Construction News Awards 2013 winners set standard for future of UK construction

On Thursday 11th July, more than 1150 people representing the best of the UK’s construction industry came together to celebrate, network and reward success at the Construction News Awards 2013, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane.

The 18 award categories cover a broad range of areas, including Supply Chain Excellence, Sustainability, Health & Safety and Employer of the Year. Each award is designed to showcase the very best in the industry and highlight best practice. The judges noted the high level of innovative use of technology, focus on sustainability, training schemes and an increase in collaboration between companies to problem-solve.

Winners included Mace, receiving an award for Construction Consultancy of the Year, as well as Contractor of the Year for the delivery of London’s iconic Shard, which impressed judges with its health and safety initiatives and innovation.

BAM Nuttall was awarded the prize for Project over £50million for the Olympic Park, which was praised for its strong sustainability credentials, major value engineering, the high percentage of apprentices and the fact that it was designed with legacy in mind.

The award for Product Innovation was presented to A-one+ and Highway Resource Solutions for developing ‘Intellicone’, a safety tool to protect construction workers on potentially dangerous highways projects. In the past six years, 15 road workers have been killed on the UK’s strategic road network. Intellicone has been saving lives by transmitting a signal from the specially designed traffic cones if a vehicle strikes one, giving workers vital seconds to move to safety. The system, which was developed with the contribution of road workers, has the potential to be used across the UK construction market.

Construction News Editor, Rebecca Evans commented:

“The winners of the Construction News Awards 2013 represent the very best of an innovative, dynamic industry that builds everything from breathtaking towers that change the skyline, to schools and hospitals that change people’s lives. These companies are leading the way in adopting a more sustainable, collaborative and responsible approach to construction, with exciting technology at its core. Congratulations to all the winners, they are a fantastic reflection of the huge contribution that construction makes to the economy, the jobs market and wider society.”

The winners were chosen from a record number of entries and judged in Dragons Den-style live interviews by members of the 57-strong judging panel of esteemed major clients, contractors, consultants, institutes and government departments, including:

  • Simon Kirby – Network Rail Managing Director, Infrastructure Projects
  • Tony Jacob – John Lewis Partnership Head of Construction and Engineering
  • John Mead – Crossrail Principal Programme Supply Chain Manager
  • Tony Giddings – Argent Construction Director
  • James Pellatt – Great Portland Estates Head of Projects
  • David Philp – Cabinet Office Head of Building Information Modelling Implementation

Construction News Awards 2013 Winners

  • Health & Safety: Lanes for Drains
  • Training: Kier Group
  • Product Innovation: A-one+ and Highway Resource Solutions
  • Best Use of Technology: Costain
  • Digital Built Britain Award: NBS
  • BIM Initiative of the Year: NBS
  • Tomorrow’s Company: Sustainable Building Services
  • Employer: Thomas Vale Construction
  • Supply Chain Excellence: CEMEX
  • Sustainable Company of the Year: Speedy Services
  • Construction Consultancy of the Year: Mace
  • Specialist Contractor: Van Elle
  • Sustainable Project of the Year: David Morley Architects
  • Project of the Year (under £10million): Interserve
  • Project of the Year (between £10million – £50million): Shepherd Construction
  • Project of the Year (over £50million): BAM Nuttall
  • Contractor of the Year: Mace
  • Judges’ Supreme Award Sponsored by RMD Kwikform: Shepherd Construction, National Renewable Energy Centre