Brockholes visitor centre near Preston won the top prize at the RICS North West awards last night.
The £8.6m floating attraction, set in estuary wetlands significant for their migrating bird population, was designed by London-based architect Adam Khan. Funding for the unusual structure came from North West Development Agency, landowner Lancashire Wildlife Trust and the Forestry Commission. The separate buildings contain a shop, restaurant, classroom and conference room. Mansell Construction and Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering were the main contractors.
The other winners of the eight individual RICS awards were:
- Building conservation – Ordsall Hall Museum, Salford
- Regeneration – Wigan Life Centre, Wigan
- Infrastructure – MediaCityUK Footbridge, Salford
- Community benefit – Heywood Sports Village, Rochdale
- Commercial property – Afflecks, Manchester
- Design and innovation – Brockholes Visitor Village, Lancashire
- Residential property – Greenheys Development, Moss Side, Manchester
- Tourism and leisure – Brockholes Visitor Village, Lancashire
Jane Thompson, chairman of the RICS regional judging panel, said: "Brockholes Visitor Village is an outstanding example of design and innovation which illustrates the talent and skills of our region's property professionals. It epitomises everything that a modern built scheme should be – not only is it attractive and highly innovative in its design, but it is also highly sustainable, making it extremely deserving of its Project of the Year honour."
The award ceremony took place at the Point, Lancashire County Cricket Ground, Old Trafford. There were 86 entries from all areas of the North West.
A number of highly commended certificates were also awarded by the judges to those projects which impressed but did not win overall awards. They were:
- Building conservation – St Peter's Church, Clitheroe, Lancashire
- Regeneration – River View Primary School and Green Grosvenor Park, Salford
- Design and innovation – Kendal College Technical Studio, Kendal, Cumbria
- Community benefit – The Bradley Youth Hub, Nelson, Lancashire
- Commercial property – Orange Building Media City UK, Salford
- Residential property – St Luke's, Frodsham, Cheshire
- Infrastucture – Werneth Primary Care Centre, Oldham