The highly-esteemed Brownfield Awards, in their 19th year, brought together the brownfield community to celebrate the excellent work undertaken by organizations and project partnerships, achieved through the use of innovative techniques, awareness of sustainability, engagement with stakeholders, and best practice.
The winning entries were revealed live at the Brownfield Awards Ceremony, which moved to the Kimpton Clocktower Hotel in Manchester on 2 November. This year, a silent auction was held to raise funds for Embassy Village, the chosen charity.
Congratulations to the winning and highly commended entries!
Entries for the 2024 Awards will open in February 2024.
This year's 2023 Brownfield Award winners were announced live at the Awards Ceremony on 2 November at the Kimpton Clocktower Hotel in Manchester.
Thank you to everyone who joined us to celebrate the achievements of the brownfield industry.
This year, the opening address was given by guest speaker Henri Murison, Chief Executive at The Northern Powerhouse Partnership.
We also held a silent auction to raise funds for Embassy Village, our chosen charity.
2023 Ceremony photos
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Henri Murison, Chief Executive at The Northern Powerhouse Partnership
During his five years since his first appointment he has established the Northern Powerhouse Partnership as the business led organisation which convenes the North together. From making the case for significant investment in key transport priorities and further devolution deals for the North, to challenging for a better deal for the most disadvantaged from the education system, his team are focused on how government, business and partners can drive the North’s ambitions. Before joining the Partnership, he worked in senior research and policy roles in policing and financial services, and as a former senior local government figure in Newcastle upon Tyne remains a commentator on the political as well as economic rationale for Levelling Up and wider regional policy in the UK.
2023 Brownfield Award Categories
Best Project Preparatory Work Sponsored by NHBC
Planning and conduct of site investigations, including use of the National Quality Mark Scheme (where applicable), conceptual modelling, and/or development of a remediation strategy which both demonstrated best practice and provided a sound basis for remediation, verification, and subsequent use or development of a brownfield site.
Best Research or Application in the Advancement of Science, Technology or Digital Innovation in the Brownfield Sector Sponsored by SoilFLO
Evidenced by a published academic or industry-led research project, or guidance document, or the practical application of a scientific, technological, or digital-based innovation leading to enhanced procedures and / or processes in the brownfield sector. Demonstration of the broad potential impact and value of its application was shown.
Best Public Engagement and Participation of a Brownfield Activity
Demonstrated the positive impact and contribution made by a brownfield regeneration project delivered in collaboration with all stakeholders and encouraged the participation and involvement of local communities.
Best Application of Remediation Technologies Sponsored by EnviroLab
Effective use of appropriate ex-situ or in-situ remediation technologies, whether alone or in combination, on a brownfield site. Demonstration of robust project closure and verification, with sign-off by the appropriate regulator if applicable.
Best Sustainable Re-Use of Materials Sponsored by Soilfix
Sustainable and beneficial re-use of material in a brownfield development or brownfield-led infrastructure project. Quantified materials re-used and demonstrated compliance with legislation, guidance, codes of practice, and agreement by the appropriate regulator. Ideally demonstrated an innovative approach to working towards net-zero goals.
Best Sustainable Brownfield / Urban Regeneration / Infrastructure Scheme Sponsored by i2 Analytical
Excellence in the delivery of any aspect of the sustainable regeneration of a brownfield or development, or brownfield-led infrastructure project, led by a multidisciplinary team. Entries clearly showed real positive economic, environmental, and social impacts, clearly linked to Sustainable Development Goals and demonstrated Social Value.
Best Public Sector / Not for Profit Brownfield Project Sponsored by Englobe
Excellence in any aspect of brownfield development or a brownfield-led infrastructure project, where the project was led by a public sector or not for profit organisation. The Award could be entered by consultants and contractors on behalf of their client, but, if so, the winner was the public sector / not for profit organisation.
Best Biodiversity Enhancement on a Brownfield Project
Demonstration of positive impact on, or enhancement of, the natural environment and local ecosystems in a brownfield development or brownfield-led infrastructure project. Long-term planning of a regenerative approach to enhance biodiversity and amenity value was demonstrated.
Best Overseas Project
This Award was open to any organization who leveraged experience via the export market or was based outside of the UK to deliver excellence in any aspect of a brownfield development or brownfield-led infrastructure project overseas.
Best Early Career Brownfield Professional Sponsored by AGS
Entries could be submitted by the individual, the employer, or jointly. The entrant had no more than 7 years relevant brownfield experience up to 2023. This may have comprised accumulated ‘full-time equivalent’ experience of 7 years while working part-time or around an extended period of absence. The judges welcomed submissions from both young professionals and those who made a career move into the Brownfield sector.
Technical Lead of the Year Award
Entries could be submitted by the individual, or employer / peer nomination and were awarded to an individual who could demonstrate excellence in leading the delivery of any aspect of a brownfield development or brownfield-led infrastructure project.
Judges’ Choice Award
This Award was not open to applications but was awarded at the Judges’ discretion after considering all winning entries that year.
Previous Entrants Include:
The photos from the 2022 Ceremony are available below.
Brownfield Award Judges
Lead Officer Contaminated Land, City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council
Senior Technical Director, Arcadis
Associate, The Environmental Protection Group Ltd
Environmental Manager, Helix
Editorial Director, Environment Analyst
Contaminated Land Officer and Remediation Project Manager, Swindon Borough Council
Technical Director, CL:AIRE
We were thrilled to announce Embassy Village as this year's chosen charity for the 2023 Brownfield Awards. Embassy Village is a Manchester-based charity dedicated to addressing one of the most pressing issues affecting our society – homelessness.
Silent Charity Auction: Uniting for a Cause
This year, we were delighted to announce that we held a Silent Charity Auction that promised not only the opportunity to win exciting experiences but also the chance to make a real difference because all contributions were donated to 'The Embassy'.