Search begins for region's finest building projects

Search has begun to find the most innovative property and construction schemes in the region for 2014 RICS North East Renaissance Awards

The search has begun to find the most innovative property and construction schemes in the region.

The 2014 RICS North East Renaissance Awards, launched yesterday, seek to celebrate the area’s most inspirational built initiatives and developments.

Schemes can be entered in eight different categories: Regeneration, Community Benefit, Building Conservation, Design through Innovation, Commercial property, Residential property, Infrastructure, and Tourism & Leisure.

The Project of the Year - which last time round was Tyne Tunnel 2 - will be the entry scoring the highest across all categories.

Winners of the Building Conservation, Design through Innovation, Community Benefit and Regeneration sections will also go on to compete against other regional winners in the national RICS Awards.

Chair of the regional judging panel, David Furniss, who is senior director and head of office at Newcastle’s BNP Paribas Real Estate, said: “We received a record number of entries for the 2013 RICS North East Renaissance Awards which was a fantastic testament to the talented property professionals in our region that continue to produce many exceptional built schemes, despite the uncertain climate.

“Over this past year alone, there have been many exemplary property schemes built in the region which are certainly worthy of the recognition that winning an RICS Award can bring, so hopefully we will see another increase in the number of nominations we receive for the 2014 Awards.

“In the uncertain climate, it’s important that we continue to raise the profile of the region.”

The deadline for entries is January 17.

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