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Multi-award winning month at GNA

Multi-award winning month at GNA
It has been an exciting month in the GNA studio with a number of our projects being recognised at various national awards. 2 GNA projects have been recently announced winners in the RICS UK Regional Awards 2022 for both The Exchange, for the University of Birmingham and the Perry Barr Regeneration Scheme for Birmingham City Council. ‘The RICS Awards showcase the most inspirational initiatives and developments in land, real estate, construction and infrastructure. They recognise outstanding achievement, teamwork and companies.’
External image of the exchange

The Exchange, for the University of Birmingham is winner of the RICS West Midlands Heritage Project Award 2022.

Internal image of the exchange seating space

GNA were appointed as Executive Architects for the University of Birmingham, delivering alongside Galliford Try the significant refurbishment of the Grade II Listed Municipal Bank in Birmingham City Centre. The scheme provides a brand-new centrally located city campus for the University, providing state-of-the-art facility for the University to showcase research and technology, as well as a venue for conferences and events, with community access at its heart. The bank was originally built in 1933, and this refurbishment project has secured an important piece of Birmingham heritage for future generations.

The Exchange was also announced last week as winner in the Constructing Excellence West Midlands Conservation and Regeneration Award.

Judges’ comments – This project was chosen because of the very impressive refurbishment of a neglected high-profile building in the centre of Birmingham. It has been delivered to a very high standard creating a ‘wow’ factor.

The Perry Barr Regeneration Scheme was also announced as winner of the RICS West Midlands Residential Project of the year 2022.

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Working closely with our client Birmingham City Council alongside a design team led by Arcadis, GNA acted as lead architect designing a masterplan that will provide over 1,400 new residences, including amenity and recreation spaces as well as delivering the later living plot. The project will transform and revive the local community on many levels; socially, environmentally and economically, through considered urban design and bold placemaking.

This project has showcased a massive and important regeneration scheme to the city delivered by a very professional team working in collaboration with many partners within a tight timescale.

All regional RICS winners will go on to compete at the national Grand Final in London on 21 October.

Judges Comments
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The Ada Belfield Centre and Belper Library recently awarded the RIBA East Midlands Award, as well as being shortlisted for the Pineapples Awards for Creative Retrofit. GNA are looking forward to sharing our multi award winning project as part of the upcoming Festival of Place 2022, and celebrating our RIBA win in London next week.

Find out more about the projects here: