THE AARDVARKS won by a nose at this year's final of the MERIT (Management, Enterprise, Risk, Innovation and Teamwork) awards at Loughborough University last week.
Six finalists out of the 144 teams who started out in January fought a close final battle.
The Aardvark team winners (name chosen solely to get themselves to the top of the listings) were from Halcrow Leeds and consisted of Jim McMahon, Jon Bunney, Phil Ogden, Chris Austin and Adam Midgely.
Despite being fuelled by tequila from the previous evening, the Aardvarks stormed home on the final day to snatch the victory away from their fellow London Halcrownian team.
They said 'We're stunned that we've won. It's been hard work but great fun.'
Runners up were the Halcrow London team of Andy Alder, Simon Parsons, Ali Adam, Rosa Diez, Ian Turner and Stuart Finney. Also in the final were teams from Mott MacDonald, WSP, Buro Happold and States of Guernsey Department of Engineering.
Merit was designed and developed by Loughborough University's Department of Civil and Building Engineering as a construction management simulation game to teach construction professionals how to manage their own company. The competition began 11 years ago but this year it was revamped to make use of web-based technology which enabled teams to play wherever they were located.