PBC Today continues our preview of the Building Innovation Awards with a look at one of the most coveted awards up for grabs – the Most Innovative Building Project

The nominees for the Most Innovative Building Project are:

BAM NuttallMorgan Sindall Joint Venture

The BAM Nuttall-Morgan Sindall Joint Venture (bmJV) are delivering a 10-mile upgrade of the M62 motorway. During these works, bmJV has developed CCTV Analytics: an adaptation of a CCTV system that uses learned behaviours to identify stationary objects such as broken down vehicles on the network. This decreases the obstruction identification time and therefore increases the removal of the object, resulting in improved safety, network reliability and genuine social value.

Design Your Home, part of Places for People

Design Your Home is set to revolutionise the new build sector, turning the concept of “one size fits all” on its head, and putting the power of individuality back into the hands of the buyer. Part of Places for People Group, Design Your Home is at the forefront of the custom-build home revolution, working with homebuyers keen to embrace the benefits of a quality new build home which they can personalise as they wish.


Originating in the Netherlands, Energiesprong is a revolutionary, fully integrated, market-driven, zero-carbon and funding approach to delivering attractive deep retrofit whole-house refurbishments with guaranteed energy performance levels. Moat and ENGIE have embarked on a ground-breaking project to create self-sustaining zero carbon homes. The homes are located in Maldon, Essex. ENGIE is providing the energy and maintenance of these properties for the next 30 years.


Royal Albert Dock (RAD) is a central part of London’s newest and most exciting destination, the Royal Docks. Farrells’ visionary approach to the masterplan has created a development with a diverse mix of functions and flexible future uses, safeguarding it for years to come. Formed through a 98- week delivery programme, the first phase of RAD delivers 460,000 sq ft of commercial space and has been created using Modern Methods of Construction.

FL Innovations

Wembley Park is a £9bn creation of a new neighbour surrounding the iconic Wembley stadium. The project extensively used the latest digital technology to coordinate nine simultaneously constructed sites with three different contractors. BIM processed were employed to deliver a digital twin that can be managed all sites on a single common database.

Ground Heat Installations

Albion Towers soars above the City of Salford and is a shining example of a successful modernisation project initiated by Salix Homes. Ground Heat designed and installed bespoke Heliotherm inverter-driven heat pumps into the 100 apartments fed from a pioneering coaxial borehole system used for the first time in the UK. The installation has successfully reduced fuel costs by at least 35% and CO2 by 50%. £1.2m RHI funding contributed to the project.

Home Group

Gateshead Innovation Village is an exciting live research project by Home Group, looking at new ways to solve the housing crisis. The village of 41 homes for affordable rent is testing a range of Modern Methods of Construction and smart and energy-efficient technologies all on one site. By investigating how we can create quality homes, more quickly and efficiently, Home Group aims to inspire change in the UK housing industry.


Larch Corner is a timber lover’s paradise. Almost every fibre of this house has its origins in sustainably sourced timber. In a time of climate breakdown, Larch Corner demonstrates the diversity of timber and its uses. It has achieved the Passivhaus Standard and acquired Zero Carbon status. Offering a clear indication of how we can contribute to more restorative actions, Larch Corner shows how environmental damage can be minimised while letting the human spirit soar.

Thrive Renewables & Green Power

Drumduff is an 8.5MW, three turbines onshore wind farm located in West Lothian, central Scotland. The project has taken land that included a disused opencast coal mine and has turned it into a modern high-efficiency source of clean power. In 2018, Drumduff produced enough clean, renewable electricity to power 4,698 UK homes, saving the equivalent of 8.17 tCO2e emissions.

Willmott Dixon, University of Birmingham and Associated Architects

Willmott Dixon, working in collaboration with Associated Architects, has given a new lease of life to the University of Birmingham’s Old Gym. The conversion of this building from a disused and partially dilapidated building into a new centre of learning has preserved a historic building, by saving it from demolition, while providing the university with new, contemporary teaching and working spaces.

The winner of the Most Innovative Building Project will be announced at the Building Innovation Awards on 23 October at The Midlands Hotel in Manchester.


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