Judging PanelHow the process works: Each of our judges will judge three categories on a strict and confidential marking system. This will leave us with our Award winner, and depending on how close the competition was - a ‘Highly Commended’. The top submissions for each category will make it to our shortlist.
One of the founding Directors of PCKO in Andrew has over 30 years’ experience in housing design and has created successful residential-led environments in both the private and public sector. He has expertise in regeneration, mixed use, community, historic buildings, education, health and extra care sectors.
Since starting PCKO with Peter Chlapowski in 1982 Andrew has been a part of the growth of the business from its modest beginnings to securing its place as one of the leading practices in housing in the UK. Along the way Andrew has accumulated a wealth of experience and worked on a number of varied projects, building up the practices profile and portfolio.
Andrew is the driving force behind the practice’s research into technology and innovation, working for many years with the cutting-edge factory-procured BUMA system, completing several schemes in London for Hyde Housing Group. One of those developments, Barling Court, was completed on site in four days and was covered by the BBC, ITV, French and Australian TV.
Andrew’s current research takes on issues such as positive regeneration; reconnecting disconnected parts of the city back into the community and the use of the urban roofscape to create new types of garden and amenity space to attract families back into high-density urban developments. The Exchange, Bermondsey Spa for Notting Hill Housing is one such scheme designed with these issues at the forefront.
A prominent face of PCKO, Andrew is well known within the industry and regularly speaks at national and international conferences and competitions including chairing of the judging panel in the UIA Living Steel competition.
Darren is an offsite manufacturing expert with 20 years’ experience developing offsite businesses, processes and products.
Formerly Manufacturing Director at Elliot Group producing modular buildings, he worked in Japan with leading modular housing manufacturers and had an advisory role on the Egan Taskforce. In 2000 he founded leading offsite manufacturing consultancy, Mtech Group, spearheading the Advantage Offsite initiative and founding Buildoffsite. He founded Cogent Consulting in 2009.
Cogent is a specialist building technologies consultancy focused on new product development, manufacturing strategy and lean manufacturing and process improvement.
Darren's other roles include Chairman of the Building Technologies Cluster and a Director of Built Environment Hub.
The Concrete Centre
The Concrete Centre
Ian is leading as Project Director on the Offsite Management School, which has been developed to allow the supply chain in the construction industry to address the challenges set by the UK Construction Strategy 2025.
Ian has over 20 years of experience of working with supply chains in both the public and private sector. He has presented to parliamentary groups in both Westminster and Brussels on the topic of engaging SMEs in the supply chains to major businesses and how best to encourage diversity throughout the supply chain. His most recent Sustainable Procurement Projects include the development and delivery of bespoke procurement training materials for the Department of Work and Pensions and the delivery of Sustainable Procurement Awareness Workshops to over 300 businesses over the last 12 months.
After spending my early years in a variety of businesses covering retail, manufacturing, insurance and sales, in 1989 I started in construction recruitment at the peak of the late 80s boom, and quickly experienced recession times too – which I’m certain has been invaluable experience to gain early on!
Since then I have held senior management roles within a national construction recruitment agency, taking the South West and Wales region from small beginnings to building a top performing team – quite a few of whom went on to run their own agency, or hold senior posts in other recruitment businesses. From there I went to managing a multi-disciplinary recruitment business that taught me far broader recruitment sectors, including manufacturing and engineering. Having taken them through Investors in People and developed the team further, I realised my destiny lay in running a business of my own, where I could implement a new philosophy I felt was overdue in recruitment.
I established ARV Solutions in 2003 with a plan to provide high levels of service more often seen in high end “Search and Selection” rather than contingency recruitment, though still at sensible fee levels, in line with realistic expectations of clients – i.e. to ADD REAL VALUE! I set out to recruit in the more challenging niche engineering and construction markets, and early on, having been introduced to a timber frame manufacturer, discovered the world of offsite construction and not looked back.
In my spare time I watch my kids playing rugby now, rather than stomping around myself, and am a bit of a barbecue obsessive.
These are exciting times at ARV Solutions with ever increasing demand, and businerss levels growing year on year. We have a strong and growing team, who have recently attained Investors in People Gold Accreditation, and plan to continue to grow the business, servicing the offsite sector and broadening into related sectors.
Edinburgh Napier University
Edinburgh Napier University
Dr Robert Hairstans undertakes research, innovation and knowledge exchange activities in order to deliver construction technologies for tomorrow’s communities within a circular economy. An Associate Professor at Edinburgh Napier University Dr Hairstans is head of the Centre for Offsite Construction + Innovative Structures (COCIS), part of the Institute for Sustainable Construction (ISC) and a Senior Lecturer within the School of Engineering and the Built Environment (SEBE). Author of over 30 peer reviewed academic publications as well as the book “Offsite and modern methods of timber construction – a sustainable approach” and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) endorsed publication “Building Offsite: an introduction”
Rosi developed an interest in biodiversity and responsible sourcing having worked for Ken Yeang in the late 90’s in Kuala Lumpur and further developed these ideas and others working toward a Masters in Architecture and later a PhD whilst working as an Architect for Simons Design. More recently she has published articles with a range of academics and practitioners on whole life carbon and climate change resilience.
Rosi has extensive retail design and construction experience culminating in acting as sustainability manager for the Cheshire Oaks development for Marks and Spencer built by Simons in 2010-12. This ground breaking and iconic project has won many accolades for sustainability performance and has provided a rare case study for effective post occupancy evaluation; it actually uses less energy than as designed.
Currently Rosi manages the sustainability strategy and environmental certifications for Simons Group with a wide remit covering issues as diverse as Social Value, waste and energy management, cycling and knitting. She also undertakes BREEAM assessment for a selected number of projects each year.
Will is a qualified Architect and Urban Designer with considerable experience of working in both the private and public sector on large scale strategic projects. He has been a Director at David Lock Associates since 1991 and has been personally responsible for the management and leadership of several of the Company’s major commissions.
Before joining DLA, Will worked for London Docklands Development Corporation leading the Urban Design work of the Wapping and Limehouse Area Team, managing and delivering waterside regeneration and infrastructure projects. Prior to that he worked on the design and implementation of the Master Plan for Milton Keynes for MKDC and was responsible for the preparation of several master plans for new neighbourhoods, including proposals for the innovative Energy Park.
In addition to his position at DLA, Will is a Director of DLA Architects Practice Ltd; he is also a Founding Director of David Lock Associates (Australia Pty) with offices in Melbourne and Sydney, and regularly contributes to the Australian Practice’s master planning work. He is also Chairman of DLA Nordic, with offices in Bergen, Norway.
Outside of the office, Will is Chair of Milton Keynes Gallery and until Nov 2016 served as Independent Board Member at Milton Keynes Development Partnership.
Founding Director & CEO
Founding Director & CEO