Social Project of the Year Award 2021

Sponsored by CITI

Our highly sought-after project of the year categories are designed to recognise project excellence, both in delivery and outcomes. There are four project of the year award categories, representing different types of projects. The winners of each of these awards are entered into the prestigious overall project of the year category, of which there is one winner.  

The social project of the year award is given to the team whose project demonstrates the most effective use of project management and the greatest benefits and outcomes to end users and communities in projects seeking to address the concerns of 21st century society globally. This may include (but is not limited to) sustainability and climate change, conservation, disease prevention & treatment, equality, diversity & inclusion and health & wellbeing. 

We require entrants to all project of the year categories to produce a submission of up to 3,000 worddetailing how they have met the judging criteria for that category. Entrants may also submit up to four supporting images or graphics only (no text apart from captions). Video and audio is not accepted as part of the submission. 

The project of the year categories all consist of two stages, the first stage is the written submission mentioned above and the second stage requires all finalists to present virtually to a panel of judges. Projects from all sectors, and from across the globe, may apply.

View full category criteria


PROJECT: Belfast Leisure Transformation Programme 

Belfast City Council agreed a £105million Leisure Transformation Programme for Belfast which is being delivered at no additional cost to the ratepayer. This unique opportunity will improve the health and wellbeing of the city, by delivering a quality service that meets the needs of its communities. A city wide USP strategy has been agreed by the Council to ensure the city has a unique offering in terms of its leisure provision minimising any duplication of provision ensuring both balanced investment and value for money. AECOM was appointed by BCC to provide project management services for five of the seven centres. 



PROJECT: Managed Quarantine Service 
ENTERED BY: Department of Health and Social Care 

The Managed Quarantine Service was rapidly established to protect UK Borders from health security risks arising from the current global pandemic. A minimum viable product was delivered from a standing start two and a half weeks after the Prime Minister’s announcement on the 27 January 2021. Within four months the project has scaled to successfully match growing demand, extending to 60 hotels accommodating around 19,000 passengers at any one time. A complex project encompassing changes in legislation, digital delivery and user centricity to reach the full breadth of society, delivered against a backdrop of a volatile and uncertain operating environment. 

Credited: Annelies Look, Will Round, Emma Blagg, Jo Liddy, Mike Driver 



PROJECT: The Dragon's Heart Hospital 
ENTERED BY: Mott MacDonald

During the early stages of the Coronavirus pandemic, there became a demand for more surge hospitals, to be constructed as soon as possible. Therefore, the government made plans to build surge hospitals throughout the UK to cope. Mott MacDonald covered the NHS support, requiring the conversion of the iconic Principality Stadium into a functioning hospital. Overall, this project involved 1340 staff to work under enormous pressure with tight time constraints due to COVID-19 regulations. We were on site within 24 hours of receiving the request, acting as project manager, lead designer, and cost consultant, to build The Dragon’s Heart Hospital. 

Credited: Stephen Lawrence of Mott MacDonald, BDP, Hoare Lea, Archus, Q5 and ES Global, Cardi and Vale University Health Board



PROJECT: Adoption Support Fund 
ENTERED BY: Mott MacDonald 

The Adoption Support Fund (ASF) was introduced by the UK Government’s Department for Education (DfE) to provide funding to local authorities (LAs) and Regional Adoption Agencies (RAAs) for therapeutic services for adoptive and special guardianship order (SGO) families. It is available to adopted children up to the age of 21 or 25 for those with an Education, Health and Care plan, and special guardian families living in England. We were appointed as delivery partner, which included the management and distribution of the fund, setting up an innovative online application and approval process, and further social care sector support and advice. 

The application is completed on behalf of the following entrants: Kelly Swaffield – Account Leader Social Care Louise Burt – Project Principal Adoption Support Fund Sharon Smith - Project Manager 



PROJECT: Surrey’s Family Help Hub 
ENTERED BY: Surrey County Council 

“Providing early help is more effective in promoting the welfare of children than reacting later. [It] means providing support as soon as a problem emerges, at any point in a child’s life, from the foundation years through to the teenage years”. Surrey County Council’s Family Help Hub provides parents and carers with a digital “front door” to comprehensive, reliable and up-to-date information, advice and guidance for children, young people and their families; self-service access to the right help at the right time, confidence to meet their family’s needs and knowledge of where to turn next if they need further support. 

Project Sponsor: Jacquie Burke, Director of Family Resilience and Safeguarding at Surrey County Council



ENTERED BY: University of Liverpool

The University of Liverpool (UoL) faced a series of unprecedented challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. In February 2020, UoL’s senior leadership began planning the institution’s response to the pandemic and the CAMPUS Shield project was established. The remit of CAMPUS Shield was to support local, regional and national public health efforts by delivering COVID-19 testing for staff and students, developing an outbreak management strategy, including tailored information and support to staff and students across Liverpool, and limiting the spread of the virus. 

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