Innovation award winners at the Constructing Excellence SECBE Awards London South East

We took home the Innovation award for our work on the Transport Infrastructure Efficiency benchmark.

The sought-after Innovation Award in the London and South East region was presented to our team on the 28th June at the annual awards dinner at The Royal Lancaster, London, where construction industry professionals learnt the results following a thorough and robust judging process in 16 categories.

In 2017, the Department for Transport (DfT) and related organisations (Highways England, Network Rail, TfL, Crossrail, HS2) developed the Transport Infrastructure Efficiency Strategy (TIES) to cascade best practice, drive improvements in the way that infrastructure is designed, delivered and maintained, and inform decision making to optimise capital investments. A key ambition was to establish a benchmarking capability across the organisations. They commissioned a project to ‘prove the concept’ that benchmarking could inform better decision making by building, testing and demonstrating a new accessible platform that would enable sharing and interpretation of data, establish metrics that inform infrastructure and to provide a basis for effectively sharing best practice between transport clients.

We were appointed to define, design and deliver a Benchmarking Framework, covering how to build a common benchmarking capability and a prototype to demonstrate “the art of possible”, based on real data. The team has taken the time to engage with many stakeholders to ensure delivery of an ‘Insight Portal’ which allows users to explore data trends and to leverage that data to act as a catalyst for identifying efficiency and innovation opportunities.

Andrew Orriss, Head of Business Development, SIG Insulation and head judge and sponsor of the Innovation Award, said:

The Innovation category looks for organisations or projects that have developed and applied the most innovative approach to overcoming one or more construction challenges”

"Whilst the platform is not yet fully tested, the panel recognised its huge potential. It will require the team to overcome some challenges relating to various sharing of cost data but if they succeed the benefits will be significant.”

The Constructing Excellence SECBE Awards are unique in their recognition of some of the best teams and organisations in the region and aim to inspire others to learn and benefit from their stories which are published in the Awards Brochure.  “The key actions they took, results achieved and lessons learned make an interesting read” says Derek Rees, Regional Director for Constructing Excellence.  Click here to download the full brochure and to find out more about the winner of the Health, Safety & Wellbeing award 2018.

Director Ben Coultate and Associate Director Guy Beaumont, who led on the creation of the benchmark, accepted the award.

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Paul Howlett
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