Is it time for the Project awards?

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Regional paper, The Northampton Advertiser, ran a story recently about The Wing at Silverstone. The story highlighted the fact that it had been nominated for a prestigious architectural award.

This got me thinking, why not prestigious Project magazine award?

On the shortlist would be projects that have captured the imagination, broken new ground in terms of design, scale, cost etc.

Over the past 12 months weve featured a whole bunch of worthy finalists.

In April ran a piece on the Mercedes Biome project a futuristic car design that emits nothing more than oxygen. Of course, it was complete fiction but thats not the point. It was exciting. It offered an insight into the creative process and pushed at the boundaries. So why not, Most Creative Project of the Year?

Then there are the social projects. In August/September we ran stories on the MyFarm and MyFootball Club projects. Both are unconventional in the sense that they outsource decisions to large groups of people, but underlying it are solid PM techniques. MyFarm has over 10,000 online users, MyFootball over 3,000. Id argue that both are fine examples of community-based projects.

And why not take it a stage further and recognise locally run projects? Patrick Read is not a qualified PM but, armed with the bare bones, hes been project managing (almost singlehandedly) a successful athletics event for local primary school children for years. There must be thousands of Patricks out there. Heck, the BBC has commissioned a whole series on community champions and called it Village SOS.

Finally, with possibly the most high profile project in years arriving next summer, why not make more of the Olympics? Weve covered the recording-breaking Stadium project; weve tweeted about the good looking velodrome; weve even flagged-up the thousands of trees, plants and acres of turf contributing to the Parks green legacy. The possibilities, as they say, are endless.

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Posted by James Simons on 22nd Sep 2011

About the Author
James Simons is publishing manager at APM. He has previously edited APM’s Project magazine for 3+ years and has a background in trade journalism. He has worked in communications and managed both print and digital publications.

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