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Accolades for Mineral Railway Project

Europa Nostra and RICS Awards
The West Somerset Mineral Railway Project has received two prestigious awards.  After recently being short-listed in the 2010 European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage/ Europa Nostra Awards, the Project has been Highly Commended by the Jury.  The Project’s architects, Jonathan Rhind have also received the RICS South West Highly Commended Building Conservation Award for what the judges described as an “impressive educational and leisure resource.”

The RICS Awards recognise and reward outstanding achievement, and in so doing encourage best practice in the conservation and enhancement of the built and natural environment.

The Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Awards programme highlights some of Europe’s best achievements and showcases the efforts made in safeguarding Europe’s rich architectural, landscape, archaeological and artistic heritage. This year nearly 140 projects were submitted from 26 countries.

In his letter to Robin Miller, senior building surveyor from Jonathan Rhind Architects who managed the project, the Chairman of the Europa Nostra Heritage Awards Jury said: “The jury was impressed by the rediscovery and representation of such significant industrial activity in a rural area.

“The response to the 2010 call for entries to the Europa Nostra Awards was truly impressive in quality. It is heartening to observe the proficiency and care with which our cultural heritage, both built and natural, is being researched, treated and returned to the place of honour it deserves in our society.”

The West Somerset Mineral Railway Project, a consortium led by Exmoor National Park Authority, was awarded a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2007 to conserve and interpret the Mineral Line which was used in Victorian times to transport iron ore from the Brendon Hills to Watchet.

Commenting on the Awards, Rob Wilson-North, Exmoor National Park Authority’s Head of Historic Environment said: “We are delighted to hear that this important project to conserve one of the best examples of Exmoor’s industrial past has received such recognition. It’s a testament to the hard work of everyone involved and the results will continue to be enjoyed for years to come.”