2018 Winners

Ever wonder what it takes to be a winner of the Constructing Excellence Awards? Be inspired and have a look at what made the teams below our winners of 2018:

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Winner: CETC - Civil Engineering Training Centre (Fareham College)

This employer-led apprenticeship programme is co-designed to meet the needs of the industry, addressing skills shortages and productivity issues. Off the job training at the beginning means apprentices are fully aware of what is expected of them and can add value to the workforce as soon as they start on site.   The Civil and Engineering Centre has been extremely successful in attracting new entrants, with 140 applications for 42 places with plans for extension already in place. Apprenticeship Initiative Winner 2018

Winner: 25 Wilton, London (Kier Construction)

Refurbishment of 25 Wilton was delivered for £20m less than its reinstatement valuation.  With an additional three floors of rooftop residential space it now performs well both commercially and functionally and competes for rental values with the best of new developments in Victoria.  A Pre-Construction Service Agreement was a key enabler for the project team to work collaboratively to develop innovative solutions and maximise potential revenue for the client. Building Project of the Year +10m

Winner: Heathfield Academy (Willmott Dixon)

The management team for Heathfield Academy was excellent – motivated and engaged. They fully invested in achieving their goals and created a truly collaborative programme where everyone really cared about finding the best solutions for the school.  No hidden agenda, no smoke screens and clear understanding of margins and deliverable's, instilled a determination from the whole team to ‘get it right first time’. Building Project of the Year - £10m and under

Winner: London Bridge Station Redevelopment (Network Rail)

Working collaboratively to untangle the bottlenecks and approaches to London Bridge Station, the team has created a world class interchange with a new street level concourse that remains sympathetic to its heritage.  Increasing capacity from 56 to 90 million passengers per year, this world class interchange is a catalyst for regeneration of the London Bridge Quarter and sets a blueprint for the delivery of major complex projects. Civils Project of the Year Winner 2018

Winner: ESFA (Education & Skills Funding Agency)

The Education and Skills Funding Agency have used their influence to stimulate change. They recruited a whole team to drive forward their build programme using Modern Methods of Construction and provide clear pre-construction and project delivery leadership, a consistent approach and continuity on strategic solutions and procurement matters.   Working collaboratively with the supply chain they explore and innovate and have developed a progressive and effective feedback loop. Client of the Year Winner 2018

Winner: VISUALISE (Skanska)

A project consortium led by Skanska with BRE, SMEs 3DRepo, Unit9, The Carto Group and asset owners (including Hampshire County Council and Great Ormond Street Hospital) utilised their in-house resources to deliver VISUALISE. This is a fully integrated system to support effective and efficient management and future construction of physical infrastructure assets. Digital Construction Winner 2018

Winner: Natasha Baum (Willmott Dixon)

Quietly confident in her ability to deliver Natasha Baum has mastered the technique of using a variety of leadership styles to get the very best out of a team. She consistently demonstrates great efficiency, exceptional people skills and has a unique ability to bring customers, team members and the supply chain together to deliver outstanding projects. Natasha is a great ambassador and role model for her team and her organisation. G4C Future Leader Winner 2018

Winner: Lendlease

A long term and high-level commitment to protecting employees has provided significant resource to establish and maintain an industry-leading and contemporary programme to support a healthy and productive workforce.  Lendlease have a strategy that addresses both mental and physical health and the collaborative efforts of HR, Health & Safety, the sustainability team and employees themselves make sure everyone goes home healthy and safe. Health, Safety  & Wellbeing Winner 2018

Winner: Transport Infrastructure Efficiency – Benchmarking Framework (Turner & Townsend)

The team engaged with many stakeholders to ensure delivery of an ‘Insight Portal’ that allows users to explore data trends and to leverage that data to act as a catalyst for identifying efficiency and innovation opportunities. Data and best practice has been shared between transport clients for the very first time and this new benchmarking platform has huge potential to drive informed decision-making and significantly better outcomes, including savings in time and cost. Innovation Winner 2018

Winner: Design Consortium (Willmott Dixon. Cobham)

The Design Consortium consists of 20 consultants across a variety of design disciplines and was established by Willmott Dixon’s local construction office in Cobham. The aim of the Design Consortium is to facilitate objective and early engagement on every project and allow designs teams to gel.  The Design Consortium is an example of true collaboration where the partnership is based on trust, shared outcomes and a commitment to act on lessons learned. Integration Collaboration Winner 2018

Winner: Offsite Champions (Ramboll)

The evangelical approach of Ramboll to pursue the most efficient offsite construction solutions is inspiring. They have a burning commitment, an obsession almost, to design out inefficiencies whilst at the same time achieving the highest quality outcomes. To ‘demistify’ the offsite process, they have applied their expertise over a range of projects in different market sectors and proved that offsite is not an exclusive technology limited to projects with specific characteristics but a construction methodology. Offsite Winner 2018

Winner: Phelan Construction Limited

Phelan’s ‘Perfect Delivery Promise’ manifests in a clear system of responsibility that puts customer satisfaction at the centre of their performance.  A dedicated team of customer account managers work tirelessly to engage, communicate and add value to the project.  In two years Phelan have driven customer satisfaction ratings from 74% to 89% and increased turnover from £20m to £60m. Given the size of the company, the measures Phelan have taken are particularly impressive. Outstanding Customer Satisfaction 2018

Winner: Playle & Partners LLP

A high level of investment in training per employee has resulted in a successful business for Playle & Partners’ who are challenged to compete against large scale multi-national companies for talent.  As a consultancy with 4 partners and 35 members of staff across 4 locations, people are at the very heart of their business.  The team has had to come up with some innovative ways to attract and retain the best qualified people with sought-after expertise. People Development Winner 2018

Winner:  'Your New Town Hall' Lambeth (Morgan Sindall)

A strategic approach to restoration and rationalisation of the council office estate provided real value for money with improved staff productivity and better accessibility for the community. Sympathetic restoration of this Grade II listed building has resulted in improved operational performance, saving £4.5m per year in running costs, and delivered a self-funding mixed use scheme - outstanding achievements through collaboration and a commitment to mobilise heritage skills. Preservation Rejuvenation WInner 2018

Winner: ITC

ITC is 25 years old and one of the South East’s leading main contractors in the fit out and refurbishment sector.  Measuring performance, seeking out better ways of working and developing operating procedures to support the team have been instrumental in their growth. ITC is a rounded SME with very ‘human’ values and success reflected in the financial strength of the business and the loyal support of great colleagues and clients. SME of the Year 2018

Winner: Wilmcote House, Portsmouth (ECD Architects) 

A leading example of a sustainable low energy refurbishment, Wilmcote House is the only UK case study for the PassivHaus Institute’s Europhit programme and the largest EnerPHit project in the world.  The 11 storey regeneration scheme is forecast to achieve a 90% reduction in annual heating costs for residents, saving more than £1,000 per dwelling per year. A catalyst for change, Wilmcote House provides national and international reference for high-quality, large-scale refurbishment. Sustainability Winner 2018

Winner: Little Daydreams Nursery (Mitie)

Starting with virtually nothing but a vision, an old building, determination and perseverance, Little Daydreams Nursery adds value for generations to come. With a budget of £20,000 and a six-week timeline, collaboration in the delivery of this community investment project was key to transforming this dilapidated building into a fit-for-purpose, state-of-the-art, nursery. Directly providing hope for 42 families, the project empowers a community to take further steps towards self-employment and , improved health and wellbeing. Value Winner 2018

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