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Published 27th Apr 2011

University Secretary Morgan McClintock, with Hugh Avison of CPMG Architects receiving the award from BBC News Breakfast presente

A showpiece building on Teesside University's campus has won a prestigious RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) regional award.

Centuria South, which was officially opened last October by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, was named winner of the Design and Innovation category of the RICS North East Renaissance Awards.

The building, which has a state-of-the-art hydrotherapy pool for use by sport therapy students and a dental education and practice facility, was also shortlisted in the categories for Sustainability and Community Benefit.

The winners were announced at the RICS North East Renaissance Awards ceremony, held at Newcastle Civic Centre.

Morgan McClintock, University Secretary, said: "The Award reflects the remarkably high levels of facility satisfaction expressed by students, patients, staff and visitors about this impressive addition to our Centuria Building."

Known as the region's property 'Oscars', the awards celebrate the most inspirational regional initiatives and developments in land, property, construction and the environment.

Eighty two entries were submitted from across the region with nominations ranging from small-scale schemes, through to multi-million pound developments.

The judging panel assessed all aspects of the buildings and initiatives entered, from design and planning to construction and the look and feel of the finished product.

The judges visited the Teesside campus in March. Entries were split into eight categories - Commercial, Residential, Design & Innovation, Regeneration, Sustainability, Community Benefit, Tourism & Leisure and Building Conservation.

Nick Gregory, director of CPMG Architects, said: "The RICS awards are very prestigious and to have received this recognition in the North East is fantastic news for everybody. Feedback from the client, academic staff and students has been really positive. They really seem to enjoy using the building which is very satisfying."

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Photo information: University Secretary Morgan McClintock, with Hugh Avison of CPMG Architects receiving the award from BBC News Breakfast presenter Bill Turnbull and Phil Dodd, from Sika Sarnafil courtesy of Teesside University.

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