A multi-million pound scheme to transform a Birmingham arts centre has won two prestigious awards from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.
As well as receiving the overall project of the year title in the regional finals, MAC - formerly the Midlands Arts Centre - also lifted the award for outstanding ‘Community Benefit’, which means the Cannon Hill Park centre will go forward to the award scheme’s national finals, held in London in October.
Dorothy Wilson MBE, chief executive and artistic director of MAC, said: “The building project was over ten years in the making, and to see its successful completion has been incredibly exciting.
"Every day at MAC we witness the ways in which the building is used by the community, and the enormous impact the arts centre has had locally, regionally and nationally.
“To have this recognised by an organisation such as the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors is extremely gratifying.”
Co-funded by Birmingham City Council and Arts Council England, along with a MAC and Sampad fundraising campaign, the winning project was delivered by Birmingham City Council through their Partnering framework by Thomas Vale Construction and their subcontractors.
The arts centre re-opened in May 2010 after a major £15.2 million refurbishment, and the results have been praised both regionally and nationally.
Mark Holden, managing director of Invigour, a key partner in the project, said: “This was always going to be a challenging construction project. The design team and Contractor deserve great credit for the imaginative transformation that has taken place.”
More than 236 entries were received nationally by the RICS, and MAC faced stiff competition in its category from the likes of the Royal Shakespeare and Swan Theatres transformation in Stratford-upon-Avon and Malvern Community Hospital.
The judges of the prize said: “The expansion and updating of the existing mac building, as well as the new build additions, have been hugely successful.
"The centre has been very well received by the large numbers of visitors and artists who use the site and it is well linked into the local community.”