British Motor Museum’s Collections Centre wins top construction award

The British Motor Museum has announced, 23 May, that its Collections Centre has won a Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Award in the Tourism and Leisure category for West Midlands.

The RICS Awards, announced on 20 May at Aston Villa’s 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 venue will be available for evening and weekend events hire from July.

The awards are open to everyone working within the property profession. The tourism and 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.

Stephen Laing, curator at the British Motor Museum, 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. The building itself is an iconic structure and now combined with the award, is a great opportunity to raise our profile”.

David Bowdley, from 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.”

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