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2022 WINNERS

CLIENT OF THE YEAR AWARD
Sponsored by Pagabo

Knowsley Council

Nominated by:

Kier Construction

In order to deliver a unique project the client had to develop an exceptional collaborative vision and significant background research undertaken to “get it right” first time. What resulted is an excellent example of the end-to-end importance of project management, the creation of strong governance and a focus on best in class from design, through construction to social value and local economic impact. Without this leading example of client leadership and behaviour the delivery of Shakespeare North - a replica of the Cockpit-in-Court, designed for Charles I by architect Inigo Jones in 1629 – would not have been possible.

 

Highly Commended:

The University of Manchester

Nominated by:

NG Bailey


CONSERVATION & REGENERATION AWARD

Walker Art Gallery & Midland Railway Building

Organisations involved:

Krol Corlett Construction Ltd - National Museums Liverpool - Donald Insall Architects - Baker Mallett - Buro Four - Max Fordham

The Judges were very impressed by the achievement of excellent standards in the refurbishment and restoration of two iconic landmarks, both Grade II listed.

The intricacies of the interventions and the programming to deliver the project maintaining a 'live' environment was notable. The environmental statistics and procedures employed on a busy city centre site were remarkable.


CONTRACTOR OF THE YEAR AWARD
Sponsored by Weightmans

Morgan Sindall Construction

In an extremely competitive category this company won through due to the strength of the evidence provided in the submission.

It is clear that staff are the main focus of the business, where development and talent is key to their operations. The company is on route to achieve net zero carbon by 2030 which is highly impressive.

The judges were presented with a range of evidence of significant contributions to supporting UK business, to supporting Climate Change initiatives and through enduring 100% safety.

 

Highly Commended:

Tilbury Douglas
Willmott Dixon


DIGITAL CONSTRUCTION AWARD
Sponsored by PlaceTech

Four New Bailey

Organisations involved:

BIMBox - Bowmer+Kirkland - Make Architects - A&B Engineering - Cundall - Billington Structures - Structal (UK) Ltd

The submission demonstrated the commitment to investing and placing digital construction at the heart of the project delivery process on a complex-built asset project. Furthermore, this was without any contractual obligation. There was a very strong focus on the people and process aspects as well as the technological aspects. Outcomes evidenced include the project being delivered without any issues on site, while all critical clashes were resolved within six months of the project starting. The adoption of digital construction allowed a clear focus on the circular economy. Judges were highly impressed by this entry.


G4C FUTURE LEADER AWARD

Alina Lighean
Faithful+Gould

G4C is a separate but integral part of the Constructing Excellence movement.

This category looks to recognise a young achiever in our industry. The winner will be the person that has best demonstrated a positive impact against the current G4C (Generation for Change) priority areas of people, sustainability and asset outcomes. The award is open to a person with less than ten years of experience in the construction and built environment sector.

G4C stands for Generation for Change and is the young professional voice of the UK built environment industry. It is a place where young people can connect, challenge and help shape the future of the industry. The network spans 10 regions across the UK and has a mission to realise the industry’s potential, with bright, bold young people leading the way.

Congratulations to Alina Lighean of Faithful + Gould.

 


HEALTH, SAFETY & WELLBEING AWARD

Russell WBHO: Accident Reduction by Education & Information Program

A brilliant submission with extensive evidence-based argument that addressed all of the areas of the criteria. Demonstrating a strong safety culture in the very fabric of the business, clear outcomes were identified with measured improvements in the new operational procedures. The student programme and embedding training to all levels of the company was very inventive.


INNOVATION AWARD
Sponsored by AB Engineering

Cara EPS:
SME Retrofit Consortia

Organisations involved:

Cara EPS - Greater Manchester Combined Authority - Procure Plus - IRT Surveys Ltd

The judges were particularly impressed with this project for the development of the consortia – being that it is driven by the supply chain rather than waiting for a client market request. The submission demonstrates innovation through the development of a digitally-enabled integrated SME consortium working collaboratively to deliver end-to-end services in whole house retrofit and net zero. The innovation focuses on new business models to produce better outcomes and greater value to clients. A wide range of outcomes have been achieved in a 12-month period and the demonstrated benefit and performance are being shared widely within the sector. A brilliant entry, highly praised by all judges.


INTEGRATION & COLLABORATIVE WORKING AWARD

Wharton Green, Verdin and Whitby Hall

Organisations involved:

Cheshire West & Chester Council – EQUANS - QWEST

A very strong submission with extensive evidence-based argument. In a very close race this comprehensive response convinced the judges that the client had successfully intervened in the marketplace allowing construction suppliers to provide innovative and value money regeneration projects. It is an exemplar for other local authorities.

 

Highly Commended:

Paddington Village Hotel

Organisations involved:

Morgan Sindall Construction - Liverpool City Council - Faithful+Gould - Legacy Hotels and Resorts Ltd - Ryder Architects


MODERN METHODS OF CONSTRUCTION AWARD
Sponsored by Morgan Sindall

The Lostock Sustainable Energy Plant Enabling Works

Organisations involved:

TATA Chemicals Europe - Lostock Sustainable Energy Plant - SES Engineering Services

A fantastic entry. Judges were impressed by the high-level vision of a project built entirely offsite and designed to BIM Level 2, incorporating cloud scanning and the use of VR technology being successfully realised thanks to early and close collaboration between the client and the design team. The fabrication of the bespoke ‘super modules’, contributed to a low carbon footprint, saving 19,000 hours over traditional construction methods and an off-site hub ten miles from the site allowed the recruitment of local labour.


PEOPLE DEVELOPMENT AWARD

Kier Construction: Performance Excellence

One of the judges commented this is “Almost a manual on 'how to do it!”

The submission demonstrates an outstanding array of development and inclusion measures across the whole business that has been externally accredited. This is an exemplar of how a leading UK contractor can demonstrate excellence in the way in attracts, develops and maintains critical resources and develops people. The roadmap and targets for success are clearly defined for the next 5 years.


SME OF THE YEAR AWARD
Sponsored by Hays

M&Y Maintenance and Construction

For the judges this was the 'stand-out' submission in this category.

It clearly demonstrates investment in the company’s employees and how this has led to improved productivity. A key business strategy has been to secure places on to six major regional frameworks. Performance targets and social value outcomes are achieved through exemplary practices.

 

Highly Commended:

RECOM: Construction Solutions


NET ZERO AWARD
Sponsored by Place NW

Chester Community Fire Station - Cheshire Fire Authority

Organisations involved:

Cheshire Fire Authority - ISG - North West Construction Hub - IKG Consulting - Bradshaw Gass & Hope LLP - Novo - T Clarke

This winning submission demonstrated to the judges class-leading practice in meeting net-zero carbon targets through the incorporation of a range of highly-efficient design features and ‘fabric first’ approach. Furthermore, engagement across both the project and community was evident, as was the transferability of the innovation and the lessons learnt across project - which is still facilitating continuous improvement. This project provides an exemplar project to learn from with performance in-use already exceeding target.


VALUE AWARD

Rochdale Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme

Organisations involved:

EQUANS - Rochdale Borough Council

The judges recognised an exemplar project focussing on the creation of value in existing facilities through tangible carbon reduction for a local authority. This is an excellent example of how feasibility, design, procurement, delivery and funding can align to give the client the required value outcomes from a key strategic investment and programme.

 

Highly Commended:

Russell WBHO Oxygen Towers: Residential Tower

Organisations involved:

Russell WBHO - Property Alliance Group


CHESHIRE, WIRRAL AND WARRINGTON SUB REGIONAL PROJECT OF THE YEAR AWARD

The Christie @ Macclesfield

Organisations involved:

VINCI Construction UK Ltd - HIVE Projects - Avison Young - AFL Architects - AJP Structures - Bowker

The judges commented that this was an excellent submission with strong supporting evidence from all of the project stakeholders. Faced with the challenge of replacing the original contractor the whole team responded offering innovation and new thinking in order to make the scheme deliverable. With exemplary collaboration the project delivered exceptional social and clinical impacts.


CUMBRIA SUB-REGIONAL PROJECT OF THE YEAR

Yewdale Road

Organisations involved:

Castles & Coasts Housing Association - Architects Plus - Cubby Construction Ltd - Elliotts Associates

An exciting project demonstrating excellent collaboration to deliver challenging client demands for design quality, low carbon emissions and social outcomes. With great evidence from the end users. The Yewdale Road affordable homes are worthy winners of the Cumbrian Project of the Year.


LANCASHIRE SUB-REGIONAL PROJECT OF THE YEAR

Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, North West

Organisations involved:

Cartwright Pickard - The University of Sheffield - Robertson Construction North West Ltd

This was an excellent submission well evidenced with clear demonstrations of delivery against the range of Constructing Excellence principles. The project delivers to the sub-region and beyond a state-of-the-art facility that encourages investment in advanced manufacturing and technologies – a catalyst for inward investment.


LIVERPOOL SUB-REGIONAL PROJECT OF THE YEAR

Shakespeare North Playhouse

Organisations involved:

Knowsley Council - Kier Construction - Austin Smith Lord - Helm Architecture - Dodd Group - Mott Macdonald (C&S) - Peter McCurdy Co - AECOM

A brilliant submission, demonstrating performance across a wide range of constructing excellence principles. Collaboration was the key with the challenges of the project being met directly through co-location. To successfully deliver this unique project the client had to conduct significant background research to “get it right” first time. What resulted is an excellent example of the end-to-end importance of project management, the creation of strong governance and a focus on best in class from design, through construction to social value and local economic impact.


MANCHESTER SUB-REGIONAL PROJECT OF THE YEAR
and
PROJECT OF THE YEAR - BUILDING

University of Salford - Energy House 2.0

Organisations involved:

Bowmer + Kirkland - University of Salford - AECOM - Bond Bryan - NG Bailey - Curtins

There was no precedent or blueprint to support both the design and construction of this unique facility. Yet the project was delivered on time, to budget, with Zero RIDDORs, and excellent levels of customer satisfaction. Th project demonstrated the adoption and implementation of Constructing Excellence, evidenced throughout including early stakeholder collaboration, industry-leading design excellence including digital and DfMA, and construction methods, zero accidents, and the promotion of sustainability through Soft Landings, BREEAM, and Social Value. That this unique facility is and will continue to play a key role in accelerating the progress towards low carbon and net zero design and builds, is what most impressed the judges.


PROJECT OF THE YEAR - CIVILS

Runcorn Delinking and Station Quarter

Organisations involved:

Halton Borough Council - Balfour Beatty - Scape Civil Engineering and Infrastructure

While enhancing and improving transport connectivity throughout the wider region the judges were impressed that this project demonstrated a wide range of Constructing Excellence principles. Bringing a fully integrated project team together at project inception ensured collaboration ran deep. Successful outcomes included £10.6m added social value with 53% of money going back into the local economy. The scheme operated a 100% fair payment and delivered 100% zero RIDDOR accidents. There was 95% local spend (within 40 miles), 85% of the supply chain used was local (within 40 miles) and 91% of subcontractor spend with SMEs. A fantastic entry, and very worthy winner.

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