Constructing Excellence National 2018 Awards

On Friday 16th November Constructing Excellence held their National 2018 Awards at the London Marriott Grosvenor Square Hotel. With over 450 in attendance from across the UK and Wales, Constructing Excellence would like to congratulate all on their regional and National success.

G4C Future Leader
Sponsored by BRE Academy

Highly Commended – Sophie Smith – Atkins (South West)

Winner – Irina Korneychuk – FaulknerBrowns (North East)

There are key themes which run through Irina’s working life including, effective communication within multidisciplinary design teams, innovation in design and supporting the transitions within individuals work lives. Graduate mentoring schemes which have changed office cultures, support for international students and projects hoping to inform future Government guidelines have all been factors in the judge’s decision.

Integration & Collaborative Working

Highly Commended- Stockport Homes and B4Box (North West)

Winner – Dudley College Advance 11 Alliance – Speller Metcalfe, Dudley College, IPInitiatives, Fulcro, Derry Building Services, Pick Everard, Metz Architects, BLP Insurance, Rider Levett Bucknall and SECO (West Mids)

The winning team undertook a contract to build an outstanding centre providing innovative facilities for engineering and manufacturing with this being the world’s first trial of insurance backed alliancing scheme endorsed by the UK Governments Construction strategy. Shared risk management is incentivised with a whole team project with the use of BIM and lean design to achieve cost, time and carbon savings to focus on achieving results aligned to the needs of the client, delivering the project on time, within budget and in line with the agreed success criteria

People Development
Sponsored by Heathrow Airports Ltd

Highly Commended – LSI Architects (East of England)

Winner – The Griffiths Skills Academy (Wales)

An overarching aim to reduce unemployment and increase skills and employability is not unusual in this industry, but this organisation have excelled against the targets they set themselves.

A comprehensive programme of school activity, site visits and mentoring has supported this activity, and the organisation has also taken further steps by supporting local suppliers, developing a new Apprenticeship to fill a training gap in the region. In addition, they offer 100% of Apprentices full time employment following their training.

Sponsored by BRE  

Winner – Ysgol Rhyd y Llan – Isle of Anglesey County Council, Wynne Construction and Modcell (Wales)

The scheme which was designed to integrate the local community into one site. Building upon a registered historic park and garden, the project team had to over protecting a range of species as well as discovering archaeological artefacts’ that dated back nearly 6,000 years with experts referring to the site as one of the most archaeological discoveries over 50 years.

Previously known as a BREEAM excellent rating this has been achieved by using renewable technologies including PV Panels and Air Source Heat Pumps, managing the ecological impact, sustainable procurement, waste management and energy efficiency scoring of 13. This project is also a zero waste to land fill.

Sponsored by RIFT UK

Highly Commended – [HUSK] – [HUSK], Karbon Homes, Edwards Architecture, Elvet Construction Consultants and RWO Associates (North East)

Smart M&E Plug & Play for Offsite Construction – Patrick Parsons, Richmond Housing partnership, Legal & General Homes Ltd, Wimshurst Pellereti Architects and Extreme Low Energy (North West)

This innovative design to reduce installation increases the quality benefits of off-site production including better insulation, air permeability and less potential cold bridges can be maintained resulting in improved internal environments and lower energy costs.

One of the key targets for the design was to develop an M&E plant space that was outside of the main living space with use of the battery technology to serve the lighting and the majority of power outlets via dc power which enables power generated by PV panels to be stored and distributed in dc. Developing this prototype has been a challenge but solutions were overcome when life cycle costing is taken into account to show demonstrable savings.

Digital Construction

Winner – M-Sparc – Willmott Dixon Construction, Futurium Ltd, FaulknerBrown Architects, SA Ltd (Wales)

This project team have transformed the local community all whilst leaving a future economic legacy in this multi use facility accommodating up to 700 people aimed at start up companies. Doubling the expectations of the customer the occupancy rate before handover was 37% instead of the requested 15%, the team delivered this utilizing different digital methods including the use of virtual reality glasses.

Local based suppliers were used where possible and to facilitate this collaborative project specific workshops were help for each package of the works procured to ensure targets were met. The project team also used an interactive 3D model of the site and the building that users could interrogate to reveal object’s specific BIM attributes including construction techniques and materials, monthly drone flights to demonstrate progress for the local community and Point cloud survey near the end of construction to check the installation of the Corian cladding against the model fully eliminating clashes.

Health, Safety & Wellbeing
Sponsored by Northumbrian Water Group

Highly Commended- Lendlease Construction (South East)

Winner – Seymour Civil Engineering (Contractors) Ltd (North East)

Health, safety and wellbeing is at the forefront of this winning 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

Highly Commended – Lindisfarne Castle – Datim Building Contractors, National Trust, Simpson Brown Architects and RNJ Partnership (North East)

Winner – ‘Your New Town Hall’, Lambeth – Morgan Sindall, Lambeth and Cartwright Pickard (South East)

The winning scheme involved the consolidation of Council buildings from 14 to 2 whilst retaining many of its historical elements blending modern facilities  and  completely  new  services.  The team accomplished sympathetic transformation and restoration of this Grade II Listed building and importantly  achieved  improved  operational  performance,  saving  £4.5m  per  year  in  running  costs.

As well as providing  offices  and  rooms  for  council  staff,  the  mixed-use  scheme  has  become  self-funding  –  through  the  income  generated  from  weddings,  room  hire  and  enterprise  space  for  local businesses. Decisions were made by the  whole  team/supply  chain  made  in  confidence to achieve Innovative solutions. The use of blending of modern and  old  to  achieve 35%  reduction  of  CO2  footprint  and  BREEAM  Excellent.


Winner – Hartlepool Centre for Independent Living – Hartlepool Borough Council (North East)

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 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.

In addition, the service has exceeded financial targets for efficiencies by 30%. All in all, exceptional value in every sense.

SME of the Year

Highly Commended – M.Lambe Construction (West Mids)
Highly Commended – Godfrey Syrett (North East)

Winner – Wynne Construction (Wales)

This company has the passion and commitment to deliver excellence in their building designs and solutions which has resulted in a growth of turnover by 30%. Adopting BIM Level 2 technologies into the organisation they have held free workshops to train and develop the local supply chain partners  and  as  a  result,  30%  are  now  BIM-mature. With the  achievement  of  the  PAS  1192:2  accreditation,  we  are  at  the  forefront  of BIM to align with the Governments standards. This company has won 60% of their work and £100m in orders procured through the local framework.

Client of the Year
Sponsored by CENE

Winner – Yorkshire Water (Yorkshire & Humber)

The  commitment  and  leadership  of  this client with  their  supply  chain  has  enabled  key  framework  suppliers  to  open  3  new  offices  within  the local and created over  200  further  jobs  in  the  supply  chain. For  every  £1  of  capital  investment,  £6.9  is  reinvested  back  into the region.

They are a founding partner of a charity and have been instrumental in the organisations initiative to provide clean water and sanitation to everyone across the globe by 2030. Since 1993, Yorkshire Water have raised over £10 million through events and partnerships.

Whilst delivering such incredible projects, in 2017 they were named the best company for customer service for the fifth year running and the second-best utilities firm overall.

Offsite Project of the Year

Highly Commended- Urban Sciences Building – NG Bailey, Newcastle University, Bowmer & Kirkland, Turner & Townsend, Ryder Architecture, ESD and Buro Happold (North East & Yorkshire & Humber)

Winner – A14 – Pre-Cast Solution for the River Great Ouse Viaduct – Skanska (East of England)

This project involved the contractor from the very early stages to ensure a number of options was looked at in order to find the most efficient and buildable design to improve the new road alignment. The client was a key driver for this scheme in relation to raising the bar for health and safety standards and determining a lasting legacy for the scheme remained by including the use of local supply chain partners were possible.

This resulted in the scheme being 1KM, 17 span viaduct with a composite, steel and concrete deck. By incorporating the composite deck within the design this allowed the construction team to implement an offsite manufacturing process for the concrete elements of the deck.

3D modelling techniques were utilised to ensure potential clashes could be detected. This in turn pushed for increase levels of accuracy when manufacturing the pre-cast elements which were only achievable due to the decision to offsite manufacture which has led to a total saving of £4.2m furthermore, looking a total of £7m.

Civils Project of the Year
Sponsored by Constructing Excellence

Winner – Pen y Cymoedd Wind Energy Project – Jones Bros Balfour Beatty Joint Venture, Vetenfall Wind Power Ltd and Sweco Ltd (Wales)

Entering into a joint venture this project was designed to generate power to over 188,000 homes along with the installation of 76 turbines. 50,000m3 of concrete and 6,000 tonnes of reinforcement was used to construct the turbines bases and crane pads. In addition  around  85km  of  new  tracks  were  constructed  and  450km of cabling installed.

To achieve the accomplishments for the scheme the sustainability and social impact was crucial especially when working in a remote, inhospitable and environmentally sensitive landscape. This was achieved by:

– employing 9 local apprentices
– over 400 student visits
– 65% labour was within a 35 mile radius
– Early engagement with Natural Resource
– No waste to Landfill

Building Project of the Year
Sponsored by Constructing Excellence

Winner – The Christie Proton Beam Centre – Interserve, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, HKS Architects, Mace Group, Arup (North West)

This project was designed to be a state of the art facility with it being one of only two centres within the UK funded by the Department of Health.  Early client engagement was vital to this technically challenging scheme, working in suburban residential area, on a restricted site and adjoining live hospital buildings.

Prior to appointment the contractor took an innovative approach to develop UK expertise, taking 11 flights and travelling around the world to visit 10 centres and 6 equipment vendors to learn and share best practice ensuring this was an exemplary project.

BIM technology played a crucial role in the design and construction of the scheme where all parties involved produced BIM models which have been integrated into one version to give a 4D representation of the project, creating theoretical savings of around £1.95 million through early clash detection.

The state of the art five storey building will provide:
– Three treatment gantries and a research room
– A patient reception
– Consultation rooms
– Public space
The new facilities will mean that up to 750 patients a year with complex cancers will have the opportunity to benefit from this treatment.

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