On Friday 14th November, ahead of the Constructing Excellence National Awards 2014, G4C curated this year’s Constructing Excellence Annual Convention focussing on the image of the industry and the digitisation of construction. The Annual Convention brings together all parts of the movement, including national, club, regional and G4C members.
As well as representatives of Constructing Excellence the convention also heard from other groups trying to improve the image of construction such as the Considerate Constructors Scheme and the National Association of Women in Construction. There was lively debate through social media including a live Twitter wall encouraging and producing interaction between the speakers and within the audience using the hashtag #imageofconstruction.
This was rounded up by a lively Q&A session emphasising the need for a change in the perception of the image of construction. The slides from the day as well as a survey on the key themes of the day can be found here. A link to the Bid Cost Survey which was mentioned on the day and is supported by Constructing Excellence can also be found here.
The best of the construction industry was celebrated later on at the eighth Constructing Excellence National Awards attended by over 450 construction professionals. The awards reward those organisations, and individuals, setting the highest standard of best practice and collaboration in the construction industry.
The winners from the eight regional Constructing Excellence Awards were put forward for the 12 national categories, with nominees coming from all over the UK.
Don Ward, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence, said: “Market prospects are improving. Most sectors and regions are on the up, and it is to be hoped that excellence will return to the fore in projects. It is therefore great to recognise those individuals and organisations who are leading this trend.”
Winners on the night included big construction projects such as the Library of Birmingham, organisations such as East Riding of Yorkshire Council and smaller, locally based companies and projects such as Bournville Property Care Services from the West Midlands and Catalyst Research Laboratory and Office Facility from Billingham.
Since the inaugural awards back in 2007, the night has grown into one of the leading events in the UK built environment calendar.
A full list of winners can be found on this excellent account of the evening from Constructing Excellence in Yorkshire and the Humber.