Round Foundry wins RICS Project of the Year
The Round Foundry, Holbeck, Leeds has come top of the RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) Awards at a ceremony on Friday 7 October (2005).
The judges were so impressed by Round Foundry that they awarded it the prestigious Project of the Year Award. The award is given to one entry that is judged to have excelled in any or all of the four award categories: Building Conservation, Community Benefit, Regeneration and Sustainability. It was also winner of the Regeneration Category.
The Round Foundry lies at the heart of Holbeck Urban Village in Leeds. It was established over 200 years ago as a manufactory of steam engines and is the only surviving first-generation engineering works anywhere. BDP's regeneration scheme involves selective demolition of recent structures, conservation and adaptive re-use of a number of buildings on the site, and the construction of new buildings. The mixed use development comprises residential, offices and retail. The Round Foundry has revitalised a previously run-down area of Leeds, becoming the impetus for further regeneration in the area.
Simon Pott, chairman of the judges, said: "Round Foundry has all the elements of a fine regeneration scheme alongside extensive use of conservation techniques, a strong sense of sustainability and the community have clearly taken it to heart."
"It combines residential, leisure and commercial uses together with its industrial heritage, which is reflected in the plaques celebrating the history of the site."
"It is the quintessential project at which the RICS Awards are aimed."
This award brings the tally won by Round Foundry to nine.
Building Design Partnership are architects, landscape architects, lighting designers and acoustic consultants for developers CTP St James. Structural engineer is EJC Consulting Engineers,
M&E Engineer is John Ryan Partnership and QS is Rex Proctor & Partners.