Wates boss wins first ever CEO’s CEO of the year, plus full list of Building Awards winners
Andrew Davies was crowned winner of the first ever CEOs’ CEO of the Year gong at the Building Awards.
The Wates chief executive was recognised by his peers for his contribution to the construction industry, among a host of winners at construction’s biggest celebration of the year.
Hosted by Cold Feet actor James Nesbitt, the ceremony at the Grosvenor House hotel in London’s Mayfair this evening was attended by 1,400 of the great and good of the industry.
Since joining Wates from BAE Systems in 2014, Davies has embarked on an ambitious plan to double the family-owned contractor’s turnover to £2bn, and is well on the way to achieving this after acquiring the bulk of rival Shepherd’s construction business.
The judges said Davies has placed a commitment to social value at the heart of Wates’ business, and the company was awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise for sustainable development in April.
Sadie Morgan, founder of architecture practice dRMM and chair of the HS2 design panel, was named Building Magazine personality of the year.
Tamsin Tweddell, senior partner at Max Fordham, took Building Magazine’s woman of the year award, while Nora Taylor of Arcadis was highly commended in the same category by the judges.
Project of the year was scooped by Mace’s work on Birmingham New Street train station, in partnership with Network Rail and Atkins.
Building Magazine Personality of the Year
Sponsored by Hays
Winner: Sadie Morgan, dRMM
Building Magazine Woman of the Year
Sponsored by AECOM
Winner: Tamsin Tweddell - Max Fordham
Highly Commended: Nora Taylor - Arcadis
Construction Consultant/Surveyor of the Year (fewer than 100 staff)
Winner: Core Five
Construction Consultant/Surveyor of the Year (100 staff or over)
Architectural Practice of the Year
Sponsored by Comar
Winner: Bennetts Associates
Engineering Consultant of the Year
Winner: Eckersley O’Callaghan
Contractor of the Year (up to £300m)
Sponsored by Kawneer
Winner: Walter Lilly
Major Contractor of the Year (over £300m)
Winner: Wates Group
Housing Project of the Year
Winner: Bacton Low Rise Phase 1 - Karakusevic Carson Architects
Product Innovation of the Year
Winner: Innofix Clip - Redland
Housebuilder of the Year
Sponsored by AluK
Winner: Places for People
Specialist Contractor of the Year
Sponsored by Lakesmere
Winner: Keltbray Group
Small Project of the Year (up to £5m)
Sponsored by Clement Windows Group
Winner: Shaftesbury Theatre - Bennetts Associates
Highly Commended: Mellor Primary School - Sarah Wigglesworth Architects
International Project of the Year
Sponsored by Gowling WLG
Winner: The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center - Arup, British Library , Expedition Engineering & Faithful + Gould
Skills Initiative of the Year
Winner: John Rowan and Partners - Classroom to Chartership Initiative
Refurbishment Project of the Year
Winner: The Whitworth, Manchester - ISG
Sustainability Project of the Year
Sponsored by Fenwick Elliott
Winner: 7 Air Street - AECOM
BIM Initiative of the Year
Sponsored by Asite
Winner: BIMspace - Cullinan Studio
Building Magazine Project of the Year
Sponsored by Schueco
Winner: Birmingham New Street Station - Mace working in partnership with Network Rail and Atkins
Construction Client of the Year
Sponsored by Mott MacDonald