16 February 2015

Acre Mills shortlisted for a RICS Award

Posted by Chris Race Architect

Jefferson Sheard’s innovative Acre Mills project has been shortlisted for a RICS Pro Yorkshire Award just a week after the official opening ceremony.

Acre Mill Outpatients © Sanna FP

The landmark healthcare project involved the conversion of a Grade II Listed former wire mill into a state-of-the-art outpatient facility including office provision. The scheme has been shortlisted in the Conservation category; much care has been taken to retain the existing building shell, structure and roofing materials and any modifications to the building have been made in such a way that they can be reversed for future use.

Jefferson Sheard’s client is the Pennine Property Trust (a partnership between Henry Boot Developments and the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust). As a project within the UK Health Sector’s first asset-backed public private partnership, Acre Mills makes manifest an innovative approach to the funding and management of non-acute public healthcare.

Tom Rhys Jones, Jefferson Sheard’s Managing Director, commented:

“I’m pleased that the project is attracting attention. An appropriate new use has been found for the type of building which is no longer suitable for modern industrial use but which is also too important a part of its community’s history and character to be demolished.

Not only has the historic listed building been preserved but there has been no compromise in the provision of office and clinical space designed and constructed to modern standards, which as able to be maintained cost-efficiently yet enhancing the experience of NHS personnel and patients by means of its distinctive character.”

Jefferson Sheard worked alongside consultants John Turner, Henry Boot Construction, Merrin Jenkins, BWB Consulting and Anderson Green to deliver the scheme on time and to the agreed budget.

The RICS Awards showcase the achievements of the most inspirational regional initiatives and developments in land, property, construction and the environment. Jefferson Sheard has enjoyed previous success with the Old Mill Lane Campus at Barnsley College winning the Community Benefit category in 2013 and South Cheshire College being awarded highly commended for Design and Innovation in 2011.

The winner will be announced at an award ceremony held at the National Railway Museum in York on the 15th May – we’ve got our fingers crossed.

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