Sheffield steals show at '˜Property Oscars'
Three pioneering Sheffield buildings have stolen the show at a ceremony dubbed the Property Oscars.
The city buildings all scooped top honours at the 2016 RICS Yorkshire and Humber Awards, held at The Majestic Hotel in Harrogate on May 13.
Blackburn Meadows Biomass plant, in Tinsley, won the Infrastructure award as well as the highly prestigious Project of the Year.
The power facility generates electricity from locally sourced waste wood – powering around 40,000 homes and eliminating 80,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions every year.
The University of Sheffield’s new £81m Diamond Building won the Design through Innovation award.
RICS judges particularly liked the unique internal pod spaces and the innovative use of its Smart Building Management System, which analyses building occupancy and external conditions to optimise the internal environment.
Another Sheffield project to scoop an award was Little Kelham, a £28m development of 157 low carbon homes in Kelham Island. The building was awarded the Residential accolade and judges praised the project team for providing ‘exceptionally energy efficient homes’, where residents’ energy bills and carbon emissions are a ‘fraction of a conventional property’.
Chair of Judges Rob Hindle said: “These schemes are truly exemplary and the teams behind them should be immensely proud for demonstrating excellence and ensuring Sheffield remains a fantastic place to live, work, and visit.”