It’s been that time of year again, celebrating constructing excellence across the region as the Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber Awards 2017 were held on 7th July at the Queen’s Hotel, Leeds.
Sponsored by Galliford Try and once again hosted by Danni Hewson, BBC Look North’s business correspondent and industry champion, attendees were treated to networking drinks and a three course summer themed meal, set against the spectacular Yorkshire and Humber AV backdrop of Burnsall Village. Rosie Millard, Chair of Hull City of Culture was the keynote speaker for the evening, who gave a captivating presentation on everything Hull has been up to this year so far and a taster of what is still to come. Rosie’s speech definitely went down a storm with our Humber contingent who are rightly proud of their home city! Continuing the Yorkshire theme was our awards playlist featuring only bands from the region; Def Leppard, the Cult and Chumbawumba to name a few; and the Yorkshire coast themed fun photobooth where attendees posed with hats, ice creams and even an inflatable seagull against a picture of Scarborough.
These Awards are held every year in July, and are a celebration of the very best the regional construction industry has to offer, recognising and rewarding the pioneering individuals, projects and organisations that are truly moving our sector forward. The ethos for these awards is that they serve two primary functions;
- An opportunity for teams to get recognition and reward for the work they do and how it contributes to the wider reputation and image of the industry.
- An opportunity to promote sector wide collaboration, offer multiple opportunities for networking, forging and brokering new relationships and sharing learning so that we can all build that little bit better.
The real regional stars were the outstanding projects, schemes and organisations who made up the CEYH2017 finalists. Fourteen awards were handed out in total covering the key best practice themes of Constructing Excellence as well as the much coveted and fiercely contested “Selfie of the night”. A special Chair’s award was also handed out posthumously to Dr Andrew Platten, former Associate Dean of Arts, Environment and Technology at Leeds Beckett University who was tragically killed in a cycling incident last July. In honour of Andrew, this year’s chosen charity was Brake and the team were thrilled to raise over £2500 through donations and raffle entries. Many thanks to Keelham Farm Shop, Queen’s Hotel, Snap Recipe Box and East 59th for their generous prize donations. We would like to say a huge congratulations to all the winners, but in particular to give recognition to those where some of our very own apprentices have been developing their skills and progressing in their careers:
- East Riding of Yorkshire Council (Health, Safety & Wellbeing Award)
- Wilmott Dixon (Digital Construction Award) for the construction of the National College for High Speed Rail – Rail Training Academy
- Also well done to BAM Construction who were nominated for Preservation & Rejuvenation
For more information and to see the full list of winners for the even, please click here.