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Industry leaders crowned at Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber Awards 2017

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Last Friday saw the culmination of six months of meticulous planning by the Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber team based at Leeds Beckett University to bring you this year’s #CEYH2017 awards and what an incredible night it was! Held at the Queen’s Hotel in central Leeds, we welcomed over 350 of the region’s construction and property professionals to our 10th Anniversary celebration of the best examples of industry achievement in the last twelve months.

 

Sponsored by Galliford Try and once again hosted by Danni Hewson, BBC Look North’s business correspondent and industry champion, attendees were treated to networking drinks and a three course summer themed meal, set against our spectacular Yorkshire and Humber AV backdrop of Burnsall Village. We also welcomed Rosie Millard, Chair of Hull City of Culture as our keynote speaker for the evening who gave a captivating presentation on everything Hull has been up to this year so far and a taster of what is still to come. Rosie’s speech definitely went down a storm with our Humber contingent who are rightly proud of their home city! Continuing the Yorkshire theme was our awards playlist featuring only bands from the region; Def Leppard, the Cult and Chumbawumba to name a few; and our Yorkshire coast themed fun photobooth where attendees posed with hats, ice creams and even an inflatable seagull against a picture of Scarborough.

Our host for the evening, Danni Hewson from BBC Look North with an opening address on security

However the real regional stars were the outstanding projects, schemes and organisations who made up the CEYH2017 finalists. Fourteen awards were handed out in total covering the key best practice themes of Constructing Excellence as well as the much coveted and fiercely contested “Selfie of the night”. A special Chair’s award was also handed out posthumously to Dr Andrew Platten, former Associate Dean of Arts, Environment and Technology at Leeds Beckett University who was tragically killed in a cycling incident last July. In honour of Andrew, this year’s chosen charity was Brake and the team were thrilled to raise over £2500 through donations and raffle entries. Many thanks to Keelham Farm Shop, Queen’s Hotel, Snap Recipe Box and East 59th for their generous prize donations. 

(Left: Lisa Kendall from Brake UK collecting their cheque, Right: Our lit up bike in tribute to Dr Andrew Platten who sadly passed away in a cycle incident in July 2016)

However the real winner on the evening was the industry itself. The sheer diversity of projects from local regeneration schemes to multi-million facilities demonstrates once again that the Yorkshire and Humber region is at the forefront of pushing boundaries, driving up standards and finding new ways to work collaboratively to achieve mutual cross sector benefit. So all we have left to do is extend a huge THANK YOU to all our sponsors, supporters, entrants, judges and participants. We look forward to seeing you again in 2018!

If you are interested in being involved in #CEYH2018 (sponsoring, entering or assisting) please contact Liz or Donna on 0113 812 1902 or via email to ckeevents@leedsbeckett.ac.uk. We look forward to hearing from you!

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FULL LIST OF WINNERS AND HIGHLY COMMENDED

Client of the Year (Sponsored by Addleshaw Goddard)

Winner – Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, Nominated by Interserve Construction

Highly Commended: The University of Sheffield, Nominated by Faithful+Gould

 

Digital Construction (Sponsored by Shulmans LLP)

Winner – National College for High Speed Rail – Rail Training Academy, Willmott Dixon Construction

Health, Safety and Wellbeing (Sponsored by SES Engineering Services)

Winner – East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Highly Commended – Sheffield Retail Quarter Phase 1, Turner & Townsend

Innovation (Sponsored by Henry Boot Construction)

Winner – The Willerby and Derringham Flood Alleviation Scheme, East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Highly Commended – M62 J22-25 Lighting – Energy Saving, A-one+ Integrated Services

Integration and Collaborative Working (Sponsored by Trimble Solutions)

Winner – A1(M) Leeming to Barton improvements, Carillion Morgan Sindall Joint Venture

Highly Commended – Edward Boyle Library Refurbishment, Galliford Try Building Ltd

People Development (Sponsored by Kier Northern)

Winner – Engage for Success Programme, A-one+ Integrated Services

Highly Commended – Attracting and developing early talent, NG Bailey

Preservation and Rejuvenation (Sponsored by Leeds Beckett University)

Winner – Leeds Kirkgate Market Refurbishment, Interserve Construction

Highly Commended – Edward Boyle Library Refurbishment, Galliford Try Building Ltd

Highly Commended – Victoria Quarter Conservation, Aura Conservation Ltd

Project of the Year Buildings (Sponsored by Gosschalks)

Winner – Leeds Kirkgate Market Refurbishment, Interserve Construction

Highly Commended – Leeds City Council Housing PFI Regeneration Project (Little London, Beeston and Holbeck)

Project of the Year Civils (Sponsored by Turner & Townsend)

Winner – Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme, BAM / MottMacDonald Joint Venture

Highly Commended – Sandsend Road Coastal Protection Scheme, Balfour Beatty

SME of the Year (Sponsored by YORHub)

Winner – Anderson Green Ltd

Highly Commended – Britcon Ltd

Sustainability (Sponsored by Faithful+Gould)

Winner – Central Square, DLA Design

Highly Commended – East Riding of Yorkshire Council Civil Engineering Services

Value (Sponsored by Britcon)

Winner – Yorkshire Water in collaboration with Turner & Townsend

Highly Commended – Gatecrasher Apartments, Cartwright Pickard

Best of the Best (Sponsored by Yorkshire and Humber Constructing Excellence Club)

Finalists announced for Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber Awards 2017

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A hospital helipad, several flood protection schemes and a former nightclub redevelopment are amongst the diverse and creative schemes that have made the final at this year’s Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber Awards (#CEYH2017).

Organised by Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber (CEYH), part of the School of Built Environment and Engineering at Leeds Beckett University, the awards are now in their 10th year. They aim to recognise and reward the groundbreaking teams, projects and organisations in the region that are driving innovation and elevating standards in the construction industry.

From L-R, (1) Edward Boyle Library redevelopment (2) Yorkshire water (3) Gatecrasher Appartments (4) Helipad on Northern General Hospital, Sheffield, (5) Scarborough Market

Sponsored by Galliford Try, awards are available in 12 different categories, each representing one of the core themes of the government industry improvement agenda. These include: collaboration, people development, value and digital construction. For the first time, in 2017, there are also prizes for both Building Project of the Year and Civils Project of the Year, in recognition of the differing challenges (and opportunities) they present for those involved. All the category finalists can be viewed here. Professor Akin Akintoye, Dean of the School of Built Environment and Engineering at Leeds Beckett, said

 

“Our awards are the perfect platform to celebrate the contribution the built environment makes to our region’s prosperity, from forward thinking clients and considerate contractors to educational institutions who support the next generation of industry professionals. We wish all the finalists the best of luck!”

 

The winners will be revealed at a gala presentation evening on Friday 7 July at the Queen’s hotel in Leeds. This year, the CEYH team will be paying homage to all that is great about the region, from innovative art and architecture and vibrant communities to picture postcard scenery and cutting edge music! There will be a keynote speech from Rosie Millard, Chair of Hull City of Culture 2017, alongside food, entertainment and the presentation of the awards, with more than 300 industry decision-makers in attendance. Tables and individual places at the event can be booked here or by phoning 0113 812 1902.

 

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Shortlist announced for Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber Awards 2016

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An advanced manufacturing facility, several road improvement schemes and a community clock restoration project, just a sample of some of the wonderfully diverse schemes that have been shortlisted for this year’s Constructing Excellence in Yorkshire & Humber awards (#ceyh2016).

Organised by the Centre for Knowledge Exchange at Leeds Beckett University, these awards recognise and celebrate the organisations, companies and project teams involved in delivering “excellence in construction” across 13 different categories, each one representing the core themes underpinning the Constructing Excellence movement & improvement agenda. Sponsored by Atlas Cloud, categories include integration & collaborative working, leadership and people development and BIM Project of the Year.

Leading the way with nominations are Carillion Morgan Sindall and Henry Boot Construction with six, Costain with five and A-one+ Integrated Services, Interserve and Kier Group with four. We are also thrilled to see lots of new entrants to this year’s awards such as Arup, Ebsford Environmental and Aecom, and are particularly proud to see the excellent work done at subcontract level represented in our SME of the Year category by four new companies, Central Alliance, CGL, Towndoor and McLeod + Aitken. The full shortlist can be viewed below.

All the winners will be revealed at our gala presentation evening on Friday 1st July. Following on from our spectacular 2015 ceremony in York, this year we will be getting a little musical, providing our guests in Leeds with cocktails, dancing and live music from our enigmatic swing band set against a Manhattan themed backdrop. Over the last eight years the CEYH awards have grown to be one of the highlights of the regional construction calendar & this year promises to be bigger and better than ever with over 400 construction professionals in attendance, representing a broad cross section of the industry, enjoying our winning blend of professional awards hosting with delicious food, drink and first class hospitality. Pete Watson, CEO of Atlas Cloud, says

 “We are delighted to sponsor the Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber Awards 2016 for the 2nd consecutive year. We have seen a huge shift in technology enhancement in the regions with mobile teams working on some of the largest infrastructure projects in the country such as HS2, MAG, Crossrail 2 and Hinkley Point. This region has superb talent and is working on some of the best projects and we really need to be shouting about it”.

Tables & individual places at the event can be booked at the following link http://onlinestore.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=2&deptid=18&catid=41&prodid=496 or from Liz Schofield, 0113 812 1902.

Our charity partner for this year will be the Yorkshire Kidney Research Fund, a charity that supports and promotes research to improve the lives of adults and children suffering from a variety of kidney disorders. The charity relies solely on donations and volunteers to support everything they do. Please find out more about how they are changing lives for the better at http://www.ykrf.co.uk/

With thanks to our main sponsors, Atlas Cloud and Drinks Reception Sponsor, Interserve.

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THESHORTLIST


 

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Achiever of the Year (Sponsored by Lovell)

  • John Gittins, Interserve
  • Jenna Strover, Sweett Group / Leeds Civic Trust
  • Katherine Hill, Kier Construction
  • Katherine Speyer, Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering Ltd
  • Richard Jefferson, Jefferson Building Ltd
  • Sam Mooney, Keepmoat
  • Stefanie Harris, East Riding of Yorkshire Council

 

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BIM Project of the Year (Sponsored by Trimble Tekla)

  • Leeds Station Southern Entrance, submitted by AHR Architects
  • A160 Port of Immingham Improvement Scheme, submitted by Costain
  • East Riding Leisure Bridlington, submitted by East Riding of Yorkshire Council

 

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Client of the Year (Sponsored by Addleshaw Goddard)

  • Doncaster Borough Council, Nominated by Willmott Dixon Construction
  • TPP, Nominated by ISG
  • York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Nominated by Kier Group

 

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Health and Safety (sponsored by Turner and Townsend)

  • Henry Boot Construction (Organisational Entry)
  • bmJV M1 Jn 39-42 Smart Motorway, submitted by BAM Nuttall Morgan Sindall Joint Venture
  • East Riding of Yorkshire Council (Organisational Entry)
  • A-one+ MAC 12, submitted by A-One+ (Area 12)
  • Factory 2050, submitted by Interserve Construction Limited
  • Kier Construction – Yorkshire (Organisational Entry)

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Heritage (Sponsored by Leeds Sustainability Institute)

  • The Half-moon Reservoir De-Silting works, submitted by Ebsford Environmental Ltd
  • Oakwood Clock Restoration project, submitted by OTRA (Oakwood Trader’s Residents Association)
  • Doncaster Mansion House, submitted by Doncaster MBC Construction Services / William Anelay Ltd
  • Ampleforth Park House Farm Restoration, Henry Boot Construction
  • Tower Works Towers, Leeds, submitted by WGL Stoneclean Ltd

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Innovation (Sponsored by Bay Construct)

  • Vickers Oils, Leeds, submitted by WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff
  • ARC T-Barrier, submitted by Arc Building Solutions
  • A1(M) Leeming to Barton Improvement – Pin-less Road Construction by Machine Guidance, submitted by Carillion \ Morgan Sindall Joint Venture
  • A160 Port of Immingham Improvements Project Bridge Slide submitted by Costain
  • The PSBP Yorkshire Schools, submitted by Atkins / Laing O’Rourke
  • M180 Gantries SCULPline LED Lighting, submitted by A-one+ Integrated Highway Services
  • Innovative Use of BIM, submitted by Carillion/Morgan Sindall Joint Venture (CMSJV)

 

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Integration and Collaborative Working (Sponsored by Faithful+Gould)

  • The rebuilding of the Airedale International Air Conditioning factory, submitted by BAM Construction
  • Yeadon Extra Care Housing, submitted by Henry Boot Construction
  • Flamborough Head SPS relocation, submitted by Mott MacDonald Bentley Ltd
  • National College for High Speed Rail, Doncaster Project Team, submitted by Willmott Dixon Construction
  • Confidence Based Assurance at Yorkshire Water, submitted by Turner & Townsend
  • East Riding Leisure Bridlington, submitted by East Riding of Yorkshire Council
  • A1(M) Leeming to Barton Improvement, submitted by Carillion Morgan Sindall Joint Venture
  • Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, submitted by Interserve Construction
  • Sheffield Custody Suite, submitted by SES Engineering Services Ltd
  • Sheffield City Council Capital Delivery Partnership Framework, submitted by Turner & Townsend

 

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Leadership and People Development (Sponsored by Kier Group)

  • Lovell Partnerships Ltd Eastern Region – People Development Strategy
  • bmJV (BAM Morgan Sindall Joint Venture)
  • A1l2B (A1 Leeming to Barton Carillion Morgan Sindall Joint Venture)
  • CGL (Card Geotechnics Limited) – Harrogate Office (organisational entry)
  • Henry Boot Construction Ltd
  • Costain – M1 Smart Motorway J28-31

 

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This year we will be awarding a Project of the Year accolade each for both  infrastructure and  build. Both categories are sponsored by Gosschalks Solicitors.

Project of the Year – Infrastructure

  • Beverley Integrated Transport Plan, submitted by Balfour Beatty
  • A1 Leeming to Barton , submitted by Carillion Morgan Sindall Joint Venture
  • Great Yorkshire Way, submitted by Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council
  • A160 Rosper Road Bridge, submitted by Costain
  • M1 Smart Motorway J28-31, submitted by Costain
  • Blackburn Meadows WwTW (Fresh Water Fish Directive) & Bio Energy Digestion Plant, submitted by Aecom & Galliford Try Joint Venture
  • Area 12 MAC (Yorkshire & Humber), submitted by A-one Integrated Highway Services

 

Project of the Year – Building

  • The Hiscox Building, York, submitted by BAM Construction
  • Leeds Station Southern Entrance (LSSE), submitted by Mott MacDonald Ltd
  • East Riding Leisure Bridlington, submitted by East Riding of Yorkshire Council
  • The Diamond, University of Sheffield, submitted by Arup
  • Newlands Gardens Development, submitted by WDH Homebuilder
  • Airedale International Air Conditioning, submitted by DarntonB3 Architecture
  • Princes Gate, Catterick, submitted by Kier Construction
  • Leeds Housing Regeneration Project, submitted by Keepmoat
  • Factory 2050, submitted by Interserve Construction Limited
  • TPP New Headquarters, submitted by ISG

 

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Sustainability (Sponsored by Costain)

  • The Bright Building submitted by University of Bradford, Department of Estates and Facilities is association with Faithful+Gould
  • Lovell Partnerships (organisational entry)
  • Sustainability Business Strategy, submitted by Henry Boot Construction (organisational entry)
  • A1 Leeming to Barton Improvement, submitted by Carillion Morgan Sindall JV
  • M18 Potteric Carr Habitat Connectivity, submitted by A-one+ Integrated Highway Services

 

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SME of the Year (Sponsored by YORhub)

  • The Dyeworks, submitted by Towndoor Ltd
  • CGL (Card Geotechnics Limited) – Harrogate Office (organisational entry)
  • McLeod + Aitken (organisational entry)
  • Central Alliance (organisational entry)

 

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Value (Sponsored by Henry Boot Construction)

  • National Major Projects Framework West Yorkshire Smart Motorways Team, submitted by Bam Morgan Sindall
  • Hensall Barrier Bank Modifications, submitted by Turner & Townsend
  • Dean Clough A & B Mills, Halifax submitted by WGL Stoneclean Ltd

 

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Young Achiever of the Year (sponsored by A1L2B – a carillion morgan sindall joint venture)

  • Celeste Armitage, submitted by ESH Group
  • Robert Young, Henry Boot Construction
  • Luke Groom, Carillion
  • Hazel Short, Arup
  • Samuel O’Sullivan, Pell Frischmann
  • Ged Ayres, Arup

 

#CEYH2016 Awards: Proud to be different!

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As I write this post we are now just under five days to go until we close for this year’s Constructing Excellence in Yorkshire and Humber awards and we are very excited to see what you have all been up to in the last 12 months. We are really heartened by the response of local companies so far and can’t wait to get stuck into the judging process and organising the rest of the evening. There is still time to get your entries in – follow the links below or visit our dedicated awards page here

Not just your average awards ceremony

Here at the CKE, we take the responsibility of providing the best possible platform to showcase your projects, organisations and individuals extremely seriously, which is why you will never see us run the same event twice! Just like our entrants we aim for our awards ceremony to represent the common themes of our awards in being innovative, collaborative and dynamic.

For instance, at last year’s awards we were the only region to run a selfie competition, which was so successful that it was adopted at the nationals. Not just an excuse to take silly pictures (although that is always welcome), the selfie competition helped to raise the profile of the awards across social media giving extra coverage to the companies involved. We will be running it again this year so don’t forget to bring those phones and snap away!

If you are still undecided, here are just three more reasons why our awards are different and how your business will benefit from being involved,

  • Our dynamic team are all from construction/engineering backgrounds. With over twenty years combined industry experience, we know how to sell what the industry does best
  • Our awards are an experience as well as a ceremony. Every year the team try to do something different on the night itself to ensure the event is memorable for all the right reasons and is a real reward for the individuals and teams who take part. With this year’s Swinging from the Rooftops theme, this year is no exception! We have a number of surprises planned for you on the night – we can’t wait for you to see them!
  • Our added value with our relationships to the National Constructing Excellence network, Yorkshire and Humber Constructing Excellence Club, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds Sustainability Institute and our thinkBIM, Green Vision networks. Going forward there will be plenty of opportunities for our entrants to showcase their work at our breakfast and twilight seminars, our half day conferences and through site visits.

How to enter

Fully inclusive and completely free to enter, we welcome submissions from any organisations, companies &/or project teams involved in delivering building & civil engineering projects in our region over the last 12 months. With 13 categories to choose from we are sure there is one for you! The closing date for entries is 29th April 2016 and all the forms can be downloaded from the links below.

Achiever of the Year

BIM Project of the Year

Client of the Year

Health and Safety

Heritage

Innovation

Integration & Collaborative Working

Leadership & People Development

Project of the Year

SME of the Year

Sustainability

Value

Young Achiever of the Year

We look forward to reading your entries!

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Unlocking your BIM specifications with Assa Abloy at our #ceyh2016 breakfast event

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On the 21st January 2016 we welcomed around 30 individuals from across the regional construction sector back to Addleshaw Goddard’s offices in Leeds for the first of our 2016 constructing excellence breakfast events. Our alliteratively titled “Starting to specify the specifics of your specification” (CEYH Chair, Tom Oulton, was especially proud of that title!) event explored the RIBA Plan of Works Stage 2 from the viewpoint of BIM and product specifications.

Our main speaker for this event was Andy Stolworthy, BIM Manager at Assa Abloy. Assa Abloy are a global supplier of intelligent lock and security solutions formed 1994 through the merger of ASSA in Sweden and Abloy in Finland. Andy joined ASSA ABLOY UK in September 2003 working in a number of technical and product management roles. In his current role, Andy is the Technical and Commercial lead on BIM for the company as well as being a member of the BIM4M2 Data Templates group working to develop a useable platform that can support BIM adoption with a number of industry bodies such as CIBSE. A twitter summary of the key points from Andy’s presentation along with images can be found in the storify below.

Following Andy’s presentation, CEYH Chair Tom Oulton gave an overview of some of the CE supported events happening in our region over the next few months including thinkBIM’s much anticipated 23rd March conference, headlined by David Philp and this year’s Constructing Excellence in Yorkshire and Humber awards. Further details at the booking links below.

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In the meantime we look forward to seeing you at our next breakfast event on 24th February which will cover CDM from a Client’s perspective with speakers from Turner & Townsend and Addleshaw Goddard. Details here

 

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Constructing Excellence Members’ Forum – Autumn 2015

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Details have just been released about this year’s members forum event which is taking place on 14th October at Pinsent Masons LLP in London.

Date: Wednesday 14 October 2015
Venue: Pinsent Masons LLP, 30 Crown Place, Earl Street, London EC2A 4ES
Timing: 12.30 – 4.30pm (including lunch)

This Members’ Forum will focus on our members’ theme groups and aims to help members get more value from these. Last year we held a similar event to showcase the groups and consult on any new topics which members felt should be theme groups. This year we again want to showcase the groups’ work, and attendees will hear about new outputs being launched from the Asset Management, Procurement and Collaborative Working groups. Other themes currently include Sustainability, BIM, Funding & Finance, and the Nuclear sector. Our objective is to improve members’ engagement with these themes, and to ask whether these are the right topics for 2016. We look forward to an interesting afternoon and hope as many members as possible will be able to attend.

Please note that, as usual, in the morning we will have a meeting of our members steering group. Each member is entitled to nominate a rep to attend these meetings, they are not a closed shop and new people are welcome at any time. The meetings are always in the morning of the forums (i.e. 3 per year), take 2 hours or so, and are where we develop and direct our work programme to add value for members. Please contact the office if you would like to attend or to be included in the distribution list for future meetings.

Please also note that our Annual Conference will take place at Lord’s cricket ground on 11 November. Each national member is entitled to two free places (additional places and non-members attract a fee). The theme will be learning from other industries, with speakers from IT and aerospace amongst others. You can book for the Annual Conference on EventBrite.

AGENDA

1. Welcome and Introductions Don Ward, Chief Executive
2. Innovation in Practice Demo project Öppen – John Rich, SRA Architects
3. New outputs from our theme groups; 3.1. Asset management John O’Brien, LCMB 3.2. Collaborative working Kevin Thomas, Visionality
4. Breakout session and plenary feedback See below for details
5. Glenigan – KPI findings Tom Crane, Glenigan
6. Close Murray Rowden, CE Chairman

BREAKOUT SESSION “WHAT MATTERS ABOUT…”

Prior to the afternoon’s breakout session, attendees will be invited to add their thoughts to flipcharts on what is important to them about Asset Management, BIM, Collaborative Working, Funding & Finance, Nuclear, Sustainability and Procurement.During the breakout session, the Theme Group Chairs will each facilitate an individual session during which they give a brief update on their group, and use the flipchart data to prompt further discussion/ideas, and help to prioritise and shape the work plans for the next year. Attendees will be free to move amongst as many tables as they wish during the course of the session. There will also be a table for “Missing Theme Groups/New topics” for those who want to discuss or at least propose new topics for CE attention. To book onto the event, please contact Deborah Hynes on 07968 206 115 or deborah.hynes@constructingexcellence.org.uk

UPCOMING MEETINGS

Sustainability Theme Group Meeting – 8th October

Members Steering Group – 14th October

Members’ Forum – 14th October

National Awards – 23rd October

Annual Conference – 11th November

BIM Theme Group meeting- 2nd December

Collaborative Working Champions Meeting – 3rd December

Nuclear Theme Group Meeting – 10th December

Parliamentary Reception – 15th December

 

Why the Construction Excellence Awards are important – they let out Yorkshire’s best kept secrets!

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Guest Blog Post by Simon Owen, Vice-Chairman of CIBSE Yorkshire

I don’t know about you, but while I knew Yorkshire is a big county, and that we have a lot of building and construction work centred within the area, I didn’t know just how good we are at it. That changed on Friday…

At the Construction Excellence Yorkshire and Humber Awards people from all branches of the construction and engineering family came together to talk about what they do and celebrate what they have achieved over the last year. I was the guest of Tekla and it wasn’t until I was chatting with Marian Thomasson and Jill Willoughby that I realised Yorkshire’s history of innovation goes beyond the building as a whole, but also to the local manufacturers; Hepworth Building Products were at the front end of developing push fit plumbing fittings while NavisWorks is a development of a package created in Sheffield.

Kicking off the evening, Chris Gorse, Director and Professor of the Leeds Sustainability Institute and Centre for the Built Environment at Leeds Beckett University discussed with pride and passion the developments that they have been involved with as part of his opening speech, from the students graduating, the establishment of ThinkBIM, GreenVision, Construction Knowledge Exchange while he neglected to mention the launch of BIM4SME’s being held in the region or that the University acts as the central hub for the UK Living Building Challenge team. He made up for it though by talking about the close relationship that they have with industry and the shared enthusiasm for carrying out research to find a better way of doing what we do.

The thing I’ve admired about all of the groups Chris mentioned is that they are accessible; there is an “everybody welcome” approach so that no matter what your base level of knowledge you will enjoy the event and won’t feel daft being there. The other thing that is special about them is that they are all shared via through social media, web casts and tweets – possibly not a secret, but worth knowing if you have an interest in the subject but were a bit nervous about coming along.

 

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CEYH Chair, Tom Oulton, and host, BBC Look North’s Amy Garcia, taking selfies

The presentations themselves were inspirational; for instance Alison Watson of Class of Your Own introduced three of her students who had been working with Cundall, Mott MacDonald and Laing O’Rourke. They talked about their course, their plans for the future and how they have been supported by the companies that they worked with. There was a huge applause for the Alison as she is well known and recognised for being a trail blazer, but this was almost dwarfed by the one after students had presented; all 350 people in the room could sense their enthusiasm for what they have learned and could see how the “Design Engineer Construct!” programme has the potential to change how we bring people in to the industry.

 

Luke, Brad and Daniel of A Class of Your Own presenting

There was main contractors, sub contractors, design consultants and industry specialists all rubbing shoulders with client organisations such as East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Northern Rail and Yorkshire Water; it is hard to imagine a more diverse group of people gathering, talking and celebrating. Speaking with Mark Randerson of SH Structures, he told me that the awards are a crucial part of marketing their business; they design, install and manufacture steel structures, but not the standard stuff, they do the work where you look and wonder “just how on earth did they do that”. When they try to get on the supplier list for main contractors they struggle as procurement departments say “we have 6 people on the list, we don’t need anyone else”. When as Mark said, “all I want is for people to remember us when they need to deliver the out of the ordinary”, the awards help as people know that they are the company that won this award, was nominated for that award or completed projects that change local landscapes such as The Kelpies. Procurement may have six people on their list, but there probably aren’t six companies in the country that can deliver projects of the nature that specialists such as SH can.

Above all it changed perceptions and proved that every project being delivered by every organisation has scope to do something amazing and break new ground. Lovell won the award for Health and Safety on their Hull re-roofs project demonstrating that glamour is not required. The Heritage award was won by East Riding of Yorkshire Council for their Sewerby Hall Access Project showing that a high profile and international brand is not essential while the Integration and Collaborative Working award went to Kier and the York Teaching Hospital NHS Trust, marking how the focus of the property team remains on delivering the best facilities they can in the midst of the various wrangling’s and politics.

 

The Lovell team collecting their award

The East Riding of Yorkshire Council team collecting their award

It would be great to see more public bodies, housing schemes (low energy new builds perhaps?) and what some would say left field works represented next year and really spread the word of just what is being achieved behind so many office doors and site entrances.

For me, one thing is for sure and that our host for the evening, Amy Garcia, summed it up well when she said that “the future of the industry is in safe hands” after hearing Luke, Brad and Daniel of Class of Your Own speak. She’s right, especially if the news is as good in other regions as it is in this one…

Simon Owen

 

 

Shortlist announced for this year’s #ceyhawards

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Shortlist announced for Constructing Excellence Yorkshire & Humber Awards 2015

A Stately home, an Eco Home development & a chapel garden, just a sample of some of the fantastic projects that have been shortlisted for this year’s Constructing Excellence in Yorkshire & Humber awards (#CEYHAWARDS).

Organised by the Centre for Knowledge Exchange at Leeds Beckett University, these awards are open to organisations, companies and project teams involved in delivering “excellence in construction” across 13 different categories, each one representing the core themes underpinning the Constructing Excellence movement & improvement agenda. Sponsored by Atlas Cloud, categories include integration & collaborative working, client of the year and new for 2015, BIM Project of the year.

Leading the way with nominations are A-one+ Integrated Services with five nominations closely followed by Carillion Morgan Sindall and Henry Boot Construction. We are thrilled to see more entries from smaller organisations this year and particular commendation must go to WGL Stoneclean, a Leeds based SME, who have been nominated in 3 separate categories. The full shortlist can be viewed on the #ceyhawards web page at the following link.

http://ckegroup.org/cexcellenceyh/?page_id=457

 

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The winners will be revealed at a gala presentation dinner on 17th July at the National Railway Museum in York. Over the last seven years the CEYHAWARDS have grown to be one of the highlights of the regional construction calendar & this year promises to be bigger than ever. We have already enjoyed a record number of submissions and look forward to welcoming around 350 construction professionals, representing a broad cross section of the construction industry, on the night itself to celebrate the very best that our sector has to offer. Atlas Cloud CEO Pete Watson says

“We are delighted to support the Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber Awards 2015, it’s a true celebration of the construction industry. Industry professionals are raising the bar on projects for clients and pioneering new ways of working such as BIM, with Yorkshire being one of the leading areas in the country. We are proud to be working with such leading, growing businesses operating more efficiently and productively through collaboration, communication and mobility”

Tables & individual places at the event can be booked at the following link and include a drinks reception, a three course gourmet dinner, the awards presentation and lots of entertainment thrown in too! The event is black tie but we are encouraging all our guests to wear an item of colour in their outfits, whether a bright scarf or colourful bow tie, to break up the black!

http://onlinestore.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=2&deptid=18&catid=41&prodid=411

 

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Our charity partner for this year will be Disability Action Yorkshire, a fantastic charity that provides services to improve the lives of disabled people.  These include residential care which trains younger adults in the skills required to live independently, care and support within people’s own homes, fully accessible holiday accommodation and training in the skills required for employment linked to a thriving social enterprise. Find out about them and support their work via http://www.disabilityactionyorkshire.org.uk/

 

With thanks to our sponsors

 

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#CEYHAWARDS 2015 – The submission process

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As there are only 10 days to go until the closing date for this year’s #ceyhawards, a quick reminder about this year’s #ceyhawards submission process

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All entries should be emailed to us at ceyhawards@leedsbeckett.ac.uk – we can accept links from file sharing applications, i.e. dropbox, we transfer e.t.c. If this method is not possible then you can post your entry to us on a memory stick at the following address:

CEYH Awards, c/o Centre for Knowledge Exchange, Leeds Beckett University, Room G03, Northern Terrace, Queen Square Court | Leeds | LS2 8AG

IMPORTANT – You will receive email confirmation from us once we have received your entry.

Therefore if you have already submitted your entry and not received an email please ring us on 0113 812 7601 to check that we have your submission.

If you have any questions about the above then please do not hesitate to contact me,

The closing date for entries is Friday 15th May – all the forms you need to complete for your chosen category can be downloaded from the CEYH website at the link below.

http://ckegroup.org/cexcellenceyh/?page_id=457

We look forward to receiving your entries & best of luck!

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