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2019 Project of the Year: RICS Awards, South West

We're delighted to announce the RICS Project of the Year 2019, South West - the £26million revamp of The Bristol Old Vic - along with the winners and highly commended for the RICS Awards 2019, South West.

A wide range of the region's top, community beneficial property projects – of all sizes and budgets - battled it out for top honours at the annual RICS Awards, South West which were supported by headline sponsor, Sika and held at at Bristol Marriott Hotel.

Project of the Year - The Bristol Old Vic

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

The Bristol Old Vic is England's oldest working theatre, built in 1766. The £26million project to renovate the theatre has provided a full-height timber and glass-fronted foyer that reveals the original auditorium facade to the street for the first time.

The internal layout has been completely transformed, with the restoration of the Georgian Coopers' Hall as a public assembly room. Flexible spaces for productions have also been created with a new studio in the old barrel vaults, mezzanine galleries, winding staircases and viewing platforms.

RICS judges said the project team – Haworth Tompkins, Gardiner and Theobald, Gilbert-Ash – have successfully placed the theatre at the heart of Bristol and helped to attract a much more diverse audience with exemplary facilities.

Spot yourself: explore our image gallery from this year's ceremony

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Project of the Year: The Bristol Old Vic

Category winners and highly commended entries

Building Conservation

The Bristol Old Vic, Bristol

The Old Vic is an internationally famous cultural icon which has been redesigned and renovated and will lead to a new exciting era for the venue.

RICS judges said the project to restore the 18th century theatre has been a triumph of conservation, bringing natural daylight into the heart of the new Foyer and magnificently expressing and interpreting the rear wall of the Georgian auditorium. The judges were also impressed with the return of the Georgian public rooms - including the magnificent 'Cooper's Hall' - back to their original grandeur, and how the project has provided new income streams with a bar, coffee shop, dining and wedding venue.

Highly commended: The Farmers Arms, Woolsery, Bideford

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The Bristol Old Vic, Bristol


UK Hydrographic Office, Taunton

The new headquarters for the UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) is a bespoke office designed to meet the needs of one of the world's leading geospatial information companies. With a build cost of £30m, the building is arranged around a dramatic 800sqm atrium and accommodates 700 desks across flexible floor plates with extensive meeting and collaboration spaces.

RICS judges praised the project team – AHR, BAM Construction and Mace Group – for delivering high-quality finishes and BREEAM Excellent design, which will reward the Government's initial investment with many years of greater value, efficiency and productivity.

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UK Hydrographic Office, Taunton

Community Benefit

The Hub @ Mulberry Park, Bath

The Mulberry Park Community Hub sits at the heart of a bold redevelopment of the former Admiralty site on the south side of Bath and drew on local community for their input. The resulting facilities and designs met and exceeded the vision of Curo in bringing people together and delivering state-of-the-art facilities which includes a nursery, cafe and flexible community and business spaces that can be adapted and evolve as the needs of the community change.

RICS judges commended the project team – BDP Architects, Curo Housing Association, Rydon Construction and Ridge & Partners - for creating an exemplary community hub that is a trailblazer for future community buildings.

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The Hub @ Mulberry Park, Bath

Design through Innovation

Chester Long Court, Exeter

Chester Long Court is a new development of 26 one and two-bedroom apartments constructed to Passivhaus Certification and Healthy Building Biology standards. The design is constructed using Climate Ready data to maintain comfort levels to 2080 and designed for independent people over the age of 60.

RICS judges praised the project team - C G Fry & Son, Gale & Snowden Architects and Randall Simmonds - for the success of the project's monolithic method construction, which enabled the homes to be delivered both quickly and cost effectively.

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Chester Long Court, Exeter


Wiltshire Air Ambulance New Air Base, Trowbridge

Wiltshire Air Ambulance (WAA) provides an essential helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS). The new state of the art operating base importantly enables the WAA helicopter to reach anywhere in the county within 11 minutes. The base includes a Flight and Operations Centre for the charity's aircrew, a hangar for the helicopter and medical equipment, offices for their charity team and an immersive simulation room.

Funded solely by charitable donations, RICS judges said the dedication, passion and enthusiasm of all the staff in response to their new place of work – delivered by BDP, Gloucester City Council and Kier Construction - shone through at every point of the judges visit.

Highly Commended: Gloucester Transport Hub, Gloucester


Oceansgate, Plymouth

The first phase of Oceansgate, the UK's first marine enterprise zone was built by Midas Construction Ltd. The £7.7 million scheme saw Midas transform disused Ministry of Defence land into 2,600 m2 of innovative office and industrial space for up to 21 different businesses.

The regeneration project – also delivered by Form Design and Plymouth City Council - reflects the historic nature of the former naval yard. RICS Judges praised the project for boosting Plymouth's position as a leading marine science and technology centre, attracting cutting-edge businesses involved in important areas such as marine engineering and environmental work.

Residential Property

The Dunes, Perranporth

The Dunes is an innovative and stunning regeneration of a prominent beachfront site in Perranporth, a lively and popular North Cornish seaside town. The development by Acorn Property Group and Galliard Homes replaces a 1920's hotel which had become unviable as a business with sustainable homes and a new restaurant. Already a positive talking point, its architecture has enhanced the town's skyline as well as acting as a catalyst for new businesses and increasing spend in the town.

RICS Judges said the combination of innovative design, high quality construction, sustainability and community consideration make The Dunes an exceptional development.

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The Dunes, Perranporth

Tourism & Leisure

Being Brunel, SS Great Britain, Bristol

Being Brunel is a new museum telling the extraordinary story of hero engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel through never-before-seen personal possessions, as well as interactive exhibits and audio-visual experiences. It will give unprecedented access to objects from the National Brunel Collection, currently cared for at the Brunel Institute. Located on Bristol's Floating Harbour, Being Brunel will be a major addition at Brunel's SS Great Britain.

RICS Judges said the impressive scheme – delivered by Alec French Architects, Beard Construction and Chappell - has significantly enhanced the visitor offer at Brunel's SS Great Britain, giving real insight into Brunel's life as an engineer and surveyor for the first time.

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Being Brunel, SS Great Britain, Bristol

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Don't miss out - book your place at RICS Awards 2019 Grand Final!

Friday 4th October | Royal Lancaster London

RICS Awards showcase the most inspirational initiatives and developments in land, real estate, construction and infrastructure.




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