ENGIE – double award-winning entries

Category: Communications, Marketing

Entering awards are an ideal way to raise your profile and shout about your achievements whether local, regional or national.

Our client, ENGIE approached us to ask if we could prepare two award submissions for this year’s Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Social Impact North East awards.

The annual awards showcase the most inspirational initiatives and developments in land, real estate, construction and infrastructure. There are nine categories in each region and all category winners go through to the RICS Social Impact Awards 2020 Grand Final in London in September.

The first submission was Gateshead Innovation Village in partnership with Home Group to be entered in the Residential category.

Gateshead Innovation Village is an exciting live research project looking at ways to solve the housing crisis. The village comprises 41 energy efficient homes for rent, testing a range of modern methods of construction (MMC) and smart and energy efficient technologies. By investigating how quality homes can be built more quickly and efficiently, it aims to offer the sector greater confidence in utilising MMC at scale and inspire change in the UK housing sector.

The other submission was The Helix District Energy Centre in Newcastle in the Infrastructure category.

ENGIE completed the design and construction of a state-of-the-art Energy Centre at The Helix, Newcastle’s £10m district energy scheme. Delivering the works for ENGIE Urban Energy on behalf of Regenerate Newcastle, the centre offers a cost-effective energy solution to reduce CO2 emissions and increase efficiency. Delivering heating, cooling and electricity to businesses and residential buildings at the site, it is estimated 30,650 tonnes of carbon savings will be realised over the 40-year contract period.

We cannot stress the importance of planning awards in advance. They can be very time consuming to write and it is important to fulfil the award criteria and look carefully to see what the judges will be looking for. This is where we can help.

We have been successful in entering awards on behalf of our clients. Our role is to help you raise your profile and to write award submissions that make you ‘stand out from the crowd’. The key to writing successful award submissions is to write and present it in a way that will grab the judge’s attention.

Our role is to write a submission that (fingers crossed) will get shortlisted. We can’t affect the final result because it depends what your project or scheme is competing against in the final.

It’s a great feeling though when the submissions we write and submit on behalf of our clients get shortlisted – even better if they win!

We are pleased to report that both Gateshead Innovation Village and The Helix District Energy Centre were successfully shortlisted. Not only that, they went on to win each of their categories and will now compete against twelve other regional category finalists in the finals in September. Good luck, we have everything crossed for you!