ENTRIES ARE now being sought for the 2001 British Construction Industry Awards, the industry's premier forum for rewarding excellence in the built environment.
And for first time in their 14 year history the awards have been revamped and relaunched with a new look, new logo and new organising team.
As reported two weeks ago (NCE 9 February), BCIA 2001 has scooped the seal of approval from prime minister Tony Blair with the launch of his Better Public Building Award and is set to build on its reputation for finding and celebrating the best in the business.
BCIA 2001 chairman of the judges Sir Stuart Lipton, Stanhope chief executive and chairman of CABE, underlined the importance of the new top level endorsement of the awards.
'In recent years (Government) has made clear its commitment to encourage and demand high standards of quality and productivity - and therefore better value - in the delivery of construction projects, ' said Lipton. 'I am delighted that the prime minister has supported the introduction of a new category this year - a category designed to encourage better public building'.
The prime minister's award for better public buildings is backed by the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment and the Office of Government Commerce. It will reward the UK's best public building or infrastructure project and hopes to help raise standards by rewarding high quality design.
This prestigious new award joins the Best Practice Award as the second Government-backed accolade at the event. As in past years this award is again backed by the Construction Best Practice Programme and will reward the construction teams showing most commitment to efficiency improvement.
Other awards up for grabs in the carefully limited categories include:
Small Project (up to £3M) sponsored by Thomas Telford Building (up to £50M) sponsored by BSI Civil Engineering (up to £50M) sponsored by Civils 2002 Major Project (over £50M) sponsored by Marshalls International project sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers Judging will start in the summer after a shortlist is drawn up for each category. As in past years the rigorous judging process will involve both site visits and presentations to the judges. The results will be announced at a gala awards dinner in London on 24 October at which the trophies and certificates will be presented by a Government minister.