North's Top Property Is Jostling for Award Place; Construction Report

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THE search is on to find the best property projects in the North East. The RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) has opened nominations for its Renaissance Awards 2009.

Considered the region's property Oscars, the RICS North East Renaissance Awards showcase the achievements of professionals working in the built and natural environments.

For those working in the construction and property sectors, the awards are an opportunity to achieve all-important recognition for their work in front of industry peers and clients.

There are eight categories which cover most types of building project. They are; Commercial, Residential, Design and Innovation, Regeneration, Sustainability, Community Benefit, Leisure and Tourism, and Building Conservation.

The Project of the Year - the best of the best - is then chosen from the category winners.

RICS regional board chairman Michael Henning, a North East-based chartered surveyor with Summers Inman, said: "We always attract entries from talented property developers, civil engineers, planners, architects and, of course, surveyors who want to promote their high-profile projects and clients.

"Size is not an issue as we consider projects of all types but the judges will look for excellence in design and execution.

"Two topics that are particularly taken into consideration are value for money and sustainability - both of which are increasingly important given the current economic climate.

"The North East is bursting at the seams with creative and construction industry talent and I can't wait to see the entries - and the very best that this region has to offer."

The awards trail officially kicked off in a ceremony last month at Northumbria University's City Campus East building - the impressive winner of 2008's top award. …