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2012 Innovation


Winner: King Sheet Piling

Submitted by: Balfour Beatty Major Civil Engineering

Sponsored by








A radical innovation which helped to save £10million - half of that for the taxpayer - by using standard sheet piles more efficiently proved a great success on Skanska Balfour Beatty JV's M25 widening contract. The King Sheet Piling system uses 35% less materials installed in less time and with less noise and vibration. It has since been used by the Balfour Beatty Group on both the A421 and M4/M5 to great benefit.

Highly Commended: Hackney Homes Alliance Sustainability Strategy - Lakehouse

 Balfour Beatty


ExCel Southern Access Project (Jackson Civil Engineering)
King Sheet Piling (Balfour Beatty Major Civil Engineering)
Alexandra House, South London YMCA (Warings Contractors Limited)
A20/M20 SCRIM Package (Jackson Civil Engineering)
Hackney Homes Alliance - Sustainability Strategy (Lakehouse)
Heathrow Terminal 2B Phase 2 (Balfour Beatty)
Romney Weir Hydropower Project (Jackson Civil Engineering)

About the Category

Judges will be looking for the best example of how to drive successful innovation in a project or organisation.

It may be to overcome a real challenge on site, identify emerging market opportunities, or develop a new/improved product or service.

Winners should demonstrate improvements compared to previous or third party performance.


The Clarkson Alliance

This award is sponsored by Clarkson Alliance (TCA), a consultant project management company established in 2003, to deliver capital investment projects to its customers in the health and leisure, education and heritage sectors.

The company provides a collaborative project management service which maximises opportunities and minimises risks to deliver new and improved facilities on time and within budget, creating a shared value amongst project stakeholders.

TCA aims to become the first choice project manager for all its customers by managing the delivery of new and improved buildings which provide true business benefits and bring value to the community.

The company has successfully completed projects for clients including Oxford Brookes University, Jesus College, Oxford City Council, The Stanley Spencer Gallery and The London Borough of Enfield.

The company has taken the lead in developing a new style of project management that focuses on delivering business benefits to clients, based on its extensive knowledge and experience in the markets it operates in.

This starts with establishing the purpose of the project and the business benefits that the facility is to deliver, through to identifying the risks of not achieving the benefits and devising appropriate strategies to mitigate these risks so that the project is delivered in accordance with the original objectives.

Identifying the unique opportunities involved in a project and creating strategies to mitigate any risk is at the core of TCA's success.

The Clarkson Alliance holds itself accountable to the very highest standards in project management and is continually looking at new and innovative ways to improve upon and enhance ways of working.

Earlier this year it became the first SME in the construction industry to be awarded Corporate Accreditation status by the Association for Project Management (APM).

This involves a stringent assessment of an organisation's professional development scheme, ensuring that it can attract and retain the cream of the country's project management talent.

Other new initiatives this year include an exciting new collaboration with building services consultants Hoare Lea and structural engineers AKS Ward called "Collaboration Oxford".

This is a scheme designed to help Oxford institutions attract world class architects to meet the competitive demand for modern facilities whilst preserving the city's heritage.

Most recently TCA has been leading with the concept of high performing teams within its sector as it looks at the dynamics of working with different stakeholders during a project.

The objective is to keep individuals motivated so that they are prepared to provide discretionary effort to ensure maximum performance and results for its customers. For more information please visit www.theclarksonalliance.com

Graham Clarkson, managing director of The Clarkson Alliance, said: "We are delighted to be the sponsors of the "Innovation" category at the 2012 Constructing Excellence Awards.

"We fully understand the challenges in our industry of being innovative in today's competitive environment and this is a fantastic opportunity to share experiences and acknowledge the hard work that takes place throughout the year."