Last week we attended Insider’s inaugural Midlands Residential Property Awards. It was a fantastic and well attended night made even better for our team by two award wins.
We took home the prestigious accolade of Design Team of the Year and also celebrated with our client, YMCA Birmingham, as the The Vineyard and Chris Bryant Centre, designed by Corstorphine + Wright, won Sustainable Development of the Year.
In their comments, the judges talked about our consistently good work, wide range of projects and “commitment to excellence.”
“Quite simply”, they said, “this design practice can do it all.”
Our submission for Design Team of the Year highlighted our achievements in the PRS market, bringing forward three of Birmingham’s first and most high profile PRS developments, including Pershore Street and Holloway Head.
The judges also praised The Vineyard and Chris Bryant Centre in Erdington, saying that: “this development simply ticks all the boxes when it comes to sustainability; sustainable living, sustainable materials and sustainable design.” Furthermore, they felt that the project will have a huge impact on the young people who currently live there, long after they move away.
The building is designed to provide ‘move on’ accommodation to help people back into the community, and to free up space in the first phase of the scheme, The Orchard. Communal facilities at the Chris Bryant Centre also provide training opportunities to support residents and help them gain valuable life skills, improving their employment prospects.
In the Sustainable Design category, YMCA Birmingham and Corstorphine + Wright fought off strong competition from Blueprint Regeneration’s Hobart & Pitcairn scheme in the Meadow, Nottingham – a joint venture between Asra Housing Group and William Davis. In the Design Team of the Year category, Glancy Nicholls Architects came a close second.
Corstorphine + Wright director Simon Jones said: “We are thrilled to have been recognised as the best design team this year at the Residential Property Awards. It’s testament to the hard work we’ve all put in, and the skills and talent we have at our disposal.
“We are breaking new ground with our work on various PRS schemes in Birmingham, so naturally it’s great to be recognised for that.
“However, it is even better to walk away with two awards, and have one of our designs recognised as the most sustainable building of the year. We are also delighted for YMCA Birmingham, who has been recognised as a provider of fantastic facilities as well as the vital services they are traditionally known for.
“We will keep working hard, and hopefully next year go home with even more awards.”
Below: Holly Sissons, Associate at Corstorphine + Wright and Alan Fraser, CEO of YMCA Birmingham accept the award from Tom Finnegan of Radleigh Group