Construction Excellence Awards

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14 Awards split across 5 Categories with an additional 2 Judges Special Awards - here you will find out the criteria for each.

Overall Award

The Overall 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. 

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

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

Commercial Construction Award

Eligibility
  • Any commercial construction project for example retail space, offices, industrial warehousing or hospitality venues.
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

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.
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

Environmental Sustainability Award

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, reuse and recycle waste
  • Protection and enhancement of the surrounding environment and its biodiversity and the avoidance of pollution
  • Evidence of the successful operation of an environmental management system
  • Use of recycled building products and renewable energy
  • Use of measures to minimise energy use during construction and occupancy
  • Measures to demonstrate the mitigation of climate change

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

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 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

Private Housing Award

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

Transport Infrastructure Award

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

Utilities Infrastructure Award

Eligibility
  • Any construction project relating to utilities infrastructure for example water, gas, electricity or communications utilities.
Entries will be judged on the following criteria
  • 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 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

GB & Republic of Ireland Construction Award

Eligibility

Any project which is located outside Northern Ireland but within GB and Republic of Ireland. The project must fall within one of the following categories:

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

Entries into the GB & Republic of Ireland Construction Award are not eligible for the Achieving Excellence Award or Overall Award.

Patrons

  • A&L Goodbody
  • BDO Northern Ireland
  • Danske Bank
  • Fleet Financial
  • Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group
  • JP Corry