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2019 Project of the Year: RICS Awards, West Midlands

We're delighted to announce the RICS Project of the Year 2019, West Midlands — Caudwell International Children's Centre, Newcastle-under-Lyme - along with the winners and highly commended for the RICS Awards 2019, West Midlands.

A diverse range of the West Midlands most impressive and community beneficial property schemes battled it out for top honours at the annual RICS Awards, West Midlands, which were supported by headline sponsor Sika, and held at Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Project of the Year — Caudwell International Children's Centre, Newcastle-under-Lyme

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 £18million Caudwell International Children's Centre (CICC) at Keele University Science & Innovation Park, is the UK's first independent purpose-built centre dedicated to multi-disciplinary services for the diagnosis, support and research of Autism. Epitomising 'inclusive' building design, this unique project surpasses UK accessibility and sustainability standards. In meeting the client's exact requirements, the building has been designed to provide 'sensory flexibility' for visitors with neurodivergent conditions, whilst inspiring employees, its local community and attracting worldwide talent in the field of autism.

RICS judges commended the bespoke, purpose built facility, saying it is of a kind not available elsewhere in Europe. They were impressed with the team's collaborative effort and diligence to research and design to ensure that the building met the exact requirements of the end users. Calling it a landmark building, with a stunning 'butterfly' shape roof, its unique concept includes totally inclusive design and sensory features, all to reduce anxiety flares for the building's clients. This highly unique building and people led project, is improving the lives of thousands of children and their families in the UK. The result is a 'world class' facility with national and international appeal, which will attract further investment to the area and serve as a model for follow-on centres across the UK.

Explore the gallery from this year's awards ceremony

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Caudwell International Children’s Centre, Newcastle-under-Lyme

Category winners and highly reccomended entries

Building Conservation

St Mary's, Lichfield

The St Mary's project transformed a redundant church in the heart of Lichfield's market square into a vibrant community space. A voluntary group, St Mary's Guild, partnered with the County Council to incorporate a brand-new library, archive access point, performing arts space and flexible community space, as well as preserving and restoring this Grade II* listed church which faced closure and dereliction, which would have had a significant negative impact on the city centre.

RICS judges described St Marys church as the catalyst for the revitalisation of the market square in Lichfield. The works have allowed the internal spacial beauty of the church to be revealed, together with a sustainable use. The stained glass windows are all now visible, and added to the internal experience of light and colour. Judges commended Greenwoods, BHB Architects and Croft Building Conservation for their innovative way of accessibility provided within the building, which enables the facility to be used seven days a week, with considerable community involvement.

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St Mary’s, Lichfield

Commercial

Sponsored by Daniel Owen

1 Centenary Square, Birmingham

The delivery of 1 Centenary Square at Arena Central represents an outstanding achievement in itself given restrictions and considerations present throughout both the design and delivery phases, and has gone on to act as a significant catalyst for the rest of this city centre regeneration site. The strength of HSBC UK's commitment, their involvement throughout the process and the high quality of the final delivered product demonstrates a strong partnership which has delivered significant gains for all parties.

Judges were amazed by the new HSBC building as a bespoke solution to the demands of new banking regulations and provides a fitting solution at the heart of the bank's birthplace in Birmingham City Centre. The building – delivered by Arcadis, Make Architects and Galliford Try - nestles in-between neighbouring listed buildings without detracting from their presence due to its limited height and woven external cladding. The internal fit out promotes an innovative and collaborative working environment with the maximum use of natural daylight. This building sets a very high benchmark for HSBC's global portfolio to aspire to.

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1 Centenary Square, Birmingham

Community Benefit

Belong Care Village, Newcastle-under-Lyme

The Belong Care Village in Newcastle-under-Lyme was founded on the principle that underpins all Belong projects: that older people have the right to enjoy the same feeling of belonging they have always known, fully integrated within the wider community. The development in Newcastle presented the opportunity to take this concept further by integrating an iconic Grade II listed building – known locally as Maxims – within the Village to provide facilities and activities for local people of all ages and backgrounds.

RICS judges believed The Belong Care Village – delivered by Prime and Pozzoni Architects - in Newcastle-under-Lyme has taken a great opportunity to develop a historic site within the town to provide a care village that actively encourages the use of the facilities to the wider public. The facilities include access to the a heritage centre, café, hairdressers and the option to hire out various spaces for social or community use. The design of the building integrates the existing Grade II listed building into new purpose built care facilities designed around the Belong care concept.

Highly Commended: New Standard Works, Birmingham

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Belong Care Village, Newcastle-under-Lyme

Design through Innovation

Caudwell International Children's Centre, Newcastle-under-Lyme

The £18million Caudwell International Children's Centre (CICC) at Keele University Science & Innovation Park, is the UK's first independent purpose-built centre dedicated to multi-disciplinary services for the diagnosis, support and research of Autism. Epitomising 'inclusive' building design, this unique project surpasses UK accessibility and sustainability standards. In meeting the client's exact requirements, the building has been designed to provide 'sensory flexibility' for visitors with neurodivergent conditions, whilst inspiring employees, its local community and attracting worldwide talent in the field of autism.

RICS judges commended the project team behind the Caudwell International Children's Centre is a purpose built facility for the diagnosis, therapy and research of autism, of a kind not available elsewhere in Europe. Costing some £18m, it took a collaborative team four years to research and design to ensure that the building met the exact requirements of the end users. A landmark building, its unique concept includes totally inclusive design and sensory features, all to reduce anxiety flares for the building's clients, for example, curved corridors, colour changing lighting and acoustic control measures. A highly complicated building and people led project, the external design incorporating a 'butterfly' shape roof gives it the 'wow factor'. The centre will improve the lives of thousands of children and their families and will attract further investment to the area and serve as a model for follow-on centres across the UK.

Highly Commended: Collaborative Teaching Laboratory, Edgbaston

Infrastructure

Birmingham Wholesale Market Relocation, Birmingham

The Birmingham Wholesale Market Relocation has enabled the success of an Enterprise Zone through the release of 22 acres of prime city centre land and is presently the largest regeneration opportunity in Europe. It has regenerated a key part of the Witton area of Birmingham, acting as a catalyst for adjacent developments and creating 600 local jobs. It has created a local thriving economic community of SME enterprises which is at the heart of the region's fresh produce supply chain.

RICS judges believe the Wholesale Market Relocation project – which was completed by Turner & Townsend, UMC Architects and IM Properties - was a fantastic example of stakeholder engagement to ensure fit for purpose design, where every effort has led to a highly efficient trading environment. Future proofing for potential expansion is built in and every effort has been made to minimise or recycle food and material waste. But this project goes beyond the building fabric to affect the social fabric of the area with employment, training opportunities and links to social enterprises.

Regeneration

Sponsored by Faithful + Gould

Birmingham Wholesale Market Relocation, Birmingham

The Birmingham Wholesale Market Relocation has enabled the success of an Enterprise Zone through the release of 22 acres of prime city centre land, and is presently the largest regeneration opportunity in Europe. It has regenerated a key part of the Witton area of Birmingham, acting as a catalyst for adjacent developments and creating 600 local jobs. It has created a local thriving economic community of SME enterprises which is at the heart of the region's fresh produce supply chain.

RICS judges commended Birmingham City Council and the Birmingham Wholesale Fresh Produce Association for working together to create the largest integrated wholesale fresh food market in Europe. This has released Smithfield, the home of the market since 1816, as a major regeneration opportunity in the city centre. It has also given the Market renewed dynamism in a purpose built development connecting its 45 tenants to their 5,000 customers, attracting new business on a national scale and anchoring the Witton Food Hub.

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Birmingham Wholesale Market Relocation

Residential

Fordham House, Stratford-upon-Avon

Fordham House comprises 82 high-quality private rented apartments, with a focused letting strategy to support local workers and residents. Each home is designed with minimum maintenance requirements and the latest in cutting edge technology. Fordham House sits on a centrally located site once occupied by a redundant office building, giving residents easy access on foot or bicycle into the town and work places. Orbit offers a 100% digital service for customers through a dedicated App created just for Fordham House.

RICS judges commended Orbit Housing for the delivery of their first PRS scheme. They brought their experience of managing rental properties to create a scheme, in collaboration with Waldeck Consulting, Robothams and Deeley Construction, that delivers a modern interpretation of the local streetscape, high levels of customer care, a mixed community of tenants and commercial success in higher than market rental levels. Quality specification choices reflect their long-term interest, including Smart technology and a four-storey feature living wall. All creating a scheme that tenants don't realise why it's so successful.

Tourism & Leisure

Hartlebury Castle Bishop's House and Workshop Café, Kidderminster

Hartlebury Castle developed in the 13th century as a fortified manor house on land given to the Bishop of Worcester. Remodelled in the 17th and 18th Century, split during the 1960s and vacated by the Bishop's of Worcester in 2007. Hartlebury Castle Preservation Trust was formed to preserve and redevelop the Castle for benefit of Worcestershire and beyond. Following completion in 2018, visitor numbers and visit durations have increased exceeding expectations revealing the history of Hartlebury Castle to more people.

RICS judges saw this scheme – delivered by Croft Building Conservation, Rodney Melville & Partners and IWSA Ltd - as a creative and well considered project which has achieved its key objective to convert an historic family home into a visitor attraction to complement the existing museum and save the famous Hurd Library. It now provides an inclusive and varied place for all ages to enjoy the facilities: a tourist attraction, educational experience, café, grounds, concert venue, event space, partner to local businesses and above all, a catalyst for tourism and interest in the wider area.

Sponsors

  • RICS Awards headline sponsor

    Sika
  • Commercial category sponsor

    Daniel Owen logo
  • Regeneration category sponsor

    Faithful + Gould

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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Session:
12:00 PM - 04:00 PM
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Fri 4 Oct 2019
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