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RISE Awards 2016




Wow – a big thank you to everyone who took part and came to celebrate with us! RISE is over for another year and we are thrilled with the response to this year’s awards with a record number of entries and over 100 of you joining us for our intimate awards ceremony at the Met Hotel in Leeds. Thursday has conclusively proved that the future of research, innovation and development is at in safe hands and has a home here in Yorkshire.

Presented by Gaynor Barnes from ITV Calendar and sponsored by Knauf Insulation, 18 awards were handed out in total across 16 different categories including field and laboratory research, sustainable developments, social value, enterprise, and education and training. In a change from the standard application form, entrants for these awards were encouraged to use their creativity and create a visual poster outlining their initiative. Winners on the night came from a vast array of environments, specialisms and backgrounds each displaying the passion and dedication to do things better, pushing the construction industry forward and driving up standards.

Mohammad Dastbaz, Pro-Vice Chancellor at Leeds Beckett, said “The RISE awards, in their second year, are about showcasing and celebrating the most innovative, sustainable and ground breaking products, projects and partnerships between industry, academics and the third sector in construction in our region. With more than 60 entries to judge from, the winning projects demonstrated the breath and the depth of the partnerships developed between our University, as well as other regional universities with the industry and how our joint research work is pushing the boundaries.”

We were also honoured to hand out two awards in honour of respected Leeds Beckett colleague, Dr Andrew Platten, who passed away in July. Andrew was an original founder of Leeds Beckett’s thinkBIM network and a strong advocate of Building Information Modelling (BIM) as a collaborative tool for the future and therefore it was fitting that the trophies for BIM training and BIM adoption were awarded in his name. Andrew’s son, Adam Platten, was welcomed to the ceremony alongside his family, to present the two awards which went to coBuilder International for BIM adoption and the NBS for BIM training.

The awards were a grand finale to Leeds Sustainability Institute’s International Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design (SEEDS) conference held on the Wednesday and Thursday of that week at the Rose Bowl in Leeds. This international conference explored how buildings and spaces are designed to reduce negative impacts on the environment, with keynote speakers, workshops and presentations focusing on how to address the balance between the built and the natural environment.

The awards ceremony also raised £575 for Yorkshire Cancer Centre thanks to the generous donations from the attendees.

The full list of winners can be found on at the bottom of this page.


Hosted by Leeds Sustainability Institute at Leeds Beckett University, the  RISE Awards recognise,  promote and reward the talented groups and individuals who are shaping the future of our industry through extensive Research, Innovation, Sustainability and Enterprise.  Our awards bring together academic, industry, third sector and community groups together for the first time in a unique celebration of all those who are helping to change the way we build for the better. Celebrating diversity and the unique skills, knowledge and perspectives different groups contribute to the field is at the heart of the RISE awards. Previous winners have come from a vast array of environments, specialisms, companies and backgrounds – what matters to us is that entrants display the passion and dedication to do things better, pushing our industry forward and driving up standards.

  • Professional Organisation: These awards are organised by the same team who bring you the annual Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber Awards. With over 30 years combined industry and events experience we know how to maximise the attendee experience.
  • A good mix of people: We’ve all been to awards ceremonies filled with our competitors. Now imagine if every person in the room was a potential partner instead of a rival. With our unique mix of private companies, government bodies, academics, researchers and community groups the possibilities for forging new business opportunities over a glass of wine are very real. So bring your business cards and come and meet your new collaborators!
  • Relaxed and Informal Ceremony: Anyone who has attended our CEYH awards know we love the chance to roll out the red carpet here at CKE. However, the beauty of our RISE Awards is in their simplicity. The awards themselves are a much more informal and intimate occasion where the glitz is kept to a minimum and the focus solely on the promotion of entries and the people behind them.  This coupled with knowledgeable hosting, great food and even better company makes the RISE awards the perfect forum to entertain your associates, show off a little and engage in lively conversation with a room full of professional experts.
  • Connect with us: The Leeds Sustainability Institute is always looking for external partners for its world class research. With LSI members involved in judging. awarding and attending, this event is the perfect opportunity to show us what you are all about. Come along and talk to our team!


RISE Awards 2016


 RISE Awards 2016 - Posters


RISE 2017

To get involved in RISE 2017 whether as an entrant, sponsor or attendee please contact Liz Schofield on 0113 812 1902 or via email to


Award 1: Field and Laboratory Research

WINNER: Low Carbon, Lower Cost?! submitted by Dr Haniyeh M Karbasi, BCM & Liverpool John Moores University

ALSO SHORTLISTED: The NBS, ARC Building Solutions, Aero-therm Products




Award 2: Product and Element Interface

WINNER: ARC Spandrel Barrier submitted by ARC Building Solutions

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Aerotherm submitted by Aero-therm Products Ltd




Award 3a: Design and Creativity

WINNER: HOMES for today submitted by Walker Architects

HIGHLY COMMENDED: The Playhouse submitted by YEME Architects

ALSO SHORTLISTED: East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Aero-therm Products, Collett and Sons, Hahn Plastics, CITU, ARC Building Solutions, BCM and Liverpool John Moores



Award 3b: Design and Innovation

WINNER: Climate Innovation District submitted by CITU

ALSO SHORTLISTED: East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Aero-therm Products, Collett and Sons, Hahn Plastics, Walker Architects, ARC Building Solutions, BCM and Liverpool John Moores



Award 4: New Technologies

WINNER: Wellbriefing submitted by Atkins Global

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Heat Loss Calculator submitted by Ian Dickinson

ALSO SHORTLISTED: East Riding of Yorkshire Council, coBuilder, NBS, CITU



Award 5: Collaborative Working

WINNER: Collett KTP project submitted by Collett and Sons

HIGHLY COMMENDED: East Riding Leisure Bridlington submitted by East Riding of Yorkshire Council

ALSO SHORTLISTED: Rydale Flood Research Group, Walker Associates, Atkins Global



Award 6a: Sustainable Developments, Non Domestic

WINNER: Laidlaw Library at University of Leeds submitted by SES Engineering Services

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Shipley Swimming Pool submitted by Bradford Metropolitan District Council Environment and Climate Change Unit.

ALSO SHORTLISTED: ARC Building Solutions, Hahn Plastics, Walker Associates Architects, Aero-therm Products, Atkins Global, BCM and Liverpool John Moores



Award 6b: Sustainable Developments, Domestic

WINNER: Knowledge Transfer Partnership submitted by Wakefield District Council

ALSO SHORTLISTED: ARC Building Solutions, Hahn Plastics, Walker Associates Architects, Aero-therm Products, Atkins Global, BCM and Liverpool John Moores



Award 7: Heritage Award for restoration and retrofit

WINNER: Manningham Baths submitted by YEME Architects

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Cumberworth radical ‘whole house’ retrofit submitted by Green Building Store

ALSO SHORTLISTED: East Riding of Yorkshire Council



Award 8: Behavioural Change

WINNER: GBE, Green Building Encyclopaedia

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Actuated Futures submitted by CITU




Award 9: Vision and Sustainability

WINNER: Slowing the Flow in Pickering, Ryedale Flood Research Group

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Green Building Store




Award 10: Social Value

WINNER: Social Value submitted by William Birch and Sons

ALSO SHORTLISTED: Ryedale Flood Research Group, Atkins Global, YEME Architects, Walker Associates



Award 11: Enterprise

WINNER: Sustainability submitted by Hahn Plastics

ALSO SHORTLISTED: Ryedale Flood Research Group, BCM and Liverpool John Moores, the NBS



Award 12: Education and Training

WINNER: Construction in 2025 – Students of today are the professionals of tomorrow submitted by Trimble Tekla

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Up-Skilling the UK Work Force in Renewable Energy Technologies submitted by Solar-Active

Arup Apprenticeships and Engineering Awareness Week submitted by Arup

ALSO SHORTLISTED: GBE, Ryedale Flood Research Group, William Birch and Sons, the NBS, Green Building Store, BIM Academy and White Frog



Award 13 – Andrew Platten Commemorative Award for BIM Adoption

WINNER: Go Digital with goBIM submitted by coBuilder International



Award 14 – Andrew Platten Commemorative Award for BIM Training

WINNER: BIM for Construction Health and Safety submitted by NBS

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Simulated BIM Project Training submitted by BIM Academy and White Frog



Award 15 – Chair’s Award

WINNER: Slowing the Flow in Pickering submitted by Ryedale Flood Research Group

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Intelligent Products for Civil Engineering submitted bu Wrekin Products



Award 16 – CIOB Award for New Technology

WINNER: East Riding Leisure Bridlington submitted by East Riding of Yorkshire Council




  1. Is there a short list or an awards list, I have looked without luck

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