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Month: July 2016

We RISE again! Joint awards for built environment industry and academia back for 2016


We RISE again! We are pleased to announce that following on from last year’s highly successful ceremony at the Park Plaza in Leeds, the RISE awards are back for a second year, highlighting, celebrating and rewarding the most innovative and forward thinking research and development initiatives in the built environment across four key strands; Research, Innovation, Sustainability and Enterprise.

Across the built environment, talented groups and individuals are shaping the future of engineering and construction and our awards are unique in being the first in the region to bring academic, industry and third sector groups together to showcase their work. Our awards are truly diverse with previous winners coming from a vast range of working environments, specialisms, communities and backgrounds. What matters to us is that our entrants display the passion and dedication to do things better, pushing our industry forward.

Organised by the Leeds Sustainability Institute at Leeds Beckett University, the Rise Awards are completely free to enter and submissions are encouraged from both individuals and companies working in the built environment across 12 different categories. With awards for industry leaders in energy efficiency, new technologies, products and processes, research, design, behavioural change and more up for grabs we are sure there is a category for you!

The closing date for all entries is 1st September 2016. The winners will be judged by our panel of academic and industry experts and revealed on 15th September at a prestigious gala presentation evening at the Met Hotel in Leeds. Attended by leading sector figures, the event itself will be the perfect opportunity for you to showcase your initiative, maximising your exposure and helping you to bring your expertise to a new audience.

In addition there will be plenty of opportunities for entrants to have ongoing engagement with the University and its networks beyond the awards through our Leeds Sustainability Institute research hub initiatives and projects.


Entries can be made for a project, process, product or a service. In order to enter please produce a one or two page poster outlining your product, process, project or service which addresses one or more of the category themes detailed below. Your poster should include text, images and where possible facts and figures that will provide the judges with tangible evidence of performance & outcomes against your strategic aims. *Please note, shortlisted posters will be blown up to A1 size and displayed so please ensure your submitted PDF can be resized.


For 2016 we have 12 different categories available for you to make your submission against. You can make as many submissions as you want and the same project/product or case study can be submitted into more than one category* Please indicate which categories you are applying for on submission.

Some key questions that you will need to address in your submission: 

  • What need did the product, process, project or service fill?
  • Why is it different/special/unique?
  • What challenges were faced and how were they overcome?
  • What did it achieve? What are the current and future benefits?




For ideas of completing a poster, see the RISE 2015 poster set at the following link


If you have any questions about the RISE awards please contact the CKE team on 0113 812 1902 or via email to


CIBSE Yorkshire putting building services in the spotlight


Now that the dust has settled on #ceyh2016  we want to thank you all for contributing to making it such a great night and for all of the incredible entries to the competition. Our judges had a tough, but enjoyable time reviewing, discussing and agreeing which projects stood out just that bit more than the others. This year’s judging has been the most difficult yet and with many excellent projects  already underway in our region at the moment we know that #ceyh2017 will be even harder!

We also wanted to let you know about our friends at CIBSE Yorkshire who are running their own awards for the first time this year. They are keen to raise the profile of building services within the region and celebrate the whole team that contributes to the amazing schemes which are being delivered throughout the country by companies based in the region.

If you would like to know more about it visit—2016.aspx while their Chairman, Simon Owen is more than happy to talk with you directly about how you can get involved. His contact number is 07971 695 625 or you can email him on

Simon and the rest of the committee are all volunteers, so they are organising the event alongside their “day jobs”. With their closing date being the 22nd July, you have chance to get your entry in and benefit from momentum that you have gained with your partners at our own awards and be ready to be recognised on the 18th November at their ceremony at the Royal Armouries. It’s high time we celebrated the diversity that is the building services profession  as well as recognising the vital contribution that this part of the supply chain makes to the finished project .Therefore we encourage you to support CIBSE Yorkshire in leading the way with the first regional focussed building services awards away from London and get those entries in today!

LEEDS Beckett are proud to sponsor the inaugural CIBSE awards which recognises the importance of full supply chain involvement.

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