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Longbridge regeneration wins national RICS award

The town centre element of the long-running revamp of the south Birmingham town has been recognised by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

BBC presenter Sian Williams (extreme left) with the winners of the regeneration category at the 2015 RICS Grand Final for the work on phase 1 of the Longbridge town centre redevelopment

The first phase of the rebirth of Longbridge town centre has been awarded a prestigious national award.

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) awarded the project by Birmingham-based St Modwen the regeneration prize at its 2015 grand final.

Held at London's Dorchester Hotel, the ceremony brought together all the regional winners from earlier this year to pick national champions across a series of categories.

Completed this year, the first phase of the new-look Longbridge town centre includes a new Sainsbury's, Premier Inn hotel, Beefeater Grill, Costa Coffee and other shops and offices.

The town centre element is part of the wider £1 billion regeneration of Longbridge following the collapse MG Rover in 2005 and includes the region's biggest Marks and Spencer, new roads and houses and Bournville College.

Mike Murray, senior development surveyor at St Modwen, said: "We are honoured to have been recognised for our work on the Longbridge town centre development.

"We want to continue our award-winning work in the built environment sector and hope that this win will inspire other professionals in the industry to reach the very highest standards in their own work and benefit the local communities they serve."

The RICS Awards celebrate inspirational initiatives and developments in land, property, construction and the environment from across the UK.

BBC journalist Sian Williams hosted the ceremony which was attended by 400 guests from across the construction and built environment industries.

The other winners were:

Overall Project of the Year

The Advocate's 'Close' project in Edinburgh

Building Conservation

Winner: St Giles House, Wimbourne St Giles

Highly Commended: Lincoln Castle Revealed

Community Benefit

Winner: Malt Cross, Nottingham

Highly Commended: The Forum, University of Essex, Southend

Design through Innovation

Winner: Crome Court, University of East Anglia, Norwich

Highly Commended: The Haydn Ellis Building, Cardiff University

Infrastructure

Winner: Walham 400KV Electricity Substation Flood Defence Project, Gloucester

Highly commended: Scarborough Bathing Water Scheme, Scarborough North and South Bays

Regeneration

Winner: Longbridge Town Centre Phase 1, Birmingham

Highly Commended: Birley Campus, Manchester Metropolitan University

Judges' Special Award

Ballylagan House, Ballylagan, Northern Ireland

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