This week, we were delighted to receive a certificate acknowledging the role Vanti played in the RICS West Midlands Project of the Year. Birmingham City University’s Royal Birmingham Conservatoire was awarded the honour at the West Midlands RICS Awards back in May, with this accolade being presented to the scheme which judges deem as demonstrating “overall outstanding best practice and an exemplary commitment to adding value to its local area”. Having initially been shortlisted for the ‘Design through Innovation’ category, the project went on to beat the seven other extremely impressive category winners to the highly acclaimed award. RICS judges described the Conservatoire as a stand-out winner based on its “complex structural, architectural and services solutions”, also citing “the project team’s commitment to bring together the traditional practice along with modern innovation to maximise the potential for both learning and live performance” as a key differentiator. As one of two companies brought on board to provide audio-visual and lighting services for the Conservatoire, and tasked with the unenviable job of delivering the extremely high specifications required to make the building’s five performance spaces truly world-class, Vanti’s role in this project was key in ensuring it was deserving of the ‘Design through Innovation’ award. At the time, this was the largest and most complex project we’d worked on, and we were grateful to principal contractor Galliford Try for recognising Vanti as capable of achieving the ambitious vision of the Conservatoire team. Whilst we have a pretty good track record in terms of our awards success, these have largely been in recognition of our expertise within technology; the RICS award is our first accolade from the construction sector. As we increase our capacity and focus on larger scale projects, including new builds and whole-building retrofits, it’s becoming increasingly important for us to develop a positive reputation with construction partners. Our involvement in the Conservatoire project demonstrates how our collaborative, user experience-focused approach to technology within the built environment can create truly spectacular spaces where people can achieve more, and we hope this will be the first of many RICS award-winning projects we’ll be part of. Find out more about how Vanti helped to make the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire a world-class music institution here.