14 categories to demonstrate your commitment to excellence
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Bright and talented young people are vital to the sustainability of the industry. There is widespread industry and government recognition that business, technical and craft skills apprenticeships alike are critical to business growth and long term success. Research has shown that the right people and skills are ten times more important to expansion than access to finance, and eight in ten managers believe apprentices are vital to their organisation’s expansion plans.
This award category aims to showcase organisations committed to creating a flourishing climate for high-quality apprenticeship programmes in the built environment sector. Judges are looking for schemes developed by forward thinking employers that:
Please note that the Apprenticeship Initiative is a special London and South East category and does not go through to the National Awards.
The industry’s customers have an important role to play in transforming the way construction operates. How projects come to market has a significant impact on the ability of the construction industry to provide innovative, whole life value-for-money solutions.
Much waste in construction is driven through approach to risk across the supply chain and judges are looking for a construction client that has been actively involved in enabling the construction programme and developed strategies for encouraging and rewarding excellence. A winning approach will demonstrate:
Digital Construction embraces BIM, GIS, Big Data and other evolving technological advancements. Technology has transformed the world we live in and has potential to revolutionise the construction industry. This category rewards organisations, projects or initiatives that have adopted, advanced and achieved excellence in Digital Construction.
Judges will be looking for examples of how the adoption of collaborative digital processes has dramatically improved the planning, design, fabrication, construction and operation of built facilities or infrastructure:
Great examples of transformational digital construction will evidence:
Health and Safety is of paramount importance and a culture of ‘safety first’ is crucial to performance. Overarching health and safety management systems, clear demonstration of sustainable and effective risk management, and evidencing of health initiatives are fundamental to reducing or eliminating all types of incident, and to promote health and well–being across the supply chain.
The winner may be able to demonstrate consideration of either project Health and Safety at pre-construction and/or construction phases or an organisational initiative impacting on multiple projects or their workforce. Judges will be looking for you to demonstrate:
Innovation is widely recognised as the critical factor for increased and sustained productivity and growth. It demonstrates an organisation’s confidence, capacity and appetite for improved performance and productivity gains. Innovation is most effective as a holistic approach that identifies both demand and ideas and is most successful when supported by collaboration between customers and the supply chain.
Judges are looking for an organisation or project that has developed and applied the most innovative approach to overcoming one or more construction challenges. Winners may have developed a demonstrably new and different technique or process or may have harnessed emerging or existing technologies to create new or improved products, tools or services leading to better built outcomes.
The exemplar winner will show judges how they have:
Collaborative working is central to the core values of Constructing Excellence and its drive to evidence excellence in construction. It is most likely to manifest in the delivery of specific projects, however those who can demonstrate a culture across a series or programme of projects show leadership in sustaining the approach. Integration of the supply chain, the client and end users will normally lead to a better outcome satisfying all stakeholders.
The judges will be looking for entries where collaborative working has delivered outstanding results and significant benefits for the whole supply chain/partnership involved. Specifically, submissions will demonstrate:
In the best companies, the customer drives everything. These companies really understand and then provide precisely what the end customer needs, when the customer needs it and at a price that reflects the products value to the customer. Activities which do not add value from the customer’s viewpoint can be classified as waste and eliminated.
Constructing Excellence in London and the South East wants to identify and recognise organisations that have developed and implemented successful customer satisfaction strategies. Judges will be looking for companies that can demonstrate:
Please note that Outstanding Customer Satisfaction is a special London and South East category and does not go through to the National Awards.
People are our greatest asset and this award recognises organisations that have really captured the full value of their human resource. Agents for change, those who proactively cascade education throughout their team, develop highly motivated movers and shakers, can make a significant impact on the future of the construction industry.
Judges are looking for an organisation that is leading edge in the way they develop their existing team and attract new entrants into the industry. Exemplary people developers will be able show judges how they:
Clients entrust their historic and listed buildings to the construction industry’s care for preservation, conservation and rejuvenation. Rewarding their trust with excellent outcomes is what the judges are looking for. Judges will be looking to recognise the achievement of high standards in the repair, re-use and revitalisation of the region's historic buildings, sites and places.
Exemplary projects will be able to demonstrate:
Project of the Year delivers outstanding outcomes for all those involved in a construction project. It showcases the benefits achieved through the application of many of the principles described in the other award categories. Because of the diversity of potential projects, this category is split into two awards: Building Project of the Year and Civils Project of the Year.
The winner is as likely to be an outstanding local project as a high profile landmark, but whatever it is all parties will be proud of and inspired by it: the designers, constructors and clients. To impress the judges enough to win this award your entry will evidence an outstanding project that:
SMEs are the backbone of the industry and are recognised by Constructing Excellence for their dominance of and contribution to the supply chain. Department for Business Innovation and Skills suggest that 99.9% of UK construction contracting businesses are SMEs1 and some of the greatest innovation and best practice can be identified in this sector.
Judges are looking for an exemplary organisation, with 249 or less employees and with turnover less than £42 million. An outstanding SME will display the following organisational attributes:
1 (ref BIS UK CONSTRUCTION, An economic analysis of the sector JULY 2013).
Sustainable construction aims to meet present day needs for housing, working environments and infrastructure without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs in times to come. It delivers economic efficiency, environmental performance and social responsibility – and is most effective when organisational culture, architectural quality, technical innovation and transferability are abundant.
Judges are looking for organisations or projects whose achievements, in relation to the legacy their work leaves, have made a positive impact on society and demonstrated best practice in triple bottom line effects and social value.
Exemplary sustainability legacies will be evidenced by:
This award looks to recognise a young (<36 years of age) achiever in our industry. The category is dedicated to, but not restricted to, the Generation for Change (G4C) movement within Constructing Excellence. G4C aims to be the organisation that is the driving force for industry change, through the development and connection of the future industry leaders.
Judges are looking for the person that best demonstrates a positive impact on their peers, their organisation and the wider industry, against current G4C priority areas of people development, sustainability and innovation.
Our winner will be an exemplary future leader, evidenced by:
Judges are looking for an initiative, project or series of projects that has focused on the value of facilities in use and the outcomes for owners and users. Good facilities add value by enabling owners and/or users to live or work better in them.
Winners will demonstrate how whole life cost and value have been considered from the outset; combining capital costs of construction with maintenance, operational and occupiers’ costs. The most important factor will have been the outcomes for the owners and users of the facilities, and these should have been a key driver throughout the design and construction process.
Entrants should be able to evidence the balance of expenditure between design, construction and operation, and must provide evidence or forecasts for the improvement in outcomes for owners and/or users. Such outcomes may be financial, social or environmental. Winning exemplars of Value will demonstrate how they have:
Winners are put forward to the Constructing Excellence National Awards which take place in the Autumn with the exception of Outstanding Customer Satisfaction and Apprenticeship Initiative which are specific to the London and South East region.