Social Project of the Year Award 2021

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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.

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Looking for inspiration? View our 2020 winner and finalists below


PROJECT: Cayman Islands Government: Cayman Islands Field Hospital - Covid19
ENTERED BY: Graeme Jackson

How a tiny island in the Caribbean prepared for the Coronavirus pandemic creating a fully functional 80 bed hospital facility within 3 weeks in the face of worldwide supply chain issues, lock-downs and embargo. It should have been impossible. Yet this project was delivered on time, within budget and to the rigorous quality standards required to deliver patient care in a safe way while meeting all Government procurement requirements. A hospital we never hope to use but a project giving reassurance to the community and delivered with the help of the community.



PROJECT: Environment Agency: Radcliffe and Redvales Flood Risk Management Scheme
ENTERED BY: Emily Gibbon

Phase 1 is part of the wider £40M Radcliffe and Redvales Flood Risk Management Scheme to reduce the risk of flooding to 783 properties, many of which are in the 40% most deprived in the UK. The scheme is designed to reduce the risk of flooding to a 1% Annual Exceedance Probability taking into consideration Climate Change. Phase 1 not only reduces flood risk, but also has Water Framework Directive improvements and additional benefits for the community.

The scheme has been delivered in close partnership with Bury Council and other key stakeholders such as the community flood action group.



PROJECT: Rolls-Royce PLC: VentilatorChallengeUK
ENTERED BY: Tracy Graylish, Greg Turner-Smart and Adam Jones-Bradburn

With an illness reaching global pandemic proportions the UK Government required UK industry to support the potential requirement for 5000 extra life saving ventilators. The VentilatorChallengeUK consortium was launched to fulfil this requirement.

Rolls-Royce plc is a company which is built on innovation, collaboration and trust, it was these attributes that led us to be invited to be a member of the VentilatorChallengeUK consortium and to lead this project.


PROJECT: WSP: Daily Mile Tracks for Schools
ENTERED BY: Paul Chappell

In February 2017, the Secretary of State for Education announced the creation of the Healthy Pupils Capital Fund (HPCF). Shropshire Council's Learning & Skills Group received a HPCF grant of £226,572 and fifteen schools submitted bids for funding to install all-weather running tracks for their pupils to undertake ‘The Daily Mile’ challenge.

Shropshire Council engaged WSP to lead a co-ordinated approach to the delivery of the tracks aimed at maximising value from the available budget and the resulting benefits to the health of children in the local community.

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