Constructing Excellence North East Awards – Winners Announced

On Friday June 14th at the Grand Gosforth Park Hotel over 515 built environment professionals attended the Constructing Excellence North East Awards.

G4C Future Leader
Sponsored by Northern Counties Builders Federation
James Prime, nominated and employed by Bowmer + Kirkland

James Prime is an outstanding employee, delivering on every aspect of work for his employer. However, he also strives to ensure that their specific field of work is developed further in the wider industry and becomes embedded in industry good practice.  In addition, he promotes the industry and supports the future workforce through internal and educational mentoring schemes.

Using a collaborative working approach and his extensive specialist knowledge, he has played a key role in leading, supporting and influencing positive change in construction.

Integration and Collaborative Working
Sponsored by Galliford Try

Winner: South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – Interserve and South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Interserve project team is one which operates within a non-confrontational and no blame environment. Working together for over a decade, all the principal supply chain partners and tier 2 contractors focus on how they can continually be more efficient, eliminate waste and work closely together as partners to re-design service models and pathways. This has included embracing technology, sharing platforms and building trust to implement a clear strategy to deliver common objectives.

People Development
Sponsored by Esh Group

Winner: Faithful+Gould: My Career

Highly Commended: Roberts Environmental

Faithful+Gould have introduced a cloud-based performance and learning management system to manage their workforce’s continuing education, training and development requirements. Their ethos is to put the individual in the driving seat for their own career development whilst also ensuring that they have all the support and encouragement necessary to ensure they reach their personal goals, as well as understanding the bigger picture of the organisation.

Sponsored by Seymour Civil Engineering Contractors

Winner: Hartlepool Headland Coastal Defences – Hartlepool Borough Council, Hall Construction Services Ltd and the Environment Agency

The Hartlepool Coastal Defences project stands out from the crowd as not only delivering on an environmental and financial basis, but it has also significantly benefited the local community by protecting properties and improving public space. The scheme embraces environmental mitigation by using rock armour with successful results. A research project undertaken by a PhD student has been recognised by the Institution of Civil Engineers, as a proven concept for future schemes around the UK.

This exemplar scheme has achieved all this and much more through a fully committed Client and Contractor team who performed with an open and transparent ethos.

Sponsored by DAC Beachcroft

Winner: Hartlepool Headland Coastal Defences – Hartlepool Borough Council, Hall Construction Services Ltd and Environment Agency

Highly Commended: South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Interserve – Interserve and South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundations Trust

The winning scheme has delivered exceptional value across a range of benchmarks. It’s saved 50% of the estimated costs of the original project, secured protection of over 560 properties and is the first scheme in the UK, and only the second in the world, to have actively enhanced an internationally designated foreshore.

The results of this scheme now prove that the concept of environmental enhancement of coastal structures works. This will ensure future construction projects on the coast can refer to this scheme as a case study and thus obtain approvals.


Offsite Project of the Year
Sponsored by CIOB North East

Winner: GSK Aseptic Manufacturing Facility, Q Block – SES Engineering Services Ltd, GSK, Baker Hicks, Turner & Townsend and McLaughlin & Harvey

GSK Aseptic Manufacturing Facility, Q Block project perfectly demonstrates the benefits of offsite manufacturing. An enlightened client and a progressive project team worked together to deliver a project which was delivered to a defined offsite strategy. This brought in all the benefits of offsite manufacturing in terms of waste reduction, safety, sustainability, quality of installation and reduced dependency on labour markets.

In addition, investment in Building Information Modelling and offsite technology resulted in holistic design solutions and ensured that the building’s envelope and structure supported and matched the needs of its function.

Preservation & Rejuvenation
Sponsored by Shulmans LLP

Winner Tom Collins House – Esh Construction Ltd, Byker Community Trust, Storm Tempest, Portland Consultants, NEECO Ltd and Bespoken Interiors 

The judges were particularly impressed by the robust conservation philosophy applied to the winning Tom Collins House project. They noted the meticulous efforts of the client, Byker Community Trust, along with the design and contracting team to ensure that the original design ethos and accuracy of original material specification were not compromised, while at the same time ensuring modern safety features were included.

SME of the Year
Sponsored by Metnor Construction

Winner: Elvet Construction Consultants

Elvet Construction Consultants have spent several years adapting to maintain sustainable growth during some difficult times. By developing a positive culture with a growth mindset they have changed the business to develop a strong and robust team. They recognise that their employees are fundamental to the organisation’s success and despite uncertainty in the market they have never wavered from investing in training and development.

They embrace new ideas and are not afraid of trying new ways of working which led to them becoming involved in modern methods of construction. Working closely with the client to ensure the product met current social housing sector requirements, has ultimately placed them at the forefront of modular construction.


Civils Project of the Year
Sponsored by CDM Recruitment

Winner: A19 A1058 Coast Road Junction Improvement Scheme – John Sisk and Son, Highways England, WSP, Bauer and Seymour Civil Engineering Ltd

Highly Commended: Hartlepool Headland Coastal Defences – Hartlepool Borough Council, Hall Construction Services Ltd and Environment Agency

Small Works Project: River Leven Erosion Protection – Balfour Beatty, Stockton on Tees Borough Council and Atkins

The A19 project team effectively managed a complex and unique project, delivering bespoke solutions to technical, logistical, programming and coordination challenges. More than 1 million people hours were worked and a total of 30 months of activity delivered without a lost time incident. Minimising the impact on local communities was the ultimate goal, and this has been achieved through collaborative working with an open and honest delivery team. The judges applauded this project as an outstanding example of civil engineering, incorporating all aspects of good practice within the Constructing Excellence remit.

Building Project of the Year
Sponsored by CDM Recruitment

Winner: Rutherford Cancer Care, North East – Interserve Construction, Rutherford Estates, JDDK Architects, Boyden Group, Fairhurst and Desco

Highly Commended: Spanish City – Robertson, North Tyneside Council, ADP Architecture, Place on Earth, Billinghurst George & Partners and Mott MacDonald

Commended: Janet Nash House, CEF IT HQ – FaulknerBrowns, City Electrical Factors, Gleeds, Curtins, Desco and Sir Robert McAlpine

The Rutherford Cancer Care, North East project is a real game-changer and the first privately funded centre of its kind in the UK. This project demonstrated excellent teamwork and collaboration leading to it being delivered on time, within budget and with exceptionally high levels of safety. Focusing on the end users needs throughout the project, the finished building settles into a quiet lakeside location to provide an overall feeling of calm, putting the patient at the heart of the process and optimising their journey at a time of illness and stress. The project team effectively managed an international team to deliver an excellent project for a client with no experience of the new build construction process.

Health, Safety and Wellbeing
Sponsored by Northumbrian Water Group

Winner: Applebridge Construction Ltd

Applebridge Construction Ltd demonstrate commitment to the safety of their workforce by investing heavily in both specialist work equipment and qualified personnel. By understanding where the significant hazards exist, they have mitigated these by setting up and resourcing a new division of the business to ensure all works are carried out safely.

Outstanding Achievement
Sponsored by Womble Bond Dickinson

Winner: Tom Jarman, Waterstons

Tom’s passion and drive is to ensure the construction industry in the North East becomes the best it can be. Not originally from a construction background, he has embraced his personal interests and sought out the construction industry as a place within which he can make a difference. Tom operates not only on a regional basis but nationally, using his contacts to improve the opportunities for the North East construction sector.

Over the last few years Tom has gone out of his way to support Constructing Excellence in the North East by ensuring access to key decision makers and influencers from across the industry. He is willing to speak out about the challenges being faced in the industry and actively try to identify solutions. This willingness to influence change led to him being asked to become involved in the Construction Leadership Council’s work at a national level as a contributor to the Demand Working Group and the Procuring for Value workstream.


Sponsored by Faithful+Gould

Winner: Hartlepool Headland Coastal Defences and Whitley Bay Central Promenade Coastal Protection Works – Hartlepool Borough Council, North Tyneside Council, Hall Construction Services Ltd and Poundfield Products

This initiative has delivered an innovative, long term solution, delivering value for money and significantly reduced the project cost from initial proposals. The design involved the construction of innovative, low maintenance sea defences which will protect the coast for a further 100 years. The manufacturer is now offering the system to the wider marketplace. Key stakeholders and local authorities worked together to share resources and expertise in order to deliver the two schemes and meet objectives to benefit all parties.

Digital Construction
Sponsored by Northumbria University

Winner: NWG Exemplar BIM Projects – Wood Plc, Northumbrian Water Group and Interserve

This project focused on using technology to improve business outcomes rather than letting technology force the organisation to change the way it works. They looked at how the operational team work currently and requested information that will improve their processes, resulting in buy in from all partners involved throughout the project lifecycle.  From project inception through to construction and commissioning, it has been a true collaborative approach to develop and implement a new process which minimised the need for upskilling of the maintenance teams on asset management works.

Client of the Year
Sponsored by Ward Hadaway

Winner: South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Highly Commended: Cleveland Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been successfully delivering projects for several years, improving their processes by actioning lessons learnt and keeping abreast of changes in the sector. They have made a significant move towards digital construction, employed a customer centric approach and created an environment of innovation. Their excellent social value outcomes benefit the local communities and safeguard local jobs and skills.

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