Published on March 6, 2018 | by Alastair Gilmour


Beer tourism on the cards

More than 50 of the North East’s most innovative property projects have been shortlisted for the 2018 Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Awards North East, an annual event which shines a light on exemplar building projects across the region.

The awards, which recognise projects that have changed the face of the region in the last year, highlight 55 schemes of all sizes and budgets in eight categories: building conservation, commercial property, community benefit, design through innovation, infrastructure, regeneration, residential and tourism and leisure.

A number of Newcastle projects are in the running, including Wylam Brewery, in Exhibition Park, which has been shortlisted for the tourism and leisure award as well as the commercial property accolade, as has The Fire Station entertainments complex in Sunderland.

Wylam Brewery’s home at the Palace of Arts is the last remaining building from the 1929 North East Exhibition and a refurbishment programme transformed the derelict building in a fully operational working brewery, ta room and 800-capacity events space.

Those shortlisted for category awards will automatically be considered for the North East Project of the Year title, presented to the scheme which demonstrates overall outstanding best practice and an exemplary commitment to adding value to its local area.

All category winners will go on to compete against other regional winners at the national RICS Awards Grand Final on November 2018, for the chance to be crowned the overall UK winner in their respective category. The 2018 RICS Awards, North East take place on Friday April 20 at the Mariott Gosforth Park, Newcastle.

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