Construction firms win big at Builder & Engineer Awards

We had a great night last night attending the Builder & Engineer Awards in Manchester. Almost 400 people were in attendance at the 11th annual event..


Builders, engineers, contractors and construction specialists flocked to the city to celebrate the achievements of the industry at the event, which was sponsored, by Bromak Recruitment, Caledonian Group, Confederation of Construction Specialists, Eventbeat, Forrest, 4Housing, Hewdens, Landpac Ground Engineering, Leeds Beckett University, Mabey Hire, and The National Association of Woman in Construction.


The Awards got off to a flying start with comedian Alistair McGowan hosting proceedings and a welcoming address from judge Christopher Selby, chief executive of the confederation of construction specialists.


Fellow judges Siobhan McMahon, architect & director of Emerald Architects and chair of the NAWIC and professor Chris Gorse, head of the Centre of the Built Environment and director of the Leeds Sustainability Institute were also in attendance, with Brian Berry, chief executive of the Federation of Master Builders holding the fort in London.


Kier North Tyneside took the 2014 Corporate Social Responsibility Award, the judges were particularly impressed with the firm’s Working Roots training scheme, which offers youths, aged 16-19 classed as NEET and living in North Tyneside a practical hands-on learning and development opportunity.


With Health and Safety being of every growing concern in the industry, this award took on particular significance on the night, with the 2014 Health & Safety Award going to Galliford Try PLC for their ‘Challenging Beliefs, Affecting Behaviour’ training programme.


A £50 million redevelopment to transform a run-down West Midlands estate into a popular, thriving community by Lung Community Association, took the crown of Residential Project of the Year, with the Award collected by Wendy Bodenham, chair of the association.


Sustainable Project of the Year went to Jellystone Park in Grove Hill, Middlesbrough. The scheme saw the collaborative redevelopment of a land-locked plot of derelict unsightly land in into a combination of accessible and manageable community allotment plots, linking employability and enterprise opportunities with a dedicated training facility for Middlesbrough College’s Horticultural courses.


Jellystone Park was also in the shortlist for Education Project of the Year, but on the night, the award went to Farnborough School & Technology College in Nottingham.


It was a unanimous vote for the judges on this category, where Caledonian Modular provided a complete offsite building and on-site construction/fit-out package for the Farnborough Academy in Nottingham. This resulted in the UK’s largest modular school building was ready for occupation six months earlier than traditional build.


It was a good night for Caledonian Modular, with the company also winning the Subcontractor of the Year Award.


Healthcare Project of the Year went to Fiona gardens, which is a tribute to PC Fiona Bone who was tragically killed whilst on duty in 2012. The scheme compromises of 71 units and communal facilities which have increased resident wellbeing, freed up much needed family homes and created local employment opportunities.


A new award for 2014, the Engineer of the Year Award, went to Hannah Rathbone from Atkins. Hannah was a standout winner in this category having worked on a wide variety of projects in the airport, nuclear, education, residential, rail and public sectors. Her roles have included site based construction support, design roles at various project stages and project management.


The coveted contractor of the Year Award went to Lovell, while another new award for 2014, Training Initiative of the Year went to Forrest for its Forrest Futures Training scheme, with a commendation going to Building Lives Training Academy.


The final award of the evening, Apprentice/New Starter of the Year also featured a commendation, which went to Greg Fox from Taylor Woodrow & BAM Nuttall Joint Venture, while the winner on the night was Liam Sargeant from Redrow Homes.


The chosen charity for the evening was Trees for Cities, which promotes social cohesion and aims to beautify our cities through tree-planting, community-led design, education and training. Trees for Cities works across the UK and also has projects in Addis Ababa, Nairobi, Kigali and La Paz.


It was fantastic to see the achievements of businesses we are working with showcased at the Awards. Well done to all the winners and everyone who was shortlisted.

[Source: Builder & Engineer


Builder & Engineer Awards 2014 Winners

  • Corporate Social Responsibility Award
    Kier North Tyneside


  • Health & Safety Award
    Galliford Try PLC


  • Residential Project of the Year
    Lyng Community Association


  • Sustainable Project of the Year
    Jellystone Park, Grove Hill, Middlesbrough


  • Education Project of the Year
    Farnborough School & Technology College, Nottingham – Caledonian Modular


  • Healthcare Project of the Year
    Fiona Gardens, Wates & Trafford Housing Trust


  • Engineer of the Year
    Hannah Rathbone, Atkins


  • Sub Contractor of the Year
    Caledonian Modular Ltd


  • Contractor of the Year


  • Training Initiative of the Year


  • Commendation to: Building Lives Training Academy CIC


  • Apprentice / New Starter of the Year
    Liam Sargeant, Redrow Homes (NW)