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RICS Awards shortlisting for £18m project on which Kingston Joinery provided sports hall acoustic panels

Monday, March 25th, 2019

A unique £18m community development on which Kingston Joinery installed acoustic panels and other products in a large sports hall has been shortlisted in two categories at a major property development awards night.

The Beacon of Light in Sunderland educational and sports development has been shortlisted for the Community Benefit and Tourism and Leisure prizes at the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) 2019 North East Awards, which are to be held next month in Newcastle.

The event ‘celebrates the most inspirational projects and achievements of property professionals in the North East’, recognising excellence in the built environment and showcasing the successes of RICS professionals and their impact on local communities. A team from Kingston Joinery spent a total of three months on site last year ahead of the facility opening to the public in the summer.

The work was for overall developers Tolent Construction and saw the Kingston Joinery team install acoustic rebound panels for a large sports hall area.

Kingston Joinery a regular choice for Tolent

The £283,000 contract was the latest secured with Tolent, following work in 2016 on the Hilton Garden Inn in Sunderland, next to the Stadium of Light and on the same development site as the Beacon of Light.

Craig O’Leary, Managing Director of Kingston Joinery, says it was a project his firm was delighted to be involved in, further strengthening the relationship with Teeside-based Tolent.

“We were delighted to once again be chosen by Tolent, as it is a growing business itself which has a truly impressive portfolio of work and multi-million pound projects in both the public and private sectors,” said Mr O’Leary.

“It is really pleasing to see the Beacon of Light shortlisted for these awards as it truly is a fantastic community development and one we were very pleased to play a small part in. Our team were on site for around 12 weeks and it was clear from the onset that this was a development of the very highest standard.

“It is nice to know that Tolent have faith in us on such important developments. Having carried out full internal joinery fittings on the Hilton Garden Hotel in 2016, and also last year on a new 70-bed care home, it is obvious that they trust us and have faith in our products and our installation work.”

The Beacon of Light project was supported by a £2million grant from the Football Foundation, which is funded by the Premier League, The FA and Government via Sport England. It has been split into four zones of education, health and wellbeing, sport and play, and the world of work.

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