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BSRIA staging new Soft Landings Awards - shortlist announced!May 2019

Michelle Agha-Hossein Sustainable building consultant

The shortlist has been selected for BSRIA’s inaugural Soft Landings Awards, which were unveiled in March.

The winners will be announced at BSRIA’s Soft Landings Conference 2019: quality and performance – two sides of the same coin on Friday 14th June at ARUP in London.

The Soft Landings Awards programme recognises and promotes clients and construction professionals who are committed to delivering better buildings and creating a more collaborative culture in the construction industry through the Soft Landings approach.

Soft Landings Project of the Year – under £20m:

  • Glenside Campus, Bristol: entry by University of the West of England.
  • The Engine Shed, Scotland’s Building Conservation Centre: entry by Max Fordham.
  • One Heddon Street, London: entry by The Crown Estates.

Soft Landings Project of the Year – above £20m:

  • Keynsham Civic Centre: entry by Max Fordham.
  • Oriam – Scotland’s National Performance Centre for Sport: entry by Max Fordham.
  • Urban Sciences Building, Newcastle University: entry by Bowmer & Kirkland Ltd & BuroHappold Engineering.

Soft Landings Practitioner of the Year:

  • Jones Lang Lasalle (JLL).
  • Max Fordham.
  • Newcastle University.
  • University College London (UCL).
  • Willmott Dixon.

Dr Michelle Agha-Hossein, Soft Landings Operational Lead at BSRIA, said:

“BSRIA was very impressed by the standard of the short list for these new and important awards which will be announced at the imminent Soft Landings Conference on Friday 14th June.

The name ‘Soft Landings’ has been widely used in the construction industry for almost a decade now. The domino effect is evident: in recent years the number of clients needing Soft Landings for their projects is growing year on year.

Watch this space for the winners to be announced at the conference!

If you are a building owner, investor, architect, designer, contractor, project manager or facilities manager and would like to know how your project can benefit from Soft Landings – the Soft Landings Conference is for you. Book on!"

The Soft Landings building delivery approach is about making buildings that meet the clients’ expectations and the end users’ needs. The Soft Landings Framework provides a step-by-step guidance for clients and their project teams to follow in order to avoid pitfalls and deliver a better performing product.

Award categories – criteria:

  • Soft Landings project of the year – smaller projects (total value: up to £20m).
  • Soft Landings project of the year – larger projects (total value: more than £20m).

These two categories covered both new build and refurbishment. Judges were seeking demonstrable benefits achieved through Soft Landings activities.

“Extra points” were awarded for information associated with the costs of the Soft Landings activities being highlighted.

  • Soft Landings practitioner of the year:

This category covered all disciplines such as consultants, contractors, facilities managers, architects and project managers. Judges were looking for evidence to demonstrate the applicant’s commitment to the Soft Landings approach.


  • Chris Botten – BBP
  • Peter Brogan – IWFM
  • Professor Derek Clements-Croome – UoR
  • Alex Green – BPF
  • Jo Harris – Eli Lilly

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