The winners of the 2020 Michelmores Property Awards revealed

The winners of the 18th annual Michelmores Property Awards were announced at a virtual celebration hosted by former Exeter Chiefs rugby player, Chris Bentley on Thursday 12 November. The evening celebrated outstanding property and construction projects in Devon, Somerset, Bristol, Dorset and Cornwall, across ten categories. 

Redruth's Kresen Kernow was awarded the coveted Building of the Year prize, for its re-imagining of a derelict, post-industrial site into an important community asset and world-class archive facility. The building was created with sustainability in mind, and promises to reinvigorate the local area by inspiring further regeneration and job creation. The scheme also received the Project of the Year (over £5m) award. 

Copper Building in Bristol won the Residential Property of the Year (36 units and over) award. This brand new building continues the revitalisation of Lakeshore - the former Imperial Tobacco HQ. This post-industrial site was once a thriving space, providing vital employment to the local area. The new four-storey apartment development enhances the site, providing a further 136 contemporary dwellings. The apartments benefit from parkland views, access to allotments, a gym and underground parking, just a few miles from the centre of Bristol. 

The Wave in Easter Compton, near Bristol took home the prize for Leisure & Tourism Project of the Year. This inspired project has used innovative technology to successfully create a 180 metre long inland surfing lake that produces consistent, safe waves to enable more people to practice the sport all year round. A clubhouse with bar, restaurant, shop and educational spaces sit alongside the lake and there are plans to expand the site with camping facilities.

The Masterplanning for the Future category was introduced this year to celebrate the beginning of the new decade of inspiring development; it was awarded to West Carclaze Garden Village near St Austell. This scheme proposes an exciting, ecologically ambitious new development that will provide 1,500 homes, two solar-parks, community and education spaces as well as employment space and job creation to the area. The new village plan offers residents a sustainable lifestyle with a distinctly Cornish feel, 140 hectares of green open-space and 'green' travel initiatives as well as lakes and sport facilities.   

The John Laurence Special Contribution Award, which recognises and celebrates outstanding property and construction professionals and organisations in the region, was jointly awarded to Glayne Price of LHC Design and South West Women in Construction. 

The other winning projects for 2020 include: Seaton Beach in Seaton – Residential Project of the Year (35 units and under); Locksbrook Campus – Heritage Project of the Year; Hi Tech & Digital Centre – Education Project of the Year; Chi Winder and Chi Vesta - Project of the Year (under £5m).

Emma Honey, Head of Real Estate at Michelmores, said: "My congratulations go to the winning entries to this year's Michelmores Property Awards and well done to all those schemes shortlisted. The South West’s property and construction industry has shown itself to be a force to be reckoned with during these last eight months and I am very pleased that we have been able to celebrate the region's fantastic work by way of a virtual celebration. My heartfelt thanks go to our judges for giving their time so generously, and, of course, to our sponsors for their support."

View our winners' publication here

This year's winning projects:

Project of the Year (under £5m) - Chi Winder and Chi Vesta, Redruth.

Sponsored by Ward Williams Associates

Submitted by Trewin Design Architects

Project of the Year (over £5m) - Kresen Kernow, Redruth.

Sponsored by Landmark Information

Submitted by Midas Construction

Heritage Project of the Year - Locksbrook Campus, Bath.

Sponsored by Avalon Planning & Heritage

Submitted by Willmott Dixon Construction

Leisure & Tourism Project of the Year - The Wave, Easter Compton.

Sponsored by Willmott Dixon

Submitted by Ward Williams Associates

Residential Project of the Year (35 units & under) - Seaton Beach, Seaton.

Sponsored by Bell Cornwell

Submitted by Seaton Beach Developments

Residential Project of the Year (36 units & over) - Copper Building, Bristol.

Sponsored by Girling Jones

Submitted by Ferguson Mann Architects

Education Project of the Year - Hi Tech & Digital Centre, Paignton.

Sponsored by Grenadier 

Submitted by LHC Design, South Devon College, Midas Construction

The John Laurence Special Contribution Award

Sponsored by PKF Francis Clark

This award celebrates outstanding property and construction professionals in the region, and was jointly awarded to Glayne Price and South West Women in Construction for their significant contributions to the property landscape of the South West.

Masterplanning for the Future - West Carclaze Garden Village, West Carclaze.

Sponsored by Midas Construction

Submitted by LHC Design and EcoBos

Building of the Year - Kresen Kernow, Redruth.

Sponsored by Bailey Partnership

Submitted by Midas Construction