TouchBase Pears has won the Community Benefit Award at this year’s RICS Regional Awards. The project for Sense, a national charity that supports deafblind people or those who have sensory impairments, involved working with Stepnells to design and deliver a pioneering and innovative development.
The judges were impressed with project saying that it is “a building that oozes true Community Benefit. Not only providing office space, to deliver specialist services and support for deafblind people and others with complex needs but also accessible, inclusive and welcoming to all. Members of the public can drop in at the community café and use the library facility. The building is spacious with great use of natural light. As well as specialist training rooms designed specifically for Sense clients there are rooms and adaptable spaces available suitable for a variety of community activities.”
Speaking about the competition in general, RICS Regional Director for North & Midlands Victoria Hampson said “Every year the calibre and number of entries in to the awards continue to astound me and this year was no different. The shortlisted projects highlighted the varied range of disciplines within our profession as well as how this work impacts on our local communities.”
All category winners will go on to compete against other regional winners at the RICS Awards 2018 Grand Final in November, for the chance to be crowned the overall UK winner in their respective category and vie for the Project of the Year award.