About the Awards and Entry Criteria
The Brownfield Awards aim to recognise the outstanding achievements made by individuals and the collective, through the use of innovative techniques, awareness of sustainability, engagement of stakeholders and demonstration of best practice.
Conditions of entry
Applications will be accepted for the following schemes/projects:
Any UK or other European site/project for all categories conducted by an organisation with a noted base and operation capability in the UK, with the exception of entries for Best International Project which is open to organisations from anywhere (including UK) with projects outside of UK
Either full-scale commercial projects or pilot trials commenced and/or completed between June 2019 and 21 May 2021 (and not entered in the same category in previous Awards)
In the case of Category 6, Best Project Closure/Verification, the verification process should be continuing in 2021 for any project completed before 30 June 2019
How to enter the Awards
Any person or organisation, including those directly involved with the nominated scheme or project, may submit a free entry.
To register your organisation must be based in the UK, with the exception of entries for Best International project.
Each project may be entered into no more than three categories, please provide a completed entry form and specific statement for each entry in a separate category.
If entering more than one category the entry should be tailored to match the relevant category’s criteria.
Please note for Categories 2 Best Scientific/Technical/Digital Advance | 6 Best Remediation of a Smaller Site and 11 Best Public Sector/Not for Profit Led Project, the award will be to a single organisation. For other categories entries will be welcomed for single organisations, groups, project teams or consortia.
General criteria for Categories 1-14
The Award will go to the entry that in the view of the judges best demonstrates:
High standard of presentation and fit to category
Notable innovation or exemplary best practice
Compliance with legislation, codes and guidance and adherence to diversity practice
Effective public/stakeholder engagement
Real environmental/economic/social benefit
A robust, sustainable and defensible solution.
1. Best Project Preparatory Work
Planning and conduct of site investigations including use of the National Quality Mark Scheme, conceptual modelling, or development of use of the (NQMS scheme encouraged where pertinent or applicable) remediation strategy which both demonstrates best practice and provides a sound basis for remediation, verification and subsequent use or development of a brownfield site.
2. Best Scientific/Technical/Digital Advance or Innovation
A genuine science or technology-based breakthrough in procedures and processes for any aspect of brownfield land assessment, remediation and development. Must demonstrate a broad potential impact and value. The Award will be to a single organisation - entrants may acknowledge and include names or logos for clients, partners and fellow practitioners in their entry if they wish, however only the Entrant will be named on the Award.
3 Best industry Innovation / Adaptation to Covid-19
Innovative solutions including overcoming the challenges of remote working, introducing new site procedures and working methods.
4. Best Public Engagement and Participation
Effective raising of the profile of brownfield development with all stakeholders and encouragement of community participation in the shaping of brownfield projects.
5. Best Application of Remediation Technologies
Effective use of appropriate ex-situ or in-situ remediation technologies, whether alone or in combination, on a brownfield site.
6. Best Remediation of a Smaller Site
Effective approach and exemplary use of appropriate techniques in the remediation of a smaller brownfield site. As a guide, entries for this category should be for remediation projects covering the whole site and not part of the site, and as a guide < £250,000 value and sites <0,2.5ha. The Award will be to a single organisation - entrants may acknowledge and include names or logos for clients, partners and fellow practitioners in their entry if they wish, however only the Entrant will be named on the Award.
7. Best Project Closure/Verification
Demonstration of best practice in monitoring, residual risk assessment and management on a brownfield site.
8. Best Re-use of Materials
Sustainable and beneficial material re-use in a brownfield remediation and/or development project. Quantification is expected, as is demonstration of compliance with legislation, guidance and codes of practice.
9. Best Urban Regeneration/ Brownfield scheme
Multidisciplinary team delivery of sustainable regeneration of a brownfield site or advancement and excellent implementation of a brownfield scheme with real positive economic, environmental and social impact.
10. Best International Project
Excellence in any aspect of brownfield remediation or development, which is open to organisations from anywhere (including UK) with projects outside the UK, including export of skills and technology transfer.
11. Best Public Sector/Not for Profit Led Project
Excellence in any aspect of brownfield remediation or development where the project is led by a public sector or not for profit organisation. The Award will be to a single organisation - entrants may acknowledge and include names or logos for clients, partners and fellow practitioners in their entry if they wish, however only the Entrant will be named on the Award.
12. Best Infrastructure Project
Multidisciplinary team delivery of a landmark brownfield infrastructure project demonstrating long term thinking, real impact and community benefits.
13. Best Biodiversity Enhancement
Demonstration of respect for local ecosystems in a brownfield project, with long term planning to enhance biodiversity and amenity value.
14. Judges’ Choice
An extension of the previous award, Project of the Year, selected from the winners of the other categories, excluding Best Young Brownfield Professional and not open to applications. The winning entry should have a ‘special factor’ which could for example include size, advancement, or excellent implementation.
Criteria for Category 15
15. Best Young Brownfield Professional
Nominees must be:
a. Under the age of 30 years as of 31 August 2020 (and not previously been nominated in 2020)
b. Have shown innovation, astute business acumen and either exceptional leadership or made a significant contribution to a project, or demonstrated technical ability through research, or demonstrated exceptional commitment to brownfield related issues through academic or professional development
c. Entrants will be judged on all round ability; not only on academic and work-related achievements, but also their enthusiasm for work within the brownfield industry. Entries should, in video of 60-90 seconds (MP4) outline why they should be considered for the award, and a statement of not more than 500 words, outline the major and distinguished contributions made by the candidate to the profession; include the significance of those contributions and where possible the degree of influence the nominee had in the activity or activities given. Included in this could be any technical innovations or solutions the nominee has developed.
To be included with the entry:
d. Evidence of the candidate’s career achievements (this could include significant contribution to a project)
e. References of work over the past 2 years or since the beginning of the candidate’s career (a concise statement of the contributions made to the profession by the nominee, including any voluntary work)
f. Details of any service of committees/boards, papers presented relating to the brownfield industries
g. Nominee’s CV: Nominations may be submitted either by the individual, the employer or jointly. If you are shortlisted, you should be prepared for a short telephone interview with one of the judges.
h. A 60-90 second video of the young brownfield describing their achievements and why they should be considered.