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18 MAY 2018

South West Project of the Year

Over 40 of the South West’s most impressive and community beneficial property schemes battled it out for top honours at last night’s 2018 RICS Awards, South West where the Aerospace Bristol Project took the overall, esteemed South West Project of the Year title.

Held at the Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol on 17 May, the annual RICS Awards, South West celebrate inspirational initiatives in the region’s land, property and construction sectors across eight category awards.

Category winners

The winners of the seven individual categories – announced by television presenter Alex Lovell in front of local property professionals  are:

• Building Conservation – Nunney All Saints, Somerset
• Commercial – Hitchcock’s Business Park, Devon
• Community Benefit – Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts, Dorset
• Design through Innovation – Oat Errish Farm, Devon
• Infrastructure – Wessex Water Supply Grid, Bath
• Regeneration – Print Hall, Bristol
• Residential – The Mill, Harbertonford, Devon
• Tourism & Leisure – Aerospace Bristol 

Project of the Year

The highly acclaimed South West Project of the Year accolade is presented to the category winner that demonstrates overall outstanding best practice and an exemplary commitment to adding value to its local area.

The title went to Aerospace Bristol project, which also scooped the Tourism & Leisure accolade on the night. Aerospace Bristol is an aviation museum which opened to the public in mid-October 2017. The museum comprises of a grade II listed hangar housing the historic Bristol Aero collection; containing 8,000 artefacts and a Bristol-built aircraft. There is also the Concorde building, a new metal mass housing the star of the show; Concorde Alpha Foxtrot, the last to be built and to fly.

The museum aims to tell the story of the shared creativity at Filton through the ages. The tourism and leisure value of this project has provided the local community with extensive benefits, making it a fitting winner for the 2018 South West Project of the Year. 

Judges comments

RICS judges praised the team behind the Aerospace Bristol project for creating a stand-out Project of the Year winner to enhance tourism and leisure in the South West.

The judges were also impressed with the project team’s commitment to ensure sustainability and environmental benefits remained at the forefront of the project.

"Aerospace Bristol is so much more than an interactive family experience; it is a landmark, a unique project that has set a new bench-mark for tourism and leisure in the South West. Not only will it bring major economic benefits to the area, but also historic engagement. All of this year’s winners are testament to the successful collaboration of the talented teams behind them. Together, their complimentary skills and exceptional vision has not only created some remarkable built schemes which the South West can be immensely proud of, but they are also having a profoundly positive impact on their local communities," said James Wakeham FRICS, chair of the RICS Awards, South West judging panel. 

RICS Awards Grand Final

All category winners will go on to compete against other regional winners at the national RICS Awards Grand Final on 2 November 2018 in London, for the chance to be crowned the overall UK winner in their respective category.