We're delighted to announce our Project of the Year, Yorkshire & Humber — Harrogate’s £11 million Yorkshire Event Centre — along with the winners and highly commended for the 2017 RICS Awards, Yorkshire & Humber.

Over 35 of Yorkshire and Humber’s most impressive and community beneficial property schemes battled it out for top honours at the 2017 RICS Awards, Yorkshire & Humber. TV presenter Melissa Porter, best known for her BBC programmes 'To Buy or Not to Buy' and 'Escape to the Country', hosted this year’s sell-out ceremony held at the Centenary Pavilion at Leeds Football Club.

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Project of the Year — Yorkshire Event Centre, Harrogate (sponsored by Sika Sarnafil Plus)

Yorkshire Event Centre

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.

Delivered by P+HS Architects, Clugston Construction and DKP Consulting Ltd, the Yorkshire Event Centre is the biggest event space in Yorkshire and the North East. RICS judges praised the project team for delivering what they described as the most modern, inspiring and dynamic event space in the region, and one of the top exhibition venues in the UK.

Since opening in June last year, it has attracted several new events to the region from more established venues in London and Birmingham. All profits generated by the venue go towards funding the work of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society.

Winners & Highly Commended:

Building Conservation (sponsored by Historic England) — Clementhorpe Maltings, York

This £1.7 million scheme to convert a Grade II former malthouse building in York into six contemporary town houses was praised by RICS judges as pioneering and outstanding.

The judges said the project team behind the housing scheme, which included Northminster,COG Architects, LHL Group and Croft Farm Construction, had created an imaginative and clever conversion that has delivered high-quality residential accommodation, whilst retaining and preserving the original character of a historic building with the restoration of many original features.

  • Highly Commended: Wakefield Cathedral Re-ordering, Wakefield

Commercial property (sponsored by Schulmans) — Yorkshire Event Centre, Harrogate

The Yorkshire Event Centre in Harrogate is a world-class, sustainable development with exemplary educational and event facilities. Delivered on time and on budget, using entirely local materials and workmanship, it also incorporates many sustainable features, with processes in place to recycle most of the waste from events. RICS judges said the venue is a significantly valuable community asset which will boost tourism and visitor numbers to Harrogate.

  • Highly Commended: My Fathers Heart, Sheffield

Community Benefit (sponsored by HAYS) — East Riding Leisure, Bridlington

The £25 million redevelopment of Bridlington East Riding Leisure has seen a significant increase in users from the local area, and it is attracting many visitors from further afield.

RICS judges praised the team behind the landmark scheme — Bam Construction and East Riding of Yorkshire Council — for creating what they described as a valuable community asset, with exemplary facilities, which support and encourage health and wellbeing in the town, whilst encouraging tourism and reducing the energy and revenue costs for the local authority.

  • Highly Commended: Goldthorpe Primary School, Barnsley

Design through Innovation (sponsored by Forbo Flooring Systems) — HQ for Airedale International Air Conditioning Ltd, Leeds

RICS judges praised the new building — home to over 300 staff — as world-class and said its new state-of-the-art research and development facility is particularly impressive, allowing Airedale to significantly increase its production capacity and lead the world market in their industry with the largest R&D facility of its kind in northern Europe.

Designed by DarntonB3 Architecture and delivered by BAM Construct, RICS judges were also impressed with the building’s energy efficiency (despite it being 23,000m2 in size) with low energy lighting and heat recovery installed throughout, ensuring the building’s carbon footprint is kept as low as possible.

Infrastructure (sponsored by Turner & Townsend) — Bransholme Storm Water Pumping Station, Hull

Yorkshire Water’s £16 million water-pumping station — located next to Bransholme Lagoon — has improved flood protection for 15,000 homes by quadrupling water capacity. The station is the largest of its kind in Europe and houses eight Archimedes Storm Water screw pumps, each as long as a blue whale.

Designed by Turner & Townsend, the station can pump equal to an Olympic swimming pool into the 110,000m3 storage lagoon in under two minutes, yet it is highly eco-friendly thanks to its innovative design, complete with solar photo-voltaic cells and a "living roof".

  • Highly Commended: West Stonesdale Networks Improvements, Swaledale

Regeneration — Fox Valley, Sheffield

RICS judges praised Fox Valley as being a unique development — having transformed a 28 acre former steelworks site into a new bustling town centre in North Sheffield — whilst managing to maintain the area’s rich industrial heritage.

As well as 60,000 sq ft of high spec office space, the £50 million development — delivered by Dransfield Properties, Dixon Dawson Architects and Henry Boot Construction — is home to many popular retailers and well-known eateries, along with a new housing development bringing 114 new executive riverside homes to the area.

Residential property — Clementhorpe Maltings, York

Clementhorpe Maltings is a stunning development of six contemporary town houses, having been converted from a former Malthouse. The development provides a communal entrance which houses the original equipment used for the malting process, with the addition of a large, glazed roof-light to enhance the space and clearly reveal the previous use of the building.

The judges said this innovative design, along with the overall exemplary standard of the Clementhorpe Maltings — delivered by Northminster,COG Architects, LHL Group and Croft Farm Construction — has created unique and very desirable residential homes. It’s no wonder then that all six homes sold within weeks of going on sale earlier this year.

Tourism & Leisure — East Riding Leisure, Bridlington

The new £25 million Bridlington East Riding Leisure — delivered by Bam Construction and East Riding of Yorkshire Council — is an exemplary and visually striking development with state-of-the-art health and well-being facilities. These include a 25m competition swimming pool, leisure and learners pools, along with a climbing wall, six-court sports hall, gymnasium, exercise studio, squash courts and large café overlooking beautiful views of the beach.

Since opening last year, the re-developed leisure centre is already having a significantly positive impact on its local community, with a vast increase in users from the local area — compared to the previous facility — as well as visitors from further afield.

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