Science Oxford Centre regional winner of RICS Social Impact Award

We are delighted to announce that our Science Oxford Centre at Stansfeld Park is this year’s winner of the Southeast of England RICS Social Impact Award.

The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors or RICS is the global professional body for surveyors. This is the first year that they’ve run the social impact awards – designed to celebrate the positive impact that the surveying profession has on the built environment, people’s lives and society. Stansfeld Park was selected from over 400 entries across the UK – from large-scale projects to local community-led buildings. Entries were judged on their contribution on making a positive impact and adding value to society. Other regional winners in the education category included English National Ballet (London), Teesside University Student Life Building (Middlesborough), and the University of Glasgow Campus Development.

This is what the judges said about Stansfeld Park: “This centre, the UK’s first integrated indoor-outdoor science centre, has had an enormous, inspirational effect on the young people it is designed to serve. Created by the Oxford Trust, a charitable body that encourages the study of science and enterprise, it provides life-changing opportunities for young people to interact with STEM subjects in a creatively-designed environment. It has already brought huge benefits to the people of the region, successfully engaging local schools, teachers, pupils and volunteers in its activities.”

Unfortunately, we couldn’t pick up the prize in person but the winners were announced via a virtual ceremony. Thanks must go to our partners – Beard Construction, ADP Architecture and Ridge LLP who developed Stansfeld Park. Who knows what will happen at the national awards at the end of September. Watch this space!