Call for Bath property professionals to enter industry’s regional ‘Oscars’

January 16, 2013

Property and construction professionals in the Bath area are being urged to follow in the footsteps of the teams behind the city’s Dyson Centre for Neo Natal Care and Batheaston Primary School who last year landed two of the South West’s leading building awards.

The neo natal centre and school were category winners in the RICS South West Awards, widely regarded as the region’s property ‘Oscars’.

Now the deadline is approaching fast for the 2013 awards, which celebrate and reward inspirational initiatives and developments in the land, property, construction and environment sectors.

To be in with a chance of winning one of the prestigious awards, entry forms must be submitted by this Friday, January 18.

The eight categories are Regeneration, Community Benefit, Building Conservation, Design & Innovation, Infrastructure, Tourism & Leisure, Commercial and Residential.  

A ninth award is presented to the scheme considered Project of the Year by the judges – one that has the highest scores across all categories. This can be awarded to any one of the shortlisted entries or one of the winners of the eight categories. 

The awards will be presented at a ceremony on May 10 at Rookery Manor, Somerset, and the winners of the Regeneration, Community Benefit, Building Conservation, Design & Innovation categories will be entered into the national RICS Awards Grand Final, to be held in London later this year.

Bath’s Dyson Centre won last year’s Design and Innovation Award while Batheaston School collected the Community Benefit Award.

The 2012 Project of the Year title went to the National Trust’s Tyntesfield House, near Bristol, which also won the Building Conservation Award.

RICS regional judging panel chairman, Mark Robinson FRICS, director at planning and engineering consultancy Parsons Brinckerhoff, said: “Each year the awards honour outstanding projects delivered through strong teamwork and the region has seen some world class examples of development over the years. 

“Despite the slowdown in the economy, the South West still enjoys a large pool of talented individuals, companies and organisations in the property and construction sectors and the judging panel looks forward to receiving a range of submissions and honouring the very best of them.

“We welcome anyone to submit a project, including those from outside the industry.”

The RICS South West Awards are sponsored by Bristol and Exeter law firm Ashfords.

For more information, or to download an entry form visit: or contact Claire Simmons, RICS Awards Coordinator:





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