We're delighted to announce the RICS Project of the Year 2019, West Midlands — Caudwell International Children's Centre, Newcastle-under-Lyme - along with the winners and highly commended for the RICS Awards 2019, West Midlands.

A diverse range of the West Midlands most impressive and community beneficial property schemes battled it out for top honours at the annual RICS Awards, West Midlands, which were supported by headline sponsor Sika, and held at Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Project of the Year — Caudwell International Children's Centre, Newcastle-under-Lyme

The highly acclaimed 'Project of the Year' title is presented to the scheme which demonstrates overall outstanding best practice and an exemplary commitment to adding value to its local area.

The £18million Caudwell International Children's Centre (CICC) at Keele University Science & Innovation Park, is the UK's first independent purpose-built centre dedicated to multi-disciplinary services for the diagnosis, support and research of Autism. Epitomising 'inclusive' building design, this unique project surpasses UK accessibility and sustainability standards. In meeting the client's exact requirements, the building has been designed to provide 'sensory flexibility' for visitors with neurodivergent conditions, whilst inspiring employees, its local community and attracting worldwide talent in the field of autism.

RICS judges commended the bespoke, purpose built facility, saying it is of a kind not available elsewhere in Europe. They were impressed with the team's collaborative effort and diligence to research and design to ensure that the building met the exact requirements of the end users. Calling it a landmark building, with a stunning 'butterfly' shape roof, its unique concept includes totally inclusive design and sensory features, all to reduce anxiety flares for the building's clients. This highly unique building and people led project, is improving the lives of thousands of children and their families in the UK. The result is a 'world class' facility with national and international appeal, which will attract further investment to the area and serve as a model for follow-on centres across the UK.