Charity bags two prestigious RICS Awards
Caudwell Children, one of the UK’s leading children’s charities, has scooped two Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors Awards at the annual West Midlands awards ceremony, held at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens on 8th May, 2019.
The Awards come just days before the charity’s new purpose-built headquarters, the Caudwell International Children’s Centre (CICC), is officially opened on Tuesday 14th May.
The RICS Awards showcase the most inspirational initiatives and developments in land real estate, construction and infrastructure and are regarded as the premier property and construction awards in the country.
The charity picked up the highly prestigious ‘Project of the Year’ title, and the ‘Design Through Innovation’ Award, for the state-of-the-art centre located on Keele University Science and Innovation Park.
The building is the UK’s first independent centre dedicated to multi-disciplinary services for the diagnosis, support and research of neurodevelopmental conditions, including autism.
The design was inspired by the vision of Caudwell Children’s CEO, Trudi Beswick, who was determined to create an ‘inclusive’ building design that would surpass UK accessibility and sustainability standards.
“We’re delighted that the RICS judges commended the bespoke nature of the building,” explained Trudi. “They recognised that it is of a kind not available elsewhere in Europe.
“They were also impressed with the team’s collaborative effort and diligence to research and design, to ensure that the building met our exact requirements.”
The landmark building has a stunning ‘butterfly‘ shaped roof, and incorporates Trudi’s unique concepts for a totally inclusive design, together with sensory features to reduce the anxiety of the children that the charity supports.
The CICC project was nominated for a RICS Award by C4 Projects, surveyors of the building, which was designed by architect James Pass.
“The fact that the RICS has described the building as a world class facility with national and international appeal fills the team with pride,” enthused Trudi. “It will improve the lives of thousands of children and their families in the UK.”
Referrals to Caudwell Children’s Autism Service, delivered at the centre, are now open for children aged four to 11 who have difficulties which suggest they would benefit from a multi-disciplinary diagnostic assessment for autism, or already have a diagnosis of autism and have difficulties that may be helped by an Occupational Therapy Sensory Integration assessment.
The CICC will now go forward to the RICS national Grand Final Awards held at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, in London, on Friday 4th October.
You can find out more about the CICC and how to access the charity’s autism service here.