ONE of Basingstoke’s most impressive recent building projects has been revealed as a finalist in the RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) Awards, South East 2024.

The modern building named 'Plant', which is shortlisted in the Heritage Project category, will be judged by an expert judging panel.

Formerly known as Mountbatten House, the Grade II listed Basing View building was known as the ‘hanging gardens of Basingstoke’.

It was transformed into one of the greenest workspaces in the south east in a recent project.

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Basingstoke Gazette: 'Plant' in Basing VewAccording to the builders, this project was driven by a single mission - to preserve and enhance the buildings status as an exemplar environmental office.

The project had its challenges, particularly through the listed nature of the asset and the work required to reverse previous architectural interventions and the degradation of the renowned gardens.

The AA confirmed in February that it will move to The Plant – branded ‘green workspace’ – on a 15-year lease after signing a contract on its new headquarters.

The AA is expected to take occupation of 41,000 square feet of space at the new headquarters after this summer when the refurbishment is completed.

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The RICS Awards showcase the most inspirational initiatives and developments in land, real estate, construction and infrastructure. They recognise outstanding achievement, teamwork and companies.

The entries are shortlisted across five categories – Residential Development, Community Benefit, Heritage, Public Sector, Refurbishment-Revitalisation. The Heritage Project category in the South East is sponsored by Meldrum Group.

Chair of the South East RICS Awards judging panel, Henry Russell, said: “It is inspiring to see such inspirational projects in the South East shortlisted for these awards. It is a true testament to the dedication of surveying professionals despite challenging times in recent years. I wish all of the projects the best of luck.”

Companies still have the opportunity to enter an additional six categories – to be judged nationally – and have until 26th April to submit their entry.

Among the national categories is the new Ambassador of the Year Award category.

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