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28 APR 2018

North West Project of the Year

Over 45 of the North West’s most impressive and community beneficial property schemes battled it out for top honours at last night’s RICS Awards 2018, North West where the Mersey Gateway Project took the overall, esteemed Project of the Year, North West title.

Held at the Principal Hotel in Manchester on 27 April, the annual RICS Awards, North West celebrate inspirational initiatives in the region’s land, property and construction sectors across eight category awards.

The winners

The winners of all eight individual categories, announced by BBC news presenter Clive Myrie, in front of 300 property professionals are:

  • Building Conservation  Moor Hall Restaurant & Rooms, Ormskirk
  • Commercial  Stockport Exchange, Stockport
  • Community Benefit  Sunbeam Music Centre, Penrith
  • Design Through Innovation The Materials Innovation Factory, Liverpool
  • Infrastructure Mersey Gateway Project, Widnes
  • Regeneration – Space Studios, Manchester
  • Residential  Timekeepers Square, Salford
  • Tourism & Leisure  Galloway’s, Morecambe

Project of the Year, North West

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

This year the title went to the £1.86 billion Mersey Gateway Project  after scooping the Infrastructure award on the night which incorporates a new six-lane toll bridge over the River Mersey in Halton and saw significant upgrades to the area’s highways.

RICS Judges praised the team behind the Mersey Gateway Project including Hugh O’Connor, Knight Architects, Mersey Gateway Crossings Board and Scarisbrick Estates Ltd – for creating a stand-out Project of the Year winner that has not only removed a notorious congestion black-spot in the North West, but made journeys to and from the area quicker, easier and more reliable.

The judges were also highly impressed with the project’s remarkable economic benefits which are expected to be four times greater than its initial cost. This is due to the thousands of new jobs created, further regeneration activity planned, and inward investment.

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.