Three Staffordshire buildings honoured at the RICS Awards 2018

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Three of Staffordshire’s newest and most innovative projects have been honoured at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Awards.

World of Wedgwood took home the Tourism and Leisure title, Maple West in Chell won the Residential Award, and Kingswood Lakeside in Cannock won the Commercial category.

The awards celebrate the most unique and environmentally friendly building schemes in the West Midlands.

Wedgwood, in Barlaston near Stoke-on-Trent, won thanks to its recent redevelopment maintaining the important historic manufacturer in its original location where it continues to produce pottery.

Wedgwood wins at RICS Awards

Inside the World of Wedgwood

Gaye Blake-Roberts, curator of the Wedgewood Museum, said: “Many of the things that Josiah Wedgwood introduced in to the factory are still used today.

“He introduced the rose engine turning lathe in 1763, the first to be introduced in to the ceramic industry.

“No other ceramic factory can actually claim that sort of history and heritage.”

The Barlaston site was remodelled to meet modern standards and improve overall visitor experience.

Maple West, a 140-contemporary apartment development for affordable rent in Chell,  was praised for providing a high quality, people-centred and dementia friendly facility.

Maple West Residential Winner

Maple West

And Kingswood Lakeside development in Cannock was crowned commercial winners at the ceremony.

Kingswood Lakeside Cannock

Kingswood Lakeside

All category winners will go on to compete against other regions, for the chance to be crowned the overall UK champion in their categories.

The national RICS Awards Grand Final will be held in London on the 2 November 2018.

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Staffslive visited Wedgwood this week to find out more. Watch out video, below:

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