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BSRIA's new Soft Landings Awards - winners announced!June 2019

The winners have been announced at Friday’s BSRIA’s inaugural Soft Landings Awards.

The winners were announced to wrap up BSRIA’s Soft Landings Conference

Soft Landings Awards winner - Project of the Year - under £20m - The Engine Shed - Historic Environment Scoltand

2019: quality and performance – two sides of the same coin staged at ARUP in London.


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

  • The Engine Shed, Historic Environment Scotland: entry by Max Fordham LLP.

The judges said:

“This project is a great example of not only a sustainably constructed and operated building, but one that has been delivered through the preservation of the historic built environment. The project seeks to promote the value of sustainable construction, traditional craft and natural materials by itself being a practical example of these processes in action.”

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

  • Urban Sciences Building, Newcastle University: entry by Bowmer & Kirkland Ltd & BuroHappold Engineering.

The judges said:

“This building has been designed, built and operated to very high standards pushing the envelope of sustainable buildings while ensuring functionality. The project also stands out for its commitment to careful planning and engagement with relevant stakeholders at each relevant project milestone.

Soft Landings Project of the Year Award winner - above £20m - Urban Sciences Building, Newcastle University

This demonstrates a holist interdisciplinary project. The client was fully involved. The POE balances the needs for health, wellbeing and sustainability objectives.”

Soft Landings Practitioner of the Year:

Max Fordham LLP.

The judges said:

“Max Fordham has shown great leadership in the implementation of Soft Landings principles across a good range of projects. This has consistently been driven by the target of achieving DEC A certification and informed by re-evaluation at appropriate milestones throughout a project’s lifecycle.”

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.

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

“BSRIA was extremely impressed by the standard of entries it received for these new and eminent industry awards. In all three categories, the case studies showed excellence and distinction in a strong field.

Soft Landings Awards winner - Practitioner of the Year - Max Fordham LLP

All the judges were enamoured with the care, attention and detail given to all of the entries.

The winners demonstrated genuine and candid criteria against the given benchmarks.

We trust that this is the first season of these sparkling and successful awards – with many more years of awards to come!

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

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 – BSRIA can help.”


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

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