Lowestoft's OrbisEnergy up for awards

THE innovative OrbisEnergy centre in Lowestoft has been nominated for two categories in this year's RICS East of England Awards.The flagship building at Ness Point has been nominated for the sustainability and regeneration categories of the regional awards due to its cutting edge environmental features.

THE innovative OrbisEnergy centre in Lowestoft has been nominated for two categories in this year's RICS East of England Awards.

The flagship building at Ness Point has been nominated for the sustainability and regeneration categories of the regional awards due to its cutting edge environmental features. It also houses a number of companies specialising in the development of wind, wave and tidal power renewable technologies across the East of England as well as being the headquarters of Renewables East.

A total of five prestigious Suffolk projects have been put forward for the awards, with OrbisEnergy and phase one of the new University Campus Suffolk (UCS) in Ipswich both nominated for the sustainability and regeneration categories.

The multi-million pound project to create Suffolk's first university and purpose built campus in Ipswich has seen a fantastic new structure, incorporating new environmental technologies, created on the city's waterfront, further helping to regenerate the area.


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Other Suffolk nominees are the Clay Field development, in Elmswell, for sustainability; Grimwade Street Student Development, in Ipswich for regeneration; and Hadleigh's 16th Century Almhouses for building conservation.

RICS East of England Awards 2009 consists of four categories: building conservation; regeneration; sustainability and community benefit. The awards celebrate the best new projects in the built environment and the 2009 winners will join a long line of inspirational building projects including the Theatre Royal Norwich and Bridge End Gardens in Saffron Walden.

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Judging will take place during spring 2009 and the winners will be announced at a gala dinner and awards ceremony on Thursday, May 14. The winning projects will then go on to compete in the grand final of the RICS international awards set to be held in London in October.

David Potter, RICS East operations director, said: "With a record number of entries this year the competition is even stronger. The 2008 awards raised the benchmark in all categories and this year's successful entrants will need to prove that their schemes demonstrate excellence within their specific category.

'RICS members are a vital link in delivering a low carbon built environment. Increasing economic return, sustaining the natural environment and protecting social values are not incompatible. The RICS awards provide a perfect opportunity to demonstrate this in action."

The awards are being sponsored by Price Bailey LLP (Project of the Year Award) and Inspire East and ECA who are both sponsoring categories. Tickets for the event are on sale now and can be booked at www.rics.org/eastevents

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