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    “Beacons of light” – Inaugural construction awards announced at UK Construction Week

    New
    industry awards to recognise the 10 best businesses in construction as voted by
    the sector’s role models were announced yesterday, on the first day of UK
    Construction Week (8 October 2019).

    The
    UKCW
    Construction Awards celebrate innovation and excellence among a range of
    large and small contractors, architects, clients, suppliers and manufacturers
    serving the industry. The winners were announced by architect George Clarke at
    the UK’s largest construction event which is now in its fifth year.

    The
    10 winners were:

    • Contractor
      of 2019 – Sir Robert McAlpine
    • Construction
      Client of 2019 – Scape Group
    • Architectural
      Practice of 2019 – Grimshaw Architects
    • House
      Builder of 2019 – Swan Housing
    • Construction
      Supplier of 2019 – Ward
    • Construction
      Project of 2019 – Royal Opera House
    • Construction
      Employer of 2019 – Aylaa Exclusive
    • Digital
      Pioneer 2019 – Atkins
    • Modern
      Methods of Construction Pioneer 2019 – Mace
    • Product
      Innovation Award 2019 – Laing O’Rourke for its D-Frame demountable
      building system

    Nathan
    Garnett, event director at UK Construction Week, said:

    “We
    have wanted to host these awards for some time, but this year it was made
    possible by our industry Role Models who gave
    us their very honest and forthright views on who should receive these
    accolades.

    “The
    businesses chosen as winners from a shortlist of more than 60 companies have
    convinced the toughest of judges – the people who are part of their delivery
    partners or supply chains, and the people who are inspiring others to join the
    construction industry.

    “So
    it is great to be able to recognise the excellence we see all around us in this
    sector, and the businesses who are forging ahead on innovation despite the
    climate of uncertainty that is affecting construction so badly. They are
    beacons of light for the whole sector.”

    The
    UKCW Role Model of the Year award, a separate celebration, is happening at the
    show today (9 October).

    UKCW
    is one event with many sections, including Build sponsored
    by Easy-Trim, Building Tech, Civils, Energy
    and HVAC, Surface
    and Materials, and Timber. It also features Concrete Expo (8-9 October
    only) and Grand Designs Live (9-10 October only). Single registration gives
    free access to all areas of the show.

    Last
    minute tickets are still available via the website www.ukconstructionweek.com.