The first project to be completed by Birmingham-based property and construction practice Rider Levett Bucknall (RLB) for its client Cadbury has been awarded a regional award by the Civic Trust.
RLB acted as quantity surveys and CDM co-ordinators on the £17?million project transforming the former 1920s dining block to a new office and catering facility now known as Bournville Place.
The building portrays a new public face for Cadbury at the heart of the Bournville Village Conservation Area. Weedon Partnership and Morey Smith acted as architects on the project.
The Civic Trust Awards recognise buildings which have made a difference to local people and their communities through design and facilities, as well as demonstrating best practice in the built environment.
All entries are judged by a local team, which includes an architect, inclusive design assessor, local authority co-ordinator and local adviser. Its recommendations are passed to a national panel which comprises built environment professionals who confirm the level of award.
RLB’s project for Cadbury was praised by judges for the simple efficiency of the atrium, and the successful fusion of old and new to create a ‘calm’ building which has made a positive contribution to the street scene.
Mark Weaver, managing partner at RLB in Birmingham, said: “The creation of this high-quality flexible office is integral to our client’s strategic property plan for the Bournville site, and so it is particularly rewarding that such a commercially significant project has also been recognised for its value to the public realm.
“This is our first project for Cadbury, and we are delighted to be involved with a development which will make a genuine difference to the Bournville Village Conservation Area – an important and historic local area. The results we have delivered have been as a result of our experience and dedication to working with prestigious sites such as this.”