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The Pagabo Awards 2021: The Winners Announced

Date: 12/02/2021

Categories: Pagabo News

This month we have been busy with the judging of our very first Pagabo Awards – celebrating the transformative work being delivered by our ecosystem partners – and were really pleased to announce the winners at an online ceremony this afternoon (12 February 2021).



Our chief executive, Simon Toplass, said: “The whole premise of the Pagabo Awards is to celebrate and recognise the projects being procured through our frameworks and carried out by our ecosystem.

“With construction playing a central role to economic recovery in the UK, the schemes procured via our frameworks and delivered by our ecosystem partners for our clients will play a central role in the overall post-COVID recovery. Despite everything that has happened in the last year due to COVID-19, we have seen some exceptional projects and work delivered.

“While we would have preferred to host our first awards and celebrate with our winners in person, it is really important to us to recognise these projects despite the ongoing restrictions.”

Our internal teams nominated a number of projects for each of the ten categories, with the overall winners being selected by our senior management team.

Simon continued: “The categories selected reflect our collective shared values to creating a better, healthier and more sustainable future – with the generation of real social impact on local communities at the heart of everything. It is worth saying it was quite hard for us to narrow down to a single project for each category because the quality of work across the board has been so high, but we have selected those schemes that really embody everything that Pagabo stands for.

“Thank you to everyone who joined us for the announcement of this year’s awards, and a huge congratulations to our winners. And of course, we look forward to making next year’s awards a much bigger affair – and to welcoming everyone to join the celebrations.”

The winners were announced at an online event on 12 February 2021, which you can watch at the top of the page.


Here’s a full list of our winners:

Best project delivering sustainability outcomes

Awarded to Ashe Construction for Thornhill Primary School

Procured through our Medium Works framework on behalf of Central Bedfordshire Council, Ashe will be delivering the £7.7 million scheme to expand and refurb Thornhill Primary School in Houghton Regis. The new-build extension will allow the school to expand from a one-form entry school to a three-form entry school and has been designed to the Passivhaus Standard using a cross-laminated timber frame construction.


Best project delivering social value

Awarded to Morgan Sindall Construction for St Marks School

This £40m scheme will see Morgan Sindall Construction converting St Marks School in Southampton into the city’s first all-through school for primary and secondary education. The three-storey school will provide more than 900 pupil places and has social value and creating positive impact on the local community at its heart.


Best project delivering mental health awareness

Awarded to Morgan Sindall Construction for CCOS South – St Albans

This project forms the south part of St Albans & District City Council’s civic centre opportunities site (CCOS) redevelopment and was procured via our Major Works Framework. As part of its ongoing commitment to improving mental health and wellbeing within the industry, Morgan Sindall Construction deployed the use of Moodbeam’s wearable mental health device to help give its workforce a voice – something that was particularly important throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.


Best DPS small works project

Awarded to Garden Escapes for MEABC Competition for Three Playgrounds

This £400k project is being delivered for Mid and East Antrim Borough Council and will see the Garden Escapes team providing services for three high-quality playgrounds – two of which are currently on site. The project was praised for its on-budget tenders and designs that provide great play value.


Best framework collaboration project

Awarded to Morris and Spottiswood and Faithful+Gould for Sunniside Mental Health Facility, Queen Elizabeth Hospital

The £1.8m extension to the Sunniside Unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead is set to complete later in 2021 and will give a huge boost to mental health provision in the North East. Thanks to the fantastic collaboration between Morris and Spottiswood and Faithful+Gould, a full project delivery scheme was able to be assembled in just a week – and saw spades in the ground within just nine weeks of the initial project meeting.


Best project delivered under £5m

Awarded to Overbury for Dudley College of Technology Arts & Design Centre

This £1m transformation of Dudley College of Technology’s Arts and Design Centre will provide dedicated teaching and learning facilities for students taking new T Level qualifications. The scheme was procured via our Medium Works Framework and was delivered at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The client was delighted with Overbury achieving completion on time and on budget despite the pandemic restrictions.


Best project delivered between £5m and £15m

Awarded to Willmott Dixon for Oaklands College Phase One

Procured via our Major Works Framework, the first phase of Oaklands College’s £62m campus transformation provided a brand-new facility providing housing for more than 80 residential students. A safe and secure swipe-card entry system was installed for resident’s safety, and the design features two large communal areas, shared kitchens and underfloor heating using a ground source pump.


Best project delivered above £15m

Awarded to ISG for School of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Wolverhampton

While ISG officially handed over this £28m project to the University of Wolverhampton in September 2020, work continued throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure that the development was totally COVID-19 secure. Procured via our Major Works Framework, the new facility is the latest addition to the university’s £100m investment into a new construction excellence campus within a former brewery.


Best goods project

Awarded to Complete Business Solutions for COVID-19 retrofit at North Lincolnshire Council offices.

This project was procured via our Furniture Solutions Framework and had a redevelopment budget of £800k to extend one of North Lincolnshire Council’s key buildings to accommodate up to 900 people. The work followed the council’s own ‘Wellbeing at Work’ strategy and incorporated the creation of an agile working environment – which was then able to be made COVID-19 safe during the pandemic.