To Infinity and beyond

STOCKTON'S Infinity Bridge has won Project of the Year for its constructors Balfour Beatty at the fifth annual Constructing Excellence North East Awards on Friday May 8.

STOCKTON'S Infinity Bridge has won Project of the Year for its constructors Balfour Beatty at the fifth annual Constructing Excellence North East Awards on Friday May 8.

But the footbridge’s impressive design was the least of its merits as far as the judges were concerned. They were looking for evidence of best construction practice across the board.

Balfour Beatty was one of 12 winners in the 11 categories celebrating excellence and the achievements of organisations across the North East’s built environment. The winners will represent the North East in the national finals.

Constructing Excellence’s chief executive Catriona Lingwood said: "Despite the challenges constructors are facing in the economic downturn, the standard of entries was extremely high reflecting the excellent and innovative work taking place in the region.

"We also had more entries than ever this year – more than 90 – and I would like to thank everyone who entered.

There is a direct link between quantity and quality as far as awards are concerned. The North East is renowned for its passionate people who exhibit an enormous amount of pride in all that they do and this has certainly been evident in the submissions for this year’s awards."

Page 2: The Award Winners

The Award Winners

Project of the Year sponsored by Renew:

Winner: @Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering Ltd, Stockton Borough Council, WYG Enginnering, Expedition Engineering and Tees Valley Regeneration for The Infinity Bridge, Stockton.

Highly commended: @Morgan Ashurst plc, Durham County Council, William Saunders and WYG for Freeman's Quay, Durham.

Client of the Year sponsored by Ward Hadaway:

Winner: @Jane Ritchie for The Work Place (nominated by Clugston Construction Ltd).

Highly commended: @Fabrick (nominated by Southdale Homes).

Integration & Collaborative Working sponsored by Northumbria University (School of the Built Environment):

Winner: @Cundall, Lord Laidlaw, Faithful + Gould, Howarth Litchfield Partnership and Surgo Construction for Excelsior Academy.

Highly commended:@ Morgan Ashurst plc, Durham County Council, William Saunders and WYG for Freeman’s Quay, Durham.

Commended: Durham County Council, Surgo Construction and Turner & Townsend for Seaham Trinity Primary.

Leadership & People Development sponsored by Northern Counties Builders Federation:

Winner: @Seymour Civil Engineering Contractors.

The Legacy Award – Sustainability sponsored by IGNITE:

Joint Winners: @Jane Darbyshire and David Kendall Ltd, Teesside Environmental Trust and Lumsden and Carroll Construction for Saltholme Wildlife Reserve and Discovery Park; and Kier North East, DEFRA, Frank Shaw, AECOM, Appleyards, Haden Young and Frederick Gibberd for Project ZEBRA@Lion House, Alnwick.

Innovation sponsored by Bailey Building Services:

Winner:@ Laing O'Rourke Construction Northern Ltd for Project Managing BIM models using an Education Platform for Delivery.

Highly commended: @Roundhouse Building Solutions Ltd.

Value sponsored by the National Construction Academy:

Winner: @Turner & Townsend and City of Sunderland College for St Peter’s Sixth Form College.

Highly commended: @Yorkon, Interserve Project Services and North Tees & Hartlepool NHS Trust for University Hospital of North Tees.

Health & Safety (CDM)  sponsored by the Association for Project Safety:

Winner: @Byzak Ltd for Browney Sewage Treatment Works Refurbishment.

SME sponsored by Constructing Excellence North East Club:

Winner: @Spring Oak Developments Ltd

Highly commended: B&I Thompson Construction Ltd.

Achiever's Award sponsored by Dickinson Dees:

Winner: @Paul O'Brien of Dorin Construction.

Commended: @Brian Reston of Surgo Construction.

CIBSE (North East Building Best Practice Award)  sponsored by CIBSE North East:

Winner: @AECOM (formerly known as Faber Maunsell) and Haden Young for Lion House, Alnwick.

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