Emma Honey
Posted on 6 Mar 2014

Shortlist revealed for Property Awards 2014

The shortlist for the Michelmores Property Awards 2014 has been announced.

The awards are the region's premier property competition, showcasing the very best in Westcountry property projects, buildings and firms.

Among the contenders for the prestigious Commercial Project of the Year with a Value Over £5million award is the dramatic new Sainsbury’s in Penzance and a remarkable new educational facility in Plymouth, the University Technical College, where pupils over the age of 14 can study practical engineering using top-spec technology. Also on the shortlist is The Research, Innovation, Learning and Development Centre in Exeter, where cutting edge studies into diabetes are undertaken.

The categories are designed for commercial and residential property projects of all shapes and sizes. The winners will be announced on 08 May 2014 at an awards ceremony to be held at St Mellion International Resort in Cornwall.

“To be shortlisted for an award gives entrants the prestige of recognition by their peers,” said Andrew Maynard of Michelmores, who chaired a judging panel which includes Sir John Banham, former Chairman of Whitbread and a former Director General of the Confederation of British Industry. Mr Maynard added: “This year the quality of entries was impressive and in particular demonstrated the region's strength in the science and technology sector. There was a palpable sense of optimism that our region is coming out of difficult economic times.”

Another hard-fought category in the awards was Building of the Year. This shortlist includes the new South West Energy Centre in Paignton, where the latest energy-saving technologies are on display to the public, as well as students at South Devon College. The building includes a fully-functioning PassivHaus eco home, which is being lived in and trialled by local families. Also on the shortlist is the Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre in Exeter, which has sporting facilities for all the community including a climbing wall with caving tunnels and a disabled lift allowing wheelchair users to go kayaking.

Entry into the awards offers the opportunity for high profile publicity, as the Western Morning News will be publishing coverage on all those shortlisted leading up to the awards dinner and detailed case studies of all the winners following the ceremony.

Previous big name winners have included the Forum at The University of Exeter, Plymouth Life Centre, Princesshay Shopping Centre in Exeter, Plymouth's Roland Levinsky Building and Heartlands in Pool, Cornwall.

The shortlist:

Category 1 – Commercial Project of the Year with a Value Over £5million, sponsored by Summerfield Developments 

Sainsbury’s, Penzance, Cornwall

The Research, Innovation, Learning and Development Centre, Exeter, Devon

University Technical College, Plymouth, Devon

Victoria Advent House and Victoria Beacon Place, Victoria, Cornwall

 

Category 2 –Commercial Project of the Year with a Value Under £5million, sponsored by Torbay Development Agency

Eagle House, Exeter, Devon

Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre, Exeter, Devon

Headland Hotel, New Health Spa, Newquay, Cornwall

PZ360, Penzance, Cornwall

 

Category 3 – Building of the Year, sponsored by Girling Jones

Eagle House, Exeter, Devon

South West Energy Centre, Paignton, Devon

The Research, Innovation, Learning and Development Centre, Exeter, Devon

University of Exeter Sports Park, Exeter, Devon

 

Category 4 – Heritage Project of the Year

Lynmouth Pavilion, Lynmouth, Devon

Royal Barham House, Truro, Cornwall

The China Tower restoration, Bicton, Devon

Torre Abbey, Torquay, Devon

 

Category 5 – Eco Project of the Year, sponsored by Midas Construction Ltd

Beechfields View, Torquay, Devon

South West Energy Centre, Paignton, Devon

Trinity Court, Long Sutton, Somerset

 

Category 6 – The John Laurence Award for Professional Firm of the Year, sponsored by Interserve Construction Ltd

Awcock Ward Partnership

HLM

LHC Architecture and Urbanism

Poynton Bradbury Wynter Cole Architects

 

Category 7 – Residential Project of the Year 41 Units and Over, sponsored by Kier Western

Beechfields View, Torquay, Devon

Frobisher House, Plymouth, Devon

Manor Court, Cossington, Somerset

Rowes Meadow, Stoke Gabriel, Devon

 

Category 8 – Residential Project of the Year 40 Units and Under, sponsored by Taylor Lewis

Castle Gardens, Shaftesbury, Dorset

Gilbury Hill, Lostwithiel, Cornwall

Meadow Flats, St Ives, Cornwall

The Chardstones, Chardstock, Devon