Re­mem­brance Cen­tre is crowned Project of Year

Birmingham Post - - NEWS - Tam­lyn Jones Busi­ness Re­porter

THE Re­mem­brance Cen­tre at the Na­tional Memo­rial Ar­bore­tum has been crowned project of the year at a pres­ti­gious na­tional award cer­e­mony.

The £15.7 mil­lion cen­tre, which opened in Oc­to­ber last year, beat de­vel­op­ments from across the coun­try to the ti­tle at the an­nual Royal In­sti­tu­tion of Char­tered Sur­vey­ors (RICS) Awards.

Al­most 100 win­ners from re­gional cer­e­monies held ear­lier this year were in­vited to an event in Lon­don where eight cat­e­gory cham­pi­ons were cho­sen.

Hav­ing se­cured the tourism and leisure award, the Re­mem­brance Cen­tre was picked from the group to be named over­all project of the year.

The RICS Awards recog­nise the most in­spir­ing and com­mu­nity ben­e­fi­cial built ini­tia­tives.

De­signed by Birm­ing­ham-based Glenn How­ells Ar­chi­tects, the Re­mem­brance Cen­tre pro­vides in­for­ma­tion, films and ex­hi­bi­tions on re­mem­brance at the Na­tional Memo­rial Ar­bore­tum in Al­re­was, Stafford­shire.

It won both the com­mu­nity ben­e­fit and tourism and leisure cat­e­gories at the RICS West Mid­lands Awards in May.

It is the sec­ond year run­ning RICS has awarded the UK project of the year ti­tle to a West Mid­lands scheme af­ter recog­nis­ing the re­de­vel­op­ment of New Street sta­tion and Grand Cen­tral in 2016.

Na­tional Memo­rial Ar­bore­tum is a year-round cen­tre of re­mem­brance which of­ten hosts events, wel­com­ing po­lit­i­cal lead­ers and mem­bers of the royal fam­ily along­side armed forces’ rep­re­sen­ta­tives. It started in 1997 with an ini­tial tree be­ing planted.

The Re­mem­brance Cen­tre was de­scribed by the judg­ing panel as a unique build­ing which en­hanced the vis­i­tor jour­ney through in­ter­ac­tive ac­tiv­i­ties, ex­cep­tional gal­leries and ex­hi­bi­tions but was also a place of beau­ti­ful and sus­tain­able, de­tailed con­struc­tion.

David Brooks Wil­son, chair­man of the na­tional RICS Awards judg­ing panel, said: “In a year that has seen the cen­te­nary of Pass­chen­daele and the pass­ing of our last Spit­fire pi­lot and char­tered sur­veyor Ken Wilkin­son, it is fit­ting our win­ner cel­e­brates and re­mem­bers our fallen he­roes in such an in­no­va­tive and com­mer­cially suc­cess­ful set­ting.

“What started as an idea of Com­man­der David Childs, with no money, land or trees, has be­come a liv­ing trib­ute to those who made the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice for their coun­try.

“The lat­est ad­di­tion of the Re­mem­brance Cen­tre, while de­cep­tively sim­ple, suc­ceeds in meet­ing di­verse and com­plex re­quire­ments.”

> The Re­mem­brance Cen­tre at the Na­tional Memo­rial Ar­bore­tum, RICS’ 2017 Project of the Year

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