Property Oscars shortlist revealed

A RECORD 97 entries have been received for this year’s North East property ‘Oscars’, with two north Northumberland businesses on the shortlist.

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has been running its North East Renaissance Awards for nine years and this is the highest number of entries ever recorded.

They are judged by a panel of independent property experts and after the first round, a final shortlist of 55 projects has been drawn up.

HMP Northumberland has been shortlisted in the infrastructure category while Cardinal Point in Beadnell is up for the residential award.

A second round of judging is now underway to decide who will take the top honours in each of the eight categories and the ultimate title – Project of the Year.

Chairman of the North East judging panel David Furniss, who is also a director at BNP Paribas Real Estate in Newcastle, said: “The Renaissance Awards present an opportunity for the sectors that have been hit hard as a result of the recession to showcase the great work that is underway in the North East, despite the poor market conditions.

“We were delighted to see the entries pour in and once again the tremendous variety of projects has exceeded our expectations.”

The winners will be announced at aceremony in Newcastle on Friday, April 27.