The winners at the annual Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) Vision NW dinner, held at the Manchester Hilton, were as follows:
Project of the Year was AE Yates of Bolton for the Jubilee Bridge Refurbishment project, described by judges as "a very innovative contractor-designed solution where Macrete 'flexi-arches' were used for the first time in a bridge refurbishment and strengthening project. This novel solution provided a quick and elegant solution which allowed Wilshaw and Wood Lane to remain open for the majority of the project period." Highly commended were the Buckingham Group for Salford Crescent Station, and Rochdale-based PL Civil Engineering for St Mark's School, Worsley.
Young Professional of the Year was Matthew Atherton of Costain. "He provided cost certainty and best value for the client through engagement and innovation. He motivated those around him, highlighted key risks and implemented strategies to reduce or eliminate risks. He brought health, safety and environmental matters to the fore whilst having commercial strategy in mind. This resulted in all temporary diversions being eliminated and all diversions being reduced by 40%. This resulted in impressive savings of £1.25m. Highly commended for the Award was Trevor Lackey of PL Civil Engineering."
The winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award was Steve Kent, strategic advisor to Cheshire West & Chester Council and ADEPT (Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning & Transport) President 2013-14.
Mark Atherton, site manager at Miller Homes' Cartrefle development in Wrexham, received a Seal of Excellence during the regional NHBC Pride in the Job Awards event at Cardiff City Hall on 20 September.
Manchester-based architectural practice 5plus architects has been nominated for best office architect of the year in the Architect of the Year Awards 2013. 5plus's entry included Manchester buildings The Hive, Chancery Place and Fabrica. Award winners will be announced in December.