As anticipation amongst entrants into an industry-wide awards scheme rises ahead of the shortlist announcement next month, organisers of the event have unveiled its celebrity host.
The Association for Project Safety has today confirmed that Piers Taylor, an award-winning architect and presenter of BBC’s The House that £100k Built, will front the Association’s 10th National CDM and Student Designer Awards.
Taking place at Gibson Hall, London, on Thursday 19 October 2017, the TV presenter will take on the role of Master of Ceremonies, overseeing the proceedings and announcing the lucky category award winners at the glittering event.
Lesley McLeod, CEO of APS, said:
“The National CDM and Student Designer Awards is a highlight in our calendar and so we treat the occasion with the prestige it deserves. Our awards are about people coming together to share their exceptional work over the past year, celebrating their achievements while acknowledging the skills and professionalism it takes to operate at the very highest level of Construction Health and Safety.
“The awards evening embodies everything a celebration should be – a great venue, good food, entertainment and above all, the very best company. Our awards scheme has become known for hosting a great evening with high-profile presenters, guest speakers and spectacular entertainment. What better way to kick off the celebrations than having Piers Taylor fronting the awards this year – we’re delighted to have him on board.”
More than a celebrity host, Piers is well-versed in the Construction Health and Safety industry. He is the founder of his own architecture practice – Invisible Studios. Piers is also a Chartered Architect, a former Studio Master at the Architectural Association and a former Design Fellow at the University of Cambridge, a founding director at Mitchell Taylor Workshop, an anniversary scholarship PhD Candidate at the University of Reading and an external examiner at the Arts University, Bournemouth.
Commenting on the awards, Piers, said:
“My own practice is built on the principles of collaboration, experimentation, research and education. We are interested in going about the process of architecture in a different way – a way where clients, users, collaborators and makers are all part of the process of design, and sometimes construction too.
“When I was approached to present APS’ National CDM and Student Designer Awards, I jumped at the chance, as the Association’s values resonate strongly with my own. It’s collaboration; working together to shape and share inspirational good practice, educating others along the way and providing a benchmark of excellence for other professionals to work towards, in turn raising standards and pushing professional development in the Construction Health and Safety industry.
“I’m hugely excited to be part of the awards, especially as the scheme is marking its 10th anniversary this year, so as well as celebrating with the shortlisted entries and category award winners, I’m sure the whole evening will be a cause for celebration in itself. I’ve heard a lot of great things from peers in the industry about APS’ awards evening and I’m looking forward to playing my part in it all on the night.”
The National CDM and Student Designer Awards celebrate inspirational good practice in the Construction Health and Safety sector and are a benchmark of excellence aimed at highlighting how good design and health and safety practices can help reduce deaths, injury and ill-health, both physical and mental. The awards demonstrate that APS Members are amongst the most highly skilled professionals in Construction Health and Safety and are driving change and pushing up standards in the industry, so that construction workers can return home happily and healthily to their families each and every day.
There will be two competitions on the night: for professionals working in the Construction Health and Safety sector; and students on a construction related design course. With the entry deadline now passed, professionals working in the Construction Health and Safety sector were invited to enter their work into nine different categories including: Health & Safety; Project of the Year; Principal Designer of the year; Client of the year; Principal Contractor of the year; BIM H&S Project of the year, Consultancy of the year and Health and Innovation.
The National Student Designer Awards welcomed submissions from all students in a construction related disciplines to recognises future industry leaders. Entrants were challenged to respond creatively to buildability, maintainability and usability issues while observing their design responsibilities.
A panel of esteemed judges with an impressive track-record in the Construction Health and Safety sector are now scoring all of the entries to decide each category winner. The shortlisted entries will then be announced on Friday 14 July with tickets to the awards evening also available to purchase on this date.
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