The town hall in Renfrewshire is an iconic £14.5 million facility delivering integrated services for the community. It was also recognised for its positive impact in the local area, taking the Community Benefit category award.
Held at the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa in Edinburgh on Thursday 14 April, the RICS Awards celebrate inspirational initiatives across the built environment. The Project of the Year Award is presented to the project which has been judged overall as an excellent example of best practice by professionals working in both the built and natural environments.
Johnstone Town Hall embraces the very essence of the Awards. Not only does the project deliver a town hall which exceeds expectations, its design forms a well-mannered civic intervention which compliments the local heritage and acts as a catalyst for wider investment in Johnstone’s town centre regeneration. The project team demonstrated an exceptional procurement methodology and from its very inception there was a real focus on exhausting all opportunities to engage with the community.
The building, delivered by Renfrewshire Council, in partnership with development partner hub West Scotland, is a flexible and contemporary space providing a range of facilities including a library, theatre, marriage suite, café and meeting rooms. The town hall also offers a range of council services alongside community partners Police Scotland and Macmillan Cancer Support.
Eight additional category winners were selected from shortlisted entries from across Scotland. Other winners included Borders Railway, which took the Infrastructure award, Lews Castle, Stornoway, which received the Building Conservation award and The Helix & The Kelpies which received the Tourism and Leisure accolade.
All category winners will now automatically be entered in to the UK RICS Awards Grand Final, to be held at The London Hilton Park Lane on 14 October 2016, where they will compete against projects from across the rest of the UK.
RICS Awards in Scotland has continued to grow in quality, volume and stature. The high quality of entries from Scotland continues to gain national recognition at our Grand Final in London, with Advocate’s Close in Edinburgh receiving the UK Project of the Year Award 2015. This success is sure to continue looking at the projects we have seen this year.
The RICS Awards 2016, Scotland, are sponsored by British Gas, NHBC Scotland, Wise Property Care, Forbo Flooring Systems, Sika Liquid Plastics and Colleys.