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The British Motor Museum's Collections Centre wins top construction award

T&L - Winner - British Motor Museum
The British Motor Museum is delighted to announce that its Collections Centre has won a RICS Award (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) in the Tourism and Leisure category (West Midlands). The RICS Awards, which were announced on Friday 20 May at Aston Villa Football Ground in Birmingham, showcase the most inspirational regional initiatives and development in land, property construction and the environment.

The Collections Centre, which opened in February, was entered by the main contractors GaillifordTry and beat off strong competition from the Golden Square in Birmingham and Wednesbury Leisure Centre.

The awards are open to everyone working within the property profession and celebrate the talents of surveyor, property developers, engineers, planners and architects. The Tourism & Leisure category honours projects that make an outstanding contribution to tourism and leisure facilities, demonstrating the impact the scheme has had on its objectives and how well it has integrated into its surroundings. All regional category winners including the Collections Centre will now be entered into the RICS Awards Grand Final, to be held in London in October.

The two storey, £4 million project Collections Centre provides a large open space to showcase 250 vehicles from the Museums reserve collection, along with a conservation and restoration workshops area for the public to view work in action. The project was supported by Heritage Lottery Fund, Jaguar Land Rover, the Garfield Weston Foundation, the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust and the Jaguar Heritage Trust.

Stephen Laing, Curator at the British Motor Museum, who collected the award on Friday said “The Collections Centre is part of the broader strategy to develop the visitor offer and sustainability of the Trust and the Museum. It is a key part in raising our visitor numbers. There are very few places that the public can look ‘behind the scenes’ at the collections of a major Museum, and this project has enabled us to offer this. The building itself is an iconic structure and now combined with the award, is a great opportunity to raise our profile nationally and even internationally”.

David Bowdley, Operations Manager at GaillifordTry said “Being named the RICS 2016 West Midlands Regional Award Winner in the Leisure and Tourism category is fantastic recognition for the team that have been involved in this iconic project. The collaborative approach, embraced by the British Motor Museum, Weedon Architects, Mace, Clancy Consulting and Galliford Try, ensured that the project successfully achieved its main aim to develop an accessible and sustainable home for the BMIHT’s reserve car collection.”

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