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Winners announced at the Biodiversity Challenge Awards 2017 
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Winners announced at the Biodiversity Challenge Awards 2017 

Winners announced at the Biodiversity Challenge Awards 2017

Last night’s BIG Biodiversity Challenge Awards saw a thrilling finale to this year’s competition, with eight well deserved winning entries revealed along with the overall winner of this year’s Challenge, as well as the first BIG Biodiversity Champion, voted for by the UK Construction Industry!

The BIG Biodiversity Challenge to “do one thing” for biodiversity was launched in 2013 by CIRIA’s Biodiversity Interest Group (BIG), and what a journey it’s been since then. With over 500 case studies submitted and 22 Awards presented plus 3 overall winners gaining recognition, this year’s competition raised the bar further.

We were delighted to see the Challenge endorsed by Stephanie Hilborne OBE, Chief Executive of The Wildlife Trusts and Keith Clarke CBE, Chair of Future Cities Catapult, Non-Executive Chair of Forum for the Future and visiting professor at Aston University who both took time out of their busy schedules to join us.

Speaking at the Awards, Caroline Hill, Head of Sustainability, Landsec concluded “We are delighted to be a sponsor of the BIG Biodiversity Challenge Awards and follow how the construction industry continues to rise to the BIG Biodiversity Challenge – clearly evident from the entries received this year. My thanks goes out to all the organisations and individuals who continue to champion biodiversity. The Challenge is allowing us all to take small steps to make a BIG change for improving biodiversity throughout the construction process.”

BIG Biodiversity Challenge Awards overall winner

Dirk Vennix. CEO, CIRIA (right) and James Hewetson-Brown, MD, Wildflower Turf Ltd (left) presented the award to Colorado Goldwyn from RG Group.
Dirk Vennix. CEO, CIRIA (right) and James Hewetson-Brown, MD, Wildflower Turf Ltd (left) presented the award to Colorado Goldwyn from RG Group.

We are proud to announce this year’s BIG Biodiversity Challenge Awards overall winner is RG Group Redhill Quadrant Redevelopment. The building project comprised of the phased replacement of an existing Sainsbury’s Supermarket at Redhill in Surrey. Works include demolition of existing store and building and construction of a new build store with 2 layers of car parking above.

BIG Biodiversity Champion

Anna Baker, Head of Sustainability, Sir Robert McAlpine(left) presented the award to Victoria Pollard from Merseylink Civil Contractors JV.
Anna Baker, Head of Sustainability, Sir Robert McAlpine(left) presented the award to Victoria Pollard from Merseylink Civil Contractors JV.

We are thrilled to announce the 2017 BIG Biodiversity Champion is Victoria Pollard from Merseylink Civil Contractors JV. Victoria was nominated by colleagues from the Mersey Gateway Project as she had sought to engage and promote biodiversity to site staff and members of the public in innovative ways with the aim of demonstrating biodiversity in action.

Congratulations to all the category winners, commendations to those that were shortlisted, and a big thank you to all the entries received this year as well as our sponsors for their support.

Check out the Awards winners’ gallery and the Awards storify.

  • BIG Biodiversity Champion – Sponsored by Sir Robert McAlpine
    • Victoria Pollard – Merseylink Civil Contractors JV
  • Overall winner – Sponsored by Wildflower Turf
    • RG Group Redhill Quadrant Redevelopment – RG Group
  • Client Award – Sponsored by Kier
    • The Wild West End – Arup, The Crown Estate, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland, The Portman Estate, Shaftesbury, Howard de Walden
  • Community Engagement Award – Sponsored by Landsec
    • RG Group Redhill Quadrant Redevelopment – RG Group
  • Large Scale Permanent Award
    • Hampstead Heath Ponds Project – Atkins, City of London and BAM Nuttall
  • Medium Scale Permanent Award – Sponsored by British Land
    • Fitzroy Gate – St James (Berkeley Group)
  • Small Scale Permanent Award
    • Help for Hedgehogs Glenwood Park Development, Glenwood Farm, Near Devon – Redrow Homes Ltd
  • Maintenance & Management Award – Sponsored by Esri UK
    • Highways England Area 1 Blackhall Farm Management – Kier Highways
  • Pollinator Award
    • Aspen Way: Good Beehaviour – Kier Group: Local Highways Division
  • Temporary Award – Sponsored by Berkeley Group
    • Spinney Fields – David Wilson Homes, Nicholsons and RSPB

Post source : CIRIA

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