Constructing Excellence in the North East Awards 2018 – Winners Announced

On Friday 15th June at the Newcastle Marriott Gosforth Park over 330 construction professionals celebrated the successes of their organisations, projects and individuals. Please find below a list of those who received Awards, if you would like further information on how to get involved with our 2019 Awards please contact Leanne Conaway on 0191 5007880 or leanne@cene.org.uk

All the winners from the 2018 CENE Awards

G4C – Future Leader
Sponsored by Northern Counties Builders Federation

Winner – Irina Korneychuk

Irina is an outstanding individual not only in her field at work but also in the industry and is a keen advocate to encourage upcoming young professionals in construction. Recently taking on the lead for an internal mentoring programme, they have delivered social and educational events as well as personally mentoring the graduates. As a result, the office culture has changed, graduates are empowered to step up and employees share their knowledge with younger members of the team.

Integration & Collaborative Working
Sponsored by CIOB North East

Winner – Urban Sciences Building
Bowmer & Kirkland, Newcastle University, Turner & Townsend, Ryder Architecture, Hawkins Brown, Mott MacDonald, NG Bailey, Dane Architectural Systems, Cairnhill Structures, JD Pierce, Edwards Architecture, BIMBox, Buro Happold and Urban Observatory

Use of an open communication tool which housed all information digitally for the project.  All team members from the client to subcontractors were given access for effective communication, enabling a holistic and collaborative approach to document management. Design monitoring groups helped the client and end users understand design and coordination issues and 3D models enhanced their understanding and sense of building ownership.

People Development
Sponsored by Esh Group

Winner – Run2 Academy  – Northumbrian Water, Esh-MWH Joint Venture, MMB, Interserve, Turner & Townsend and Wood Group

A collaborative project providing unique opportunities tailored to the individual.  Students are placed in the most relevant department and company in the partnership showing that they are flexible, continuously improving and committed to providing the best possible experience. All participating students have benefited by gaining valuable skills whilst working for different companies and undertaking a variety of roles.

Highly Commended – Seymour Civil Engineering (Contractors) Ltd

                 

Sustainability
Sponsored by Turner & Townsend

Winner – Urban Sciences Building
Bowmer & Kirkland, Newcastle University, Turner & Townsend, Ryder Architecture, Hawkins Brown, Mott MacDonald, NG Bailey, Dane Architectural Systems, Cairnhill Structures, JD Pierce, Edwards Architecture, BIMBox, Buro Happold and Urban Observatory

The USB embedded sustainability as a core design, construction and in-use requirement. It is a sustainable building as demonstrated by achieving a BREEAM Excellent status and being built in conjunction with a bespoke sustainability framework.

It has also been designed to facilitate significant research projects to enhance future urban building design and sustainability, ranging from water management to energy generation, storage and demand response grid interactions.

Innovation
Sponsored by Faithful+Gould

Winner – [HUSK]
[HUSK], Karbon Homes, Edwards Architecture, Elvet Construction Consultants and RWO Associates

[HSK] is a pilot scheme solution to provide low cost housing using local authorities and housing provider’s vacant spaces to form an efficient spacious bungalow as well as utilising brownfield sites. A few challenges were faced along the way including being compliant with Homes for England Grant, ensuring building control and warranty holders understood the new methods and the suitability of the existing fabric.

Highly Commended – Portland Green Student Village
Metnor Construction, Abodus Student Living, Samson Equipment, Visual Concepts and Glendale Engineering

                   

Digital Construction
Sponsored by DAC Beachcroft

Winner – Urban Sciences Building BIM Delivery
Bowmer & Kirkland, Newcastle University, Turner & Townsend, Ryder Architecture, Hawkins Brown, Mott MacDonald, NG Bailey, Dane Architectural Systems, Cairnhill Structures, JD Pierce, Edwards Architecture, BIMBox, Buro Happold and Urban Observatory

Demonstrating collaboration is key to the successful delivery of a complex project the team engaged with the stakeholders and clients from the outset was important to the project and sharing information across the teams was achieved using multiple tools including 3D model software, fortnightly model audit reports, snagging and QR apps.

Health, Safety & Wellbeing
Sponsored by Northumbrian Water Group

Winner – Seymour Civil Engineering (Contractors) Ltd

Health, safety and wellbeing is at the forefront of this organisation. They strive for continuous improvement by focussing on two campaigns per month with toolbox talks, quizzes and posters featuring different aspects of health including work related illnesses, mental health and healthy eating. The campaigns are designed to increase employee’s knowledge and awareness as well as empowering people to speak up when they see an issue, both on site and in the office.

Their recent RIDDOR report shows 1.5 million man-hours worked with only one incident and they have volunteered to be a pilot for the Construction Health Risk Toolkit.


Preservation & Rejuvenation
Sponsored by Watson Burton

Winner – Lindisfarne Castle
Datim Building Contractors, National Trust, Simpson Brown Architects and RNJ Partnership

Lindisfarne Castle dealt with many challenges including location, access, project delivery and extreme weather to retain the historic grade 1 listed building. Working collaboratively and ensuring communication was key, a set up of a new training plan and YouTube videos for all involved including the supply chain were set up to ensure skills were learnt.

The use of innovative surveying, 3d modelling, thermal and drone imagery were used and highlighted issues and defects. This also helped to discover previously unknown paintings to be conserved.

The team embodied the clients philosophy ‘For Ever, For Everyone’ by safeguarding the building and wildlife on site and in turn other project teams have taken visits to the site to learn from this unique and complex project also.

Highly Commended – Restoration of Roker Pier, Lighthouse and Tunnel
Sunderland City Council, Beaumont:Brown Architects, South Bay Civil Engineering, Trac Engineering, Hall Construction, Northern Archaeological Associates and William Anelay Construction

                        

Value
Sponsored by Elliott Associates

Winner – Hartlepool Centre for Independent Living
Hartlepool Borough Council

This project involved replacing five existing properties with a new build facility to improve the life chances of disabled adults, which was done with no additional funding. Using the Department for Health’s ‘Working Together for Change’ methodology, a key document was developed to ensure the views of parents and carers, service users, local community were heard.

The scheme was funded by prudential borrowing, so the savings made from using the new facility will fund the repayments on the new building.

Surveys conducted have highlighted that parents and carers feel they have been listened to after years of campaigning and staff have a greater pride and enthusiasm for their work.

SME of the Year
Sponsored by Metnor Construction

Winner – Godfrey Syrett

The judges eventually agreed to award the SME of the Year to an organisation which has grown from a small supplier to a multi-million pound business over a 70 year period. They are a forward-thinking company, investing over £1.5 million in digital manufacturing technology to increase capacity, improve performance, and future-proof the business. They are also committed to Apprenticeships and promoting the benefits of Apprentices to the local business community. In addition, their in-house mentoring scheme offers support and manages the risk of mental and emotional ‘overload’.

Highly Commended – Seymour Civil Engineering (Contractors) Ltd

Commended – Apex Acoustics

         

Client of the Year
Sponsored by Ward Hadaway

Winner – GlaxoSmithKline

Due to the scale and complexity of the project, the client could quite easily have adopted a traditional model and appointed a principle contractor to take the risk. However, they made the decision to take on a larger proportion of the risk, enabling them to ensure the best person for each role was in place and guarantee collaborative working from the start. This also enabled them to work closely with nearby residents to manage the logistics and ensure minimal impact of day to day operations.

With their values at the fore this client focussed on the best solutions for the project with cost being only a contributing factor. Early engagement of the supply chain and procurement criteria including Safety, Integrity, Respect and Leadership has led to a more collaborative working environment.

Outstanding Achievement
Sponsored by Womble Bond Dickinson

Winner – Andrea Gibson, Kier

Andrea show passion and drive to encourage employees, residents and students involved in many of the organisation’s programmes.  Without her, the programmes would not have been such a success year on year. Working closely with the residents to improve their skills, enabling them to gain a better future not only for them, but their families, was a key driver and our winner mentors many of the students following these courses.

She has recently led on the development of a Safeguarding Working Group, which have been instrumental in a number of successful initiatives including, ‘See Something, Say Something’ and Safe Places. She has also developed this project to cover ‘Prevent’ (Counter Terrorism and Radicalisation) and also Child Exploitation. This has resulted in staff getting much more than traditional construction training. She has also led on the creation of Dementia Friends Training for frontline staff within the organisation and for Apprentices during National Apprenticeship Week.

Offsite Project of the Year
Sponsored by Muckle LLP

Winner – Urban Sciences Building
Bowmer & Kirkland, Newcastle University, Turner & Townsend, Ryder Architecture, Hawkins Brown, Mott MacDonald, NG Bailey, Dane Architectural Systems, Cairnhill Structures, JD Pierce, Edwards Architecture, BIMBox, Buro Happold and Urban Observatory

USB perfectly demonstrates the benefits of offsite manufacture on a project where flexibility and innovation were critical. This project delivered 18 internal plant rooms, with three energy centres on each floor. The factory assembled plant rooms saved space and were installed quickly with reduction of over 16,000 man-hours on site, this also resulted in reduced safety risks. A potential 500 deliveries were replaced by just 45 which contributed to a significant environmental benefit.

Highly Commended – [HUSK]

                

Civils Project of the Year
Sponsored by CDM Recruitment

Winner – Hartlepool Headland Town Wall
Hartlepool Borough Council, Seymour Civil Engineering and The Environment Agency

Teamwork and collaboration were embedded in this project from the outset to ensure conflicting objectives from all stakeholders, including local residents were met.  Bringing the contractor onboard early in the project established the driver for reducing time and costs whilst also improving quality. The depth of feeling from local residents meant the team knew they needed to deliver an exceptional project and the fact that local residents are now calling it ‘our wall’ indicates this was achieved, with excellence.

Building Project of the Year
Sponsored by CDM Recruitment

Winner – Urban Sciences Building

Collaboration is the cornerstone of the delivery of this state-of-the-art facility. The flexibility incorporated into the building provides long-term agility to respond to societal and market changes. The building works as an experimental laboratory where high quality research can be carried out, creating a lasting legacy of science and innovation for the North East.

Highly Commended – Darlington Hippodrome and Theatre Hullabaloo
Willmott Dixon Construction, Cundall, Darlington Borough Council, Space Group, Darlington Hippodrome, Billinghurst George & Partners and Charcoal Blue

Special Award – Restoration of Roker Pier, Lighthouse and Tunnel
Sunderland City Council, Beaumont:Brown Architects, South Bay Civil Engineering, Trac Engineering, Hall Construction, Northern Archaeological Associates and William Anelay Construction