Yorkshire region projects sweep up at national construction awards

The Barbara Hepworth building at the University of Huddersfield

Construction companies working in Yorkshire have scooped five top accolades at a prestigious national awards ceremony.

Projects in the county left the Constructing Excellence National Awards in London with more awards than any other region in the country.

It highlights the wealth of constructing talent across Yorkshire and shines the spotlight on how strong the performance has been in the last 12 months.

Among the winners are East Yorkshire-based Hobson & Porter for their work transforming the energy efficiency of 130 homes in Bridlington.

Managing director Richard Hunter said: “It was fantastic to win the Sustainability category and even better to see so many winners for projects in Yorkshire.

“It really shows the strength of the construction industry in this county and winning so many national awards puts the spotlight on our capabilities.

“The economy in the North has come a long way in recent years to compete with the southern regions and these awards are testament to the strength of the region and also reflective of the investment in property and infrastructure taking place here.”

The Barbara Hepworth Building, a new centre for art, design and architecture at the University of Huddersfield, scooped the Building Project of the Year award.

The scheme was a collaboration between the University of Huddersfield, Morgan Sindall Construction, AHR and Global and Gleeds.

Anthony Langan, director at AHR, said: “As architects it has been a great honour to lead the design team to develop a truly inspirational building embodying dynamic and innovative learning environments in which the architects, designers and creative disciplines of the future will develop their craft at The University of Huddersfield.

“The exemplary collaboration and teamwork of the client, designers and constructors of the project has led to Barbara Hepworth Building’s recognition as Project of the Year in the Constructing Excellence Awards 2019.”

Andy Hall, Morgan Sindall construction’s managing director for Yorkshire and North East, said: “It was a privilege for us to work with such a talented team in delivering the Barbara Hepworth Building. Our utilisation of cutting edge technology allowed us to fulfil the University and AHR’s striking vision and enabled the creation of a building that will inspire students for many years to come.

“It’s hugely rewarding both to see the building now in use by the University’s staff and students, and for it to be recognised by the judges at the Constructing Excellence awards as an exemplar project.”

The £45m, Spingwell Leeds SEMH Schools won the Integration and Collaborative Working award. An Interserve Construction, Leeds LEP, Leeds City Council and Wellspring Academy Trust partnership providing three new special educational needs schools to replace ageing stock within the city.

Interserve director Don Stewart said: “These awards enable us to showcase how we work in collaboration with many stakeholders to provide innovative solutions and add real value. The SEMH schools are great examples of where we have used modern methods of construction and technology to deliver safely and efficiently whilst also maximising social value outcomes locally.”

The full list of Yorkshire winners is below:

  • Hobson & Porter and East Riding Council won the Sustainability category for the thermal upgrading works at the Easton Road Estate in Bridlington.
  • Morgan Sindall Construction, University of Huddersfield, AHR, Global and Gleeds won the Building Project category for the University of Huddersfield Barbara Hepworth Building.
  • JBA Bentley, Environment Agency, Jacobs and AMCO won the Civils Project of the Year for The Foss Barrier: Road to Recovery.
  • Interserve, Leeds LEP, Leeds City Council, Wellspring Academy Trust, Springwell Leeds Academy, Atkins, BWB Consulting and Hoare Lea won the Integration and Collaborative Working category for the Springwell Leeds SEMH Schools.
  • Ilke Homes, Keepmoat Homes and Places for People have won the Offsite Project of the Year category for the Hawthorne Avenue Development, Hull.

Winners were selected through the regional awards programme to go forward to the national finals.

On the region’s success, Liz Schofield, from Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber, said: “Each year the Constructing Excellence Awards are a celebration of everything the UK’s Built Environment has to be proud of.

“Yorkshire has a strong reputation for its construction capabilities and the success at this year’s awards is testament to the strength of the sector.

“We’re really proud of the region’s fantastic performance at the awards which displays the array of superb work happening over here now and looking to the future.”

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