Balfour Beatty and Kier Construction win at the North West Regional Construction Awards

Balfour Beatty and Kier Construction win at the North West Regional Construction Awards

Balfour Beatty and Kier Construction were the big winners at the ‘North West Regional Construction Awards’ (NWRCA) last week, Thursday 4 June, after picking up three awards for its work on North West projects.


Sponsored by the North West hub for Constructing Excellence, the Centre for Construction Innovation and the School of the Built Environment at the University of Salford, the awards celebrate the very best in North West Construction excellence, the awards recognise exceptional companies and projects from across the region that has demonstrated strength, passion and commitment in a collaborative and sustainable manner.

The black-tie event, now in its ninth year,  was themed  ‘Putting on the Glitz’ and certainly lived up to its name, as over 370 representatives from across the North West descended on Manchester’s Palace Hotel for an evening of delicious food, drink and live 70s and 80s music. Guests were also treated to a few laughs thanks to awards host, comedian and Coronation Street actor John Thomson.

The Balfour Beatty team with two of their awards The Balfour Beatty team with their 'Sustainability' and 'Contractor of the Year' awards

The big winners on the night, Balfour Beatty, picked up three awards: The ‘Sustainability Award’ for their Alexandra Park Restoration project; ‘Contractor of the Year’ and the Cheshire, Wirral and Warrington ‘Regional Project of the Year’ for their Crewe Rail Exchange project. Speaking about their success, Peter Commins, Balfour Beatty Managing Director North West, said:

“We have worked on some real landmark projects here in the North-West over the last year. I am delighted to see that the collaborative work on each of these schemes between our customers, our supply chain, the local community and Balfour Beatty has resulted in recognition by our Industry. Working in this way has achieved successful and beneficial outcomes for all concerned."

The Kier Construction team with two of their prizes The Kier Constructions team with their two awards

One of the other big winners of the night was Kier Construction- Northern. Their Project Arizona: The Walton Centre was the winner in the ‘Integration and Collaborative Work’ and the ‘Liverpool Regional Project of the Year’ categories and their DES Electrical Contractors UK Ltd project won the ‘SME of the Year Award’.  Other honourable mentions include BCM, who won the ‘Business Innovation’ award and the ‘Consultant of the Year Award’.

The shock of the night went to Mott Macdonald’s Jason Hyde who picked up the ‘Young Achiever of the Year’ award, despite not knowing he had even been nominated. He explained: “I didn’t actually know that I had been shortlisted for this category or that I had been put forward for this award. Hearing my name announced was a huge surprise. Winning this award is fantastic! ”

Younger Achiever of the Year Young Achiever of the Year, Mott Macdonald's Jason Hyde: "Hearing my name announced was a huge surprise."

Speaking on behalf of event sponsors, the University of Salford, Professor Peter McDermott said: “The University of Salford sees a clear alignment between the national Constructing Excellence themes of Collaborative Working, Procurement, Client Benchmarking, Social Value, BIM, Finance and Funding and its own programme of research, teaching and industry support. This is an interesting time for construction as the post elections construction policy is yet to emerge.  But tonight, we are gathered here to celebrate the economic and social value the North West powerhouse is delivering.”

All the award winners will now go forward and compete in the  Constructing Excellence National Awards, to be held in October in London.

At the end of the night, a sum of £2,100 was collected for the Construction Youth Trust charity. The funding is to support the development of underprivileged children in the field of construction engineering.


Leadership & People Development award                                                      

Warden Construction Ltd

Integration & Collaborative Work- Value in Construction award                

Project Arizona: The Walton Centre; submitted by Kier Construction- Northern

Sustainability- Our Legacy award  

Alexandra Park Restoration, Manchester; submitted by Balfour Beatty Regional Construction

Business Innovation award                                                                

BCM (Beverly Clifton Morris) for their Dynamic Simulation Modelling combined with BIM

Health & Safety award                                                                                           

Mitchell’s Scaffolding Ltd  

BIM Project of the Year  

The National Graphene Institute; submitted by BAM Construction

Consultant of the Year 

BCM (Beverly Clifton Morris)

Heritage award

The Lion Salt Works submitted by Wates Construction

SME of the Year  

DES Electrical Contractors UK Ltd

Contractor of the Year

Balfour Beatty Regional Construction

Young Achiever of the Year    

Mott Macdonald’s Jason Hyde

Client of the Year      

Liverpool & Sefton Health Partnership (LSHP)

Sub-Regional Project of the Year        

Manchester Regional Project of the Year      

Birley Building submitted by Sir Robert McAlpine

Lancashire Regional Project of the Year    

Heysham to M6 Link Road

Cumbria Regional Project of the Year

Lowther Castle Restoration – Phase 2a submitted by Askins and Little Ltd

Liverpool Regional Project of the Year    

Project Arizona: The Walton Centre; submitted by Kier Construction- Northern                                                                         

Cheshire, Wirral and Warrington Regional Project of the Year    

Crewe Rail Exchange submitted by Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering

Project of the Year  

Archbishop Beck School submitted by Wilmott Dixon