LaunchPad victorious with inaugural RICS Social Impact Project of the Year Awards title


RICS (Royal Institution for Chartered Surveyors) has announced the winners of their inaugural RICS Social Impact Awards for the South West, where LaunchPad in Bristol won the esteemed title of Project of the Year.

Over 45 construction projects, who’s entries celebrate their role in transforming South West communities and the everyday lives of people, were shortlisted back in February.

LaunchPad is a collaboration between United Communities Housing Association, University of Bristol, 1625 Independent Living and Bristol City Council and supported by the Bristol Housing Festival to provide affordable homes for key workers, care leavers and students.

As well as creating a supportive community, the project was a test bed for how modular construction could provide 31 studio homes and the associated communal areas quickly and cost effectively to help address the housing crisis.

RICS Social Impact Awards Head Judge for the South West, James Wakeham commented:

“Launchpad is a pioneering collaboration between United Communities Housing Association, 1625 Independent People and University of Bristol.

“Designed to help address housing issues faced by young people today, the scheme has delivered affordable, high-quality homes using innovative construction methods. More importantly, it has created an inclusive mixed community that expands horizons and improves aspirations.

“The first project of its kind in the UK, Launchpad is an outstanding project that delivers far-reaching social impact.”

The awards were launched earlier this year to find the best examples in the UK of developments delivering the best economic, social or environmental improvements for their communities. Therefore, recognising the real estate industry’s vital role in society.

The South West category winners are:

  • Commercial: Spaceworks, Bristol

  • Education: Skol Nansledan, William Hosking Road, Newquay

  • Heritage: Winsford Cottage Hospital, Beaworthy

  • Infrastructure: Colley Lane Southern Access Road, Bridgwater

  • Land & Rural: RNLI Penlee Lifeboat Station, Penzance

  • Leisure: Bear Wood at Wild Place Project, Bristol

  • Residential: LaunchPad, Bristol

James Wakeham continued:

“The built environment is an integral part of the UK economy but also makes a positive impact on our everyday lives.

“In these challenging times, it is warming to reflect on these winning projects, and how they are not only a demonstration of the breadth of talent within the profession, but showcase how buildings can make towns and cities across the country more inclusive and deliver communities which people can be proud of.”