Twenty Ten Winners

Leadership & People Development

Sponsored by: Fabrick Group
Winner: Gentoo Group

In this Award judges looked for an organisation that has shown the greatest respect for its workforce and communities through workforce development, skills & training, benchmarking, equality & diversity and improvements to the working environment.
The winner of the Leadership & People Development Award goes to Gentoo Group whose vision is to have a tangible positive effect on the way people and communities live, develop and improve. They believe that inspiring people is the way to create a climate in which they themselves can generate great communities. As an organisation they thrive on challenging the norm and state their way is to apply genuine innovative thinking and creativity to generate a better future.

Highly Commended: Wates Living Space

Integration & Collaborative Working

Sponsored by: Northumbria University
Winner: Housing Hartlepool, Gus Robinson Developments, Housing Hartlepool Technical Consultancy Group & Residence of Albany Court
Albany Court Sheltered Complex

In this award the judges looked for evidence of how workforce development has improved as a result of collaboration, long term relationships and common processes across organisations.
The winner of the Integration & Collaborative Working Award goes to Housing Hartlepool, Gus Robinson Developments, Housing Hartlepool Technical Consultancy Group and the residents of Albany Court for Albany Court Sheltered Complex. The scheme boasts renewable technology and state of the art amenities and was made particularly special because it enabled the elderly residences to remain in their homes throughout the redevelopment. Working Groups were set up at an early stage to consider that the needs and aspirations of the residents were met whilst ensuring a sustainable development.

Highly Commended:Faithful + Gould, Castle Morpeth Housing, Frank Haslam Milan & Mears
Project: The Castle Morpeth Housing Partnership


Sponsored by: IGNITE
Winner: Byzak Ltd, Newcastle City Council & Entec (UK) Ltd
 Ouseburn Barrage

Submissions in this category had to demonstrate the application of the principles of sustainable construction and / or development that delivers a sustainable legacy.
THe Ouseburn team demonstrated how a productive relationship between partners rose to the challenge of merging the different cultures of construction and sculpture whilst simultaneously providing an innovative construction solution to an enviornmental problem, leaving a legacy for both human and wildlife residents.

Health & Safety

Sponsored by: APS with support from Working Well Together Group
Winner: Interserve Project Services

Judges were looking for a project or organisation where health & Safety has been driven forward to go beyond what is required with the duties as stated in CDM 2007.


Sponsored by: NG Bailey
Winner: Derwentside Homes, Southdale, Blake Hopkinson Architecture, Elliott Associates
Haven House

The Innovation Award recognises new working practices and the development of new solutions to the problems we encounter. Innovative solutions, which enhance the value of the finished product, without increasing the risks associated with it.
The winner of the Innovation category goes to Haven House which demonstrated an innovative procurement method. The fixed budget scheme challenged the norm with all team members embracing and embedding quality as a key driver and delivering high aspirations for its tenants.

Highly Commended: Erimus Building Services
Project: A Lean Repairs Service  


Sponsored by:National Construction Academy
Winner: Parsons Brinckerhoff, North Tyneside Council, Turner & Townsend, Shepherd Construction, Devereux Architects and Hall & Partners
Project: Monkseaton High School
The Value award recognises projects which have been designed and constructed to achieve maximum benefit for owners and end users.The submissions received covered a cross section of schemes from the education and housing sectors.
Monkseaton High School project is unique in pushing the boundaries in terms of teaching methods and learning space configuration. The headteacher was at the forefront of new thinking in education and has been the driving force behind achieving such an unusual building and creating debate on how modern teaching environments can contribute to academic achievement.

The project also included the staff and pupils of Monkseaton High School.


Sponsored by: NISP
Winner: The Elliott Group

This award was open to small companies who have made strides in improving their organisation through implementing best practice, people development, adopting best practice and collaborative and new ways of working.
The winner of the SME Award this year went to The Elliott Group whose structure and extensive skills base provided them with the ability to help clients promote best practice.  They have retrained staff that have been made redundant and expanded their service and offering across a range of sectors. The organisation is heavily involved in new technologies and renewables and is committed to the universities intern programme. They firmly believe in the benefits of partnering and have evidenced this by KPI benchmarking.


CIBSE North East Building Services Best Practice Award

Sponsored by: CIBSE North East
Winner: SES

The award is give to projects / organisations that have best complied with the spirit and standards of best engineering practice in design and procurement of building services associated with the built environment.
This year's winner evidenced their adherence to best practice in every aspect of the business underpinning a growing reputation for technical excellence, project efficiency, commitment to quality, timely completion and the nurturing of their staff.

Highly Commended: AECOM & Balfour Beatty Engineering Services

Achiever of the Year Award

Sponsored by: Dickinson Dees
Winner: Tina Drury, Managing Director Castle Morpeth Housing

The River Wansbeck burst its banks bringing flooding to Morpeth in September 2008 with 158 Castle Morpeth Housing homes being extensively damaged.
Tina led The Castle Morpeth Housing Partnership team and embraced the principles of genuine partnership in exceptionally difficult times.
The partnership stuck to their principles and the flood works were delivered more quickly and more efficiently than anyone could have expected, with the result of more than satisfied tenants, and a stronger, more resilient and inclusive partnership.
Client of the Year

Sponsored by: Ward Hadaway
Winner: David Vardy, Emmanual Schools Foundation

Academy schools foundation boss David Vardy showed just how important an active and enthusiastic client can be to the success of a project. Driving the success of projects from inception to completion and speaking to every member of the team in order to understand the whole design process.
Thanks to his involvement each academy has provided the students and staff with the facilities and equipment they need.
Collaboration and taking the time to listen to new ideas has allowed innovative, inspiring buildings to be created.

Project of the Year
Sponsored by: FBE
Winner: Parsons Brinckerhoff, North Tyneside Council, Shepherd Construction, Turner & Townsend, Devereux Architects and Hall & Partners
Monkseaton High School

The Project of the Year Award looks at many aspects such as technical achievement, innovation, aesthetics, application of best practice, teamwork, health and safety, quality, programme, cost, etc.

The winner of Project of the Year Award went to Parsons Brinkerhoff, North Tyneside Council, Shepherd Construction, Devereux Architects, Turner & Townsend and Hall & Partners for Monkseaton High School.

Highly Commended: Morgan Ashurst PLC, University of Sunderland, FaulknerBrowns, Elliott Dent, Todd Milburn and Buro Happold
University of Sunderland, CitySpace
Student of the Year
Sponsored by: NCBF

Winner (Professional): Darush Dodds, Nominated by Lumsden & Carroll Construction
Winner (Trades): Ben Luther, Nominated by CECA North East

Highly Commended: Dale Robinson Nominated by Capita Symonds

Heritage Award

Sponsored by: English Heritage
Joint Winners:
Small Project: Countryside Consultants, Mrs Linden Craven, Heritage Consolidation, Peter Kempsey & Natural England
Shittleheugh Bastle

Large Project: Stephen Easten Building, Canon John Sinclair, Church Wardens & PCC St Michael & All Angels, Mackellar Architecture and Structural & Civil Consultants
St Michael & All Angels Church, Newburn

This new award recognises schemes which included repair, improvement and enhancement which significantly improved the aesthetic quality of the project, the repair, restoration, improvement, extension of a listed buidling or similar including external spaces, gardens and courtyards.

Highly Commended: Burns Architects, Durham County Council, Makers Freyssinet, RNJ Construction Consultants & DTA Consulting Engineers
Project: Restoration of Pasmore Apollo Pavilion


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