… and come 1 April, if you're on the shortlist for the Building Awards 2008, you could be stepping up at the Grosvenor House hotel with applause ringing in your ears

Never mind the Academy awards, construction's very own Oscar ceremony is unmissable, whatever part of the industry you work in. The Building awards is construction’s biggest and glitziest night out, where you can celebrate best practice, innovation and excellence with the cream of the industry.

To book a table, please contact Lucy Bond on 020-7560 4099 or lbond@cmpi.biz. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Gemma Coles on 020-7560 4095 or gcoles@cmpi.biz.

Until then, place your bets….

Construction consultant/surveyor of the year

Sponsored by Hays Construction & Property

  • Currie & Brown
  • Cyril Sweett
  • Davis Langdon
  • Faithful + Gould
  • Mace

Architectural practice of the year

Sponsored by Comar

  • Assael Architecture
  • dRMM
  • Grimshaw
  • Haworth Tompkins
  • HLM Architects
  • PRP Architects
  • Sheppard Robson

Engineering consultant of the year

Sponsored by Mace

  • Atkins
  • Buro Happold
  • Faber Maunsell
  • Ramboll Whitbybird
  • White Young Green
  • WSP Group
  • Major contractor of the year
  • Sponsored by Pinsent Masons
  • ISG InteriorExterior
  • Kier Group
  • Leadbitter
  • Mansell
  • Sir Robert McAlpine

Contractor of the year

Sponsored by Kingspan

  • Caledonian
  • Como Group
  • Durkan Group
  • Lakehouse Contracts
  • Shaylor Group
  • Verry Construction
  • Specialist contractor of the year
  • Alumet Systems
  • Byrne Bros
  • Levolux
  • Prater
  • Silverdell UK
  • Swift Horsman

Major housebuilder of the year

  • Bellway
  • Berkeley Group
  • Miller Homes
  • Housebuilder of the year
  • Sponsored by Redland
  • Linden Homes
  • Midas Homes
  • Pentland Homes
  • Urban Splash

Major housing project of the year

Sponsored by British Gypsum

  • Bellway - Meridian South, Lewisham
  • Berkeley Homes (North East London) - Tabard Square, London SE1
  • Midas Homes - Broadclose, Bude
  • Swan Housing Association - Crossways Estate, Tower Hamlets

Project of the year

Sponsored by Schuco

  • Bovis Lend Lease - Bankside 123
  • dRMM - Kingsdale School Music and Sports Buildings
  • Haworth Tompkins - The Young Vic Theatre
  • Kingspan Offsite - Kingspan Lighthouse
  • Mott MacDonald - Manchester Civil Justice Centre
  • Sir Robert McAlpine - The 02 Arena
  • Taylor Woodrow Construction - King's Cross St. Pancras
  • Urban Splash - Fort Dunlop

PFI/PPP project of the year

Sponsored by Euroclad

  • Grove Village - Transforming a Manchester council estate into a sustainable urban village
  • Sir Robert McAlpine - Gateshead Schools PFI
  • United House - London Borough of Islington Street Properties PFI

Manufacturer of the year

Sponsored by DHL Exel Supply Chain

  • Alumet Systems
  • Barker MCT
  • Geberit
  • Kingspan
  • Lime Technology
  • Swift Horsman

Entrepreneur of the year

Sponsored by Taylor Woodrow

  • Sum Online
  • Vincent Stokes
  • Viridian Solar

Integrated supply chain team of the year

Sponsored by Jewson

  • Bovis Lend Lease
  • Stewart Milne Group
  • Taylor Woodrow Construction
  • The WRAP award for

Sustainable construction

Sponsored by WRAP

  • Berkeley Group
  • Caledonian
  • Edmund Nuttall
  • ISG InteriorExterior
  • Sir Robert McAlpine

Project management firm of the year

  • AYH
  • Buro Four
  • Mace
  • Turner & Townsend

Newcomer of the year

Sponsored by ConstructionSkills

  • Shortlist to be announced

Chief executive/executive chairman of the year

Sponsored by KPMG

  • Shortlist to be announced

Client of the year

Sponsored by Kawneer

  • Shortlist to be announced

Best of the best award

Sponsored by Constructing Excellence

  • No shortlist will be announced, all finalists are eligible

Personality/outstanding achievement award

Sponsored by AYH

  • No shortlist will be announced, the winner will be announced on the night

Business Leaders Forum

Tuesday 1 April, Radisson SAS Portman Hotel, London

Political commentator and former minister Michael Portillo (above), Atkins chief executive Keith Clarke and Murray Coleman, chief executive of Bovis Lend Lease UK, will be among the speakers at Building’s Business Leaders Forum, which will be held prior to the awards.
Portillo will be speaking on the political climate, what the future holds for the main political parties, as well as public spending and other areas that impact directly on the construction industry.

This action-packed day will be chaired by Building editor Denise Chevin and Richard Clare, chairman of EC Harris, and will cover a host of issues that affect everyone involved in construction, such as the future of the industry in a carbon-critical world, winning strategies for competing in contracting, and PFI and public spending.

Frances Ives, chairman of Cyril Sweett, Pascal Minault, chairman of Bouygues UK and Rob Smith, senior partner at Davis Langdon will lead a debate on merger and acquisition activity – and ask if big really is beautiful. Attendees will also hear from top analysts on the economic outlook for 2008 and what the City really thinks of the sector.

The conference is supported by WRAP.

For more details and to book, visit www.buidingbusinessleaders.com, call 020-7921 8039 or email conferences@cmpi.biz