Skegness’ newest attraction at Gibraltar Point nature reserve is set to go against some of the region’s best projects in the East Midlands in the RICS Awards 2017
The awards, which are known as the property Oscars, highlight the great talent involved for shaping the East Midland’s built environment.
Gibraltar Point’s visitor centre, which opened in May last year, will be judged alongside some of the most innovative and collaborative projects from across the East Midlands, including Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Northamptonshire.
Following the floods of 2013, Gibraltar Point’s visitor centre was left devastated and the building and civil engineering contractors tasked with bringing the nature reserve back to life, Kier and John Martin Hoyes, delivered a brand new centre.
The new centre sought to create an inspiring building to attract and boost tourism to the stunning coastline of the east of Lincolnshire. The new build offered modern facilities with 360 panoramic views on the rooftop terrace. The historic part of the existing coastguard building was also lovingly restored to its former glory.
At the opening, Paul Learoyd, chief executive of the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, said: “The new visitor centre is a wonderful gateway to one of the country’s most important nature reserves. From the humble beginnings of a simple information kiosk opened in May 1963, we now have a visitor centre with commanding views of the nature reserve and with a number of features that reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions.”
Every year we receive an outstanding calibre of projects that not only benefit the region but showcase the exceptional talent and skills of the built environment professionals behind them.Chairman of the RICS Awards 2017 Will Evans
There are eight categories in the RICS Awards; Community Benefit, Regeneration, Design through Innovation, Building Conservation, Residential, Commercial property, Tourism & Leisure and Infrastructure.
The category winners will then go forth for the acclaimed Project of the Year title, awarded to the scheme that demonstrates outstanding best practice and an exemplary commitment to adding value to its local area. Last year saw Derby Arena win the esteemed title for its innovative approach to contemporary design whilst building an Olympic standard stadium to suit the needs of the community.
Chairman of the RICS Awards 2017 Will Evans, of Enterprise Inns, said: “Every year we receive an outstanding calibre of projects that not only benefit the region but showcase the exceptional talent and skills of the built environment professionals behind them.
“This year is, once again no different, with a variety of projects that truly exhibit the exceptional work that is happening in the East Midlands. Whilst our judges will no doubt have an extremely tough time deciding on the 2017 winners I look forward to celebrating the successes of this region’s exceptional talent and projects.”
The RICS Awards 2017, East Midlands which will be held on Friday, April 21, at The Athena in Leicester, will be hosted by popular TV Presenter for programmes including The One Show, Angelica Bell. Tickets for the ceremony and black tie dinner can be booked online at www.rics.org/awards or you can contact Rachel Frisby on firstname.lastname@example.org