This year more than ever it is true to say that all of the organisations, companies and individuals involved in our awards are all winners and each and everyone should be applauded for their commitment to the core values of Welsh construction. The standard of all the entrants in 2015 reinforce that belief and those values and yet again the judges had a very tough time of it as every entry possessed stand out qualities.
Each entry showed that when it is done right, every £1 we spend in construction doubles in value and will provide enormous benefits for local communities and the country as a whole if we design procure and build right.
The best of the best are our winners of 2015 – all listed below – and each of them will be entered into the national Constructing Excellence awards on the 23rd October. But none of this is possible without the support of the whole industry and especially the CEW headline sponsors: Network Rail, Costain and ABC Electrification. So we would like to thank all the sponsors, judges and for those of you who submitted entries and we are delighted to announce the winners below.
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Network Rail is the owner and operator of Britain’s railway network and provides train operating companies with track access. It runs, maintains and develops the infrastructure, including stations, track, signaling and level crossings, as well as plans for future capability. As a ‘not for shareholder dividend’ company – all profits are re-invested to improve the railway. Responding to unprecedented demand, Network Rail is undertaking the biggest investment in Wales’ railway since Victorian times, including the electrification of the South Wales Mainline. Electrifying this key railway route will mean faster, greener, quieter and more reliable journeys for tens of thousands of passengers.
“Costain is one of the leading UK engineering companies, working in the energy, water and transportation sectors. They are justifiably proud of their track record in Wales including Porth Relief Road, Church Village Bypass and Port Talbot Harbour Way. They are currently delivering Section 2 of the Heads of the Valleys road and the early stages of the M4 Corridor around Newport, M4 Junction 28 and Brynglas Tunnels refurbishment projects. Costain is proud to have received several CEW awards, including the UK Best of the Best Award for Porth Relief Road in 2007.”
ABC Electrification Ltd. (ABC EL) was formed by Alstom, Babcock and Costain, to work in partnership with Network Rail on the UK rail electrification programme. ABC EL is currently working on the West Coast and London-North West mainlines, Edinburgh to Glasgow and sections of the Great Western Electrification Programme between Swindon and Swansea. As one of the largest electrification contractors in Europe, we are delivering electrification to more than two thousand miles of the UK’s rail system. ABC EL combine design, engineering and delivery expertise across all rail electrification activities and are trusted with the most complex and demanding schemes.
As a leading professional institution in the field of construction health and safety risk management, we strive to continuously improve and promote the professional practice of design and construction health and safety risk management.
We are an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists offering a broad range of professional services. Through our work we make a positive difference in the world.
Atkins is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies. We build long-term trusted partnerships to create a world where lives are enriched through the implementation of our ideas.
BRE is an independent research-based consultancy, testing and training organisation, offering expertise in every aspect of the built environment. We help clients create better, safer and more sustainable products, buildings, communities and businesses. Its office in Wales specialises in retrofit , defect analysis, thermal bridging and post occupancy evaluation, with experts in each of those fields providing independent expert advice to our clients. BRE is wholly owned by the BRE Trust, with profits used to progress the state of knowledge in the construction industry and drive forward cutting edge research and the dissemination of information.
The Chartered Institute of Building is at the heart of a management career in construction. We are the world's largest and most influential professional body for construction management and leadership. We have a Royal Charter to promote the science and practice of building and construction for the benefit of society, and we’ve been doing that since 1834. Our members work worldwide in the development, conservation and improvement of the built environment. We accredit university degrees, educational courses and training. Our professional and vocational qualifications are a mark of the highest levels of competence and professionalism, providing assurance to clients and other professionals procuring built assets. CIOB Wales works closely with other professional bodies/federations in Wales in ensure we provide fit for purpose CPD for our growing membership.
The Consortium of Local Authorities in Wales deals with the professional and technical aspects of property management. It acts as a forum for local authorities to discuss, rationalise and find economic solutions to issues arising out of the design, construction, use and management of buildings and makes recommendations for best practice.
Best Practice Clubs
Best Practice Clubs are locally based forums for individuals and organisations to learn about and share best practices through real examples within the construction industry.
SEWSCAP is the South and Mid Wales Collaborative Construction Framework and is led by Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council on behalf of 20 public sector organisations. The Framework is now on its second iteration, and provides pre-qualified and suitably experienced contractors to deliver the 21st Century Schools Programme and other public sector buildings, including Higher Education. The frameworks core principles are shared by all parties and are key to its continuing success in creating better learning environments and public assets. This efficient procurement arrangement has successfully delivered over 45 projects with a total value in excess of £500 Million - transforming and developing construction practice across South and Mid Wales
Faithful & Gould
Faithful+Gould is a world leading consultancy, offering a versatile blend of project, commercial and cost management. Our expert approach is totally focused on adding real value and enhancing long term returns on infrastructure investment, through exceptional levels of service and expertise. We have a long and successful history in Wales, serving our clients from our Cardiff and Swansea offices.
ISG Construction Limited is the construction division of the International Construction Group ISG plc. The construction division operates through a series of regional offices giving full UK coverage. ISG Construction Limited is the formation of a number of businesses that previously operated under separate branding. These were all pulled together under the banner of ISG Construction Limited in 2011. This pulled together a £500m construction business and enabled the business to streamline itself to co-ordinate with the rest of the ISG group. This has underpinned the goal, and maintained its business position, as one of the top ten construction companies in the UK. While maintaining its regional approach to its clients, consultants and supply chain and its ethos of a family run business, yet with expert support and knowledge to draw upon from an experienced major international company. Regionally, the business has operated as a leading contractor in the South West and South Wales for the last 90 years and has delivered major works from its local offices in Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter and Southampton continuing the focus on local supply.
Hugh James is a long-established Top 100 firm of around 600 staff, including 49 partners, and offer our clients – who range from owner-managed businesses and private individuals to multinational corporations, financial institutions, public bodies and not-for-profit organisations – the range, strength and depth of expertise they need.
The South Wales Chamber of Commerce is a modern, innovative, membership-based business support organisation run by local businesses, for local businesses.
Kier Group plc is a leading property, residential, construction and services group which invests in, builds, maintains and renews the places where we work, live and play. We operate across a range of sectors including defence, education, housing, industrials, power, transport and utilities.