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Construction excellence in spotlight at industry awards

A low carbon property development, a Georgian mansion and a safety conscious roofing initiative were amongst the winners at awards held at the National Railway Museum in York to celebrate innovation in the construction and built environment sector in Yorkshire and Humber.

The 2015 Constructing Excellence Yorkshire & Humber (CEYH) Awards, organised by the Centre for Knowledge Exchange at Leeds Beckett University and sponsored by AtlasCloud, brought together over 350 industry professionals, representing a wide cross-section of the construction sector, in a glittering celebration to recognise and reward the very best examples of construction excellence, collaboration and best practice the regional built environment industry has been involved in over the last 12 months.

Hosted by BBC Look North’s Amy Garcia, the ceremony saw 14 different awards handed out, each representing the core themes of the Constructing Excellence strategy, including leadership and people development, SME of the year and, new for 2015, BIM project of the year.

Keynote presentations were delivered by Professor Chris Gorse, Director of the Leeds Sustainability Institute at Leeds Beckett, headline sponsor AtlasCloud and Jacqui Snape from inspiring local charity, Disability Action Yorkshire.

Regional CEYH Chair, Tom Oulton, said: “The sheer breadth of shortlisted projects, schemes and organisations represented at this year’s awards demonstrate once again that our regional construction sector continues to push boundaries and drive up industry standards. It is important that amongst all this brilliance we take time to stop and shout about what we do and tonight’s awards have been the perfect forum to do just that. A big thank you to all our sponsors, participants and supporters who have set the bar extremely high for next year!”

Pete Watson, CEO of AtlasCloud, added: “The awards were a wonderful occasion to celebrate the great projects and innovation spearheaded in Yorkshire. AtlasCloud were delighted to play our part as sponsor and to celebrate alongside our clients, partners and prospects. We look forward to further collaboration with Construction Excellence, as we both strive for more innovative solutions for clients and members.”

The night’s biggest winners were Carillion Morgan Sindall who walked away with three awards for their A1 Leeming to Barton improvement project securing the Innovation, Best of the Best and BIM Project of the Year categories. Morgan Sindall Grontmij Joint Venture rounded off a successful night for the Morgan Sindall Group by scooping the much coveted project of the year award for a highly inventive time and cost efficiencies implemented at Castleford Waste Treatment works.

Other winners included Interserve who won the Value category for Huddersfield Royal Infirmary project, Opus Consultants who won the leadership and people development category and M B Roche & Sons who walked away with the SME of the Year. Individual winners on the night included Tom Dolan of Kier Construction who was named Achiever of the Year and Danielle Kirk-Mitchell from Henry Boot Construction who triumphed in the hotly contested Young Achiever of the Year.

The event raised over £2000 for inspiring local charity Disability Action Yorkshire. Find out more & contribute to their work here