The University of Manchester's impressive Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC) has been named the 'Project of the Year' at the RICS Awards 2019, North West, which celebrate the region's top, community-led built projects and the talent behind them.
The £60million Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC) - a state-of-the-art graphene research facility – triumphed over close to 30 of the North West's most inspiring property projects to win the Design through Innovation award, before winning the overall 'Project of the Year, North West' title, after demonstrating outstanding best practice and commitment to adding value to its local area.
The GEIC – delivered by Arcadis, Laing O'Rourke Construction and Raphael Vinoly Architects - is the first new building in 40 years on the University of Manchester's North Campus and will act as a regeneration catalyst to promote the area as a future "Graphene City", with a predicted economic impact of over £100million, over the facility's lifetime.
Chair of the judging panel for the RICS Awards, North West, Will Rees of Rees Straw Chartered Surveyors said: "Due to the high interest in graphene and its potential as a revolutionary material, the future and long-term prospects of the GEIC are significant. It will provide a place for the world's innovators - across various sectors – to help shape the future of our communities and industries by opening up new markets and improving existing technologies and materials.
"The modular construction approach to the GEIC has also delivered maximum flexibility and enhanced the overall building usability, whilst ensuring minimal reliance on energy for heating, cooling, lighting, and natural ventilation. Overall, it is a stand-out Project of the Year."
All category winners will go on to compete against other regional winners at the national RICS Awards Grand Final on 4 October in London, for the chance to be crowned the overall UK winner in their respective category.
PR & Communications Manager (North)
Kim's role is to raise awareness of the work of RICS and chartered surveyors through the organisation's Northern (North West, Yorkshire & Humber and North East) media channels.