A WHITCHURCH heritage site has been nominated for an internationally-renowned industry award for the second time in just over a month.

Whitchurch Silk Mill was shortlisted in the Building Conservation category for the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Award 2019, South East last month.

Now, it has been named as one of 17 nominees for the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) South Awards 2019.

The Silk Mill, which was built in 1815, reopened in September of last year following a major redevelopment.

The project was carried out by Hampshire County Council (HCC) architects and made possible thanks to a £1.7million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

HCC architects have another project shortlisted in the category – the Lookout at Lepe County Park, Lepe. Other nominees in the category include four Oxford college buildings and Places Leisure Centre in Eastleigh.

The RIBA awards celebrate the best architecture in the UK and is regarded internationally as a mark of excellence.

Projects will be assessed by a regional jury with the winners announced at an awards dinner on Thursday, May 23 at Newbury Racecourse.

The south section covers entries from Hampshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire. With 17 nominees in the category it is one of the country’s most competitive regions – only London has more entries.

Winners of regional awards will be considered for the national award, to be announced in June.