Writers win Feature Writer of the Year and Young Journalist of the Year

Building journalists last night picked up prestigious awards at the International Building Press Awards 2011.

Building’s features editor Emily Wright won Feature Writer of the Year, after submitting interviews with property tycoons Christian and Nick Candy, Make Architects founder Ken Shuttleworth and an investigation into the future of Battersea power station.

Former Building reporter David Matthews won Young Journalist of the Year, with judges praising his reporting on UK firms working in construction in war-hit Basra, Iraq.

The judges said of Wright: “Her excellent articles had a real impact and she showed a deep understanding of her subjects, while her writing presented the material in a very lively and incisive manner. A worthy winner.”

The judges said of Matthews: “We particularly liked his well written piece about construction in Iraq, but believed that his range of articles was thorough, mature and good on detail.”

Building’s assistant editor Will Hurst won Housing/Residential Journalist of the Year for his reporting at Building’s sister title Building Design.