Firms to triumph include Mace, Turner & Townsend and Sir Robert McAlpine

A host of big names including Mace, T&T, Sir Robert McAlpine and the V&A museum have all claimed titles at the 2021 Building Awards.

Mace claimed the Major Contractor of the Year Award along with the Diversity Award, while Turner & Townsend picked up a brace of prizes as well.

The firm, 60% of which is being bought by US giant CBRE for £960m, was named Construction Consultant of the Year (100 staff or over) and landed the International Project of the Year award too for its work on sportswear brand Adidas’s East Village Expansion at its North American HQ in the US city of Portland, Oregon.

Building Awards 2019 (2)

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The awards were the first to be staged in person since 2019 after last year’s event was held online because of the covid-19 pandemic

Hosted by comedian Jason Manford, the ceremony at the Grosvenor House hotel in London’s Mayfair tonight (2 November) was attended by 1,000 people who were able to congratulate the winners (full list below) in person for the first time since 2019.

In pictures: Building Awards 2021

Kier chief executive Andrew Davies won the CEO of the Year Award – becoming the first boss to claim the title twice.

Davies, who started at the contractor in spring 2019 and this year guided the firm to its first annual pre-tax profit in three years, was Building’s inaugural CEO of the Year, having won the 2016 prize when he was at the helm of Wates. For this year’s award, he beat T&T’s Vince Clancy, the winner in 2017, and Morgan Sindall’s John Morgan, who picked up the title the following year.

The CEO and Client of the Year prizes are chosen from shortlists compiled by the industry judging panel, with the V&A winning the client award.

Other winners included Sir Robert McAlpine, who won Building Magazine Project of the Year for its work on British Land’s 100 Liverpool Street building, and Berkeley which was named Housebuilder of the Year.

Check out the full list of winners below. 

Building Awards 2021 winners

Construction Consultant/Surveyor of the Year (fewer than 100 staff) Exigere
Construction Consultant of the Year (100 staff or over) Turner & Townsend
Architectural Practice of the Year Ryder Architecture
Engineering Consultant of the Year Cundall
Contractor of the Year (up to £300m) - sponsored by Msite Calztec
Major Contractor of the Year - sponsored by Fenwick Elliott Mace
Housing Project of the Year - sponsored by Daikin Windmill Place - Pitman Tozer
Building Performance Award - sponsored by Kingspan Unit E, Premier Park, Park Royal - Hollis
Social Value Award Morgan Sindall
Housebuilder of the Year - sponsored by LLC Group Berkeley Group
Specialist Contractor of the Year Dowds Group
Small Project of the Year - sponsored by Clement Windows Group St Mary’s Calne School Library – Woods Bagot
International Project of the Year - Sponsored by Core Five Adidas East Village Expansion – Turner & Townsend
Digital Construction Award Ilke Homes & Matterlab
Diversity Award Mace
Refurbishment Project of the Year - sponsored by AET Flexible Space  Museum of Making, Derby Silk Mill - Derby Silk Mill Alliance
Offsite Project of the Year  Imperial War Museum’s staff offices – Reds10
Building Magazine Project of the Year - sponsored by Aluprof 100 Liverpool Street – Sir Robert McAlpine
Construction Client of the Year V&A
CEO of the Year - sponsored by DGP Logistics Andrew Davies - Kier