Stars of RICS Pro-Yorkshire Awards 2011 are crowned

LaROCK Construction beats tough competition with the award winning 1 ZERO 4 at The RICS Awards 2011.

Property Oscars celebrate regional excellence in tough times.

The region’s most impressive property schemes battled it out last night for top honours at the RICS Pro-Yorkshire Awards 2011.

The prestigious property-based contest celebrates inspirational initiatives in the land, property and construction sectors. From an entry of 69 projects from all over Yorkshire and Humberside, 56 short-listed schemes were hoping to win one of the eight coveted RICS category trophies, and the ultimate accolade, Project of the Year.

The winners of the eight individual RICS awards are as follows:

• 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

Each winner is also assessed across all categories to decide which one deserves to be crowned Project of the Year. This was awarded to Granary Wharf in Leeds, which beat off fierce competition at the awards’ presentation and dinner held at The Pavilion, Elland Road, in Leeds.

The outstanding design, ethos and build quality at Granary Wharf particularly impressed the panel of independent RICS judges. A trio of buildings – the Mint Hotel, Waterman’s Place and Candle House –is an exceptional development with restored industrial heritage features, including railway arches and the canal dock. The gateway development into Leeds, provides a successful public waterfront area for the community whilst physically and physiologically reconnecting the city centre with the wider regeneration area of Holbeck Urban Village.

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. Despite uncertainty within the sector, the standard of entries this year has been exceptionally high, with nominations ranging from innovative small-scale schemes, through to multi-million pound sustainable developments.

Colin Harrop, Chairman Regional Judging Panel and Senior Associate with King Sturge property consultants in Leeds

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.

Furthermore, the following schemes were highly commended by the judges:

Highly Commended

• Residential Greenhouse, Beeston, Leeds

• Building Conservation Yorkshire Museum, York

• Residential Norfolk Park, in Sheffield

• Sustainability The Wind Pump, Finningley Quarry, Doncaster

• Design and Innovation Craft Hub Building, Wakefield

The RICS Pro-Yorkshire Awards were sponsored by English Heritage, leading property sector journal, Estates Gazette, audio visual company the R&B Group, commercial law specialists Shulmans and Drivers Jonas Deloitte, the commercial property company.

Source: RICS Pro Yorkshire