The RICS Awards 2007 Grand Final winners were announced by Channel 4’s Kevin McCloud on 19 October 2007, at a sumptuous lunch time ceremony held at The Dorchester, London.
The Awards are the annual celebration of built and natural environment projects that demonstrate excellence in the categories; Regeneration, Building Conservation, Community Benefit and Sustainability and a commitment to value for money and sustainability.
RICS Project of the year
This year the prestigious Project of the Year award was presented to Oxford Castle. Simon Pott, Chairman of Judges comments:
“This project is everything a mixed use scheme should be. The components complement one another and combine to create an attractive destination for local people and tourists. The development has brought a renewed sense of history to the area, and has already shown itself to be a major catalyst in the regeneration of Oxford’s West End. All in all, it is an exceptional project.”
A special judges prize was also awarded to the project which excelled in creating an inclusive environment for all that used and visited the building.
The categories showcase the skills offered, and the contribution made, in delivering world-class projects.
In addition to the four main award categories, the Project of the Year award is given to any entry that is judged to have excelled in any (or all) of the main categories.
Oxford Castle and the other category winners join an elite group of past winners including the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth, Bullring in Birmingham and the Eden Project in Cornwall.
In 2005 due to the growth of number of entries, regional heats were introduced to create a shortlist for the final. There are 12 UK regional heats, and an international heat, where projects from outside the UK are pitted against one another.
The regional heats are an invaluable part of what makes the RICS Awards so special. The dedication and time commitment of over 80 regional judges means that the national awards final showcases the very best new projects in the built and natural environment.
While only four schemes go forward to the national shortlist, many more schemes receive well-deserved recognition of their achievements, both amongst peers and in the local and regional press.
The closing date for entries into next years Awards is Friday 17January 2008. Entry is free of charge and open to everyone.
Download an entry pack and form or call 020 7269 1430 to request a pack.