Focus Consultants is celebrating the news that the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter has won two top architectural awards.

The museum was named RIBA South West Building of the Year 2013 and also took the RIBA South West Conservation Award 2013 at the ceremony organised by the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Focus, based at Phoenix Business Park, Nottingham, with offices in Leicester, Boston and Aubourn in Lincolnshire, and in Holborn, London, was project manager and quantity surveyor for the £24million renovation and redevelopment project.

Focus was part of the team that helped to secure almost £10million of Heritage Lottery Funding for the scheme, which was completed 18 months ago.

RIBA judges said: “This is a nationally important project, made all the remarkable when the full logistical story is explained (for example, only 0.01% of the museum archive is on display in RAMM).

”Exeter City Council should be applauded as client. The passion and commitment shown in the vision, funding and delivery of this building is extraordinary. Empowered by the community, the project now sits as an important ingredient of the emerging Culture Quarter and has become an educational and tourist focal point, and a city treasure.”

Architects for the scheme were Allies and Morrison.

Last year RAMM was named the UK’s museum of the year by the Art Fund charity.

“The redevelopment of RAMM has been a great success and the museum has attracted thousands of visitors since re-opening. We are very pleased to hear that it has won two awards recently in what are regarded as the nation’s premier awards for architectural excellence, and congratulate our team members in the project Allies and Morrison,” said partner at Focus Consultants, Steven Fletcher.

Focus Consultants specialises in funding, research and economic development, project and programme management, construction and property services and energy carbon sustainability services. It works on private and public projects across the UK.

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