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CONSTRUCTING EXCellence awards 2015.

Rewarding best in industry The best of the North east construction industry was recognised at the 2015 Constructing excellence in the North east (CeNe) Awards on May 8 at the Newcastle Marriott Gosforth Park hotel.

The awards celebrate all that is exceptional in the region's construction industry and recognise those high-flying individuals and organisations leading the way in North east construction.

Attended by almost 600 construction professionals, the awards recognised individuals and organisations across 13 awards categories this year including, Integration & Collaborative Working, Leadership & People Development, Sustainability, SMe of the Year, Innovation, Value and Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Project of the Year.

Catriona Lingwood, Chief executive of CeNe, said: "every year I am impressed with the quality of work individuals and organisations produce in our region and this year was no exception.

"These awards showcase only the very best and they continue to set the benchmark for the rest of the industry. All those recognised on the night should be exceptionally proud of their achievements."

each category winner will join the other regional winners at the national final in London in October, giving them an opportunity to receive further recognition on a truly national level.

Ian Storer, Director of Corepeople Recruitment, headline sponsor of the awards for the fifth year running, said: "These awards have built up a reputation as one of the must-attend events in the North east construction sector. It is a great opportunity to celebrate what is great about the industry. I think events like this are so important; we get so bogged down in our day-to-day lives that it's easy to ignore the good that is going on in our region. It's only right that we stop and celebrate their achievements - congratulations to all those recognised."

The awards have gone from strength to strength over the past 11 years, with the number of awards, standard of entries and number of attendees increasing dramatically. Now seen as the must-attend event in the North east built environment calendar, the organisation is overjoyed with the occasion it has created and says all those recognised throughout the 11 years should be proud to have been involved.

John McGovern, head of Investment Delivery at Northumbrian Water and Chair of CeNe, said: "Our awards have grown significantly over the years and are very important to us as an organisation.

"Our mission is to deliver improved industry performance resulting in a demonstrably better built environment in the region. All of our entrants have all shown their commitment to this cause and we celebrate our winners as shining examples of best practice. Well done to all those concerned."

Guests at this year's awards also enjoyed a raffle to support local charity Calvert Trust Kielder. Prizes included a short stay for four people in The Bradbury Chalet at Calvert Trust Kielder. A total of PS10,000 was raised for the charity on the night.

Calvert Trust Kielder enables disabled people to achieve their potential through the challenge of outdoor adventure. CeO Peter Cockerill was delighted with the outcome and thanked guests for their generosity and support. Peter said: "We help disabled adults and children, together with their family, friends and carers so a lot of people will benefit from this. The support of local people and businesses is invaluable to us and our guests so we really are very grateful."

The 2015 winners, highly commended and commended follows in this supplement.

Sponsored by Northern Counties Builders Federation Winner: Jenna Graham, nominated |by Aone+ ThIS Year's Young Achiever is equally passionate about the industry as well as adopting aspects of the G4C vision and promoting a positive image of construction sector.

After enrolling on a part-time course in 2008 and starting as a Technical Administrator in 2009 Jenna Graham progressed rapidly through the ranks of Trainee then Design Technician and at this time received a scholarship from their Professional Institution.

The recipient is also currently involved in a young professionals group and sits on the committee and is extremely active.

her Institutions Regional Director described her as their secret weapon in their efforts to engage young people into the industry.

CLIENT OF THE YEAR Sponsored by Ward Hadaway Winner: Stockton-on-Tees Borough |Council, nominated by Balfour Beatty STOCKTON-ON-TeeS Borough Council is an innovative collaborator and they are always looking for ways to continually improve.

This is evidenced in their contract forms; early contractor involvement to inform design and programming; maximising value engineering solutions to deliver cost savings for public benefit.

They also incentivise to provide scheme cost savings with consideration to partnering contractors they work with. They plan and prepare, to enable excellence in construction. Balfour Beatty believes Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council deserve recognition for leading the way in collaborative partnering and best practice and have done since they were last recognised as a Beacon Council for Rethinking Construction.

VALUE AWARD Sponsored by Elliott Associates Highly Commended: Laing O'Rourke, Northumberland Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust and Medical Architecture for Procure 21 Partnership Winner: Mott MacDonald and North |Tyneside Council for North Tyneside Living The winning scheme identified the need for better accommodation and services to support quality living for older people. Acknowledging the breadth of the undertaking, three Knowledge Transfer Partnerships were created to look at the three key areas of architecture, sustainability and health & wellbeing.

The existing housing stock needed radical changes both for use today and with flexibility for future requirements.

The main requirements were to promote good health & wellbeing, provide dementia friendly facilities, bring about a reduction in hospital admissions and the use of residential and nursing home referrals; to reduce fuel costs and carbon emissions and increase rental income for the housing Revenue Account.

INTEGRATION & COLLAbORATIvE WORkING Sponsored by Watson Burton LLP efficiently or within such a short time period had integration and collaborative working methods not been at the core of the multi-disciplinary team.

Highly Commended: National Biologics Manufacturing Centre and goes to Interserve Construction, Centre for Process Innovation, Turner & Townsend, Shepherd Engineering Services and ArchialNorr The entry recognizes the hard work and 'One Team' approach encouraged by the client's core values and embraced by all parties involved.

This collaborative working has delivered more than 100 individual schemes and removed several hundred properties from the OfWat flooding register.

Winner: Northumbrian Water |Accelerated Flooding Programme and goes to Turner & Townsend, Northumbrian Water Group, Amec Foster Wheeler, Grontmij, MWH Global and Mott MacDonald An investment programme of PS220m is delivered each year by the client, of which PS52m in construction costs have been spent since september 2013 as part of this programme to reduce the risk of flooding.

This incredibly ambitious programme of works would not have been delivered so INNOvATION AWARD Sponsored by Northumbrian Water Group while delivering the facility quickly, safely and sustainably.

Winner: Northumberland Tyne & |Wear NHS Foundation Trust, Medical Architecture and Laing O'Rourke for Pride Hospitals: Hopewood Park This was achieved through a number of on and offsite modularization techniques for building elements and integration of renewable systems. This innovative approach not only fulfilled the ambitious targets but also resulted in a 10 week reduction in the construction programme.

InnOvATiOn on this challenging winning project was driven by the vision for optimizing quality HEALTH & SAfETy - CDM Sponsored by APS Daily conference calls helped epitomise the philosophy of CDM and promoted excellent communication, co-operation and co-ordination at all levels.

Winner: Northumbrian Water, Mott |MacDonald, Panton McLeod, MWH and Stonbury for The Horsley Water Treatment Works The whole project team strived to excel in all areas of health and safety; this was engrained into the ethos of the project from the beginning.

The project was to clean a live underground reservoir. new access hatches were installed into the reservoir roof to enable the cleaning to be undertaken by robots; avoiding man access into the live reservoir and resulting in zero accidents or public health concerns.

All the CDM duty holders played a highly interactive part in the management of the project from early design stages through construction to completion.

Although robotics is not unique, this approach is believed to be a first in the UK for this sector.

AChIEvER Of ThE YEAR Sponsored by Bond Dickinson WOutstanding Contribution to the industry: John Waugh, nominated by C.W Davis Ltd ithout Geoff's leadership and unerring dedication, one of the most significant employers to invest in the North East in recent years would not have come to the region at all.

Winner: GeoffHunton, nominated |by Shepherd The impact of his achievement cannot be underestimated and are already being felt with the creation of 250 jobs alone in the construction phase and a further 730 to be employed once the facility is in full use. hitachi chose the Newton Aycliffe site ahead of 42 others around the uK, which is the first such plant outside Japan, because of Geoff's stand-out, passionate bid.

his achievements and how he overcame the challenges presented to him along the way have motivated the entire team to deliver a project that everyone who is involved can be incredibly proud of for years to come and a true legacy for the region.

SmE Of ThE yEAR Sponsored by Gentoo Winner: Hodgson Sayers Ltd | The winning company celebrated a number of achievements in their 35th anniversary last year, which were a culmination of planning, people and passion.

They set themselves a target of 35 community beneficial events, which they surpassed, of which the following were included - recruiting 10% of the workforce as apprentices, living wage implementation and many acts of charity giving.

Last year saw the compilation of their first Annual Report outlining their successes and innovations, as well as detailing the principles and ethics which underpin every business and policy decision they make.

pROjECT Of ThE yEAR Sponsored by Corepeople Recruitment Building Project of the Year Highly Commended: Northumberland Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust, Medical Architecture and Laing O'Rourke for Pride Hospitals: Hopewood Park and Roker and Mowbray Dementia Care Unit Building Project of the Year | Winner: Redcar & Cleveland Borough |Council, Willmott Dixon Construction, +3 Architecture, AFLS + P, Buro Happold, Sweett Group, Deloitte LLP for Redcar Leisure and Community Heart Infrastructure Project of the Year and |overall Project of the Year Winner: South Tyneside Council, Royal |HaskoningDHV, Galliford Try and Oobe for the Littlehaven Promenade and Sea Wall.

LittLehAven Promenade and Seawall is an excellent example of partnership collaboration to achieve an end goal, which not only complies with national strategy for sea defence but also regenerated a valuable amenity resource.

The project's strategic vision for change has helped deliver significant enhancement to the coastal community, local economy and seafront environment. The project provides a long-term sustainable solution; with overwhelming client satisfaction; innovative design and delivery; sharing of lessons learned; 90% re-use of waste on site; value engineering to ensure cost savings and reduce environmental impact; biodiversity and amenity enhancement and extensive community engagement.

This project highlights the benefits of taking forward new ideas and concepts and the importance of working pro-actively and collaboratively to adapt positively to the increasing pressures of a changing coastline.

bIm pROjECT Of ThE yEAR Sponsored by CIOB Winner: Laing O'Rourke, Northum-|berland Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust and Medical Architecture for Pride Hospitals - Hopewood Park The Pride hospitals -hopewood Park project serves as an exemplar of BiM's role in the modern construction environment by providing a fully coordinated set of information and a platform for highly-developed design.

This in turn resulted in a sophisticated offsite manufacturing response by allowing major component suppliers to link to the design database to schedule product selection, manufacture, delivery and assembly from a single source.

The full BiM approach sets a benchmark for the industry on how innovative techniques can deliver time, cost and quality benefits to clients by reducing defects, encouraging early engagement and ensuring a smooth delivery.


Tim Craig <B Partner, Ward Hadaway presenting the award to Richard McGuckin, head of economic growth & development Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

Jenna Graham <Bwinner of the Young Achiever Award

Leanne McAngus and Catriona Lingwood at the awards

David Pearson of Elliott Associates presenting the Value Award to North Tyneside Living

Sarah Wilson, Partner Watson Burton LLP presenting the award to Northumbrian Water Group - Accelerated <B Flooding Programme project team

Richard Warenford, Waste Water Director, NWG presenting the award to Pride Hospitals - Hopewood Park

James Ritchie, APS, and Phillippa Webb, APS North East Regional Chair presenting the award to the Horsley Water <B Treatment Works

Simon Lewis of Bond Dickinson presenting to GeoffHunton from Merchant <B Anglo Property Holdings

John Waugh Site Manager at <B CW Davies was recognised for his outstanding contribution to the construction industry

Allan Thompson Managing Director, Gentoo Construction, presenting the award to Hodgson Sayers

Ian Storer, Director, Corepeople Recruitment, presenting the Infrastructure Project of the Year and <B overall Project of the Year award to Littlehaven Promenade & Seawall project

Lesley Fairley, CIOB North East Branch Chair, presenting the award to winners Pride Hospitals - Hopewood Park
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