Top Yorkshire building projects compete for 'Oscars'

THE region's most impressive buildings and property schemes are set to battle it out for major honours after making it on to the shortlist of the 2010 RICS Pro Yorkshire Awards.

RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) received a record number of entries for the awards, which are regarded as the region's property 'Oscars'.

After initial judging, 45 schemes have made it to the grade and on to the shortlist, where they are now in with a chance of winning one of the eight prestigious property gongs which are awarded to the region’s most inspirational initiatives in the property and construction sectors.

A whole host of innovative projects spanning all areas of the region have been submitted including Wakefield, Hull, Halifax, Sheffield, Harrogate, Leeds and York, with nominations ranging from small-scale schemes built by the vision and persistence of one person, through to multi-million pound developments. These include the restoration of a public mansion, the refurbishment and development of University buildings to several housing projects.

The eight award categories are Building Conservation, Commercial, Community Benefit, Design & Innovation, Regeneration, Residential, Sustainability and Tourism & Leisure and there is also a prestigious 'Project of the Year' accolade, which is awarded to the entry judged to have scored the highest across all categories.

The regional winners in four of the categories will be automatically entered into the national RICS Awards, where they compete against other leading projects from across the UK.

Chairman of the RICS Yorkshire and Humber judging panel Colin Harrop, who is also a senior associate at King Sturge in Leeds, said: “The RICS Pro Yorkshire Awards present an ideal opportunity for the sectors that have been hit hard by the recession to showcase the great work that is underway in the region, despite the poor market conditions.

"We were delighted to see the entries pour in and once again the tremendous variety and high standard of projects has far exceeded our expectations, which is a true testament to the resilience and excellence of Yorkshire and Humberside's property and construction professionals."

The winners of the 2010 RICS Pro Yorkshire Awards will be revealed at a special gala dinner held at The Pavilion, Elland Road, Leeds, on May 14.


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