The 2016 Rising Stars of the built environment

The Rising Star of 2016 was awarded at the UK-GBC Birthday Party on Wednesday night. The record 60 nominees for the annual Rising Star awards – which recognise communication and innovation around the topic of sustainability in the built environment - demonstrates how sustainability is integral to both the professional and personal life of a swathe of built environment talent.

The Award was launched by UK-GBC and PRP four years ago is in memory of Mel Starrs, a prominent built environment practitioner and PRP employee who sadly suddenly passed away in July 2012. You can read more about it here.

The 2016 nominees stood out for using their talents and interests to solve issues experienced across the value chain, from mitigating risk for investors to providing shopping centre owners with practical ways to measure performance. 

Award winner Lisa Pasquale, of consultancy Six Cylinder, produced a practical methodology for derisking large-scale retrofit, which is used as the risk management toolkit for the GLA’s RE:NEW programme.

Lisa said, "I'm extremely honoured to be recognised with the Rising Star award, it came as quite a surprise. I met Mel about 5 years ago, at a talk she gave about the complexity of the policy and guidance landscape in the UK construction industry. I respected her willingness to openly challenge the status quo, and her drive to find a better way forward. I hope I can use this opportunity to raise awareness of certain shortfalls in our industry and influence practices to improve performance outcomes for the built environment and construction sectors, and the people they serve."

Lisa Pasquale, Rising Star of 2016 with judge Su Butcher

Andrew Mellor, Partner at PRP said, This year saw the largest number of nominations, and the most diverse in terms of discipline, all of which were of exceptionally high calibre. The shortlist was incredibly strong, but Lisa Pasquale's work really stood out and she is a worthy winner. It is fantastic to see the good work all of these individuals are doing to drive change in sustainability in the construction industry."

Runner up Christina Houlgrave, of Skanska’s environmental team, recognised the need to be able to talk to stakeholders in financial terms so created a model which monetises Skanska’s value to society, leading to the creation of a board level Accounting for Sustainability award. 

Julie Hirogoyen, Chief Executive Officer at UK-GBC, said: “The calibre of the nominees paints a bright future for sustainability, driven by passionate individuals who have the communications and business skills needed to tackle issues that it’s all too easy to write off as ‘too difficult’. The UK-GBC is committed to championing future leaders, and helping them challenge us all to never be complacent when it comes to a sustainable future."

Congratulations to all of the finalists and nominees, you can read more here and in judge, Su Butcher's blog post.

Thanks once again to our 2016 judges: Su Butcher, Just Practising; Natalia Ford, UK-GBC; Mark Fretwell; Alastair Mant, Bilfinger GVA; Andrew Mellor, PRP; Sofie Pelsmakers, University of Sheffield and Olivia Preston, UK-GBC (2015 winner).

You can find the press release here.

Published: 11/03/2016

in UK-GBC News