A huge congratulations to all those companies that have made the shortlist for this year’s Construction News Awards (see full shortlist).
Being among the finalists is a fantastic achievement. Our esteemed judges shortlist only those companies, individuals and projects that have demonstrated the very highest standards in the industry.
Next up, the finalists will face a rigorous interview to convince the panel that they should be their category winner on the big night.
The categories this year represent all that is best about construction - from companies that set the standard as employers or via the training they provide, to those that are leading the way on sustainability or health and safety.
Competition is fierce in the Contractor of the Year and Specialist Contractor of the Year category, and quantity surveyors have a fantastic opportunity to show off all the work they do in getting projects off the ground in the QS of the Year category.
We received a huge number of entries for the project categories - up 9 per cent on last year. No wonder, as it’s the projects that exemplify in tangible form all that is fantastic about the industry.
And, as we celebrate today’s achievements, we also have one eye on the future, with categories for the industry’s rising stars and the companies of tomorrow.
This year, with the awards ceremony taking place in London just two weeks before the Olympics, there is more to celebrate than ever.
The Games - with its fantastic health and safety record, its sustainability record, its time and budgetary efficiency and its sheer splendour - is a fantastic platform from which to showcase the industry and the hugely significant contribution it makes to the economic and cultural fabric of the UK.
I do hope you can join us to celebrate.