Top award for pool designer

Sarah Bacsich, Senior Project Manager at Turner & Townsend, where working on behalf of Calderdale Council has won the Community Project award, at the Association for Project Manager ceremony for their work on Brighouse and Sowerby Bridge pools and fitness centres.
Sarah Bacsich, Senior Project Manager at Turner & Townsend, where working on behalf of Calderdale Council has won the Community Project award, at the Association for Project Manager ceremony for their work on Brighouse and Sowerby Bridge pools and fitness centres.

THE project team behind the Brighouse and Sowerby Bridge Pool and Fitness Centres have won a prestigious award.

Consultancy Turner and Townsend scooped the Community Project of the Year for their work on the two buildings at the Association for Project Management awards ceremony.

The night recognises the work of project management teams and professionals, and their contributions in all different aspects of society.

Judges awarded the community prize to the team as the project has succeeded in delivering two swimming and fitness facilities for Brighouse and Sowerby Bridge, replacing the existing decaying facilities.

After being opened in autumn last year, the centres now have nearly 11,000 users per week at the two sites.

Speaking about the schemes, senior project manager Sarah Bacsich from Turner and Townsend said: “We had local schools involved and students on placements throughout the project.

“The facilities really have made a difference in the community.

“It isn’t just children swimming, people are doing classes and people are coming from outside the area to use them. It is brilliant to have a facility that is affordable to use.

“It means a lot to win the award. We are proud of the project and legacy we have left. It has been a great experience for us all.”

Sponsored by Project Magazine the category recognises those individuals or organisations that have made a major contribution to a local project of benefit to the community or the environment with the winning project coming from anything like creating a children’s playground or to getting a residential care home for older people on-line with the residents.

The APM Project Management Awards has been celebrating achievement in project management for over 16 years.

A total of 12 awards are handed out at the APM ceremony with categories including Project of the Year as well as awards for International Relief and Development and Overseas projects.

Alongside these are Programme of the Year and recognition for the Project Manager and Young Project Manager of the year. The BNFL (British Nuclear Fuels Ltd) Award is also presented to the project or programme making an outstanding impact as a result of project management.