Outstanding work in construction design risk management was recognised and rewarded at gala evening of fizz and fun when the ninth annual APS National Awards took place at the Radisson Blu Portman Hotel in London.
The glamorous night, organised by The Association for Project Safety (APS) was underpinned by a serious message; that the work of the sector saves lives and helps ensure the on-going health of everyone working in construction.
TV journalist, Louise Minchin, hosted the evening and was there to hand out awards to the 10 national winners which also included the National Student Designer Awards.
Lesley McLeod, CEO of The Association for Project Safety, said: “The Association for Project Safety National Awards celebrate the best in health and safety risk management. They underpin the critical role the APS and its members play in improving the wellbeing of everyone who works in construction ensuring Britain's building professionals can work safely and without risk to their health.
“As the country moves to renew and rebuild its infrastructure the APS – and tonight's winners - will work hand-in-hand with government and our partners to deliver first class projects while forcing down the human cost.”
Headline sponsor for the evening, Jody Kennedy, Managing Director of Construction Safety UK, said: “The APS National Awards are an important opportunity for the Design and Construction industry to acknowledge the many achievements that have taken place this year in Health and Safety Risk Management. We are delighted to be part of this year’s Awards which celebrate those who have helped to make the construction industry more risk aware, committed to good practice and safer for all involved.
“Construction Safety UK was founded on these principles and we are dedicated to finding innovative, practical and technically advanced ways to reduce risk and deliver projects that are safer and more cost effective for everyone in the supply chain. It's a delight to be able to support this fantastic celebration of those who work continuously to demonstrate the very best practice.”
Butler and Young Consultancy, sponsors of the Student Designer Awards were represented by Danny Coomber, Director Consultancy, Environment and Training. He said: “We sponsor the Student Designer Awards because we believe in innovation. There's a lot of skills and knowledge in the industry but we need new people and innovation for the future.”
As well as attending the award ceremony, all those on the shortlist spent the afternoon at an exclusive event at the House of Commons, where they met with MPs in the constituencies of their business, the projects or whose parliamentary duties are related to health and safety.
The APS National CDM Awards are now in their ninth year. They were started in 2008 to recognise, reward and share outstanding good practice in the Design and Construction Health and Safety Risk Management sector.
Richard Wilks, APS Board Member and former APS President said: “The Awards ceremony is as much about making sure sector peers have an opportunity to see the best work in our industry and be inspired by it.
“By showcasing the work of the shortlist and winners, we're providing the whole industry with a benchmark of excellence to work towards. It's about collaboration - working together to set standards and raise performance.”
For more information about the Awards and the Association for Project Safety, please contact Anna Graham on 0191 499 8415 or email anna@R-evolution.co.uk
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Image: Shows Louise MInchin with CDM award winners.