Award Recognition for Clarkebond Project

The Research, Innovation, Learning and Development Centre (RILD) in Exeter has won a Michelmores Western Morning News Property Awards 2014.  The £27.5m development, for which Clarkebond  provided civil and structural engineering design, beat off strong competition to win the Commercial Project of the Year with a Value Over £5million award.

RILD has been developed by The University of Exeter and the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E), in partnership with the Peninsula Medical School (PMS) as a centre for excellence in undergraduate and postgraduate clinical education training and research.  The new centre includes a medical research facility part-funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Wolfson Foundation.

“The whole project team was obviously delighted to have independent recognition for the great work they do.” said Clarkebond Director, Neil Marks.  “RILD is an iconic building with which we are proud to be associated.”  

Emma Honey, Head of Real Estate at Michelmores said: “Once again the quality of the projects, buildings and the professional teams who entered these awards was truly outstanding and the winning entries had to be something very special to get in front of such strong shortlists.


“These awards clearly demonstrate the importance of the property sector to the regional economy and reflect the depth of talent and innovation in the South West.”

Andrew Maynard of Michelmores chaired the judging panel which included Sir John Banham, former Chairman of Whitbread and a former Director General of the Confederation of British Industry.


Top, left to right: James Willingham, Devereux Architects; Chris Cocks, Arup; Paul Gayle, Interserve; Paul Martin, Interserve; Andy Keith, Interserve. Bottom: Stewart Gregson, Mace; Neil Marks, Clarkebond; Simon Cane, Interserve; Alex McCrae, Interserve; Bob Vooght, Interserve.