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RICS Awards pits New Street station against revamped housing estate

David versus Goliath at prestigious annual property awards as Charlemont Farm Estate in West Bromwich takes on the £750m Birmingham Gateway project

The long-running renovation of New Street station is shortlisted for the 2016 RICS Awards

A regenerated council estate in Sandwell will be pitted against one of the biggest redevelopment projects in Birmingham's history in an annual property awards later this year.

The Charlemont Farm Estate, in West Bromwich, will take on the renovation of New Street station and Grand Central, officially called Birmingham Gateway, in the 2016 West Midlands RICS Awards in two separate categories.

Charlemont Farm contains a series of nine council-owned towers from the 1960s which have been regenerated.

Each block contains 34 flats and, in addition to updating the buildings inside and outside, the project is intended to be the start of a larger regeneration scheme.

The surrounding area has also been redesigned to provide more car parking, public footpaths and street lighting.

It is up against the £750 million redevelopment of New Street station which saw a new concourse and renovations to platforms while the former Pallasades shopping centre was completely stripped out and transformed into Grand Central, including a new John Lewis.

They are both shortlisted in the infrastructure and regeneration categories while Charlemont Farm is also a finalist in the residential award.

The old Central Fire Station has a new name and new purpose as student accommodation
The old Central Fire Station has a new name and new purpose as student accommodation

Other interesting match ups will see the city's former Central Fire Station next to Aston University, recently turned into student accommodation go against the revamp of Stirchley Baths in the building conversation category.

There are eight categories in total and from these winners an overall West Midlands project of the year will be chosen - last year, handed to the ongoing rebirth of Longbridge town centre.

All eight winners will automatically go forward to the national RICS Awards later in the year where Longbridge also took home the 2015 regeneration award.

The full shortlist is:

Building Conservation

The Master's House, Herefordshire

The Old Fire Station, Birmingham

Stirchley Baths, Birmingham

Commercial

Grand Central, Birmingham

Old Square Shopping Centre, Walsall

Wednesbury Leisure Centre

Community Benefit

British Motor Museum Collections Centre, Gaydon

Gateway Centre of Excellence, Coventry

Health Futures UTC, West Bromwich

Rose Manor Extracare & Oleander House, Telford

Stirchley Baths, Birmingham

The Master's House, Herefordshire

Wednesbury Leisure Centre

Design through Innovation

Curzon Building, Birmingham

Flatpack Crosslam Workshops, Herefordshire

Health Futures UTC, West Bromwich

Historic Cottage Extension, Telford

The Old Fire Station, Birmingham

Golden Square in the Jewellery Quarter replaced a run-down car park
Golden Square in the Jewellery Quarter replaced a run-down car park

Infrastructure

Ascent Housing, Staffordshire

Birmingham Gateway (New Street station)

Charlemont Farm Estate, West Bromwich

Rose Manor Extracare & Oleander House, Telford

Regeneration

Ascent Housing, Staffordshire

Charlemont Farm Estate, West Bromwich

Curzon Building, Birmingham

Old Square Shopping Centre, Walsall

Grand Central and Birmingham Gateway (New Street station)

Wednesbury Leisure Centre

Residential

Ascent Housing, Staffordshire

Charlemont Farm Estate, West Bromwich

Gateway Centre of Excellence, Coventry

Rose Manor Extracare & Oleander House, Telford

The Old Fire Station, Birmingham

The School Yard, Phase 2, Harborne, Birmingham

Tourism & Leisure

British Motor Museum Collections Centre, Gaydon

Golden Square, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham

Wednesbury Leisure Centre

The awards, to be held at Villa Park on May 20, cover properties projects in Birmingham, the Black County, Herefordshire, Coventry, Warwickshire, Staffordshire and Shropshire.

The 2016 judging panel includes Gareth Morgan, managing director at chartered surveyor Cavendish Tate in Dudley, Nigel Mason, head of the Birmingham office of consultancy Rider Levett Bucknall and Guy Bicknell, senior land manager at housebuilder Taylor Wimpey.

The panel is chaired by Richard Moxon, a partner at chartered surveyor Pennycuick Collins.

The School Yard in Harborne has been developed into flats
The School Yard in Harborne has been developed into flats

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