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Sir David Higgins to chair British Construction Industry Awards 2012 judges

Network Rail chief executive Sir David Higgins is to chair the 2012 British Construction Industry Awards judging panel which this year celebrates its 25th anniversary of rewarding excellence in UK construction delivery.

Higgins’ current client role masterminding a multibillion pound annual spend across the rail network with multiple major contracts seeking ever-increasing value from a vast supply chain makes him well placed to lead the judging team in assessing this year’s crop of entries.

However, his recent experience leading the hugely successful £7bn programme to prepare for this summer’s London 2012 Olympic Games as head of the Olympic Delivery Authority makes his involvement in the awards in 2012 that much more significant.

Coming in NCE’s 40th anniversary year, the 2012 awards are set to be an extra special celebration of construction excellence.

Once again the prime minister has confirmed his support for the industry and the awards programme by presenting the Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award as the flagship accolade of the gala event next October.

Several new categories have been added to the awards programme this year alongside the annual civil engineering and building project awards to reflect the changing nature of the industry increasing diversity of the supply chain.

In particular the awards will feature a new category to reward excellence in Building Information Management (BIM) on projects, reflecting and underlining the government’s stated aim to ensure that all public projects use BIM systems by 2016.

Other new categories will include an award to recognise excellence in product innovation and in project financing – both identified as key areas in reducing the cost of UK infrastructure.

Underlining the role and support of the ICE in the awards, 2012 will also feature a new ICE President’s Award recognising excellence in the president’s chosen theme for the year, which this year President Richard Coackley has identified as energy generation and supply.

Two other special anniversary awards will also be made on the night, the first to mark the most significant project of the BCIA’s history and another celebrating NCE’s 40th anniversary to recognise the greatest impact on society by a construction project in the last 40 years.

The call for entries for the 2012 awards will be launched in February. Check the website in early February for full details of the categories and of this years’ judging panel at


The categories

  • Building Project of the Year (up to £3M)
  • Civil Engineering Project of the Year (up to £3M)
  • Building Project of the Year (£3M to £50M)
  • Civil Engineering Project of the Year (£3M to £50M)
  • Major Building Project of the Year (over £50M)
  • Major Civil Engineering Project of the Year (over £50M)
  • Environmental Award
  • Best Practice Award
  • Regeneration Award
  • ICE President’s Award for Energy Infrastructure
  • Product Design Innovation Award
  • BIM Project Application Award
  • Project Finance – Deal of the Year
  • NCE 40th Anniversary Award – Impact on Society
  • BCIA 25th Anniversary Award
  • Judges’ Special Award
  • Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award


The judges

Sir David Higgins Network Rail chief executive (chairman of the judges)
Richard Coackley ICE president (deputy chairman of the judges)
Andrew Wyllie Costain chief executive
Antony Oliver NCE editor
David Tonkin Atkins regional managing director UK
Hanif Kara AKT partner
Hugh Ferguson ICE deputy director general
Jerome Munro-Lafon URS Scott Wilson group MD, UK and Ireland
John Turzynski, Arup chief operating office UK, ME
Katrina Dowding Skanska business Development Director, Skanska and NAWIC chairman
Keith Howells Mott MacDonald chairman
Paul Finch Design Council Cabe chairman
Philip Singleton Facilitate Urban director
Rab Bennetts Bennetts Associates founding director
Rory Olcayto Architects’ Journal features editor
Simon Allford AHMM partner

Special advisors to the UK judges
John Ioannou Cabinet Office Efficiency and Reform Group construction category head
Tony Mulcahy Department for Business Innovation and Skills Construction Sector Unit

International Award judges
Alan Crane 3Cs Consultants
Hugh Ferguson ICE deputy director general
Bob McGowan former URS Scott Wilson chairman

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