units. West Mill venue opened for its first weddings in July 2015.

  • Highly Commended: Harvey Hadden Sports Village, Nottingham

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