The Queen's Terminal at Heathrow Airport beat dozens of new builds in London to be crowned property Project of the Year.
Heathrow's Terminal 2, which received a Royal opening in June last year, received top honours for its £2.5bn project home to airlines in the Star Alliance network, as well as scooping the infrastructure category award, at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) awards night.
The original Terminal 2 was Heathrow’s first passenger terminal when it opened in 1955, and the opening of the new Queen’s Terminal, marked the latest phase of an £11bn investment programme.
It was one of 57 of London's most impressive property schemes battling it out at the RICS glittering awards ceremony held at The Lancaster Hotel on Thursday (April 30), hosted by comedian Mark Watson.
The London region project of the year award is presented to the scheme felt by the judging panel to represent the most outstanding example in property expertise.
The judges said: “The huge Terminal 2 investment programme comprised five separate sub-programmes.
“From initial concept through to the opening by HM The Queen in June 2014, the development took eight years to complete, with all the construction taking place at the centre of the world’s busiest two runway airport operating at 98% capacity.
“The new terminal offers passengers the convenience of easy connections combined with innovation, speed, comfort and high levels of service.
"Currently some 24,000 people in 160 organisations are employed in T2, while overall during the design and construction 35,000 people were employed, some of whom had graduated from Heathrow’s own construction academy.”
Other winners in west London included the Brent civic centre, in Wembley, which received the award in the design through innovation category; and the King's State apartments at Kensington Palace, which scooped the building conservation award.
An audience of around 360 people attended the awards evening celebrating inspirational initiatives in the land, property and construction sectors.
A number of highly commended certificates were also awarded to projects pipped to the post by the winners; and university students studying on RICS accredited courses who have shown outstanding achievement and determination in the face of adversity were also recognised.