An NPS project which saw a much-loved community pavilion restored to its former glory has won a Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Social Impact Award in the Yorkshire & Humber region.

Royston Park Pavilion took the crown in the ‘Leisure’ category, with judges praising the quality of the refurbishment and the engagement of the community throughout the project.

The pavilion had previously been subject to neglect and vandalism, prompting Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council and the local community to embark on a sympathetic refurbishment to bring it back to life.

The combined team for the refurbishment included Local Councillors, Barnsley Council, NPS Barnsley, local user groups and local volunteers from Royston Greenspaces as well as local suppliers Wickes, Smart Doors, Heeley’s Skips and HSS who generously donated supplies and services. The total contributed by all the companies involved was valued at over £50,000 and all of this was provided free of charge to help the Pavilion Group reach their goal.

Local students from Outwood Academy also joined Wickes in partnership with Volunteer It Yourself to help with the renovation.

Councillor Caroline Makinson praised the role that all parties played in achieving the council’s vision of restoring a safe place for the community to come together.

“The contribution NPS has given has been outstanding – it’s a project that’s been supported by multiple businesses and everyone’s come together with the pavilion’s refurbishment in mind,” she said.

After further, rigorous judging by National judges, the project has also been shortlisted for the RICS Social Impact Awards Grand Final 2020, taking place in November.