The winners of the 17th annual Michelmores Property Awards have been announced, celebrating outstanding property and construction projects in Devon, Somerset, Bristol, Dorset and Cornwall, across ten categories.
Taunton’s Hydrographic Office was awarded the coveted Building of the Year prize, for its new development to accommodate the world’s leading geospatial companies. The building is highly sustainable and maximises natural daylight to better support employee wellbeing.
Tolvaddon House in Camborne, won the Project of the Year (over £5m) category. Tolvaddon House is the new head office for social and affordable housing developer LiveWest, previously located across five different offices in the South West. The building features a range of flexible working spaces, offering staff a high-quality work environment.
Winner of the Residential Property of the Year category (36 units and over) was Great Court Farm, in Totnes. Formerly a working dairy farm, the site has been transformed into a collection of luxury homes, including coach houses, bungalows and barns.
Bristol’s ‘Being Brunel’ visitor attraction took home the prize for Leisure & Tourism Project of the Year. The project saw the restoration of the partly derelict 20th century dockside buildings which run alongside the SS Great Britain, a Grade II listed building and Brunel’s drawing office. The buildings have been transformed into a new visitor experience, based on the life and legacy of Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
The John Laurence Special Contribution Award, which spotlights outstanding property and construction professionals in the region, was awarded to Steve Hindley CBE, Chairman of Midas Group for his career-long commitment to the South West property world.
The other winning projects for 2019 include: Chester Long Court in Exeter – Residential Project of the Year (35 units and under); The Farmers Arms in Woolsery, Devon – Innovative Property Investment Project of the Year; St Helen’s Church on Lundy Island – Heritage Project of the Year; Kingswood Prep School in Bath – Education Project of the Year; Tre, Pol & Pen near Launceston – Project of the Year (under £5m).
Emma Honey, Head of Real Estate at Michelmores, said: “Congratulations to all of this year’s Michelmores Property Awards winners. Once again, the quality of the entries has been exceptional, highlighting the excellence of the South West’s property and construction sector. Well done to all of the winning projects, the teams involved, and to those shortlisted.
“I would also like to extend my thanks to our esteemed judges and sponsors, without whom this fantastic event would not be possible.”
The award-winning property and construction projects were announced at a Gala Dinner on Thursday 13 June at Sandy Park Conference Centre in Exeter, hosted by actor and writer Sally Phillips.
The 2019 Michelmores Property Awards winning projects in full:
Project of the Year (under £5m)
Sponsored by Ward Williams Associates
Tre Pol & Pen, Launceston Cornwall. Submitted by Trewin Design Architects.
Project of the Year (over £5m)
Sponsored by Willmott Dixon
Tolvaddon House, Camborne Cornwall. Submitted by LiveWest.
Heritage Project of the Year
Sponsored by: Midas Group
St Helen’s Church, Lundy Island Devon. Submitted by Ward Williams Associates.
Leisure & Tourism Project of the Year
Sponsored by BAM Construction UK
Being Brunel, SS Great Britain, Bristol. Submitted Alec French Architects.
Residential Project of the Year (35 units under)
Sponsored by: NatWest
Chester Long Court, Exeter, Devon. Submitted by C G Fry & Son.
Residential Project of the Year (36 units and over)
Sponsored by: Kier Construction
Great Court Farm, Totnes, Devon. Submitted by Baker Estates.
Education Project of the Year
Sponsored by: TClarke
Kingswood Prep School, Bath. Submitted by: Midas Group
The John Laurence Special Contribution Award
This award spotlights outstanding property and construction professionals in the region, and was awarded to Steve Hindley for their significant contribution to the property landscape of the South West.
Innovative Property Investment Project of the Year
Sponsored by: Vectos
The Farmers Arms, Woolsery, Devon. Submitted by Jonathan Rhind Architects.
Building of the year
Sponsored by: Girling Jones
UK Hydrographic Office, Taunton, Somerset. Submitted by BAM Construction UK.