Date 20 May 2022
Galliford Try’s restoration of the former Municipal Bank building for the University of Birmingham has been named as Heritage Project of the Year by the West Midlands Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) awards.
The project saw the transformation of the 1930s-built bank that had been vacant for 17 years before the University acquired it to provide themselves with a city centre presence that contains exhibition and entertainment space, as well as teaching areas. The judges’ panel for the awards commented that the project was chosen because of the ”very impressive refurbishment of a neglected high-profile building in the centre of Birmingham. It has been delivered to a very high standard creating a 'wow' factor.”
In addition to the latest success at RICS, the project has also won the Conservation and Preservation Award at the recent Constructing Excellence West Midlands Awards.
Simon Courtney, Managing Director for Galliford Try Building West Midlands, commented: “The Exchange is a fantastic project that has brought a wonderful building back to life. I congratulate both the University for their vision and our project team for all their hard work in achieving this well-deserved recognition.”