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CN Awards: Government backs Sir Michael Latham Award

The industry will recognise the late Sir Michael Latham with an award named in honour of his work at this year’s Construction News Awards.

CN has teamed up with two government departments to create the Sir Michael Latham Award, to be presented as a badge of excellence to one winner at next month’s Construction News Awards.

It will be given to one outstanding award-winner on the night in recognition of certain criteria (see box, below) and is supported by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and the Infrastructure and Projects Authority.

Sir Michael passed away in November last year, leading to an outpouring of tributes for the author of the influential Constructing the Team report in 1994.

He was MP for Melton for nine years until 1983 and thereafter MP for Rutland and Melton until he stood down in 1992.

Following the Latham Report, he went on to serve as CITB and ConstructionSkills chairman for almost a decade until 2010. He was also chairman and deputy chairman of Willmott Dixon for a decade until 2009.

Sir Michael’s sons, James and Richard, will attend this year’s Construction News Awards ceremony on 12 July, where they will hand over the Sir Michael Latham Award to the winner on the night.

Construction News editor Tom Fitzpatrick said: “Sir Michael’s 1994 work continues to be a reference point for this industry today, more than two decades after it was published.

“From fair payment and diversity to collaboration and project data, the issues Sir Michael investigated in the Latham report continue to be pressing themes today and his work has been a focal point for this industry’s drive to improve.

“I am pleased that the Construction News Awards, which recognise those companies and individuals striving to make this industry better, will recognise his legacy through the Sir Michael Latham Award.”

Exchequer secretary to the Treasury Robert Jenrick said: “We are investing record amounts in infrastructure to help boost our national productivity, but the construction industry also has to do more to close its own productivity gap if we are to succeed.

“This award is about recognising those in the construction sector who are building an industry that is fit for the future. We want to celebrate best practice such as the use of modern methods of construction, innovative technology and collaborative working.”

James Latham said: “My brother and I are extremely touched that our father’s legacy is being marked in this way. He was a big believer in the industry continuing to innovate and improve in technology, in behaviour and in its development in talent. He would be humbled to be named on this award, by a publication he respected and contributed to.”

More than 1,200 clients, contractors and representatives of the construction industry will attend the event on 12 July at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel.

Sir Michael Latham Award

The Sir Michael Latham Award was non-enterable. It will be given to one of the winners named on the night for their work in one, or more than one, of the following areas:

  • Integrated supply chain and collaborative working between client and contractor
  • Adoption of modern methods of construction such as use of offsite manufacturing
  • Innovative use of technology and data, such as BIM and digital construction
  • Development of high-quality apprenticeships and skills for the future


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