We are absolutely thrilled that our project at Wells Maltings has made the shortlist for the RICS Awards – East of England region.
And, we’re even more delighted that Wells Maltings has been shortlisted in not just one but two categories – Community Benefit & Commercial.
Sponsored by Sika Building Trust and supported by Historic England, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Awards recognise excellence in the built environment and showcase the successes of RICS professionals and their impact on local communities.
DCP has been involved with the project to restore and extend Wells Maltings from the outset – way back in 2013. The scheme embodies the vision of the Wells Maltings Trust who wanted to provide Wells and North Norfolk with a first-class community and arts facility while protecting and conserving the Grade II listed building which stands at the heart of the conservation area in the seaside town.
We initially helped the Trust with cost advice in support of their successful £1.84m Stage 1 Heritage Lottery bid, and were subsequently appointed as Quantity Surveyors on the project. Once the scheme passed Stage 2 of the Heritage Lottery funding process and received planning permission we were also appointed as Project Managers.
Following five years of commitment and hard work, the exciting new £5 million arts, heritage and community centre opened to the public in September 2018.
Hailed as a huge success, it has been embraced as a sustainable, exciting destination and now boasts a comprehensive programme of music, film, drama, dance, comedy, art, poetry, heritage, family activities and much more which sees more than 1,200 people use the building on a weekly basis.
Senior Partner, Robert Dale, commented, “Working with the dedicated and enthusiastic team at Walls Maltings Trust to realise their dream has been an extremely rewarding experience. To have the project recognised by the RICS in this way is the icing on the cake.”
The category winners will be announced at the RICS Awards Dinner – East of England – in Bury St Edmunds on May 15th. We will all have our fingers firmly crossed!