Jones Bros picked up the prize for Environmental Project at last night's Construction News Awards, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London.
Almost 1,000 of the key players in construction gathered last night to celebrate the achievements of the industry in this historic Olympics year. Guests enjoyed a 'Best of British' theme to highlight our home grown talent and the Olympic Delivery Authority provided a video of the construction of the Olympics site which was shown to guests in our drinks reception.
More industry figures that ever before attended this year's awards, demonstrating the amount of innovation and interest in this incredible industry.
Stephen Pycroft, CEO and Chairman of Mace picked up the first award of the evening, joining the Construction News Awards Roll of Honour. Stephen was rewarded for his stellar performance leading Mace from a young company into a leading contractor which is expected to break the £1bn mark in terms of turnover in 2012. Throughout his time at Mace, Stephen has continued to personally lead projects where the business faces new challenges. His vision centres on a collaborative approach to construction that is core to the company's success.
As well as revealing the winners, The Creating Britain's Future campaign, led by the UKCG was launched at the event. Rebecca Evans, Editor of Construction News interviewed Paul Sheffield, Chief Executive of Kier, the man behind the campaign, live on stage. Rebecca summed up the objectives of the project:
"The campaign's messages are simple: to promote the huge importance of the construction industry to the economy and to driving growth, to highlight its great products and innovations, and to emphasise the way the industry improves people's lives through the jobs it provides and the projects it delivers."
Rebecca Evans also commented on the finalists:
"The construction industry has a lot to shout about and these awards are a part of that, each of you should feel rightly proud to be among our finalists."
BBC Broadcaster and the face of the London 2012 Olympic Games, Clare Balding hosted the evening after a motivational speech from Olympic Gold medallist Ben Hunt-Davis.