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2017 Winners

Ever wonder what it takes to be a winner of the Constructing Excellence Awards? Have a look at what made the teams below our winners of 2017:

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Winner: Willmott Dixon

Willmott Dixon wins for the second year running. Led by a dedicated Apprenticeship and Trainee manager, their programme is headed up by a Board director to ensure that apprenticeship training remains at the forefront of corporate decision-making.  Willmott Dixon also fielded some very strong finalists in the Young Achiever Award – impressive young people who are flourishing in the WD team and a great example of successful progression to management through the apprenticeship route. Read more...Apprenticeship Initiative Winner



Winner:  The University of Winchester

Ridge & Partners nominated the University of Winchester for their willingness to go ‘above and beyond’ in the way they treat their students, staff, suppliers, neighbours, wider community groups and procurement partners. The University transfers its strong corporate ideals through effective leadership, consultation and collaboration. It’s refreshing to see a relatively small client team pushing the boundaries and achieving such exceptional impact. Read more...Client of the Year Winners.


Winner: McCarthy & Stone - Datum  Single Source of the Truth

McCarthy & Stone are unlocking the true potential of BIM for housing. ‘Datum’ a digital information system manages and distributes information throughout the business and supply chain.  Part website, database, building information model and digital cost tool this one cohesive platform enables teams to work more effectively.  It has driven standardisation, ensured a repeatable quality product and increased margins. Datum could revolutionise the efficiency and quality of housing provision. Read more...Digital Construction Winner



Winner:  Land Securities

Land Securities’ leadership generates a proactive and collaborative approach to Health and Safety initiatives that extends to all disciplines beyond construction and permeates the entire supply chain from cleaners to maintenance. They encourage everyone involved to strive for excellence and speak up if they feel safety or health is being compromised. They are successfully sharing a very positive culture which is spreading wider than their own projects. Read more...Health Safety and Wellbeing Winner


Winner: British Airways i360 - Marks Barfield Architects

British Airways i360 is a 162 metre tall tower with a fully enclosed glass observation pod that gently lifts 200 passengers to 138 metres, offering 360-degree views of Brighton and surrounds.

16 different product developments/ innovations were deployed to overcome its challenges. They ranged from innovative funding, to using fluid dynamics to ensure the stability of this unique structure which has gained its place in the Guinness Records as the world’s most slender tower. Read more...Innovation Winner


Highly Commended: Podium Pressure Locking Safety  System - Overbury

Overbury continue to invest in and engage with young engineering students to promote Research and Development in the construction industry.  This young team of students from the Queen Elizabeth School have developed a practical solution to reduce the number of accidents associated with widespread failure to lock the wheels on podiums. If this product is adopted by the podium manufacturers then safety on site will be vastly improved. Read more...Innovation Highly Commended

Winner: Baxall Construction Ltd - Skinners, Kent Primary School

Skinners’ Kent Primary School was ‘built on teamwork’.  A collaborative approach, supported from the outset by BIM, enabled the school to be designed and delivered to exceptional quality standards and client satisfaction. Early and ongoing engagement between all parties enabled the realisation and progression of value added initiatives to produce a sustainable, time and cost efficient design & build solution incorporating off-site manufacture. Read more...Integration and Collaborative Working Winner

Winner: AmicusHorizon 

Extra Care was a relatively new specialism for AmicusHorizon, and they clearly demonstrated a comprehensive strategy to systematically engage with their key stakeholders. With residents at the centre of why they do what they do, they have a clear structure and process to capture ideas and identify need for change. They have developed and improved their accommodation and services and deliver tangible and positive benefits for their residents. Read More...Outstanding Customer Satisfaction Winner




Winner: R&W Civil Engineering

R&W undertake major civil engineering, groundworks, structural and drainage projects and are regularly seen working on highways across the south of England. During a period of accelerated growth, they have developed and maintained a ‘Bananarama’ approach “it ain’t what you do, it’s the way that you do it!”.  Upholding this company ethos, the business has successfully managed to create an inclusive, caring environment which has resulted in a loyal and motivated workforce. Read more...People Development Winner

One to Watch: S-Skill for Highways - Kier

It’s early days for S-Skills for Highways, the first Social Enterprise partnership between a highways provider, local government and a third sector organisation.  This new initiative aims to encourage and develop candidates with special educational needs and those not engaged in education, employment or training to carry out basic highways works within the community. The scheme has already demonstrated some success and the Judges wanted to recognise the team for their ingenuity and commitment. Read more...People Development Highly Commended



Winner: Buro Happold - Battersea Power Station Chimney Restoration Programme

The Battersea Power Station Chimney Restoration Programme is unique in scale and complexity.
Never before have such enormous chimneys been removed from and replaced on such an iconic building in a city prominent location. Quality and attention to detail, using traditional methods to modern standards produced visually identical new chimneys.   Investment, collaboration, traditional skills and meticulous commitment have safeguarded this aspect of the London skyline for decades to come. Read more...Preservation and Rejuvenation Winner



Winner: Mercers Walk - Geoffrey Osborne Limited

Osborne delivered a remarkably complex project in the heart of Covent Garden with outstanding outcomes despite its challenging location and associated restrictions. The Supply chain was integrated into the bid process and collaborative relationships built from the outset. This enabled the solid management team to meet all challenges ‘head-on’, including a £1.5 million variation during construction.  This honest approach by a ‘proper’ family building company has resulted in a sustainable relationship with the client. Read more...Building Project of the Year Winner



Winner: Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership

Delivering new coastal defences to Milton Common on the east coast of Portsea Island, this complex and challenging project was a collaborative undertaking from the outset. The combining of two projects was inspirational, saving not only money but diverting 22,000m³ from landfill. Some extremely innovative tools and methods were used to demolish the pier, recover material and to achieve the lowest environmental impact in one of the most environmentally designated places in the UK. Read more...Civils project of the Year Winner




Winner: David Miller Architects

David Miller Architects set out to find their way into larger, complex supply chains through the adoption of digital techniques. Their approach has created new opportunities to develop expertise, increased efficiencies in the delivery of built projects and unlocked a raft of client benefits. Their inhouse Best Practice Management system drives continuous improvement and the team’s strong collective desire to sustain a thriving business has created an exciting, dynamic and progressive place to work. Read more...SME Winner


Winner: Hammerson Plc - Westquay South, Southampton

Westquay South has been delivered through effective partnership, against financial viability challenges and with strong sustainability outcomes. Early contractor involvement, corporate commitment and great collaboration achieved a comprehensive approach to sustainability. The largest food and beverage development in the UK, it demonstrates how a commercial project can be environmentally and socially sustainable and provides a great example to other local authorities of placemaking achieved with joint public-private collaboration. Read More... Winner Sustainability


Winner:  Bank Station Capacity Upgrade Project - Dragados UK 

Bank Station is a network-critical destination with interchanges for four tube lines and the Docklands Light Railway. It is the project team’s approach of putting the station’s users and operators’ interests front and centre of every strategic and operational decision that makes this an outstanding beacon of best practice. Shared behaviours and an integrated management structure provide transparency so that benefit and risk are always considered in the light of what is best ‘Best for Bank’. Read more...Value Winner


Winner: Mike Heptonstall - Turner & Townsend

Mike’s experience has grown from a diverse career – moving from the water sector to rail and management of both capital and maintenance programmes. In the delivery of complex engineering programmes, he has excellent technical skills and ability as a Project Manager. He also has command of all the soft skills and empathy to shine as a leader. These attributes, combined with Mike’s dedication and his fresh approach, bring exceptional value for his clients, team and employer. Read more...Young Achiever Winner


Personal Commendation - Justin Manley - The Clancy Group

Against all odds, Justin has recovered from severe head injuries sustained in a freak accident at work. As a safety coach and mentor, he now travels the country sharing his story, and has become an inspirational champion for workplace safety. With no experience of public speaking, he pushes himself far outside his comfort zone at every session he delivers because he wants everyone to know exactly how to protect themselves and others around them. Read more...Young Achiever HC



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