The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) have recently announced the shortlist of projects which were entered into this year’s North East Renaissance Awards, with Patrick Parsons’ projects featuring across three categories
Black Gate, Newcastle, has been shortlisted in the Building Conservation section. After Heritage Lottery Funding was secured to turn the building into an education and interpretation centre, Patrick Parsons were brought in to provide structural design services associated with the refurbishment of the Grade I listed building, which has historically been used as a fortress, jail and library.
Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade, North Shields, is in the running for the Community Benefit award. Patrick Parsons provided structural design services in relation to the stability of the south tower. The tower is part of the Watch House building which currently operates as a museum and is a Grade II listed building.
Hexham Abbey, Northumberland, has been shortlisted in the Tourism & Leisure category. Patrick Parsons worked on the £2.2million Heritage Lottery Fund project at Hexham Abbey to improve visitor facilities and provide educational, exhibition and communal spaces. Providing civil and structural engineering services, the aim was to create new visitor spaces within the Grade II listed buildings including a converted monastic workshop into an environmentally controlled exhibition area and a new porch entrance to the abbey itself.
The RICS Awards showcase the achievements of the most inspirational regional initiatives and developments in land, property, construction and the environment. This year’s North East ceremony will take place at Newcastle Civic Centre on April 25.