The relocation of Birmingham's Wholesale Market was named a double winner at a regional property awards a year after moving to its new home.

The market completed the switch from the city centre, its home of 200 years, to Witton in north Birmingham last May, meaning the land near the Bullring can now be redeveloped as part of the mixed-use Smithfield regeneration.

The new base houses 45 tenants serving 5,000 customers and can receive 400 goods vehicles each night and around 13,000 visitors per week.

The project took home both the infrastructure and regeneration categories at the 2019 Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors West Midlands Awards last night.

Read the full 2019 RICS West Midlands shortlist here

Chair of the judging panel Bryony Martin said: "Birmingham City Council and the Birmingham Wholesale Fresh Produce Association have worked together to create the largest integrated wholesale fresh food market in Europe.

"It has also given the market renewed dynamism in a purpose-built development....attracting new business on a national scale and anchoring the Witton Food Hub."

The Wholesale Market moved to Witton last year after more than 200 years in the city centre
The Wholesale Market moved to Witton last year after more than 200 years in the city centre

The other Birmingham winner was 1 Centenary Square, the new home of HSBC UK which opened late last year and houses thousands workers in the newly separated personal and business arm of the bank.

It was named the region's top commercial project.

Ms Martin added: "1 Centenary Square provides a fitting solution at the heart of HSBC's birthplace in Birmingham city centre.

"The building nestles in between neighbouring listed buildings without detracting from their presence due to its limited height and woven external cladding.

 

"The internal fit-out promotes an innovative and collaborative working environment with the maximum use of natural daylight.

"This building sets a very high benchmark for HSBC's global portfolio to aspire to."

The annual awards recognise the most inspirational initiatives in the land, property and construction sectors that are having a significant positive impact on the communities they serve.

HSBC UK's new base in Centenary Square houses thousands of staff
HSBC UK's new base in Centenary Square houses thousands of staff

Winners were chosen across eight categories from which an overall project of the year is crowned, with all regional champions put forward for the national RICS Awards later this year.

Two other Birmingham projects received highly commended awards.

The New Standard Works factory conversion in the Jewellery Quarter to create a new school for special educational needs pupils was recognised in the community benefit category.

And the University of Birmingham's new Collaborative Teaching Laboratory on its Edgbaston campus was highly commended in the design through innovation category.

The other winners were:

Building Conservation

St Mary's, Lichfield

Community Benefit

Belong Care Village, Newcastle-under-Lyme

Residential

Fordham House, Straford-upon-Avon

Tourism and Leisure

Hartlebury Castle Bishop's House and Workshop Café, Kidderminster

Design through Innovation and Project of the Year

Caudwell International Children's Centre, Newcastle-under-Lyme