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Welcome to the 12th annual North West Regional Construction Awards.

The annual Awards event has become recognised across the region as the biggest and brightest celebration and showcase of excellence for our construction and infrastructure sectors. More significantly, the applications process and the rigorous judging procedure serve to both drive improvement, and to demonstrate excellence, in the delivery of construction and infrastructure, and indeed facilities of all kinds.

With 18 categories ranging from 'Client of the Year' to 'People Development', these awards are pan-industry and recognise more than the great projects delivered; they focus on people, their behaviour and the approaches taken to achieve best social value, as well as, economic value.

Last year, we saw an increase in both the number and the quality of entries to the Awards. As a result the North West won more categories than any other region at the National Constructing Excellence Awards, held in London in November, 2017.

Since the publication of the Farmer Review, 'Modernise or Die', in October 2016, National Constructing Excellence has marked a shift in gear and clarified the core mission to support disruption of the industry’s delivery models for better social and economic built environment outcomes. This shift is reflected in the Awards.

Consistency in the Awards process and categories is maintained through the Constructing Excellence Regional Partnership. To the challenges and opportunities presented by market conditions and BREXIT, in our region we can add devolution. Early 2018 will see the publication of a national 'Construction Sector Deal' and 'Greater Manchester will work in partnership with the Government to develop a Local Industrial Strategy'. These initiatives recognise both the peculiarities and particularities of the construction sector and the regional economies. The regional Constructing Excellence Awards can become an important source of evidence for how these policies need to play out differently across the regions and may result in more Local Construction Industry Strategies.

Regular entrants will notice some changes this year –the Young Achiever Award has a new name and new criteria. This Award is now called the G4C Future Leader Award. We also have two new categories the Offsite Construction Award and the Outstanding Achievement Award. Please ensure you read the application forms thoroughly if entering into these categories.

The Awards are hosted by the Centre for Construction Innovation (School of the Built Environment) at the University of Salford and by Constructing Excellence North West.

Wishing you all the very best of luck for the 2018 Awards!

Professor Peter McDermott
Chair of the North West Judging Panel
Constructing Excellence in the North West
Board Member National Constructing Excellence


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About the awards

Entries to the Awards are welcomed from large or small organisations, project teams and individuals involved in delivering building and civil engineering projects in the North West.

We are particularly keen to recognise the contribution of smaller organisations and encourage them to apply across all categories of awards as well as to the SME category.
Being recognised by your peers for excellence in construction will bring enormous benefits to your business, helping you to attract new clients, cement existing relationships and raise your staff morale. The winners of these awards go forward to the National Awards in London in autumn 2018, to compete with awards from each English region and from the Devolved Nations . The only way to get nominated for a Constructing Excellence National Award is to win a Regional Award.


Eligibility

Submissions should relate to work primarily carried out during 2017, or for an example of organisational change where the majority of effort/impact took place in the calendar year 2017.

Submissions must relate to activities in the North West of England. As above, for the Project of the Year Award there will also be sub-regional categories for Cheshire (incl. Wirral and Warrington); Cumbria; Liverpool; Lancashire and Manchester.


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Categories

Categories have been updated for 2018 and are aligned with the national Constructing Excellence Awards. Winners from all the below categories will be put forward to the national finals that take place in November 2018.
There is no charge to enter the awards.

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The deadline for submissions is 5.00pm on Thursday 22 March 2018

Client of the Year People Development Award
Digital Construction Award Preservation & Rejuvenation Award
G4C Future Leader Award Project of the Year - Building
Health, Safety & Wellbeing Award Project of the Year - Civils
Innovation Award SME of the Year
Integration & Collaborative Working Award Sustainability Award
Offsite Construction Award Sustainability Award
Outstanding Achievement Award Value Award

 

The following categories are unique to the North West and winners will not go forward to the national finals.

Contractor of the Year Sub-Regional Project of the Year
(Cheshire, Wirral and Warrington; Cumbria, Liverpool, Lancashire and Manchester)

 


The event

The Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner will take place on Friday 6 July 2018. It will be held at the Principal Hotel in Manchester City Centre. Further details on the event timings will be announced shortly.



2017 Winners


Client of the Year

Winner: Cheshire West and Chester Council

submitted by Kier Construction

Highly Commended: Bolton Council

submitted by Willmott Dixon


Digital Construction Award

Winner: Ordsall Chord

Northern Hub Alliance
Network Rail, Siemens, Skanska BAM, Amey Sersa

Highly Commended: High Energy Proton Beam Therapy

Interserve Construction Limited, The Christie, HKS, Arup

Highly Commended: LINKS & The University of Salford


Health, Safety & Wellbeing Award

Winner: Ordsall Chord

Northern Hub Alliance
Network Rail, Siemens, Skanska BAM, Amey Sersa


Innovation Award

Winner: Red Cooperative Ltd

Highly Commended: House by Urban Splash Refurbishment

Urban Splash, ShedKM


Integration & Collaborative Working Award

Winner: North West Construction Hub

Highly Commended: Ordsall Chord

Northern Hub Alliance
Network Rail, Siemens, Skanska BAM, Amey Sersa


People Development Award

Winner: Poole Dick


Preservation & Rejuvenation Award

Winner: Oldham Town Hall Refurbishment

Morgan Sindall, Oldham MBC, Project Managers UK Ltd, BDP

Highly Commended: Storyhouse Theatre and Cinema, Chester

Kier Construction, Cheshire West and Chester Council, Bennetts, Ellis Williams


Project of the Year - Civils

Winner: Highways England A556 Knutsford to Bowdon Improvement Scheme

Costain, Highways England

Highly Recommended: Ordsall Chord

Northern Hub Alliance
Network Rail, Siemens, Skanska BAM, Amey Sersa


Project of the Year - Building

Winner: Maggie’s Cancer Care Centre, Oldham

F Parkinson Ltd, Maggie’s Centres, de Rijke Marsh Morgan, (dRMM) Architects, Robert Lamberdelli Partnership, Booth King Partnership Ltd

Highly Recommended: Crewe Lifestyle Centre

Kier Construction, Pozzoni

Highly Recommended: Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts

Kier Construction, Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, Ryder Architecture


SME of the Year

Winner: Create Construction Ltd


Sustainability Award

Winner: Hyndburn Wind Farm

EnergieKontor UK Limited, Capita, ConserveFor, E3 Ecology Limited


Value Award

Winner: Crewe Lifestyle Centre

Kier Construction, Pozzoni


Young Achiever of the Year

Joint Winner: Chelsea McAndrew

B4Box

Joint Winner: Ben Smith

Mott MacDonald


Contractor of the Year

Winner: Morgan Sindall
Highly Commended: Interserve Construction Limited


Cheshire, Wirral & Warrington Sub-Regional Project of the Year

Winner: Crewe Lifestyle Centre

Kier Construction, Pozzoni


Cumbria Sub-Regional Project of the Year

Winner: Infrastructure Recovery Programme

Cumbria County Council, Mott MacDonald


Liverpool Sub-Regional Project of the Year

Winner: Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts

Kier Construction, Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, Ryder Architecture


Lancashire Sub-Regional Project of the Year

Winner: Croston Flood Risk Management

VBA, Environment Agency, CH2M, Arcadis (UK) Ltd


Manchester Sub-Regional Project of the Year

Winner: Maggie’s Cancer Care Centre, Oldham

F Parkinson Ltd, Maggie’s Centres, de Rijke Marsh Morgan, (dRMM) Architects, Robert Lamberdelli Partnership, Booth King Partnership Ltd




2017 Highlights



Sponsorship opportunities

Exclusive sponsorship opportunities are now available.
For all sponsorship enquiries please contact Caroline Ellison at ce@weareclear.co.uk or on 0161 448 2424

Time to decide the industry's future

'Modernise or Die' – that was the name, or more importantly the fundamental message, of my 2016 review for the UK Government.

The Constructing Excellence Awards recognise and promote the very best behaviours and practices that drive positive change in the industry. They demonstrate why and how our industry can constructively and robustly challenge every element of the way we do business to ensure we are able to deliver outstanding buildings and infrastructure safely, reliably, profitably and sustainably for the benefit of our customers, our colleagues and wider society.

'Modernise or Die' identified 10 core symptoms of our ailing, and frequently failing industry, principally caused by three main factors (survivalist/reactionist mindset, mal-aligned commercial interests, and no strategic imperative for change). Most importantly it made nine inter-twined recommendations designed to help enable the built environment sector to finally commence a transformational journey of modernisation and improvement that has now become critical to sustaining its very future.

These awards celebrate those construction clients that create the best environment for the supply chain to deliver successful outcomes. The importance of strong client leadership of industry change through intelligent commissioning is a major theme of my review and I would not underestimate its importance in enabling the construction sector to respond accordingly and up its game. These awards also celebrate organisations that have clear strategies for understanding client needs and consistently delivering outstanding customer satisfaction as well as social value. Innovation, collaboration, people development, the nurturing of young achievers, and the creation of apprenticeships and sustainable employment outcomes are all critical elements to delivering outstanding built assets that enable users/occupiers and the community at large to thrive in their daily lives.

I urge you to engage whole-heatedly with the change agenda encouraged by these awards – be inspired by the brilliant winners and finalists, but more importantly learn from their actions and success to drive your own business and people forward. Decide your own future - Modernise or die – it’s your choice.

Mark Farmer
CEO Cast Consultancy and author of 2016 independent government review 'Modernise or Die'


Contact

For further information on North West Regional Construction Awards application process please email:
sobe-constructingexcellenceawards@salford.ac.uk
Alternatively, please call Peter McDermott on 0161 295 4808

For further information about the Awards ceremony and gala dinner please contact Caroline Ellison at ce@weareclear.co.uk or on 0161 448 2424

For sponsorship opportunities please contact Caroline Ellison at ce@weareclear.co.uk or on 0161 448 2424