Real shortlisted for Commercial Development Award

21 April 2022

Real shortlisted for Commercial Development Award
Contractor and developer Real has been shortlisted for the RICS UK Awards 2022, in the Commercial Development category.


The RICS UK Awards showcase not only the most inspirational initiatives and developments in land, real estate, construction and infrastructure but celebrate the outstanding achievements of RICS professionals and teams of surveyors from across the country.

The entry submitted for Real surrounded its fit-out of GKN Aerospace’s new Global Technology Centre in Bristol, which was completed in June 2021 and explored the team’s exemplary professionalism, innovative thinking and commitment to collaborative working ensuring the project was delivered to an exceptional standard, within a tight budget and strict time constraints.

The Real South West team fitted out the workshop areas of the building, which is in Filton, Bristol.

The design and build contract involved creating a steel structure within the new building to provide a mezzanine floor, viewing gallery and perimeter services gantry.

Work also included installing new clean room spaces and complex mechanical and electrical systems to meet the demanding requirements for the centre’s production and testing facilities.

Also highlighted in the entry were the challenges overcome of working on a busy live site during the pandemic, whilst ensuring GKN’s own installation work could continue without disruption, thereby playing a crucial role in creating a research and development hub which will shape a more sustainable future for air travel.                                                                                  

Andy Heyes, Regional Director at Real, South West, said: “It’s a great honour to have been shortlisted for the RICS UK awards.

“Our team worked tirelessly on the Global Technology Centre and were able to deliver an outstanding project despite working through a global pandemic.”

Kevin Payne, Programme Director at GKN Aerospace said: “The building of the GTC was a challenging programme because of the need to complete the fit out works around the existing development projects, especially during a pandemic. GKN is delighted with the outcome and the high standard achieved”

Winners will be announced across the RICS network on Wednesday 18 May 2022 and via YouTube.

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