The triumph of an Ouseburn project at this year’s Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) North East Renaissance Awards has made it two years at the top for Patrick Parsons.
The Newcastle-based company acted as consulting engineers on the ‘Contemporary Structures in Ouseburn Parks’ project which scooped the ‘Tourism & Leisure’ prize at the 2011 ceremony as well as an honourable mention in the ‘Regeneration’ category. It follows a successful appearance at last year’s awards which saw two of the company’s projects – The Irvin Building, North Shields and Quay West, Sunderland – feature in three separate categories.
“Recognition from your peers is the best kind,” said Peter Stienlet, managing director of Patrick Parsons. “And to have a winning project at the RICS Awards two years running is a credit to the reputation of our business. Providing our clients with the best possible value is always our main aim but it’s good to know that our projects are being noticed on a wider scale – maybe we can make it a hat trick next year.”
Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Ouseburn project has improved access to the parks in the area as well as enhanced its tourist facilities. The regeneration has seen the parks’ structures undergo a major facelift introducing conference and educational facilities to Millfield House, a new aviary and animal enclosures at Pet’s Corner as well as a new footbridge to improve access to Jesmond Dene.
As the consulting engineers on the project, Patrick Parsons undertook all structural work involved, ensuring minimal disruption to the surrounding environment as well as securing the necessary approvals from Newcastle City Council. The project was led by landscape architects Southern Green with Mosedale Gillatt undertaking the architectural design for the refurbishment of the existing buildings and new structures within the Dene.