Rising Star Award 2017 - winner announced

By PRP – 13 March 2017

The UK Green Building Council and PRP have chosen Clara Bagenal George, Elementa Consulting, as the winner of the 2017 Rising Star Award.

Clara impressed the judges with her passion for the environment and the people who live in it. What began with a local campaign against single-use plastic bags, resulted in a journey to improve the environment that includes: producing innovative design tools challenging established planning policy, campaigning with charities, and encouraging young engineers. Clara's level of enthusiasm and dedication is inspirational and the judges look forward to even greater achievements to come.

Julie Hirigoyen, CEO, UK-GBC said:
"It's fantastic to see nominations for so many industry professionals who are going above and beyond their day-to-day role to highlight the importance of sustainability and drive lasting change. The many examples of stakeholder engagement, innovative communication, knowledge sharing and behaviour change are a credit to the individuals, their organisations and the sector as a whole. "

Andrew Mellor, Partner, PRP, added:
"My congratulations to Clara, whose work is truly exceptional, against a tough and incredibly high calibre shortlist. It is always a privilege to be part of the judging panel for these awards and to have the opportunity to recognise the good work all of these individuals are doing to drive change in sustainability in the construction industry. It is also heartening to see that once again see that year on year, the number of nominations keep on growing."

Runner up, Ben Hopkins, Bennetts Associates, also impressed the judges by demonstrating a broad array of communication techniques, ideas and incentives to inspire audiences to engage with the values of sustainability and bring about tangible action. The other 2017 finalists included Dave Carlos, JLL, Edward Dale-Harris, SAWA (Socially Active Workshop Architecture) and Squire and Partners, Dr Phil Hampshire, BuroHappold Engineering, and Evan Landy, UCL.

The Rising Star Award was created in memory of Mel Starrs, a prominent built environment practitioner and Associate Director at PRP. Now in its fifth year, the award recognises a member of the built environment community who has driven change and innovation in sustainability.

Many thanks to everyone who has nominated a colleague or peer in the past five years, and a special thanks to this year's judges: Claire Battles, Balfour Beatty; Su Butcher, Just Practising; Lindsey Malcolm, XCO2; Andrew Mellor, PRP; Lisa Pasquale, Six Cylinder (2016 winner) and Joseph Williams, UK-GBC.