The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has launched its latest search to find the region’s best buildings.

Projects of all sizes will be considered in the four categories which include building conservation, community benefit, regeneration, and sustainability.

Entries are initially judged by region and any West Midlands winners will then go through to the grand final where they will be judged alongside submissions from all parts of the globe.

Martin Perks, RICS West Midlands regional chair, said: “The awards are absolutely focused on excellence rather than project scale.

“This means that a quite small local development, or an individual property such as a private dwelling, can compete on an equal footing with a multi-million pound scheme.

“The awards recognise the very best new projects in the built and natural environment – projects which clearly demonstrate excellence, alongside a commitment to value for money and sustainability.”

The 2010 international awards went to Derby College’s Roundhouse campus (Project of the Year); Blencow Hall in Penrith (Building Conservation); Scala Cinema & Arts Centre in Prestatyn (Community Benefit); Stonebridge Estate in London (Regeneration) and the new library, Queen’s University in Belfast (Sustainability).

The 2010 winners join an elite group of past winners including St Paul’s Cathedral, St Pancras station in London, Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth, the Eden Project in Cornwall and the site of the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.

West Midlands regional winners 2010 included the West Midlands Regional Food Academy in Newport (Regeneration award and Project of the Year); Barford Village Shop in Warwickshire (Community Benefit award); the Malthouse at Harvington Hall in Worcestershire (Building Conservation award); and the Cross Street South housing development in Wolverhampton (Sustainability award).

* The closing date for submissions for the 2011 awards is January 21. Entry details and forms can be found at