3 MAY 2019
The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Project at Westminster Abbey has been named London's 'Project of the Year' at the RICS Awards 2019, London, which recognise exemplary built projects - that are positively contributing to their local communities - and the talented teams behind them.
Prior to The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Project, the galleries above the Abbey floor had never been open to the public before; but today the medieval galleries are fully accessible to all, following their transformation into a beautiful, thoughtfully curated space. The project won the Building Conservation category award on the night before being named the overall 'Project of the Year'. The prestigious title is presented to the category winner that demonstrates overall outstanding best practice and the highest commitment to adding real value to its local area.
RICS Judges praised the project team behind The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Project – Sawyer & Fisher, Ptolemy Dean Architects, Westminster Abbey and Daedalus Conservation – for the magnificent restoration of the space emerging from the sourcing of 13th century materials and uncovered historic foundations.
The project has created a gallery space within the Abbey's eastern Triforium which now displays 300 of the Abbey's finest treasures, some on display for the first time in 700 years.
Saba Nayab FRICS, London Head Judge, commented: "The team involved displayed thorough research, dedication to their craft, teamwork, and a passion for the project that was evident and infectious.
"Working within the constraints of an operational Abbey and limited physical space, a modern yet well blended tower staircase opens onto the previously disused galleries. Maintaining architectural integrity was paramount, and has been achieved to stunning effect."
Another project to win at the RICS Awards, London was the Dale Youth Boxing Academy & Community Centre, picking up the Community Benefit award for its strong community consultation and involvement. The project in Bay 20 saw the construction of a new home for the boxing academy and a new community hub following the tragic events at Grenfell Tower in June 2017.
It is the vision and talent of these admirable partnerships that have brought these exceptional projects to life, collaborating to deliver each of these winning projects. The winning teams should be very proud of their achievements and contribution to London.
Saba Nayab FRICS
London Head Judge
The RICS Awards 2019, London were hosted by business broadcaster Kavita Maharaj on Thursday 2 May at the Royal Garden Hotel. The winners of all seven categories are as follows:
A number of Highly Commended certificates were also handed out on the night to Golden Lane Community Centre (Community Benefit), and Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew – Temperate House Precinct Project (Tourism & Leisure).
Saba Nayab FRICS, London Head Judge, commented: “A diverse range of innovative projects, of all sizes and budgets, made the shortlist this year. It is the vision and talent of these admirable partnerships that have brought these exceptional projects to life, collaborating to deliver each of these winning projects. The winning teams should be very proud of their achievements and contribution to London.”
All category winners – including the Project of the Year – will go on to compete against other regional winners at the national RICS Awards, Grand Final in London later this year. The Grand Final will give the winners the chance to be crowned the overall UK winner in their respective category and contend for the coveted ‘UK Project of the Year’ accolade.
RICS Awards showcase the most inspirational initiatives and developments in land, real estate, construction and infrastructure.
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