Skip to content

Address City College Norwich, Ipswich Road, Norwich, NR2 2LJ

01603 773311
City College Norwich and Broads Authority staff collecting Constructing Excellence National Award Medium

National award for heritage construction skills project

15th November 2019 – Tags: Construction

City College Norwich's partnership with the Broads Authority to train young people to become the next generation of heritage skills and construction craftspeople has scooped a Constructing Excellence National 2019 Award.  

Constructing Excellence National Awards 

Team members from a new partnership between the Broads Authority and City College Norwich picked up a Highly Commended, Constructing Excellence National 2019 Award, at an award ceremony in London. They attended alongside 600 others finalists from national and international construction companies, water companies and large local authorities.

The team were competing against nine other finalists in the Preservation and Restoration category, including the Canals and Rivers Trust for the Glan Hafren Bridge project and Kew Gardens for the restoration of the Great Pagoda.

The Heritage Skills Construction Training Project

The Heritage Skills Construction Training Project provides apprenticeships and practical work experience to repair and restore the iconic drainage mills of the Broads National Park, as part of the Broads Authority’s Water, Mills and Marshes Programme.

This year, more than 30 City College Norwich students from a range of courses including: brickwork; carpentry and joinery; painting and decorating and maintenance operations, have already taken part in on-site restoration work, learning and using traditional heritage skills at North Mill on Halvergate Marshes. You can find out more about our construction courses here.

Award is a reflection of an "excellent partnership" 

The winners in the Preservation and Restoration category were Arups, for Kresen Kernow –Cornwall’s brand new, state-of-the-art archive centre. In second place, the Heritage Skills Construction Training Project received a Highly Commended award. 

Steve Carr, Head of Construction at City College Norwich, said:

“The Water Mills and Marshes programme has been hugely beneficial for students on a wide range of construction courses and Apprenticeships.  Unlike conventional housebuilding projects, no two heritage projects are the same.  Each project brings its own unique challenges.  This has helped broaden our students’ knowledge and skills, as well as developing their problem-solving abilities.


We are immensely proud to receive this recognition.  It is an honour to be considered for an award alongside such prestigious projects from around the country.  To be Highly Commended is a real testament to the hard work of our students, lecturing staff, and technicians, and this achievement is a reflection of the excellent partnership we have developed with the Broads Authority.”       

Water Mills and Marshes Programme Manager Will Burchnall said of the awards:

After winning the Regional Constructing Excellence Awards to get to the National Final, being nominated was more than we could have hoped for. For our project to be Highly Commended and able to compete in the same category with some of the country’s finest architects and construction companies is incredible.”

Project has been a team effort

The partnership team would like to thank all staff involved in developing and managing the scheme, including: Lucy Pointer at the Broads Authority (Head of Human Resources), Steve Carr (Head of Construction), Sean Grimes (Heritage Skills Training Supervisor) at City College Norwich and Terry Osborne (Claritie CIC).