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Announcing the 2017 BIG Biodiversity Challenge finalists

The wait is over! Following a fraught competition and intensive days of judging, we’re delighted to announce the shortlisted entries for the 2017 BIG Biodiversity Challenge Awards. With 100+ entries to choose from across eight categories, plus the nominees for the BIG Biodiversity Champion Award the judging panel had their work cut out. All category winners, overall winner and our BIG Biodiversity Champion will be announced at an Awards ceremony on the 14 September at the Blue Fin venue, in London.  
Chair of Judges, Louise Clarke, Head of Sustainable Places, The Berkeley Group commented “Overall it was encouraging to see how biodiversity was being considered earlier on in projects and those that have been shortlisted this year often looked for the multiple opportunities for enhancements on their project. The judges once again had some difficult discussion in deciding the shortlists for the categories, but were delighted with some of the innovative approaches and ideas that are being developed.”

The shortlisted projects and the nominees for the BIG Biodiversity Champion Award are listed below by category and can be viewed at

The 2017 finalists by category:

BIG Biodiversity Champion Award sponsored by Sir Robert McAlpine 
Voting for the Champion is now open at  
  • Christopher Rochford from Costain
  • Kathy Grogan from Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust 
  • Kris Crookes from ESH Construction
  • Lizzie Rendell from Skanska
  • Rory Daines from Morgan Sindall
  • Victoria Pollard from Merseylink Civil Contractors Joint Venture
  • Will Eddy from Osborne
Client Award sponsored by Kier
  • Island Roads Highways PFI (Client) with Artecology, Environment Agency and Arc Consulting
  • Arup, The Crown Estate, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland, The Portman Estate, Shaftesbury, Howard de Walden
Community Engagement Award sponsored by Land Securities
  • RG Group
  • Berkeley Homes (East Thames) and London Wildlife Trust
  • National Grid
  • Mace and London Wildlife Trust
Large Scale Permanent Award
  • Atkins, City of London and BAM Nuttall
  • Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd
  • Merseylink (MCCJV), Mersey Gateway Crossings Board, Mersey Gateway Environmental Trust
Medium Scale Permanent Award sponsored by British Land 
  • Kier Utilities/ Team Van Oord
  • Skanska & Network Rail
  • St James (Berkeley Group) 
  • Costain-Skanska Joint Venture (CSJV)
Small Scale Permanent Award
  • REDROW Homes Ltd
  • Kier on behalf of Canal and River Trust
  • Costain Kent Multi-functional Framework Team and Network Rail
Maintenance and Management Award  
  • Environment Agency
  • Kier Highways
  • Environment Agency
Pollinator Award sponsored by The Berkeley Group 
  • Kier Group: Local Highways Division
  • Willmott Dixon
  • J Murphy & Sons
Temporary Award  
  • Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd
  • Osborne
  • ARUP & Grosvenor 
  • David Wilson Homes, Nicholsons and RSPB
  • Crossrail, BFK, Friends of City Gardens, studio xmpl, 1st Crystal Palace (2nd Croydon) Scouts
This year’s Awards evening will take place on 14 September at Blue Fin venue, 11th Floor, Blue Fin Building, 110 Southwark Street, London SE1 0SU. We have a limited number of tickets for the awards evening available for sale, so book early to avoid disappointment.

The BIG Biodiversity Challenge and Awards would not be possible without sponsorship support from: The Berkeley Group, British Land, Kier, Land Securities, Sir Robert McAlpine, and overall prize sponsor Wildflower Turf Ltd. 

For organisations wishing to raise their profile as champions of biodiversity, the BIG Biodiversity Challenge and Awards provides fantastic sponsorship opportunities. To find out more please visit