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Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber Awards 2018: Presenting our Winners and Highly Commended!

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Congratulations to all the companies who walked away with accolades at last Thursday’s 2018 Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber Awards (#CEYH2018). Held at the Queen’s Hotel in Leeds, the standard was extremely high once again and there were certainly no easy categories to judge – the calibre of the projects that didn’t win only serving to illustrate the many examples of construction best practice taking place in our region.

The organisers are in the process of contacting all the entrants with comments and feedback about their specific projects but in the meantime please view the full list of winners and highly commended below.

The winners now go on to represent the Yorkshire and Humber region at the National Constructing Excellence Awards in London in Autumn. The CEYH team hope you will join them in wishing all the companies the best of luck and hoping they bring it home for the region!

Further information about this year’s awards and how to get involved in #CEYH2019 can be found at http://ckegroup.org/cexcellenceyh/ceyh-awards-2018/.

WINNERS

Integration and Collaborative Working

Sponsored by thinkBIM (BIM Region for Yorkshire and Humber).

Winner: Interserve Construction in association with South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust.

Highly Commended: SES Engineering, in association with Galliford Try for School of Chemical and Process Engineering at Leeds University.

 

Client of the Year

Sponsored by Addleshaw Goddard.

Winner: Yorkshire Water, nominated by Turner & Townsend.

Highly Commended: Merrion House, a Town Centre Securities/Leeds City Council initiative, nominated by BAM Construction.

 

Health, Safety and Wellbeing

Sponsored by School of Built Environment and Engineering at Leeds Beckett University.

Winner: JN Bentley Ltd.

Highly Commended: Interserve Construction for the Piazza Learning Centre at the University of York.

 

Value Award

Sponsored by NPS Group.

Winner: Farrell and Clark Architects for the Brownlee Centre at the University of Leeds.

Highly Commended: A-one+ Integrated Highways Services for A64 Askham Bryan Ultrigrip Pavement Solution.

 

The Offsite Award

Sponsored by Faithful+Gould

Winner:  NG Bailey UK for the Urban Sciences Building at Newcastle University*. *This project was built offsite in Yorkshire.

Highly Commended: East Riding of Yorkshire Council for Bridlington Beach Chalets.

Preservation and Rejuvenation

Sponsored by the Leeds Sustainability Institute, Leeds Beckett University.

Winner: A-one+ Integrated Highways Services for M180 Inglis Bridge Preservation scheme.

Highly Commended: NPS Barnsley for Cannon Hall Entrance restoration.

 

SME of the Year

Sponsored by YORhub.

Winner: Innovation Fire Ltd.

Highly Commended 1: Leeds Environmental Design Associates (LEDA).

Highly Commended 2: McLeod and Aitken.

 

Sustainability

Sponsored by BAM Construction.

Winner: Interserve for the Piazza Learning Centre at the University of York.

Highly Commended 1: Leeds Environmental Design Associates (LEDA) for William’s Den Play Area restoration, East Yorkshire.

Highly Commended 2: Farrell and Clark for Harrogate Civic Centre.

 

Digital Construction

Sponsored by Trimble Tekla.

Winner: Mott MacDonald Bentley (MMB) for Gouthwaite Reservoir Spillway.

Highly Commended: NG Bailey for Piazza Learning Centre at the University of York.

 

People Development

Sponsored by Interserve.

Winner: Curtins.

 

Innovation

Sponsored by SES Engineering Services

Winner: Interserve for their Visual Sound Indicator.

Highly Commended: NG Bailey for their Near Miss / Observation Online Capture System

 

Project of the Year – Civils

Sponsored by Gosschalks.

Winner: Balfour Beatty for the Tadcaster Bridge restoration in association with North Yorkshire Council.

Highly Commended: A-one Integrated Highways Services for A63 South Cave Project.

Project of the Year – Buildings

Sponsored by Shulmans LLP.

Winner: Willmott Dixon for the National High Speed Rail College in Doncaster.

Highly Commended: Interserve for the Allam Medical Building at the University of Hull

 

Best of the Best

Sponsored by the Yorkshire and Humber Constructing Excellence Club.

Winner: Willmott Dixon for the National High Speed Rail College in Doncaster.

 

The Andrew Platten Award

Winner: Lydia McGuinness, Henry Boot Construction. Award collected by Caroline Key on behalf of G4C Yorkshire.

 

 

Representatives from local authorities, housing associations and private developers wanted for Good Homes Alliance Event

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The Good Homes Alliance are seeking interest for local authorities, housing associations and private developers who are interested in the newly launched Vanguard Campaign and wish to attend an exclusive invite only event in Leeds.

Aims of the campaign

Many local authority housing departments and progressive developers are keen Campaign partners to develop housing to “better than minimum” or “enhanced” standards, as this
will lead to better health and well-being for occupants, help reduce fuel poverty, and create better neighbourhoods and long-term local value.

The Vanguard Campaign will showcase the work of Good Homes Alliance members and partners who are working at the cutting-edge to deliver housing to enhanced sustainability standards. These Vanguards will demonstrate what is possible and how they achieved it, with the aim of inspiring others to do the same. The Leeds launch event provides a fantastic opportunity to hear from developers, architects and housing providers about their experiences of delivering to enhanced standards, to raise questions and to network with colleagues.

Leeds Event, 15th May 2018 2018, TIME: 13:30-17:00, VENUE: The Tetley, Hunslet Rd, Leeds LS10 1JQ

This afternoon seminar is the second of the GHA Vanguard Campaign’s free, invitation-only events. It provides the opportunity for local authority housing delivery arms, housing associations and developers in the region to hear from colleagues about their experiences of delivering to enhanced standards, to raise questions and to network.

Enquries

If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Liz in the first instance via e.a.schofield@leedsbeckett.ac.uk or via phone to (T) 0113 812 1902.

The Programme

 

Making neighbourhood planning work for the inner city and disadvantaged areas: Leeds Planning Network Conference 2018

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Saturday 9th June 2018

The Rose Bowl, Leeds (513 as the main meeting room and 515 & 525 – please go to the 5th Floor on arrival for registration)

10:00 to 14:30

Leeds City Council, Leeds Beckett University and the Royal Town Planning Institute are pleased to present our joint neighbourhood planning  for inner-city and disadvantaged communities conference.

The event is aimed at well-established groups across the country as well as those who have had problems in getting started or are considering whether Neighbourhood planning could be for them. Local authority officers, councillors and others who work in neighbourhood planning will also find the event useful with workshops focusing on their needs too.

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Community Housing – why it’s all kicking off? (Event)

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Programme

Chair: 

Nic BlissHead of Policy, Confederation of Cooperative Housing:  Nick will Chair the event as well as provide a brief overview of co-operative housing in England, setting out its core principles, distinctiveness and importance.

Speakers:

Steve Hoey, co-founder and Director of Leeds Community Homes: Steve will provide an update on Leeds Community Homes and the new hub, and give a brief overview of the movement in Leeds.

Bill Phelps, chair of ChaCo, Chapeltown Co-Housing: Bill will provide a briefing on ChaCo covering the origins, motivation, land identification and building plans.

Sarah May, Principal Regeneration Officer (Affordable & Specialist Housing) Leeds City Council’s Housing Growth Team: Sarah will describe the support and partnership working provided by LCC, and give an idea of the institutional support necessary for co-operative housing to flourish.

 

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Heritage and Conservation dilemmas considered at Neighbourhood Planning Master Class

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On Thursday 16th Leeds Planning School’s masterclass on 16 November addressed the dilemmas for planners in making local character, heritage and sense of place central to their policies. The three speakers provided lots inspiration and ideas on heritage, design and articulating public concern to an audience of over 30 neighbourhood planning group members and built environment professionals.

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Latest Developments in Neighbourhood Planning – September’s RTPI Yorkshire and Leeds Beckett University Conference

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At our recent conference in collaboration with RTPI Yorkshire we welcomed six fantastic speakers to discuss the latest developments in Neighbourhood planning.   Opening the conference was Steve Hoey, Head of Neighbourhood Planning & Housing at Locality, who delivered a national overview of local planning uptake, what neighbourhood plans can achieve on the ground and why people should get involved.

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Investment Opportunity – Kirkstall Valley Development Trust

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This is a one-off chance to create a centre for sustainable education in two heritage mills based in 200 acres of green space in inner Leeds involving the universities, community and private sectors.

Kirkstall Valley Development Trust is one of Leeds most ambitious community driven projects. The Trust was set up in 2016 to develop a learning and leisure park over 200 acres of inner Leeds and to refurbish two heritage mills that lie at its heart. The Trust are working with Leeds City Council, University of Leeds, Leeds Beckett University, the Centre for Alternative Technology and local community groups to create:

  • A Centre for Future Cities (CFC) in Abbey Mills teaching practical and high level skills for sustainable living, focusing on water, energy, food and housing.
  • Environmental education particularly aimed at young people
  • Energy, growing and nature projects
  • On site power sourced from the river and solar panels
  • New parkland and wildlife areas
  • Improved access, with cycle and walk ways
  • Two refurbished heritage mills
  • Workspace for sympathetic small businesses
  • Flexible community space
  • A public café / bar, events and exhibition space

The CFC intends to be a genuine partnership space bringing together different sectors. It will focus on key areas of city life that need to be, and are being, transformed: transport, energy, food and nature, housing and work. It will do this by:

  • Providing real world opportunities for research and learning from an early stage in development
  • Co-creating and sharing knowledge and understanding between different groups – communities, enterprises, policy makers, researchers, learners
  • Being an exemplar of sustainable good practice in urban scale developments
  • Recognising challenges, evaluating and adapting

Further details can be found at the Trust’s website here

**INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY**

During 2017 the Trust will undertake development work financed by our community share issue (running until April 20th) which will hopefully followed by a development grant from Heritage Lottery to pay for architectural and surveyor fees, project management, marketing and community engagement. Initially we are looking for investors via our crowdfunding page which can be accessed by clicking the link below.

We are very close to our initial £40,000 target so please do support us if you can!

Planning and Housing Strategies in the Combined Authorities – Leeds Planning Network Master Class 16 February

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Planning and housing strategies are essential for economic growth in the Combined Authorities and delegates at the Leeds Planning Network event in February had the opportunity to study three different approaches.
Speakers from Greater Manchester Combined Authority, South Yorkshire and Leeds City Regions provided much needed insight into the impact on planning and housing strategies on the city devolution agenda. They were ably chaired by consultant and researcher Jane Kettle, and addressed an audience of around 50 practitioners. Identifying a choice of strategies, the three speakers shared a vision that links housing growth to rising prosperity.

Anne Morgan, Planning Strategy Manager for Greater Manchester set out the benefits and challenges of the Combined Authority. The ability to produce a Greater Manchester spatial framework has made it possible to identify strategic growth areas, and plan collectively and consistently across ten local government areas. The spatial framework is supported by Mayoral compulsory purchase powers, and benefits from the potential to create Mayoral development companies. It has enabled the authorities to identify priorities, not only for economic growth but for the enhancement of green infrastructure. But it has also entangled the Combined Authority in public controversy over the loss of green belt land as tough decisions on housing allocations are made.
You can look at Anne Morgan’s  presentation here: Anne Morgan – GMSF Leeds .

While the route to becoming a Combined Authority has not been smooth in South Yorkshire, a collective approach to planning and housing has emerged from the bottom-up. A housing compact agreed between registered providers in South Yorkshire was hailed by Tony Stacy, chief executive of South Yorkshire Housing Association, a leap forward in co-operation and joint planning. The compact between local authorities and housing associations demonstrates a willingness to work collaboratively in meeting housing need. It has resulted in a joint bid for housing investment and plans to radically expand the number of new homes built. Housing – once excluded from the priorities of the city region – is now seen as a key part of the infrastructure of economic growth.
 You can look at Tony Stacy’s presentation here: Tony Stacey – Devolution, housing and Planning

An infrastructure investment framework has enabled the West Yorkshire Combined Authority to co-ordinate strategic planning in the Leeds city region and neighbouring areas. Colin Blackburn, Head of Infrastructure, stressed the need for a shared approach to planning and placemaking. While political structures evolve slowly, it is co-operation between authorities on development frameworks, land acquisition, site selection that makes combination possible. Significant challenges to housing delivery persist, and the Government White Paper provided few solutions, but agreement on strategy and consistency in approach are key achievements for West Yorkshire authorities.
You can find Colin Blackburn’s presentation here: Colin Blackburn RTPI – Planning and Housing Under Devo

 

By  Quintin Bradley

 

 

Planning Network Master Class: Planning and housing strategies in the combined authorities -16th February, Leeds

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Thursday 16th February 2017
17:30 – 19:30
The Rose Bowl (5th floor), Lecture Theatre RB538,
Leeds Beckett University,  Woodhouse Lane,
Leeds LS1 3HB

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What has been the impact of city devolution on planning and housing strategies? What new approaches have been taken by the combined authorities and what benefits have they seen?
 
Chair: Jane Kettle, Housing Consultant and Researcher
Our Panel:
 
Colin Blackburn, Head of Infrastructure & Investment, West Yorkshire Combined Authority
Anne Morgan, Planning Strategy Manager, Greater Manchester Planning & Housing Team
Tony Stacey, Chief Executive, South Yorkshire Housing Association
Followed by Q & A with the Panel

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Planning and the Future of Retail – Leeds Planning Network Masterclass

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Where is the retail market going now, in location, development and acquisition, what market trends are identified for new developments or retail opportunities, what is the impact on the high street, and the future for the independent retailer?

 

Chair: 

Cathy Barnes – Director and Professor of Retail Innovation, The Retail Institute, Leeds Beckett University

 

Panel:

Gerald Jennings – President Leeds Chamber and York & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, formerly Portfolio Director, Land Securities (North & Scotland)

Julian Dobson – director Urban Pollinators Ltd, author of ‘How to Save Our Town Centres: a radical agenda for the future of High Streets’ published by Policy Press 2015

Followed by Q & A with the Panel

 

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