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New Build Award

New Build Award


Demonstrating exceptional design, delivery or performance in use, the award covers innovation, costs, procurement, health & safety, satisfaction, how to avoid premature obsolescence of the building    everything from start to finish of the building project.


The New Build Award garners the most submissions of the Built Environment awards and this high level of competition reflects the fantastic contribution CABE members make in producing cutting-edge new buildings.


Eligibility Criteria

Entry is open to any organisation, individual, or project where there has been substantial involvement of a CABE Member. This includes the design, construction, assessment or engineering of a building project, or a substantive role in a research, teaching, education or academic context.

Projects must have been completed in 2019.


Built Environment Award Winner 2019

Assessment Criteria

The judging panel will mark your submission against five criteria:

  1. Quality
  2. Impact
  3. Sustainability
  4. Inclusivity
  5. Client/User Satisfaction

Scoring for the Built Environment Awards is based on a weighted scoring matrix (see Submission form) to emphasise the different nature of each of these awards.


Submission Requirements

Download and complete the submission form, including a description of the project you wish to nominate. The description (between 1200-1500 words) should explain why the project is worthy of an award and; in particular; how it meets the assessment criteria.

You should also provide an explanation of how a CABE member played a significant role in the project and how this contributed to a building, or outcome, meriting an award.

Please provide any additional information necessary to help the awards panel understand the merits of your nominated project. This could include drawings, photographs, videos, animations, reports, assessments, certificated, evidence of performance, articles or press coverage or any other relevant material (JPEG, PDF and MP4 formats preferred).


Submission Form

Assessment Criteria

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2019 Winner of New Build Award

Gateshead and Groundwork, North East & Cumbria for Land of Oak & Iron Heritage Centre

The new Heritage Centre is a part of the wider Land of Oak & Iron project by Groundwork North East & Cumbria which explores and celebrates industrial, cultural and national heritage of the Derwent Valley and the surrounding area.

About their project

The water wheel shaped design concept by Matthew Glover was inspired by the revolutionary iron works at ‘Old’ Winlaton Mill. This concept was chosen by local residents following a competition involving 35 post-graduate architecture students from Northumbria University.

The combination of reclaimed ground and surface water flood risk created a particular challenge in relation to the below groundwork. The selected solution was an in-situ reinforced concrete raft slab foundation laid on compacted granular base over the existing clay capping layer.

Modern Methods of Construction were employed utilising steel frame in combination with insulated timber frame panels and timber ‘warm roof’ construction. Untreated Western Red Cedar external cladding, aluminium framed double glazed unites, green roof and rusted mild steel fins/paddles form the building envelope.

The Heritage Centre puts local communities at the heart of the project, using local produce in the shop and the café, providing space for local businesses in the creative industries, and has become a heritage skills hub. Employment has been secured for 15 local people which is significantly above the number of roles originally expected and additional recruitment is ongoing.

Chartered Member Barry Ashley is the Gateshead Council Building Control Technical Manager. Mr Ashley and his colleagues from the council’s Building Control team were engaged from the early design stages to completion to ensure compliance on this challenging new build project.



2019 Highly Commended of New Build Award

Healycornelius Design Consultancy Ltd for Hawley Mews

Hawley Mews is a residential development consisting of a terrace of 3, 2-bedroom mews houses completed in September 2018.

The goal was the delivery of a high-performance development which met the Local Planning Authority’s requirement for Code for Sustainable Homes – Level 4 and to also achieve a minimum EPC rating B through considered specification of materials and efficient equipment.

A sound test proved that the acoustic performance of the fabric exceeds Building Regulations requirements by 14 to 18 decibels. As well as a tour and demonstration following purchase, all occupiers received an Operations and Maintenance Package consisting of as-built drawings, equipment specification sheets and operation and cleaning instructions to help them understand and operate their home efficiently and make the best use of the facilities.

This project presented several technical and logistical challenge, but the outcome is a perfect representation of technical performance meeting an uncompromising aesthetic design, resulting in than outstanding example of the discipline through the careful management of the process and collaboration with the design team. Niall Healy and Michel O’Keeffe were ideally placed, as Chartered Building Engineers, to validate the skill and knowledge required to take on the project.


Have questions? Here's a helpful FAQ on submitting for the Built Environment Awards.


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