BSP Consulting is celebrating the news that a multi-million pound scheme the firm played a key role in has received two accolades in Wakefield Civic Society’s 2011 Design Awards.

Burgage Square, part of the £140 million Merchant Gate development in Wakefield, was one of two schemes to be named Best Build in the awards, which celebrate high quality design in the city.

The apartments at Mulberry House, one of the properties overlooking Burgage Square at Merchant Gate, also received a commendation.

BSP Consulting, which has offices in Nottingham, Derby, Leicester and Sheffield, was the civil and structural engineer for phase one of the project, working for Clegg Construction and alongside architect Carey Jones.

Phase one, with a value of £22 million, featured a range of developments and is part of a multiple-phase plan which is changing the face of the area.

David Sumner, managing director of BSP Consulting, said: “This was a large, mixed-use development, in a prime site in Wakefield, and we are very pleased to hear that the local Civic Society had such good things to say about the scheme. Phase one of the Merchant Gate development featured a five-storey, concrete-frame residential building with retail space underneath, three separate steel-framed commercial/retail buildings and a public square with a water wall feature.

“It was built on challenging topography, and we are delighted that parts of the scheme have been rewarded with these two recent accolades.”

Speaking of Burgage Square, president of Wakefield Civic Society Kevin Trickett, said: “English Cities Fund, the developers of Merchant Gate, have successfully delivered the first phase of a major project that is helping to change the face of the city. Once the properties are occupied and in use, this square will be an attractive and welcoming feature for people arriving by train.”

The judges felt that Mulberry House, overlooking the square, was an attractive property and also deserved a commendation.

English Cities Fund last year won Large Developer of the Year for the Merchant Gate development at the 2010 Excellence Awards organised by Premier Guarantee- the market leading provider of structural warranties, building control and developer support services.

BSP Consulting provides a comprehensive range of consultancy services across the UK to all sectors of the construction community, from architects, project managers and contractors to developers and estate agents.

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