More than 600 hundred leaders and innovators from across the construction sector gathered at the ICC, Birmingham, to celebrate the very best industry projects at the Built Environment Hub’s, Celebrating Construction Awards. This prestigious annual awards ceremony recognises the West Midlands’ most inspiring construction projects and people.
Built Environment Chair, David Bucknall OBE said: “Celebrating Construction is now firmly established as a high point in the regional construction calendar. Each year it commands the attention of the industry professionals and these free to enter awards are an excellent platform to showcase and promote the very best of our industry achievements. Importantly, the Midlands’ winners automatically become finalists in the national awards.”
Recently named one of the top ten academic leaders shaping executive education in the Middle East – guest speaker, Ghassan Aouad, flew in to deliver an inspiring presentation at the event. As Vice President of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and current Vice President for Academic Affairs at Gulf University for Science and Technology in Kuwait – he offers a global perspective. Ghassan was joined on the speaker platform by Councillor Dr Barry Henley, Chairman of Acivico.
The big winner on the night, Carillion – picked up not one but two awards for their inspirational Library of Birmingham project – winning the prestigious Project of the Year together with the Integration and Collaborative Working Award. Described by Kevin McCloud of Grand Design as – ‘awe inspiring’ – the Library of Birmingham is a landmark project providing a unique facility for Birmingham, combining a state-of-the-art Library with a regenerated Repertory Theatre that will attract over three million visitors every year.
O’Brien Contractors also picked up two awards for Project Dove, for Innovation and Value. The £200m Nestlé group’s project at Tutbury which is company’s largest construction project worldwide, will consolidate coffee production across the UK.
Another multiple award winner was Lift and Engineering Services, who won two awards for Health and Safety and the SME of the Year Award together with a Highly Commended for Client of the Year. To keep pace with 77% growth in sales in the past two years, Lift and Engineering Services seek and implement all forms of continuous improvement and look for new ways of working that assist their team to deliver collaborative best practice to customers.
The Achiever Award was presented to Martin Chambers of Shaylor Group. Martin has played a pivotal role in the CIOB, being the Global President in 2007/8, was Chair of Birmingham’s Family Housing Association, a director of WMCCE and its successor organisation MCCE and the longest serving director of Millennium Point. Martin has strong links with academia being a governor of the University of Wolverhampton, external examiner with Aston University and a visiting professor at the University of Westminster.
Built Environment Hub Board Member and Chair of the judging panel, Tony Wehby said: “Not only were entries up by 35% on last year, but the calibre of submissions was truly outstanding – the judges have had to make some really tough decisions.”
The Celebrating Construction Awards are presented by The Built Environment Hub, a membership organisation created to drive best practice in construction product and process innovation in the Midlands region, in association with the Chartered Institute of Building and Acivico Building Consultancy.
Also taking place on the same evening at the event, the Building in Quality Awards, organised by Acivico, Birmingham City Council’s Building Consultancy. Guest speaker, Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Mike Leddy, presented the awards.