More than 90 UK’s property schemes battled it out for top honours at the grand final, where the redevelopment of Birmingham’s New Street station and Grand Central shopping centre took the overall prize – the first time a West Midlands scheme has won this accolade in the history of the RICS Awards.
The national Project of the Year accolade is presented to the scheme which demonstrates outstanding best practice and significant benefit to their local area and wider economy. The Birmingham Gateway & Grand Central project – delivered by a team including Mace, Network Rail, Birmingham City Council and Turner & Townsend – took the title for what the judging panel described as the most significant investment in regenerating Birmingham in a generation.
The regeneration of Birmingham’s New Street station and its former Pallasades shopping centre opened as Birmingham Grand Central in September last year.
Chair of the RICS Awards Grand Final judging panel, David Tuffin FRICS of Tuffin Ferraby Taylor LLP said: "As one of Britain’s largest and most important cities, Birmingham deserves a station and shopping and leisure destination of this remarkable calibre. This investment in the city has created around 10,000 jobs and is expected to deliver around £2bn in economic benefits. It is the catalyst for further regeneration in other parts of the city centre, which will create even more jobs.
"The team behind Birmingham Gateway and Grand Central should be extremely proud. 180,000 passengers continued to use the station during the works, yet they still managed to create a visually striking, yet practical international gateway into Birmingham, on time, from which the city, its residents and visitors will prosper from enormously."