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A SIX-MONTH search to find next year’s stars of the region’s property and construction sectors is now on, following the launch of the 2013 RICS North West Awards last week.

Considered the region’s property ‘Oscars’, the annual awards celebrate the most inspirational regional initiatives and developments in land, property, construction and the environment.

The North West’s property professionals gathered at Afflecks (formerly Afflecks Palace) in Manchester this morning, for advice and tips on what the judges are looking for in each of the eight categories and what will make their nomination stand out.

Afflecks scooped the Commercial accolade at this year’s RICS North West Awards (held on May 3) after new owners, Bruntwood repaired and restored the building to an exceptional standard, without losing its cultural significance and heritage, leading to occupancy levels doubling. A short presentation was given by those behind the eclectic shopping emporium on what made their entry so successful.

Chairman of the RICS regional judging panel, Jane Lathwood, who is also Head of Acquisition at The Mansion Group says: “We received a high volume of exceptional entries for this year’s awards and we had a great turnout at the launch event, so hopefully we will see a large number of quality entries come through once again for the 2013 awards. Entry forms are now available and they are not just for those in the industry, anyone can make a nomination.”

The eight categories to enter are: Regeneration, Community Benefit, Building Conservation, Design & Innovation, Commercial, Residential, Infrastructure, and Tourism & Leisure. The Project of the Year is the entry judged to have scored the highest across all categories and the winners in the first four categories go on to compete in the national RICS Awards.

The four schemes that will represent the North West in the national 2012 RICS Awards on October 19 at the Savoy in London are: Wigan Life Centre, Wigan (Regeneration), Heywood Sports Village, Rochdale (Community Benefit), Ordsall Hall Museum, Salford (Building Conservation) and Brockholes Visitor Village, Lancashire (Tourism & Leisure), which also won the overall ‘Project of the Year’ accolade.

Jane added: “The awards attract a diverse range of entries every year. Its always good to see projects of all sizes, types and budgets entered, as schemes are judged on specific criteria, which includes design, delivery, value for money and sustainability.”

“When the economy is still struggling like it is, we need to raise the profile of the region, not to mention the talent of our local property professionals, and that’s exactly what the RICS North West Awards can do. It’s great too for the individuals behind the schemes to have an RICS Award on their CV,” adds Jane.

Entry forms are now available for the 2013 RICS North West Awards and the deadline for entries is January 18. For further information contact RICS Awards Co-ordinator, Claire Simmons on (0)191 2211039 or csimmons@rics.org