Leicester’s Pick Everard up for regional award

Leicester-based Pick Everard will compete against property firms across the region after being nominated for an RICS East Midlands award.

The independent management, design and construction consultancy has been nominated for its work as project managers on a new hub and performing and visual arts centre at Loughborough College in the design through innovation category. The firm also provided quantity surveying services.

The new £15m hub, known as the Loughborough Arts Academy, provides student support services, two new dining facilities as well as a learning resource centre, ICT facility, social and breakout learning spaces.

Andrew Almond, partner at Pick Everard, said: “This was a complex project, which presented a number of challenges to the delivery team, so it was essential that in our role as project managers we worked closely with everyone involved in its delivery.

“This scheme was an extremely important one for the college, bringing together a number of its curriculum areas in high quality new facilities as well as providing a new social and dining area for students.

“The firm has a great deal of experience in the education sector, and this nomination is proof that the work we are doing is of the highest quality and that we achieve excellent results for our clients.”

Pick Everard is currently working on a £14.1m refurbishment project of the college’s multi-storey, six-floor A-Block – housing the sixth form college – which dates back to the 1960s – a project that was procured through the Scape framework. The firm is working collaboratively with contractor Willmott Dixon and IPI Taylor Young architects to deliver the new facilities.

As well as being stripped out completely and refurbished, the building will be made far more energy efficient with improved lighting and will become open plan.  There will also be a new roof and replacement cladding to envelope the building.

“We are very pleased to be working with Loughborough College on an additional project and would be delighted to see the work we have already completed further recognised at the RICS Awards,” added Duncan.

The RICS awards demonstrate how property professionals use their skills to develop, regenerate and conserve the environment in which they live and work. The East Midlands ceremony takes place at The Curve in Leicester on 1 May.