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Property schemes dazzle at Pro-Yorkshire awards

A CITY centre regeneration site and a college campus building were two of the property schemes recognised at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Pro-Yorkshire Awards 2011.

The awards celebrate inspirational initiatives in the land, property and construction sectors.

From an entry of 69 projects from across Yorkshire and the Humber, 56 short-listed schemes were hoping to win one of the eight category trophies, and the ultimate award of project of the year.

The winners of the eight individual RICS awards were:
•   building conservation – Western Bank Library, Sheffield
• regeneration – Granary Wharf, Leeds
• sustainability – Emm Lane Project, Bradford University
• community benefit – Keighley Campus, Leeds City College
• commercial  – Skipton Building Society’s HML Headquarters
• design and innovation – Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience
• residential development – 1 ZERO 4, Harrogate
• tourism and leisure – The STAR Centre, Keighley Campus, Leeds City College

Granary Wharf was named project of the year at the awards event, which was held at The Pavilion, Elland Road, in Leeds.

The development is made up of a trio of buildings – the Mint Hotel, Waterman’s Place and Candle House – and also inlcudes public realm improvements.

Chairman of the regional judging panel, Colin Harrop, said: “Granary Wharf is an outstanding example of regeneration which illustrates what highly skilled and talented people can do in Yorkshire and Humberside.

“It fulfilled not only the criteria for the regeneration award, but also scored highly in all of the other categories, making it highly deserving of its project of the year honour.”

The RICS Pro-Yorkshire Award winners in four of the categories (building conservation, community benefit, sustainability and regeneration) will automatically be entered into the national RICS Awards, where they will compete against other leading projects from across the UK later this year.

Monday 23rd May 2011 – The Business Desk.