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Awards 2021

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There are 23 Awards with an additional 2 Judges Special Awards - here you will find out the criteria for each.

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Construction Person of the Year - Outstanding Contributor, more than 10 years

Construction Person on the Year - Outstanding Contributor

Eligibility
  • This is for a person at any level in the construction industry who has shown innovative thinking, astute business acumen, made a significant contribution to a project, or acted as a role model for others in the industry
  • Entrants should have been in the industry for more than 10 years
  • Entrants should be able to demonstrate how they have made a difference to their projects or business.
  • They will be judged on all-round ability - not only academic and work-related achievements - but also their enthusiasm for construction as an industry and their ambition.
  • Entries should be submitted by their employer and should include a recommendation.
Entries will be judged on the following criteria
  • Career achievements and what the individual did to make them happen
  • Academic or mentoring success
  • Leadership with illustrative examples
  • Initiatives conceived and/or driven by the employee
  • An outline of the project currently being worked on, the technical challenges, along with how the nominee is contributing to solving these
  • Career satisfaction – what have been the best experiences and highlights to date
  • Ambitions, (career or for the industry) and the practical steps being taken to achieve these
  • A stand-out performance that particularly merits this award – the ‘wow’ factor

Construction Person of the Year - Rising Star, less than 10 years

Construction Person of the Year - Rising Star

Eligibility
  • This is for a person at any level in the construction industry who has shown innovative thinking, astute business acumen, made a significant contribution to a project,  or acted as a role model for others in the industry
  • Entrants should have been in the industry for less than 10 years
  • Entrants should be able to demonstrate how they have made a difference to their projects or business.
  • They will be judged on all-round ability - not only academic and work-related achievements - but also their enthusiasm for construction as an industry and their ambition.
  • Entries should be submitted by their employer and should include a recommendation.
Entries will be judged on the following criteria
  • Career achievements and what the individual did to make them happen
  • Academic or mentoring success
  • Leadership with illustrative examples
  • Initiatives conceived and/or driven by the employee
  • An outline of the project currently being worked on, the technical challenges, along with how the nominee is contributing to solving these
  • Career satisfaction – what have been the best experiences and highlights to date
  • Ambitions, (career or for the industry) and the practical steps being taken to achieve these
  • A stand-out performance that particularly merits this award – the ‘wow’ factor

Apprentice of The Year Award

Sponsored by WorkPlus

Eligibility
  • Nominations can be made by the Company
  • Apprentices must have been on an ApprenticeshipsNI (Level 2-3) or Higher Level Apprenticeship (Level 4-7) programme in 2020
  • Nomination must be counter-signed by a representative of the apprentice’s Training Provider which is a supplier of either of the above programmes.
Entries will be judged on the following criteria

Entries for this Award will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Demonstration of achievements, contribution and the impact they have made to your company (you are encouraged to include evidence to make your application standout, such as quotes from clients, training provider, staff and fellow apprentices, and performance reviews)
  • Commitment to personal and professional development e.g. other interests in and out of work, including professional bodies
  • Commitment to progression within the industry

Fit-Out Award

Eligibility
  • Any fit-out project.
Entries will be judged on the following criteria
  • Client engagement & satisfaction
  • Project team working relationship
  • Creativity, quality and complexity of fit-out
  • Choice of materials
  • Evidence of a high standard of finish
  • Project management with particular regard to finishing the work on time and on budget, collaboration and decision making and management of supply chain
  • Health and Safety
  • Sustainability performance
  • Management of public impact

Restoration Award

Eligibility
  • Any construction restoration or renovation project.
Entries will be judged on the following criteria
  • Retention and reuse of original fabric
  • Sourcing of appropriate materials
  • Training in traditional building skills
  • Consideration of the needs of the end user
  • Client engagement and satisfaction
  • Contribution to buildability and evidence of a high standard of finish
  • Project management with particular regard to finishing the work on time and on budget and management of supply chain
  • Health and safety
  • Sustainability performance
  • Management of public impact

Social/Community Construction Award - Projects below £1m

Eligibility
  • Any construction project delivering particular social value or providing a resource for the community for example, sports clubs, community halls, churches or council buildings, with a value below £1m.
Entries will be judged on the following criteria
  • Consideration of the needs of the end user
  • Client engagement and satisfaction
  • Contribution to buildability and evidence of a high standard of finish
  • Project management with particular regard to finishing the work on time and on budget and management of supply chain
  • Health and safety
  • Sustainability performance
  • Management of public impact

Social/Community Construction Award - Projects above £1m

Eligibility
  • Any construction project delivering particular social value or providing a resource for the community for example, sports clubs, community halls, churches or council buildings, with a value above £1m.
Entries will be judged on the following criteria
  • Consideration of the needs of the end user
  • Client engagement and satisfcation
  • Contribution to buildability and evidence of a high standard of finish
  • Project management with particular regard to finishing the work on time and on budget and management of supply chain
  • Health and safety
  • Sustainability performance
  • Management of public impact

Commercial Construction Award - Projects below £1m

Eligibility
  • Any commercial construction project for example retail space, offices, industrial warehousing or hospitality venues, with a value below £1m.
Entries will be judged on the following criteria
  • Consideration of the needs of the end user
  • Client engagement and satisfaction
  • Contribution to buildability and evidence of a high standard of finish
  • Project management with particular regard to finishing the work on time and on budget and management of supply chain
  • Health and safety
  • Sustainability performance
  • Management of public impact

Commercial Construction Award - Projects above £1m

Eligibility
  • Any commercial construction project for example retail space, offices, industrial warehousing or hospitality venues, with a value above £1m.
Entries will be judged on the following criteria
  • Consideration of the needs of the end user
  • Client engagement and satisfaction
  • Contribution to buildability and evidence of a high standard of finish
  • Project management with particular regard to finishing the work on time and on budget and management of supply chain
  • Health and safety
  • Sustainability performance
  • Management of public impact

Social Housing Award

Eligibility
  • Any social housing project either new build or refurbishment
  • At least 50% of the project must be complete
  • Some of the dwellings must be occupied as the owners will be interviewed
Entries will be judged on the following criteria
  • Consideration of the needs of the end user
  • Client engagement and satisfaction
  • Contribution to buildability and evidence of a high standard of finish
  • Project management with particular regard to finishing the work on time and on budget and management of supply chain
  • Health and safety
  • Sustainability performance
  • Management of public impact
  • All shortlisted finalists in the Housing categories must have secured the agreement and availability of at least one homeowner / home occupier to speak with the judges during their visit.

Private Housing Award

Sponsored by NHBC

Eligibility
  • Any housing development of five or more units is eligible
  • The development can be either a brownfield or greenfield site
  • At least 50% of the development must be complete
  • Some of the dwellings must be occupied as some owners will be interviewed
Entries will be judged on the following criteria
  • A distinctive overall sense of place that takes into account the characteristics of the site and its setting
  • Quality and sustainability of the overall layout, in the form and detailed design of the buildings, and the spaces around
  • An appropriate use of trees and other plants
  • A feeling of security and a sense of vitality in all parts of the layout 
  • All shortlisted finalists in the Housing categories must have secured the agreement and availability of at least one homeowner / home occupier to speak with the judges during their visit.

Individually Designed House Award

Eligibility
  • Any single build house is eligible
  • The house can be either on a brownfield or greenfield site
  • The house must be complete and occupied
Entries will be judged on the following criteria
  • A distinctive overall sense of place that takes into account the characteristics of the site of the house and its setting
  • Quality and sustainability of the overall layout, in the form and detailed design of the dwelling, and the space around it
  • Sustainability of design and materials used
  • Appropriate use of landscaping within local context
  • A feeling of security and a sense of vitality in all parts of the site and its setting 
  • All shortlisted finalists in the Housing categories must have secured the agreement and availability of at least one homeowner / home occupier to speak with the judges during their visit.

Multiple Occupancy Housing Award

Eligibility
  • Any housing development, either new build or refurbishment, to include student accomodation and private or social housing apartment projects
  • At least 50% of the project must be complete
  • Some of the dwellings must be occupied as the owners will be interviewed
  • The development can be either a brownfield or greenfield site
Entries will be judged on the following criteria
  • A distinctive overall sense of place that takes into account the characteristics of the site and its setting
  • Quality and sustainability of the overall layout, in the form and detailed design of the building/s, and the spaces around
  • A feeling of security and a sense of vitality in all parts of the layout
  • Consideration of the needs of the end user
  • Client engagement and satisfaction where relevant
  • Contribution to buildability and evidence of a high standard of finish
  • Project management with particular regard to finishing the work on time and on budget and management of supply chain
  • Health and safety
  • Sustainability performance
  • Management of public impact

Building In Use Award

Eligibility

Any building project which has, at close of entries, been completed more than five years ago - ie. before June 2016.

Entries will be judged on the following criteria

The project must fall within one of the following categories:

  • Private Housing

  • Social Housing

  • Multiple Occupancy

  • Social/Community Construction

  • Commercial Construction

  • Restoration

  • Fit-out

  • Health Infrastructure

  • Education Infrastructure

Entries will be judged against the further criteria laid down in the relevant category.

Health Infrastructure Award

Eligibility
  • Any construction project delivering a building for healthcare purposes for example, hospitals, community treatment care centres, care homes or doctors' surgeries.
Entries will be judged on the following criteria
  • Consideration of the needs of the end user
  • Client engagement and satisfaction
  • Contribution to buildability and evidence of a high standard of finish
  • Project management with particular regard to finishing the work on time and on budget and management of supply chain
  • Health and safety
  • Sustainability performance
  • Management of public impact

Education Infrastructure Award

Eligibility
  • Any construction project delivering a building for education purposes for example, primary schools, secondary schools, further and higher education colleges and libraries.
Entries will be judged on the following criteria
  • Consideration of the needs of the end user
  • Client engagement and satisfaction
  • Contribution to buildability and evidence of a high standard of finish
  • Project management with particular regard to finishing the work on time and on budget and management of supply chain
  • Health and safety
  • Sustainability performance
  • Management of public impact

Transport and Utilities Infrastructure Award

Eligibility
  • Any construction project relating to transport infrastructure for example roads, bridges, railways, public realms, cycles routes, airports, ports or harbours OR
  • Any construction project relating to utilities infrastructure for example water, gas, electricity or communications utilities
Entries will be judged on the following criteria

TRANSPORT

  • Traffic Management
  • Engineering solutions to overcome constraints
  • Consideration of the needs of the end user
  • Client engagement and satisfaction
  • Contribution to buildability and evidence of a high standard of finish
  • Project management with particular regard to finishing the work on time and on budget and management of supply chain
  • Health and safety
  • Sustainability performance
  • Management of public impact

OR, FOR UTILITIES

  • Engineering solutions to overcome constraints
    Consideration of the needs of the end user
    Client engagement and satisfaction
    Contribution to buildability and evidence of a high standard of finish
    Project management with particular regard to finishing the work on time and on budget and management of supply chain
    Health and safety
    Sustainability performance
    Management of public impact

Health & Safety Award

Eligibility
  • This category is not project specific. A project may of course be used to demonstrate an entrant's commitment to health and safety.
Entries will be judged on the following criteria
  • Impact of ongoing commitment to health and safety on preventing & reducing injuries, sickness absence, insurance premiums or other costs (including the supply chain where applicable)
  • Consideration of the health and safety impacts on the community
  • Evidence of integration of health and safety within management of the business
  • Evidence of organisation’s continual improvement
  • Evidence of managing occupational health, occupational hygiene and wellbeing

Training Award

Sponsored by CITB NI

Eligibility
  • This category is not project specific. A project may of course be used to demonstrate an entrant's commitment to training.
Entries will be judged on the following criteria
  • Demonstration of an ongoing commitment to training, including health and safety training, at all levels including labour only sub-contractors and apprentices
  • Evidence of organisations holistic training strategy (including supply chain where applicable)
  • A training plan with clear aims, objectives, outcomes and evidence that it is linked to  orgnaisation’s business plan
  • Demonstration of how the development of people has improved the performance of the organisation, including teams and individuals
  • Commitment to continue training and upskilling staff for future economic growth

Social Value Award

Eligibility
  • Any project (completed or ongoing) which, over the last two years, has been delivered with social clause targets and/or has delivered demonstrable social value
  • Due to judging, projects entered must be within Northern Ireland
Entries will be judged on the following criteria

Entries for this Award will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Detail of how you engaged with people not working within the construction industry to deliver social value, including details of opportunities created for people who were unemployed or facing disadvantage in the labour market or other social value initiative
  • Evidence of how you supported people who were disadvantaged so that job opportunities, placements and tasters were meaningful and outcome/purpose focused
  • Examples of challenges that you faced and how these were overcome
  • Evidence of company-wide buy-in to the delivery of social value on projects as well as how, if at all, your company has changed to demonstrate this
  • Collaborative working between client, contractor and other partners/stakeholders
  • Clear evidence of how the drive to deliver social value is embedded throughout your supply chain

Environmental Sustainability Award

Sponsored by Northern Ireland Environment Agency (DAERA) NIEA 

Eligibility
  • This category is not project specific. A project may of course be used to demonstrate an entrant's commitment to environmental sustainability.
Entries will be judged on the following criteria
  • Adoption of measures to minimise and reuse waste
  • Protection and enhancement of the surrounding environment and its biodiversity 
  • Effective implementation of pollution prevention measures 
  • Evidence of the successful operation of an environmental management system
  • Use of  sustainable /recycled building products and renewable energy
  • Use of measures to minimise energy and water use during construction and occupancy
  • Measures to demonstrate the mitigation of climate change
  • Community involvement on environmental issues / projects
  • Environmental training for staff at all levels of the organisation
  • Demonstration of environmental excellence and best practice, going beyond legal compliance

GB & Republic of Ireland Construction Award, above £2.5m

Eligibility

Any project which is located outside Northern Ireland but within GB and Republic of Ireland and had a value above £2.5m. The project must fall within one of the following categories:

  • Private Housing
  • Social Housing
  • Multiple Occupancy
  • Social/Community Construction
  • Commercial Construction
  • Restoration
  • Fit-out
  • Transport & Utilities Infrastructure
  • Health Infrastructure
  • Education Infrastructure

Entries will be judged against the criteria laid down in the relevant category.

As a site visit will not be possible in this category shortlisted finalists will be expected to attend a 20 minute interview as well as submitting a display board, a schematic and video of the project. The video must not exceed 15 minutes in length. Timings will be strictly enforced.

Videos must be submitted on a single DVD 2 working days prior to the judging interview. Failure to do so will result in the entry being removed from the shortlist.

GB & Republic of Ireland Construction Award, below £2.5m

Eligibility

Any project which is located outside Northern Ireland but within GB and Republic of Ireland and had a value below £2.5m. The project must fall within one of the following categories:

  • Private Housing
  • Social Housing
  • Multiple Occupancy
  • Social/Community Construction
  • Commercial Construction
  • Restoration
  • Fit-out
  • Transport & Utilities Infrastructure
  • Health Infrastructure
  • Education Infrastructure

Entries will be judged against the criteria laid down in the relevant category.

As a site visit will not be possible in this category shortlisted finalists will be expected to attend a 20 minute interview as well as submitting a display board, a schematic and video of the project. The video must not exceed 15 minutes in length. Timings will be strictly enforced.

Videos must be submitted on a single DVD 2 working days prior to the judging interview. Failure to do so will result in the entry being removed from the shortlist.

Overall Winner Award

The Overall Winner Award for the most outstanding entry will be made to the category winner that, in the opinion of the Judges, best exemplifies dedication to the pursuit of excellence in construction.

The Judges will be looking for a particularly exceptional performance/ project or a ground breaking initiative. This award does not require a separate entry.

Achieving Excellence in Partnering Award

The Achieving Excellence in Partnering Award is a Judges' bonus award given to the entry which displays the best approach to partnering in the delivery of the project. The award is to be shared by the client, the design team and the construction team. Companies are not able to enter themselves for this Award. 

This Award is sponsored by CPD

Eligibility
  • All award entries that relate to individual construction projects, both public and private sector, that are shortlisted for a category award will automatically be considered for this bonus award.
Entries will be judged on the following criteria
  • Collaborative working and integrated approach resulting in an improved performance
  • Agreement of mutual objectives/shared goals
  • Dispute resolution
  • Commitment to sharing gains and commercial arrangements including incentives
  • Early involvement of key members of the project team
  • Use of common processes such as shared IT
  • Good relationships throughout the supply chain
  • Minimal design changes during the construction phase
  • Measurable targets for health and safety, sustainability, design quality, value engineering and completion dates

Patrons

  • Willis Towers Watson
  • PKF-FPM
  • Mills Selig
  • JP Corry
  • Northern Ireland Electricity Networks