On Friday June 16th, the thirteenth annual CENE Awards were held at the Newcastle Marriott Gosforth Park Hotel celebrating projects and individuals from the Built Environment. We are delighted to announce the winners and those are listed below.

Integration & Collaborative Working 
Sponsored by CIOB North East

Winner: Institute of Cellular Medicine, Newcastle University – Newcastle University, GSSArchitecture, Couch, Perry & Wilkes, WSP, Identity Consult, Clugston Construction and Key Integrated Services

The clients, consultants and contractors worked as one seamless team on the Institute of Cellular Medicine, Newcastle University, adopting a soft landings approach to successfully deliver a project which was designed and delivered in a 9 month period. The end product meets all user requirements and was delivered in budget, with a final account agreed prior to completion. The judges commented that this was a ‘one-off project that, from a standing start, achieved an extraordinary level of integration and collaboration’.

People Development Award Sponsored by Esh Group 

Winner: Cundall
Cundall understands that business is carried out by people, not organisations and therefore invest heavily in leadership and staff development. This is driven by the need to equip the business with the agility and flexibility to respond to an ever-changing marketplace and demonstrate to their staff they are at the heart of the company. They are also recognised as one of the best companies for graduates to work for in the UK, based entirely on graduate employee feedback.

Sustainability Award
Sponsored by Metnor Construction

Winner: Lustrum Beck Flood Alleviation Scheme: Phase 1 – Environment Agency, Stockton Borough Council, Balfour Beatty, J Breheny, Amco Engineering, JBA Consulting and Esh Construction

The Lustrum Beck Flood Alleviation Scheme is an excellent example of how multiple benefits and efficiencies can be achieved by embracing partnership working. The solution which has been delivered, provides a greater than 1 in 75 year level of flood protection from the river, as well as a reduced risk from surface water and sewer flooding.  In addition, it delivered a saving of £8.8 million compared to a previously proposed scheme.

Innovation Award Sponsored by DAC Beachcroft

Winner: Morpeth Northern Bypass – Carillion Civil Engineering, Northumberland County Council and Tarmac

In 2015, Carillion and project partner Tarmac commenced work on the Morpeth Northern Bypass and made a commitment to develop and deliver an automated paving technology to accurately record and aid the consistent laying of asphalt. The result is an innovative approach to laying paving that reduces waste, increases efficiency, delivers a better product with reduced maintenance, better health and safety performance and increased value for money for stakeholders. The whole system has provided improvements at every stage of the paving process and better information captured.

Digital Construction Award Sponsored by Turner & Townsend

Highly Commended: Durham University Masterplan – FaulknerBrowns Architects, Durham University, Turner & Townsend, BuroHappold, Land Use Consultants and DPP Planning

Winner: Morpeth Northern Bypass – Carillion Civil Engineering, Northumberland County Council and Tarmac

The Morpeth Northern Bypass project team demonstrated that the implementation of the digital construction process and associated technology can result in excellent savings across the board. The savings made were then passed on to the client resulting in a better value project. Three key digital interventions facilitated the successful project; a 3D Utilities model, the use of construction simulations and an innovative paving system. All these innovations save cost, time and improve health and safety throughout the life cycle of the scheme. Good practice on the scheme is being shared widely through press articles and industry events to promote digital construction in future projects.

Health, Safety & Wellbeing Award
Sponsored by Association for Project Safety
Winner: Northumbrian Water Group – Health, Safety and Environment Framework Forum

For Northumbrian Water Group, the promotion of Health and Safety issues and the avoidance or minimalisation of accidents or exposure to any hazardous environments is a fundamental requirement for all stakeholders. From the outset, the Forum has been about openness, honesty and one of shared responsibility, with strong leadership and camaraderie throughout. The Forum has and will continue to be willing to listen and learn from other examples of best practice.

Preservation and Rejuvenation Award
Sponsored by Ascent Homes

Highly Commended: Marsden Lime Kilns – Team Force Restoration, Kevin Doonan Architects and Owen Pugh Aggregates

Winner: Co-op Development, Newgate Street, Newcastle – Interserve Construction, DTZ Investment Management, Interserve Developments, Norr, Michael Eyres Partnership, Dewar Associates,
Castle Building Services, TGA Consulting Engineers, Sarah Dyer and Hedley Planning

The project team for the Co-op Development, Newgate Steet, Newcastle rose to the challenge of restoring an iconic building after years of neglect. The success of the £17m project hinged on creating a detailed and precise programme of works, being flexible to challenges, daily communication with a vast specialist supply chain and bringing in the right experts so that this beautiful building could be brought back to its former glory.

Value Award  Sponsored by Watson Burton

Highly Commended: Wharton Park – Esh Build, Durham County Council, Faithful+Gould, Southern Green Limited and Mosedale Gillatt Architects
Winner: The Word – National Centre for the Written Word– FaulknerBrowns Architects, South Tyneside Council, Muse Developments, Bowmer & Kirkland, Desco and Curtins

The project team working on The Word – National Centre for the Written Word wanted to give each visitor the ability to express their own creativity, providing a gateway to cultural, social and entrepreneurial exploration. The building aspires to be an icon for South Shields, initiating regeneration in the area. Not only has the design of the building been celebrated worldwide in numerous publications, it has also been identified by the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) as one of the ‘1001 Libraries to see before you die’.

Client of the Year Award
Sponsored by Ward Hadaway
Winner: Northumbrian Water Group – Nominated by Turner & TownsendNWG’s vision is to be “The national leader in the provision of sustainable water and waste water services” and to achieve this they have taken the opportunity to transform their approach to the development, delivery and operation of its assets and in doing so enable a step change in business performance, supply chain engagement, efficiency and customer service.
SME of the Year Award
Sponsored by Muckle LLP

Winner: Carney Consultancy Ltd.Carney Consultancy Ltd started as, in their own words, a ‘one woman band’ which, through hard work and determination has grown into a professional, dedicated and resourceful team. Their aim is to grow a business which will be sustainable in the long term and will continue to dedicate time and resource to help the community in which they work and live.

Special Award for Economic Growth

Winner: Metnor Construction Ltd.

Over the last 2 years, Metnor Construction has experienced dramatic economic growth. In 2016, they achieved a turnover in excess of £61m and secured work to the value of £68m for 2017. The judges therefore decided they deserved a Special Award for Economic Growth.

Special Achievement
Sponsored by Bond Dickinson

Winner: Paula Clark – Nominated by Persimmon HomesPaula had only been with Persimmon Homes Durham18 months when nominated for this award. Paula is an asset to her company and an individual with a bright future ahead of her in the construction industry and has the potential to reach the very top.

Outstanding Achievement Sponsored by Bond Dickinson

Winner: Stefan Mordue – Nominated by NBS

Stefan was part of the team who delivered the NBS BIM Toolkit. He is the curator of the NBS Periodic Table of BIM, an ‘at-a-glance’ guide to the steps you need to take to ensure successful BIM implementation on a construction project. He played a key role in the research and writing of the NBS BIM object standard and has co-authored two books, BIM for Dummies and BIM for Construction Health & Safety. The latter, won him a CIOB International Outstanding Achievement Award in 2016.

Young Achiever – G4C Award
Sponsored by NCBF

Highly Commended: Eve Wilson, Turner & Townsend Winner: David Williams, Balfour Beatty
David has shown a huge amount of enthusiasm and passion for the industry, beginning his career with a 1st Class Honours in Construction Engineering Management then progressed to the Graduate Construction Manager scheme. David has managed his own site and in his own time, undertaken a distance learning Masters in Construction Project Management, APM qualification and gained Chartered Membership of CIOB. He is also a STEM Ambassador and Champion for Inspiring the Future.
Building Project of the Year
Sponsored by Corepeople Recruitment

Highly Commended: Priority Schools Building Programme, North East Schools – Galliford Try, Education Funding Agency, AHR Architects, Curtins, Desco, SES Engineering Services

Winner: The New Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics – Interserve Construction Ltd, Durham University, Studio Daniel Libeskind, Arup, Summers Inman, Gradon Architecture

The New Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics required teamwork, outstanding construction, engineering precision and diligent quality control to deliver what will be an iconic part of the historical landscape of Durham for generations to come.
The best collaborative tools and working practices were implemented and by maintaining a culture of openness and transparency, problems and challenges were shared and solutions were produced. The winning building sits beautifully against the backdrop of a World Heritage Site.

Civils Project of the Year
Sponsored by Corepeople Recruitment

Highly Commended: Brunton Park Flood Alleviation Scheme – Northumbrian Water Group, Environment Agency, Seymour Civil Engineering Contracts, Mott MacDonald, Turner & Townsend

Winner: A1 Coalhouse to Metrocentre Improvements– Balfour Beatty, Highways England,
Parsons Brinkerhoff, Arup

The improvements to the A1 were successfully completed in half the time a scheme of this magnitude and complexity would normally take, without a single road traffic accident. In addition, the project completed 750,000 working hours without a lost time injury and the scheme was recently recognised with a Green Apple Award for the Built Environment. True collaboration before and during the project drove every decision made and every action taken. This was required to successfully manage works on one of the busiest and most congested stretches of road in the UK.