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Press release

25 NOV 2019

RICS launch new search for property industry's 'Lifetime Achiever'

RICS has launched a new search to find the UK's most inspiring and influential property professional who has made a significant positive contribution to the built environment and communities, making them highly deserving of a Lifetime Achiever accolade.

The professional standards body - for those who work in land, property and construction - is seeking entries for the national Lifetime Achiever title as part of its new Social Impact Awards which celebrate the positive contribution the built environment has on people's lives for the first time.

Nominees for the Lifetime Achiever award will be judged across strict criteria, including how their professional advice has helped to change lives, transform communities and positively impact the environment. RICS Judges will also be looking for evidence of how candidates – of all ages and backgrounds - have embraced innovation, creativity, new approaches and technology to help deliver smarter built projects and initiatives that are having a positive impact on society.

The RICS Social Impact Awards will honour a property professional with the Lifetime Achiever award, in recognition of their positive contribution to the built environment

Matthew Howell, RICS Managing Director, UK & Ireland said: "We're delighted to have launched a new Lifetime Achiever accolade as part of our newly refreshed annual awards programme. Chartered Surveyors play a vital role in creating and maintaining our built environment to ensure it has a positive impact on communities and people's lives, so this award will recognise and celebrate the champions in our industry who are making a remarkable difference to society."

The esteemed Lifetime Achiever title will be presented to the winner at the RICS Social Impact Awards Grand Final held in London in September 2020, where the project category winners from each regional heat will go head-to-head against other regional winners – from all 12 UK regions - to compete for the national accolade in their respective category.

Nominations for the Lifetime Achiever are free to enter via and can be submitted by co-workers, former colleagues or candidates themselves (providing they are RICS accredited). The deadline to apply is 31 January 2020.

Project category entries for the 2020 RICS Social Impact Awards - which include Commercial, Education, Healthcare, Heritage, Infrastructure, Land & Rural, Leisure, Residential and Student Accommodation – must also be submitted by 31 January. There is currently an Early Bird Rate of £85 (plus VAT) available - for up to two categories – for projects entered by 29 November 2019.

Take part in the RICS Social Impact Awards 2020

The RICS Social Impact Awards recognise the built environment's positive and transformational contribution to society.

We are now receiving entries. Projects and initiatives in all sectors are judged based on their contribution to making a positive impact and adding value to society. Criteria covers human, social and environmental impact as well as collaboration and innovation.

Closing date for entries: 5pm on 31 January 2020.

Submit your entry here