The inaugural Construction Enquirer Awards celebrated the very best in the industry on Tuesday night.
Top Ten winners were presented with their awards after receiving more than 11,000 industry votes.
And the firm polling most votes in each of the 12 categories was revealed during a gala dinner hosted by TV presenter and architect George Clarke.
Held at the Vox, NEC Birmingham, more than 500 people came together to recognise the construction industry’s best companies to work with and for.
Topping the ‘Best Main Contractor to Work With (Over £250m turnover)’ category was Kier. Nigel Brook, Executive Director Construction and Infrastructure Services at Kier, commented: “We are delighted to be involved in the inaugural awards and even more pleased to win. We would like to express our thanks to everyone who voted for us, it really means a lot. The Kier culture is unique and is set from the highest level in the company and I believe that it’s our people centred approach that has help us win tonight.”
Claiming most votes in the ‘Best Specialist Contractor to Work For (Over £25m turnover)’ category was Careys Group. Tom Wraight, Contracts Manager at Careys, commented: “Careys’ ongoing success is delivered from the talent and commitment of our employees and we would like to say thank you to everyone who contributed to tonight’s victory.”
Taking home the top spot in the ‘Best Main Contractor to Work For (Over £250m turnover)’ category was Willmott Dixon. Rick Willmott, Group Chief Executive at Willmott Dixon, commented: “We’re delighted to have won, it’s a fantastic achievement for the company. It’s all about our relationship with the supply chain and for them to vote for us is amazing.”
During the awards, delegates raised money for the Lighthouse Club charity, which provides welfare and support to construction workers and their families. Each table was asked to donate and the table that donated the most would win a £500 chip to spend in the casino later that night.
Over £6,000 was raised and the table from Chigwell Construction won the chip with its outstanding generosity.
Also celebrating success at the awards was PERI Ltd, which won ‘Best Construction Supplier to Work For’. Alasdair Stables, Managing Director at PERI, commented: “Tonight has rounded off a very successful year at PERI with the company and our staff winning several awards to date. It feels great to be recognised by our staff as the best company to work for and we want to thank them for voting, as well as the organisers for putting on such a special evening.”
Another winner on the night was Tiger Scaffolding, which topped the ‘Best Specialist Contractor to Work For (Under £5m turnover)’ category. Mark Parkin, Director and CEO of Tiger Scaffolding, commented: “It’s an honour to be nominated in this category, let alone win it. It’s so encouraging to see our hard work and investment pay off. Even though we are a small company, we do our best to exceed industry standards and set the bar high in everything we do. We would like to express our thanks to the organisers and all those that voted.”
Commenting on the awards Aaron Morby, Editor of Construction Enquirer, said: “The awards bring a fresh approach to recognition in the industry, with real people in the sector having their say. I’m so pleased with how the night has gone and my congratulations to all of tonight’s Top Ten winners.”
Nathan Garnett, Event Director for UK Construction Week, commented: “Voted for by the industry, the Construction Enquirer Awards offer an honest insight into which companies are getting it right. UK Construction Week is all about celebrating excellence and tonight has been a wonderful extension of that. All of the companies nominated were well deserving and extremely generous to our nominated charity.”
The other firms who polled most votes in their category were:
- Torsion Group for ‘Best Main Contractor to Work With (Under £50m turnover)’
- Caddick Construction for ‘Best Main Contractor to Work With (£50m - £250m turnover)’
- Jaguar Landrover for ‘Best client to Work With (Private sector)’
- Scape Group for ‘Best client to Work With (Public sector)’
- M&J Group for ‘Best Specialist Contractor to Work For (£5m - £25m turnover)
- Chigwell Construction for ‘Best Main Contractor to Work For (Under £50m turnover)’
- McNicholas for ‘Best Main Contractor to Work For (£50m - £250m turnover)’
Taking place at the Birmingham NEC from 18 – 20 October, UK Construction Week combines nine shows in one location. The show boasts over 650 exhibitors and visitors are able to attend Timber Expo, the Build Show, Civils Expo, the Surface and Materials Show, Energy 2016, Plant & Machinery Live, HVAC 2016, Smart Buildings 2016 and Grand Designs Live.