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High regard for council in skyline awards.

Birmingham City Council was the star at a prestigious award ceremony last night honouring landmark buildings and developments in the West Midlands.

The council headed the list of Millennium awards from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors that recognised some of the most significant contributions to the skyline of the region since the Second World War.

Council leader Albert Bore was present at the dinner at the Stakis Metropole Hotel to receive the award for Overall Contribution to the Built Environment.

The citation recognised the council as 'the beating heart of the region' and 'the instigator of change' through an apolitical approach to promoting the best interests of the area.

'This approach has enabled the NEC, the ICC, Heartlands and International Airport to be successfully completed in spite of little backing and some hostility from central Government,' it said.

Coun Bore said the award was a great accolade for the city and its partners in regeneration.

'The encouragement of greater architectural quality and urban design has been the cornerstone of our drive to transform the city, beginning with the ICC,' he said.

Sectional winners were: Contractor, RM Douglas; Engineer, Sir Herbert Manzoni; Residential Developer, Bryant Homes; Architect, Richard Temple Cox; Commercial Developer, Horton Estates; Retail Developer, Richardson Developments; Project Manager, David Bucknall; and Quantity Surveyor, Francis Graves.

Construction company RM Douglas (forerunner of Tilbury Douglas) was cited for a number of high profile projects in the West Midlands including Spaghetti Junction, the NEC and the ICC.

Sir Herbert Manzoni was the city engineer in post-war Birmingham and mastermind of the Blitz and Blight Act which enabled major tracts of Birmingham to be redeveloped after the bombing.

Solihull-based Bryant Homes has been in the house building industry for more than a century and was recognised as a long-time producer of quality homes to suit all pockets.

Architect Richard Temple Cox of Temple Cox Nicholls was cited for his work for the community, for Castle Vale Housing Trust, Woodlands Teaching Hospital and the Autistic School.

Horton's Estates is one of Birmingham's oldest property companies cited for its work on the Burlington Arcade and the Barclays Bank development on Colmore Row.

Richardson Developments has become one of the most successful property development companies in the country under twins Roy and Don Richardson.

David Bucknall, founder of surveying company Bucknall Austin, was the project manager for the ICC.

Francis Graves is cited for 'a lifetime of achievement in the construction industry'. He was the brains behind the National Exhibition Centre.

Each of the competition sections had sponsors including Richardson Developments, Faithful and Gould, and The Birmingham Post.

The construction sector saw further strong growth last month, according to the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply. Its headline activity index stood at 57.6 in January compared with 56.8 in December, where anything over 50 represents expansion.

It was the twenty-fourth consecutive month in which total industry activity has grown.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Feb 3, 2001
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