Building Performance Awards 2016 shortlists

Four new project categories in the 2016 Building Performance Awards have attracted a wide range of exemplar case studies, making the judges’ job even tougher this year. Alex Smith had a ringside seat at the shortlisting session to find out which entries made the final round

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Nearly 50 organisations have been shortlisted for the 2016 Building Performance Awards following the addition of four new project categories. The companies were nominated across 13 categories at an all-day judging session in London last month.

The 16 industry experts were impressed with the variety of entries, and the amount of evidence produced to support their award submissions.

Arboreal Architecture, Clapham Retrofit

The new project categories were launched for the 2016 Awards in response to the popularity of the building categories in previous years. There are now individual Project of the Year Awards in sectors covering: Commercial/Industrial/Retail; Leisure; Public Use; and Residential buildings. In total, 17 organisations were shortlisted in these categories.

The judges said the new categories attracted a high calibre of entrants. They were particularly impressed by the Project of the Year Residential category. ‘This was a really fantastic set of entries, but they were all very different,’ said Bill Gething, professor of architecture at University of the West of England. ‘There are entries here that are really changing the agenda. Choosing a winner is a delightfully difficult decision,’ he said.

The judges agreed that the housing sector was becoming increasingly important for engineers, as house builders struggled to address the technical challenges of overheating and energy reduction.

Aecom technical director Foroutan Parand congratulated CIBSE for focusing on the domestic sector. ‘We are being asked to do more and more in this area as people realise that physics applies as much to domestic buildings as commercial buildings,’ said chair of the judges, Hywel Davies.

The Project of the Year International attracted a high calibre of entries, and was whittled down to a shortlist of five by the judges. The judges found it difficult to separate the leading entries, which had excellent performance data. ‘The buildings are exceptional,’ said Tamsin Tweddell, partner and sustainability leader at Max Fordham. ‘They’re game-changers.’

Sheffield University/Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland – LILAC Leeds

The Energy Saving Project of the Year had a substantial number of entries highlighting the search for innovation in the sector. ‘This was a varied category, with products for both domestic and commercial use,’ said Davies. ‘Several entries demonstrated good evidence for their ability to deliver cost-effective
energy savings.’

In the Collaborative Partnership Award, Munish Datta, head of facilities management and Plan A, Marks & Spencer, remarked that the entries showed how important it was to collaborate at the right time. ‘In the best entries the stakeholders were involved at a really important design stage – they didn’t get involved too late in the project.’

In the Energy Management Initiative Award, judges were impressed by how companies were able to find energy savings in their estates, after the low-hanging fruit had been picked. ‘I know how hard it is to achieve year-on-year savings,’ said Mitch Layng, associate director: portfolio energy management at M&G Real Estate. ’I like the idea of a new process that affects operations,’ he said.

In the Commercial/Industrial/Retail category, there were some closely matched entries. Davies was pleased to note that the entries understood the difference between DECs and EPCs. Something that was ‘almost worthy of a prize itself,’ he said.

Max Fordham, Girton College Cambridge

Entrants for the Project of the Year Public Use came from the opposite end of the funding spectrum, but the judges said the quality of entries was excellent. ‘There were really good submissions in this sector,’ said managing director of Building Services Design, David White, while Jamie Agombar, head of sustainability, National Union of Students, felt that the entries weren’t overselling themselves in this category. ‘There was no gloss,’ he said, though Gething noted there was ‘good data’.

Agombar thought the excellence of the best projects would inspire designers and clients of future public buildings.

In the Building Services Consultancy of the Year category (up to 100 Employees), the judges were impressed by the enthusiasm of some of the entries. Trox key account manager Michelle Perry praised one entry in particular. ‘You can feel the passion the company has in its people and its genuine desire to motivate the client and build better buildings.’

The Consultant of the Year category contained the ‘heavy artillery’ and the judges remarked on the professionalism of the entries. ‘I read the first one, and I thought the second couldn’t be as good, but it was and so were the third and fourth,’ said Perry. The judges spent longer talking about the merits of these entries than any other category. ‘They’re all pretty even but they bring different things to the table,’ said Sarah Ratcliffe, programme director at Better Building Partnership.

The judges noted that a number of entries had missing or difficult to understand data. Davies hoped that future entrants would follow entry requirements and provide the data which would maximise chances of victory.

The full shortlist is overleaf on page 20, and the awards will be presented on February 24 at Grosvenor House Hotel in London. To attend the event please visit

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CIBSE Building Performance Awards 2016 shortlists

Building Services Consultancy of the Year (up to 100 Employees)
Sponsored by Beeby Anderson Recruitment

  • Beverley Clifton Morris (BCM)
  • Steven A. Hunt & Associates
  • SVM Consulting Engineers

Building Services Consultancy of the Year (more than 100 Employees)
Sponsored by Andrews Water Heaters

  • Aecom
  • Arup
  • Atelier Ten
  • Hoare Lea

Building Performance Training Programme Award
Sponsored by Vaillant

  • Refrigeration and Climate Control Centre of Excellence (RCCC) – Air Conditioning and Mechanical Contractors’ Association (AMCA)
  • BIM Level 2 Fundamentals – BRE Academy
  • Soft Landings Training – BSRIA
  • Building Disclosure and Benchmarking Course – University of Nebraska (UNL) – Lincoln
  • Building Services Explained for VolkerFitzpatrick Site Teams – VolkerFitzpatrick

Collaborative Working Partnership Award
Sponsored by RS Components

  • Bolton Market, Bolton – Beverley Clifton Morris (BCM)/Willmott Dixon
  • John Lewis, York – IES/John Lewis
  • Barclays CPMO – Realys (part of ISG)/Barclays

Facilities Management Team Award
Sponsored by Gratte Brothers

  • Aston Go Green, Birmingham – Aston University
  • Broadgate Estates London Portfolio – Broadgate Estates
  • International Commerce Centre (ICC), Hong Kong – Kai Shing Management Services (KS)
  • Sirius, Canberra, Australia – Mirvac Group

Energy Management Initiative Award
Sponsored by Imtech

  • Energy Management and Optimisation Project – ALDI Stores
  • British Land Portfolio Energy Reduction Programme – British Land
  • Bupa Energy Saver Fund – Bupa UK
  • John Lewis, York – Lateral Technologies and Solutions
  • Project Graphite – Sainsbury’s Supermarkets

Energy Saving Product of the Year
ponsored by Spirotech

  • Emerald – R290 Refrigeration & Heating Plant – A1 Engineering Solutions
  • Totem by Asjagen Microcogenerator – Adveco
  • EW-HT heat pump – Climaveneta SpA
  • EndoTherm –Endo Enterprises (UK)
  • Hydromx® – PBA Energy Solutions

Lighting for Building Performance Award

  • The National Theatre – NT Future, London – Atelier Ten
  • WWF, Living Planet Centre, Woking – Atelier Ten
  • New Emergency department and 24-bed ward, Antrim Hospital, Northern Ireland – Beattie Flanigan Consulting Engineers

Project of the Year – International

  • Shopping and Entertainment Centre PROSPECT, Kiev, Ukraine – CD International Building Services Engineers
  • American University of Sharjah (AUS), Campus Service Centre, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates – Cundall
  • David and Lucile Packard Foundation Headquarters, California, USA – Elementa Consulting/Integral Group
  • Holiday Inn Express Singapore Orchard Road, Singapore – Intercontinental Hotels Group
  • Sirius, Canberra, Australia – Mirvac Group

Project of the Year – Commercial/Industrial/Retail

  • One Embankment Place, London – ChapmanBDSP
  • Foundry, London – Cullinan Studio
  • 101 Park Drive, Abingdon – Elementa Consulting
  • 50 Shakespeare Street Refurbishment, Nottingham – Nottingham Trent University

Project of the Year – Leisure

  • Splashpoint, Worthing – Aecom
  • Butlin’s Skegness Firehouse restaurant, Skegness – CD International Building Services Engineers
  • Chichester Festival Theatre, Oaklands Park – Skelly & Couch
  • Everyman Theatre, Liverpool – Waterman Building Services

Project of the Year – Public Use

  • Wilkinson Primary School, Wolverhampton – Architype
  • Mayville Community Centre (renamed Mildmay Centre), London – Bere: architects
  • Manchester Town Hall Complex Transformation Project (MTHCTP), Manchester – Building Design Partnership (BDP)
  • Andrew Wiles Building (Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford), Oxford – Hoare Lea
  • Britten Pears Archive, Suffolk – Max Fordham

Project of the Year – Residential

  • Clapham Retrofit, London – Arboreal Architecture
  • Girton College, Cambridge – Max Fordham
  • LILAC, Leeds – SSoA, Sheffield University/Faculty of Architecture, Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland
  • Derwenthorpe Phase 1, York – Studio Partington

Building Performance Champion
Sponsored by Remeha Commercial

  • The Building Performance Champion of the Year is chosen from the category winners and will be presented to the team, project or product that, in the opinion of the judges, has made the most outstanding contribution and commitment to achieving improved building performance.

Awards judges

Hywel Davies, CIBSE technical director and chair of judges

George Adams, past president, CIBSE

Jamie Agombar, head of sustainability, National Union of Students

Munish Datta, head of facilities management and Plan A, M&S

Alan Fogarty, partner, Cundall

Bill Gething, professor of architecture, University of the West of England

Susan Hone-Brookes, environmental leader, Laing O’Rourke

Mitch Layng, associate director: portfolio energy management, M&G Real Estate

Richard Jackson, director, sustainability, UCL

Foroutan Parand, technical director, Aecom

Michelle Perry, key account manager, Trox

Geoff Prudence, chair, CIBSE FM Group

Sarah Ratcliffe, programme director, Better Building Partnership

Jeff Shaw, president elect, Society of Light and Lighting

Tamsin Tweddell, partner & sustainability leader, Max Fordham

David White, managing director, Building Services Design