We're delighted to announce our Project of the Year 2017— Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour — and the other eight category winners for the RICS Awards 2017, London.

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. Television and radio presenter Angellica Bell, best known for BBC programmes ‘The One Show’ and ‘Children in Need’, hosted this year’s sell-out ceremony, held at The Marriott, Grosvenor Square, which attracted over 330 property professionals.

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


iRAL won an international open competition and was appointed as architects, landscapers, interior designers and design team leaders to design a new-generation research centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour at UCL. It is one of the first buildings designed incorporating knowledge from neuroscience into its spatial configuration and fabric from inception, and co-designed with its prospective users. The extraordinary architecture is an adaptable and flexible facility reconfigurable to the demands of the scientists for the next 60 years.

The highly acclaimed Project of the Year accolade is presented to the scheme which 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.

Winners & highly commended entries from the eight other categories:

Building Conservation: Queen's House & Bell Tower, Tower of London

The Queen’s House and Bell Tower are two of the most significant buildings at the Tower of London, having played a key part in British history. The project works included roofing, masonry and timber frame repairs, informed by extensive building analysis and archaeological investigations. Specialist contractors sensitively unpicked decades of inappropriate works to ensure this corner of the UNESCO World Heritage Site is now conserved and continues to function as the Constable’s residence, as it has for hundreds of years.

  • Highly Commended: Tottenham War Memorial, Haringey 

Commercial: St James's Market, Soho

This landmark £450 million redevelopment opened in October 2016. Centred around a new public square, St James’s Market combines the largest retained facades in Europe with striking architectural design. Just south of Piccadilly Circus, its two BREEAM Excellent office buildings, five flagship retail stores and seven restaurants sit within over a quarter of an acre of regenerated, pedestrianised space. The success of the 260,000ft sq, mixed-use scheme has already prompted a £145 million extension — it is a new destination for London.

  • Highly Commended: 184 Shepherds Bush Road, Brook Green

Community Benefit: Ealing Green Church, Ealing

In 2014, the Methodist and URC commissioned the professional team on the renovation and landscaping of the Victorian-built Ealing Green Church. The focus was to create not only an uplifting and inspiring place of worship, but extend the church mission beyond the congregation and open-up the building to the wider community. A sympathetic rear extension, and a sensitive renovation on a tight budget, now provides a truly functional flexible area that sits at the heart of its community.

  • Highly Commended: The Passage, Westminster

Design through Innovation: Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour, Fitzrovia

iRAL won an international open competition and were appointed as architects, landscapers, interior designers and design team leaders to design a new generation research centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour at UCL. It is one of the first buildings designed incorporating knowledge from neuroscience into its spatial configuration and fabric from inception, and co-designed with its prospective users. The extraordinary architecture is an adaptable and flexible facility reconfigurable to the demands of the scientists for the next 60 years.

  • Highly Commended: Guy’s Cancer Care Centre, London Bridge

Infrastructure: Enjoy Waltham Forest Programme, Waltham Forest

Enjoy Waltham Forest is an innovative flagship programme to improve the borough's network of streets, transport corridors, public spaces, neighbourhoods and town centres for everyday walking and cycling. The programme aims to make cycling and walking safe, convenient and attractive options for all aged 8–80, regardless of gender, ethnicity, income or ability, and the default choice for everyone to move around the borough. So far, approximately 50% of schemes within the programme are complete.

  • Highly Commended:  West Croydon Bus Station Redevelopment

Regeneration: The Old Dairy, Ruislip

The Old Dairy is a vibrant, mixed-use development that has transformed a derelict site in the heart of South Ruislip. It incorporates an 11-screen Cineworld cinema, five family-themed restaurants, an ASDA food store, petrol-filling station and 162 residential units creating approximately 600 local new jobs. The redevelopment also comprises a central piazza with seating and new off-road walking and cycling routes to provide ease of access for existing and future residents.

  • Highly Commended: Woodhouse Urban Park, Queen’s Park

Residential property: Sherwood Court, Lewisham

Chapter Lewisham, Thurston Road, by Weston Williamson + Partners is a student-residential-led, mixed-use development recently completed in the heart of Lewisham Town Centre. Two, 12-story blocks are placed over commercial and student communal facilities at ground floor. The proposal includes 611 bedrooms with 303 being single-occupancy studios with dedicated kitchenette and en-suite bathrooms. Innovative, offsite, modular construction methods were utilised ensuring the project was constructed in just 10 months, with completion reached in September 2016.

  • Highly Commended: 142 Bermondsey Street, Southwark

Tourism & Leisure: Pop Brixton, Brixton

Pop Brixton is a new "mini city" of culture, enterprise and community. Created on a brownfield site of around 2,000 sq m, it has transformed derelict space into a hive of activity, bringing much-needed affordable work and leisure space to the area. Consisting of new workshops, cafes, bars, events and exhibition spaces as well as an open public space, Pop Brixton has been designed to act as a new creative microcosm in the bustling surroundings of this part of London.

  • Highly Commended: Green Rooms, Wood Green

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