A £10,000 prize to fuel innovation, resident engagement and an increased focus on fire safety is open for entries.

The Chartered Institute of Building’s (CIOB) inaugural Paul Dockerill Award celebrates Paul Dockerill FCIOB, who passed away suddenly in November 2022.

Paul, a CIOB trustee, was a professional in the construction and built environment industry, and the CIOB says the new award reflects his passion for innovation in building safety through mentoring, skills development, and the improvement of fire safety and resident engagement in the UK.

The CIOB suggests that possible projects for the award, which is open to anyone in the UK, could include, but are not limited to:

  • Renewable energy systems for residents
  • Safety app to allow residents to communicate about fire risks and building updates
  • Educational materials for building safety
  • A toolkit for landlord-resident collaboration
  • Virtual reality for building safety training
  • A real-time safety dashboard for housing
  • A housing innovation challenge
  • Professional development in building safety
  • A resident voice group
  • Or any other project that fits with the key focus areas.

Applications must be submitted by 30 June 2024, and shortlisted applicants will be interviewed in July 2024 (date TBC), with the funding available to successful applicants for up to 18 months. Click here to enter.

Paul Dockerill’s pioneering initiatives, notably the development with DEEO of the Twinnedit digital twin solution created following the Grenfell Tower tragedy, showcased his commitment to enhancing fire safety and building regulations. Paul was a founding member of the Housing Safety and Wellbeing Taskforce.