RICS completes first stage of property ‘Oscars’

Past winner: Granary Wharf in Leeds
Past winner: Granary Wharf in Leeds

The region’s most impressive new buildings and property schemes are set to battle it out for major honours after making it to the shortlist of the 2012 RICS Pro-Yorkshire Awards.

RICS received 64 entries for the awards, which are regarded as the region’s property ‘Oscars’.

This is an exceptional number of entrants, especially in the current economic climate.

After initial judging, 48 entries have made the shortlist and are now in with a chance of winning one of the nine prestigious awards which will be announced in May. A host of innovative projects have been submitted and span all areas of the region, ranging from small-scale schemes through to multi-million pound developments. Examples include a support centre for the homeless, a music hall, a warehouse for flowers, a scheme to improve bathing water and a nuclear research facility.

“We were delighted to receive such a high number of entries – one of the highest in the country – having suffered some challenging economic conditions in recent years. On the other hand, with some many great schemes around it has made the judging process particularly tough this year,” said chairman of the RICS Yorkshire and Humberside judging panel Colin Harrop

There are eight award categories: Building Conservation, Commercial (property), Community Benefit, Design and Innovation, Regeneration, Residential (property), Infrastructure, Tourism and Leisure.

The title Project of the Year is awarded to the entry which is judged to have scored the highest across all eight.

In 2011, this went to Granary Wharf, in Leeds, which was then voted the country’s top Regeneration project at the national RICS Awards in London, last October.

The second round of judging is now underway and the winners will be announced at an awards dinner on 11 May at The Pavilion, Elland Road, in Leeds.