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11 MAY 2018

East of England Project of the Year

Twenty of the East of England’s most impressive property schemes battled it out for top honours at last night’s 2018 RICS Awards, East of England where the North West Cambridge Development took the overall, esteemed East of England Project of the Year title.

Held at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds on 10 May, the annual RICS Awards, East of England celebrate inspirational initiatives in the region’s land, property and construction sectors across seven category awards.

The winners of the seven individual categories were announced by host, BBC presenter and journalist Janine Machin.

The winners

The winners of all seven individual categories are as follows:

  • Building Conservation – Apple Tree Farmhouse, Chorleywood
  • Commercial  One Station Square, Cambridge
  • Community Benefit – Glenwood School, Benfleet
  • Design Through Innovation  Aerospace Integration Research Centre, Cranfield University, Bedfordshire
  • Regeneration – International Aviation Academy, Norwich (IAA-N)
  • Residential  North West Cambridge Development, Cambridge 
  • Tourism & Leisure  Naze Education and Visitor Centre, Walton on the Naze

Highly commended

Two projects were also awarded a highly commended accolade:

  • Community Benefit  Marsh Farm Regeneration, Luton
  • Residential  Monkey Lodge, Ipswich

Project of the Year, East of England

The title went to the North West Cambridge Development. The project’s aim was to create a sustainable and long-lasting new urban extension to Cambridge, centred around a mixed academic and urban community. The first phase opened in 2017 with 700 affordable homes and community facilities for the University of Cambridge’s key workers.

The judges praised the team behind the North West Cambridge Development – including Gardiner & Theobald, AECOM and the University of Cambridge  for creating a stand-out Project of the Year; admirably tackling the affordable housing challenges in the city whilst creating a mixed community, incorporating quality and sustainable homes for University key-workers and the wider community.

"The North West Cambridge Development is more than just a housing development. The first phase is delivering a new place complete with a landmark community building, primary school, supermarket, parklands and sports pitches which are open to the wider community to enjoy for years to come. All of this year’s winners are testament to the successful collaboration of the talented teams behind them. Together, their complementary skills and vision have not only created built schemes which the East of England can be proud of, they are also having a profoundly positive impact on their local communities," said Jonathan Nelson FRICS, chair of the RICS East of England judging panel and partner, Richard Utting Associates.

RICS Awards, Grand Final 2018

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.