The South Devon College based South West Energy Centre proved to be the big winner at the Michelmores Annual Property Awards 2014 held at St Mellion International Resort and hosted by top comedian, author and broadcaster, Dominic Holland.
The ‘one-stop-hub’ for information and training for the energy/low-carbon sector and emerging industries, became the first entry in the Awards’ 12 year history to win in two categories – Building of the Year and Eco Project of the Year.
The state-of-the-art Research, Innovation, Learning and Development Centre (RILD), a partnership between the University of Exeter Medical School and the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, was the winner in the Blue Riband category of Commercial Project of the Year with a Value Over £5million, while Eagle House, the ‘gateway’ building which represents the start of the Exeter Science Park won Commercial Project of the Year with a Value Under £5million.
The painstaking sustainable conservation of Torre Abbey, which includes two Grade I and four Grade II listed buildings of national importance impressed the judges and was named Heritage Project of the Year, and St Ives based architects, Poynton Bradbury Wynter Cole took home the John Laurence Award for Professional Firm of the Year.
Residential projects to win awards included Beechfield View, Torquay, a flagship mixed tenure sustainable eco-development and Gilbury Hill in Lostwithiel, a development providing affordable homes to families with a local connection to the town.
Emma Honey, Head of Real Estate at Michelmores said: “Once again the quality of the projects, buildings and the professional teams who entered these awards was truly outstanding and the winning entries had to be something very special to get in front of such strong shortlists.
“These awards clearly demonstrate the importance of the property sector to the regional economy and reflect the depth of talent and innovation in the South West.”
The full list of winners is set out below and a detailed profile of each will appear in the Western Morning News over the coming weeks.
The categories are designed for commercial and residential property projects of all shapes and sizes and the winners were announced on 08 May 2014 at an Awards Dinner at St Mellion International Resort.
Category 1 – Commercial Project of the Year with a Value Over £5million, sponsored by Summerfield Developments
Category 2 –Commercial Project of the Year with a Value Under £5million, sponsored by Torbay Development Agency
Category 3 – Building of the Year, sponsored by Girling Jones
Category 4 – Heritage Project of the Year, sponsored by NatWest
Category 5 – Eco Project of the Year, sponsored by Midas Construction
Category 6 – The John Laurence Award for Professional Firm of the Year, sponsored by Interserve Construction
Category 7 – Residential Project of the Year 41 Units and Over, sponsored by Kier Construction
Category 8 – Residential Project of the Year 40 Units and Under, sponsored by Taylor Lewis