All of the 2014 Constructing Excellence national award winnersThe best of the construction industry was celebrated at the eighth Constructing Excellence National Awards in London last Friday (November 14).

The Awards, attended by over 450 construction professionals, reward those organisations, and individuals, setting the highest standard of best practice and collaboration in the construction industry.

The ceremony took place at the impressive Tower Hotel, set against the striking backdrop of London’s Tower Bridge.

The winners from the eight regional Constructing Excellence Awards were put forward for the 12 national categories, with nominees coming from all over the UK.

Entrants from the North East managed to scoop three awards and a commended in categories ranging from Young Achiever of the Year, Integration & Collaborative Working, to Heritage and Value.

Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the North East (CENE), said: “It’s been another great year for our region in the National Awards. It’s always good to see our region recognised against some of the big players in the construction industry and it’s even more pleasing when it’s the second time in a row that

the North East have won the same award.

“Congratulations to all winners, commended and shortlisted entries- they all should be proud that they have been recognised by their peers as being the best of the best.”

Richard Marsden was praised for the passion and commitment he has shown to his role since joining the industry. The judges were impressed in that just a few years he has developed cutting edge expertise as a director, established his own innovative award winning eco-development company and hosted workshops with students to create a bespoke house-type model that is already being looked at by international companies.

The way the team on the Catalyst Research and Office Laboratory Facility in Billingham worked together to achieve common goals that went beyond the commercial aspects of the project impressed the judges so much that they won this year’s Integration & Collaborative Working award.

This year’s Heritage Award went to The Black Barn, Heather Thatch because as well as it contributing to national understanding and training in traditional skills, judges thought the project was a striking and rare conservation project that was only achieved because of a careful, well-considered approach.

St Benedict’s Hospice was recognised as this year’s commended project in the Value Award for it being the first project to provide a specialist centre with a range of services in palliative care, catering for both the patient and their families.

Don Ward, Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence, said: “Market prospects are improving. Most sectors and regions are on the up, and it is to be hoped that excellence will return to the fore in projects. It is therefore great to recognise those individuals and organisations who are leading this trend.”

Entry for the 2015 Constructing Excellence North East Awards officially opens on

Thursday December 4. The awards ceremony will be held on Friday May 8 at Newcastle Marriott Gosforth Park Hotel. For more information on the awards please visit www.cene.org.uk/award or contact Leanne McAngus on 0191 374 0233 or leanne@cene.org.uk.