Hat-trick of prestigious award short-listings for S Harrison

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Blenheim Point

Three of S Harrison’s development projects have been shortlisted for prestigious industry awards by The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Student accommodation schemes Blenheim Point in Leeds and Lawrence Street in York have been short-listed for the RICS Awards 2019, Yorkshire & Humber. In addition, Lincoln’s newly opened Travelodge has been short-listed in the Commercial category of the RICS Awards 2019, East Midlands.

The awards showcase the most inspirational initiatives and developments in land, real estate, construction and infrastructure across eight individual categories. They also celebrate the achievements and successes of RICS professionals and their impact on local communities.

Blenheim Point is a student accommodation building developed by S Harrison on Blenheim Walk, in Leeds city centre. S Harrison’s managing director, Ann Scott, said: “The 180 bed, seven storey building was collaboratively designed with the University of Leeds, specifically for postgraduate and overseas students.

“Since opening the development has received high praise from the University and students, meaning it is now one of the most sought-after accommodation choices. The whole development was completed on time and within budget in July 2018 allowing for an early intake of students ahead of the academic year. Many residents have commented on the quality of the accommodation and the development has immediately integrated into the surrounding area and community.”

Lawrence Street is a grade II listed building within the York Central historic core conservation area. The former working men’s club had fallen into a state of disrepair and was close to falling down. Ann added: “It was a building at risk, and we sensitively converted the property into 115 new student bedrooms for Empiric Student Property. Local conservation groups all welcomed the scheme to save this important building and praised our work to restore and integrate it with its surrounding buildings. The development was also awarded a Civic Trust Blue Plaque.”

The purpose built five storey, 127-bedroom city centre Travelodge hotel is the first realisation of Lincoln Council’s aspirations for commercial development on underutilised land alongside the newly completed East-West city link road.

Ann explained: “The building was constructed ahead of programme and within budget.The hotel was sold to the City of Lincoln Council during construction, providing the council with guaranteed revenue from the Travelodge 25-year lease.”

Peter Clarke, Travelodge Construction Project Manager said: “S Harrison has demonstrated considerable skill in managing the construction process, satisfying the needs of Travelodge as tenant whilst promoting a genuinely open, team-based approach with us and the Contractor, RG Carter Ltd, who in turn have excelled in the hotel delivery. The hotel completed ahead of programme and to a quality standard that surpasses any other hotel completions across our national portfolio over recent years.”

Ann added: “All three projects are totally different, but what ties them all together is the collaborative approach we took to successfully deliver them. Each are worthy of an award win and we’re pleased their merits have been recognised with these award short-listings.”

The Yorkshire & Humber award winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony and Dinner on 17 May 2019 being held at The Centenary Pavilion, Elland Road, Leeds. The winners of the East Midlands Awards will be announced at the Awards Ceremony and Dinner on 15 May 2019 being held at Mercure Leicester, The Grand Hotel.