THREE experts have joined the judging panel for the 2013 RICS North East Renaissance Awards.
The awards, widely considered the region’s property Oscars, have brought on board Andy Mace, Philip Barnes and Mark Massey.
Mace is an associate director at Arup in Newcastle, where he is responsible for leading the firm’s sustainability and environmental experts in the North East.
The company works with clients to reduce their energy, waste, and carbon footprint and also helps to deliver low and zero-carbon developments in key regeneration areas.
Barnes, FRICS, joins the panel from Nathanael Litchfield and Partners (NLP), where he is director and office leader in Newcastle. He specialises in the housing, economics and planning fields, with most of his work involving helping developers to improve local communities.
And Massey is a senior partner at North East-based ID Partnership, which has designed many iconic buildings and projects, including software giant Sage’s new headquarters in Newcastle, Northumbria University's Squires Building and the Tyne Staiths regeneration scheme in Gateshead.
Chair of the RICS North East Renaissance Awards judging panel, David Furniss of BNP Paribas, said: “We are delighted to have Andy Mace, Philip Barnes and Mark Massey join the panel.
“Each one of them has a huge amount of experience within their individual respective industries; therefore their expertise will prove invaluable in helping us judge each entry against a strict set of criteria.”
The trio of new judges join 14 North East property experts on the panel, who have a wide and diverse range of specialisms between them.
Buildings/projects are nominated in eight award categories – building conservation, commercial (property), community benefit, design and innovation, regeneration, residential (property), infrastructure and tourism and leisure.
The overall Project of the Year title is then chosen from across all the categories.
Last year’s Project of the Year accolade went to the Toffee Factory in Newcastle’s Ouseburn, after it scooped the regeneration award, and then took highly commended in both the design and innovation and commercial property categories.
2013 RICS North East Renaissance Awards will take place at a black tie dinner held at Newcastle Civic Centre on April 19.