RICS Awards 2008 shortlist announced (UK)

Some of the best building and conservation projects from around the world make up the shortlist of the RICS Awards 2008. Selected following regional heats the shortlisted entries now compete to become overall category winners in Building Conservation, Regeneration, Sustainability and Community Benefit. One shortlisted entry will win the top prize of Project of the Year - a prestigious award presented to any entry that is judged to have excelled in any or all of the main categories.

The regional heats provided stiff competition for all entries, with 54 projects now through to the international awards final. The awards congratulate the construction and regeneration of buildings that impact on the local area and are significant in terms of their sustainability, regeneration, conservation and community benefits. The awards are also a perfect showcase for diversity and creativity in the built and natural environment. The finalists have proven that their schemes demonstrate excellence within their specific category, and that their projects have made a positive contribution to people's lives.

Competitors range from large projects such as St Pancras Station in London, Seewurfel in Zurich, Fort Dunlop in the West Midlands, to smaller buildings such as Inverness District Office in Scotland and the Expressive Arts Building in Yorkshire.

Simon Pott, chairman of the judging panel, commented: "The response has been excellent this year. The shortlist highlights the exceptional standard of work being done today to enhance and preserve the global built and natural environments. The property professionals involved are vital in linking people, places and property, making the best use of limited resources, all contributing to the wider environment and community. The shortlist contains a magnificent range of exciting projects which are a credit to the skilled teams involved."

Grand Designs presenter, Kevin McCloud, will announce the overall winners at a gala awards ceremony at The Millennium Hotel, Mayfair on 17th October 2008. The winners will join a long line of inspirational building projects, with past winners including prestigious projects such as Oxford Castle Heritage Project, Kew Palace and Arsenal's Emirates stadium.

RICS Awards 2008: Full Shortlist
Building Conservation

  • Beeleigh Abbey
  • St Mary's Guidhall
  • Fulham Palace Restoration Project
  • Live Theatre
  • Dalton Hall Business Centre
  • Bagenal's Castle
  • Kelvingrove New Century Project
  • Tudor Cowdray House Ruin at Midhurst
  • Clerks Cottage
  • Nant Clwyd House
  • St Teilo's Church
  • Town Hall, Birmingham
  • Wentworth Castle Gardens and Stainborough Park

Community Benefit
  • Norwich Theatre Royal Redevelopment
  • Madani High School
  • Horizons Centre
  • Aspen Gardens
  • The Gateway
  • Belfast Grand Opera House Act II
  • Eden Court Theatre + Cinema
  • Everest Community College
  • Boscombe Library and Chapter House
  • The Metropole Cultural and Conference Centre
  • The Priory Family Centre
  • Expressive Arts Building

  • Optus relocation to Macquarie Park
  • Seewurfel
  • St Pancras International Station
  • RSPB Environment and Education Centre
  • Westfield Derby
  • The O2 Arena
  • Sunniside Gardens
  • The Royal
  • Strule Arts/ Riverside Regeneration Centre
  • Quartermile
  • New England Quarter
  • Great Bow Wharf
  • Blackwood Interchange
  • Fort Dunlop
  • The Fairfield Site
  • St Stephen's

  • Merck Serono
  • Kingspan Lighthouse
  • Heart of the National Forest Youth Hostel
  • Larmenier and Scared Heart Primary School
  • Northumbria University Campus East
  • Navigation Primary School
  • The Orchard
  • Inverness District Office

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