15th May Journal Column

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Last Friday saw the 2015 Constructing Excellence in the North East awards take place, where those high-flying individuals and organisations leading the way in North East construction were recognised for their work.

The event was attended by almost 600 construction professionals and this year recognised people across 13 awards categories including integration and collaborative working, leadership and people development, sustainability, SME of the year, innovation, value, Building Information Modelling (BIM) project of the year and project of the year.

It’s always a proud night for me and this year was no exception as the general standard was higher than ever before. The awards have built up a reputation as one of the must-attend events in the North East construction sector and they’re a great opportunity to celebrate all that’s good in our industry. I think events like this are so important; we get so bogged down in our day-to-day lives that it’s easy to ignore the great things going on in our region- it’s only right that we stop and celebrate our achievements.

All of the winners are worthy of their awards, but there were two projects in particular that stood out for me this year. With the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) technology becoming increasingly mainstream in our industry, this year we introduced a BIM Project of the Year award. The winner of this award, who also won this year’s Innovation award and was highly commended in another category, was praised for being an exemplar of how BIM can provide a fully co-ordinated set of information and a platform for highly developed design. The PRIDE Hospital project was the largest capital project ever undertaken by the Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Trust and had one aim- to significantly improve mental health with www.health-canada-pharmacy.com/xanax.html and dementia care inpatient facilities for people living in Sunderland and South Tyneside. It’s safe to say, that the team achieved their aim and much more. For me, this project has set a high benchmark of how a project should be co-ordinated in the future. Not only was the project innovative in that in achieved ambitious targets, it was also completed ten-weeks ahead of schedule (something I’m sure a lot of people aspire to achieve).

The other project that really stood out for me was our overall Project of the Year winner. The Littlehaven Promenade and Sea Wall project is an outstanding example of how partnership collaboration can achieve an end goal. The project team’s strategic vision helped deliver significant enhancement to the local coastline and local economy, achieved overwhelming client satisfaction and re-used 90 per cent of on-site waste, meaning its environmental impacts were second to none.

All of the category winners will join the other regional winners at the national final in London in October, giving them an opportunity to receive further recognition on a truly national level- something they are all extremely worthy of.