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CABE Built Environment Awards and Round Table 2020

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This year we chose to honour the Built Environment Awards by presenting them during CABE's first-ever Round Table. We called together some of the industry's best to talk about Accountability Across the Built Environment, covering topics such as regulations, procurement, culture changes, the Draft Building Safety Bill and more.

Watching the Round Table counts as 1 hour CPD.

Watch the Round Table in Full:

Click on one of the categories below to read more about the winning projects:


CABE New Build Award 2020 – Presented by Cordek Ltd

Winner: OPCC and Devon & Cornwall Police for Exeter Police Station 

Also received Highly Commended in the CABE Building Health, Safety and Wellbeing Award 2020

Category requirements: A winner of this Award demonstrates exceptional design, delivery or performance in use, and covers innovation, costs, procurement, as well as health and safety. 

"The station is not only a quality legacy building for our organisation but has brought together disparate operational teams and provided a first-rate environment for staff. Achieving this prestigious award is a huge boost not only for our immediate project team, but for all of the supply chain involved in the scheme." – Steve Page

This new build features advancements in design, creating a fully equipped police station with modern technologies and built to increase the health and safety of both staff and internees alike. As the building is publicly accessible and needs to accommodate society's most vulnerable, quality in the development was crucial. Spread across four wings, the cells are designed for the health and safety of all, from natural light, cell choice according to vulnerability, and life-signs monitoring systems to ensure the wellbeing of individuals in custody. Staff enjoy a central glass core which allows for rest areas and engagement and information sharing, so that with over 450 officers there is a feeling of 'one team'.

A staggering 98% of waste during construction was diverted from landfill, and the building is one of the top 10% of UK sustainable buildings with a BREEAM Excellent certificate. Use of photovoltaic cells, air source heat pumps, sun tubes, intelligent LED lighting, and Passivhaus design principles maximise thermal and energy efficiency. During the build, over 300 trees were planted, engagement with the local community was high, including school visits, and programmes assisting ex-offenders from Exeter Prison. 

CABE member and building surveyor for the project, Steve Page, attended frequent Design Team meetings following the 5 Cs: Collaborate, Contain, Concentrate, Connect, and Create – meaning that through continual communication with other teams and designers, he was able to input the knowledge sharing into avoiding costly changes, ensuring longevity, and helping to build a strong ethos of collaboration. 



CABE Maintenance or Refurbishment Award 2020 – Presented by CABE Benevolent Fund

Winner: Onyx Solar for Restoration Essen Custom Warehouse

Category requirements: A winner of this Award demonstrates good practice and innovation in delivering maintenance or refurbishment to a building successfully, ready for the future.

The time lapse of this refurbishment is a visual feast, watching the old-world leaping into the future, as the 1902 Flemish Neo-Renaissance transhipment station breathes new life with 758m2 of photovoltaic fins. This future-focused paragon of clean energy generates thermal and acoustic insulation as well as offsetting approximately 420 tons of CO2 and avoids 369 barrels of oil. It generates enough clean power to feed 1,230 light points every day. 

Disused from 1975 and listed as a monument in 2003, Essen Custom Warehouse will live again as an adaptable venue for industrial science training courses. The amorphous silicon glass creates the perfect blend of aesthetics and functionality, which was of primary importance as it is part of the Interreg Flanders-Netherlands European project to investigate making monuments more sustainable. Onyx Solar launched an initiative to plant a tree for every square metre of PV glass, and so 758 trees were planted in the Amazon forest as part of the restoration of Essen Custom Warehouse. 

Architect business manager, Mr. Álvaro Valverde, understood the project's needs from the beginning, considering both the active and the passive properties of this restoration, the photovoltaic fins would be a solution for the building that ensured a clean installation. 

"This photovoltaic skylight installation leads the way for refurbishment monuments to be made more sustainable. For us, it is a real pleasure that our innovation is once again awarded in the CABE awards." – Álvaro Valverde


CABE Building Health, Safety and Wellbeing Award 2020 – Presented by CABE Insurance Services

Winner: CR Construction Company Limited for One Hennessy

Also received Highly Commended in the CABE New Build Award 2020

Category requirements: A winner of this Award demonstrates a commitment to exemplary health, safety and wellbeing management in the construction industry and that it has, to a significant extent, transformed health and safety in the construction process through information and innovation. 


Trying limitations and logistical challenges were met with defiant innovation as One Hennessy began to be constructed. The inverted pyramid structure at the core of the 32-storey new build created an opportunity for laudable health, safety and wellbeing management, ensuring that site workers were able to manoeuvre safely with a passenger hoist fixed to a temporary steel platform with a mast able to transfer lateral loads. 

The inverted pyramid structure was made possibly by specifically designed timber formwork, 3 metre deep tension beams and belt truss. Inclined columns and timber formwork supported by thousands of inclined tie rods reduced deflection and ensured accuracy. With advanced prefabricated works offsite, modularisation reduced site activities and created better environmental control. 

Rooftop vegetation mitigates the urban heat island effect and maximising natural light and minimising energy loss helped One Hennessy achieve LEEDs Platinum Rating for Green Buildings. In the construction of One Hennessy, more than 80% of building materials were regionally sourced, and 90% of construction and demolition waste was diverted from landfill. 

CABE member and project manager for One Hennessy, CY Wong, was responsible for the overall construction process, monitoring and co-ordinating with an effective open-communication policy that encouraged knowledge sharing and flexibility. This led to ease of implementation, cost-efficiency, and a good work culture on site. 

"It is a great honour for CR Construction Company Limited to receive this award. We encouraged an open-minded communication policy amongst all stakeholders and a great culture of safety appreciation helped achieve the customised passenger hoist to reduce working at height as well as lifting operations. Thus, our planners were able to deliver this challenging project with great success." – CY Wong

CABE Sustainability Award 2020

Highly Commended: Gary W. Hicks for Dandury Park Primary School

Category requirements: A receiver of Highly Commended for this Award demonstrates an outstanding contribution to improving sustainability in the built environment, from carbon emissions, energy consumption, reduced waste as well as resilience to climate change. 

Starting off as a case study in Essex, the success of installing solar generation at the school has led to an extended rollout including surrounding libraries and outdoor centres. Now in co-operation with Essex County Council and two universities, the project is proving a powerful awareness-generator on climate change and the importance of cleaner energy and less waste. 

This joint commercial/Professional Doctorial Research (PrD) project is data-led and aims to equip the school with the ability to record real-time data that help stakeholders be time and location specific with clearly defined attributable correlations. 

Gary Hicks is a CABE Fellow and had been working pro bono in schools to help reduce their electricity usage and waste, before his granddaughter approached him and asked what could be done about her primary school. This led to the PrD research project as well as an infectious enthusiasm among the teachers and students alike. 

Keep an eye out for further details on this project which will include technical details and an encouraging sign of youth-based involvement in productive measures to combat climate change.

The CABE Built Environment Awards are an annual event that works to celebrate and honour CABE members as well as the dedication of companies and people seeking to empower and transform the construction landscape through sustainability and outstanding use of design in construction.
For members completing projects in 2020, please keep a look out early next year for news on submitting for the CABE Built Environment Awards 2021. 

COVID-19 Notice:
The Round Table was filmed earlier this year and was in full accordance with government guidance at the time of filming, including 1-metre plus distancing, limited number of people per room, and diligent hygiene, in addition to other measures, such as ventilation and temperature checks. CABE takes the health and safety of all very seriously.