Innovation in Project Management Award 2021

We live and work in an ever-progressive world, which is why here at APM we value and encourage innovation in project management techniques and methods. We also recognise that new and exciting ideas for project management exist in every sector, for every type of project. That’s why for the first time in 2021 all entries, across every category, will be automatically considered for this award, given at the discretion of our awards judges and Awards Steering Group (ASG).  

In each existing entry, our judges will be looking for projects or programmes that demonstrate progressive, diverse and innovative approaches to project delivery, including techniques, processes or methods, that have directly contributed to successful project outcomes.  

Because all entries are automatically put forward for this award, there is no need to submit any additional material to ensure your entry is included. The judges will purely use stage one written submissions to choose their winner for this award, who will be announced on the night.  


Looking for inspiration? View our 2020 winner and finalists below


PROJECT: Arup: Collaborative, Lean and Integrated Project Delivery of a World-class Innovation Centre
ENTERED BY: Stefan van Dijk

The Lean Integrated Project Delivery methodology was used in collaboration with an Integrated Form of Association contract to completely change the interactions between the client and site delivery teams, from a combative, to a cooperative arrangement. A new approach to profit sharing and risk allocation led to freedom and innovation on site. Many challenges were faced, and overcome - through collective focus on the issues at hand, the methodology drove site collaboration, resulting in rapid and effective solutions for the project's challenges – which in turn benefited everyone.



PROJECT: Gleeds: The Grange University Hospital
ENTERED BY: Simone Haisell

The Grange University Hospital (GUH) is a 55,000m2, £350m specialist critical care hospital in Cwmbran, Wales. Led by Gleeds, main contractor was Laing O’Rourke, architect BDP, M&E engineers Aecom and civil & structural engineers WSP. GUHs use of modern methods of construction and collaborative platform allowed the project to respond to the COVID19 pandemic providing parts of the hospital 1 year earlier than planned and still within budget.

Using modern methods of construction allowed for the project to demonstrate how better efficiencies and productivities in construction projects can be achieved and is heralded as the exemplar for future healthcare development.


PROJECT: NFU Mutual: Claims ASCENT Programme
ENTERED BY: Alexandra Andrews

NFU Mutual embarked on an ambitious change programme across its unique network of over 300 Agency offices - the majority of which are self-employed. The most challenging aspect of the programme was the need to balance running the Agency business with changing the business, which we achieved through minimising time away from the office and maximising the value of face-to-face interactions.

In response to this challenge, ASCENT – NFU Mutual’s Claims re-engineering programme - transformed a bus into a fully mobile model office space to supplement self-study and visit Agency offices across the UK in support of the roll-out of a new Claims system.


PROJECT: Rolls-Royce PLC: Test bed 80
ENTERED BY: Jacob Bould

In order to develop a world-leading product in a hugely innovative field, you need world leading testing capability. That's why, four years ago, a dedicated team from Rolls-Royce set out on a mission to transform a car park in Derby into the home of the biggest, smartest aero engine test facility in the world.

It is called test bed 80 and at over 130 metres long and over 15 metres wide, features over 3000 tonnes of steel and 27,000 cubic metres of concrete. This monumental structure will feature the latest advanced technology, allowing us to test engines to the limit.

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