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Sir Michael Latham Award: Winner

Winner: Mace

For its “ingenious” innovation that will drive the industry to build faster, safer and more efficiently, our expert judges named Mace the winner of the Sir Michael Latham Award.

This award has been created to recognise the one winner across this year’s 20 categories that has delivered something truly exceptional – to the benefit not only of their own business but of the industry as a whole.

Sir Michael Latham’s seminal Constructing the Team report was published in 1994. The report still resonates today, almost 25 years later. Its themes of collaboration, fair payment and innovation continue to be grappled with by the industry, and his passing in November last year prompted an outpouring of tributes from leaders across the sector.

Sir Michael’s legacy included his work as chairman of the CITB, ConstructionSkills and Willmott Dixon, prior to which he served as an MP for 18 years.

CN is delighted to honour his contribution to the industry with this award, which is supported by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and the Infrastructure and Projects Authority. 

In deciding who the Sir Michael Latham Award should go to, the judges assessed each of the individual category winners against several criteria, including collaboration, modern methods of construction, use of technology and development of skills for the future.

From this, it was Mace that emerged as this year’s most deserving entrant among a field of talented winners.

In scooping this year’s Best Innovation prize, Mace drew huge admiration from all judges for its Rising Factory system.

The Factory is a steel-framed enclosure with gantry cranes inside that climbs up a building as the structure and façade are built within it. Once a floor is complete, the enclosure pulls itself up to work on the next, with a completed shell and core gradually emerging from beneath.

This reduces several of the health and safety risks of many conventional sites, such as working at height, exposure to moving materials and façade installation.

Mace says the Rising Factory can shave 25 per cent off project programmes, cut vehicle movements by 30 per cent and reduce waste by 75 per cent.

The judging panel for Best Innovation commended Mace for combining “offsite principles in order to bring the assembly line to the construction site”.

Having been used successfully on a major project in east London, the judges were left in no doubt that other contractors would be following suit.

It was this industry-wide potential that saw the CN Awards judges deem Mace worthy of this year’s highest recognition. “This is a definite game-changer and sets a new benchmark not just for high-rise construction but construction in general,” the panel said.

Supported by:

Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy BEIS IPA Infrastructure and Projects Authority logo

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