EIGHTEEN impressive buildings and property schemes in West Yorkshire are set to battle it out for major honours against some of the best property initiatives in the region.
The 18 have made it to the shortlist of the 2010 Pro Yorkshire Awards run by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
Projects from Wakefield, Bradford, Leeds, Halifax, Todmorden and Hebden Bridge are among the finalists.
The RICS in Yorkshire received 77 entries for the awards, which are regarded as the region’s property “Oscars”.
After initial judging, 45 schemes have made it to the shortlist – and the chance of lifting one of eight trophies.
The regional winners in four of the categories – Building Conservation, Sustainability, Community Benefit and Regeneration – will also go forward to the national RICS Awards, where they compete against other leading projects from across the UK.
Colin Harrop, chairman of the RICS Yorkshire and Humberside judging panel, praised the standard and diversity of entries for the 2010 awards..
He said: “The RICS Pro Yorkshire Awards present an ideal opportunity for the sectors that have been hit hard by the recession to showcase the great work that is underway in the region, despite the poor market conditions.
“We were delighted to see the entries pour in. Once again, the tremendous variety and high standard of projects has far exceeded our expectations – which is a true testament to the resilience and excellence of Yorkshire and Humberside’s property and construction professionals.”
Judging of the shortlisted awards is now underway, and the winners of the 2010 RICS Pro Yorkshire Awards will be revealed at a special gala dinner held on Friday, May 14, atŠThe Pavilion, Elland Road, Leeds.