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Entries to the 2022 awards have now closed, however you can view all available categories this year below. If you would like to book at table for these awards, please click here.

This flagship category within of the BCIA initiatives awards will recognise an individual client, consultant, designer, architect or contractor that is delivering innovation that is creating current and potential for future impact within their business or a specific division to improve their day to day work, as well as the outcomes of the projects they are working on.

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In line with the IPA’s Transforming Infrastructure Performance routemap, the ideas presented will contribute to designing and constructing a built environment, as well as conceiving and implementing interventions to existing assets, to make them more resilient, adaptive and sustainable, and that can better withstand the inevitable shifts and changes we will see in the coming decades.

The innovations presented could focus on the use of new technologies and materials in the delivery of work related to the design, construction and upgrade or maintenance within the built environment. Examples of technologies presented could include digital twins, artificial intelligence, internet of things or lightweight and low carbon materials. Firms could highlight their early adoption or research and development of innovation or rapid business change to manage the impact of the pandemic on their business or the projects they are working on.

Entrants to this category must be able to demonstrate that they have taken bold, ambitious steps compared to their peers when it comes to developing and adopting innovation.

The results of the innovations may not yet be fully delivered but entrants should demonstrate the ambitions of the early steps being taken, quality of thinking and benchmarking that will allow the results to be quantified and measured in the fullness of time.

Key criteria:

  • Commitment to driving forward innovation to benefit both day to day operation, as well as project outcomes
  • Innovation delivered that is creating, or has potential for future, impact
  • Investment in research along with creation of partnerships to aid trial and adoption of innovation
  • Able to demonstrate potential for wide application across the industry
  • Quantifiable improvement or benchmarking that will allow the impact to be measured
  • Able to explain expected benefit of innovation

Submission details (max 1,100 words)

  • The name of the company and division that is putting itself forward as an Industry Innovation Champion as it may appear in Awards marketing material (no more than eight words)
  • A brief description of what the innovative initiatives applied by the organisation or division with a focus on the impact (100 words max)
  • A full written description of the key reason why this organisation or divisions efforts to foster, adopt and apply innovation should be considered for this award, which pays attention to as many of the criteria listed above as is appropriate. Please remember to give clear reasoning and evidence as to why this work is exceptional (max 1,000 words)


Recognising successfully delivered project outcomes 

This category recognises outstanding new commercial and mixed used buildings where the primary function/focus is on providing high quality lettable space.

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Judges will be scoring your entry against these six key criteria:

Criteria 1: Outcome
Demonstrate how the project has hit the brief, delivering a satisfied client and providing real user benefit and value beyond cost.

Criteria 2: Digital mindset

Demonstrate how the project team used the latest digital tools and thinking to provide better project outcomes

Criteria 3: Carbon reduction

Demonstrate use of sustainable materials and processes throughout the project, as well as design changes made to the project. Projects will be assessed on the savings made in both embodied and operational carbon. 

Criteria 4: Climate resilience

Demonstrate decision making process to boost climate resilience of the finished project to future proof the work against the effects of climate change 

Criteria 5: Collaborative working

Demonstrate how closer, more collaborative working has driven better project outcomes in terms of cost, time, quality or any of factor considered crucial to the client.

Criteria 6: Getting it Right

Demonstrate how senior project team leaders created a positive working environment with strong values around equality and diversity, health, safety and wellbeing, community engagement and skills development.

You should ensure your entry provides sufficient detail on all six criteria.

Projects in this category must have been completed between 1 July 2020 and 1 July 2022.  

Agreement of the client, lead contractor and lead engineer/architect is required to complete submission of the entry.



This category recognises the value of exceptional buildings and facilities in enhancing communities and contributing to their health and wellbeing.

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Judges will be scoring your entry against these six key criteria:

Criteria 1: Outcome
Demonstrate how the project has hit the brief, delivering a satisfied client and providing real user benefit and value beyond cost.

Criteria 2: Digital mindset

Demonstrate how the project team used the latest digital tools and thinking to provide better project outcomes

Criteria 3: Carbon reduction

Demonstrate use of sustainable materials and processes throughout the project, as well as design changes made to the project. Projects will be assessed on the savings made in both embodied and operational carbon. 

Criteria 4: Climate resilience

Demonstrate decision making process to boost climate resilience of the finished project to future proof the work against the effects of climate change 

Criteria 5: Collaborative working

Demonstrate how closer, more collaborative working has driven better project outcomes in terms of cost, time, quality or any of factor considered crucial to the client.

Criteria 6: Getting it Right

Demonstrate how senior project team leaders created a positive working environment with strong values around equality and diversity, health, safety and wellbeing, community engagement and skills development.

You should ensure your entry provides sufficient detail on all six criteria.

Projects in this category must have been completed between 1 July 2020 and 1 July 2022.  

Agreement of the client, lead contractor and lead engineer/architect is required to complete submission of the entry.



This category recognises projects that are delivering environmental improvements for local communities and regions by mitigating the impact of extreme weather and climate change on people, properties and business.

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Judges will be scoring your entry against these six key criteria:

Criteria 1: Outcome
Demonstrate how the project has hit the brief, delivering a satisfied client and providing real user benefit and value beyond cost.

Criteria 2: Digital mindset

Demonstrate how the project team used the latest digital tools and thinking to provide better project outcomes

Criteria 3: Carbon reduction

Demonstrate use of sustainable materials and processes throughout the project, as well as design changes made to the project. Projects will be assessed on the savings made in both embodied and operational carbon. 

Criteria 4: Climate resilience

Demonstrate decision making process to boost climate resilience of the finished project to future proof the work against the effects of climate change 

Criteria 5: Collaborative working

Demonstrate how closer, more collaborative working has driven better project outcomes in terms of cost, time, quality or any of factor considered crucial to the client.

Criteria 6: Getting it Right

Demonstrate how senior project team leaders created a positive working environment with strong values around equality and diversity, health, safety and wellbeing, community engagement and skills development.

You should ensure your entry provides sufficient detail on all six criteria.

Projects in this category must have been completed between 1 July 2020 and 1 July 2022.  

Agreement of the client, lead contractor and lead engineer/architect is required to complete submission of the entry.

Your entry into the BCIA project categories will be considered for the National Infrastructure Commission’s Design Principles Award, which celebrates designs that consider the four key principles of climate, people, place and value. Please detail how the design of your scheme addresses each of these elements.

This category recognises the value of exceptional buildings in meeting Britain’s housing needs and the infrastructure constructed to support those developments. The category is open to all projects where housing/accommodation provision is the primary purpose. The entire project does not have to be completed but the phase of work that the entry centres on must be complete.

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Judges will be scoring your entry against these six key criteria:

Criteria 1: Outcome
Demonstrate how the project has hit the brief, delivering a satisfied client and providing real user benefit and value beyond cost.

Criteria 2: Digital mindset

Demonstrate how the project team used the latest digital tools and thinking to provide better project outcomes

Criteria 3: Carbon reduction

Demonstrate use of sustainable materials and processes throughout the project, as well as design changes made to the project. Projects will be assessed on the savings made in both embodied and operational carbon. 

Criteria 4: Climate resilience

Demonstrate decision making process to boost climate resilience of the finished project to future proof the work against the effects of climate change 

Criteria 5: Collaborative working

Demonstrate how closer, more collaborative working has driven better project outcomes in terms of cost, time, quality or any of factor considered crucial to the client.

Criteria 6: Getting it Right

Demonstrate how senior project team leaders created a positive working environment with strong values around equality and diversity, health, safety and wellbeing, community engagement and skills development.

You should ensure your entry provides sufficient detail on all six criteria.

Projects in this category must have been completed between 1 July 2020 and 1 July 2022.  

Agreement of the client, lead contractor and lead engineer/architect is required to complete submission of the entry.

This category recognises schools, colleges, hospitals, law courts and other civic buildings that contribute towards improved social service provision in the UK. These buildings must be open for public use.

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Judges will be scoring your entry against these six key criteria:

Criteria 1: Outcome
Demonstrate how the project has hit the brief, delivering a satisfied client and providing real user benefit and value beyond cost.

Criteria 2: Digital mindset

Demonstrate how the project team used the latest digital tools and thinking to provide better project outcomes

Criteria 3: Carbon reduction

Demonstrate use of sustainable materials and processes throughout the project, as well as design changes made to the project. Projects will be assessed on the savings made in both embodied and operational carbon. 

Criteria 4: Climate resilience

Demonstrate decision making process to boost climate resilience of the finished project to future proof the work against the effects of climate change 

Criteria 5: Collaborative working

Demonstrate how closer, more collaborative working has driven better project outcomes in terms of cost, time, quality or any of factor considered crucial to the client.

Criteria 6: Getting it Right

Demonstrate how senior project team leaders created a positive working environment with strong values around equality and diversity, health, safety and wellbeing, community engagement and skills development.

You should ensure your entry provides sufficient detail on all six criteria.

Projects in this category must have been completed between 1 July 2020 and 1 July 2022.  

Agreement of the client, lead contractor and lead engineer/architect is required to complete submission of the entry.


This category recognises transport projects that are enhancing capacity, providing better connectivity or improving helping to improve reliability of local, regional or national transport services.

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Judges will be scoring your entry against these six key criteria:

Criteria 1: Outcome
Demonstrate how the project has hit the brief, delivering a satisfied client and providing real user benefit and value beyond cost.

Criteria 2: Digital mindset

Demonstrate how the project team used the latest digital tools and thinking to provide better project outcomes

Criteria 3: Carbon reduction

Demonstrate use of sustainable materials and processes throughout the project, as well as design changes made to the project. Projects will be assessed on the savings made in both embodied and operational carbon. 

Criteria 4: Climate resilience

Demonstrate decision making process to boost climate resilience of the finished project to future proof the work against the effects of climate change 

Criteria 5: Collaborative working

Demonstrate how closer, more collaborative working has driven better project outcomes in terms of cost, time, quality or any of factor considered crucial to the client.

Criteria 6: Getting it Right

Demonstrate how senior project team leaders created a positive working environment with strong values around equality and diversity, health, safety and wellbeing, community engagement and skills development.

You should ensure your entry provides sufficient detail on all six criteria.

Projects in this category must have been completed between 1 July 2020 and 1 July 2022.  

Agreement of the client, lead contractor and lead engineer/architect is required to complete submission of the entry.

Your entry into the BCIA project categories will be considered for the National Infrastructure Commission’s Design Principles Award, which celebrates designs that consider the four key principles of climate, people, place and value. Please detail how the design of your scheme addresses each of these elements.


This category recognises maintenance and renewal projects in any sector that may be standalone, one-off projects or form part of an ongoing operations or maintenance programme.

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Judges will be scoring your entry against these six key criteria:

Criteria 1: Outcome
Demonstrate how the project has hit the brief, delivering a satisfied client and providing real user benefit and value beyond cost.

Criteria 2: Digital mindset

Demonstrate how the project team used the latest digital tools and thinking to provide better project outcomes

Criteria 3: Carbon reduction

Demonstrate use of sustainable materials and processes throughout the project, as well as design changes made to the project. Projects will be assessed on the savings made in both embodied and operational carbon. 

Criteria 4: Climate resilience

Demonstrate decision making process to boost climate resilience of the finished project to future proof the work against the effects of climate change 

Criteria 5: Collaborative working

Demonstrate how closer, more collaborative working has driven better project outcomes in terms of cost, time, quality or any of factor considered crucial to the client.

Criteria 6: Getting it Right

Demonstrate how senior project team leaders created a positive working environment with strong values around equality and diversity, health, safety and wellbeing, community engagement and skills development.

You should ensure your entry provides sufficient detail on all six criteria.

Projects in this category must have been completed between 1 July 2020 and 1 July 2022.  

Agreement of the client, lead contractor and lead engineer/architect is required to complete submission of the entry.

Your entry into the BCIA project categories will be considered for the National Infrastructure Commission’s Design Principles Award, which celebrates designs that consider the four key principles of climate, people, place and value. Please detail how the design of your scheme addresses each of these elements.



This category recognises projects that are contributing to the resilience, reliability, affordability and quality of the UK’s communications, energy, clean water or wastewater networks.

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Judges will be scoring your entry against these six key criteria:

Criteria 1: Outcome
Demonstrate how the project has hit the brief, delivering a satisfied client and providing real user benefit and value beyond cost.

Criteria 2: Digital mindset

Demonstrate how the project team used the latest digital tools and thinking to provide better project outcomes

Criteria 3: Carbon reduction

Demonstrate use of sustainable materials and processes throughout the project, as well as design changes made to the project. Projects will be assessed on the savings made in both embodied and operational carbon. 

Criteria 4: Climate resilience

Demonstrate decision making process to boost climate resilience of the finished project to future proof the work against the effects of climate change 

Criteria 5: Collaborative working

Demonstrate how closer, more collaborative working has driven better project outcomes in terms of cost, time, quality or any of factor considered crucial to the client.

Criteria 6: Getting it Right

Demonstrate how senior project team leaders created a positive working environment with strong values around equality and diversity, health, safety and wellbeing, community engagement and skills development.

You should ensure your entry provides sufficient detail on all six criteria.

Projects in this category must have been completed between 1 July 2020 and 1 July 2022.  

Agreement of the client, lead contractor and lead engineer/architect is required to complete submission of the entry.

Your entry into the BCIA project categories will be considered for the National Infrastructure Commission’s Design Principles Award, which celebrates designs that consider the four key principles of climate, people, place and value. Please detail how the design of your scheme addresses each of these elements.


Sharing best practice during project delivery 

This category will recognise projects that are leading the field with reducing embodied carbon during the construction of new infrastructure or buildings to support the government’s target to be carbon net zero by 2050. The initiative could be an alternative design, use of new materials or innovative equipment to reduce energy consumption during the project.

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Judges will be looking for:

  • Demonstration of how the solution presents a reduction in embodied carbon compared to the conventional approach. Recognition of the impact of the design on reducing operational carbon should also be demonstrated where possible.
  • Impact of the work to improve climate resilience of the work should also be demonstrated
  • Highlighted any innovations in design or execution, including any research strategy that led to the development carbon reducing solution
  • Clear evidence of the qualitative and quantitative impact of this initiative
  • Demonstrate how the initiative is cutting edge and is leading the field in this area
  • The potential to showcase the UK construction industry through this initiative

The project does not have to be complete; what is required is evidence that the lower or zero carbon resulting from the new approach can be measured or quantified.

Because projects may not be complete, shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by a panel of our judges, selected for their expertise in this area.

Submission details (max 1,100 words)

  • A precis version of the full name of the initiative and the project it has been applied on as it may appear in Awards marketing material (no more than eight words)
  • The full and proper name of the initiative and the project it has been applied on, and a brief description of what the initiative is, with a focus on the impact (100 words max)
  • A fuller written description of the key reason why this initiative should be considered for this award, which pays attention to as many of the criteria listed above as is appropriate. Please remember to give clear reasoning and evidence as to why this initiative is exceptional (max 1,000 words)


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This category recognises projects that have improved the lives and prospects of the communities that live close to the project area.

We will be looking for project teams that can demonstrate an understanding and recognition of the importance of working with local communities. These teams will have gone the extra mile to have not just sought to mitigate the impact of construction on the community to provide true outreach in the form of engagement with schools and community groups and potentially offered training and employment. 

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Judges will look for project teams that have:

  • Demonstrated a clear understanding of the community’s needs and how these could be supported
  • Delivered real social value as a result of the project to improve the quality of life of those living close to the project
  • Actively rolled out an initiative developed specifically for this community
  • Clear evidence of the impact of this initiative
  • Demonstrated how their initiative is cutting edge and is leading the field in this area
  • The potential to showcase the UK construction industry through this initiative

The project this initiative is being applied on does not need to be complete; what is required is evidence that the project is tackling the specific initiative in a new and innovative way and that its positive impact can be measured or quantified.

Because projects may not be complete, shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by a panel of our judges, selected for their expertise in this area.

Submission details (max 1,100 words)

  • A precis version of the full name of the initiative and the project it has been applied on as it may appear in Awards marketing material (no more than eight words)
  • The full and proper name of the initiative and the project it has been applied on, and a brief description of what the initiative is, with a focus on the impact (100 words max)
  • A fuller written description of the key reason why this initiative should be considered for this award, which pays attention to as many of the criteria listed above as is appropriate. Please remember to give clear reasoning and evidence as to why this initiative is exceptional (max 1,000 words)


This category recognises projects that are driving the use of smart technologies in construction to improve design, delivery or safety.

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Digital solutions used in the right way have the potential to improve project efficiency at every stage and to allow engineers to focus their skills on the more technical challenging aspects of scheme. However, understanding why a solution is adopted over another, benchmarking its use to demonstrate success and look for continued improvements is critical to ensure technology allows engineers to work smarter. Judges will look for project teams that have:

  • Demonstrated a clear understanding of how this initiative could improve design or delivery of this project
  • Actively rolled out the initiative, developed or tailored specifically for this project during the design or delivery phase
  • Clear evidence of the impact of this initiative compared to previous practices, particularly if the initiative delivers carbon reduction or improved climate resilience
  • Demonstrated how their initiative is cutting edge and is leading the field in this area
  • The potential to showcase the UK construction industry through this initiative

The project this initiative is being used on does not have to be complete; what is required is evidence that the project is tackling the specific initiative in a new and innovative way and that its positive impact can be measured or quantified.

Because projects may not be complete, shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by a panel of our judges, selected for their expertise in this area.

Submission details (max 1,100 words)

  • A precis version of the full name of the initiative and the project it has been applied on as it may appear in Awards marketing material (no more than eight words)
  • The full and proper name of the initiative and the project it has been applied on, and a brief description of what the initiative is, with a focus on the impact (100 words max)
  • A fuller written description of the key reason why this initiative should be considered for this award, which pays attention to as many of the criteria listed above as is appropriate. Please remember to give clear reasoning and evidence as to why this initiative is exceptional (max 1,000 words)



This award seeks to recognise project teams that have introduced a specific project-based initiative that is targeting a lower carbon solution, specifically boosting the whole life sustainability of the project or is improving environmental sensitivity.

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Judges will look for project teams that have:

  • Demonstrated a clear understanding of how this initiative could improve environmental or sustainability performance on this project
  • Demonstrate how the work will add climate resilience or deliver carbon reduction (embodied or operational) to the completed project
  • Actively rolled out the initiative, developed or tailored specifically for this project during the design or delivery phase
  • Clear evidence of the impact of this initiative
  • Demonstrated how their initiative is cutting edge and is leading the field in this area
  • The potential to showcase the UK construction industry through this initiative

The project this initiative is being applied on does not have to be complete; what is required is evidence that the project is tackling the specific initiative in a new and innovative way and that its positive impact can be measured or quantified.

Because projects may not be complete, shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by a panel of our judges, selected for their expertise in this area.

Submission details (max 1,100 words)

  • A precis version of the full name of the initiative and the project it has been applied on as it may appear in Awards marketing material (no more than eight words)
  • The full and proper name of the initiative and the project it has been applied on, and a brief description of what the initiative is, with a focus on the impact (100 words max)
  • A fuller written description of the key reason why this initiative should be considered for this award, which pays attention to as many of the criteria listed above as is appropriate. Please remember to give clear reasoning and evidence as to why this initiative is exceptional (max 1,000 words)


This category seeks to recognise project teams that understand the importance of creating a safe and healthy working environment and strive to improve wellbeing of those delivering the work. Judges will be particularly keen to see examples of initiatives that tackle mental health.

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Judges will be looking for project teams that have:

  • Demonstrated a clear understanding of how this initiative could improve health, safety and wellbeing performance on this project
  • Actively rolled out the initiative, developed or tailored specifically for this project during the design or delivery phase
  • Clear evidence of the impact of this initiative
  • Demonstrated how their initiative is cutting edge and is leading the field in this area
  • The potential to showcase the UK construction industry through this initiative

The projects this initiative is being deployed on does not have to be complete; what is required is evidence that the project is tackling the specific initiative in a new and innovative way and that its positive impact can be measured or quantified.

Because projects may not be complete, shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by a panel of our judges, selected for their expertise in this area.

Submission details (max 1,100 words)

  • A precis version of the full name of the initiative and the project it has been applied on as it may appear in Awards marketing material (no more than eight words)
  • The full and proper name of the initiative and the project it has been applied on, and a brief description of what the initiative is, with a focus on the impact (100 words max)
  • A fuller written description of the key reason why this initiative should be considered for this award, which pays attention to as many of the criteria listed above as is appropriate. Please remember to give clear reasoning and evidence as to why this initiative is exceptional (max 1,000 words)


This award seeks to recognise project teams that are changing ways of working to become integrated teams and fully collaborate within the supply chain to deliver better outcomes for all those involved in the construction industry. 

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Judges will be looking for an initiative that is aiming to develop more collaborative working and will look for project teams that have:

  • Demonstrated a clear understanding of how this initiative could improve delivery of this project
  • Actively rolled out the initiative, developed or tailored specifically for this project during the design or delivery phase
  • Clear evidence of the impact of this initiative and the decision making behind the change
  • Demonstrated how their initiative is cutting edge and is leading the field in this area
  • The potential to showcase the UK construction industry through this initiative

The project does not have to be complete; what is required is evidence that the project is tackling the specific initiative in a new and innovative way and that its positive impact can be measured or quantified.

Because projects may not be complete, shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by a panel of our judges, selected for their expertise in this area.

Submission details (max 1,100 words)

  • A precis version of the full name of the initiative and the project it has been applied on as it may appear in Awards marketing material (no more than eight words)
  • The full and proper name of the initiative and the project it has been applied on, and a brief description of what the initiative is, with a focus on the impact (100 words max)
  • A fuller written description of the key reason why this initiative should be considered for this award, which pays attention to as many of the criteria listed above as is appropriate. Please remember to give clear reasoning and evidence as to why this initiative is exceptional (max 1,000 words)


This category recognises an innovation in products for design or construction that are deployed on specific projects and that are boosting overall project outcomes.

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Judges will look for project teams that have:

  • Demonstrated a clear understanding of the project outcomes and saw how this innovation could improve design or delivery ofthis project
  • Actively rolled out the initiative, developed or tailored specifically for this project during the design or delivery phase
  • Clear evidence of the impact of this initiative, particularly if the innovation delivers carbon reduction or improved climate resilience
  • Demonstrated how their initiative is cutting edge and is leading the field in this area
  • The potential to showcase the UK construction industry through this initiative

Innovations developed or manufactured in the UK by overseas companies are permitted, as are products researched and developed in the UK, but manufactured overseas.

The projects this innovation is being used on does not have to be complete.

Because projects may not be complete, shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by a panel of our judges, selected for their expertise in this area.

Submission details (max 1,100 words)

  • A precis version of the full name of the innovation and the project it has been applied on as it may appear in Awards marketing material (no more than eight words)
  • The full and proper name of the innovation and the project it has been applied on, and a brief description of what the initiative is, with a focus on the impact (100 words max)
  • A fuller written description of the key reason why this initiative should be considered for this award, which pays attention to as many of the criteria listed above as is appropriate. Please remember to give clear reasoning and evidence as to why this initiative is exceptional (max 1,000 words)



This category recognises initiatives that aim to improve productivity in project delivery. In this context improving productivity means improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the following processes: concept design, detailed design, construction, procurement, project management. 

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This category will reward project teams that are implementing designs or construction methods that encompass efficiency initiatives that reduce waste in the use of materials, human effort, energy, time, land or ecosystems.

The entries should demonstrate the effectiveness of initiatives that improve project outcomes relating to for example asset performance in operation, social impact, environmental improvement and return on investment.

Judges for this category recognise that productivity initiatives may be at an early stage with no proof of success yet available.

Judges will look for project teams that have:

  • Committed wholeheartedly to improving productivity and the decision making behind the process
  • Adopted a comprehensive and structured approach to identifying and selecting productivity improvement initiatives.
  • Clearly articulate the expected benefits of the productivity improvement initiative.
  • Worked purposefully to implement the productivity improvement initiative and overcome: procurement, cultural, commercial and regulatory barriers.
  • Developed and/or used appropriate productivity improvement indicators to monitor progress and inform decision making.
  • Collaborated with the supply chain to maximise the results.
  • The potential to showcase UK construction through the productivity initiative

The project does not have to be complete; what is required is evidence that the project is tackling the productivity improvement challenge purposefully.

Because projects may not be complete, shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by a panel of our judges, selected for their expertise in this area.

Submission details (max 1,100 words)

  • A precis version of the full name of the initiative and the project it has been applied on as it may appear in Awards marketing material (no more than eight words)
  • The full and proper name of the initiative and the project it has been applied on, and a brief description of what the initiative is, with a focus on the impact (100 words max)
  • A fuller written description of the key reason why this initiative should be considered for this award, which pays attention to as many of the criteria listed above as is appropriate. Please remember to give clear reasoning and evidence as to why this initiative is exceptional (max 1,000 words)

This category recognises the key role played by good temporary works design in construction. 

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Judges will be looking for project teams that have:

  • Demonstrated how the temporary works solution enabled a better final solution that delivered time, cost or carbon savings or increased safety during execution.
  • Highlighted any innovations in design or execution, including any research strategy that led to the development of the temporary works solution.
  • Clear evidence of the impact of this initiative
  • Demonstrated how their initiative is cutting edge and is leading the field in this area
  • The potential to showcase the UK construction industry through this initiative

The project does not have to be complete; what is required is evidence that the temporary works initiative is new and innovative way and that its positive impact can be measured or quantified.

Because projects may not be complete, shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by a panel of our judges, selected for their expertise in this area.

Submission details (max 1,100 words)

  • A precis version of the full name of the initiative and the project it has been applied on as it may appear in Awards marketing material (no more than eight words)
  • The full and proper name of the initiative and the project it has been applied on, and a brief description of what the initiative is, with a focus on the impact (100 words max)
  • A fuller written description of the key reason why this initiative should be considered for this award, which pays attention to as many of the criteria listed above as is appropriate. Please remember to give clear reasoning and evidence as to why this initiative is exceptional (max 1,000 words)



NIC’s Design Principles Award

This category will champion projects that are exemplar in terms of design and judge them against the National Infrastructure Commission’s (NIC) Design Group’s four key principles of climate, people, place and value.

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This category will champion projects that are exemplar in terms of design and judge them against the National Infrastructure Commission’s (NIC) Design Group’s four key principles of climate, people, place and value.

The Design Principles for National Infrastructure were set out by the NIC’s Design Group in order to drive industry improvements. The NIC Design Principles Award will recognise a winner in the BCIA project categories that most closely adheres to the four key principles

The Design Group believes the legacy of these schemes will be judged on how they succeed in responding creatively to the needs of climate change, the environment and communities.

NIC Design Group chair Sadie Morgan said: “We are moving into a seminal decade for our infrastructure and the design of every major project should celebrate our nation’s ambition for flourishing communities and an enriched environment.

“By embedding excellent design into planning and delivery from day one and encouraging everyone in the sector to embrace it as part of their role, we can ensure we leave a proud inheritance that inspires people and helps the UK achieve our climate targets.”

Key criteria:

Climate - Infrastructure must help set the trajectory for the UK to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 or sooner and be capable of adapting to climate change. Projects should demonstrate how they look beyond legislative boundaries to mitigate climate change and provide methods for measuring whole life emissions.

People - Projects should be human scale, instinctive to use and seek opportunities to improve the quality of life for people who live and work nearby. Projects should show that have found opportunities to improve the quality of life for people who live and work nearby and have taken steps to mitigate negative impacts.

Places - Schemes should provide a sense of identity for communities, supporting the natural and built environment and enriching ecosystems. Projects should show how they benefit the natural and built environment and made improvements beyond the site boundary to sustain local ecosystems and support local plans for growth and investment.

Value - Value should be added beyond the main purpose of the infrastructure, solving problems well and achieving multiple benefits. Projects must detail how they have bought different professions and skills together from the outset to enable a ‘systems approach’; that have used a shared understanding between different disciplines to resolve multiple problems and in doing so provided multiple benefits.

Judges drawn from the Design Group will select a winner for this category from entries completing the NIC category question within the Environmental Project of the Year, Upgrade and Renewal Project of the Year, Transport Project of the Year and Utility Project of the Year entry forms.


Non-enterable Categories

Initiative of the Year Award

This category recognises the most outstanding smaller projects, to the final out-turn cost of £10M for less. All projects shortlisted in their category are eligible for this award, which will be judged by lead judges from each category represented on the shortlist


Project of the Year Award

This category is the best of the best; the shortlist will be formed of the eight winning excellence in project outcomes categories. The winner is quite simply the most outstanding project of the year and will be decided by the panel of judges, primarily taking into account the scores awarded for project outcome.

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Small Project of the Year Award

This category is the best of the best; the shortlist will be formed of the eight winning best practice in project delivery categories. The winner is quite simply the most outstanding initiative of the year and will be decided by the panel of judges, primarily taking into account the scores awarded for potential industry impact.