2016 Constructing Excellence North East Award Winners Announced!

On Friday June 10th, the twelfth 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.

Young Achiever – G4C Award
Sponsored by NCBF

Winner: Natacha Redon, Identity Consult
On April 1st we saw the first Generation4Change Awards were held here in the region and what a tremendous night it was.

This year’s winner was of course Natacha Redon, who’s enthusiasm for sharing knowledge and helping the industry to collaboratively reach a higher standard was demonstrated through her many presentations. Natacha also acts as an active committee member, non-executive trustee and board director for the Association for Project Management.


Leadership & People Development Award
Sponsored by CIOB North East

Winner: Esh Group

This year the Award went to a company who prides their organisational values and vision on their people which is evidenced through their commitment and training. With the opening of their impending new training facility they aim to employ over 150 apprentices along with the current 120 they presently employ. Staff development is extremely important to them and they are fortunate to have 12 dedicated training managers focussing on this.

Most recently this organisation has received acclaim from CECA National Awards Inspiring Change for their Building my Skills programme, CECA North East ‘Going the Extra Mile’ for their Skill Mill Initiative and the G4C NE ‘Commitment to Employee Development’.


Integration & Collaborative Working
Sponsored by FaulknerBrowns Architects 

Winner: Water UK Programme – Standard for Security Arrangements for Operational Assets (SSAOA) 2008 
Turner & Townsend and Northumbrian Water Group, with JN Bentley, Grontmij and AMEC

The Integration & Collaborative Working Award was presented to a project team who were successfully chosen to deliver this pilot collaborative working programme on behalf of the client. Early contractor involvement has led to the project team developing a one team approach which has meant collaboration is now at the heart of the clients’ activities, as it delivers efficiencies and incentivises the supply chain. This client team clearly understands the benefits of  integrated and collaborative team working, demonstrating this across multiple evidence based award submissions in this category.


Health & Safety Award 
Sponsored by Association for Project Safety (APS)

Winner: Applebridge Construction Limited 

The award went to a relatively young company which has shown engagement with its workforce and encouraged close working relationships with their clients to reduce the number of risks on site. They have demonstrated investment to staff development and training through their new training facility to deliver Health &Safety courses and instilled a positive culture throughout the workforce.

They have also actively engaged in supply chain meetings with clients to allow best practice to be shared and encouraged by all the supply chain.


Sponsored by Atlas Cloud 

Highly Commended: Felton Park Glasshouse & Potting Shed 
Calibre Metalwork Ltd, Cheshire Stained Glass Ltd, MGM Ltd, Spencer & Dower Chartered Architects LLP and Mr & Mrs Maxwell

Winner: Fulwell Sound Mirror 
Beaumont Brown Architects, Limestone Landscapes and Sunderland City Council Partnership, Specialised Contracting Services and Landscape Management Services Ltd

This particular project offers a poignant reminder of a less visible historical period, where many of its significant structures have been lost, a timely intervention has salvaged a unique structure and it’s fascinating story for the north east. Firing the imaginations of adults and children alike, the setting and narrative of this structure is particularly powerful, representing a unique last fixed coastal defence on the eastern seaboard. How fitting that in its 100th year, this award goes to a true ‘peoples monument’.


 Sponsored by Northumbrian Water Group

Highly Commended: Atlas Cloud 3D Virtualisation Platform
Atlas Cloud and Nomitech

Winner: Aone+ Area 14  
A-One+, Highways England, Aggregate Industries, Highway Resource Solutions, Lane Rental and Recomac

The winner of this award goes to Aone+ Area 14  for the project which not only exceeded target but went above and beyond by delivering strong collaboration with the client, supply chain using innovative materials and technology.

The project team were able to reduce the original timescales for the overall project by 300%, enabling cost savings of more than £80,000, significantly reduce customer and economic impact by removing more than 5,100 miles of diversions and reduce supply chain resource conflicts with the nearby motorway upgrade


The Legacy – Sustainability 
Sponsored by DAC Beachcroft LLP

Highly Commended: Cundall 

Winner: Fellgate Flood Alleviation Scheme  
South Tyneside Council, Northumbrian Water Group, MWH, Esh Group, Turner & Townsend and Environment Agency

This scheme is one of the first in the country working in partnership to reduce the cost savings of 36% to the 250 properties involved. The project team worked closely with one another to develop innovative solutions such as sustainable drainage systems and use of 3D models and landscape plans were used for customer events and interactive educational tools as well as improving time and accuracy on site for the contractor.

Early client and community engagement resulted in the project being delivered on time and recognized by the United Kingdom Water Institute Research project for its innovative and industry leading approach and has also received an Innovation Award from the Institute of Water.


Sponsored by Watson Burton LLP

Winner: The Percy Hedley Hydrotherapy Pool and Children’s Home
The Percy Hedley Foundation, Gradon Architecture, Identity Consult, Tolent Construction, Portland Consulting Engineers and RPS Group

Measuring value in a scheme can sometime be difficult to quantify. How do you measure what it means for someone to have an education no matter what their difficulty? How do you measure what it means for a family to be able to send their son or daughter to learn skills in a safe and specialist environment?

This winning project provides invaluable support to over 1,000 disabled children and adults with over 1 million hours of care a year. It’s new residential facility exceeds OFSTED standards and the new hydrotherapy pool also assists with rehabilitation too.


BIM Project of the Year 
Sponsored by Esh Construction

Winner: Priority Schools Building Programme, North East Schools
AHR Architects, Galliford Try, DESCO, SES Engineering Services and Curtins 

This project aimed at aspiring BIM Level 2 ensuring the procedures met the principles of PAS1192 and level 2 BIM. The project which enabled all users to visualize the design from the outset using a digital prototype that allowed consultant and sub-contractor input. By using this programme meant there was more time for site strategies, no derogations against the facilities output specification as well as saving time and cost to the contractor. Collaborative working was agreed by all parties at the outset of the project and weekly core meetings meant any issues could be resolved, this resulted in clear communication and consistency throughout the project. Whole life cycle approaches were put into practice which included a soft landings approach, integration into a CAFM system.


SME of the Year 
Sponsored by Muckle LLP

Highly Commended: Gus Robinson Developments 

Winner: McNally & Thompson (UK Contracts) Ltd

In the past few years this company has gone from strength to strength by investing in training and upskilling the workforce as well as recruiting new apprentices. This business firmly believes in building upon client relationships as well as collaborative working by sharing communications with stakeholders and clients on how they are improving. Playing a role within the community is key for them too, which they do by fundraising for local charities, giving work experience to criminal offenders as well as supporting DIY SOS with staff time and materials.


Client of the Year 
Sponsored by Ward Hadaway

Winner: The Percy Hedley Foundation 

This client organisation is a visionary and is continually seeking to improve, embracing change and doing things differently. This is evidenced in their effective stakeholder engagement to communicate key messages within their communities, prompt and early payment of their consultants and contractors as well as improving the community in which they serve. The nominators believe they deserve recognition for their collaborative working approach to improve their estates strategically which has enabled the first phase of the project to be delivered on time and to budget of which they have also fundraised £1million themselves to develop the various phases of the work.


Achiever of the Year 
Sponsored by Bond Dickinson LLP

Winner: Andrew Kitson, nominated by Four Housing Group and employed by GentooTolent 

The award this year recognizes truly outstanding work by a Senior Project Manager on an extremely challenging housing development project.  As the Employer’s Agent said “To say he lived and breathed the project would be an understatement.” His level of commitment was described by the client’s clerk of works as “simply unparalleled”. In addition to demonstrating a high level of technical skill, his hands on approach to community engagement meant he established deep relationships with the local community, securing the buy-in of residents and businesses, some of whom were initially resistant to the development going ahead.  His exceptional approach to teamwork, his commitment and drive has been in evidence throughout the project. He showed a positive attitude in upskilling the workforce and his proactive and thoughtful attitude to the local community created  a real sense of ownership of the scheme.


Project of the Year 
Sponsored by Corepeople Recruitment

Building Project of the Year Highly Commended: Parsons Building, Newcastle College 
BAM Construction, Newcastle College, Turner & Townsend, DESCO and Redbox Design

Building Project of the Year Winner:  Hebburn Community Hub 
Willmott Dixon Construction, South Tyneside Council, FaulknerBrowns Architects, DESCO, Mott MacDonald and Scape Group

The winning project’s positive approach with key stakeholder involvement in the early phases of the project boasts well for the community regeneration in this area acting as a double facility and focal point for the regeneration area. Innovative and new technologies were introduced including one to heat the pool from the heat of the treadmills! Utilisation of off-site fabrication helped to reduce cost and time spent on site and this further contributed to the successful delivery of the project, in addition to reducing waste generated and thereby lessening the environmental impact of the works.

Civils Project of the Year Winner: Morpeth Flood Alleviation Scheme
Balfour Beatty, Environment Agency, Northumberland County Council, CH2M, Turner & Townsend, JBA Consulting and Ryder Landscape Consultants

The Civils Project of the Year showcases team dedication to the local community by developing and delivering innovative solutions to the reduction of flood risk as well as protecting homes and businesses. The project team have worked closely with the supply chain and community to overcome technical challenges and also the relocating of endangered species. 3D models in the design works showed water flows and fill levels through the flood compensation area and the use of a self-erecting tower crane was new to civils work, but both processes proved invaluable in saving time and money. The project has recently won the Environment Agencies ‘Project Excellence’ Management of HS&E Award and is shortlisted for the Considerate Constructors Scheme 2016 Site Awards

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3O0A2158 All the 2016 CENE Awards Winners together. To view more photos from the evening, please go to our Facebook page here http://tinyurl.com/grkbk4y