It was a night packed full of festivities at this year’s West Midlands Celebrating Construction Awards. Over 600 industry leaders gathered at the ICC, Birmingham on Friday (13 May) evening for the ninth award ceremony, to celebrate and acknowledge the best in the region’s innovative construction projects and talented individuals.
The awards were hosted by the BBC newsreader, Louise Minchin and Co-hosted by Acivico Limited, the Built Environment Hub and the Chartered Institute of Building’s (CIOB) West Midlands branch. The event incorporated WM7’s ‘Built In Quality Awards’ and the Built Environment Hub’s ‘Constructing Excellence Awards.’
Constructing Excellence Awards
The big winners on the night were Cundall, a construction consultancy established in the UK over 40 years ago, who scooped three top awards. Collecting the highly acclaimed Constructing Excellence Award for Innovation for ‘Cundall Virtual Acoustic Reality’ – a cutting-edge tool that offers combination of audio-prediction modelling and gaming-quality graphics, delivering a visual tour of a building, preconstruction before the work commences. Cundall also picked up the Legacy Award for Sustainability for ‘One Planet Company’ – honouring its commitment and actions towards a more sustainable future.
And finally The Young Achiever of the Year Award went to Cundall employee, Charlotte Homer, for her commitment to Continuing Professional Development (CPD), events and graduate training sessions.
The prestigious Project of the Year Award went to Atkins, Mace & Network Rail for the inspirational transformation of New Street Station, Birmingham. Plans involved increasing passenger capacity to more than 52 million people per year along with 42 new escalators and 14 new lifts. The project overcame important challenges by applying state-of-the-art solutions to help successfully deliver one of the biggest station refurbishments in Europe.
Picking up the outstanding 2016 Heritage Award was Shaylor Group for the restoration of Royal Shakespeare Company’s (RSC) Swan Wing. The highly detailed renovations included work to the facade and interior of the Grade II* listed building which aimed to reveal the building’s hidden heritage and enhance the public spaces.
The next Celebrating Construction Awards are for the East Midlands region. To be hosted by the BBC’s Steph McGovern, this year’s Awards will take place at the Nottingham Belfry on the 03 June 2016, where the industry will come together to celebrate the best of the East Midlands region.
These prestigious awards provide one of the most effective platforms for targeting the construction industry, presenting the ideal opportunity for leading brands to maximise their industry exposure and penetrate this economically important market.
Other Construction Excellent award winners included:
BIM Project of the Year Speller – Speller Metcalfe – Habberley Learning Campus.
Client of the Year – WM Housing.
Health & Safety Award – Lift & Engineering Services.
Heritage Award – Shaylor Group – Royal Shakespeare Company’s (RSC) Swan Wing.
Innovation Award – Cundall – Cundall Virtual Acoustic Reality.
Integration & Collaborative Working Award – Sandwell Council – West Midlands Community BIM Framework.
Leadership & People Development Award – Lift & Engineering Services.
Project of the Year – Atkins, Mace & Network Rail – New Street Station.
SME of the Year – O’Brien Contractors.
Legacy Award for Sustainability – Cundall – One Planet Company.
Value Award – Sandwell Council.
Young Achiever of the Year -Charlotte Homer from Cundall.