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21 APR 2018

North East Project of the Year

The Hitachi Rail Europe manufacturing and assembly plant in Newton Aycliffe took the overall, esteemed Project of the Year, North East title at this year's RICS Awards, North East.

Held at the Marriott Hotel, Gosforth Park in Newcastle upon Tyne on Friday 20 April, the annual RICS Awards, North East celebrate inspirational initiatives in the region’s land, property and construction sectors across eight category awards.

The winners

The winners of the eight individual categories – announced by host and veteran BBC TV news presenter Alex Lovell in front of 300 local property professionals are:

  • Building Conservation  The Boiler House, Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Commercial  Wylam Brewery, Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Community Benefit  Hauxley Wildlife Discovery Centre, Morpeth
  • Design Through Innovation Urban Sciences Building, Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Infrastructure  Killingworth & Longbenton Surface Water Management Scheme, Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Regeneration – Hitachi Rail Europe, Darlington
  • Residential  The Maltings, Northumberland
  • Tourism & Leisure  Wylam Brewery, Newcastle upon Tyne

Project of the Year, North East

The highly acclaimed Project of the Year, North East 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 the Hitachi Rail Europe (HRE) plant at the Merchant Place site, after scooping the regeneration accolade on the night. Not only does the facility build and deliver a new generation of high speed passenger trains, it also provides an important import and export facility and has helped return train manufacturing back to the North East.  

The project delivered by Merchant Place Developments, Shepherd Construction and Ryder Architecture – aimed to create 700 jobs, but this has been surpassed with over 1,200 directly employed by HRE, and a further 8,000 further jobs created within the supply chain.

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.