We all have days or weeks at work we particularly enjoy, knowing they will challenge or inspire us, reminding us why we love our jobs.
For me, sitting in on the judging for the Construction News Awards is one of those times.
We are proud of the judging process for our awards, and they are quite the logistical operation.
We have more than 65 judges from across the industry, who meet all our finalists face to face. With 20 categories to judge, the winners are chosen over five days of presentations and Q&A.
Everyone on the CN editorial team sits in on at least one of the days and each of us gets a real buzz out of it. Nothing beats hearing first hand from a passionate manager or team about what made their project special or how they have transformed their business.
It’s also a brilliant reminder of just how much innovation is going on every single day, and how much effective teamwork and incremental changes drive the development of the industry as a whole.
Reading Arcadis’ third Global Infrastructure Index today sets the UK’s development in a useful worldwide context. The index gives the UK a good report: it’s been ranked in the top 10 places in the world to invest in infrastructure, and has risen four places since 2012.
“The next time you have a day where you think, ‘This is why I love my job’, make sure you share the sentiment”
The report, however, highlights “the prolonged process that accompanies decisions on infrastructure, which are highly politicised”.
Hopefully the National Infrastructure Commission will change this – in perception as well as practice. But even last week, I listened to two of the CN Awards judges debate not only what the NIC would achieve, but also how it should work.
The Arcadis report also ranks countries on the quality of their local supply chain – and it’s interesting to see how that differs from the main index.
It can be easy to forget that all UK construction businesses are – directly or indirectly – part of a global competition. But it’s not as remote as it might feel, and the future of the UK construction industry will depend upon it.
So the next time you have a day where you think, ‘This is why I love my job’, make sure you share the sentiment. That innovation, those improvements: they are all part of the bigger picture.
To do our bit, from next week Construction News will be publishing features on all the awards finalists. Feel the inspiration.