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Construction News Awards: What the winners say

This year’s Construction News Awards was the biggest yet, attracting more than 1,200 of the industry’s best and brightest to celebrate its achievements.

Entries for the 2015 awards are open now. Among the 17 categories this year is a new prize for Client of the Year to recognise those clients displaying vision, drive and exemplary collaboration with their supply chain partners to deliver outstanding projects on time and budget.

But don’t just take our word for it – here are a few of last year’s winners on what entering and winning a Construction News Award has meant to them and their business.

Ian Renhard, managing director, Inteserve Construction

One of Interserve’s values is to ‘Take pride in what you do’. 

We entered the Contractor of the Year category at the Construction News Awards as we felt it would be an ideal platform to demonstrate how we take pride in what we do for the communities in which we work, our industry and our stakeholders.

Our award submission focused on all parts of Interserve Construction, including sustainability, diversity, health and safety, financial performance, projects, innovation and community engagement.

Impressing the judges was a team effort; it could not have been achieved without the hard work of all of Interserve’s employees doing a great job every day, using their skills and passion to make our company a success.

“This prestigious award is well respected within our industry and it is known as a badge of excellence”

The entry process was straightforward and clearly defined, with support available if and when we needed it. 

We really appreciated the chance to tell the judges more about Interserve Construction and answer all of their questions at the face-to-face interview.

The calibre of the judges is renowned, with a reputation for being the most rigorous and respected in the industry.

Therefore we were delighted that these judges were impressed by our wide variety of prestigious projects, training initiatives, health and safety record, attitude towards supply chain, sustainability and our achievements in diversity.

We were particularly proud to accept this award, as it is a benchmark industry standard. This prestigious award is well respected within our industry and it is known as a badge of excellence.

Since winning, we have continued to drive excellence in our business and the industry.

Clients and peers are impressed when we tell them we are ‘Contractor of the Year’. We have also been able to use the badge as a marketing tool, including using it on site hoardings, and we never tire of seeing the trophy in our reception!

Looking forward, we are entering new categories in the Construction News Awards this year.

Derek Shewan, chief operating officer, Robertson Group

Winning the Construction News Award for the best Project under £10m provided us with the highest industry recognition of the strength and diversity of our capabilities, and was also responsible for helping to raise awareness of Maggie’s important cause.

Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre in Aberdeen means a lot to us – both to the Robertson team who built it and to our business as a whole.

The project gave us the opportunity to work with Snøhetta, the internationally acclaimed architecture and landscape architects.

The technically challenging build was delivered with a true sense of teamwork from all stakeholders involved, which resulted in real innovation at the heart of the project.

“Entering the awards was very simple and we found the Construction News team very helpful and easy to work with in the run-up to what was a thoroughly enjoyable evening”

In partnership with Maggie’s, the entire project team and all the people who helped fund the centre, we have built an oasis where cancer patients and their families receive outstanding practical, emotional and social support.

For Maggie’s Aberdeen to be the winner of such a prestigious Construction News Award confirms what we already feel: that this technically challenging, innovative and – most importantly – crucial healthcare project deserves the highest recognition and acknowledgement.

Entering the awards was very simple and we found the Construction News team very helpful and easy to work with in the run-up to what was a thoroughly enjoyable evening. The pre-award campaign also worked to raise awareness about us and the project.

Winning the Construction News Award is also the perfect illustration of our ability to deliver innovative, complex projects.

The award capped a strong year for Robertson that saw us deliver a record forward order book and profits, the creation of new businesses within our already-diverse group, and an increase in the number of staff.

Geoff Andrew, owner and managing director, Oktra

To win Specialist Contractor of the Year and to be shortlisted for Employer of the Year at the Construction News Awards was an amazing achievement for Oktra.

Winning the award has been a testament to our team, as without our collaborative attitude for success this wouldn’t have been possible.

Our mission is to delight our clients and exceed their expectations, have a happy team and meet our financial objectives; winning such an important award is evidence of that success.

Being recognised by our peers is important to us – it’s why we entered the Construction News Awards.

“The judging process is suitably rigorous and we felt meeting the judges face to face gave us a great opportunity to enhance our written entry”

The high quality of our projects, sustainability performance, our ongoing strategy, workforce culture and close relationships with contractors, supply chain and most importantly our clients were all praised by the judges – we’re ecstatic because we’ve worked hard to excel in all of these areas.

The judging process is suitably rigorous and we felt meeting the judges face to face gave us a great opportunity to enhance our written entry and prove to them, in person, that we’re passionate, driven and the very best in the industry.

We never stand still and have had a fantastic year since winning the award.

Our plan now is to build on the reputation we’ve built and grow 10 per cent year on year over the next five years to £45m. We’re proud of our achievements and would highly recommend entering the Construction News Awards.

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