Constructing Excellence Yorkshire & Humber Awards 2014 Winners!

On Friday 18th July over 350 enthusiastic guests came together to celebrate the best in Construction at Sheffield City Hall. The Evening featured Peter Hansford and was hosted by the brilliant JoJo Kelly (Capital FM). We would like to thank sponsors, judges and all those who were short-listed. We are delighted to announce the winners from the evening below.The National final will take place on Friday 14th November in London, please keep an eye out for details of this.

Young Achiever – G4C (Sponsored by _Space Group)

Highly Commended – Bethany Wilson (Halcrow)

Winner – Andrew Costello (GB Building Solutions Ltd)

Young Achiever Winner

Integration & Collaborative Working (Sponsored by TEKLA)

Highly Commended – MGJV  (Esholt THP)

Winner – A-One+ (Area 12 Collaborative Planning & Visual Management)

Integration & Collaboration Winner

Leadership & People Development (Sponsored by ESH Construction)

Winner -Balfour Beatty (North Central Delivery Unit)

Leadership & People Development Winner

Heritage (Sponsored by Ornate Interiors)

Highly Commended – William Anelay Ltd (Sheffield Cathedral Gateway Project)

Winner – William Anelay Ltd (World at Wentworth)

Heritage Project of the Year Winner

Health and Safety (Sponsored by Gosschalks Solicitors)

Highly Commended – East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Winner – BAM Morgan Sindall (M1 J39-J42 Smart Motorways ‘Ten Steps to Zero Exposure)

Health & Safety Award Winner

Innovation (Sponsored by M3)

Highly Commended – Turner & Townsend/Yorkshire Water (Risk Based Contract Management)

Winner – MGJV (Starting a REVOlution)

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The Legacy – Sustainability (Sponsored by GB Building Solutions Ltd)

Highly Commended – Balfour Beatty (Doncaster Southern Gateway)

Winner – Green Building Store (Cre8 Barn, Stirley Community Farm, Huddersfield)

The Legacy Award Winner

Value (Sponsored by CIOB)

Winner – Turner & Townsend/Yorkshire Water (Risk Based Contract Management)

Value Award Winner

SME (Sponsored by Henry Boot Construction Ltd)

Winner – Cubicle Centre

SME of the Year Award Winner

Achiever of the Year (Sponsored by Class Of Your Own)

Highly Commended – Matthew Bostwick (Southdale Ltd)

Winner – Steve Baker (East Riding of Yorkshire Council)

Achiever of the Year Winner

Client of the Year (Sponsored by Bond Bryan Architects)

Winner – East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Client of the Year Winner

Project of the Year (Sponsored by William Anelay Ltd)

Highly Commended – Stephen George & Partners (Department of Health Library Resource Unit Quarry House Leeds)

Winner – MGJV (Scarborough rBWD – A Coast to Boast About)

Project of the Year Winner

Best of the Best (Sponsored By YHCE Club)

Winner – Cubicle Centre

Best of the Best Award Winner

Passivhaus Excellence Breakfast Event on 25th June 2014

Claire Bowles welcomed all attendees to Addleshaw Goddard and explained this was our final event for the summer. Constructing Excellence seminars will resume in September after the awards ceremony which is held on 18th July 2014 at Sheffield City Hall. Our chair for the morning was introduced as Dr Tom Knowland, Head of Sustainable Energy & Climate Change.

There was a great array of construction professionals at the seminar and Tom kicked off the proceedings by thanking everybody for attending. Tom explained he has a great interest in Passivhaus and that Leeds is on the cusp of building its first Council houses for over 40 years with an aspiration to reach very high and hopefully Passivhaus standards. The aim is to have attractive council houses that achieve high environment and energy standards with less running costs. Tom introduced the first speaker of the day, Elrond Burrell from Architype Ltd to discuss “Passivhaus: Sacrificing natural materials for energy efficiency”

Elrond image

Elrond addressed the room and explained that he attends a lot of events speaking about Passivhaus and about BIM, both of which he is always very excited to share about. Architype have been around for 30 years and specialise in fully integrated design and low energy performance buildings and have won many awards. The company are very proud of delivering buildings that perform as well as or better than predicted.   Elrond described how some people have misconceptions about Passivhaus being hippy, green, soft and furry. Others believe it is German minimalistic. Architype’s theme is simple and elegant designs.

Elrond spoke about climate change and how this issue is critical. We need to reduce CO2 emissions, stop runaway climate change and invest money into doing so. The EU EPB directive 2010 stipulates we need to operate near zero energy buildings by 2018 (public) and in all buildings by 2020. This is an area of great importance.

Elrond talked about the PH performance standard. This is strongly about human comfort and to provide a good quality environment. It’s about setting ambitious but achievable targets. We need to meet benchmarks. This can be daunting but it gives you clarity. There is a rigorous certification process with checks by a 3rd party.

Love PH!

Elrond explained that Architype has won the Ashden award for cutting carbon. Architype used the award money in partnership with Oxford Brookes University to employ a researcher. The researcher undertook detailed building performance analysis and post occupancy evaluation of 10 of their buildings, including some live projects. The results were very educational to the company and helped in their move towards Passivhaus where the “performance gap” has essentially been eliminated. Passivhaus encourages an integrated design process where everyone collaborates. It is evidence based and certified Passivhaus are often performing better than predicted. It helps drive towards simplicity. Elrond stated “All our clients love it”. People who live in a Passivhaus would never live in any other house.

Elrond talked about the use of natural materials such as timber in a holistic way. There is an assurance that what is being used is being regrown. There is low embodied carbon found in natural materials.

Elrond asked the audience to guess from 2 sets of images shown which image was a certified Passivhaus and which one was not. The audience guessed correctly for the 1st pair of images but not the 2nd pair of images!

We love timber!

Elrond described how timber is widely used in New Zealand where he is originally from. Elrond explained that after he had worked in the UK for several years he was keen to join a company who used a lot of timber in their projects, which was part of his reason for joining Architype. He displayed images of a project at the University of East Anglia and talked about a typical wall made up with a load bearing stud and an additional zone for further insulation. This project is a really good example of timber through and through. Elrond explained that Architype typically use off site construction. Recycled newspaper is used as insulation. The shell of the building is exclusively timber. Natural stains and paints are used which complement and enhance the warmth and a tactile presence of the timber.

Elrond provided examples of projects such as the Passivhaus schools in Wolverhampton. This brings children into contact with natural materials. UK grown Douglas Fir is also used. Elrond described a University building that will be clad in thatch by using prefabricated thatch panels. This could bring new interest in the local thatching industry.

Elrond talked about how cedar shingles were used on the Hereford Archive and Records centre. Lime render was also used as this uses far less carbon dioxide. The repository (document storage) part of the building surpasses the Passivhaus standard as there are no people working in this part of the building.

Elrond described how at Wilkinson primary school in Wolverhampton linoleum flooring has been installed because this is hard wearing. Fermacell has been used for walls as this is denser than standard plasterboard and is made from recycled materials including cellulose fibre and gypsum. Ceilings are from wood wool panels. Plywood and softwood are used for handrails and architraves and there is plywood acoustic panelling also. Natural oils and stains are used were possible.   There are also timber batten ceiling, which helps to absorb sound. Architype even use recycled carpets and old car tyres for barrier matting!

Elrond closed his presentation by saying that some misconceptions are that the buildings are not attractive. Elrond spoke with great conviction about how attractive and beautiful Passivhaus buildings can be.

Tom Knowland thanked Elrond for a very informative presentation. Our next speaker was introduced as Chris Herring from Green Building Store to discuss the topic “From derelict barn to eco exemplar education centre”

Chris Herring image

Chris began by saying there may be a crossover of subject slides between his own and Elrond’s however this would only go to reinforce the subject matter.

Chris explained that his company were approached in 2011-12 about the renovation of Stirley Community Farm. The derelict barn was in a fairly exposed area and Chris laughed as he recalled how cold it had been on the first day he visited the barn!   Chris went on to explain that his business partner Bill Butcher was project manager for the project. The task was an eco-renovation to teach children about horticulture and growing. Chris explained they led the project and did the detailing. Chris stated if you are serious about a project the only way he knows is Passivhaus. You have to get the fabric right. Fabric first to be robust.

Why Passivhaus?

Chris talked about Wolfgang Feist who is the Founder and Director of the Passive House Institute in Darmstadt, Germany.

Chris explained that the primary focus of the project was getting the fabric right so the building would work indefinitely.   Chris highlighted an image of the barn which showed the layout. It was a big 2 storey space. The challenge was to look at thermal performance. The risk of moisture within the cavity and in the timber frame was a big concern.

Chris described how a huge amount of underpinning was required. Chris talked about insulation in detail and the concerns about moisture and how a tanking system with a drip was installed. Chris explained the whole cavity is ventilated and the complex detailing required. Chris described how teplo ties were used and were specially made so they could be bolted into the frame. Chris talked about wind, rain and solar driven moisture and explained a moisture analysis was carried out. Leeds Metropolitan University are currently continuing to monitor this. It is working well so far but will be monitored for a number of years.   Chris explained how the windows and doors of a Passivhaus must be in line with the insulation. Aluminium liners were used. The door thresholds were a big issue so Compacfoam high density polystyrene was used.

Chris talked about the MVHR vent strategy. 2 ventilation units were installed that work in tandem. The idea is that staff will switch this to ‘boost’ when there are lots of people in the barn.

Chris explained that the barn is currently going through EnerPHit certification. There are 2 standards available and they have opted for the elemental method rather than retrofit.

Chris explained that more information is available on the website including a data sheet that can be downloaded They are currently proofing a short film which will also be available on the website.

Tom Knowland invited comments and questions from the audience:

“They were 2 very interesting and contrasting presentations. How do you overcome noise issues such as switching on the fans? How do you manage the noise?”

“We need to upskill people to drive the Passivhaus standard forward”

“A school with opening windows, I thought that natural ventilation was disallowed?”

“Do you think that the industry is really ready to build Passivhaus?”

“The industry has a long way to come”

“I cannot justify this in my own mind. It’s not affordable unless using government money. I’m not convinced. We build retirement buildings and I don’t think our elderly clients would be interested they believe they have done their bit for the environment”

Chris spoke about how they design and supply mechanical ventilation and stated it’s about good design. Chris commented that it is a pertinent question. Natural vent doesn’t give good ventilation. You don’t get moisture with a well installed mechanical ventilation system. Elrond confirmed there is still a debate in the industry if we should advocate mechanical vent only. He said they still design buildings to feel like you are in control of your ventilation and use natural ventilation during summer. The compromise is so little if you open a window because the mechanical ventilation is so good. With mechanical ventilation you have the choice. Chris agreed that in a Passivhaus if you open a window some heat is lost but why would you do it.

Elrond responded that he has never experienced any sound problems in any of his buildings. On the subject of budgets Elrond confirmed there isn’t a project they have delivered that hasn’t met the set budget. It’s about prioritising the budget.

Elrond believes that the industry is ready to build Passivhaus with the right motivation. It is about having a good collaborative ethos.

Chris agreed that people in the industry need to be upskilled. Chris doesn’t think the industry is quite there yet. He believes we should be setting targets to upskill the industry. Chris delivers consultancy work with large contractors and believes we need to change the way contracting is done. It is about good detailing and good quality builds. Chris said that Passivhaus is not fully understood by the consumer. There is no market driver yet. People who have lived or worked in a Passivhaus love their building and they are passionate about it.

Tom thanked our speakers for two interesting and informative presentations.


Author – Donna Lee

Guest information for the Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber Awards


Directions to the event can be found on the Sheffield City Hall website

Car Parking

Information about parking can be found on the Sheffield City Hall website

Dress Code

Please note that this event is black-tie, however our theme is ‘Happiness’ and we will be encouraging all attendees to wear one item of clothing that is colourful to break up the black!


There is no accommodation on site at Sheffield City Hall, however we have secured preferential rates at two local hotels, both situated over the road from Sheffield City Hall. Please note we have a limited allocation at these rates and they are subject to availability so we advise you to book early to secure.


Please quote “180714LEEDS” when booking to secure preferential rates of £89 inc breakfast for a single room, £99 inc breakfast for a double room

Novotel Sheffield Central

Please quote “ConstructingExcellence” when booking to secure preferential rates of £45 inc breakfast for a single room, £55 inc breakfast for a double room.


Programme for the Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber Awards

As we approach over 300 bookings for our gala dinner on 18th July 2014 we thought that your guests may like to see the full programme for the evening.  Please ensure you let us know of your guests’ dietary and access requirements via email to by Friday 4th July 2014.

1815 thinkBIM Champagne Reception

1845 Call to Dinner

1850 Welcome by Constructing Excellence YH

Host JoJo

1900 Class of Your Own Presentation

 Action for Happiness presentation

1915 Keynote Speaker, Peter Hansford, Government Chief Construction Advisor

1930 JoJo Award presentations

2000 Starter

2030 Awards Presentations

2100 Main Course

2130 Award presentations

2200 Dessert

2220 The Best of the Best

2230 Entertainment

0030 Carriages




Our Chosen Charity!

Action for Happiness logo


Action for Happiness helps people look after their mental wellbeing and campaigns for mental wellbeing to be given much greater priority. Research shows that mental ill-health causes more of the suffering in our society than physical illness, poverty or unemployment – but it gets far less attention. Antidepressant use has grown by 500% in 20 years and over a third of people in the UK experience mental health issues during their lifetime. Yet only 30% of people suffering receive any help, due to poor service provision, lack of understanding and stigma. As a result, most people remain unaware of the many practical things we can all do to look after our wellbeing. Action for Happiness provides evidence-based ideas and solutions to improve mental wellbeing in families, communities, schools and workplaces. It also works to ensure a greater focus on promoting wellbeing in government policy. It has a network of over 200,000 members and followers and is backed by leading experts from psychology, health, education and social innovation. Action for Happiness is part of The Young Foundation, a Registered Charity (274345) and Company Limited by Guarantee (1319183) in England and Wales

Mark Williamson 2Dr Mark Williamson is Director of Action for Happiness (, a movement of people taking action to create a happier society. Mark has a diverse range of experience across private and non-profit sectors, from start-ups through to large multi-national companies. He was previously Director of the Innovation unit at the Carbon Trust. He was also a non-executive director of Solar Press and founder of online initiative What You Can Do. Before that, Mark spent nine years as a management consultant with Accenture, leading a wide range of projects relating to strategy, technology and change management. He has also worked for Hewlett Packard Labs and Orange. He holds an MBA from IMD business school in Switzerland, and a PhD in Electronics and Communications from the University of Bristol. He is a Sainsbury Management Fellow, a Chartered Engineer and a member of the Institute of Directors.high-heels-md                              Dress Code                                              19096492-vector-tuxedo-with-bow-tie

Linking to our chosen charity we decided on a theme of ‘Happiness’ for the night and we will be encouraging all attendees to wear one item of clothing that is colourful to break up the black…



Join us on 25th June for a Passivhaus Excellence breakfast event

Connect with key clients and partners at a Passivhaus Excellence breakfast with Elrond Burrell, Associate at Architype Ltd  and Chris Herring, Director at Green Building Store.


The morning’s presentations will consist of..


Passivhaus: Sacrificing natural materials for energy efficiency?


Elrond Burrell from Architype will introduce the Passivhaus standard and present case studies to illustrate the use of natural materials in Passivhaus buildings.





From derelict barn to eco exemplar education centre.


Chris Herring, Director, Green Building Store will be speaking about the company’s recent Passivhaus retrofit (EnerPHit standard) project at Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s Stirley Community Farm.


Wednesday 25th June
Addleshaw Goddard
Sovereign House, Sovereign Street  

(If you are using a satellite navigation, please use the following postcode: LS1 4BJ)





Shortlist announced for the 2014 constructing excellence awards

Many thanks to all those who submitted entries for the 2014 Constructing Excellence awards. The judges were extremely impressed with the general standard of submissions and the clear efforts made by entrants to address the key Constructing Excellence principles of each award category. I’m sure you will agree that we will have our work cut out choosing winners!

The full shortlist can be view here

ANNOUNCEMENT – Call For Entries!

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to showcase the work you are doing in the region and gain national recognition.

Our Awards are open to all organisations and project teams involved in delivering building and civil engineering projects in Yorkshire and Humber. Entries are welcomed from clients, developers, contractors, sub-contractors, consultants and engineers of all disciplines, and any specialists involved in delivering ‘excellence in construction’.

Strive for success and celebrate with the best 

Our 12 awards categories embrace the core principals of Constructing Excellence and provide lots of opportunities to demonstrate exemplary work that is helping to improve our industry standards.

To help you, here is an idea of what we are looking for 

Is it Special?

We want to know if you are doing something that is common to the industry or are you doing something that is new. It needn’t be technologically cutting edge, but it needs to be different. It could be how you manage a specific process or a wide ranging programme. Each project is assessed by an industry working group to determine whether it should be considered for the awards and/or Demonstration Programme.

Does it have real benefit?

We want data. You needn’t submit all your information, but we need to know that you have changed or achieved something, and the best way to show this is through some measurable information. Did you do it cheaper, better, or with increased satisfaction to your clients? These are only examples, but the important thing to remember is data will show us how effective your project was.

Is it honest?

We are not looking for marketing information. We want real stories which give an honest picture which will show all of the issues that you have to overcome to deliver.

How to apply?

Read through and fill out the relevant documents!

Entry Form 2014  Nomination Form 2014  Entry Guidelines Criteria 2014

How to book a table/place?

Fill out the form below –

Table Booking Form 2014

Dates for your Diary 

  • Call for entries – 18th March 2014
  • Close for submissions – 23rd May 2014
  • Judging Panel – 28th May 2014
  • Announce Short-list – 2nd June 2014
  • Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony – 18th July 2o14