31 May 2016

Hat trick for Midas Group at RICS Awards

Three landmark projects built by South West construction and property company The Midas Group were honoured this week at the annual RICS Awards showcasing the most inspirational regional initiatives and developments.

The RICS South West area awards ceremony was held at Cheltenham Recourse and celebrated the most progressive businesses and developments in the region.

The Community Benefit category went to the widely-acclaimed Genesis Building in Plymouth. The pioneering building for the Millfields Trust, and supported through ERDF and Heart of the South West LEP’s Growing Places funding, was designed to create employment and serve the local community in one of the most deprived areas of Plymouth. Midas was praised for its collaborative and community-focused approach to the development which created jobs and apprenticeship opportunities.

The Pendennis Masterplan Redevelopment in Falmouth won the Infrastructure Award. Midas transformed Pendennis Shipyard’s estate to create world class facilities that reflect the quality product they provide for their clients. The previous facilities were rebuilt and replaced, creating larger construction halls, workshops and offices, together with a tidally controlled wetbasin.

The Regeneration Award went to the landmark Twerton Mill student accommodation development in Bath. With demand for student accommodation becoming a growing issue in the city, this project was praised for the way in which it redevelopment an old industrial site into a building which has improved the local built environment and relieved the strain on demand for affordable rental property in the surrounding area.

Alan Hope, Chief Executive at The Midas Group, said: “As a South West company celebrating its fortieth anniversary this year, I am very proud to see three of our buildings recognised by the RICS. The fact that they will all go forward to the national finals in October is very exciting for us as a company and highlights the South West is an exciting place to invest in and build interesting buildings.

“Our longevity and success is built on the strength of our relationships coupled with the quality of our teams. I would like to thank our clients and all the people who work at Midas who help us deliver industry leading performance and customer service time and again.”

Father Sam Philpott MBE, Chair of the Millfields Trust Board of Directors, said of Midas’s work on the Genesis Building: “One of the good things about Midas is that they absolutely bought into the culture of Millfields, which is about regenerating our community, rather than just putting up a building. They bought into the fact that we should have apprentices from the community, and that we needed to engage our young people in how you build a building. They weren’t just a builder sticking up a building, but a builder who was building for a particular trust with particular goals.”

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Images: 1, Twerton Mill, Bath. 2, Pendennis Ship Yard. 3, Genesis Building, Plymouth

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