Crocodile Works wins Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Award

A housing and regeneration scheme in Newtown, Birmingham has been recognised with a prestigious Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Award for the West Midlands.

Crocodile Works, a flagship scheme for Midland Heart (Housing and Care Association) won the ‘Regeneration’ award, achieving victory in a shortlist of seven schemes, which included high profile projects such as Bournville College and Birmingham Coach Station.

The award, which acknowledges exceptional improvements to urban and rural areas, recognised the scheme as conserving and enhancing the built environment in a way that has contributed to the viability of the area.

The development team, lead by Brooke Smith Planning, developed a high quality scheme combining contemporary new buildings whilst converting many of the original ‘Crocodile Works’ factory building. The scheme also overcame complications such as the Hockley Brook and a Victorian sewer.

The development forms part of a wider plan to regenerate Newtown by creating affordable housing to support sustainable local communities. The scheme, designed by Glenn Howells Architects, provides a mix of 168 apartments and townhouses, for affordable rent, outright sale and rent-to-homebuy.

Crocodile Works was developed by Midland Heart in partnership with Urban Living, Birmingham City Council and the Homes and Communities Agency.