2021 Winners

CLIENT OF THE YEAR AWARD
Sponsored by Place North West

Liverpool John Moores University

Nominated by:

Faithful+Gould

This was a very strong submission with extensive evidence based argument. Over the past 5 years, this client has developed a trusted supply chain who have worked with the client to deliver various schemes from £50k to £65million. Regardless of the value of the project the client has implemented consistent and robust leadership across all projects. Through creating a common goal and shared values with their supply chain, the client was easily able to embed the requirements of its’ new Climate Emergency Declaration across all projects.


CONSERVATION & REGENERATION AWARD

Warwick Bridge Corn Mill

Organisations involved:

Cultura Trust, Mosedale Gillatt Architects, Historic Property Restoration, RNJ Partnership, Building Design Northern Building Services, Sine Consulting and Carbon & Environment Solutions

The wider community have warmly welcomed the restoration of this key historic building in the heart of the town. As part of the project heritage skills were embedded within the delivery of every stage of the project. The last skilled user of the facility retired in 1989. Since then, there had been a slow deterioration in the machinery and fabric, as it was never expected to work again. The repair works included the integration of a hydro-generator that takes power directly from the main mill wheel. Following completion of the repair works, Community Benefit Society was established in 2019 to lease and run the mill as a community bakery.


CONTRACTOR OF THE YEAR AWARD

Morgan Sindall Construction

In a very highly contested category, the judges were highly impressed with all of the submissions, and after a strong debate went for a winner that ably demonstrated and evidenced leadership in all of the key constructing excellence principles. An excellent submission backed by compelling evidence. Answers to the questions are backed up with evidence and a clear understanding displayed of - collaboration, innovation, use of digital tools, fair payment, and having a positive impact through social value.


DIGITAL CONSTRUCTION AWARD
Sponsored by Place Tech

The Spine

Organisations involved:

BIMBox, Morgan Sindall Construction, Liverpool City Council, Royal College of Physicians, Knowledge Quarter Liverpool, AHR, Overbury,AB Engineering and CBRE

This submission demonstrated and evidenced the development of a digital delivery strategy, utilising Information Management and BIM, fully aligned to the requirements of PAS1192. It also demonstrates how to develop the capabilities of the supply chain and how to deliver a digital O&M manual. The project was delivered on time and budget, and snag free. Through better adoption of digital construction methods, at an industry level, the project demonstrates how we could support the development of the National Digital Twin and help to solve the dilemmas of this decade, including sustainable zero carbon construction and the increasing demand from a growing population.


G4C FUTURE LEADER AWARD
Sponsored by Wates

Tamara Barker
Engie UK Place and Communities

G4C is a separate but integral part of the Constructing Excellence movement. This category looks to recognise a young achiever in our industry.


HEALTH, SAFETY & WELLBEING AWARD
Sponsored by Morgan Sindall

M&Y Maintenance and Construction

Organisations involved:

The Regenda Group and M&Y Maintenance and Construction

The winning Health and Safety team manages all aspects of the health, safety and wellbeing of around 650 colleagues across nine subsidiary companies, across the North West. Chosen for the overarching quality of their Health and Safety Management Systems, the winner has a tailored training plan adhered to for every individual to fulfil their role and duties. The winner is the first organisation in the UK to partner with national mental health charity, Chasing the Stigma, to deliver its Ambassadors of Hope mental health training programme to all of our staff.

 

Highly Commended:

HARM Zero - Rochdale Town Hall Restoration Project

Organisations involved:

Safer Sphere, Rochdale Development Agency and Donald Insall Associates


INNOVATION AWARD

First Light Pavilion

Organisations involved:

University of Manchester, Kier Construction, Hassell, JM Architects, Buro Four, Simon Fenton Partnership, Mott MacDonald, Lorne Stewart, Atelier One, Roscoe, Mayo, Planit-IE, DEP and Kier Professional Services

This is an unusually complex project, with many structural and methodological challenges which required innovative solutions. The need for the development of a full-scale prototype required intense collaboration and teamwork, to deliver this project – including the first concrete dome constructed in the UK for over 25 years. The project has been delivered on time, under-budget, and with economic and social value exceeding initial targets.


INTEGRATION & COLLABORATIVE WORKING AWARD

North West Construction Hub

Organisations involved:

North West Construction Hub (NWCH),Balfour Beatty, Bowmer and Kirkland, Casey, Conlon Construction, Engie, Eric Wright Construction, Galliford Try, ISG PLC, Graham, Kier Construction, Laing O’Rourke, Morgan Sindall Construction, Robertson, Seddon, Vinci Construction, Warden, Wates Construction, John Turner and MC Construction

Integration and Collaboration are key principles of constructing excellence. For over ten years the NWCH has been a vehicle to bring public sector clients together to procure collaboratively and to drive integration and collaboration amongst their suppliers. The Contractor Partners work together to develop and strengthen North West Supply Chains helping to bring resilience, improved productivity and better jobs to the region. Regular audits of social value performance and quality of delivery are shared nationally with the National Association of Construction Frameworks (NACF) the Local Government Association (LGA) to help shape the future of the national procurement strategy.

 

Highly Commended:

Centre Park Link Road

Organisations involved:

Warrington Borough Council, Balfour Beatty, Ramboll and Scape Civil Engineering and Infrastructure


OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Joint Winners:

Neil Conlon,
Business Development/CSR Manager, Conlon Construction

Neil Conlon has worked at the family business, Conlon Construction, for more than 20 years and carried out numerous roles in this time – currently leading on business development and corporate responsibility. His exemplary actions have left a significance legacy in the communities where he has worked. Recently Neil has acted as an Enterprise Advisor and a STEM Ambassador with schools and colleges from Preston to Blackpool to Manchester. Neil has taken a central role in raising funds for a range of charities including prostate cancer, local children’s charities, and homelessness. Neil is a keen advocate of local employment and is currently the Vice Chair of the Skills and Employment Advisory Panel for Lancashire LEP, providing advice and guidance from an industry perspective.

Phil Shaw,
Divisional Director, Tilbury Douglas Construction

Divisional Director Phil Shaw has given 30 years committed service to the industry. Phil is passionate about the industry & takes great pride in what he does. He has put in place collaborative systems of work with the supply chain ensuring more than compliance with the government’s Construction Playbook which outlines expectations of how contracting authorities and suppliers, including the supply chain, should engage with each other. A significant part of his legacy was in putting the North West on the map, delivering the UK's first High Energy Proton Beam Therapy Centre (PBT) at the Christie in Manchester benefiting 250 patients per year by giving access to this life enhancing treatment. What sets Phil aside from his peers is his unconditional commitment to his team, his passion for construction and his inspirational leadership in all that he does.


SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD

Roger Burton
Owner at nvirohaus and Chair, Constructing Excellence Manchester Best Practice Club

On behalf of the Constructing Excellence movement, the NWRCA judges have made a Special recognition award to Roger Burton, architect and urban designer. Roger has been a committed champion to the movement for change in construction in Manchester and beyond over a period of decades. Immediately following the Rethinking Construction (Egan Report) he was involved in one of the first Demonstration Projects (down the road from here in Speke) and in helping to establish the first Best Practice Club in the North West. That was over 20 years ago; most recently he has chaired the Manchester Constructing Excellence group encouraging the sharing of innovation and best practice in the construction sector. Roger has actively promoted low energy, environmentally conscious architecture throughout his career and has been dedicated to designing carbon-conscious and sustainable developments.


PEOPLE DEVELOPMENT AWARD

Manchester & Cheshire Construction Ltd

An excellent proposal with strong evidence throughout. This company has grown in recent years and even during the last turbulent two years at least partly due to its direct labour policy, which was part of their founding principles 50 years ago. The trust based work with employees has led to increased work and better margins with existing and new clients.


SME OF THE YEAR AWARD
Sponsored by Hays

Manchester & Cheshire Construction Ltd

A great submission from a company clearly demonstrating a clear awareness of what has made strong in the past with a clear desire to change and improve for the future, The judges were impressed by their approaches not only to their employees but their suppliers, customers and the local communities.

 

Highly Commended:

Conlon Construction


SUSTAINABILITY AWARD
Sponsored by AB Engineering

Carbon Reducing Flywheel

Organisations involved:

Kier Construction, Sunbelt Rentals Ltd, PUNCH Flybrid and Knowsley Council

The winning submission used technology transferred from Formula 1 to reduce use on site using a flywheel energy storage system. Using PUNCH Flybrid flywheel technology on its Shakespeare North site, demonstrated that carbon savings, a reduction in pollutants, as well as providing social value benefits to the surrounding community could be delivered. The innovation is now being rolled out on other sites.


VALUE AWARD

Delamere Forest Visitor Centre

Organisations involved:

Willmott Dixon Construction, Forestry England, Design Group, Gardiner and Theobald, Tier Consult and TACE

Representing the biggest investment by this client in commissioning a building the project was in danger of not meeting their values or sustainability-driven-ethos. A switch to a more collaborative engagement with a contractor away from a design with high embodied carbon to a timber solution from renewable UK sources. The switch also led to zero-carbon during construction and significant social value benefits.


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

First Light Pavilion

Organisations involved:

University of Manchester, Kier Construction, Hassell, JM Architects, Buro Four, Simon Fenton Partnership, Mott MacDonald, Lorne Stewart, Atelier One, Roscoe, Mayo, Planit-IE, DEP and Kier Professional Services

This is an unusually complex project, with many structural and methodological challenges which required innovative solutions. The need for the development of a full-scale prototype required intense collaboration and teamwork, to deliver this project – including the first concrete dome constructed in the UK for over 25 years. The project has been delivered on time, under-budget, and with economic and social value exceeding initial targets.


CUMBRIA SUB-REGIONAL PROJECT OF THE YEAR

New Pooley Bridge, the UK's First Stainless Steel Road Bridge

Organisations involved:

Eric Wright Civil Engineering, Cumbria County Council, Knight Architects, GHD Consulting Engineers, Mott MacDonald and Cumbria CC WEC

This was a great civil engineering achievement – restoring vital transport links to a community. The submission articulated well how the materials used contributed to the structural and environmental outcomes; the innovative installation in very tight site constraints; the utilisation of Off-site manufacture solutions. In addition, extensive community engagement and consultation contributed to a first-class solution to the issue.


LANCASHIRE SUB-REGIONAL PROJECT OF THE YEAR

UCLan Student Centre and University Squares

Organisations involved:

University of Central Lancashire, Bowmer and Kirkland, AECOM, Hawkins\Brown and BDP

The judges particularly liked the use of materials that reduced embodied carbon whilst still fully meeting client brief. The technical solutions lent impact to the scheme with the use CLT & the largest largest curtain wall system in Europe being impressive. This landmark development is a gateway to the university from the city centre


LIVERPOOL SUB-REGIONAL PROJECT OF THE YEAR

The Spine

Organisations involved:

Morgan Sindall Construction, Liverpool City Council, Royal College of Physicians, Knowledge Quarter Liverpool, AHR, Overbury, CBRE, AB Engineering and BIMBox

The judges said this was a great project and great submission – and well evidenced. The project has a memorable design concept and execution, Platinum Well Standard was achieved, as was an outstanding BREEAM. The client’s move has helped to cement Liverpool and its Knowledge Quarter district as a world class hub for science, health and innovation. The building represents Liverpool’s first Grade A office space in a decade. Construction of the project has also created outstanding social value.


MANCHESTER SUB-REGIONAL PROJECT OF THE YEAR

Manchester Museum Courtyard

Organisations involved:

University of Manchester, Kier Construction, Buro Four, Baker Mallett, Buro Happold, Max Fordham, AB Engineering and Purcell

The judges said this was a great project and was well evidenced. It featured complicated site logistics and arrangements with work adjacent to live Grade II listed buildings, all in a city centre location. Extensive collaboration between the client, design team and supply chain was fundamental to the success of this project which required over 18,000 artefacts had to be moved or remain in-situ and be protected.


PROJECT OF THE YEAR - BUILDING

The Spine

Organisations involved:

Morgan Sindall Construction, Liverpool City Council, Royal College of Physicians, Knowledge Quarter Liverpool, AHR, Overbury, CBRE, AB Engineering and BIMBox

The judges said this was a great project and great submission – and well evidenced. The project has a memorable design concept and execution, Platinum Well Standard was achieved, as was an outstanding BREEAM. The client’s move has helped to cement Liverpool and its Knowledge Quarter district as a world class hub for science, health and innovation. The building represents Liverpool’s first Grade A office space in a decade. Construction of the project has also created outstanding social value.


PROJECT OF THE YEAR - CIVILS

New Pooley Bridge, the UK's First Stainless Steel Road Bridge

Organisations involved:

Eric Wright Civil Engineering, Cumbria County Council, Knight Architects, GHD Consulting Engineers, Mott MacDonald and Cumbria CC WEC

This was a great civil engineering achievement – restoring vital transport links to a community. The submission articulated well how the materials used contributed to the structural and environmental outcomes; the innovative installation in very tight site constraints; the utilisation of Off-site manufacture solutions. In addition, extensive community engagement and consultation contributed to a first-class solution to the issue.

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