NW Construction Awards deadline extended

The University of Salford's Centre for Construction Innovation has extended its submission deadline for the North West Regional Construction Awards to 8 February 2010.

The awards ceremony will take place on 27 May 2010 at the Southport Theatre & Convention Centre and will celebrate the achievements of the North West construction industry, showcasing the best and most innovative construction projects and working practices in the region.

This year sees the introduction of two new award categories: 'Best Carbon Reduction Award' and 'Equality and Diversity in Construction Award'.

Andrew Thomas, chief executive of the Centre for Construction Innovation, said: "Now in its fourth year, attendance continues to grow year on year. We are particularly excited about the two new awards. The Equality and Diversity Award has been created ahead of the Equality Bill in October 2010, which will undoubtedly have a major impact on the procurement of government funded contract work for the UK construction industry. Candidates will be chosen from those who have shown an eagerness to establish equality and diversity measures before the implementation of the UK Bill.

"Being responsible for over 40% of UK carbon emissions means that carbon reduction remains a key issue for our sector. The introduction of the Best Carbon Reduction Award will recognise those companies who have taken innovative and effective measures to reduce their carbon footprint, demonstrating what can be achieved in a commercial environment."

The 17 categories for the 2010 awards include: Skills and Education Award; Local People, Local Jobs Award; Places for People Award; Equality and Diversity Award; Carbon Reduction Award; Environmental Sustainability Award; Business Award; Heritage Award; Regional Construction Best Practice Club Awards (Liverpool, Cumbria, Manchester, Lancashire & Cheshire, Warrington & Wirral) Contractor of the year; SME of the Year; Client of the Year and Project of the Year.

The awards will be judged by a panel of regional experts representing all the major disciplines and the winners will go forward to a National Construction Awards. In 2009 three North West winners went on to win a National Award.

All entries for the awards will be put forward to Constructing Excellence for its Demonstration Project Programme. Becoming a Demonstration Project helps to raise the profile of the selected organisations and enable those companies to participate in learning and sharing networks with like-minded, forward thinking organisations.

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