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CENE Awards 2024 - Winners Announced

Watch the highlights of the CENE 2024 awards

People Development

Sponsored by Carney Consultancy 

Winner: MGL Group

MGL Group strives to retain their staff with their embodied family values and culture, with some staff working for the business for over 40 years. They have an open door policy, whereby employees can be listened to, to make changes for the better. Staff are also recognised by monthly employee Awards, they donate to local charities and their support of the local community is a passion across this firm.

Integration & Collaborative Working

Sponsored by GSSArchitecture 

Winner – BIOS – Wates Group, Teesside University, Summers-Inman, FaulknerBrowns Architects and SCAPE.

During a period of serious economic inflation, this winning project was delivered on time and on budget, with the success of the build being absolutely dependent on the strong integrated delivery team. The project utilised a fully collaborative approach that encompassed contractors, consultants, supply chain and the client, all working together to deliver an outstanding building that would have a lasting positive benefit for the client and the wider community

Highly Commended – Sycamore at Northgate Park Hospital – Sir Robert McAlpine, Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust, NTW Solutions, Projeeco Ltd, Medical Architecture and Dalkia

Delivering Value

Sponsored by K2 Construction Management  

Winner – Durham Investigative Hub – Tilbury Douglas Construction, Durham Constabulary, Ryder Architecture and TClarke

From the outset the whole team worked together to identify ways to not only meet, but also improve on the targets that had been agreed attender stage.

Working with the supply chain they were able to deliver economic, environmental, wellbeing and social benefits. New employment opportunities were created, supported skills and training, helped reduce carbon emissions, supported local charities and community groups, hosted site visits, and benefitted the local economy through local spend.

The project team embraced the social value goals, fully engaging with local businesses and the community to achieve an incredible 163% on social return on investment.

Regeneration & Retrofit

Sponsored by Weightmans LLP

Winner -The Pattern Shop – AtkinsRealis, Newcastle City Council, Igloo Regeneration, xsite Architecture, Black & White Engineering, Identity Consult, McNally & Thompson, H.Malone & Sons Ltd and Cundall

This project is a Grade 2 listed building which has been carefully restored and brought back to life as a low carbon community focussed facility achieving a BREEAM Very Good rating. This is an excellent example of a local authority achieving meaningful reuse of an at-risk heritage asset; creating much-needed workspace; generating community usage as well as rental income from a formerly derelict building.

Existing materials and fabric were retained and reused where possible. Operational carbon is reduced through a range of measures including electrical generation from PV with battery storage, and heating via air-source heat pumps. This provided an energy reduction against the existing building, calculated at 30%.

Winner for Conservation & Regeneration – Belsay Awakes – Historic Property Restoration, English Heritage, spence & Dower Architects, Southern Green, RNJ Partnership, Studio Hardie, Cushman & Wakefield, McNally & Thompson, H.Malone & Sons Ltd and Historic England


Sponsored by DAC Beachcroft

Winner – New High Level Wear Footbridge – Sunderland Riverside Masterplan – Piling Cantilevered Frame – VolkerStevin, Sunderland City Council, Arup, BryneLooby/Ayesa, Tony Gee Partners, Volker Ground Engineering and Richter

This project is part of a wider masterplan for the client which will bring value to the end users within the local community. From the outset they brought together a collaborative team to assess innovative options, the outcome was to use a unique cantilevered piling structure that allowed construction within tight constraints. This will preserve the site’s historical integrity resulting in smaller working footprint and reduced ecological and environmental impacts.

They delivered specialist knowledge sharing workshops, trialled over 50innovative tools, AI Automation and modern methods of construction, from this they are developing a specific training bespoke programme for the piling solution to be shared internally and through their project partners.

Climate Action

Sponsored by Net Zero North East England 

Winner – Net Zero Industry Innovation Centre – GSSArchitecture, Teesside University, Robertson Construction, BGP, Cundall ad Summers-Inman

The winning project supports the region’s ongoing drive for clean energy and positions itself at the heart of the UK’s green industrial revolution.

Constructed through a careful choice of materials and utilising a fabric first, passive approach, they have achieved RIBA 2025 Net Zero credentials and BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ rating, through the implementation of a robust design and assessment methodology.

The building itself will drive society’s shift to a low carbon economy creating accumulative effect. It also practices what it preaches allowing specialist research into decarbonisation, smart energy, circular economy and research and innovation that will bring academia and industry together under one roof.


Winner – MGL Group’s Commitment to Environment, Social and Governance 

We Care, We Share and We’re Fair is a motto embedded into our winners family values. This organisation puts the community, sustainability and people at its core. Through their Foundation Trust they actively support local charities and worthwhile causes, including donating minibuses for the disabled.

With ambitious targets for reducing their greenhouse gas emissions, they are continually investing in sustainable technologies and practices to enhance energy efficiency and minimise their carbon footprint.

Their positive work culture is evidenced by longstanding team members, with 25%achieving over 15years service and some exceeding 40 years! They actively foster diversity with 23% of staff being female and support the future workforce, with over 7% being engaged in apprenticeships or higher education pathways.


Sponsored by Northumbrian Water Group 

Winner – Apex Acoustics Ltd

This organisation has shown a huge increase in revenue growth over the recent years this is all down to their values and people.

As an employee owned company they are focused on supporting and creating opportunities for their staff and cultivating a great place to work with staff retention being exceptional. An in house bespoke training scheme was developed to ensure continuous knowledge transfer within the teams.

They are involved in drafting an Industry Standard Paper and many of their employees sit on Institutes or Committees to ensure good practice is shared amongst the wider industry.

Residential Project of the Year

Winner – Falmouth Close – HUSK and North Tyneside Council 

One set by the clients vision, was to bring something back to the community for the aged. By working in partnership their vision was brought forward by the use of the contractors patented product to enable a quick turnaround and to bring an undeveloped brownfield site back into use.

The project provides the tenants with highly efficient fabric which contributes to lower energy bills and utilises Air Source Heat Pumps and Solar PV technologies which see the homes as a EPC rating of band A and are compliant with Homes England requirements

Forward thinking in using alternative systems which save on the creation of less waste and reduction of embodied carbon, bringing about huge cost savings not just for them but those they work with and for.

Outstanding Contribution

Winner  – David Whitehouse, MGL Group 

The special individual had their interest sparked in the industry at a very early age and after leaving school went on to follow in their father and grandfather’s footsteps. Throughout their various roles in organisations over the years, they continued to learn and upskill about the ever changing products they are working with.

They have gained the greatest respect and admiration from those they work with and have shared their passion, support and guidance with colleagues they have mentored.

Working alongside key stakeholders he has ensured new sustainable initiatives have been implemented such as the use of recycling nappies into asphalt, as well as trialling single use waste plastic which will reduce plastic pollution and enhance road durability.  He is constantly searching for new ways to make a difference and ensure the sustainable future of our industry.

Client of the Year

Sponsored by AtkinsRealis

Winner – Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear Foundation Trust for Sycamore at Northgate Park Hospital nominated by Sir Robert McAlpine

The Client worked with all stakeholders, consultants and supply chain partners in the true spirit of collaboration, putting partnering at the heart of everything they did.  The project represented the end of two decades of a capital works programme and the culmination of years of best practice transfer and lessons learnt.

There was continuity from the every level from Service Director to individual project delivery team members throughout the full project lifecycle, from concept design to final handover

Infrastructure Project of the Year

Sponsored by CDM Recruitment

Winner – Sunderland Railway Station  – BAM Construction, Network Rail, Sunderland City Council, Northern Railway, Aecom and Harry Marsh

This was a live reconstruction of an existing fixture and a high level of safety was essential with minimal disruption for both the general public as well as the client.

A whole team collaborative approach was enabled from the outset by bringing in the client and supply chain to regular safety meetings and training opportunities. This resulted in 56,000 safe working hours on site. The project followed key drivers from the United Nations Sustainable Development goals to embed innovative ways of working into the project and the use of 3D modelling and movement monitoring to ensure stability of the existing Victorian structure.

An important driver for the client was that the facility would be built by local SMEs and material suppliers, they also helped the suppliers cashflow by reducing payment days down to 16. The project returned a Social Local Economic Value of 38.9% with £6.7m invested in the local supply chain.

Local colleges were invited in for work experience as well as full engagement with the public to ensure the delivery this project was not just fit for the client but for the community in which they serve.

Building Project of the Year

Sponsored by CDM Recruitment

Winner – BIOS – Wates Group, Teesside University, Summers-Inman, FaulknerBrowns Architects and SCAPE.

This particular project has also been acclaimed in a previous citation tonight. The project was delivered, on time and on budget and all down to the stakeholders working as one team.

Achieving a stand out 45/45 score for Considerate Constructors score, the project delivered Teesside’s first BREEAM Outstanding building.

Highly Commended – Net Zero Industry Innovation Centre – GSSArchitecture, Teesside University, Robertson Construction, BGP, Cundall and Summers-Inman

Highly Commended – Bank House Office Development – Bowmer+Kirkland, Taras Properties Ltd c/o Motcomb Estates Ltd, Ryder Architecture, Cundall, Oobe Ltd and Avison Young

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