Constructing Excellence Award Categories

Client of the Year

Integration & Collaborative Working

Leadership & People Development

Health & Safety

Innovation

Sustainability

Outstanding Customer Satisfaction*

Apprenticeship Initiative*

Achiever of the Year

Whole Life Value

SME of the Year

BIM Project of the Year

Project of the Year              

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To be successful all applications need to illustrate their commitment to sustainability, high health and safety standards and innovative solutions in all of the categories. Submissions should relate to activity that achieved outstanding results in the calendar year 2014. We would also remind you that all shortlisted submissions will be required to present to the panel of judges on the 23rd April 2014.

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Category Criteria

Client of the Year

Judges are looking for a construction client that has shown clear consistent leadership and commitment to core Constructing Excellence principles on one or preferably several projects. These principles include collaborative working, integration, fair terms and forms of contract, procurement on value, prompt payment, clear and considered project briefs and health and safety set as a key driver. Clients who have been actively involved to encourage and reward excellence, and embraced the goals within Construction 2025 will be acknowledged for their leadership.

Submissions from third parties are encouraged but must include endorsement from the client themselves.

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Integration & Collaborative Working

Judges will be looking for evidence of early involvement, selection by value, common processes and tools across organisations such as BIM, long term relationships, modern commercial arrangements and fair payment practices. Obvious benefits will include a less adversarial approach and use of an appropriate contract to ensure this, but judges will assess delivery on results achieved against client set measurement results and how workforce development has led to improved products or services and customer satisfaction.

Successful entries will have succeeded in integrating their teams to such a level that they appear as a single entity to the customer. Joint submissions are strongly encouraged.

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Waterloo

Innovation

Judges will be looking for the best organisation or project that took the most innovative approach to overcome site or project specific challenges, harnessed emerging technologies or market opportunities, or developed a new/improved product or service - perhaps innovative use of ICT solutions, BIM, LEAN, environmental technologies, process innovation, new materials or offsite or modular construction.

Judges will particularly look for evidence of how the innovation can be used/applied elsewhere in the organisation or on other projects. Entries should show how they defined the challenge, identified possible solutions, and secured agreement from key stakeholders. Winners will have focused on the occupier/users needs, demonstrated improvements compared to previous or third party performance and/or shown how the approach has led to winning new work.

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Health & Safety

The judges will be looking for a project or organisation where health and safety has been driven way beyond what is required within the duties stated in CDM 2007.  The winner will demonstrate that best practice has been utilised in producing a scheme where buildability, usability, maintenance and final demolition have all been fully considered with health and safety central to their operations.

The judges will look at the entrants’ overarching health and safety management systems, accident records and their demonstration of effective risk management throughout the project.

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Sustainability

The judges will be looking for a project or organisation where the principles of sustainability have been fully embedded, particularly those that demonstrate creative and/or innovative thinking and leadership. The winner will be an exemplar where sustainability is central; providing hard evidence that effective management of environment, social and economic aspects has achieved a significant and tangible improvement in performance.

The judges will give preference to entrants that demonstrate that a responsible long term and collaborative approach has been taken to add value and achieve a range of net benefits for themselves and others. 

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Temple

Outstanding Customer Satisfaction*

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 with clear methodologies for identifying what is really important to their customers, clear strategies that led to sustained improvement, and the systematic evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Winning entries will have demonstrably put the customer’s needs at the heart of their work and then delivered growth, high customer retention, profitability and a positive reputation.

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Artelia

Apprenticeship Initiative*

This award category aims to showcase organisations committed to creating a flourishing climate for high-quality apprenticeship progammes in the built environment sector.  Judges are looking for schemes developed by forward thinking employers that actively and innovatively develop a sustainable workforce through apprenticeships to construct and maintain the built environment. Equipping people with the skills, knowledge and confidence that provide a secure foundation for future successful careers is core to this category.

Winning entries will inspire and encourage young people into the industry and will have innovative infrastructure to support training in craft-based, professional and other design, construction and off site skills. Evidence of structured monitoring, continuous training and development and reward/incentivisation schemes will be the key to success.

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Achiever of the Year

This award recognises outstanding performance or influence by an individual who has been inspirational in the opinion of the sector peer group during 2014. The winner’s exemplary actions will have changed the behaviour and performance of others and delivered disproportionate benefits for, and left a legacy in, the outputs of the built environment sector. The award winner will naturally show all the hallmarks championed by Constructing Excellence, such as best practice and a wholehearted commitment to the Rethinking Construction principles and the Construction 2025 agenda.

The key is that this commitment needs to be visible – i.e. adopted and adapted to make a real difference within the sphere of the applicant’s own operation, influence and community. The character of the nominee is crucial – we are looking for leaders, opinion formers and champions of change. Submissions from third parties are encouraged and this is an award open to individuals of any age, discipline, or sector.

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Leadership & People Development

The winner in this category will best define and demonstrate improvements resulting from targeted leadership development and training across the workforce and perhaps local community. Whether driven by strategic leadership of an enlightened client or a supplier, entries should show and win particular respect from the workforce and/or community through workforce development, skills and training, equality and diversity initiatives, and improvements to health and safety and the working environment.

Evidence of how the organisation’s leadership development strategy is aligned with Construction 2025 will be taken into account.

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Whole Life Value

The judges will be looking for either a project on which long-term value has been best achieved, or an organisation that has achieved value on a number of projects over a period of time. Judges will consider how completed projects have been designed and constructed to achieve maximum benefit for owners and end users and helped them accomplish their goals.

Entrants should be able to describe the balance of expenditure between design, construction and operation in relation to whole life cost/value. Project teams and organisations should demonstrate how achieving the optimum outcome for owners and end users was a key driver throughout the design and construction process and provide any available data on what has been achieved.  Alignment to the goals of Construction 2025 will be recognised.

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SDL

SME of the Year

This Award specifically recognises the challenges and outstanding achievements of Small to Medium Enterprises, particularly those who have made strides in improving their company through implementing best practice.  There are two ways to enter – (1) simply put yourself forward or, (2) if you’re a bigger organisation or from the client or supply side - we want you nominate a great SME you have worked with. 


Judges will be looking for companies that intentionally focus on people development, customer satisfaction, industry best practice, performance management, and/ or new ways of collaborative working. Entrants and nominees will be required to demonstrate a commitment to sustainability and health and safety; describing the steps that have been taken to improve performance in this area through the 4 Cs of co-operation, communication, competence and commitment.

Small to Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs):  less than 250 employees and turnover less than Euro 50 million or a balance sheet less than Euro 43 million.

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BIM Project of the Year

This category is looking for companies or projects that are using digital processes (Building Information Modelling) to dramatically improve the design, delivery and operation of built assets.  Judges are particularly looking for teams who can demonstrate the effective use and benefits of integrated and interoperable BIM solutions that reduce cost, time, and/or risk to the benefit of the client and others without detriment to others. Projects may be in the design stage, under construction or in full operation.

Submissions should highlight how the adoption of collaborative digital processes have dramatically improved planning, design, fabrication, construction and/or operation of built facilities or infrastructure. Entries should demonstrate the use of best practice or new forms of collaboration or partnering, information sharing, innovative new tools/methods and processes, and should describe how these have/will deliver a wide variety of stakeholder benefits over the lifecycle of the asset.

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Project of the Year

Judges are looking for an outstanding project that best demonstrates the highest levels of technical achievement, innovation, application of best practice, teamworking throughout the supply chain, delivered to time, budget and quality with the highest health & safety standards, lowest environmental impact and most importantly to the customer’s delight.

It is just as likely to be an outstanding local project as it is a high profile landmark – but the winner will be a project that all parties involved will be proud to have been part of.

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Westfield

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* These are regional awards - themes that are critical to helping the industry to deliver the 2025 Vision, and about which the London and South East team is passionate.  The is no corresponding category in the National Awards.