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14 categories to demonstrate your commitment to excellence

Please register on the online portal to download the relevant entry form. This is not a commitment to enter but does mean that we can keep in contact with all those interested in our awards. You will be able to download the entry form and complete at your convenience.  You can then upload your entry from, photos and supporting logos at any time before the closing date.

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:

  1. Inspire and encourage young people into the industry to construct and maintain the built environment.

  2. Actively and innovatively develop a sustainable workforce through apprenticeships.

  3. Provide a secure foundation for successful careers by equipping young people with skills, knowledge and confidence.

  4. Have innovative infrastructure to support training in craft-based, professional and other design, construction and off site skills.

  5. Demonstrate continuous training and development and structured monitoring linked to reward/incentivisation schemes.

 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:

  1. Clear and consistent leadership of the supply chain.

  2. A commitment to procurement based on quality, value and collaboration not just price.

  3. Real benefits for all parties, evidenced by objective measurement criteria such as KPIs.

  4. The tools they have used to assist them and the supply chain on this journey.

  5. The positive impact their work has had on their organisation, the industry and the wider community and which might be used elsewhere to support continuous improvement.

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:

  1. Integrated and collaborative teams, with early engagement of the supply chain.

  2. Sharing of information through common data environments and system integration.

  3. Innovative new tools, methods and processes that capture, manipulate and exploit data across the entire project team and through construction phase and into the in-use operational phase.

  4. Evidence of improved performance and better outcomes compared to traditional methods through submission of objective measurement data.

  5. Demonstrable benefits to stakeholders over the lifecycle of the asset.


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:

  1. An overarching health and safety management system and culture.

  2. Leadership and innovation leading to new health and safety schemes, tools, processes or actions which ensure protection and improvements occur.

  3. Clear risk management that provides sustainable and effective risk management.

  4. How workplace health has been given equal status to safety in your initiatives.

  5. Real benefits for all parties, evidenced by objective measurement criteria such as KPIs, AIR, AFR and RIDDOR performance.

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:

  1. Defined the challenge, identified possible solutions and secured agreement from key stakeholders.

  2. Focused their outcomes on constructor needs and user or occupier benefits, leading to more work on subsequent projects.

  3. Been able to demonstrate improvements compared to previous or 3rd party performance through objective measurement data, such as KPIs.

  4. Created a solution that can be used or applied elsewhere in their organisation or their industry sector.

  5. Taken the lessons learned and the new best practice benchmark to the industry and shared them so others can benefit.


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:

  1. Early involvement of the supply chain, client and end users - possibly underpinned by a soft landings approach.

  2. Selection of supply chain on quality and value not lowest cost.

  3. Common processes and tools to assist in collaborative working such as BIM and Lean.

  4. Modern commercial arrangements and fair payment.

  5. Evidence of improved results achieved through the collaborative approach and value engineering, and evidenced by performance measures (KPIs).

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:

  1. Clear methodologies for identifying what is really important to their customers.

  2. Clear strategies to put the customer’s needs at the heart of their work.

  3. Systematic evaluation of customer satisfaction.

  4. Feedback used to shape and refine processes and inform sustained improvement.

  5. Sustainable growth, high customer retention, profitability and positive reputation.

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:

  1. Invest in training and upskilling their workforce.

  2. Encourage new talent and entrants, possibly working in collaboration with other organisations.

  3. Encourage their employees and supply chain to be more aware of local communities, the environment and the image of the industry.

  4. Put equal opportunity and diversity in the mix for their development planning.

  5. Can evidence a development strategy with monitoring and measurement of achievement and effect.


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:

  1. Evidence of research and investigation into replacing, repairing and matching traditional methods and materials encountered with evaluation of alternative options.

  2. Choice of appropriate procurement that reflects the risks in such work.

  3. Application of well-considered and sympathetic technical solutions, both traditional and innovative.

  4. Delivery of customer satisfying quality and enduring outcomes.

  5. A clear commitment to the development of heritage skills and training opportunities to sustain heritage related works.


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:

  1. Demonstrates great team working between the client and entire supply chain; employing collaborative working tools.

  2. Was delivered before the programmed completion date, below the approved cost plan and to quality exceeding expectation whilst delivering the highest of health and safety standards.

  3. Achieved the lowest environmental impacts.

  4. Must have delivered outstanding customer satisfaction and may have also received praise from other stakeholders.

  5. Is able to demonstrate the highest levels of the application of best practice, innovation and technical achievement to overcome the project’s challenges.


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. Evidence of growth through engaging with and developing best practice in construction and organisational management.

  2. Investment made in employees, through training, growth and organisational culture.

  3. Taking action to improve their productivity and work smarter.

  4. Showing how they have engaged with their supply chain, both upward to their clients and downwards to their suppliers, to add value to their involvement in projects.

  5. Evidence that they have development and performance targets in place and show monitoring and management of performance to improve on their set goals.

 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:

  1. Reduction in greenhouse gas and carbon dioxide emissions through design and construction measures, leading to reductions both in the build and operation phases of assets.

  2. Waste and carbon emissions reduction during construction, through design and construction innovation.

  3. Economic feasibility and sustainable commercial viability.

  4. Construction having a social value impact on its neighbouring business, residential, educational and voluntary communities so that the industry’s image is improved.

  5. Assets which evidence their performance matches or exceeds the design modelling and ratings.

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:

  1. Their personal achievements within their organisation.

  2. Their contribution toward furthering G4C themes of people development, sustainability and innovation.

  3. Their personal achievements and exemplar behaviours in the wider industry and their community.

  4. The added value their contribution brings to Client’s projects.

  5. Their potential to be a future industry leader.


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:

  1. Placed value for owners and/or users a key driver throughout both the design and the construction process.

  2. Increased value for owners and/or users and helped them achieve better outcomes.

  3. Been able to quantify the anticipated benefits from the point of view of the owners and/or users, i.e. the balance of expenditure on design, construction and operation compared with the value of outcomes derived by owners’ and/or users.

  4. Benchmarked their performance and results against others to evidence their achievements.  These KPIs and benchmarks may be forecast or proven in use.

  5. How the subject of their submission has delivered lessons for sharing and impacts on their team, their organisation and the wider industry and/or the owners and end users, e.g. addressing fuel poverty, reducing time in health care, higher education results, etc.


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.

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