Best Practice Award
A longstanding commitment to best practice in all its guises paid off for Mace, which fought off tough competition to pick up this award, sponsored by the Construction Best Practice Programme

All the firms shortlisted for the 2002 Building Awards were eligible for the Best Practice Award, which focuses solely on the best practice elements of each submission. Mace stood out from the crowd because it places this ethos at the heart of its strategy. The firm has even developed its own best practice programme, which it uses to implement continuous improvement through initiatives such as customer satisfaction surveys, people focus groups and the implementation of KPIs. And its commitment to the Egan agenda is obvious from its active involvement in the Movement for Innovation: it is currently working on four demonstration projects, including the Cannons Health Club roll-out programme, on which it has successfully used partnering in the supply chain to drive out waste, reduce construction time and improve quality. Mace has made best practice integral to its working ethos and this commitment, along with its role in the delivery of the GlaxoSmithKline headquarters early and under budget, meant that Mace really stood out as the best practitioner of best practice.

Also singled out for praise:

Westbury for its investment in the Space4 system
Russell Construction – a small firm that is doing everything right and getting amazing results
Peabody Trust – for its ongoing commitment to sustainability and the Egan agenda

Personality of the year
sponsored by Building
Winner: Ray O'Rourke, chairman, O'Rourke

Major Contractor of the year
(£200m-plus turnover)
sponsored by Trus Joist sprl
Winner: Carillion Building
2nd: Kier Group
3rd: Mansell
4th: Interserve Project Services
5th: Bovis Lend Lease

Contractor of the year
(£50-200m turnover)
sponsored by Kingspan Building Products
Winner: Galliford Midlands
2nd: Countryside in Partnership
3rd: Pearce Retail Services
4th: Leadbitter Construction

Regional contractor of the year
(turnover less than £50m)
sponsored by Barbour Index
Winner: Russell Construction
2nd: Mount Anvil Construction
3rd: Dyer & Butler
4th: D Campbell & Co
5th: Crispin & Borst

Specialist subcontractor of the year
sponsored by eu-supply.coins
Winner: Wilson James
2nd: Billington Structures
3rd: Hills Electrical and Mechanical
4th: Shepherd Engineering Services
5th: Powerminster

Project/construction manager of the year
sponsored by Construction Manager
Winner: Mace
2nd: Heery International
3rd: Bovis Lend Lease
4th: Citex

Architectural practice of the year
sponsored by RIBA Journal
Winner: John McAslan + Partners
2nd: Wilkinson Eyre Architects
3rd: Allies and Morrison
4th: Chetwood Associates
5th: Pollard Thomas & Edwards Architects

Young architectural practice of the year
sponsored by Lafarge
Winner: David Morley Architects
2nd: Cartwright Pickard Architects
3rd: Hugh Broughton Architects
4th: Weston Williamson
5th: McFarlane Latter

Surveying practice of the year
sponsored by Hays Montrose
Winner: Faithful & Gould
2nd: Franklin + Andrews
3rd: Davis Langdon & Everest
4th: Cyril Sweett
5th: KHK Group

Multidisciplinary practice of the year
sponsored by Marshalls
Winner: FaberMaunsell
2nd: Amec
3rd: Whitby Bird & Partners
4th: WSP Group
5th: Arup

Client of the year
sponsored by Schüco International
Winner: Manchester City Council

Major housebuilder of the year
(more than 2000 homes)
sponsored by Marley
Winner: Barratt Homes
2nd: Miller
3rd: David Wilson
4th: Westbury

Housebuilder of the year
(500-2000 homes)
sponsored by Wavin
Winner: McCarthy & Stone
2nd: Countryside Properties
3rd: Laing Homes
4th: Henry Boot

Regional housebuilder of the year
(fewer than 500 homes)
sponsored by British Gypsum
Winner: Hopkins
2nd: Copthorn
3rd: Manor Kingdom
4th: Bellwinch

Sustainability award
sponsored by Lafarge Cement UK
Winner: Peabody Trust
2nd: St George
3rd: Carillion
4th: Laing Homes

e-construction award
sponsored by Rockwool
Winner: Balfour Beatty
2nd: Laing Homes
3rd: Architectural 3D
4th: East Thames Housing Group
5th: Simons Construction