Media City named project of year

The winners of the North West Regional Construction Awards 2011 were revealed at Chester Racecourse on Thursday night.

The achievements of the region's best and most innovative construction projects and organisations were celebrated with 17 awards presented to winners selected from over 100 nominations.

NW Construction AwardsThe awards were hosted by the Centre for Construction Innovation, the Constructing Excellence centre for the North West, and part of the School of the Built Environment at the University of Salford.

Notable winners included Manchester City Council, which picked up three awards, Media City UK, which won the Project of the Year and the Workington River Crossing project, which was awarded a special judges' award, as well as the Cumbria Local Economic Award.

To reflect the change in Government's thinking to localism, this year saw the five regional Construction Best Practice Club awards renamed to Local Economic Awards. To ensure that local people choose their own local winners, CCI asked the regional Best Practice Clubs to judge the applications from their region to decide which of them was their best project.

Roy Stewart, chief executive of CCI, said: "I would like to thank all those who came out to show their support. To have received such a large number of entries is testament to the resilience and forward thinking mentality of the North West's construction sector. The submissions raise the bar each year and I would like to praise both the winners and finalists in making the region a pioneer for sustainability in construction."

Sponsors of the event included Willmott Dixon Construction, Place North West, Hill Dickinson, BRE and the University of Salford. Granada TV's Lucy Meacock hosted of the evening.

The full list of winners included:

  • Leadership and People Development Award/Equality and Diversity in Construction Award
    John Moores University/Mount Pleasant Development – Atom Community Regeneration
    Winner – Manchester People into Construction – Manchester City Council
    Salford Shared Apprenticeship Programme – Salford City Council
    Wates Living Space
  • Sustainability – Our Legacy Award/Resource Efficiency Award
    Brockholes – The Lancashire Wildlife Trust
    Winner – Heyhouse Estate, Lytham St Annes – Southdale
    Park View Community School – Bramall Construction
  • Resource Efficiency Award
    Wates Target Zero
  • Integration and Collaborative Working Award
    Winner – A34 Alderley Edge and Nether Alderley Bypass – Cheshire East Council
    BCH Supply Chain – Blackpool Coastal Housing
    Building Schools for the Future & Academies Programme – Manchester City Council
    M53 Bidston Moss Viaduct – Costain
  • Business Innovation Award
    Blackpool's Partnership Working – Blackpool Coastal Housing
    Winner – BuilderScrap
    Bury Divisional Headquarters – Mansell Build Ltd
    Workington Temporary River Crossing – Morgan Sindall
  • Heritage Award
    Winner – Chester City Walls – Maysand
    Gaskell House, Manchester – Bernard Taylor Partnership
    Neptune Theatre Refurbishment – Nobles Construction
    Refurbishment of Bascule Bridge – Manchester & Cheshire Construction Co
  • Contractor of the Year Award
    Bramall Construction
    Kier Northern
    Wates Living Space
    Winner – Willmott Dixon Construction
  • SME of the Year Award
    Claremont Group Interiors
    Winner – Jackson, Jackson & Sons
    Mitchell's Scaffolding
    Parkinson Building Contractors
  • Client of the Year Award
    Blackpool Coastal Housing
    Lancashire Wildlife Trust
    Winner – Manchester City Council
    People's History Museum
  • Project of the Year Award
    Faith Primary School, Everton – Conlon Construction Ltd
    Heyhouse Estate, Lytham St Annes – Southdale Limited
    Winner – Media City – Lend Lease
    Workington Temporary River Crossing – Morgan Sindall
  • Judges' Award for Special Achievement Workington Temporary River Crossing – Morgan Sindall

Local Economic Awards

  • Cheshire, Warrington & Wirral Economic Award – Woodchurch High School (Kier Northern, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council, Building Design Partnership, NG Bailey)
  • Cumbria Economic Award – Workington Temporary River Crossing
  • Lancashire Local Economic Award – Blackpool's Partnership Working
  • Liverpool Local Economic Award – Faith Primary School, Everton (Conlon Construction, Cunliffes Ltd, The Alan Johnston Partnership)
  • Manchester Local Economic Award – Manchester People into Construction

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