The new £10 million air traffic control tower at Birmingham Airport has been crowned the West Midlands property project of the year.
The 34 metre high structure built in March 2012 was deemed the most impressive in the region at the annual RICS West Midlands Awards, which celebrates ‘inspirational initiatives in the land, property and construction sectors’.
The seven storey building, designed by Nottingham architects CPMG and constructed by Morgan Sindall, also won the regeneration category.
Built without a supporting steel frame, the tower’s strength and stability comes instead from a slip form concrete process, which involved the project team pouring concrete continuously for 10 days while the cab was prefabricated off-site and installed.
The new tower replaced the previous 79ft facility that was in use since 1939 when the original terminal opened.
Air traffic controllers will now be able to see the end of the extended runway that will allow flights to and from more long haul destinations when it is finished in 2014 .
Chartered surveyor and land agent Roger Stone, chair of the RICS West Midlands Awards judging panel, said: “This iconic building is part of a scheme that will bring business people to Birmingham and the West Midlands from parts of the world that we currently do not serve.
“The state-of-the-art control tower is at the centre of on-going works that will provide a huge economic boost for the region.”
The project will now be entered into the national RICS Awards, where it will compete against other leading projects from across the UK later this year.
Chris White, group director of CPMG, said: “We are extremely proud of this iconic building which will be a significant part of the skyline for many years to come.”