YMCA Birmingham wins best sustainable development award at this years Midlands Residential Property Awards

August 2, 2016

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We’re excited to announce that YMCA Birmingham received an award win for our newest development The Vineyard and Chris Bryant Centre at this year’s Midlands Residential Property Awards.

The complex was officially opened earlier this year by The Princess Royal in May, who commented on what a great achievement the end of this project is for not only its service users but also the local community.

The judges were similarly impressed with the sustainability of The Vineyard and Chris Bryant Centre in Erdington, designed by Corstorphine + Wright for YMCA Birmingham. The orientation and site layout had been carefully planned to maximise the sustainability of the building, by promoting natural light and ventilation, and this was reflected in the judge’s comments.

According to the judges: “this development simply ticks all the boxes when it comes to sustainability; sustainable living, sustainable materials and sustainable design.” Furthermore, they felt that the project will have a huge impact on the young people who currently live there, long after they move away.

For example, the building is designed to provide ‘move on’ accommodation to help people back into the community, and to free up space in the first phase of the scheme, The Orchard. Communal facilities at the Chris Bryant Centre also provide training opportunities to support residents and help them gain valuable life skills, improving their employment prospects.

This award is testament to the hard work and perseverance of our YMCA staff members, volunteers and financial contributors who were the ones that made this possible.

CEO Alan Fraser says “We’re thrilled to have won this award, as we feel that this helps cement the end of this of this momentous 10 year project. Being recognised for the great work that we are doing here by not only royalty but by peers in our industry is an excellent achievement.”

Simon Jones, director at Corstorphine + Wright architects, said: “We are thrilled to have been recognised as the best design team this year at the Residential Property Awards. It’s testament to the hard work we’ve all put, and the skills and talent we have at our disposal.

“We are breaking new ground with our work on various PRS schemes in Birmingham, so naturally it’s great to be recognised for that.

YMCA Birmingham hopes that it will be used a blueprint for all other YMCA’s that are looking to achieve the same standard of excellence for all service users and community members.

We have also recently entered the YMCA of the year awards, and have everything crossed that this is the start of a long string of awards!