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Press release

12 MAY 2018

Transformed Piece Hall is named Yorkshire's Project of the Year

Over 45 of Yorkshire and Humber’s most impressive and community beneficial property schemes battled it out for top honours at the annual RICS Awards, Yorkshire & Humber where Halifax’s transformed Piece Hall and state-of-the-art Central Library took the overall Yorkshire & Humber Project of the Year title.

The annual RICS Awards, Yorkshire & Humber  held on 11 May at the Centenary Pavilion, Leeds United Football Club  celebrate inspirational initiatives in the region’s land, property and construction sectors across eight categories.

The winners

The winners of all eight individual categories – announced by host and veteran Look North TV presenter, Clare Frisby in front of 350 local property professionals  are as follows:

  • Building Conservation  Eshton Hall, Gargrave, Re-roofing and Repair Works, Skipton
  • Commercial  Number One, Kirkstall Forge, Leeds
  • Community Benefit  Temple Learning Academy, Leeds
  • Design through Innovation  Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme, Leeds
  • Infrastructure  Willerby and Derringham Flood Alleviation Scheme, Beverley
  • Regeneration – The Piece Hall and Central Library, Halifax
  • Residential  Fern House, Bingley
  • Tourism & Leisure  William's Den, North Cave

Project of the Year

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

RICS judges said The Piece Hall and Central Library was a stand-out Project of the Year winner and praised the project team behind it – including Calderdale Council, LDN Architects, Gleeds and Graham Construction – for creating a vibrant new cultural and commercial centre that has attracted quality eateries, boutique and unique shops, and an array of events including contemporary and classical music concerts.

The judges also recognised the project for attracting significant public and private sector funding, and for successfully combining both new build and the significant restoration of heritage assets to an exceptional standard.

RICS Awards Grand Final

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.