The first edition of the Hertfordshire Building & Construction Awards showcased success for more than a hundred of the county's leading individuals and enterprises, as well as raising funds and awareness for those affected by asbestos-related disease.
The ceremonial event, held on 10 February 2017 at the Letchworth Mercure Hall Hotel, celebrated the very best of tradesmen, building, engineering, innovation and construction work, focusing on projects that took place in Hertfordshire during the past 14 months and the staff who worked on them.
The evening also raised awareness for Mesothelioma UK, a charity that supports those suffering from cancer associated with exposure to asbestos.
The event was compered by Formula 1 pundit and presenter David Croft, who lit the stage with his warmth and wit, even managing to persuade a member of the audience to slip into his role as commentator, while old footage of Lewis Hamilton played onscreen.
Hannah Rees, Director of marketing support agency and event organiser AIM, said the awards demonstrated the exceptional work to have taken place in the industry over the last year, in addition to bringing Hertfordshire business leaders together under one roof.
“The inaugural Hertfordshire Building & Construction Awards were a roaring success, and as a project that is close to my heart I am delighted to have been able to recognise excellence in an industry of great importance to this growing county. Hertfordshire business leaders, dignitaries, councils and finalists celebrated an eventful event which included entertainment, industry related video news to award ceremony itself. It was great to feel the energetic atmosphere and watch everyone celebrating the year’s achievements, it generates positive ambition for the year ahead.
“Additionally, what was fantastic was to be able to raise funds and awareness for a cause that cares for this industry and the people who work within it, namely Mesothelioma UK,” said Rees.
“I would also like to thank the award judges Mary Sykes of the Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce; Jim Davin, CEO of Buildnet; Nilu Bhurj of NKB Virtual Assistant and Alison Nicholl, Associate Director of Building Research Establishment (BRE), as well as our sponsors The Green Triangle, Dignity LC Services, Oaklands College, Broxbourne Council, Carita Services and Mesothelioma UK,” said Rees.
The awards also had support from Hertfordshire LEP, Hertfordshire Constructing Excellence and the Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce.
There were winners in 17 categories this year, providing ample opportunities to recognise exceptional achievement in a recent project or individual relating to construction, engineering, design (interior and architecture) and the built environment.
RDT Architects, winner of Architect of the Year and Housing Project of the Year, said the event was a “fabulous night”.
“We were delighted to win ‘Best Housing Project of the Year’ for Gleneagle Manor Apartments, Harpenden and the ‘Architect of the Year’ award which recognised their specialist dementia care design work. It was a fabulous awards night and we look forward to attending next year,” said a spokesman for the company.
Another of the night's celebrated winners, Asbestosafe, said that to be recognised for its innovation was “icing on the cake” after a night of great company and “superb” food.
“Thank you and looking forward to the next award night already,” said representative for the company.
Quote: "We are very proud that Conamar was named ‘Contractor of the Year’ at the 2017 Hertfordshire Building & Construction Awards. It is great to receive recognition from the industry for our work, and that a family owned construction company can fly the flag nationally for Hertfordshire. We’d like to thank the whole of the Conamar team for all their hard work and dedication and extend our congratulations to the other winner
Quote: "RDT Architects were delighted to win ‘Best Housing Project of the Year’ for Gleneagle Manor Apartments, Harpenden and the ‘Architect of the Year’ award which recognised their specialist dementia care design work. It was a fabulous awards night and we look forward to attending next year".
Quote: “SEC Interiors is absolutely delighted to have been recognized for our project with Franke Coffee Systems in St Albans, winning the Highly Commended Award” commented Russell Coleman, Project Director. “This, along with the client commenting that we “nailed it”, is testament to not only the hard work of the team that helped deliver the extensive fit-out but the high level of client service we have strived to give in recent years”.
Sirius Minerals, Louise Hardy
Quote: "I was delighted to receive the Woman in Engineering award and to be recognized for the achievements in my career in the engineering and construction industry. As a StemNet Ambassador I hope that the profile of this award will encourage other women and girls to enter this fantastic and rewarding profession".
Quote: “We are delighted to have won the Health & Safety Award which is testament to the dedication of our project teams”.
Quote: "We are delighted to have won the 2017 Surveyors' Award at the Hertfordshire Building and Construction Awards for the Rectory Lane Cemetery project in Berkhamsted. Our surveyors are proud that their expertise in surveying and 3D laser scanning has been recognized. We had a fantastic evening and winning the award really was the icing on the cake - well done to the team!"
John Lane, Director, Terrain Surveys Ltd".
DS Property Solutions
Quote: "We are thrilled to have won the Property Services category of the Herts Building and Construction Awards 2017. We feel that it is a good reflection of our hard work over the last years".
Quote: "On behalf of ASBESTOSAFE I must just to let you know how much I enjoyed the presentation night last Friday evening at the Letchworth hotel, thoroughly professionally organized by the` Hertfordshire building & construction team, not forgetting you of course, great company and superb food and ASBESTOSAFE being awarded a winner’s award for the most Innovative idea in dealing with asbestos corrugated roofing sheets, was simply the icing on the cake. Again, thank you and looking forward to the next award night already".
Quote: "We were grateful to be finalists alongside the other company in our category but to win, we are ecstatic it’s nice to know people are recognizing our achievements in such a short space of time as a company, Congratulations & a big thank you to all the other nominees, yourselves, the judges & all the Parkbrey Electrical work force who keep the company striving forward".
This year’s full list of winners:
General builder Award: DB Sharp & Sons
Housing Project of the Year: RDT Architects
Highly Commended Award: SEC Interiors
Electrical Contractor of the Year: Parkbrey Ltd.
Women in Engineering Award: Louise Hardy (Sirius Minerals)
Health & Safety Award: Jarvis Contracting
Estate Agency of the Year: Hawk & Chadwick
Property Service Award: DS Property Solutions
Sustainable Build Award: Amcell
Architect of the Year: RDT Architects
Surveyors Award: Terrain Surveys
Training Skills Provider: BRE Academy
Manager of the Year; Mark Garnham of CHQ
Innovation Award: Asbestosafe
Interior design award: CHQ
Contractor of the Year: Conamar
Refurbishment project of the year: DB Sharp & Sons
Entries are for the Hertfordshire Building & Construction Awards will be open 1st August 2017. For more details please visit www.HertsBuildingAwards.co.uk