Birmingham Town Hall, The Birmingham Post’s new home at Fort Dunlop in Erdington, the Fairfield mixed-use site in Worcester and The Priory Family Centre in Wednesbury, are all hoping to follow a long line of inspirational winning building projects, including Kew Palace and Arsenal’s Emirates stadium, at the international RICS Awards 2008 in London on October 17.
The four regional projects, which swept the board in the categories of Building Conservation, Sustainability, Regeneration and Community Benefit at RICS West Midlands Awards 2008 this summer, now go up against some of the best building and conservation projects from around the world. Competitors range from large projects such as St Pancras Station and Seewurfel in Zurich to smaller buildings such as Inverness District Office and the Expressive Arts Building in Yorkshire.
The awards recognise the construction and regeneration excellence of buildings that impact on their local area and show diversity and creativity in the built and natural environment. They also look for some demonstration of value for money in projects in all categories.
Ian Pitt, RICS West Midlands chair, said: “The response has been excellent this year. The shortlist contains a magnificent range of exciting projects which are a credit to the skilled teams involved and highlight the exceptional standard of work being done today to enhance and preserve the global built and natural environments.“