Finalists - Social Project of the Year Award 2022

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Recognising and rewarding projects with the specific aim of developing solutions that deliver benefits to society and communities, whether they are local, regional, national or global.  

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 words detailing 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.

Congratulations to all our finalists listed in this category below ...


ENTERED BY: Nicola Leahair, AECOM

The UCLH Grafton Way Building offers transformational care for patients throughout the south of England. The 35,000m2 high tech clinical space provides specialist cancer treatment, research facilities and Proton Beam Therapy. AECOM project managed construction, working collaboratively with Bouygues UK and the delivery team. The challenging scheme included a 30m deep basement adjacent to TfL’s Northern Line, whilst overground construction was undertaken a dense London location. The project team also faced external headwinds including supply contraints and the impact of the global pandemic. AECOM’s Sam Danquah and Richard Tunstall were based onsite, enabling collaborative, quick, decisive direction to achieve completion.


PROJECT: Anguilla Health Recovery - Post Hurricane IRMA, Health Authority Anguilla
ENTERED BY: Maeza Demis-Adams, Health Authority Anguilla

The UK Overseas Territory (UKOT), Anguilla, has faced two formidable challenges within the past five years: the first was the catastrophic Category 5 Hurricane IRMA and the second has been the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This is the story of how the Health Service in Anguilla devastated by Hurricane IRMA, planned its recovery and built back better, only to be hit again but this time by the global COVID-19 pandemic, and how it has delivered a resilient and enhanced health service for Anguilla.


PROJECT: Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) project, Mott MacDonald
ENTERED BY: Ignacio Herrero, Mott MacDonald

In 2021 the Department for Education allocated £220m for the Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) project. This provided children from low-income and vulnerable families with free places at holiday clubs. The Childcare Works consortium provided support to the local authorities (LAs) who were responsible for organising sufficient high-quality free HAF places. Project deliverables included: • Providing specialist advice • Running monthly knowledge-share meetings • Running a helpdesk • Curating a knowledge community • Offering 1:1 support to LAs • a PowerBI dashboard based on survey data from LAs Over 600,000 children attended clubs in summer 2021, benefitting from healthy food, physical activity and social interaction.


PROJECT: Rough Sleeping on Rail Pilot Outreach Service, Network Rail
ENTERED BY: Elinor Jackson, Network Rail

Between October 2020 and November 2021, Network Rail and Shelter delivered a project which supported people sleeping rough around Manchester Piccadilly and Birmingham New Street stations to access and sustain accommodation, mental health and substance misuse services. Network Rail funded outreach teams in each location, with several staff having experienced homelessness, substance misuse and/or the criminal justice system, therefore understanding the support required. Through training, station staff were given an understanding of the issues faced by rough sleepers, the confidence to approach them, and the information to make a referral to Shelter to access support for the individual.

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