PRIME MINISTER Tony Blair has once again put his support behind design and construction excellence in the UK by repeating his award for better public building at the 2002 British Construction Industry Awards.
Entries are now being sought in this and six other categories in the awards which will reward all-round excellence in the delivery of projects and client satisfaction for schemes completed since January 2001.
The awards are the top accolade for UK excellence in the design, construction and delivery of building and civil engineering projects. Repeat of last year's inaugural and highly prestigious Prime Minister's Better Public Building Award, plus the continued inclusion of the government-backed Best Practice award underlines the BCIA's position as the construction industry 'Oscars'.
Chairman of the judges for this year's awards is Ian Coull, director of J Sainsbury, one the UK's most progressive construction procurers. He highlights the intense competition that BCIA inspired and welcomes the Government's continued support for the awards and for the construction industry.
'In recent years (government) has made clear its commitment to encourage high standards of quality and productivity - and therefore better value - in the delivery of construction projects, ' he says. 'The Prime Minister's personal support for the 'better public buildings' initiative shows a determination to ensure high design standards.'
He adds that the awards recognise the best in building and civil engineering in the UK and overseas. 'Government - at national and local level - is the construction industry's largest client.'
Entries are sought for all seven categories and must be submitted by the end of March so that the exhausted and comprehensive judging process can begin. The awards will be made at a special gala awards dinner at the London Hilton Hotel in Park Lane on 23 October at which the trophies and certificates will be presented to winning schemes.
Small project (up to £3M) sponsored by Thomas Telford Ltd
Building (£3M to £50M) sponsored by BSI
Civil engineering (£3M to £50M) sponsored by Civils 2002
Major project (over £50M)
Best Practice sponsored by Construction Best Practice Programme
International (projects carried out by UK expertise overseas)
The Prime Minister's Better Public Building Award sponsored by the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment and the Office of Government Commerce.
The judging panel Chairman: Ian Coull, director of J Sainsbury;
Deputy chairman: Mark Whitby, president of the Institution of Civil Engineers Peter Brooks, managing director, Edmund Nuttall Paul Finch OBE, publishing director, The Architects' Journal Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, chairman, Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners Tony Hyde, managing director, Thomas Vale Jane Priestman OBE, design management consultant, representing The Daily Telegraph, Tim Thirlwall, chairman, Mott MacDonald Mike Winney, editor emeritus, New Civil Engineer Judges for the International category Alan Crane, chairman, Movement for Innovation Board Bryan Jefferson CB, CBE, architectural adviser, Department for Culture, Media and Sport Bob McGowan, chairman, Scott Wilson Group The judges will be assisted in their assessment of The Prime Minister's Better Public Building Award by an adviser from the Office of Government Commerce.
INFOPLUS Entry forms are available from British Construction Industry Awards, One Great George Street, London SW1P 3AA (tel: 020 7665 2302) or downloaded from www. bciawards. org. uk. Closing date for entries is 1 May 2002.
For further information contact David Helsen, awards coordinator, tel: 020 8786 6699