It was an outstanding celebration of all that is great about Welsh construction and particularly best practice with a chance to look back and applaud the winners since 2006 and progress made by Welsh construction during the ten years of the CEW Awards.
The standard of entries in all categories just keeps on improving and each and everybody needs to be applauded for their commitment to the core values of Welsh construction. The quality of all the entrants in 2016 reinforce that the pursuit of value is the best way to deliver a built environment for the future generations of Wales. Yet again the judges had a very tough time of it as every entry possessed stand out characteristics.
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 2016 – all listed below – and each of them will be entered into the national Constructing Excellence awards in the autumn. None of this is possible without the support of the whole industry and especially the CEW headline sponsors: Network Rail, Costain and ABC Electrification. 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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Kier Construction Regional Office in Cardiff offers a comprehensive construction service throughout Wales. Following recent success on the South East Wales and South West Wales Regional Contractors Frameworks, we are delighted to be working on exciting new schemes including the new Aberdare Campus at Coleg Y Cymoedd and the proposed new SA1 Innovation Quarter for University of Wales Trinity St Davids. We continue to deliver a blend of work in both public and private sectors across all values including minor works programmes delivered via the SCAPE Framework. We have recently seen the successful completion of the new International Arena Wales home of the Cardiff Devils, located within Cardiff’s International Sports Village. Other significant flagship projects continue on site such as St Fagan’s Museum, in Cardiff City Centre we are currently redeveloping Dominions House to a new Indigo hotel and are working with a number of key clients to bring some fantastic new schemes to the Private Market.
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
Arup was founded in London by Ove Arup in 1946 with an initial focus on structural engineering. Now with 14 offices across Great Britain it has since grown into a truly multidisciplinary organisation. Arup has worked across Wales since 1970 and is now the most substantial and diverse consultant in the Principality. Notable projects in the built environment include the design of the Wales Debating Chamber and substantial contributions to the Millennium Centre and Stadium. In the fields of health and education the exemplary projects of Swansea University and the Design 4 Life program. Arup brings together broad-minded individuals from a wide range of disciplines and encourages them to look beyond the constraints of their own specialisms. This unconventional approach to design springs in part from Arup’s ownership structure. We are one of very few truly independent major design consultants with the firm owned in trust on behalf of its staff. The result is an independence of spirit that is reflected in the firm’s work, and in its dedicated pursuit of technical excellence.
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.
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 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.
“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.
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.
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.
Andrew and his colleagues continue to support the Industry in winning ways and innovative excellence in both supply organisations and Clients. Our customers have had an outstanding year of success and excellence with a continuing focus on delivering the challenges of BIM and GSL, choosing the right partners, and an increasing focus on the increasing implications of the Social Value Act on our sector. Diligentia strategically support Partners through Non Executive Roles as well as wider Professional Services as well as Govt and Policy advice.