On Friday 9th October, Constructing Excellence North East held their virtual 2020 Awards. Below is a list of highly commended and winners. Congratulations go to all.


Integration & Collaborative Working
Sponsored by CIOB North East 

Highly Commended – Sir Robert McAlpine, Newcastle University, Newcastle Helix, Newcastle City Council, Faithful+Gould, Sheppard Robson, Arup, Gillespies, Sandy Brown Associates, BIM Technologies, TGA Consulting Engineers and Desco for The Frederick Douglass Centre 

The winning project demonstrated the tangible benefits of integration and collaborative working, completed 6 weeks ahead of programme and £7m under budget, whilst maintaining health and safety, quality and sustainability requirements. Recognised as an ‘Innovator’ and one of only two commercial building outside London to achieve BREEAM Outstanding against 2014 or 2018 criteria, the project has acted as a learning hub for project partners and wider industry members.

Winner – Bowmer+Kirkland, Newcastle University, UK National Innovation Centre for Aging, National Innovation Centre for Data, Turner & Townsend, GSS Architecture, Design North, Gillespies, shed, Desco, NG Bailey, JD Pierce, Charles Henshaw & Sons, Beal Architectural and BIMBox for The Catalyst

People Development
Sponsored by Seymour Civil Engineering Contractors UK Ltd

Highly Commended went to GT3 Architects & Mobile Mini

With an understanding of the issues across the industry, our winners have developed a comprehensive strategy to ensure they can recruit, support and retain a skilled workforce. Their work on developing the company values underpins their vision and culture for the whole organisation moving forward.

People Development 2020 winner – Esh Construction

Health, Safety & Wellbeing
Sponsored by Northumbrian Water Group

Highly Commended –  Turner & Townsend, GlaxoSmithKline, McLaughlin & Harvey Construction Limited, SES Engineering Services and BakerHicks for GSK – Q Block (Aseptic Manufacturing Facility)

Interserve Construction is working to embed behavioural and wellbeing awareness in their culture and health and safety programme. This is resulting in improved Accident Incident and Frequency Rates and Reporting of Injuries Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations performances. Highlighting Mental Health across the business has educated staff and colleagues to reduce the stigma, encouraging people to talk, which is supported by over 30 trained Mental Health First Aiders in the North East and 140 across the whole organisation.

Winner- Interserve Construction Limited for I-Care and Mental Health First Aid Initiatives


SME of the Year
Sponsored by Knights Plc

Highly Commended – Applebridge Construction

Identity Consult have clearly demonstrated the benefits of agreeing and communicating a company vision down through the business, as well as monitoring progress and measuring performance to provide clear, reportable results. Employees have had the opportunity to influence the business by delegating initiatives up to the Board, resulting in increased engagement with the organisation. The increased profitability has then been reinvested into the business via training and development opportunities.

Winner –  Identity Consult

Digital Construction
Sponsored by Muckle LLP

Highly Commended –  Interserve Construction, Durham University, Sablono Gmbh, Fieldview & Viewpoint for Interserve Construction, Digital Construction Solutions 

The use of digital technologies on site depends on the availability of appropriate internet access systems. Our winner tonight has just released the 6th generation of their hardware, that far surpasses off-the-shelf systems, and have also introduced new levels of performance, scalability, and features to their systems. To top it all off, they have just acquired two of the largest contractors in the UK, as strategic, long term clients and secured the backing of a high-profile VC-based investor to allow them to hit new levels of growth and employment in the future.

Winner –  Trench Networks for Outpost – Secure Internet Access for the Digital Contractor

 


Conservation & Regeneration
Sponsored by SES Engineering Services 

Highly Commended award – Doonan Architects, The Auckland Project, Heritage Consolidation, Structural and Civil Consultants for the West Mural Tower, Auckland Castle

This project has brought back to life a much-loved building, repaired to high conservation standards, and creating an independent sub and superstructure to preserve the integrity of the original structure. Construction techniques and materials were adapted to overcome unique challenges to bring this building back to the community within which it has been a focus for around 600 years.

Winner – Beaumont Brown Architects, Hylton Castle Trust, William Birch & Sons, Buro Four, Northern Archaeological Associates, BDN JH Partners, Thornton Firkin and Classic Masonry for Hylton Castle


Innovation
Sponsored by Faithful+Gould 

For this award winning scheme to succeed, it required full collaboration between the client, contractor and key partners from the outset. The project was developed to test a range of homes and construction methods and enable comparisons of the energy and smart technology performance of each house type to inform future developments. With no gas fuel source on the site, the village is also addressing the necessary transition to carbon zero using a range of technologies to provide heat to residents and collate research results recording the financial and wellbeing benefits to residents, many of whom are reporting reduced fuel bills from recent positive feedback surveys.

Winner – ENGIE Regeneration, Home Group, Elliott Associates, ID Partnership and Fairhurst for Gateshead Innovation Village

Sustainability
Sponsored by DAC Beachcroft

Highly Commended – Oak Tree Passivhaus – Shawm, MawsonKerr Architects, Mr and Mrs Rundle, JC Consulting and Warm Consultancy

The BREEAM rating was achieved at no extra cost and was the first BREEAM Outstanding Commercial development in the North East and one of only two outside of London. The awarding of BREEAM Outstanding communicates not only a strong message about excellent design and construction elements of the building but also acts as a flagship to the university’s and city’s commitment to the Climate Emergency and the targets to achieve zero carbon well ahead of the government’s target of 2050.

Winner – Bowmer+Kirkland, Newcastle University, UK National Innovation Centre for Ageing, National Innovation Centre for Data, Turner & Townsend, GSS Architecture, Design North, Gillespies, Studio Horn, Desco, NG Bailey, JD Pierce, Charles Henshaw & Sons, Beal Architectural and BIMBox for The Catalyst


Offsite Project of the Year
Sponsored by Esh Construction 

The Gateshead Innovation Village sought to test the viability of building quickly and efficiently whilst assessing the difference between various methods of construction, enabling learning to be readily transferred to other developments. The scheme also addresses the difficult task of the housing sector transitioning to carbon zero by creating a gas free development with ongoing monitoring from BRE.  The aesthetically pleasing result showcases how modern methods of construction and traditional construction can visually stand side by side.

Winner – ENGIE Regeneration, Home Group, Elliott Associates, ID Partnership and Fairhurst for the Gateshead Innovation Village

Value 

Highly Commended –  Bowmer+Kirkland, Muse Developments, South Tyneside Council, Nexus, The Harris Partnership, Arup, Cundall, Morgan Sindall, Ward Robinson and Systra for the South Shields Transport Interchange 

The client’s procurement approach provided focus on quality over cost for this project. Key drivers and value were at the forefront of the development and collaboration across the project team and stakeholders ensured this continued throughout the project. The flexible learning zones through the fully automated separating screen maximises the benefit and use of the facilities. Performance data indicates that by understanding the value and function of the space to each stakeholder, the project has outperformed initial expectations and provided a higher than anticipated revenue stream.

Winner – Sir Robert McAlpine, Newcastle University, Newcastle Helix, Newcastle City Council, Faithful+Gould, Sheppard Robson, Arup, Gillespies, Sandy Brown Associates, BIM Technologies, TGA Consulting Engineers and Desco for The Frederick Douglass Centre

Client of the Year
Sponsored by Ward Hadaway

Newcastle University has introduced a collaborative procurement strategy which has been rolled out across all future major capital developments. Understanding their role as client and the responsibility they have to ensuring the supply chain is supported, they have promoted the fair payment charter throughout the whole of the supply chain.

Early contractor and specialist engagement gave stakeholders, designers, and ultimately the client, the confidence that the scheme was the right solution for their needs, at the right price and right programme whilst fully integrated Soft Landings provided early engagement on functionality and maintenance.

The 2020 Client of the Year Award goes to Newcastle University

Outstanding Achievement
Sponsored by Womble Bond Dickinson

Kirsty’s leadership has overseen the success of individual projects surpassing a value of £300m and has delivered over one billion pounds in capital infrastructure at a senior level throughout their career. Not one to look at just the here and now, teams under their leadership are encouraged to look ahead, 10 years post-completion, to ensure clients future goals are met whilst also championing best practice and design.

Their ‘work outside of work’ demonstrates a passion for supporting others which extends from built environment professionals and school students to local entrepreneurs, whilst also encouraging other industry colleagues and their firms to get involved too.

Winner-  Kirsty Thirlwell, Chief Executive Officer of Aura North East


Civils Project of the Year
Sponsored by CDM Recruitment 

Seahouses Main Pier required an environmentally sensitive design and appropriate construction methods for works within a highly designated marine environment. Added challenges included a fixed deadline, specified by overwintering birds, as well as the safe marshalling of 150,000 human visitors though the site works area. The project team worked closely, using innovative construction techniques to reduce the overall scheme costs to affordable levels realising £380k savings.

Winner – Seahouses Main Pier – Royal HaskoningDHV, Northumberland County Council, Balfour Beatty


Building Project of the Year
Sponsored by CDM Recruitment 

The Catalyst is a ground breaking facility with an innovative design based around the ease of navigation of visitors, some of whom may have visual impairment or have disabilities, alongside the promotion of collaborative working and integration between commercial ventures and market-leading research specialists. The extensive set of client needs required a collaborative approach between the design and construction teams as well as the clients’ stakeholders.   The world-class facility brings together under one roof, a ‘beacon’ for both Ageing and Data related innovation. Together, these will deliver collaborative partnerships, integrated working and sustainable, progressive economic growth, enabling the UK and especially Newcastle and the North East to become a global leader.

Recognised already as an ‘Innovator’ in sustainable construction practices and receiving an Outstanding BREEAM rating, it is one of only two commercial buildings to have received this, outside of London. The project was delivered 6 weeks ahead of programme and £7m under budget without compromising health & safety or quality. The project has also acted as a learning hub for project partners and the wider industry with lessons learnt being shared to influence design and methodologies in new developments.

More than just a construction project it is also a hub for sustainable development learning and community engagement and support.

Winner – Bowmer+Kirkland,  Newcastle University, UK National Centre for Ageing, National Innovation Centre for Data, Turner & Townsend, GSS Architecture, Design North, Gillespies, Studio Horn, Desco, NG Bailey, JD Pierce, Charles Henshaw & Sons, Beal Architectural and BIMBox for The Catalyst

Special Project Award 

This special project is an exceptional story of a client’s vision coming to fruition through the true collaboration and generosity of the North East construction industry. The project began with an explanation of the client’s dream and how refurbishing a disused Grade II listed building, offered to them by Sunderland City Council, could make it all happen.  However the client, inexperienced in construction, had neither designs nor funds available to realise this. Thankfully with the help, generosity and support of 43 organisations in the construction sector, donating services, labour and materials, the disused Lodge in the grounds of Mowbray Park has been turned into a first-class cookery school, offering free classes to those living with cancer.

Special Award – Life Kitchen, Turner & Townsend, Ryder Architecture, Sir Robert McAlpine, Desco, Jasper Kerr Consulting Engineers, One Environment and all those to numerous to mention for Life Kitchen at The Lodge