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Constructing Excellence Yorkshire & Humber Awards 2014 Winners!

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On Friday 18th July over 350 enthusiastic guests came together to celebrate the best in Construction at Sheffield City Hall. The Evening featured Peter Hansford and was hosted by the brilliant JoJo Kelly (Capital FM). We would like to thank sponsors, judges and all those who were short-listed. We are delighted to announce the winners from the evening below.The National final will take place on Friday 14th November in London, please keep an eye out for details of this.

Young Achiever – G4C (Sponsored by _Space Group)

Highly Commended – Bethany Wilson (Halcrow)

Winner – Andrew Costello (GB Building Solutions Ltd)

Young Achiever Winner

Integration & Collaborative Working (Sponsored by TEKLA)

Highly Commended – MGJV  (Esholt THP)

Winner – A-One+ (Area 12 Collaborative Planning & Visual Management)

Integration & Collaboration Winner

Leadership & People Development (Sponsored by ESH Construction)

Winner -Balfour Beatty (North Central Delivery Unit)

Leadership & People Development Winner

Heritage (Sponsored by Ornate Interiors)

Highly Commended – William Anelay Ltd (Sheffield Cathedral Gateway Project)

Winner – William Anelay Ltd (World at Wentworth)

Heritage Project of the Year Winner

Health and Safety (Sponsored by Gosschalks Solicitors)

Highly Commended – East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Winner – BAM Morgan Sindall (M1 J39-J42 Smart Motorways ‘Ten Steps to Zero Exposure)

Health & Safety Award Winner

Innovation (Sponsored by M3)

Highly Commended – Turner & Townsend/Yorkshire Water (Risk Based Contract Management)

Winner – MGJV (Starting a REVOlution)

CA (211)

The Legacy – Sustainability (Sponsored by GB Building Solutions Ltd)

Highly Commended – Balfour Beatty (Doncaster Southern Gateway)

Winner – Green Building Store (Cre8 Barn, Stirley Community Farm, Huddersfield)

The Legacy Award Winner

Value (Sponsored by CIOB)

Winner – Turner & Townsend/Yorkshire Water (Risk Based Contract Management)

Value Award Winner

SME (Sponsored by Henry Boot Construction Ltd)

Winner – Cubicle Centre

SME of the Year Award Winner

Achiever of the Year (Sponsored by Class Of Your Own)

Highly Commended – Matthew Bostwick (Southdale Ltd)

Winner – Steve Baker (East Riding of Yorkshire Council)

Achiever of the Year Winner

Client of the Year (Sponsored by Bond Bryan Architects)

Winner – East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Client of the Year Winner

Project of the Year (Sponsored by William Anelay Ltd)

Highly Commended – Stephen George & Partners (Department of Health Library Resource Unit Quarry House Leeds)

Winner – MGJV (Scarborough rBWD – A Coast to Boast About)

Project of the Year Winner

Best of the Best (Sponsored By YHCE Club)

Winner – Cubicle Centre

Best of the Best Award Winner

Passivhaus Excellence Breakfast Event on 25th June 2014

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Claire Bowles welcomed all attendees to Addleshaw Goddard and explained this was our final event for the summer. Constructing Excellence seminars will resume in September after the awards ceremony which is held on 18th July 2014 at Sheffield City Hall. Our chair for the morning was introduced as Dr Tom Knowland, Head of Sustainable Energy & Climate Change.

There was a great array of construction professionals at the seminar and Tom kicked off the proceedings by thanking everybody for attending. Tom explained he has a great interest in Passivhaus and that Leeds is on the cusp of building its first Council houses for over 40 years with an aspiration to reach very high and hopefully Passivhaus standards. The aim is to have attractive council houses that achieve high environment and energy standards with less running costs. Tom introduced the first speaker of the day, Elrond Burrell from Architype Ltd to discuss “Passivhaus: Sacrificing natural materials for energy efficiency”

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Elrond addressed the room and explained that he attends a lot of events speaking about Passivhaus and about BIM, both of which he is always very excited to share about. Architype have been around for 30 years and specialise in fully integrated design and low energy performance buildings and have won many awards. The company are very proud of delivering buildings that perform as well as or better than predicted.   Elrond described how some people have misconceptions about Passivhaus being hippy, green, soft and furry. Others believe it is German minimalistic. Architype’s theme is simple and elegant designs.

Elrond spoke about climate change and how this issue is critical. We need to reduce CO2 emissions, stop runaway climate change and invest money into doing so. The EU EPB directive 2010 stipulates we need to operate near zero energy buildings by 2018 (public) and in all buildings by 2020. This is an area of great importance.

Elrond talked about the PH performance standard. This is strongly about human comfort and to provide a good quality environment. It’s about setting ambitious but achievable targets. We need to meet benchmarks. This can be daunting but it gives you clarity. There is a rigorous certification process with checks by a 3rd party.

Love PH!

Elrond explained that Architype has won the Ashden award for cutting carbon. Architype used the award money in partnership with Oxford Brookes University to employ a researcher. The researcher undertook detailed building performance analysis and post occupancy evaluation of 10 of their buildings, including some live projects. The results were very educational to the company and helped in their move towards Passivhaus where the “performance gap” has essentially been eliminated. Passivhaus encourages an integrated design process where everyone collaborates. It is evidence based and certified Passivhaus are often performing better than predicted. It helps drive towards simplicity. Elrond stated “All our clients love it”. People who live in a Passivhaus would never live in any other house.

Elrond talked about the use of natural materials such as timber in a holistic way. There is an assurance that what is being used is being regrown. There is low embodied carbon found in natural materials.

Elrond asked the audience to guess from 2 sets of images shown which image was a certified Passivhaus and which one was not. The audience guessed correctly for the 1st pair of images but not the 2nd pair of images!

We love timber!

Elrond described how timber is widely used in New Zealand where he is originally from. Elrond explained that after he had worked in the UK for several years he was keen to join a company who used a lot of timber in their projects, which was part of his reason for joining Architype. He displayed images of a project at the University of East Anglia and talked about a typical wall made up with a load bearing stud and an additional zone for further insulation. This project is a really good example of timber through and through. Elrond explained that Architype typically use off site construction. Recycled newspaper is used as insulation. The shell of the building is exclusively timber. Natural stains and paints are used which complement and enhance the warmth and a tactile presence of the timber.

Elrond provided examples of projects such as the Passivhaus schools in Wolverhampton. This brings children into contact with natural materials. UK grown Douglas Fir is also used. Elrond described a University building that will be clad in thatch by using prefabricated thatch panels. This could bring new interest in the local thatching industry.

Elrond talked about how cedar shingles were used on the Hereford Archive and Records centre. Lime render was also used as this uses far less carbon dioxide. The repository (document storage) part of the building surpasses the Passivhaus standard as there are no people working in this part of the building.

Elrond described how at Wilkinson primary school in Wolverhampton linoleum flooring has been installed because this is hard wearing. Fermacell has been used for walls as this is denser than standard plasterboard and is made from recycled materials including cellulose fibre and gypsum. Ceilings are from wood wool panels. Plywood and softwood are used for handrails and architraves and there is plywood acoustic panelling also. Natural oils and stains are used were possible.   There are also timber batten ceiling, which helps to absorb sound. Architype even use recycled carpets and old car tyres for barrier matting!

Elrond closed his presentation by saying that some misconceptions are that the buildings are not attractive. Elrond spoke with great conviction about how attractive and beautiful Passivhaus buildings can be.

Tom Knowland thanked Elrond for a very informative presentation. Our next speaker was introduced as Chris Herring from Green Building Store to discuss the topic “From derelict barn to eco exemplar education centre”

Chris Herring image

Chris began by saying there may be a crossover of subject slides between his own and Elrond’s however this would only go to reinforce the subject matter.

Chris explained that his company were approached in 2011-12 about the renovation of Stirley Community Farm. The derelict barn was in a fairly exposed area and Chris laughed as he recalled how cold it had been on the first day he visited the barn!   Chris went on to explain that his business partner Bill Butcher was project manager for the project. The task was an eco-renovation to teach children about horticulture and growing. Chris explained they led the project and did the detailing. Chris stated if you are serious about a project the only way he knows is Passivhaus. You have to get the fabric right. Fabric first to be robust.

Why Passivhaus?

Chris talked about Wolfgang Feist who is the Founder and Director of the Passive House Institute in Darmstadt, Germany.

Chris explained that the primary focus of the project was getting the fabric right so the building would work indefinitely.   Chris highlighted an image of the barn which showed the layout. It was a big 2 storey space. The challenge was to look at thermal performance. The risk of moisture within the cavity and in the timber frame was a big concern.

Chris described how a huge amount of underpinning was required. Chris talked about insulation in detail and the concerns about moisture and how a tanking system with a drip was installed. Chris explained the whole cavity is ventilated and the complex detailing required. Chris described how teplo ties were used and were specially made so they could be bolted into the frame. Chris talked about wind, rain and solar driven moisture and explained a moisture analysis was carried out. Leeds Metropolitan University are currently continuing to monitor this. It is working well so far but will be monitored for a number of years.   Chris explained how the windows and doors of a Passivhaus must be in line with the insulation. Aluminium liners were used. The door thresholds were a big issue so Compacfoam high density polystyrene was used.

Chris talked about the MVHR vent strategy. 2 ventilation units were installed that work in tandem. The idea is that staff will switch this to ‘boost’ when there are lots of people in the barn.

Chris explained that the barn is currently going through EnerPHit certification. There are 2 standards available and they have opted for the elemental method rather than retrofit.

Chris explained that more information is available on the website including a data sheet that can be downloaded They are currently proofing a short film which will also be available on the website.

Tom Knowland invited comments and questions from the audience:

“They were 2 very interesting and contrasting presentations. How do you overcome noise issues such as switching on the fans? How do you manage the noise?”

“We need to upskill people to drive the Passivhaus standard forward”

“A school with opening windows, I thought that natural ventilation was disallowed?”

“Do you think that the industry is really ready to build Passivhaus?”

“The industry has a long way to come”

“I cannot justify this in my own mind. It’s not affordable unless using government money. I’m not convinced. We build retirement buildings and I don’t think our elderly clients would be interested they believe they have done their bit for the environment”

Chris spoke about how they design and supply mechanical ventilation and stated it’s about good design. Chris commented that it is a pertinent question. Natural vent doesn’t give good ventilation. You don’t get moisture with a well installed mechanical ventilation system. Elrond confirmed there is still a debate in the industry if we should advocate mechanical vent only. He said they still design buildings to feel like you are in control of your ventilation and use natural ventilation during summer. The compromise is so little if you open a window because the mechanical ventilation is so good. With mechanical ventilation you have the choice. Chris agreed that in a Passivhaus if you open a window some heat is lost but why would you do it.

Elrond responded that he has never experienced any sound problems in any of his buildings. On the subject of budgets Elrond confirmed there isn’t a project they have delivered that hasn’t met the set budget. It’s about prioritising the budget.

Elrond believes that the industry is ready to build Passivhaus with the right motivation. It is about having a good collaborative ethos.

Chris agreed that people in the industry need to be upskilled. Chris doesn’t think the industry is quite there yet. He believes we should be setting targets to upskill the industry. Chris delivers consultancy work with large contractors and believes we need to change the way contracting is done. It is about good detailing and good quality builds. Chris said that Passivhaus is not fully understood by the consumer. There is no market driver yet. People who have lived or worked in a Passivhaus love their building and they are passionate about it.

Tom thanked our speakers for two interesting and informative presentations.


Author – Donna Lee

Guest information for the Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber Awards

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Directions to the event can be found on the Sheffield City Hall website

Car Parking

Information about parking can be found on the Sheffield City Hall website

Dress Code

Please note that this event is black-tie, however our theme is ‘Happiness’ and we will be encouraging all attendees to wear one item of clothing that is colourful to break up the black!


There is no accommodation on site at Sheffield City Hall, however we have secured preferential rates at two local hotels, both situated over the road from Sheffield City Hall. Please note we have a limited allocation at these rates and they are subject to availability so we advise you to book early to secure.


Please quote “180714LEEDS” when booking to secure preferential rates of £89 inc breakfast for a single room, £99 inc breakfast for a double room

Novotel Sheffield Central

Please quote “ConstructingExcellence” when booking to secure preferential rates of £45 inc breakfast for a single room, £55 inc breakfast for a double room.


Programme for the Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber Awards

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As we approach over 300 bookings for our gala dinner on 18th July 2014 we thought that your guests may like to see the full programme for the evening.  Please ensure you let us know of your guests’ dietary and access requirements via email to by Friday 4th July 2014.

1815 thinkBIM Champagne Reception

1845 Call to Dinner

1850 Welcome by Constructing Excellence YH

Host JoJo

1900 Class of Your Own Presentation

 Action for Happiness presentation

1915 Keynote Speaker, Peter Hansford, Government Chief Construction Advisor

1930 JoJo Award presentations

2000 Starter

2030 Awards Presentations

2100 Main Course

2130 Award presentations

2200 Dessert

2220 The Best of the Best

2230 Entertainment

0030 Carriages




Our Chosen Charity!

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Action for Happiness logo


Action for Happiness helps people look after their mental wellbeing and campaigns for mental wellbeing to be given much greater priority. Research shows that mental ill-health causes more of the suffering in our society than physical illness, poverty or unemployment – but it gets far less attention. Antidepressant use has grown by 500% in 20 years and over a third of people in the UK experience mental health issues during their lifetime. Yet only 30% of people suffering receive any help, due to poor service provision, lack of understanding and stigma. As a result, most people remain unaware of the many practical things we can all do to look after our wellbeing. Action for Happiness provides evidence-based ideas and solutions to improve mental wellbeing in families, communities, schools and workplaces. It also works to ensure a greater focus on promoting wellbeing in government policy. It has a network of over 200,000 members and followers and is backed by leading experts from psychology, health, education and social innovation. Action for Happiness is part of The Young Foundation, a Registered Charity (274345) and Company Limited by Guarantee (1319183) in England and Wales

Mark Williamson 2Dr Mark Williamson is Director of Action for Happiness (, a movement of people taking action to create a happier society. Mark has a diverse range of experience across private and non-profit sectors, from start-ups through to large multi-national companies. He was previously Director of the Innovation unit at the Carbon Trust. He was also a non-executive director of Solar Press and founder of online initiative What You Can Do. Before that, Mark spent nine years as a management consultant with Accenture, leading a wide range of projects relating to strategy, technology and change management. He has also worked for Hewlett Packard Labs and Orange. He holds an MBA from IMD business school in Switzerland, and a PhD in Electronics and Communications from the University of Bristol. He is a Sainsbury Management Fellow, a Chartered Engineer and a member of the Institute of Directors.high-heels-md                              Dress Code                                              19096492-vector-tuxedo-with-bow-tie

Linking to our chosen charity we decided on a theme of ‘Happiness’ for the night and we will be encouraging all attendees to wear one item of clothing that is colourful to break up the black…



Join us on 25th June for a Passivhaus Excellence breakfast event

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Connect with key clients and partners at a Passivhaus Excellence breakfast with Elrond Burrell, Associate at Architype Ltd  and Chris Herring, Director at Green Building Store.


The morning’s presentations will consist of..


Passivhaus: Sacrificing natural materials for energy efficiency?


Elrond Burrell from Architype will introduce the Passivhaus standard and present case studies to illustrate the use of natural materials in Passivhaus buildings.





From derelict barn to eco exemplar education centre.


Chris Herring, Director, Green Building Store will be speaking about the company’s recent Passivhaus retrofit (EnerPHit standard) project at Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s Stirley Community Farm.


Wednesday 25th June
Addleshaw Goddard
Sovereign House, Sovereign Street  

(If you are using a satellite navigation, please use the following postcode: LS1 4BJ)





Shortlist announced for the 2014 constructing excellence awards

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Many thanks to all those who submitted entries for the 2014 Constructing Excellence awards. The judges were extremely impressed with the general standard of submissions and the clear efforts made by entrants to address the key Constructing Excellence principles of each award category. I’m sure you will agree that we will have our work cut out choosing winners!

The full shortlist can be view here

ANNOUNCEMENT – Call For Entries!

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Don’t miss out on the opportunity to showcase the work you are doing in the region and gain national recognition.

Our Awards are open to all organisations and project teams involved in delivering building and civil engineering projects in Yorkshire and Humber. Entries are welcomed from clients, developers, contractors, sub-contractors, consultants and engineers of all disciplines, and any specialists involved in delivering ‘excellence in construction’.

Strive for success and celebrate with the best 

Our 12 awards categories embrace the core principals of Constructing Excellence and provide lots of opportunities to demonstrate exemplary work that is helping to improve our industry standards.

To help you, here is an idea of what we are looking for 

Is it Special?

We want to know if you are doing something that is common to the industry or are you doing something that is new. It needn’t be technologically cutting edge, but it needs to be different. It could be how you manage a specific process or a wide ranging programme. Each project is assessed by an industry working group to determine whether it should be considered for the awards and/or Demonstration Programme.

Does it have real benefit?

We want data. You needn’t submit all your information, but we need to know that you have changed or achieved something, and the best way to show this is through some measurable information. Did you do it cheaper, better, or with increased satisfaction to your clients? These are only examples, but the important thing to remember is data will show us how effective your project was.

Is it honest?

We are not looking for marketing information. We want real stories which give an honest picture which will show all of the issues that you have to overcome to deliver.

How to apply?

Read through and fill out the relevant documents!

Entry Form 2014  Nomination Form 2014  Entry Guidelines Criteria 2014

How to book a table/place?

Fill out the form below –

Table Booking Form 2014

Dates for your Diary 

  • Call for entries – 18th March 2014
  • Close for submissions – 23rd May 2014
  • Judging Panel – 28th May 2014
  • Announce Short-list – 2nd June 2014
  • Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony – 18th July 2o14

“Startling Statistics” – Regulation Excellence Seminar

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Regulation Excellence Seminar

Constructing Excellence in Yorkshire and Humberside continued its 2014 series with the Regulation Excellence breakfast seminar this week, at the Rose Bowl at Leeds Metropolitan University.

Our regular chair, Cliff Jones of the NHS Department of Health once again did the honours of chairing the event and welcomed a host of new faces in response to the specialist nature of the presentations. In addition to his role on the Senior Management team of Procure 21 + where he chairs the Principal Supply Chain Members Financial and Commercial Group he is also part time lecturer at the University.

Cliff introduced our first speaker Andy Thomas from Butler and Young, which is one of the largest and most prevalent approved inspector organisations in the country. Andy himself has been in building control for over 35 years , lecturers on building regulations at Universities and to Architects, Contractors and Clients as well as being CPD provider to RICS, RIBA, CIOB and the Fire Services. Being based in Wales, we were most grateful for his time and effort in sharing such knowledge with our team in Yorkshire.

Andys’s presentation started with Charles II who introduced the first building inspectors following the Great Fire of London, but even in 1985 there were still 1000 deaths being recorded, which in 2012 had been reduced significantly to 300 mainly with the introduction of fire alarms which have grown from 8% to 86% in the same period, but this is still an unacceptable high level of deaths. Other deaths in respect of our built environment are recorded in respect of stairs, drownings in baths and an unusually high number from Radon (as provided by National Statistics).

In order to tackle such issues the area of building control continues with the challenges although the current thrust is to deal with the increasing ‘red tape’ as upheld in the Taylor Report and Harmon Report where it is noted that planning is ‘unfit for purpose’, and the need to sweep away bureaucratic assessment regimes. Thus the strategy for change in 2013 was changes to Part L, new part K and L and amendments to the other parts of the regulations.

In terms of energy use Andy presented some startling statistics which reinforced the need to meet the Zero Carbon 2020 target. In terms of BC the four key steps were identified as avoid solar gains, less use of energy, use of renewables and allowable solutions (offsetting), and concluding then the thrust of the changes to the Building regulations currently is the reduction of regulations themselves, reducing the administrative burden, clarity of guidance and removing conflicting instructions.

Cliff then welcomed John  Brooks from Turley, Planning Consultants who provided his expert insights into the changes in planning in an equally informed and compelling way to Andy. The planning system is also going through simplification. These changes are nothing too radical but again look to simplify and clarify arrangements.

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) simplified the planning system and has been well received, in which it is stated councils must have a 5 year plan of its own for housing. This is leading to a change in mind-set in many Local Authorities where the opportunity is being generally embraced e.g. in Leeds 2-3 years ago there were 11 applications refused, appealed and then approved, let’s consider the cost in this bureaucracy?

John covered other areas such as the Permitted Development Changes (e.g. offices to residential), the Prior Notification Process where the key thing is the notion of deemed approval after the notice period.

In terms of flooding, John noted that the planning system does try to predict flooding and that the new guidance in the NPPF, replacing guidance in PPG25 and PPS25, is a step in the right direction.

Turning to Leeds’ Unitary Development Plan, this is now being updated and is substantially complete, and within this the need for 70,000 new homes means increasing pressure on finding new sites.

Elsewhere there is a new specialist Planning Court being established within the High Court to allow proper focus and a speeding up of the legal process using expert judges particularly where judicial review cases are being brought.Cliff kindly thanked both speakers for their expert insight into these specialist topics and commented on the tremendous value of the Constructing Excellence programme in helping professionals understand these areas more clearly. This was reflected by a lively Q&A session which covered queries around the amount and recording of Radon deaths (google: radon maps!), sequential planning and the impact of the simplification of regulations in respect of e.g. Code for Sustainable Homes and how this is to be managed (Andy stated this already covered in the new B Regs.)

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Presentations from this event can be found at

The next Constructing Excellence Event will be held on Wednesday 26th March and will focus on QS excellence (further details here

“Spaghetti and Marshmallows” Youth Excellence Seminar

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Constructing Excellence in Yorkshire and Humberside started the New Years’ series with its Youth Excellence event yesterday at the Rose Bowl at Leeds Metropolitan University.

Caroline Key chaired the first event of 2014, Caroline is regional coordinator for G4C, Generation for Change part of Constructing Excellence, driving the change agenda and ensuring best practice for the next generation of construction professionals.

Caroline introduced the effervescent and inspirational Alison Watson who has gained wide respect among not only her peers but also influential decision makers in Government,  for raising the profile  of (if not introducing to some!) the concept of the construction professional as a fantastic career prospect as a healthy alternative to the overplayed ‘Bob the Builder’ message.

Alison has established Class of your Own  (COYO), a social business , focused on bringing the message of  what the industry has to offer to children of school age – a “constructive education for young people”

Alison’s presentation was not just a ‘pitch’ but a sharing of her voyage of discovery since she realised that the industry’s future health is dependent on targeting and nurturing the talent in schools. Her vision includes the need to inspire the thousands of boys and girls to think about the prospects of working in the industry, using their minds and intelligence to overcoming challenges and providing solutions. All too often the industry is portrayed dumbed down, and adding insult to injury those that have least ‘apparent’ academic ability only being channelled into the trades.  This is completely against Alison’s version of reality based on entering the industry with a love for maths and for Land Surveying! Examples of PhD students taking an age to solve simple application of Pythagoras versus the inherent ability of a bricklayer to do this intuitively brought home the message that all too often we allow the industry to be browbeaten down by the voices in other sectors;  many times down to the lack of awareness and knowledge in the schools themselves. So part of her journey is to equip the teachers with the passion she shares that can be passed on to the kids.

As a result Alison has worked tirelessly on developing these themes and was able to demonstrate the many and significant examples of the great achievements of schoolchildren from all around the country, some of which from backgrounds that are not conducive to such levels of attainment and which have led on to these children presenting their work at the highest level within industry and across continents – even meeting Prince Andrew!

Her work now is based on providing the formal context and developing a curriculum for teaching the principles for and encouraging the problem solving abilities that are required in our industry, this based largely on interactive and project based work. For more see

Before we leave Alison we need to reflect on the hard work that has been involved and still goes on to ensure that this approach is fully integrated into the schools’ operations – the alignment with all the policies and procedures that exist (KS4 etc), and the effort needed to ensure there is a clear legacy in place.

After such a dynamic presentation from Alison all eyes were on Rob Wolfe, and of course Rob rose to the high standard with a clear articulation of the achievements (and challenges) on delivering key social outcomes through his work with Construction and Housing Yorkshire (CHY) and in particular its  intervention on BAM’s Leeds Arena project.

Rob made it clear that whilst it was great to work with the council, the contractor and the supply chain, it is also very necessary to have the contractual ‘bite’ to ensure that the desired outcomes are met and achieved.

Rob started off  by taking us through his own journey from ‘call centre’ operator to looking to make the difference. Why do we bother?  For CHY it is about making sure that everybody can reach their aspirations. We need to create the right environment that can support people to achieve their aspirations.

On this basis the engagement started from ‘open door’ awareness sessions bringing in the local community to see the opportunities for work on the site (initially only a handful showed up) to the thousands of weeks of experience, and hundreds of job opportunities that exist in the city – even now.

Rob shared the initial plan for, the learning and the outcomes from the Arena, and apportioned a lot of the success down to the planning with the council and BAM, and also the engagement with the whole supply chain right through to the suppliers and manufacturers that were involved with the project.

But the challenges are still there. From a recent opportunity to fill 15 places for apprenticeships only 8 were taken.

A lively Q&A followed, reflecting on the effort it must take from all involved to make progress no matter how small and to keep building the picture that we need to set in the minds of young people.

Don’t encourage them to be a footballer , encourage them to look at engineering stadiums and say its lighting – how that relates to it being shown on Sky, or a DJ get them interested in the engineering and design behind the superficiality of the initial appeal of these roles.

Close to home Alison shared the thought of her daughter ‘If only maths could be more spaghetti and marshmallows ‘ i.e. Applied learning … That’s how we learn … and suggested that we should be thinking about “Let’s do maths … Big maths !” (not just the big Data being talked about now)

So………………..passionate and inspiring views … Still face mountains to climb … how do we clone  the Alisons , Robs and Carolines?

Please note: the next Constructing Excellence Event will be held on Wednesday 26th February and will focus on regulation excellence (further details here

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