The Sustainable Homes Index for Tomorrow (SHIFT), which benchmarks housing associations' environmental performance, awarded Stockport Homes a gold ranking. Six organisations in the region were judged to be bronze standard: City West Housing Trust, Eastlands Homes Partnership, Great Places Housing Group, New Charter Housing Trust, Northwards Housing. SHIFT was developed with housing associations to measure the environmental impact of landlords. Government supporters include the Department for Energy and Climate Change, the Homes & Communities Agency, Environment Agency and Mayor of London. After assessments organisations are encouraged to learn from one another and improve over the next two years.
Cumbrian economic development organisation Britain's Energy Coast was shortlisted for two prestigious categories in the National Enterprise Network Awards. The business support services provided by BEC are competing in the Future of Enterprise Support and the Local Enterprise Agency categories. The Future of Enterprise Support award recognises organisations that adapted to a changing marketplace, being innovative in their approach to make activities successful, meanwhile the Local Enterprise Agency of the Year award recognises those that have worked hard to establish or maintain recognition and impact within their local communities. Winners will be announced during a dedicated awards presentation at the NEN Annual Conference on 15 November at the British Library in London.
Tony Grindrod of BAM was presented a silver award for his management of the One Angel Square project for the Co-operative Group at the Construction Manager of the Year Awards in London, organised by the Chartered Institute of Building. He said: "I am very proud to have won this award, and of the building we have delivered for the Co-operative Group. As someone who grew up in the area, and studied here, it means even more to have worked on a scheme that changed the landscape of Manchester. This project was three times bigger than anything I had managed before and involved a huge amount of co-ordination, especially with the mechanical and electrical trades." Grindrod is now working on Salford University's Gateway project and the National Graphene Institute for Manchester University. William Anelay site manager Gary Shea was named restoration manager of the year at the same awards for his work on the Florence Institute in Liverpool.