Education Estates® Awards 2022 

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Celebrating Excellence & Achievement in Education

There are fifteen categories this year recognising consultants, contractors, architects, clients, projects as well as innovation and sustainability. All will be hotly contested and highly prized by the winners who will be celebrated at the Awards Dinner on 18 October 2022.

The qualifying period for all projects is 1 January 2021 - 30 June 2022.

Categories Open for entries from Monday 7 March 2022 to Friday 27 May 2022.

All categories are free to enter and all entries must be made online.

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Award Categories: 

*Please click on the award trophies below to reveal the criteria for each award

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Consultancy of the Year


Criteria: This award recognises a multi-disciplinary consultancy or construction consultants (including building surveyors and project management companies) that has demonstrated outstanding work in the education sector. Please include examples from the last 18 months to showcase the quality of your work and include at least 1 client testimonial. 

The judges will be marking the following criteria out of 10:

  • Quality of work produced
  • Client engagement and satisfaction
  • Quality of entry and supporting information provided

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Award Category Sponsored By: 

Morgan Sindall Category Sponsors

Contractor of the Year > £50 million Annual Turnover


Criteria: This award recognises a main contractor with an annual turnover over £50 million that has demonstrated outstanding work in the education sector. Please include examples to showcase the quality of your work and include at least 1 client testimonial. 

The judges will be marking the following criteria out of 10:

  • Quality of design and construction
  • Client engagement and satisfaction
  • Quality of entry and supporting information provided

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Award Category Sponsored By:

Chapmanbdsp

Contractor of the Year < £50 million Annual Turnover


Criteria: This award recognises a main contractor with an annual turnover under £50 million that has demonstrated outstanding work in the education sector. Please include examples to showcase the quality of your work and include at least 1 client testimonial. 

The judges will be marking the following criteria out of 10:

  • Quality of design and construction
  • Client engagement and satisfaction
  • Quality of entry and supporting information provided

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Award Category Sponsored By:

Faithful Gould

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Architectural Practice of the Year 


Criteria: This award recognises an architectural practice which has demonstrated excellence in delivering value and functionality with projects, whilst also promoting best practice in innovative design in the education sector. Please include examples from the last 18 months to showcase the quality of your work and include at least 1 client testimonial. 

The judges will be marking the following criteria out of 10:

  • Quality of design produced
  • Evidence of delivering value
  • Client engagement and satisfaction
  • Quality of entry and supporting information provided

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Award Category Sponsored By:

bowmer

Client of the Year 
 

Criteria: This award recognises the passion, direction and innovation that a School, Multi-Academy Trust, College, Local Authority or University has shown in either a new build or refurbishment.  

The judges will be marking the following criteria out of 10:

  • Quality of project example(s)
  • Evidence of passion, collaboration and innovation
  • Quality of entry and supporting information provided

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Award Category Sponsored By:

Cundall Award Category Sponsor at Education Estates

Innovation in Delivering Value 
 

Criteria: This award recognises innovation that has helped contribute to value in the design of learning spaces. What is meant by value? Value can be interpreted as monetary, experiential or a combination of other factors. Please explain how the innovation has made a positive impact.  

The judges will be marking the following criteria out of 10:

  • Quality of project(s) examples
  • Meets the brief in demonstrating ‘value’
  • Demonstration of positive impact on pupil/student experience
  • Quality of entry and supporting information provided

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Award Category Sponsored By:TG Escapes logo

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Inspiring Learning Spaces 


Criteria: This award recognises innovation in the creation of inspiring spaces that help to promote different and new ways of learning/teaching and that can be easily replicated across the education estate. Please explain how the space is making a positive impact.  

The judges will be marking the following criteria out of 10:

  • Meets the brief in demonstrating inspirational space/s
  • Demonstration of positive impact on pupil/student experience
  • Quality of entry and supporting information provided

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Award Category Sponsored By:

Atkins Award Category Sponsors Education Estates

Project of the Year – Schools 


Criteria: This award recognises a school new build project that has made a difference to the educational or research experience.  Please outline how the project is performing and how it has met the educational objectives.  Entries must clearly state who the School/MAT, the architect(s) and contractor(s) involved and consultant(s). Photographs should be labelled to indicate where they were taken. 

The judges will be marking the following criteria out of 10:

  • Overall quality of the design and construction of the project
  • Demonstration of positive impact on the pupil/student experience
  • Client engagement and satisfaction
  • Quality of entry and supporting information provided

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Award Category Sponsored By:

arcadis

Project of the Year – Colleges 


Criteria: This award recognises a college new build project that has made a difference to the educational or research experience. Please outline how the project is performing and how it has met the educational objectives. Entries must clearly state who the College, the architect(s) and contractor(s) involved and consultant(s). Photographs should be labelled to indicate where they were taken. 

The judges will be marking the following criteria out of 10:

  • Overall quality of the design and construction of the project
  • Demonstration of positive impact on the pupil/student experience
  • Client engagement and satisfaction
  • Quality of entry and supporting information provided

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Award Category Sponsored By: 

wates

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Project of the Year – Universities 


Criteria: This award recognises a university new build project that has made a difference to the educational or research experience. Please outline how the project is performing and how it has met the educational objectives. Entries must clearly state who the University, the architect(s) and contractor(s) involved and consultant(s). Photographs should be labelled to indicate where they were taken.  

The judges will be marking the following criteria out of 10:

  • Demonstration of positive impact on the pupil/student experience
  • Overall quality of the design and construction of the project
  • Client engagement and satisfaction
  • Quality of entry and supporting information provided

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Award Category Sponsored By:

space zero

Pupil/Student Experience 


Criteria: This award recognises a learning establishment which has undertaken a buildings/facilities investment that significantly improves the pupils/students’ experience and positively enhances their wellbeing. Please explain clearly what difference was made and include before and after photographs. Please also include statements from the client and the designer.  

The judges will be marking the following criteria out of 10:

  • Meets the brief in significantly improving the pupils/students’ experience
  • Client/user engagement and satisfaction
  • Pupil/student experience
  • Quality of entry and supporting information provided

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Award Category Sponsored By:

Galliford Try Award Category Sponsor Education Estates

Refurbishment of the Year 
 

Criteria: This award recognises either a school, college or university refurbishment project that has made a difference to the educational or research experience. Please explain clearly what difference was made and include before and after photographs.  Entries must clearly state who the client was, the architect(s) and contractor(s) involved and consultant(s).  

The judges will be marking the following criteria out of 10:

  • Overall quality of the design and construction of the project
  • Client engagement and satisfaction
  • Quality of entry and supporting information provided

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Award Category Sponsored By:

Fusion 21

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Inclusive Learning Spaces for All 

Criteria: This award recognises the team that has successfully delivered an inclusive learning space for all. Entries must clearly state the team involved and need to include at least 1 testimonial from a pupil/student, teacher, parent or family member.  

The judges will be marking the following criteria out of 10:

  • Overall quality of the design and construction of the project
  • Client/user engagement and satisfaction
  • Pupil/student experience
  • Quality of entry and supporting information provided

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Award Category Sponsored By:

Tilbury Douglas

Department for Education Sustainability Award

Creating a Sustainable Future

Criteria: We are proud to announce that the Department for Education 'Sustainability Award' is back for a fourth year. We want to hear from you and celebrate the collective efforts that you are making to contribute to towards a more sustainable future. There will be a £2,500 reward for the winning school! This award is free to enter.

Sustainability is about meeting the needs of the now and protecting the natural habitats that surround us, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The Department for Education is committed to sustainable development and we believe that it is vital for our schools to prepare our young people for the future. Schools are a perfect opportunity to engage the minds of our future leaders in developing sustainable ways of living. It's important for them to understand the principles of what sustainability is, and what it means to be truly sustainable. Sustainability is not just about energy or carbon. Both play a key role but sustainability is also about people, air quality, travel, and physical and mental well-being. It's about delivering change beyond the curriculum. We know that there are lots of fantastic examples across the estate where school communities are working really hard to drive sustainable practices in their day to day operations, to play their part and help to tackle the climate change challenge that we all face.

Entry Requirements

To enter you will need to submit the following:

  • 300 words describing yourself
  • 50 words on why you should win
  • 1x A3 Poster
    or 
  • 5 x Presentation slides

Judging Criteria

Entries will be based on:

  • Pupil Engagement
  • Staff Engagement
  • Community Engagement
  • Energy Savings
  • Innovation

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Award Category Sponsored By:

Equans

Recognition Award

Criteria: This award recognises the innovations that education settings have made in response to the Covid-19 crisis. The judges will be looking for information on your experiences, what you did, what you think worked, and what you will carry forward. Please include any examples of innovative ways you engaged learners or ensured progress in learning during the pandemic.

The judges will be marking the following criteria out of 10:

  • Demonstration of response to Covid-19 in learning environment
  • Evidence of learnings
  • Evidence of innovation in engaging learners during Covid-19
  • Quality of entry and supporting information provided

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Award Category Sponsored By:

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