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British Construction Industry Awards: The industry's leading recognition event now open for entries

Recognising and rewarding “exemplars of excellence” in building and civil engineering projects is the remit of the British Construction Industry Awards. So don’t miss out. Mark Hansford explains why it has never been more important to enter.

Excellence in project delivery. That is what the British Construction Industry Awards seek to recognise and reward. And every year the calibre of the winning projects do just that, and in the process leave you in no doubt whatsoever that the British construction industry is an industry that excels.

The 28th annual British Construction Industry Awards are now open for entries. With a panel of exceptional judges, site visits to all shortlisted projects and rigorous interviews for all shortlisted companies, the awards are the ultimate vindication of project team success. And with unrivalled networking opportunities among the 1,200-plus attendees on the night, the awards are the ultimate celebration of the construction industry’s achievements.

Plaudits for the winners last year were led by Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude, who said projects shortlisted for the headline Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award were “exceptional examples” of British construction projects.

“From the first spade in the ground, these projects have helped set new standards in construction but will also give something valuable back to their communities,” he said.

Top honour last year went to the Medmerry Managed Realignment scheme in Chichester, West Sussex.

The scheme is the largest managed realignment of open coast in Europe and wowed the judges with the way that coastal defence can be provided without heavy engineering.

Medmerry: A blueprint for excellence

The project won the Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award in recognition of the way it could pave the way for more like it. Project team was client Environment Agency, designer Jacobs and contractor Team Van Oord.

Medmerry was actually the only project to win two awards on the night - also scooping the Civil Engineering Project of the Year in the 2014. But it wasn’t the only Environment Agency scheme to shine through - the Godmanchester Flood Risk Management scheme picked up the Outstanding Contribution Award for the way the public was engaged throughout and ran Medmerry close for the Prime Minister’s award.

And so with the Environment Agency fairing so well in 2014 it is only appropriate that our chairman of the judges this year is Environment Agency chief executive Paul Leinster. He, and the rest of the expert judging panel, will be looking for the same energy and enthusiasm that was shown by all of last year’s project teams. It was incredible. Across the board there were satisfied customers, revelling in buildings or infrastructure projects delivered on time, on budget, safely and with whole life costs firmly in mind.

It will be great to see more projects like them this year. Get your entry in now.

Awards categories

British Construction Industry Awards (BCIA) 2015 logo

Entrants should carefully note that the principal aim of the BCI Awards is to recognise excellence in its broadest sense - the overall design, construction and delivery of buildings and civil engineering projects.

While architectural or engineering excellence are factors, the BCI Awards are not a ‘design’ competition and entries should provide concise information reflecting the breadth of the judging criteria as indicated on the categories page online. Client satisfaction is of paramount importance. Entries that only address design issues are unlikely to be shortlisted.

Project Categories:

Building Project of the Year (up to £10M)

Building Project of the Year (£10M to £50M)

Civil Engineering Project of the Year (up to £10M)

Civil Engineering Project of the Year (£10M to £50M)

International Building Project of the Year

International Civil Engineering Project of the Year

Major Building Project of the Year (over £50M)

Major Civil Engineering Project of the Year (over £50M)

General Categories:

BIM Project Application Award

Product Design Innovation Award

Project Management Award sponsored by Rhead Group

Temporary Works Award sponsored by Temporary Works Forum

All UK shortlisted entries in the project awards categories receive a visit from our project awards judging panel. All shortlisted entries in the general categories must present to our general category judging panel.

All shortlisted entries are eligible for a pan category award. These categories seek to recognise excellence in a specific element of project delivery. They are:

Best Practice sponsored by Topcon

Health and Safety Award

Sustainability Award sponsored by Lafarge Tarmac

All shortlisted entries are also eligible for our two special awards:

Judge’s Special Award

Outstanding Contribution Award sponsored by Topcon

And all publicly-funded projects are eligible for the headline award:

The Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award


Entering is easy. Follow these three simple steps:

  1. Register online
  2. Choose your categories
  3. Fill out a short online entry form by the deadline of 20 March.


The 28th British Construction Industry Awards will be presented at a gala dinner on 14 October at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.

BCIA 2014


With unrivalled networking opportunities on the night, the awards are the ultimate celebration of the construction industry’s achievements.

Attend the BCI Awards to:

  • Network with more than 1,200 industry leaders
  • Create new business opportunities
  • Entertain clients
  • Reward your team
  • Meet our expert judging panel

For more information on our table packages contact Shane Murphy on +44 (0)20 3033 2657 or email

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