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CENE Awards 2024 – Category information

The Constructing Excellence in the North East Awards are a celebration of everything the North East Built Environment has to be proud of and we are delighted to be celebrating our ninteenth annual ceremony.

Winners are selected across various categories including Innovation, Integration & Collaborative Working and Delivering Value.  Following the ceremony the regional Winners will then go onto the National final in Autumn taking place in London.

Will you triumph in 2024?

To request a booking form for the Awards ceremony taking place on Friday 14th June 2024 at the Grand Gosforth Park Hotel, please email leanne@cene.org.uk

**Entries are now closed for judging – we will announce the shortlist w/c 25th March**

Categories

Integration and Collaborative Working

Sponsored by GSSArchitecture

Integration and collaborative working are key to overcoming challenges, managing risk and delivering better outcomes. We are looking for projects and practices that exemplify this approach with evidence of how all parties have been engaged, from clients to contractors and all across the supply chain. Applicants must demonstrate the benefits that have been achieved through a collaborative and integrated working.

Judges are looking for projects or initiatives that demonstrate:

  • Better decision making through effective collaboration.
  • Use of collaboration to overcome challenges and manage risk.
  • Use of collaborative delivery models.
  • Early supply chain involvement.
  • Clear supply chain strategy and good supply chain management.
  • Fair supply chain practices.
  • Prompt payments.

People & Culture

“Our people are our greatest asset” – so attracting, motivating, supporting, developing and retaining the most diverse of human talent to our organisations and the sector is critical to ensure we totally understand and meet our customers’ and wider communities’ needs. Strong constructive cultures, effective leadership, health & wellbeing, and psychological safety at every level are vital to ensuring we positively challenge and continuously improve, as is Equality, Diversity & Inclusion and ensuring functional competence through progression pathways and continuing professional development.

Judges are looking for organisations, projects or initiatives that demonstrate:

  • Clear strategies.
  • Effective implementation of plans.
  • Clear evidence of success. Measures are likely to include staff motivation scores and retention data, time and cost invested in people development plans (in-house activities, external programmes or other) at all levels of the organisation or project.
  • Community engagement activity that attracts the most talented people to our sector’s diverse roles.

ESG

The Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Award aims to celebrate social, economic and environmental sustainability. We are looking for organisations or projects that demonstrate the greatest environmental and social impact or approach to generating such. Applicants must also exemplify effective governance structures and practices.

Judges are looking for organisations, projects or initiatives that demonstrate:

  • Impact on environmental factors: commitment to tackling climate change, greenhouse gas emissions, pollution, waste management, and natural resource conservation.
  • Impact on social factors: Positive impact on society such as labour practices, human rights, community relations, customer satisfaction, and product safety.
  • Impact on governance factors: effective management structure, board diversity, executive compensation, shareholder rights, and business ethics.
  • Overall sustainability and ethical impact through ESG ratings and metrics.
  • ESG investment: procuring or investing in organisations that meet ESG criteria, with the aim of generating financial returns while also having a positive impact on society and the environment.
  • ESG reporting: ESG performance and sustainability practices, to meet regulatory requirements.

Climate Action

SPONSORED BY NET ZERO NORTH EAST ENGLAND

All of us, within the construction industry and beyond, have a responsibility to deliver Climate Action. It is a key driver behind many innovative tools, techniques and processes and impacts everything we do. Excellence would like to celebrate those projects or organisations that seek to deliver a positive impact, or a reduced negative impact, on the natural environment and demonstrate whole life sustainability in their approach to construction. Successful applicants will exemplify the use of organisational culture, high quality design, effective procurement practices and innovative tools and techniques to provide improved environmental performance and outcomes.

Judges are looking for organisations, projects or initiatives that demonstrate:

  • Readiness and progress to move towards zero emission vehicles and onsite plant.
  • Commitment to reducing waste and transport to sites via improved logistics and MMC.
  • Use of low carbon manufacture, transport, heating, lighting or processing solutions.
  • Measurements or metrics to evaluate carbon and enable informed decision-making for carbon reduction.
  • Use of circular economy.
  • Use of innovation to reduce impact on the natural environment or enable positive environmental outcomes.
  • Support of the development of low carbon materials and solutions.

Outstanding Achievement

**THIS AWARD IS A NOMINATION – PLEASE EMAIL LEANNE@CENE.ORG.UK FOR FURTHER DETAILS**

This award recognises outstanding performance or influence by an individual who has been inspirational in the opinion of the sector peer group during their lifetime in the industry. The winner’s exemplary actions will have changed the behaviour and performance of others and delivered disproportionate benefits for, and left a legacy in, the outputs of the built environment sector.

The award winner will naturally show all the hallmarks championed by Constructing Excellence, such as best practice and a wholehearted commitment to the Construction Strategy.

The key is that this commitment needs to be visible – i.e. adopted and adapted to make a real difference within the sphere of the applicant’s own operation, influence and community. The character of the nominee is crucial – we are looking for leaders, opinion formers and champions of change. Submissions from third parties are encouraged and this is an award open to individuals of any age, discipline, or sector.

Regeneration & Retrofit

Sponsored by Weightmans LLP

The Regeneration and Retrofit Award aims to highlight projects or programmes that apply the Constructing Excellence principles to deliver better outcomes for an existing asset, which may include historic/heritage sites. These principles include procurement, innovation, collaboration, culture/people, productivity, client satisfaction, HS&W and Digital. Applicants must demonstrate how they achieve improved outcomes against these principles.

Judges are looking for projects or programmes that demonstrate:

  • Successful delivery of client / community goals and expectations.
  • Improved performance of the existing asset.
  • Collaborative practices within the delivery process.
  • Use of digital through the project.
  • Employment of innovative techniques.
  • Measured impact of the solutions and end result.

Delivering Value

Sponsored by K2 Construction Management

Construction and the built environment play a huge role in underpinning our society and economy. To unlock better societal outcomes, we need to take an informed view of value and not simply make decisions based on cost.

Clients need to work with their stakeholders to consider how to unlock wider benefits throughout the construction project and the lifetime of the asset. Tools such as the Value Toolkit enable clients and design teams to take a more informed view of value across four capitals – Produced, Natural, Social and Human.

Whilst value can mean something different to everyone, what it shouldn’t be is solely focused on cost. We are seeking projects that clearly demonstrate value-based decision making and the benefits in can bring.

Judges are looking for projects that demonstrate:

  • A robust approach to defining value with buy-in from stakeholders leading to a clear definition of the outcomes and values the project is seeking to achieve.
  • A delivery team empowered to come up with the right solutions to deliver those outcomes.
  • Successful delivery against the outcomes and value the client wanted.

Innovation

Sponsored by DAC Beachcroft

Innovation more than invention is critical to every sector to deliver outstanding results, break through productivity barriers and address our customers, communities and global needs. Our sector solves problems every day, yet rarely are we systemic in our organisations and projects to drive and embed a culture for innovation in our teams or our supply chain partners.

Successful applicants will demonstrate how they foster a culture for innovation and  systematically solve quantified problems with new or repurposed tools and techniques used by other sectors or organisations – to deliver quantified better productivity, profitability, sustainability or any other critical element  with the use of an innovative product or approach that can/will be repeatedly used within the organisation or wider sector.

Judges are looking for organisations, projects or initiatives that demonstrate:

  • Proven improvement in outcome through innovation.
  • Clear ambitions, strategies and action plans which intentionally drive positive change.
  • Progressive procurement policies to enable and reward supply chain innovation.
  • Outreach programmes that actively seek out different approaches from very different sectors with the intent to find better solutions or processes.
  • Clear evidence of action taken, and results achieved, that show a positive significant step change in performance compared to previous years and most others in the sector.

Residential Project of the Year

The Project of the Year category celebrates inspirational projects that deliver outstanding outcomes. We are looking for projects that exemplify the Constructing Excellence principles, which fully align with the collaborative work we are undertaking with the Construction Leadership Council. Projects must demonstrate the successful implementation of better ways of working and so help to provide a template for others to learn from.

Judges are looking for projects that demonstrate:

  • Commercial practices that reward and incentivise the supply chain through collaborative procurement and delivery and fair payment practices.
  • High levels of productivity and a rigorous approach to measuring performance.
  • A robust digital strategy, embedded within the project.
  • A positive culture that embodies respect for people and an excellent approach to health safety and wellbeing.
  • High levels of sustainability including demonstrable actions to cut carbon.
  • Strong commitment to social value.
  • A drive to change the culture of the industry.
  • Adherence to the principles of the Building Safety Act and implementation of the Golden Thread
  • Excellent levels of client satisfaction, delivering against client outcomes and expectations

SME

Sponsored by Northumbrian Water Group

The UK government definition of Small to Medium Enterprises encompasses; micro (less than 10 employees and an annual turnover under €2 million), small (less than 50 employees and an annual turnover under €10 million) and medium-sized (less than 250 employees and an annual turnover under €50 million) businesses.

SMEs are a core part of the supply chain and are the backbone of the construction industry. Constructing Excellence are seeking to showcase examples of organisations that embody best practise. Applicants should model the Constructing Excellence principles of procurement, innovation, collaboration, culture/people, productivity, client satisfaction, HS&W, Digital.

Judges are looking for organisations that demonstrate:

  • Continual professional development i.e. training, developing competence, pathways to progression, leaderships & successor development.
  • A culture of inclusivity, psychological safety and mental health support.
  • A safety-first culture, with the correct culture, systems and processes in place.
  • Good staff retention and team satisfaction – recognised as being a good place to work.
  • Commitment to addressing the skills shortage – actively encouraging diverse new entrants to the industry and nurturing emerging talent.
  • Financial sustainability with a future focus and strategy.
  • Engagement with the community, providing support and getting involved with events and initiatives.

Client of the Year

Sponsored by AtkinsRealis

Construction clients have an important role to play in transforming the way the industry operates. How and when projects come to market significantly impacts the ability of the construction industry to provide innovative, whole life value-for-money solutions.

We are looking for a construction client that has been actively involved in delivering the construction programme and developed strategies for encouraging and rewarding excellence. It goes without saying we expect a culture of collaboration and transparency to be at the heart of how the client operates and empowers the wider team.

Judges are looking for clients that demonstrate:

  • Effective leadership
  • Fair and prompt payment to all involved (at every level)
  • A drive for continuous improvement.
  • Commitment to building with the future in mind.
  • Effective communication.
  • A procurement strategy that puts fairness and transparency at its heart.
  • Decision-making based on quality rather than price.
  • Support those involved to bring their best ideas and enable collaboration on every level.

Infrastructure Project of the Year

SPONSORED BY CDM Recruitment

The Project of the Year category celebrates inspirational projects that deliver outstanding outcomes. We are looking for projects that exemplify the Constructing Excellence principles, which fully align with the collaborative work we are undertaking with the Construction Leadership Council. Projects should demonstrate the successful implementation of better ways of working and so help to provide a template for others to learn from.

 Judges are looking for projects that demonstrate:

  • Commercial practices that reward and incentivise the supply chain through collaborative procurement and delivery and fair payment practices.
  • High levels of productivity and a rigorous approach to measuring performance.
  • A robust digital strategy, embedded within the project.
  • A positive culture that embodies respect for people and an excellent approach to health safety and wellbeing.
  • High levels of sustainability including demonstrable actions to cut carbon.
  • Strong commitment to social value.
  • Excellent levels of client satisfaction, delivering against client outcomes and expectations.

Building Project of the Year

Sponsored by CDM Recruitment 

The Project of the Year category celebrates inspirational projects that deliver outstanding outcomes. We are looking for projects that exemplify the Constructing Excellence principles, which fully align with the collaborative work we are undertaking with the Construction Leadership Council. Projects should demonstrate the successful implementation of better ways of working and so help to provide a template for others to learn from.

Judges are looking for projects that demonstrate:

  • Commercial practices that reward and incentivise the supply chain through collaborative procurement and delivery, and fair payment practices.
  • High levels of productivity and a rigorous approach to measuring performance.
  • A robust digital strategy, embedded within the project.
  • A positive culture that embodies respect for people and an excellent approach to health safety and wellbeing.
  • High levels of sustainability including demonstrable actions to cut carbon.
  • Strong commitment to social value.
  • A drive to change the culture of the industry.
  • Adherence to the principles of the Building Safety Act and implementation of the Golden Thread
  • Excellent levels of client satisfaction, delivering against client outcomes and expectations

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