Council’s flagship projects shortlisted in awards
Two flagship projects which helped earn Newark and Sherwood District Council a shortlisting for Council of the Year have individually been nominated for awards.
Castle House, the district council’s new headquarters in Newark’s Great North Road, and Gladstone House, a new housing development for older people with care needs, off Bowbridge Road in the town, are both on the shortlist for the Royal Institution for Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Awards for the East Midlands.
Separately, the council has also been named one of eight finalists by Inside Housing in the Strategic Local Authority of the Year Award category at the UK Housing Awards.
Castle House, now home to a number of public sector and voluntary organisations¸ opened in September last year, and is in the RICS Awards’ Commercial category.
District council leader Councillor Roger Blaney said: “We are delighted that Castle House and Gladstone House have both been shortlisted in these important industry awards. Castle House has modern, fit-for-purpose office accommodation which has an inviting and welcoming feel for both customers and employees. Importantly, it will make savings to the council in the region of £500,000 a year.”
Gladstone House, a much-needed and innovative 60-unit extra care scheme funded by a partnership including the district council, Nottinghamshire County Council, Homes England and Communities Agency and Newark and Sherwood Homes, will be open to residents in the spring. The project is shortlisted in the Community Benefit category.
Councillor Blaney said: “Gladstone House is a state-of-the-art development that addresses the needs of our aging population; it will allow people to live independently and safely, as their needs change over time. It's a great example of partnership working, with the District Council, Nottinghamshire County Council and Newark and Sherwood Homes working together to deliver community benefit.”
Rebecca Rance, chief executive with Newark and Sherwood Homes, said: “It is wonderful to see Gladstone House shortlisted for this RICS award. As project managers for this development, we are very proud that it has been delivered on time and on budget. We have worked really hard to make sure that Gladstone House works well for older people and the design of the building reflects residents' needs, including those with extra care requirements. We are looking forward to welcoming the first residents at Gladstone in March.”
Award winners will be announced at a ceremony on Thursday, May 3 in Nottingham. All category winners go on to compete against other regional winners at the national RICS Awards Grand Final in November, for the chance to be crowned the overall UK winner in their respective category.
Next month (March 21) the winner of the Local Government Chronicle Council of the Year will be announced in London, with the district council among a shortlist of six finalists.