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Tom Fitzpatrick named IBP Construction/Infrastructure writer of the year

Construction News deputy editor Tom Fitzpatrick was named Construction/ Infrastructure writer of the year at the International Building Press Journalist of the Year awards 2014.

The awards took place on 27 November at the Four Seasons hotel on Park Lane in London.

The winning citation read: “The judges thought that all the entries demonstrated a very good understanding of a sector that demands good technical mastery and the ability to write authoritatively and succinctly.

“A comprehensive, well structured and wide-ranging submission of which two were picked up by the national press. The winning article (on contractor performance and establishment of higher standards: Order books soar but profit battle remains: 15 November 2013) demonstrated, in the option of the judges, business journalism at its best.”

The winning articles were for a freedom of information-led investigation into Crossrail’s use of contractor performance standards; an analysis of the order books of some of the biggest, public listed contractors hitting record highs in 2013 and the impact on the firms’ share prices; and an exclusive interview with former chancellor Alistair Darling, which was picked up by national media including The Times.

Construction News was also shortlisted for digital service of the year and Robyn Wilson was shortlisted for Housing/Residential Journalist of the Year.

The award follows Construction News editor Rebecca Evans winning the BSME business editor of the year award in November.

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