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BCIA awards judges get off the starting blocks

JUDGING FOR the British Construction Industry Awards 1998 began this week with visits to the shortlisted projects in each of the five categories.

The visits and interviews with designers, contractors and clients follow a rigorous elimination process in which judges reduced 143 submissions to shortlists of just nine in each of the Small Project, Building, Civil Engineering and Major Project categories, and to seven for the International Award.

Judges, led by Slough Estates chairman Sir Nigel Mobbs, are seeking projects demonstrating excellence in overall design, planning and construction. Shortlists were chosen after careful examination of all entries and intensive discussion at a meeting of the full judging panel on 26 June.

This year sees the introduction of a new Major Projects category for entries over £50M in value. It replaces the Supreme Award, which was previously won on all but one occasion by a very large building or civil engineering project which had already secured the prize in its own category.

Results of the 1998 Awards will be revealed at a dinner in the London Hilton on Wednesday 21 October and presented by Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport, Chris Smith. Booking details are available from Anna Gosnell tel: (0171) 505 6662.

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