Conservation & Regeneration (new for 2020)
The preservation or rehabilitation of old or historic buildings and sites is often an important part of neighbourhood revitalisation, providing physical and psychological focus for the community and creating jobs and investment opportunities. Construction work that involves the conservation and regeneration of historic buildings requires great care and specialist skills and techniques.
Judges will be looking for excellent outcomes and high standards in the repair, re-use and revitalisation of heritage sites and buildings in the region.
Client of the Year
The industry’s customers have an important role to play in transforming the way construction operates. How projects come to market has a significant impact on the ability of the construction industry to provide innovative, whole life value-for-money solutions.
Much waste in construction is driven through approach to risk across the supply chain and judges are looking for a construction client that has been actively involved in enabling the construction programme and developed strategies for encouraging and rewarding excellence.
Contractor of the Year
Judges are looking for a construction contractor that has shown clear consistent leadership and commitment to core Constructing Excellence principles across their portfolio of activities in 2017.
The winning contractor will not only be able to demonstrate excellent performance across all of the other categories of these awards, but will have specific outstanding achievements to evidence that have made significant positive impact on the industry as a whole.
Digital Construction Award
Digital Construction embraces BIM, GIS, Big Data and other evolving technological advancements. Technology has transformed the world we live in and has potential to revolutionise the construction industry. This category rewards organisations, projects or initiatives that have adopted, advanced and achieved excellence in Digital Construction. Judges will be looking for examples of how the adoption of collaborative digital processes has dramatically improved the planning, design, fabrication, construction and operation of built facilities or infrastructure.
G4C Future Leader Award
The 2020 winner of this award will be selected from the inaugural North West G4C Awards 2020, taking place in April. For further information about this awards scheme please visit: http://www.g4c.org.uk/north-west-g4c-awards-2020/
Health, Safety & Wellbeing Award
Health and Safety is of paramount importance and a culture of ‘safety first’ is crucial to performance. Overarching health and safety management systems, clear demonstration of sustainable and effective risk management, and evidencing of health initiatives are fundamental to reducing or eliminating all types of incident, and to promote health and wellbeing across the supply chain.
The winner must be able to demonstrate consideration of either project Health and Safety at pre-construction and/or construction phases or an organisational initiative impacting on multiple projects or their workforce.
Innovation is widely recognised as the critical factor for increased and sustained productivity and growth. It demonstrates an organisation’s confidence, capacity and appetite for improved performance and productivity gains. Innovation is most effective as a holistic approach that identifies both demand and ideas and is most successful when supported by collaboration between customers and the supply chain.
Judges are looking for an organisation or project that has developed and applied the most innovative approach to overcoming one or more construction challenges. Winners may have developed a demonstrably new and different technique or process or may have harnessed emerging or existing technologies to create new or improved products, tools or services leading to better built outcomes.
Integration & Collaborative Working Award
Collaborative working is central to the core values of Constructing Excellence and its drive to evidence excellence in construction. It is most likely to manifest in the delivery of specific projects, however those who can demonstrate a culture across a series or programme of projects show leadership in sustaining the approach. Integration of the supply chain, the client and end users will normally lead to a better outcome satisfying all stakeholders.
The judges will be looking for entries where collaborative working has delivered outstanding results and significant benefits for the whole supply chain/partnership involved.
Offsite Construction Award
A number of factors are convening to make offsite construction a more attractive solution than ever before. It can help address systemic failures including low productivity, low predictability, low margins, adversarial pricing, lack of culture for collaboration, limited R&D and investment in innovation and poor image.
A winning entry will demonstrate: a systematic approach to the implementation of offsite solutions; tangible benefits delivered by using an offsite approach over and above traditional methods including value against time, cost, quality and contribution made to the commercial demands of the client and the needs of the local community. Judges will be looking for evidence of a unique and innovative environment when benchmarked against other building solutions and that additional USP’s were delivered against traditional construction methods.
People Development Award
People are our greatest asset and this award recognises organisations that appreciate and nurture their workforce to ensure they maximise the value of everyone’s contribution to the business. By creating inclusive workplaces which support people of all abilities through training initiatives, education, mentoring, support networks and innovative programmes, companies can demonstrate a significant impact on the future of their businesses and the wider construction industry.
Judges are looking for an organisation that is leading edge in the way they support and develop their existing team and attract new entrants into the industry. Exemplary people developers will be able to show judges how they:
- Invest in training and reskilling or upskilling their workforce.
- Encourage new talent and entrants, possibly working in collaboration with other organisations.
- Encourage their employees and supply chain to be more aware of local communities, the environment and the image of the industry.
- Ensure diversity and inclusive policies are central to development planning and business strategy.
- Can evidence a development strategy with monitoring and measurement of achievement and effect.
Project of the Year - Building and Civils
Project of the Year delivers outstanding outcomes for all those involved in a construction project. It showcases the benefits achieved through the application of many of the principles described in the other award categories. The winner is as likely to be an outstanding local project as a high profile landmark, but whatever it is all parties will be proud of and inspired by it: the designers, constructors and clients. To impress the judges enough to win this award your entry will evidence an outstanding project that:
Demonstrates great team working between the client and entire supply chain; employing collaborative working tools.
Was delivered on or before the programmed completion date within approved cost plan and to quality exceeding expectation whilst delivering the highest of health and safety standards.
Achieved the lowest environmental impacts.
Must have delivered outstanding customer satisfaction and may have also received praise from other stakeholders
The project must demonstrate the highest levels of the application of best practice, innovation and technical achievement to overcome the project’s challenges.
For 2018, this award will be split and different application forms must be submitted.
SME of the Year
SMEs are the backbone of the industry and are recognised by Constructing Excellence for their dominance of and contribution to the supply chain. Department for Business Innovation and Skills suggest that 99.9% of UK construction contracting businesses are SMEs1 and some of the greatest innovation and best practice can be identified in this sector.
Judges are looking for an exemplary organisation, with 249 or less employees and with turnover less than £42 million.
Sub-regional Project of the Year Awards
Awards will be given to outstanding projects in the following regions:
Cheshire, Warrington & Wirral
This award category is in association with the Regional Best Practice Clubs
Sustainable construction aims to meet present day needs for housing, working environments and infrastructure without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs in times to come. It incorporates elements of economic efficiency, environmental performance and social responsibility – and contributes to the greatest extent when architectural quality, technical innovation and transferability are included.
Judges are looking for organisations or projects whose achievements, in relation to the legacy their work leaves, have made a positive impact on society and demonstrated best practice in triple bottom line effects and social value.
Judges are looking for an initiative, project or series of projects that has focused on the value of facilities in use and the outcomes for owners and users. Good facilities add value by enabling owners and/or users to live or work better in them.
Winners will demonstrate how whole life cost and value have been considered from the outset; combining capital costs of construction with maintenance, operational and occupiers’ costs. The most important factor will have been the outcomes for the owners and users of the facilities, and these should have been a key driver throughout the design and construction process.
Entrants should be able to evidence the balance of expenditure between design, construction and operation, and must provide evidence or forecasts for the improvement in outcomes for owners and/or users. Such outcomes may be financial, social or environmental.