Wales Wins Honours Again at National Constructing Excellence Awards

Wales once again confirmed its status as a construction centre of excellence when Welsh Health Estates and GKR Maintenance & Building secured two out of the ten honours available at the National Constructing Excellence Awards on 19 November and gained a highly commended in a third.

22nd November 2010

Wales Wins Honours Again at National Constructing Excellence Awards

Wales once again confirmed its status as a construction centre of excellence when Welsh Health Estates and GKR Maintenance & Building secured two out of the ten honours available at the National Constructing Excellence Awards on 19 November and gained a highly commended in a third. 

Welsh Health Estates (WHE) were named client of the year.  Its management of the Designed for Life; Building for Wales Framework moves the construction industry forward and WHE clearly demonstrated how a framework should operate with all the right ingredients. Despite being small, GKR won the leadership award because of the manner in which its entire team had grasped the importance of people development in delivering great service and value.

Both award winners shone out on an evening when UK construction made a strong case that lowest price tendering and adversarial ways of working are not the way to build Britain out of the recession.  People, culture and behaviours underpin this argument and so it was great to see that Simon Lander, of Chandler KBS, was made highly commended in the Achiever Award category for his total commitment to best practice principles as demonstrated by his leadership and project management skills in Wales.

Winners from each of the Constructing Excellence national regions are entered in the National Awards, so competition is intense and standards very high.  In a climate of austerity and at a time when pressure to reduce costs is testing the validity of the collaborative approach to procurement and best practice in general these awards reveal that the commitment to rethinking construction is thriving in Wales.

The CE National Awards, held at the Grand Connaught Rooms on 19 November in front of an audience of around 400 people, are the best of the best from the twelve regions that comprise Constructing Excellence.

Milica Kitson, CEW chief executive said: “This was a great night for Welsh construction.  We have an outstanding track record at these awards and our performance confirms we are doing things right in Wales and an example to everyone adopting collaborative working practices.  Congratulations to GKR, Welsh Health Estates and Simon Lander!”