This year’s Constructing Excellence Yorkshire & Humber (CEYH) awards ceremony was delivered very differently to previous years, but although COVID restrictions meant a physical awards evening was not possible, a digital ceremony ensured that the successes of construction industry professionals across the region could be recognised and celebrated.
The first Highly Commended award for Integration & Collaborative Working was given to the £3.9m refurbishment of Hull York Medical School's teaching facilities at the University of York. The project has showcased the vital role of early engagement and collaboration between all stakeholders in harnessing innovation and unlocking local expertise essential for successful and sustainable project delivery.
The transformation of the Medical School building followed the announcement that the School had been awarded an additional 90 undergraduate places as part of the Government's expansion of undergraduate medical education, a response to the growing shortage of doctors within the UK. The refurbishment will provide medical students with an inspiring, state-of-the-art environment where they will learn to deliver the exceptional care that will make a difference to patients in the Yorkshire region and beyond.
Phil Davies, Regional Director at Faithful+Gould commented:
We are delighted to have received a Highly Commended award for the Hull York Medical School project. To ensure the goals and objectives set by the Medical School and University of York were achieved, our team strove to design and implement early engagement strategies with the primary principal of leaving our badges at the door and working as one team. This has once again demonstrated that you can do much more and deliver bigger and better outcomes when teams integrate and have one goal only: to succeed and deliver. Congratulations to all involved.
Additionally, we supported a construction skills agenda by upskilling our young people and involving apprentices. The Hull York Medical School project was bid by an Apprentice Estimator and delivered with key input from an Apprentice Site Manager and Apprentice Project Surveyor within both client and contractor teams. This way we have tackled various pools of shortages and demonstrated the power of working together as one.
Professor Una Macleod, Dean of Hull York Medical School, said:
We are committed to delivering exceptional medical education and to supporting our students to realise their ambitions. This investment in our York estate will transform the learning experience of our York campus-based students, ensuring that they have access to the very best facilities and support to help them develop the knowledge and skills they will need throughout their careers as doctors.
We are proud to have been Highly Commended in this category and are excited to continue enhancing our engagement strategies and providing new opportunities for local communities.