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3 MAY 2018

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire is West Midlands Project of the Year

Over 22 of the West Midlands’ most impressive and community beneficial property schemes battled it out for top honours at last night’s RICS Awards 2018, West Midlands where the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire project took the overall West Midlands’ Project of the Year title.

The annual RICS Awards, West Midlands  held at the Grand Station in Wolverhampton on 2 May  celebrate inspirational initiatives in the region’s land, property and construction sectors.

BBC Midlands Today news presenter Mary Rhodes was the host for this year’s sell-out ceremony which attracted hundreds of local property professionals.

The winners

The winners of all eight individual categories are:

  • Building Conservation – Attingham Park – Visitor Centre, Biomass Plant, and Stables Café Renovation, Shrewsbury
  • Commercial – Kingswood Lakeside, First Choice Catering Spares, Cannock
  • Community Benefit – TouchBase Pears, Birmingham
  • Design through Innovation – Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, part of Birmingham City University
  • Infrastructure – Tool Box Talk Video Infrastructure
  • Regeneration – National College for High Speed Rail, Birmingham
  • Residential – Maple West, Stoke-on-Trent
  • Tourism & Leisure – World of Wedgwood, Stoke-on-Trent

Project of the Year

The conservatoire, the first digital one of the 21st century – which covers approximately 10,500sqm of lecture and teaching space – also scooped the Design through Innovation award for its innovative approach to a multi-purpose building and for once again highlighting the diversity of the region and bringing further investment to Birmingham.

The highly acclaimed Project of the Year accolade is presented to the scheme which demonstrates overall outstanding best practice and an exemplary commitment to adding value to its local area.

RICS Judges said the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire project delivered by Faithful + Gould, Feilden Clegg Bradley, Galliford Try and Birmingham City University  was a stand-out Project of the Year winner for its complex structural, architectural and services solutions, making it a world class facility on a national and international stage .

The Judges were also impressed with the project team’s commitment to bring together the traditional practice along with modern innovation to maximise the potential for both learning and live performance.

"The Royal Conservatoire Birmingham is a purpose built, teaching and performance facility and the first ‘digital’ conservatoire of the 21st century. Costing some £63m, it extends to some 10,500sqm over six storeys to include 100 practice/rehearsal rooms, concert hall, recital hall, recording studios, percussion suites, organ performance and jazz club.

"A highly complicated building, it involved complex structural, architectural and services solutions including modern audio visual, highly specified acoustic requirements and ‘box within a box’ designed areas to isolate rooms from the main building structure. The result is a ‘world class’ facility with national and international appeal which will attract further investment to the City. This grand project had stiff competition from other entries but in many ways stood ‘head and shoulders’ above other entries and has also received the Royal seal of approval," said Gurdip Chamba, chair of the judging panel for the RICS Awards, West Midlands, and Director at Crossland Property Consultants.

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.