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Introducing the 2021 Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber Awards – Join us for our online launch event!

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Organised by the School of Built Environment, Engineering and Computing at Leeds Beckett University, the Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber Awards (#CEYH2021) focus attention on some of the most important issues in the construction sector. They recognise the very best companies, collaborations and projects, inspiring others to adopt new and better ways of working that deliver outstanding results.

Join us for our official #ceyh2021 online launch event where we will hear from our panel of esteemed judges what they are looking for in a winning entry.

We will also hear from National Constructing Excellence about the value of entering our awards.

Have you not entered our awards before? Maybe you have but want some extra tips on how to make your entry stand out.

If you are considering entering our awards for the first time or have done in the past but want to improve on your submission style, then our judges will be available to answer all of your key questions providing hints and tips.


Covid-19 has created many new challenges for the industry in our region with businesses having to adapt to survive. Our awards have always been about more than a great party, they are about showcasing what our industry does well, driving up standards and ultimately leading positive change in our industry. Off the back of a difficult year, when the sector will look to recovery we think it is more important than ever that businesses make noise about everything they have achieved. Entering our awards can;

  • Raise awareness of the work you do and how it contributes to improving the wider reputation and image of the sector.
  • Demonstrate excellence in your market, showcasing your organisation to key regional and national influencers and helping you to win more work.
  • Show your customers (and your competitors) that you are committed to keeping standards high.
  • Gain external validation for your company values.
  • Celebrate your team’s success, boost morale and help you to attract and retain the best industry talent.
  • Focus your internal strategy to embed a culture of best practice throughout your business.
  • Align your business to the Constructing Excellence brand and our key drivers for a better industry.


Date: Thursday 28th January 2021

Time: 10.00 to 11.00

Where: Online via Microsoft Teams, you will be sent a joining link once you have registered for the event.





Watch Live! Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber Awards 2020

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Thursday 22nd October 2020
16:00 to 17:15
Please do join us online for this year’s Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber Awards. There are some fantastic projects being showcased and thirteen trophies up for grabs!
You can watch via the link below – no prior registration is necessary.
As usual we will be asking our online guests to send us their selfies showing us how and where they are watching! Are you going to get dressed up? Going to grab a glass of fizz or maybe you will just make us jealous by showing us the glamorous location you are tuning in from! Selfies to be sent via the hashtag #ceyh2020 – we will show the best ones in the ceremony!
Attending our online event is FREE however we do politely ask that you make a donation to our #CEYH2020 charity appeal in aid of Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice. We would normally raise around £3000+ at our physical ceremony and we would like to get as close to that total if possible. We are currently only 20% of the way there so anything you can give would be much appreciated by our charity.
Donations can be made via our justgiving page.

Launching our #CEYH2020 Charity Appeal for Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice

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Every year we use the evening of our Constructing Excellence awards dinner to raise funds for a regional charity. Unfortunately as we are now moving our ceremony online due to COVID19, we have lost the opportunity to collect much needed funds in the room.

We are therefore launching an online campaign with the hope of raising the same, if not more, for this year’s charity, Wheatfields Hospice.

Many charities are suffering at the moment having had their shops closed and traditional fundraising activities curtailed so it is now even more important to support them to keep going. Hospices have had a signficant role to play in the pandemic, providing dignity, care, compassion and bereavement support to families, all while working under some very challenging conditions.

We have our own personal reasons for choosing Wheatfields, please visit our page to hear our story.

To donate, just click on the button above or at the link below. Donations can be made anonymously if you would prefer. Please add gift aid as it doesn’t cost you anything more and will add to the charity’s overall total.

We know that giving to charity is very much a personal decision but if everyone who has ever attended our dinner donated what they would normally do on the evening then we know we could reach our target. Every year we are always blown away by our network’s generosity. We thank you in advance for your support.

Constructing Excellence Yorkshire & Humber Awards 2020 & COVID-19

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We are sure that many of you are closely monitoring the situation around COVID-19 and are no doubt aware of government restrictions currently in place on gatherings and events.

The safety of our guests is paramount and we have therefore taken the difficult decision to postpone this year’s Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber Awards.

The awards will now take place on the evening of Wednesday 7th October 2020 (put it in the diary folks!). The timings, venue, theme are all the same as before and all current bookings will be transferred over to the new date.

The CEYH team are absolutely committed to delivering these awards which we know are a highlight for many of our network and an opportunity to shine a spotlight on what our industry does well and reward our hard working teams for delivering these often critical build and infrastructure projects. We feel that by October we hope to be through the worst of the impact and will welcome the opportunity to bring our network together for a celebration of the built environment’s contribution.

If for any reason we are unable to deliver a physical ceremony on the 7th, we will still be doing a full judging process and allocating regional winners so please do keep those entries coming in . We have also decided to extend the entry period to give people sufficient time to complete a submission.

The new deadline for entries will be Tuesday 26th May 2020.



Building Project of the Year 2020 (Sponsored by Innovation Fire)

Civil Engineering Project of the Year 2020   (Sponsored by Gosschalks)

Client of the Year 2020 (Sponsored by Addleshaw Goddard)

Conservation & Regeneration 2020   **available to sponsor**

Digital Construction 2020   (Sponsored by Trimble Tekla)

Health, Safety & Wellbeing 2020   **available to sponsor**

Innovation 2020   (Sponsored by Faithful+Gould)

Integration & Collaborative Working 2020   (Sponsored by Turner & Townsend)

Offsite 2020   (Sponsored by Clarion Solicitors)

People Development 2020   (Sponsored by CIOB Yorkshire)

Sustainability 2020   (Sponsored by SFS)

SME of the Year 2020   (Sponsored by YORhub)

Value 2020   (Sponsored by Shulmans)



Closing Date: Tuesday 26th May 2020

Shortlist Announced: w/c 22nd June 2020

Gala Awards Dinner:  Wednesday 7th October 2020, New Dock, Leeds

Visit our awards pages for further information or download our awards brochure

International Women’s Week 2019: Leeds Beckett University call to “Cite Women” !

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Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber is proud to be supporting this event promoting women’s visability in built environment research.

Each year, IWD (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Throughout this week, there will be IWD events across the University and elsewhere in the city including this one organised by the Women and the Built Environment Research Cluster based at the School of Built Environment and Engineering at Leeds Beckett University.


Have you read a woman’s writing today?

Have you cited a woman’s writing today?

Reading and citing women’s work is a simple way to make universities better, fairer places for women students and staff.

Join us on Monday 4th March in the Rose Bowl Atrium for a ‘cite-in’

  • pick up a free book
  • cake-cite-swap: get a cake for pledging to cite women in a specific assignment, module seminar readings, lecture reading list, article.​​
  • sit with us for an hour and cite women in your work
  • share books that have inspired you
  • chat with your librarians, lecturers, students

Supported by: Women & the Built Environment Research Cluster; PsyCen Gender & Sexualities Stream, School of Social Sciences; Leeds Business School.

Location: Rose Bowl Atrium by Beckett Kitchen, 10am to 4pm

Malham Dissertation Fieldtrip – One of a kind ‘writing retreat’ for Leeds Beckett final year Human Geography and Planning Students

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In January, final year students studying BA Human Geography and BA Human Geography & Planning spent three days in Malham, a small village in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. Each year staff accompany students on this fieldtrip and although it is known colloquially as the ‘Dissertation Boot Camp’, students always have a great time. The trip is actually an innovative ‘writing retreat’, the only one of its kind in our university. It is run by Dr Bronwen Edwards, who is a trained academic writing retreat facilitator. Indeed, several of the staff are actively engaged in research on student fieldtrips and writing, and we have drawn on this experience to create a writing retreat that really works for our students as they embark on writing up their dissertation research.

We have a busy programme of activities. Students can choose to attend communal writing sessions, dissertation workshops, and specialist group tutorials on ‘troubleshooting your methodology’ or ‘making a start with your content chapters’ and so on. This year’s exciting addition was a new workshop led by Dr Karen Horwood ‘Serious play lego!’ where students were encouraged to explore where they were at with their dissertations and how to move forward, by making lego models. We are really lucky that several of the staff are experienced walkers and lead country walks for all the students in the spectacular countryside. The rural setting is great for relieving stress, clearing the head, and encouraging the creative flow.
Students have lots of opportunities for support and advice In Malham, but the main aim is to create time and space to write, away from the usual distractions of city life. We help students learn strategies for writing productively when they return to normal student life in Leeds, for example how to break through writer’s block and how to establish a routine of regular writing. So many students find this trip game-changing for their dissertations, building their academic confidence and renewing their enthusiasm for their dissertation topics.

Article by Dr Andre Pusey, Course Director, Master of Planning / BA Housing Studies / BA Human Geography

More about our Human Geography, Housing and Planning Courses on the School of Built Environment and Engineering Website

Grant and Funding workshop with the CITB

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When: Wednesday 13th February 2019 | 08:00 for registration, 08:30 to 09:30 for the seminar.

Where: Room 221, School of Built Environment and Engineering at Leeds Beckett University, Northern Terrace Building, Queen Square Court Road, off Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, LS2 8AG

For their next event, Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and the Humber are delighted to bring you this practical workshop in conjunction with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) looking at the various funding streams available to SMEs in the construction industry and how to access them.

Delivered by Monica Costelloe and John Long, Regional CITB Advisors for Yorkshire, the event is an opportunity to learn about the CITB Training Model, including the Training Directory, Training Register and how to claim grants. Monica and John will also be running through the process for claiming up to £10,000 through the Skills and Training Fund. The skills and training fund currently assesses applications at six points throughout the year and with the next date being on 1st March 2019 there is a real opportunity to secure funds for upskilling your workforce in a matter of weeks.

In addition the workshop will also outline the other ways in which the CITB can support your business as well as answering any questions you may have and giving you advice and guidance on how to apply.

CEYH realises how important SME’s time is so we have deliberately organised this event for an early morning start and are throwing in tea, coffee and breakfast too!

Please note: The funding is available to CITB registered employees with between 1 to 99 employees. Even if you are not yet CITB registered, please do come along and find out how to get registered and the benefits of joining.

Please note the session is due to end at 9:30 although our advisors will be around until 10:00 for any additional questions.





Sponsorship Opportunity – School of Built Environment Undergraduate Awards 2018

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Wednesday 18th July 2018

The Queen’s Hotel, Leeds (timings to be confirmed – evening)

Many thanks for your interest in sponsoring the 2018 Undergraduate Awards Evening. Our prize giving evening is all about celebrating the success of our top student achievers in a manner befitting of their hard work and efforts and matching them with potential sponsors. It is also about thanking the proud parents whose care and support has paid off in the best manner.

Our awards are an opportunity for a sponsor to demonstrate the importance they place on education, tackling the skills crisis and supporting the next generation of construction professionals as they transition from study to the workplace.

  • Your organisation becomes an official named sponsor and as such will receive acknowledgement on all promotional materials, website and multimedia presentations relating to the student awards ceremony.
  • Opportunity to display banners at the awards ceremony and dinner and put literature on the tables.
  • Two guest places at the Dean’s table at the dinner itself.
  • Full page of advertisement in the ceremony brochure to be handed out on the evening to all guests (specifications to be agreed).
  • Regular announcements of your involvement across our social media channels.
  • Recognition from the master of ceremonies

£1000 + VAT

Please contact Josie Rothera, if you are interested in supporting our event.

Planning for Green Space: Event

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Wednesday 20 June 2018, 17:30 for registration, 18:00 to 20:00

Calverley Lecture Theatre (CL113), Portland Building, Leeds Beckett City Campus 

How do we balance the benefits of green space against the demands of development? Green space is vital for health and wellbeing. Do we need new planning tools to protect and enhance our green future?



Yassamin Sheel

Save Greater Manchester Green Belt


Victoria Bankes Price

Planning Adviser, Woodland Trust


Andrew Wood and Jackie Copley

Planning Managers, Campaign to Protect Rural England Yorkshire & Lancashire


£25 standard rate or £15 for neighbourhood planning groups



BEE Inspired: Join our Architectural Technology assessment panels

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Our Architectural Technology Students are showcasing their work over the next few weeks and are looking for industry participants to help offer critique, feedback and advice. If you would like to get involved in any of the following sessions, please contact in the first instance.

Thank you – we appreciate your support to our students!

Friday 4th of May 2018

9am to 3.30pm

Module: Architectural Detailing Principles

Level 5 AT Students presenting project designs for Rosebowl Car Park Phase 2. This is primarily to test student 3D visualisation skills, individual presenting skills without technology, the students understanding of site location, building location, surrounding influence and existing neighbouring influences.

Panel required to assist with assessing the presentations.

Tuesday 8th of May 2018

9am to 6pm

Module: Design Studio 2

Level 5 Students presenting a solution to CITU’s new headquarters. The students have been requested to upgrade and extend an existing warehouse on a site in LS10 and convert in to CITU’s new headquarters. The students will be presenting the equivalent of a building regulations package following on from the semester one design.

Panel required to assist with assessing the presentations.

Thursday 10th of May 2018

9am to 6pm

Module: Design Studio 3

Level 6 (final year students) presenting a solution for a live project. The client is Kirkstall Valley Development Trust and the students have been requested to refurbish St Ann’s Mill in Leeds.

Panel required to assist with assessing the presentations.


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