Two b&m projects have been shortlisted for the South East RICS Awards 2022. Fort Burgoyne, the scheduled ancient monument in Dover, has been shortlisted in the Heritage category, whilst F51, the world’s first multi-storey skate park has been shortlisted in the Community Benefit category.

The RICS Awards aim to ‘showcase the most inspirational initiatives and developments in land, real estate, construction and infrastructure’. They also seek to highlight the social impact of projects on the community and how the industry can make a difference.

Fort Burgoyne is a fantastic example of a local heritage project that has undergone a multi-million transformation to bring it back into use for the public, as well as offering social value for the community. Led by the Land Trust, the project is working to improve the condition of the Fort through stabilisation, conservation and repair of key areas that will enable the local community to once again access this historic space. In its former years, the Fort acted as protection for nearby Dover Castle.

F51 has this month opened its doors to skaters, boarders and bikers. This community facility is open 7 days a week, 12 hours a day and delivers a space for local sport enthusiasts to gather, grow their skills and socialise in a safe environment. Managed by the Sports Trust, the scheme will transform the opportunities for national urban sports, as well as locals.

We look forward to seeing whether either of these projects can take the regional title later in May.