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Search to Find Wales’ Most Inspirational Building Projects Begins

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A four month search to find the most inspirational building projects in Wales is now on, following the opening of entries for the 2017 RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) Awards.

The annual awards celebrate the top initiatives and developments in land, property, construction and the environment that provide significant value to the communities they serve. Every year the awards attract dozens of entries from all over Wales, including small scale pioneering schemes, and large multi-million pound developments.

Last year, the £11million scheme to return Cardigan Castle to the local community as a viable business won Project of the Year. For 15 years the Ceredigion community campaigned to save the site, which has been restored into a heritage attraction and events venue, with holiday accommodation and a restaurant. Other category winners were: Cardiff & Vale College, Cardiff; Bay Campus, Swansea University, Swansea; Romilly Quarter, Barry; and the Peulwys residential scheme in Conwy.

cardigan-castle-largeLaunching this year’s awards, Chair of the RICS Awards, Wales judging panel, Kevin Thomas, said:

“The RICS Awards are a fantastic opportunity for professionals in the property and construction sectors to have their work highlighted on a local and national platform, and to showcase their talent and innovation”.

There are eight categories to enter in which local property professionals must demonstrate how they have used their skills to develop, regenerate and conserve the environment in which we live and work.

These are:

  • Building Conservation
  • Commercial property
  • Community Benefit
  • Design through Innovation
  • Infrastructure
  • Regeneration
  • Residential
  • Tourism & Leisure

An overall ‘Project of the Year’ is also awarded to the entry that demonstrates outstanding best practice and an exemplary commitment to adding value to its local area.

All category winners go on to compete against other regional winners at the national RICS Awards Grand Final, for the chance to be crowned the overall UK winner in their respective category.

Mr Thomas continues:

“A wide range of Welsh schemes have made a positive impact in communities and in business, have broadened our tourism offering, enhanced our infrastructure, revived residential areas, and have restored some of our most-loved buildings. I would strongly encourage the professionals behind them to take the opportunity to have their excellent work recognised.”

Entries can now be made for the 2017 RICS Awards, Wales at www.rics.org/awards and the deadline for entries is 16 January. For further information, contact the RICS Wales office on 029 2022 4414.

The 2017 RICS Awards, Wales will be presented at the Mercure Hotel & Spa, Cardiff on 27th April, 2017.