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The BCI Awards are made up of a range of categories listed below within the four section titles: Project Categories, Pan Categories, General Categories and Special Awards (including the Prime Minister's Better Public Building Award).

Entries will be charged at £399 + VAT per entry.

Project Categories

The Project Categories are dependent on the size of a project and its nature - building or civil engineering - as well as projects of a particular type.

UK projects entered in to the project categories are automatically eligible and entered in to the Pan Categories, listed below:

The International Awards are open to projects outside the UK for which a UK based British firm, whether a designer or contractor, has made a significant contribution.

Sponsored by Hyder

The British Construction Industry Building Award is open to projects with a value of up to £10m.

Enter Building Project of the Year (up to £10m)
Sponsored by Roger Bullivant

The British Construction Industry Building Award is open to projects with a value above £10m and not exceeding £50 million.

Enter Building Project of the Year (£10m-£50m)

The British Construction Industry Civil Engineering Award is open to projects with a value up to £10m.

Enter Civil Engineering Project of the Year (up to £10m)
Sponsored by McGinley

The British Construction Industry Civil Engineering Award is open to projects with a value above £10m and not exceeding £50m.

Enter Civil Engineering Project of the Year (£10m-£50m)
Sponsored by Arup

The British Construction Industry Major Project Award for building projects with a value in excess of £50 million

Enter Major Building Project of the Year (over £50m)
Sponsored by Hall Fuels

The British Construction Industry Major Project Award for civil engineering projects with a value in excess of £50 million

Enter Major Civil Engineering Project of the Year (over £50m)
Sponsored by Ramboll

The British Construction Industry International Building Project of the Year Award is open to projects outside the United Kingdom for which a UK based British firm, whether designer or contractor, has made a significant contribution.

Enter International Building Project of the Year

The British Construction Industry International Civil Engineering Project of the Year Award is open to projects outside the United Kingdom for which a UK based British firm, whether designer or contractor, has made a significant contribution.

Enter International Building Project of the Year


Pan Categories

These awards are not open for entry but will be awarded to a project, person or team short listed in one of our other categories. All projects entered in to the Project Categories (above) are automatically eligible and entered in to the special Pan Category awards depending on their particular type.

Please note: all those short listed for a Pan Category will be required to complete a general questionnaire, providing specific information for the judges to assess the overall quality of the project and relevant credentials.  The short list will be notified at the appropriate time.

Sponsored by Topcon

The British Construction Industry Best Practice Award will go to a UK project which not only meets the BCIA criteria but also involved processes to understand and meet client needs; supported team working throughout; and demonstrated continued improvements. Schemes short listed for the Best Practice Award will be required to complete a separate questionnaire.

Sponsored by RMD Kwikform

This award has been introduced to underpin and celebrate success in this vital aspect of the construction industry's design, delivery and management process.

Judges will identify and reward projects and initiatives that:

  • Demonstrate innovative or significant thinking that moves health & safety forward on a product, project or construction related activity
  • Demonstrates new thinking in health and safety during the delivery of a new civil engineering or building project
  • Is an integral part of the project's overall success and have played a demonstrable part in taking the entire project team forward in the pursuit of greater excellence in health and safety management
  • Is supported by clear evidence of the project or initiative's success in reducing the risk of injury or ill health
  • Is supported by clear evidence of the way that the initiative, product or project can be used in future as an exemplar to drive up performance in health and safety across the industry
Sponsored by Lafarge Tarmac

Entries to the Sustainability Award will fully reflect and embrace the principles of sustainable construction as promoted by the Green Construction Board and adopted by government as best practice as it works to drive forward the actions set out in the Low Carbon Construction Action Plan.

The winner will demonstrate success across the wider demands of sustainable construction, and be able to demonstrate best practice examples across the three pillars of sustainable thinking - environmental, economic and social performance.

As a fundamental part of a successful project, the winner will underpin the Green Construction Board's priority and desire to grasp the opportunities for growth presented by a sustainable construction (building and infrastructure) sector and provide a platform and examples to help to "promote the message that 'green' construction can lead to business opportunities and economic growth".

General Categories

These awards have been made for specific elements of a project. They will be assessed by a separate panel of judges and the short listed candidates will then be interviewed by a panel of industry experts and the results of which verified by the full judging panel. You are able to enter as many pieces of work in to one category or enter as many categories as you see fit having reviewed the specific category criteria. Each entry will be charged at the rate stated above of £399 + VAT per entry.

Sponsored by Bentley

The UK Government has mandated that all public projects use a Building Information Modelling system during their design and construction delivery process by 2016. This award supports this strategy by identifying and rewarding the exemplar projects in the UK industry.  Your entry should:

  • Show that you are leading in the field in embracing new technology across the supply chain.
  • Demonstrate the most innovative and forward thinking use of BIM techniques which deliver the greatest added value to clients
  • Demonstrate how the use of BIM technologies has driven forward efficiency and best practice across the project
  • Include evidence of the BIM technologies contributing to the whole life management of the project or client activity
Enter BIM Project Application Award
Sponsored by Shepherd Construction

This award rewards technical innovation in product design or application for a specific project which has boosted the overall project outcome and so delivered greater client satisfaction. The entry should:

  • Demonstrate how the product led to increased performance, durability, safety or competitiveness on the project. Judges will seek evidence of this success in terms of client satisfaction and sales performance
  • The judges may wish to take into account the research strategy that led to the development of the product and its sales success to date
  • Where relevant, judges will reward the use of recycled material or energy saving.
  • Products or innovative ideas developed or manufactured in the UK by overseas companies are permitted, as are products researched and developed in the UK, but manufactured overseas
Enter Product Design Innovation Award
Sponsored by Rhead Group

NEW for this year, the Programme of the Year category seeks to recognise programmes of work that go beyond one off projects and reward excellence in programme management.

Programme management is a specific skill set that is increasingly being sought by clients help them run their long-term programmes of work. Typically, programme managers will work with clients over five years or more, helping them identify, define, execute and manage a programme of work that encompasses many individual projects.

The minimum entry criterion is that the total programme be valued at £100M or more and runs for a minimum of five years. The contract must have been in operation for a minimum of three years.

Enter Programme Management Award
Sponsored by Temporary Works Forum

This award seeks to recognise that temporary works form a vital but often overlooked part of any construction project, large or small. Often the innovation in design and precision in execution surpasses that in the design and construction of the main works themselves. The entry should:

  • Demonstrate how the temporary works solution enabled a better final solution or increased safety during execution
  • Highlight any innovations in design or execution
  • The judges may wish to take into account the research strategy that led to the development of the temporary works solution
  • Where relevant, judges will reward the use of recycled material or energy saving
  • Use of products developed or manufactured by overseas companies are permitted, provided there was significant UK involvement in the design or refinement of the installation strategy
Enter Temporary Works Award

Special Awards

These awards are not open for entry but will be awarded to a project, person or team short listed in one of our other categories. The awards given will be decided by our judging panel; please click on the award title below to read more about the criteria.

Sponsored by Mott MacDonald

This award is given to a building or civil engineering project of any size which the judges consider to be particularly inspirational in one or more aspects.

The winner of this award is drawn from the overall awards shortlist. There is no specific entry requirement.

Sponsored by Topcon

This award will reward an individual or team involved in one of the shortlisted projects or categories who, in the view of the judging panel, has gone beyond the norm to ensure that the project was delivered in an exemplary manner, has provided extraordinary satisfaction to their client or performed in a way that sets a standard to follow in the future.

The winner will be the person or team that truly embodies the spirit and intention of the awards of helping the industry to improve and deliver better value and satisfaction to clients.

There is no separate nomination process for this award. The judging panel will identify and award this winner based on their observations during the judging process.

Sponsored by The Cabinet Office and BIS

This award is open to any new building project of any size and budget commissioned by or on behalf of central or local government or by a grant-aided organisation which has been completed since 1 January 2013 and come into use by 31 January 2014.

The judges look for high-quality design; efficient procurement; economic and social value; good team work between client, designer and contractor; sound financial management; whole-life value for money; client satisfaction; and sustainability. All schemes shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Better Public Building Award will be required to complete a separate questionnaire.

Schemes shortlisted for other categories that fulfil the necessary criteria will automatically be entered for the Prime Minister's Better Public Building Award. It is not possible to nominate an entry specifically for the Prime Minister's Better Public Building Award but its eligibility should be indicated on the entry form.

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