Landmark Energy Facility Powers Ahead of The Competition


Over 45 of Yorkshire and Humber’s most inspiring and community beneficial property schemes battled it out for top honours at the 2016 RICS Yorkshire & Humber Awards, where a landmark power plant in Sheffield was crowned Project of the Year.


The prestigious annual contest – held at The Majestic Hotel in Harrogate on Friday 13 May – was hosted by Martin Roberts, television presenter and property expert – best known for TV programme, Homes Under the Hammer.

The winners of all eight individual categories are as follows:

  • Building Conservation – Leeds City College Print Works: Printhall 1B, Leeds
  • Commercial property – 6 Wellington Place, Leeds
  • Community Benefit  – St Peter’s Church, Harrogate
  • Design through Innovation  –  The Diamond, Sheffield
  • Infrastructure  – Blackburn Meadows Biomass, Sheffield
  • Regeneration –  The Hawthornes @ Amy Johnson, Hull
  • Residential property – Little Kelham, Sheffield
  • Tourism & Leisure  – Talbot Yard Food Court, Malton

Project of the Year

The highly acclaimed Project of the Year accolade is presented to the scheme which demonstrates overall outstanding best practice and an exemplary commitment to adding value to its local area. This year’s title went to Blackburn Meadows Biomass plant in Sheffield.

This innovative power facility – delivered by BDP (Building Design Partnership) and E.ON UK – generates energy by converting locally sourced waste wood into electricity, powering around 40,000 homes and displacing the emissions of around 80,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide every year. This is the equivalent of taking more than 20,000 cars off our roads each year.   Waste heat is also utilised to heat homes across the district.

Chair of the judging panel for the RICS Yorkshire & Humber Awards, Rob Hindle of White Hindle & Partners Ltd said: “Often Infrastructure projects are hidden away, but this unique facility not only offers cutting edge technology to power and heat the local community, it is illuminated from within, creating an attractive landmark beacon at night, which serves as a clear welcome to Sheffield.

“It has also created local employment and significantly contributed to Yorkshire and Humber’s target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, making it fully deserving of the Project of the Year title.”

Highly commended

A number of highly commended accolades were also awarded by the judges to projects which impressed but were just pipped to the post by the winners.

These were:

  • Building Conservation – The Coach House at Middleton Lodge, Richmond
  • Community Benefit – Castleford Bus Station, Castleford
  • Design through Innovation – Laidlaw Library, Leeds
  • Infrastructure – Water End Flood Alleviation Scheme, York
  • Regeneration – Oasis Academy Don Valley, Sheffield
  • Residential – Askham Park, York
  • Tourism & Leisure – Huddersfield Leisure Centre, Huddersfield