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All RISE for the return of Leeds Beckett built environment innovation and sustainability awards

Awards which celebrate innovation and sustainability in the built environment sector have been launched by Leeds Beckett University.

Now in their second year, the RISE awards celebrate and reward the most pioneering initiatives in construction and engineering across four key strands: Research, Innovation, Sustainability and Enterprise. Hosted by the Leeds Sustainability Institute at Leeds Beckett, applications are now open for the awards, which showcase new and innovative products, technologies, processes, projects and schemes.

The RISE awards have been devised to recognise the contribution of innovation, research and development currently shaping the future of the construction industry, and bring academic, industry, third sector and community groups together.

The RISE Awards are free to enter and submissions are encouraged from both individuals and companies working in the built environment across 12 different categories. Awards include energy efficiency, new technologies, exemplary research, design and behavioural change. Previous winners have come from a vast array of environments, specialisms, companies and backgrounds.

Speaking about the launch of the awards, Leeds Sustainability Institute Director, Professor Chris Gorse, said: “It is an honour to be part of the judging team reviewing entries that demonstrate just how inspiring the UK built environment and its supporting infrastructure can be. The posters created by last year’s winners ranged from the strikingly creative and simple to the detailed and complex, all bringing unique and industry changing solutions to the fore of our field. Entries were received from designers, contractors, material suppliers, energy providers and transport, showing just how extensive the industry is and the challenges it successfully overcomes.”

The closing date for all entries is 1 September 2016. The winners will be judged by a panel of academic and industry experts and revealed on 15 September at a presentation evening at the Met Hotel in Leeds. 

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