The annual RICS Awards celebrate the region’s top property projects that provide real value to the communities they serve by making them a better place to live, study, work or visit. The eight categories include Building Conservation, Residential, Commercial property and Infrastructure, and there’s an overall esteemed ‘Project of the Year’ title, awarded to the development that demonstrates outstanding best practice and an exemplary commitment to adding value to its local area.
The Command of the Oceans attraction in Chatham won the ‘Project of the Year’ title at this year’s RICS Awards, South East. It comprises of a unique and innovative exhibition which tells the story of how Chatham Dockyard and its people helped lead Britain to worldwide influence. Command of the Oceans will now compete against other regional winners at the national RICS Awards Grand Final on 2 November in London for the chance to be crowned the 2018 ‘UK Project of the Year.’
Each category award winner is also automatically entered into the national RICS Awards Grand Final to compete against other regional winners for a chance to gain the national accolade in their respective category.
Category winners from the RICS Awards 2018, South East - which will now compete for national awards - are:
- Building Conservation - Canterbury Cathedral Great South Window
- Commercial - Great Tew Estate Office, Oxfordshire
- Community Benefit - RNLI Selsey Lifeboat Station, West Sussex
- Design through Innovation - Wilmcote House, Portsmouth
- Regeneration – Wilmcote House, Portsmouth
- Residential - The Old Byres, East Sussex
- Tourism & Leisure - Command of the Oceans, Chatham
Lynn Robinson, RICS regional director said: “The properties we live in, and the buildings we visit or work and study in, can have a real impact on our wellbeing and output or productivity. This is what stands the RICS Awards out as they celebrate the built projects – regardless of budget or actual size – that are making a real difference to people’s lives.”
She adds: “Our region has some of the very best skilled property professionals, and these awards also celebrate the collaboration of such talented professionals and the teams that have delivered world-class built developments that are not only having a positive impact on their local communities, but often the wider economy by attracting visitors and investment to the region.
“We wish this year’s winners the best of luck in representing our region at the national Grand Final in November, and showing the other UK regions that the South East offers some of the best places to live, work and visit thanks to these exemplary projects.”
The RICS Awards 2019, South East are now open to enter until 25 January 2018 and an early bird rate of £85 per entry is available until 30 November. For more information and to nominate a project visit www.rics.org/awards
The RICS Awards 2019, South East will be presented at a black-tie ceremony on Thursday 16 May at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton.