Cheshire East Council’s £16m Crewe Lifestyle Centre has collected two prestigious awards on the same night for its design and construction, and for the community benefit it delivers to the town of Crewe.
Judges from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), at their annual awards ceremony in Liverpool, voted the combined leisure, sports and community hub the best out of seven nominations from Crewe to Carlisle, taking in Liverpool, Manchester and Salford.
The RICS ‘Community Benefit’ category recognised the lifestyle centre for its success through local community feedback.
And, at a separate event in Manchester, the project snapped up another significant accolade in the North West Local Authorities Building Control Awards, winning ‘Best Public Service Building’ and runner up in the ‘Best Commercial Project’ category.
At the RICS awards in Liverpool, the judges said the lifestyle centre brought together comprehensive leisure facilities, library functions, adult social care and children’s services.
They commented: “The centre successfully delivers community benefit by delivering to occupier and user, individuals and families, Crewe residents and council, as well as being a stimulus to wider employment and education.
“….the building has been uniquely designed through extensive stakeholder and community consultation.”
The scheme rejuvenated the town and enhanced the local streetscape.
The Lifestyle Centre will now be nominated for national awards at ceremonies in London in November. It will go forward for the national RICS awards to be held at the Continental Hotel, Park Lane, London and for the ‘LABC Building Excellence’ grand finals at the Westminster Park Plaza. Both events take place in November.
All the awards recognised the work of the council’s two main contractors Pozzoni Architects and Kier Construction.
The LABC awards ceremony, at The Emirates Old Trafford, was organised and promoted by North West Local Authority Building Control (LABC), the building control service representing more than 30 local authorities in the region.
They recognise quality-build across the public and private sectors, including public buildings, commercial buildings, housing design and construction as well as partnership working.
Councillor Rachel Bailey, Leader of Cheshire East Council, said: “I congratulate all involved in securing this award for all the hard work they have put in, enabling this prestigious facility to be delivered on time and on budget.
“The Crewe Lifestyle Centre will always be a jewel in our crown and a benchmark for future leisure and community projects in Cheshire East.”
Cheshire East Council’s wholly-owned land and property services company Civicance succeeded with six other nominations at the LABC awards, two of them overall category winners and four highly commended.
Civicance specialises in building regulations and land and property enquiries from the public, designers, builders and all other private contractors.
The award nominations by Civicance are a result of high-quality building construction and design, together with effective working relationships between site operators, architects and the LABC surveyors.
The lifestyle centre opened its doors to the public last April and is not only home to state of the art leisure and sports facilities, but also provides modern, discreet amenities for children and families with special needs.
It also houses the town’s lending and reference libraries as well as a café, while the exterior of the building is designed to reflect the characteristics of neighbouring features and buildings, including the town’s railway.
For more information about Civicance and other awards in the borough visit: http://www.civicance.co.uk/home.aspx