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2 NOV 2017

West Midlands takes home esteemed UK Project of the Year

The Remembrance Centre at the National Memorial Arboretum (NMA) scooped the top ‘UK Project of the Year’ title at this year’s industry leading RICS Awards Grand Final, making it the second year in a row that a West Midlands built project has won the prestigious accolade.

Last year, Birmingham New Street & Grand Central was awarded the title. This year the Remembrance Centre stole the RICS Judges’ hearts in front of over 400 guests at a black-tie ceremony hosted by BBC Breakfast News and Sport Anchor, Dan Walker on 2 November at the Intercontinental London, Park Lane Hotel.

Over 95 regional winners competed against each other for the chance to be crowned the overall UK winner in their respective category, and the opportunity to scoop the coveted national Project of the Year title at this year's Grand Final.

Project of the Year

The £15.7m Remembrance Centre  delivered by Edmond Shipway, Glenn Howells Architects and Stepnell – won two category awards at the RICS Awards, West Midlands (Community Benefit and Tourism & Leisure) held at Warwickshire County Cricket Ground, before winning the UK Project of the Year accolade at this year’s RICS Awards Grand Final, for demonstrating outstanding best practice and significant benefit to its local area and wider economy.

The NMA is the UK’s year-round centre of Remembrance. Starting in 1997 with the initial tree being planted, the NMA is often seen as a spiritually uplifting place, which honours the fallen and recognises service and sacrifice.

The latest addition to the arboretum – the Remembrance Centre – was described by RICS judges as a unique building that not only enhances the visitor journey, thanks to its interactive activities, and exceptional galleries and exhibitions, but is also of beautiful and sustainable, detailed construction.

The eight national category winners of the 2017 RICS Awards Grand Final

  • Building Conservation  Glynde Place, Glynde (South East)
  • Commercial  One Central Square, Cardiff (Wales)
  • Community Benefit  The Word, South Shields (North East)
  • Design through Innovation British Airways I-360, Brighton (South East)
  • Infrastructure Wemyss Bay Pier Walkway, Wemyss Bay (Scotland)
  • Regeneration – New Waverley, Edinburgh (Scotland)
  • Residential  Clementhorpe Maltings, York (Yorkshire & Humber)
  • Tourism & Leisure  Remembrance Centre at the National Memorial Arboretum (West Midlands)

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