RICS confirms launch of new Social Impact Awards

The Queensferry Crossing won the Infrastructure title in 2019 at the UK Grand Final of the former RICS Awards, which have been re-launched as the RICS Social Impact Awards

A new awards programme has launched in Scotland, with organisers seeking entries for outstanding built projects that are helping to transform communities.

RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) explained that its new Social Impact Awards will celebrate the positive contribution the built environment has on people’s lives.

There are nine category awards – Commercial, Education, Healthcare, Heritage, Infrastructure, Land & Rural, Leisure, Residential and Student Accommodation. The overall ‘Project of the Year, Scotland’ title will go to the category winner that demonstrates ‘inspirational best practice and a significant wider social contribution’.

All category winners will then compete against other regional winners – from all 12 UK regions – to compete in the RICS Social Impact Awards Grand Final in October 2020.

Matthew Howell, RICS UK MD said, “We have launched a new, UK-wide annual awards programme to recognise the vital role the built environment and our professionals play in creating and delivering outstanding built projects that are having a lasting positive impact on society. As the only awards that celebrate the benefit that our built environment has on people’s lives, they will play an important role in recognising the value our industry brings to society across all sectors and celebrating the champions of our industry who are making a remarkable difference.”

Fore more information, visit www.rics.org/awards