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16 MAY 2019

Heckington Windmill scoops top prize at RICS Awards 2019, East Midlands

Over 25 of the region's most impressive and community beneficial property schemes battled it out for top honours at the RICS Awards, East Midlands where Heckington Windmill in Lincolnshire was named Project of the Year.

The prestigious annual contest – sponsored by Sika Building Trust – celebrates the region's most inspirational initiatives in the land, property and construction sectors that are having a significant positive impact on the communities they serve.

The highly acclaimed Project of the Year accolade is presented to the scheme which demonstrates overall outstanding best practice and significant benefit to their local area and wider economy.

The project team behind this year's winner Heckington Windmill – including Sherriff Tiplady Associates and Cowper Griffith Architects LLP - have regenerated the only working eight-sailed mill in the world, restoring the historic C19 buildings into a new visitor facility, shop, ticket office and exhibitions space, maintaining their historic character at the same time as securing a sustainable economic and environmental future for the mill.

Heckington Windmill also won the Building Conservation award.

Chair of the judging panel for the RICS Awards, East Midlands, Will Evans of EI Group plc adds:

"The judges were extremely impressed with Heckington Windmill Trusts' commitment and enthusiasm to retain and preserve the historical features of the Grade I Listed Windmill and outbuildings. The sympathetic repairs and meticulous planning has not only ensured the mill has been returned to full working order but it has also created an inclusive, interactive experience. The project has secured the future of a key local landmark, and created a destination for visitors and the local community to enjoy for years to come."

2019 RICS Awards winners

The winners of the seven regional RICS Awards are as follows:

  • Building Conservation: Heckington Windmill (Lincolnshire)
  • Commercial: Princess Road East (Leicester)
  • Community Benefit: Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre (Nottingham)
  • Design through Innovation: University of Northampton Learning Hub (Northampton)
  • Infrastructure: Lincoln Transport Hub (Lincolnshire)
  • Regeneration: Cromford Mills (Matlock)
  • Tourism & Leisure: Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre (Nottingham)

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