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BSRIA Instrument Solutions present accolade at the 2018 CSA AwardsJune 2018

CSA Awards Logo 2018

BSRIA Instruments Solutions was delighted to announce that the Newcastle University Urban Sciences Building was the winner of the 2018 award for Project of the Year at the recent prestigious Commissioning Specialists Associations (CSA) Awards Dinner. The CSA Awards event was held on Thursday 14th June at the Mermaid Theatre, Puddle Dock, London, and BSRIA Instrument Solutions was the official sponsor of the award category which was open to all of the CSA membership.

The Urban Sciences Building is a £350 million project including open-plan offices, teaching accommodation, 300-seat lecture theatre, light workshops, laboratories and administration areas. Designed as a living laboratory, building services provide granular detail to aid in urban sustainability research. NG Bailey designed, installed and commissioned the M&E scope of works working to the Soft Landings method and with a BREEAM Excellent as their target. NG Bailey worked to encourage early engagement and was able to recommend innovative technologies and techniques to meet the requirements of the client, including a building management system that includes 4,000 sensors to collect data and deliver it in real-time to the researchers at the university.

The Project of the Year award is for the most interesting and technically challenging project or installation which has made a significant contribution to environmental issue and / or lifecycle costings.

CSA Awards 2018 winner, Craig Powell, Commissioning Mgr, NG Bailey & Alan Gilbert, BSRIA Instrument Solutions Manager

Alan Gilbert, Manager, BSRIA Instrument Solutions, said:

"It has once again been a pleasure for BSRIA Instrument Solutions to sponsor an award at this prestigious ceremony and this time for the Project of the Year Award. Personally being asked to judge was a great honour. Products, projects and candidates that were put forward this year were of a particularly high calibre and this made deciding a winner a difficult task.

I’m delighted that the Newcastle University Urban Sciences Building has won the ‘Project of the Year’ award for their impressive project with open-plan offices, a 300-seat lecture theatre, light workshops and laboratories. It is well deserved against tough competition from other nominees.

The CSA Awards is now regarded as one of the leading building services events in the commissioning industry sphere.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank CSA for hosting the esteemed event. Indeed the CSA Awards are always a fantastic way of showcasing excellence across our industry and 2018 didn’t disappoint. The bar has now been set for 2019 to which I look forward!”

The CSA launched an industry-wide awards programme in 2015 and has been running for four years. It was configured to bring together the entire commissioning sector in a celebration of the companies, innovations and people that are achieving the highest professional standards and helping to drive this dynamic industry forward.

The award was collected by Craig Powell, Commissioning Manager, NG Bailey.

CSA Awards 2018 finalists & Alan Gilbert, Manager, BSRIA Instrument Solutions

The other finalists were:

  • Bloomberg Headquarters – Ashford Environmental Services.
  • Sunshine Coast University Hospital (Queensland) – Engineering Commissioning Services.
  • Worcester Hospital – End Systems.

BSRIA was also shortlisted as a finalist in the Investment in Training Award (sponsored by Johnson Controls) with the BSRIA North Training Academy.

The BSRIA North Training Academy was set up in 2017 to engage, inspire and lock into local talent and develop skills for both those in business and education. To provide industry with access to local, quality training provision, a bespoke training academy was created to bring the renowned BSRIA training portfolio to the North of England. The high tech facility and new training rooms allow for practical onsite demonstrations and showcases the latest developments supporting the commissioning and building services industry.

More information on the awards can be found at:


CSA is an association for the commissioning industry within the construction world. Its membership comprises commissioning industry companies, individual commissioning engineers and associated companies.

BSRIA’s Soft Landings is a building delivery process which runs through the project, from inception to completion and beyond, to ensure all decisions made during the project are based on improving operational performance of the building and meeting the client's expectations. It provides a step-by-step process for clients and their project teams to follow in order to avoid pitfalls and deliver a better performing product.

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