CECA NW Awards 2014

Date: 14 October 2014

Associated Document: n/a

North West Awards 2014 Announced

At the annual Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) Vision NW dinner, held at the Manchester Hilton on Friday 10 October 2014, the 2014 award winners were announced:

Project of the Year was won by Buckingham Group, based in Warrington, for the remediation, construction and infrastructure works for the City of Salford Stadium. Highly commended was William Pye Ltd, based in Longridge, for the Whalley Community Hydro Scheme.

Young Professional of the Year was Jack Edwards of Bury-based Cheetham Hill Construction Ltd. Jack, who is 23 and lives in Stalybridge, has progressed from trainee to Site Agent in 15 months, recently working on a £1.8 million project for United Utilities. Highly commended for the Award was Nathan Crabtree of J N Bentley Ltd.

The winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award was Gill Steele or Eric Wright Group Ltd and Training Officer for the NW Contractors’ Training Group. Gill, who lives in Chorley, has devoted her career to playing a central role in the training and development of civil engineers. With capacity and skills shortages affecting the industry, this was a particularly timely award for a well-known and well-respected professional.

Over 250 professionals attended the dinner, and the cricketer and broadcaster, Alec Stewart OBE, gave the after dinner speech.

Commented Director of CECA NW, Guy Lawson, ‘My congratulations go to all the very worthy award winners. While the good news of growing workloads is tempered by capacity issues and margins affected by rising prices, it was very encouraging that the dinner was attended by a record number. The North West civil engineering sector is set to become one of the busiest UK regions, and firms are certainly gearing up for growth, which was the overall theme for the day.’

Guy Lawson, Director for CECA NW, can be contacted on 07703 585027, and guy.lawson@cecanw.co.uk

The dinner was preceded by a series of industry presentations during the afternoon, from:

Dr Jon Lamonte, Chief Executive of Transport for Greater Manchester, spoke about the organisation’s forward plans and the role of One North upon the region’s transport infrastructure.

Iain Taylor, Partnerships Director for Peel, spoke about the company’s vision for the North West, and its work with a range of stakeholders to turn vision into reality.

Professor Peter McDermott of University of Salford, gave a high level presentation on policy developments and procurement routes.

Matthew Atherton of Costain, who won the Young Professional of the Year Award in 2013, gave a presentation on the M6-Heysham link project.

Steve Moore, Director of Operations for the Environment Agency, spoke about the scope of the organisation’s work, its future plans, and its experience of handling last winter’s floods.

Ed Procter, Design Manager for the Northern Hub Project, gave a presentation that focused on the Ordsall Chord and the works due to take place at Oxford Road and Piccadilly stations in Manchester.

To access the presentations, visit: http://www.aldercross.com/events.php?event_id=48CECA