Six of the North East’s award winning property schemes will go head-to-head against over 95 other accolade winning built initiatives from across the UK next month, for a chance to gain national honours at the 2017 RICS Awards Grand Final.

The six winners from this year’s annual RICS Awards, North East – which were held in April – were recognised as the region’s most inspiring and community beneficial built projects, and are now hoping to put the North East on the map by being recognised nationwide.

  • Building Conservation – Walwick Hall Hotel, Hexham
  • Commercial – Feethams Leisure, Darlington
  • Community Benefit – The Word, South Shields
  • Design through Innovation – The Word, South Shields
  • Infrastructure – Dinwoodie Assessment & Simulation Hub, Northumberland
  • Regeneration  Freeman’s Reach, Durham
  • Residential – Staiths South Bank, Gateshead
  • Tourism & Leisure – The Word, South Shields

Each UK region hosts an annual RICS Awards and the category winners from each of the 12 regional heats will now be pitted against their national peers in the hope of winning the overall UK award in their respective category.

The ‘Project of the Year’ winner from each region will also be in the running for the highest national accolade; the ‘2017 RICS UK Project of the Year’ award.The £16m national centre for the Written Word – known as The Word – in South Shields, won the prestigious title at this year’s RICS Awards, North East where it also won three category awards – Community Benefit, Design through Innovation and Tourism & Leisure.

Chair of the judging panel for the RICS Awards, North East, Adam Serfontein, Managing Director at The Hanro Group said: “The RICS Awards showcase the achievements and community impact of each region’s most inspirational built initiatives and developments, and this year’s winners from the North East heat are truly exemplary and world-class.

“The team’s behind them have demonstrated just what can be achieved with vision, exceptional skills and a solid team effort approach. I wish them all the very best of luck in having their talent and expertise recognised nationally, and gaining nationwide recognition for the positive impact these built projects are having on their local communities.”

The 2017 RICS Awards Grand Final will take place on 2 November at the InterContinental London, Park Lane Hotel (12pm-4pm), and will be hosted by BBC Breakfast News and Sport Anchor, Dan Walker.

To book to attend visit: www.rics.org/awards or T: 020 7695 1600.

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