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Two University of Sheffield developments were honoured at the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Pro-Yorkshire Awards 2011 last week (20 May 2011).
The Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN) and the Western Bank Library beat off competition from the rest of Yorkshire's most impressive property schemes to win. SITraN scooped the award for Best Design and Innovation, whilst Western Bank Library won the award for Best Building Conservation. The RICS Pro-Yorkshire Awards celebrates inspirational initiatives in the land, property and construction sectors. From an entry of 69 projects from all over Yorkshire and Humberside, 56 schemes were shortlisted for eight RICS category trophies.
The award for SITraN is another in a series of accolades that the institute has received since its opening by Her Majesty the Queen in November last year. SITraN also won the award for Best Commercial Development at the South Yorkshire and Humber Local Authority Building Excellence Awards in April. Also in April, the Duke of Devonshire, Honorary Patron of SITraN, addressed an audience at the institute's first public open day. Professor Pamela Shaw, Head of Department at SITraN, said of the RICS Award: "This is wonderful recognition for the talented teams that designed and built the SITraN building. Research on Motor NeuronDdisease and related neurodegenerative disorders now has state of the art facilities in Sheffield. These will have a huge impact on the speed and quality of our research, in terms of creating benefits for patients and our ability to attract talented clinicians and scientists from around the world to join our research effort in the city of Sheffield."
Opened by poet T.S. Eliot in 1959, the University's Western Bank Library is widely regarded as one of the most significant academic buildings of the immediate post-war period, and was designed to hold over a million books. A refurbishment project completed last year saw the building restore its distinctive original features whilst updating the building's facilities for current library users. Martin Lewis, Director of Library Services, said: "I'm very pleased, on behalf of the project team and the University Library staff, that the sensitive redevelopment of this fine building has been recognized by RICS. It follows the project's success at the Royal Institute of British Architects White Rose Awards and Sheffield Design Awards and reflects the outstanding quality of both the design and execution."
David Briggs, Project Manager of the SITraN development, commented: "It's satisfying for the whole team that their efforts in delivering this excellent building have been rewarded. Combined with the award for the Western Bank Library, this demonstrates the University's commitment to combining both modern and sympathetic design with the world leading research which takes place within."
Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, will visit the University of Sheffield later today to officially open the new Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN), a centre of excellence for research into motor neurone disease (MND) and other neurodegenerative diseases.
During the morning part of the visit, Her Majesty and The Duke will officially unveil the new state-of-the-art £12 million research institute at the University, which is set to make Sheffield a world leader for research into motor neurone disease (MND). They will also view the new facilities at the Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN) and meet with scientists and medical specialists who will dedicate their research to finding the causes and cure for MND.
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will also visit Sheffield Cathedral where they will view a number of award-winning projects led by SheffieldVolunteering, based in the University's Students' Union. This will include a showcase of the Flourish project, where students work with people with traumatic brain injuries and the Lego Club, which helps children to engage with parents through imaginative play sessions.
Her Royal Highness will also tour the University's Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing, lead a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (NAMRC) with Rolls-Royce and see at first-hand the award-winning volunteering projects led by the Students' Union. The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will be welcomed to the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing during the afternoon. They will have the opportunity to tour the world-class global research facility and view at first-hand the innovative and advanced technological solutions that are manufactured there as part of a cutting-edge collaboration between academia, government and industry. Her Majesty will also lead a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction for the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (NAMRC) with Rolls-Royce.
Her Majesty's last visit to the campus was to personally inaugurate the University's Jubilee celebrations back in 1954. 49 years prior to this, Her Majesty's Great-Grandfather King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, officially opened the University of Sheffield in July 1905. The great event was of huge significance to the people of the city, who turned out in their thousands to view the King and Queen personally open their new university. The event was marked with street decorations, triumphal arches and a procession of open carriages.
Professor Keith Burnett, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, said: "It is an enormous privilege for the University to be welcoming Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh to our campus today. Her Majesty's last visit to the campus was to personally inaugurate the University's Jubilee celebrations back in 1954. Fifty six years on and Her Majesty will be able to see at first-hand some of the University's many accomplishments - from a world-leading medical research centre, to our cutting-edge engineering research facility, to our nationally-acclaimed volunteering projects. We are eagerly awaiting the visit and it will undoubtedly be an exciting occasion for the University community and for people across the region."
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