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Major projects category for BCIA

THE BRITISH Construction Industry Awards for 1998 are launched this week and feature an extra category for major projects worth 50M and over.

Now in their 11th year, the industrys premier awards recognise overall excellence in the design, planning, construction and performance in service of buildings and civil engineering projects.

Projects in five categories will be assessed once again by a panel of leading industry figures this year led by Sir Nigel Mobbs, chairman of Slough Estates.

Quality of design, predictability of delivery and client satisfaction are the three criteria of these awards, said Mobbs, who is also a member of the governments client task force chaired by Sir John Egan.

Entries are open to projects completed since May 1997. The five categories are:

Small Project (Sponsored by Glenigan); for schemes up to 2M.

Building (Sponsored by BSI Quality Assurance); 2M to 50M.

Civil Engineering (Sponsored by Hays Montrose); 2M to 50M.

Major Project; for building and civil projects worth over 50M.

International (Sponsored by Moss Systems); open to projects overseas in which either the principal designer or contractor is a UK-based British firm.

The first four awards are open to any project in the UK, and to overseas projects where both the principal designer and principal contractor are British.

Other members of the judging panel are:

Sir Alan Cockshaw, ICE President; Alan Crane, managing director, Christiani & Nielsen; Jim Dawson, chairman Gibb; Paul Finch, editor

The Architects Journal; Dermot Gleeson, chairman MJ Gleeson Group; Jane Priestman, representing The Daily Telegraph

joint sponsor with the AJ and NCE; Chris Wilkinson, architect; Mike Winney, editor


Judges for the International Award are: Robert Beresford, chairman Mott MacDonald Group; Bryan Jefferson, architectural adviser, Department of Culture, Media & Sport; Christopher Spackman, director Bovis.

Results will be announced at a gala awards dinner at the London Hilton on 21 October. Entry forms are available now from Alysson Watt, BCIA, One Great George Street, London SW1P 3AA (fax: (0171) 233 1743).

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