The call has gone out for entries for next year’s RICS Awards.

The awards – free to enter and recognised as the Oscars of property professionals – are open to anyone involved in delivering outstanding property projects within the West Midlands.

The 2009 winners will join a long line of inspirational schemes including the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth, the Eden Project in Cornwall and the site of the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. In the Midlands, Birmingham Town Hall, Urban Splash’s Fort Dunlop in Erdington, the Fairfield mixed-use site in Worcester and The Priory Family Centre in Wednesbury all gained recognition, sweeping the board at RICS West Midlands Awards 2008.

The awards consist have four categories: building conservation; regeneration; sustainability and community benefit. Winners must show a commitment to value for money and sustainability, as well as being the best.

One project is chosen to receive the distinguished Project of the Year award. Winners of this judges’ award are specifically selected for their outstanding use of property professional skills – regenerating, developing and conserving the environment in which we live.

Ian Pitt, RICS West Midlands chair, said: “The RICS Awards embody our commitment to serve the public interest and are an annual celebration of built and natural environment projects that demonstrate excellence, a commitment to value for money and sustainability. Every year we see a tremendous variety of entries and the judges have an incredibly difficult task.

“The Awards highlight how property professionals with inspirational schemes, large and small, can transform our lives, our communities and our environment.”

Entries must be submitted by 23 January 2009 for the 2009 Awards. To enter your project visit The awards ceremony will take place at the Botanical Gardens, Birmingham, on 14 May 2009. For more information call Carol Boyd on 0121 643 0105, or at