Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Projects Receive Top Marks for Regeneration

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Projects Receive Top Marks for Regeneration

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Byline: Tony Henderson Environment Editor

THE redevelopment of a city centre shopping mall took home the top prize at a North East annual awards ceremony on Friday.

A total of 57 regional property schemes battled it out for honours at the 2015 RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) North East Renaissance Awards at Newcastle Civic Centre.

The redevelopment of Monument Mall in Newcastle was crowned project of the year.

The winners of the eight individual categories were: Building conservation - the Black |Barn, Hexham Commercial property - redevelop-|ment of Monument Mall, Newcastle Community benefit - Greenland |Primary School, Stanley, Durham Design through innovation -|Tracerco Measurement Technology Centre, Billingham Infrastructure - Morpeth Flooding |Alleviation Scheme.

Regeneration - Redcar & Cleve-|land Leisure & Community Heart Residential property - The Rise |(new build homes), Scotswood Tourism & leisure - Hexham |Abbey, Hexham The project of the year title is presented to the scheme which demonstrates overall outstanding best practice and an exemplary commitment to adding value to its local area.

The redevelopment of Monument Mall - delivered by Hammerson - triumphed over what the panel of 13 judges described as fierce competition.

Monument Mall was previously a failing 1990s multi-level city centre shopping scheme suffering from physical and reputation-related shortcomings.

The redevelopment aimed to create a streetscape that complemented the historic environment within which it sits, with physically striking shopfronts providing an mix of modern and traditional frontages. Commenting on Monument Mall, chairman of the judging panel Adam Serfontein, who is managing director of the Hanro Group said: "This striking retail scheme is a winner in so many ways and has added real value to the entire retail core of Newcastle.

"It has brought brands to the city that have not been seen before. …

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