Which firms made the grade for the 1995 Building Awards?

Last week the best of the best in the industry was celebrated in our annual Building Awards. In case you missed it, the full list of winners and nominees can be found here - the industry has never looked so creative.

As part of Building’s 170th-year celebrations, we’re digging around in our archive each week to find some construction gems from the past. Having published all this year’s winners and nominees in this week’s issue, we thought we’d take a the first ever Building Awards.

Building kicked off the first annual awards, which took place in 1995, with this announcement:

“For the first time, the reputations of Britain’s leading consultants, contractors and housebuilders have been tested by a more scientific method than industry gossip.

“The results of market research among nearly 1,000 industry professionals have affirmed many already made reputations. But they have also produced a few surprises.

“Happy surprises, of course, for the winners. Why not? These are the only awards where winners can say they have been truly judged by their peers rather than peered at by judges. Those languishing lower in the tables are perhaps feeling a little less celebratory. But take heart, there is always next year.

This is a time to celebrate excellence. The Building Awards go to companies. But it is people who make or break a company’s reputation. This week’s awards are to honour all those whose individual efforts have gone to creating the well deserved reputations of the winners in the first annual Building Awards”.


Caption from Building 1997: More than 700 attended the first-ever Building Awards


Here are the winners from ‘95:

Major contractor of the year:


Runners-up: Bovis, Amec

Medium-sized contractor of the year:

Higgs & Hill

Runners-up: Shepherd, Sir Robert McAlpine


Caption from Building 1995: Higgs&Hill was management contractor on this £7.5m reconstruction of Warner Brothers’ cinema in London’s Leicester Square, which seats 2,500 people across nine screens


Regional contractor of the year:

North: G&J Seddon
South: James Longley

Architectural practice of the year:

Sir Norman Foster & Partners

Runners-up: Building Design Partnership, Richard Rogers Partnership, Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners

Quantity surveying practice of the year:

Davis Langdon & Everest

Runners up: Gleeds, Gardiner & Theobald

Major housebuilder of the year:


Runners-up: Bryant, Wimpey

Medium-sized housebuilder of the year:


Runners-up: Berkeley, Redrow


Caption from Building 1995: The first, 160-home phase of Bovis Homes’ £1.2m Ashcroft development at Hedge End near Southampton is nearing completion

Regional housebuilder of the year:

North: Henry Boot
South: McCarthy & Stone

Builders merchant of the year:

Travis Perkins

Runners-up: Jewson, Harcros

Construction personality of the year:

Sir Michael Latham