THE Fraser Centre in Tranent has seen its new building nominated for its first award.

The newly refurbished centre opened on November 9 last year after about two years of demolition and building work.

It has been shortlisted for a Royal Institution for Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Social Impact Award under the leisure category.

The nomination came from an application made by Fleming Buildings, which built the new centre.

The nominations were looked at by a panel of judges and the shortlist produced.

The Fraser Centre – which is shut until further notice due to the Covid-19 outbreak – now joins a shortlist of 35 buildings from all over Scotland, hoping to book their place at the regional final in September.

David Orr, site manager, said: “This is an industry award and from the types of companies that are nominated I can see it is quite a popular award, we are up against some fantastic projects. It would be an honour to get through to the final.

“The feedback we have been getting about the centre has been really good. The trustees are all delighted, the nomination is like a stamp of approval. We’re very proud of it and happy to be shortlisted, it’s good to get that recognition. It’s not just for us it’s also good to get recognition for the work everyone has put into the centre.”

The trust added in a statement: “We are delighted to have been nominated and have our project recognised for the positive impact it is already making in our community. We would like to thank Fleming Buildings and our design team including NORR UK; Storrier & Donaldson; Hulley & Kirkwood; and The Structural Partnership for all their work on creating the new Fraser Centre.”

The RICS Social Impact Awards honours the most impactful construction projects.The projects will be judged and voted on by an expert panel of RICS members and other experts based on their role in transforming communities.