08 November 2021

Night to remember at Insider South West Property Awards

A hugely successful night at the Insider South West Property Awards 2021 saw Midas celebrate two prestigious award wins and take immense pride in honouring one of the sector’s most inspirational figures.

Midas Chief Executive Alan Hope presented the award for Property Personality of the Year to Karl Brown, in recognition of his work and commitment to helping to change the industry for the better.

It came at the end of an evening during which two Midas projects scooped awards. City of Bristol College’s Advanced Construction Skills Centre (ACSC) was named the Development of the Year; and the new Ada Lovelace Building, at Exeter Science Park won the Sustainability Award.

Judges said the Advance Construction Skills Centre was the worthy winner in what was one of the most competitive categories, describing it as ‘a great project that delivered on a number of counts’.

The Centre, designed by architects Atkins, opened to its inaugural cohort of students in September, having been completed on-time and on-budget at the College’s South Bristol Skills Academy site.

Steve Hart, Midas Construction Operational Director for Wessex, Wales and the West Midlands, said: “As a home-grown company and leading business in the South West’s construction sector, we were delighted to be part of the creation of this impressive facility. The Advanced Construction Skills Centre is a wonderful resource which will create a lasting legacy for our industry, the local economy and the generations of construction trainees who will study there. It is really pleasing to see the centre receive this award and win the wider recognition that it deserves.”

The £6.6 million Ada Lovelace building opened in February 2021, meeting growing demand for high-quality office and laboratory space for knowledge-based South West businesses in the science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) sectors.

Designed by architects LHC Design and KTA, working for NPS South West Property Consultants on behalf of customer Exeter Science Park Ltd, it was an impressive and complex project, with an ambition to create a high-tech, sustainable building targeting a BREEAM Excellent rating and net-zero-carbon for operational energy.

Awards judges said it was a ‘standout winner in what was a great competition’.

Steve Hindley, Chairman of Midas Group, said: “The Ada Lovelace Building is a great example of what can be achieved through genuine collaboration, and we are incredibly proud to have played our part in the team which made it all possible.”

The Final Award of the night, at the event held at the Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre, saw a hugely popular win for Karl Brown as Property Personality of the Year.

Karl, a Partner at Clarke Willmott LLP, has been instrumental in making the Bristol Property Inclusion Commission a force to be reckoned with in the city and the region. His work with the Law Society has also made a real difference and encouraged people from all backgrounds to come into the industry

Speaking after receiving the award, Karl said: “I was really humbled to have won the Property Personality of the Year award at the Insider Property Awards South West. Since founding and launching the Bristol Property Inclusion Charter in 2019 (to boost diversity and inclusion in the Bristol property sector) I have been very grateful for the excellent and positive response from the Bristol property industry and this has resulted in the Charter now having over 50 signatories from a range of companies including the Bristol office of Midas Construction. I am passionate about boosting diversity and inclusion in the property sector as this will not only benefit local communities but also the sector itself and I consider my award as recognition of the importance of this issue for the property industry.”

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