15 categories to demonstrate your commitment to excellence
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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: the Apprenticeship Initiative is a special SECBE category and does not go through to the National Awards
Construction clients have an important role to play in transforming the way the industry 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 a number of the following attributes:
The conservation or rehabilitation of old or historic buildings and sites is often an important part of neighbourhood revitalisation, providing physical and psychological focus for the community and creating jobs and investment opportunities. Construction work that involves the conservation and regeneration of historic buildings requires great care and specialist skills and techniques.
Judges will be looking for excellent outcomes and high standards in the repair, re-use and revitalisation of heritage sites and buildings in the region.
Exemplary projects will be able to demonstrate a number of the following attributes:
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:
G4C is a driving force for industry change, through the development and connection of future industry leaders. The award is open to a person with less than ten years of experience in the construction and built environment sector (typically less than 35 years of age).
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 have shown potential to become an exemplary future leader, evidenced by a number of the following attributes:
Health, Safety & Wellbeing is of paramount importance and a culture of ‘safety first’ is crucial to performance. Overarching health and safety risk management systems and effective health initiatives are fundamental to reducing or eliminating all types of incident and promoting health and well–being across the supply chain.
The winner may be able to demonstrate consideration of either project health & safety at the pre-construction and/or construction phases of a project or an organisational initiative impacting on multiple projects or their workforce. Judges will be looking for an approach that demonstrates a number of the following attributes:
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 for positive change 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 a sustained 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. Submissions will demonstrate a number of the following attributes:
A number of factors are convening to make offsite construction a more attractive solution than ever before. It can help address systemic failures including low productivity, low predictability, low margins, adversarial pricing, lack of culture for collaboration, limited R&D and investment in innovation and poor image.
A winning approach will demonstrate a number of the following attributes:
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 product’s value to the customer. Activities which do not add value from the customer’s viewpoint can be classified as waste and eliminated.
The Constructing Excellence SECBE Awards identify and recognise organisations that have developed and implemented successful customer satisfaction strategies. Judges will be looking for companies that can demonstrate a number of the following attributes:
Please note: Outstanding Customer Satisfaction is a special SECBE category and does not go through to the National Awards.
People are our greatest asset and this award recognises organisations that appreciate and nurture their workforce to ensure they maximise the value of everyone’s contribution to the business. By creating inclusive workplaces which support people of all abilities through training initiatives, education, mentoring, support networks and innovative programmes, companies can demonstrate a significant impact on the future of their businesses and the wider construction industry.
Judges are looking for an organisation that is leading edge in the way they support and develop their existing team and attract new entrants into the industry. Exemplary people developers will be to able show judges how they:
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 €50 million. An outstanding SME will display a number of the following organisational attributes:
1 (ref BIS UK CONSTRUCTION, An economic analysis of the sector JULY 2013).
High environmental and climate performance in 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 seeks to limit impact on the natural environment and demonstrate whole life sustainability. It is most effective when organisational culture, high design quality, technical innovation and transferability are abundant.
Judges are looking for projects or organisations whose achievements, in relation to the legacy their work leaves, demonstrate strong environmental performance in terms of carbon and other Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions, in waste and water efficiency and in sustainable materials over the life of a project (including its ultimate decommissioning).
Exemplary environmental and climate performance will be evidenced by some of the following:
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 improved outcomes for owners and/or users. Such outcomes may be financial, social or environmental.
Winning exemplars of Value will demonstrate some of the following attributes:
Outstanding Customer Satisfaction and Apprenticeship Initiative are specific to the London and South East region and therefore winners are not put forward to the Constructing Excellence National Awards which take place in the Autumn.