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Double Award Whammy for Yorkshire Event Centre

Yorkshire Event Centre has scooped two major awards after being named the “most modern, inspiring and dynamic event space in the region”.

The Yorkshire Agricultural Society’s new state-of-the-art Event Centre — located on the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate — won the Project of the Year accolade and commercial property award, announced at the 2017 RICS Awards ceremony held in Leeds.

In the commercial property award, YEC beat off stiff competition from Victoria Gate, Leeds; Vangarde Shopping Park, York; 3 Sovereign Square, Leeds and My Father’s Heart, Sheffield – which was Highly Commended.

Heather Parry, Managing Director of Yorkshire Event Centre said: “We are passionate about making the YEC a leading events venue and to receive not one but two big award wins in one night is absolutely fantastic. This is really putting us on the map for being a top quality, dynamic space to suit a vast array of events, while raising money for the Yorkshire Agricultural Society’s vital work.”

Delivered by P+HS Architects, Clugston Construction and DKP Consulting Ltd, the Yorkshire Event Centre is the biggest event space in Yorkshire and the North East.

RICS judges praised the project team for delivering what they described as the most modern, inspiring and dynamic event space in the region, and one of the top exhibition venues in the UK.

Rob Hindle FRICS, RICS Awards Chair and Director of White Hindle & Partners Ltd, said: “The Yorkshire Event Centre is a world-class, sustainable development with exemplary educational and event facilities. Delivered on time and budget, using entirely local materials and workmanship, it also incorporates many sustainable features, with processes in place to recycle most of the waste from events.

“It goes without saying that the Yorkshire Event Centre is a significantly valuable community asset which will boost tourism and visitor numbers to Harrogate. The team behind it should be incredibly proud as they have shown just what is achievable with vision and an innovative approach to collaboration.”

Yorkshire Event Centre will go on to compete against other regional winners at the national 2017 RICS Awards Grand Final on 2 November 2017 in London, for the chance to be crowned the overall UK winner.

Yorkshire Event Centre has won three awards in a month after being named Best Venue in the UK under 8,000sqm’ in the Exhibition News Awards in London.

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