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Research, Innovation, Sustainability and Enterprise leaders crowned at Leeds Sustainability Institute annual awards

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The winners of Leeds Beckett University’s annual RISE Awards, that celebrate research, innovation, sustainability and enterprise have been announced by the School of Built Environment and Engineering.

The RISE awards (#RISE2017 for the social media savvy!), organised by the Leeds Sustainability Institute were established in 2015 as a means of bringing together both industry and academia to highlight new sustainable initiatives, schemes, technologies and products being developed or in use today. Presented by Gaynor Barnes from ITV Calendar and sponsored by CITU UK, a leading low carbon homes developer, eighteen awards were handed out in front of an audience of over one hundred and twenty individuals at the Marriott hotel in Leeds last Thursday night. Winners came from a vast array of environments, specialisms and backgrounds with accolades awarded for best research, sustainable developments, social value, enterprise, collaboration and education and training amongst others. All entrants, highly commended and winners displayed the passion and dedication to do things better and to elevate the spaces around us to being fit for twenty-first century living.

The awards were a fitting grand finale to Leeds Sustainability Institute International Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design (SEEDS) conference held on the Wednesday and Thursday of that week at the Rose Bowl in Leeds. Chaired by Professor Chris Gorse, this international conference, now in its third year, explores how buildings and spaces can be designed to reduce negative impacts on the environment, with keynote speakers, workshops and presentations focusing on how to readdress the balance between the built and the natural environment.

The event included a rousing keynote from Jonathan Wilson and Kevin Gillespie (pictured) from CITU UK.

Professor Chris Gorse, Director at Leeds Sustainability Institute says

“The RISE and SEEDS events bought together industry and academia to engage in research and celebrate achievements though industrial impact. Industry innovation showcased at the RISE awards was of the highest quality and the SEEDS presentations delivered by professors and scholars, from across the globe, were thought provoking, leading edge and held the potential to shape our world for the better. This two day event represents everything that is good about Yorkshire, the conference brought out the best in people, working together to achieve significant and positive impact. It is an absolute pleasure to be hosting such prestigious events.”

Colin Jones (pictured), who entertained our guests throughout the evening with his fantastic swing and jazz repertoire

Winners on the RISE awards night included SES Engineering Services, BAM Construction, Interserve Construction, CETEC, Henry Boot Construction and Cardiff Metropolitan University along with a number of inventive products from Halo Clean Tech, Arc Building Solutions and EMS Ltd. Two Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) projects managed by Leeds Beckett Enterprise Services were also victorious; a project with Amey exploring ways in which psychology can be used to improve organisational health and safety and exploring sustainable food through meat free alternatives working with Quorn foods.  In addition, guests were treated to a welcome drink, three course gourmet meal and entertainment provided by our top trumpeter Colin Jones.  The awards ceremony also raised a tremendous £634 for Kidney Research Yorkshire thanks to the generous donations from the attendees.

If you are interested in being involved in RISE awards or SEEDS going forward please contact Liz Schofield on 0113 812 1902 or via email to  riseawards@leedsbeckett.ac.uk . We look forward to hearing from you!

All the social media tweets and images from the RISE awards can be found at the following link

All the images can be found at the link below along with a list of winners


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Our winning / highly commended projects

Field and Laboratory Research

Winner – Hydraulic Modelling of District Heating Systems submitted by Hydraulic Analysis

Highly Commended – Assessing the health and wellbeing of staff and students in the Rose Bowl at Leeds Beckett University submitted by CETEC

Product and Element Interface 

Winner – New Eco-crib Wall Design Project submitted by Hahn Plastics

Highly Commended – Improving existing deprived dwellings in Wales: evaluating occupant thermal comfort and health and wellbeing submitted by Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Design, Innovation & Creativity

Winner – Workpods at Doncaster, Sheffield Airport submitted by Henry Boot Construction

Highly Commended – Central Square submitted by DLA Design

New Technologies

Winner – National College for High Speed Rail submitted by Willmott Dixon Construction

Highly Commended – Halo Clean Tech Ltd

Sustainable Developments (Domestic & Non Domestic) & Energy

Winner – Halo Clean Tech Ltd

Highly Commended – M62 submitted by A-one+ Integrated Services

Heritage Award for Restoration and/or Retrofit

Winner – University Technical College (UTC) submitted by BAM Construction

Highly Commended – Revival submitted by YEME Architects

Behavioural Change

Winner – Meat Alternatives in Family Weight Management submitted by Isabelle Kelly, Quorn Foods

Highly Commended – Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Trust submitted by Interserve Construction

Vision and Sustainability (Sponsored by CIOB)

Winner – Lower Royd radical ‘whole house’ retrofit submitted by Green Building Store

Highly Commended – Sustainabilities submitted by Interserve Construction

Social Value

Winner – Mantis submitted by EMS Ltd

Highly Commended – Meat Alternatives in Family Weight Management submitted by Isabelle Kelly, Quorn Foods

Enterprise

Winner – Revival submitted by YEME Architects

Highly Commended – Oxypod submitted by 21C Eco-Energy

Collaborative Working

Winner – Applying Psychology to improve and understand accident risk in a large safety critical organisation submitted by Amey

Highly Commended – New Wortley Community Centre, submitted by The Project Office

Highly Commended – St Nicholas Primary School, Beverley submitted by East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Education and Training

Winner – A Yorkshire company teaches the world to sing ‘Gaia’ submitted by Asset Wisdom Ltd

Highly Commended – Defence National Rehabilitation Centre (DNRC) submitted by Interserve Construction

Fire and Safety

Winner – Fire Stopping and Effective Edge Sealing at the party wall and eaves submitted by Arc Building Solutions

Highly Commended – ROCKWOOL B.V. / Rockpanel

Health, Safety and Wellbeing

Winner – East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Highly Commended – “We are safer together – zero harm” submitted by SES Engineering Services

Special Award for Collaboration and Value

Winner – Social Value submitted by Interserve Construction

Highly Commended – Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Trust submitted by Interserve Construction

The SEEDS Award

Winner – Continuum, maintaining energy efficient spaces submitted by Test Consulting Ltd

Highly Commended – Whetley Mills submitted by YEME Architects

The Impact Award

Winner – Delivering a 21st Century curriculum for a 21st Century World submitted by Class of Your Own Ltd

Highly Commended – Victoria Quarter submitted by Aura Conservation

The Chairs Award

Winner – University of Leeds, School of Chemical and Process Engineering submitted by SES Engineering Services

Highly Commended – Delivering a 21st Century curriculum for a 21st Century world submitted by Class of Your Own Ltd

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)

Dark and true and technological is the North: Digitising the region

At a recent Constructing Excellence breakfast event we held, we were particularly struck by a statistic from a recent McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) study which proposed that in terms of digitisation, the construction industry lags dramatically behind those in other classically undigitalised sectors and in fact ranks only above farming and agriculture. Having been heavily involved in promoting digital construction across the region and beyond we felt that in light of this statistic it was important to explore our impression of where the industry is and specifically where Yorkshire and Humber currently places in order to meet the demands of the future.

Screen shot from MyConsole presentation at Constructing Excellence breakfast event on 26th April 2017.

We at Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber (CEYH), part of the Leeds Beckett University School of Built Environment and Engineering have been running digitally focussed events through our thinkBIM network for over five years now and have overseen a massive growth in digital uptake across the region. Originally set up as a network to promote the advancement of BIM (Building Information Modelling) our remit has broadened to highlight new technologies and digital processes and their current and future uses.

When we started, the events were definitely for the innovators and early adopters, particularly in larger companies with SMEs being a little unsure of dipping their toe in the water; early problems being the choices of software available, balancing the cost of adoption with business needs and lack of clarity in contractual BIM requirements – all issues which we have had to address through events and targeted 1:1 support. As the network has expanded though, so has the industry’s understanding of the benefits of digital adoption, and this along with the publishing of the Digital Built Britain strategy in 2015 has helped to demystify some of the processes and improved knowledge and uptake of digital tools and processes across the region.

Even in these early days of digital adoption we saw how local organisations were at the cutting edge of the technological innovation that was unfolding. Not always on the large and prestigious projects but on smaller schemes like the laser scanning of the Orangery in Wakefield by DLA Design which showed what was possible already. We also witnessed the great work done by BAM at First Direct Arena working with their designers, structural steelworkers and precast concrete manufacturers who collaborated together using coordinated models form each organisation to resolve issues with the design, create and more effective design and improve the outcomes for the site team. By working together the team delivered an innovative and award winning venue for the city of Leeds.

Federated model image submitted by A1L2B, a Carillion Morgan Sindall Joint Venture, as part of their winning entry in CEYH Awards 2015

The region has also seen the digitisation of infrastructure schemes too. The award winning A1 Improvement scheme from Leeming to Barton, a Carillion Morgan Sindall Joint Venture demonstrated many new and innovative ways to use digital data to assist with stakeholder engagement as well as collecting real time digital quality records during the course of the works too. Over at Immingham, Costain used the combined, federated, model of their scheme to accurately and successfully plan a 76 hour possession over Christmas 2015 where the team jacked a 5000 tonne bridge into place under the busiest freight railway line in the UK. All this was achieved by creating a digital programme that was meticulously planned, checked and reviewed by the project team, Highways England and Network Rail.

Solius Group virtual reality demonstration at thinkBIM conference in April 2017

More recently the thinkBIM network has been able to lift the lid on the future with demonstrations of Augmented Realities and Virtual Realities. These technologies are actually starting to become widespread too as more and more businesses start to see ways to use gaming technology for customer engagement, construction rehearsals and health and safety briefings as well as for operations teams to better understand the assets that they are maintaining with a level of efficiency previously unheard of. #itsBIMupNorth not just a hashtag but proof that Yorkshire really is a centre of excellence for the digital delivery of projects.

But the key thing here is not the technology, but the people behind it. As Steve Jobs once said “Technology is nothing. What’s important is that you have a faith in people, that they’re basically good and smart, and if you give them tools, they’ll do wonderful things with them”. From a niche group of technically minded people the thinkBIM network has grown to reflect and support a much wider community focussed on working more efficiently and who adopt a whole lifecycle approach not just procuring data for the physical asset alone. And here-in lies the challenge going forward, ensuring the industry is constantly recruiting and upskilling the individuals and teams who are able to exploit the opportunity technology offers.

Let us know your thoughts of where the industry is and where it needs to be and where you see the future of digital technologies for construction.

 

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Turning neighbourhood visions into reality

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Planning lecturers and students from Leeds Beckett’s School of the Built Environment and Engineering helped communities come up with imaginative solutions to local problems at another successful neighbourhood planning workshop on Saturday 16 April.

Thirty people from communities around Leeds took part in the workshop on writing planning policy with specialist groups focused on the issues of student housing, what support is available for neighbourhood planning, and how plans can shape development in the local area.

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Quintin Bradley, Senior Lecturer in Planning and Housing said: “This was our third workshop for neighbourhood planning groups and the feedback says it was our best yet.  This was a chance for groups to share their experiences, identify common problems, devise joint solutions, and get some ideas down on paper with the help of planning experts”.

With over 60 neighbourhood planning groups in the city, Leeds Beckett’s Planning Network is providing much needed support to local groups. A key principle for the workshops is the importance of dialogue and learning from experience. Speakers provide examples of effective neighbourhood plan-writing and then small groups work on specific issues to bring local ideas into reality.

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The final event in the current neighbourhood planning programme will be held on 11 June and will feature a presentation from Inner East Preston, the first northern inner city area to make a neighbourhood plan, reflecting on the impact on their community.

All the presentations from Saturday’s event can be viewed at the link below along with our storify of the best tweets from the event. You can follow these events on the hashtag #lpnleeds.