Best building designs and considerate contractors honoured at awards ceremony


Cambridge’s best new construction projects, and the companies that have worked to minimise the impact of their building developments, were among those honoured at an awards ceremony last week.


The Cambridge Design and Construction Awards and the Considerate Contractor Scheme Awards, hosted by the Cambridge Forum for the Construction Industry (CFCI) and co-sponsored by CFCI, Cambridge City Council and Cambridge News, were held for the first time at St Catharine’s College.

The annual Cambridge Design and Construction Awards honoured projects in three categories - Best New Building Large (over £2 million construction costs), Best New Building Small (under £2 million construction costs) and Best Conservation, Alteration or Extension of an Existing Building.

They are given to buildings which are judged to have best met the criteria of excellent design appropriate to its context, good quality workmanship and materials, and sustainability. The winners this year were as follows:

  • Best New Building Large - Cowan Court, Churchill College, designed by 6A Architects and constructed by SDC Builders to provide additional student accommodation.
  • Best New Building Small - Nelson Court, Trafalgar Road, designed by Studio 24 Architects and constructed by Patrick B Doyle (Construction) Ltd: a mix of one and two bedroom residential studio apartments. Commended in this category was The Potting Shed at Jesus College by PiP/DPA Architects.
  • Best Conservation, Alteration of Extension of an Existing Building - The David Attenborough Building (formerly known as the Arup Building), at the University of Cambridge’s New Museums site off Pembroke Street by Nicholas Hare Architects and construction firm Kier Group.  A commendation in this category was given to The Butterfly House, Gwydir Street designed by Ashworth Parkes Architects.

The Considerate Contractor Scheme Awards are presented annually to firms that have made significant efforts to minimise noise and disruption on building projects in the city, with due consideration for neighbours and members of the public in keeping sites safe, clean and accountable.

This year, the top Considerate Contractor Award from builder’s merchants Ridgeons, in association with the CFCI, was presented to Kier Construction Eastern for their work on The David Attenborough Building. Certificates of Excellence were awarded to Morgan Sindall for the new James Dyson Building in Fen Causeway, and to Skanska for their work delivering infrastructure at the University of Cambridge’s North West Cambridge development site.

The Cambridge City Council “Works in Progress Awards” for ongoing projects of up to two years in duration were presented to:

  • The special projects team at RG Carter for the redevelopment of the University Arms Hotel on Regent Street;
  • Bouygues UK for managing the construction of the new Cambridge Assessment headquarters in Shaftesbury Road; and
  • SDC Builders who are currently undertaking major expansion works at the Judge Institute, Tennis Court Road.

The Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce award for contractors who undertake small to medium size projects was presented to Cocksedge Building Contractors for work on a new boathouse for Gonville and Caius College, off Ferry Path.  A Certificate of Excellencein this category was awarded to Millcam Construction for their consistent efforts in complying with the scheme at a large number of sites within the city.

Other awards presented by CFCI during the evening included:

  • Young Professional of the Year awarded to Tom Foggin of RH Partnership Architects;
  • Apprentice of the Year (sponsored by Cambridge Regional College) awarded to Michael Gough of Waterworx Plumbing;
  • Craftsmanship Award to sculptor Corrin Johnson for his work at St John’s College; and
  • Engineering/Sustainability Project of the Year, awarded to The David Attenborough Building, University of Cambridge – architect Nicholas Hare and contractor Kier Group.

Cllr Kevin Blencowe, Executive Councillor for Planning Policy and Transport, said: “These awards are a great way of recognising some of the excellent work being carried out by architects and construction firms to build excellent, sustainable buildings in the city and to minimise disruption to people living and working nearby.”

“I would like to congratulate all the winners this year, who stood out in a period when a significant amount of development is taking place in Cambridge, including some very high profile projects.”

“I would also like to thank the CFCI for presenting new awards to some of the talented individuals from the local construction industry who deserve recognition. I hope that more young people are encouraged to seek a career in this booming sector and play their part in helping shape Cambridge in the 21st Century.”

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