CIOB launches £10k research award in memory of late trustee

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The award is named in honour of late CIOB fellow and trustee Paul Dockerill

The Chartered Institute of Building has introduced a £10,000 award open to people looking to develop a research project focused on skills development, fire safety and resident engagement.

The Paul Dockerill Award is open to any UK resident seeking funding for an innovative safety project, such as developing a building safety app or platform for social housing residents to access information on safety and fire issues in their homes.

The deadline for submissions is 30 June 2024. Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed in July 2024, with the funding available to successful applicants for up to 18 months.

An inspirational built environment professional

The award is in honour of respected built environment professional and CIOB fellow and trustee Paul Dockerill, who died in November 2022.

After being raised in a low-income household and leaving school without qualifications, Dockerill became a carpenter and joiner in his younger years before progressing his career within the construction sector.  

He worked in social housing for over two decades and before his sudden death. He was director of energy and programme management at a non-profit housing provider.  

Following the Grenfell Tower fire, Dockerill worked closely with the fire brigade to ensure their response to a fire in a high-rise building was as quick, safe and effective as possible. He was fundamental to the development of the Twinnedit digital twin platform following the 2017 tragedy. 

The idea of creating the award was inspired by his family, friends and colleagues.

Antonia Lanyiova, qualifications liaison manager at CIOB, said: “Paul believed that positive change could come from anyone, regardless of their background or professional affiliation, so we are thrilled to open this award to anyone with fresh and innovative ideas. 

“Whether you’re a seasoned professional, a student, or someone with a unique perspective, we encourage you to submit your innovative project or idea for consideration. You do not necessarily need to work within the construction sector to be considered.”

CIOB Construction Innovation and Quality Scholarship

At the same time, applications are invited for CIOB’s Construction Innovation and Quality Scholarship, designed for aspiring construction management professionals by providing a platform to get involved with a research project or enterprising work experience activity. 

Last year’s winner was Dr Don Samarasinghe MCIOB, a lecturer in built environment at Massey University, New Zealand. He was given funding towards a project titled ‘Pioneering Sustainable Future in Construction through Raw Earth 3D Printing Training’.

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