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The 2021 Collaborative Awards

Date: Thursday 16th December 2021
Venue: Online
Sponsored by: BSI

Due to changes in Covid rules we were unable to hold our annual awards at the House of Lords. However, as we wanted to recognise those organisations that presented some great submissions for the 2021 awards, we were, with the support of BSI, able to quicky move to an online webinar format. On the plus side it meant we could open the event to a much wider audience.

We are very proud to announce the 2021 ICW Collaborative Awards winners.

The Judges

ICW owes special thanks to the Judges who gave of their valuable time to review and evaluate the short-listed nominations and for their impartial assessments in selecting the winners who were announced at the online event on 16 December 2021.

The 2021 ICW Collaborative Awards Winners

This year's winners are:-

Industry Award: Craidd Alliance / Transport for Wales

The Craidd Alliance was the biggest rail infrastructure project in Wales since the railway was created. It embraced both industry and transport for Wales in a £738 million investment to upgrade the Core valleys lines as a unique opportunity to transform the lives of communities in the South Wales Valleys. The structured collaborative partnership based on a foundation of ISO 44001 across industry, public sector and supply chain was critical in delivering major social values, whilst demonstrating the highest standards in safety, sustainability, and local investment. Whilst meeting the demands of the rail infrastructure the judges were equally impressed by the parallel focus on social inclusion, equal opportunity, and diversity.

Public Sector Award: Graham Construction, SWECO National Highways

The regional delivery partnership established in 2018 through collaboration between industry and National Highways has achieved high levels of performance, safety and cost savings through continuous improvement to accelerate and transform their enterprise model. The application of behavioral programmes was recognised as being a key aspect of building the collaborative culture and supporting the performance of the joint enterprise.

Supply Chain Award: Sellafield Limited

Sellafield is the UKs most complex nuclear site dealing with the hazards of nuclear legacy. The creation of their Delivery Partner framework performance as demonstrated through the collaborative working to undertake the complex and hazardous decommissioning programme safely drawing on supply chain innovation in record time. The submission highlighted the dual focus on safety and cost delivered through the collaboration delivered on an accelerated schedule despite the challenges of the Covid Pandemic.

Innovation Award: Skanska Digitalisation Team

Collaboration is a key feature of the Innovative approach taken by the Skanska Digitalisation Team was one of the first organisations globally to achieve ISO 56002 Innovation management systems which enables their collaborative approach to benefit all partners as well as internal parties. The judges were keen to recognise the initiative of Skanska in participating in the pilot scheme for establishing the Kitemark for innovation management systems and how it highlighted the key role of collaborative working to drive innovation.

Infrastructure Award: Rail Systems Alliance Scotland

Rail Systems Alliance Scotland, which included Network rail, Babcock rail and Arcadis to deliver track renewals and enhancement works across Scotland. The collaboration provides the basis to share best practice, drive improvements and deliver value for money through enhanced performance through focusing on joint objectives. The judges recognized the emphasis on delivery of key benefits both with the direct alliance partners but equally how this was cascaded to the tier two and SME community.

International Award: Network Rail Consulting

As the systems integrator for the delivery of the European Train Control Systems to the Sydney rail network brought together a collaboration between eight organisations working across eight countries during the pandemic operating remotely in many cases with 190 staff globally. The judges were impressed by the on time, quality targets being met within budget based on suppliers solutions and commercial off the shelf products.

Service Sector Award: ESS-Compass & DIO

The Hestia programme with ESS working together with the Defence Infrastructure Organisations is delivering soft FM services to a new cross service (Army, RAF, Royal Navy) approach to outsourcing bringing industry, DIO and military stakeholders together over sites in the East, Southwest, Wales and West Midlands to improve the lived experience of military personnel where they live and work. The judges saw how a structured approach utilising the framework of ISO 44001 provided a robust platform to achieve joint measurable benefits and objectives.

Defence and Security Award: Defence Digital & TECH UK

Defence Digital commercial team has come together with TECH UK to introduce a collaborative approach to the multibillion pound spends necessary to bring the best technology solutions to support our military operations from laptops to Satellites. The joint aim is to harness both expertise from both the military and Industry to provide future technology and value to enhance defence capability through a collaborative alignment. The judges were impressed by the joint focus of MOD and industry to harness the joint capability of up to 300 unique suppliers on a £2bn programme and adopting the benefits of a structured approach through the principles of ISO 44000 and 44001.

Health Sector Award: Royal Papworth Hospital and Phillips UK & Ireland

The collaboration between Royal Papworth Hospital and Phillips UK & Ireland established in 2018 represented an innovative partnership to develop solutions and co-development of pioneering technology for services and equipment. The judges recognised the efforts of the partners in It demonstrating the value of collaboration between industry and the NHS to improve patient outcomes, staff experiences, reduce costs and releasing capacity.

Social Impact Award: Towns Fund Delivery Partner & Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government

The Ministry's Cities and local growth Unit focused the creation of support for 101 Towns across England through a collaborative partnership under their Towns Fund Delivery partnership which brought together 6 private sector organisations including Arup, Nichols, FutureGov, Copper, Grant Thornton and Savills who work in a collaborative alliance to provide a wide range of advice to help Towns develop localised solutions. The judges wanted to recognise the efforts of the partners bring their individual capabilities together in supporting 101 towns to collectively submit Towns Investment plans that resulted in town deal offers worth £2.4bn of support.

Sustainability Award: Skanska UK Carbon management Team & Green BioFuels

For this award the judges decided to combine two submissions by Skanska this included their carbon management team which focused their overall approach to carbon reduction and their collaboration with Green Biofuels reflecting both the internal approaches and how this was extended to support customers, JV partners, and to include benefits for their supply chain partners.

Collaborative Leadership Award: Toufic Machnouk, East Coast Digital Programme

The East Coast Digital Programme focused on delivering the next generation railway bringing together cross industry expertise. The judges identified Toufic's enthusiastic lead, demonstrating a high level of collaborative leadership drawing together a wide range of 40 partner stakeholders both directly and indirectly involved in the application of modernising and creating a legacy for the UK rail industry.

Chairman's Award: Indra Sistemas

The judges were impressed by the collaborative nature of Indra in challenging times exemplifying benefits the international and multi-cultural nature of the company. Its response to the Covid pandemic in respect to its long-term relationship with NATS demonstrates the true value of collaborative working in support of the Single European Sky initiative which in turn strengthened the companies commercial and competitive position through collaborative working.

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