It’s been a great week of celebrations and hangovers, with a number of our projects picking up RICS awards across the south west and Wales.
Our Twerton Mill student accommodation scheme won the south west ‘Regeneration’ category, with Bay Campus at Swansea University winning the same category in Wales. The award honours exceptional improvements to urban, rural or coastal areas where the RICS are looking for evidence to show that the scheme has conserved or improved the built or natural environment in a way that has contributed to the viability of the area.
Also in Wales, Morriston Comprehensive school was highly commended in the ‘Design through Innovation’ category, whilst Cardiff and Vale College won the award, in which we were technical advisors for the scheme.
The judges said the following about Twerton Mill:
Twerton Mill Student Accommodation impressed the judges greatly with the quality of construction, site remediation, urban design and thoroughly careful detailing of this
significant new student quarter within the Twerton neighbourhood of Bath. However, what is more impressive is the impact the development is having on the area through additional trading activity and the general buzz created on what has been for decades a blighted site on one of the main gateways into Bath.
This well mannered high density development has afforded extensive remediation of a former industrial site, avoided generating significant additional traffic, and enabled the
rejuvenation of a prominent city approach corridor.
On Bay Campus, the judges commented:
The Bay Campus scheme at Swansea University has taken a linear, derelict and highly contaminated site and regenerated it as a vibrant fully functioning university campus that makes the most of its seaside location, forming an iconic new gateway to the City of Swansea. Clever design details and a thoughtful layout incorporating sight lines and views give a tremendous sense of place and feeling that it could have grown into its site over many years.
A fantastic week for the teams who worked on the projects, and now onto the National finals!