Acivico Group are delighted to announce the award of two first place positions at the RICS Social Impact 2020 awards, West Midlands. Amongst strong competition, the Centenary Square redevelopment, Birmingham, scooped first place for the Land and Rural category. The Tilecross Academy, Birmingham was awarded the winning position for the Education category.

Compered by celebrities Emma Jesson and Phil Spencer, the RICS Social Impact Awards West Midlands applauded the built environment’s transformative contribution to society. The awards have attracted over 460 entries across the 12 regions.

Acivico Group provided multi-disciplinary services to both the Centenary Square and Tilecross Academy projects. The schemes were celebrated for the lasting impact they have had on the local environment. They showcased excellence in regeneration, whilst enhancing and transforming communities.​

The RICS judges commented:

Tilecross Academy

‘The new sports and teaching facilities have allowed the school to provide a better environment for learning, expand their curriculum and rebuild relationships with the wider community. The contractor supported the school and local charities throughout the project, whilst also employing local labour. The design team ensured the budget was targeted to elements which provided the greatest impact to benefit the users. A fantastic achievement, well done to all involved’.

Centenary Square Redevelopment

‘A flagship city centre project acting as a focal point for one of the most prestigious public squares in Birmingham. Centenary Square, now revitalised and enhanced, will showcase some of the city’s most important buildings. This scheme, designed for adaptability, accessibility and connectivity, uses high quality materials, that incorporates a canopy lighting scheme and a reflection pool and fountains. Alongside environmental considerations and sustainable features, it creates a stylish atmosphere to meet, relax and gather for civic events. A great use of space, well done.’

All category winners will go through to the RICS Social Impact Awards 2020 grand final, September 2020 in London.

You can watch the West Midlands awards ceremony here. You can read more about Tilecross Academy here and Centenary Square here.