Daniella Johnson

8th March 2016

RICS Awards Shortlistings 2016

Three schemes designed by Leeds based Brewster Bye architects have been shortlisted for a total of five honours at a prestigious and highly competitive awards competition.

The 2016 RICS awards showcase the achievements of the most inspirational regional initiatives and developments in land, property, construction and the environment.

The Lighthouse School and The Edge student development, both in Leeds, have been shortlisted in three categories of the Yorkshire & Humberside awards and Rose Manor and Oleander House, an extra care scheme in Telford, has been shortlisted in two categories of the West Midlands awards.

Brewster Bye’s managing director Chris Austin says: “Last year two of our projects triumphed at the RICS awards with the Headingley Enterprise and Arts Centre winning the community benefit category and the Greenwich Gardens apartment development in Derby winning the prestigious residential category. We are delighted to have been shortlisted this year in what is a hotly contested competition and we are very much looking forward to the final results.”

The Lighthouse School, which is for children with Autistic Spectrum Condition and related communication conditions, has been shortlisted in both the building conservation and community benefit categories. Located in Cookridge the school recently opened following a £2.1m investment that has seen the Robert Arthington building, on the site of the former Cookridge Hospital, completely restored and redesigned to accommodate 50 pupils aged between 11 and 19.

Mark Henderson, a director at Brewster Bye, says: “The conservation of the Robert Arthington building, after years of neglect,has presented the Lighthouse School with a building that has been completely restored into a superb learning environment with painstaking care and attention to detail.

“We worked hard to create a superb school whilst retaining all the building’s original character and features, both internally and externally.”

Located off Burley Road on the edge of Leeds City Centre, The Edge is Park Lane Properties’ flagship Iconic branded five star student accommodation development containing 131 luxury self-contained apartments designed to an exceptional specification. The scheme has been shortlisted in the best residential category.

Chris Austin says: “Following a multi-million pound investment and a progressive design, the eight storey development has proved incredibly popular with the student market. We used a contemporary architectural approach to a challenging urban site, designingstate of the art common facilities which include a 24 hour concierge service, pool tables, study rooms, a grab and go breakfast bar, fully fitted gym, laundry, gaming room and purpose built cinema room.

“The attention to detail in the development’s design makes it particularly special, with each living space featuring an innovative design style, practical layout, high quality furniture and exceptional finish. Other design highlights include ambient lighting, dynamic storage and flatscreen TVs that face both the bedroom and living areas.”

Rose Manor and Oleander House have been shortlisted in the community benefit and infrastructure categories in the West Midlands. Set within the vibrant Telford Millennium Community, Rose Manor and Oleander House provide 86 one and two bedroom apartments for the over 55’s, and 12 independent apartments for adults with learning difficulties.

Nathan Wilkinson from Brewster Bye says: “Located at the heart of the vibrant Telford Millennium village, the scheme has provided much needed accommodation,but our design to incorporate extensive communal facilities within the main building, has also provided a focal meeting point for the development. The design of the scheme includes a restaurant, library, café, shop, beauty salon and fitness suite for both residents and the local community to use, which has helped foster links with the local community.”

Chris concludes: “The shortlistings reflect a real cross-section of the type of work we do, and they also reinforce our strong reputation for continually delivering highly attractive schemes that stand out from the crowd.”