A host of hospital, health centre and care home developments have been singled out for praise as the regional shortlists for the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors’ (RICS) Social Impact Awards are announced.
Finalists have been selected across 12 UK regions, highlighting world-class examples of how the built environment can have a direct positive social and environmental impact on society.
The awards are being presented across nine sector categories, including healthcare.
And those in the running include, in the North West, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital ‘Institute in the Park’ development in Liverpool (Building Design Partnership); and Millvina House and Townsend Hub care homes, also in Liverpool (Shaw Healthcare, Liverpool City Council/Kier).
Healthcare entries also made it onto the shortlist in the East of England, with praise for The Michael Burke Wellbeing Centre for Social Prescribing in Eye, Suffolk (Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG); the new New Science Building in Norwich (University of East Anglia); and The Nook children’s hospice in Norwich (East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, Barefoot and Gilles Partnership).
For too long the construction and property professions’ contribution to society has gone unrecognised
While, in the South East, four projects are up for the award: Appleton Lodge Care Home in Aylesford (Royal British Legion Industries); Chesil Lodge extra care community in Winchester (Winchester City Council, PDP Architecture, Design Engine Architects); the Stokes Centre for Urology in Guildford (Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust, ADP Architecture); and The Harmonia Dementia Village in Dover (East Kent Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Kent County Council, Hazel McCormack Young).
Also making the shortlist are two developments in Northern Ireland – the Corriewood Private Clinic, a care home in Castlewellan (South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust); and the Acute Mental Health Inpatient Centre in Belfast (Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, RPP Architects, Richard Murphy Architects, Devereux Architects London).
Finally, in Wales, three projects were picked to go through to the final stage of the competition. They are Maggie’s Valindre Cancer Centre in Cardiff (Maggie’s Cancer Centres, Dow Jones Architects); the West End Medical Centre in Colwyn Bay; and the Y Bwthyn Macmillan Specialist Care Unit in Llantrisant (Cwm Taf NHS Trust, KKE Architects).
The regions will choose their winners over the coming months before the grand final in London on 24 September.
A RICS spokesman said: “For too long the construction and property professions’ contribution to society has gone unrecognised.
“The RICS Social Impact Awards will change that, celebrating our positive impact for the first time.
“While other awards programmes focus on a particular aspect of our work – the best deal or the most-successful team – the RICS Social Impact Awards will highlight excellence at a regional and national level, identifying the projects and individuals from the surveying and wider property profession making a difference.”