Keynsham Civic Centre makes shortlist in prestigious development awards

Published on: 04 Mar 2016

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March 2016

Keynsham Civic Centre and One Stop Shop is in the running for another three prestigious awards, it has been announced.

The redevelopment of the former 1960s shopping precinct off Temple Street to create new council offices, library, public events space, retail units and restaurants is on the shortlist in three categories in the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) South West Awards 2016.

The awards aim to celebrate inspirational initiatives and developments in land, property, construction and the environment.

The Civic Centre is among 40 projects across the South West to make the cut and is in the running for Best Commercial Property, the Community Benefit award and Design Through Innovation award.

The town centre development, which opened in autumn 2014 and was delivered in partnership by B&NES Council and Willmott Dixon, has previously picked up two architecture accolades in the RIBA South West Awards 2015, as well as being named the best workplace in the country in the British Council for Offices’ National Awards 2015.

It will be going up against the likes of Avon and Somerset Police’s new training centre at Black Rock Quarry in Portishead in the Design Through Innovation category and a new ward at Bristol Royal Infirmary in the Community Benefit category, as well as office developments at 66 Queen Square and 2 Glass Wharf in Bristol for the commercial award.

Judges will announce the winner of each of the eight categories at a ceremony at the Bristol Marriott Hotel on May 18, hosted by Martin Roberts from BBC One’s Homes Under the Hammer. They will also name the region’s Project of the Year.

Lynn Robinson, RICS regional director UK South, said: “We have received an impressive range of entries this year across both new developments and regeneration projects.

“The standard has been extremely high and our judges – who will visit each scheme over the coming weeks – have a fascinating challenge ahead. We look forward to the regional ceremony in May where we will hear the outcome of the shortlist.”

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