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“Beacons of light” – Inaugural construction awards announced at UK Construction Week

October 10th, 2019 Comments off

New industry awards to recognise the 10 best businesses in construction as voted by the sector’s role models were announced yesterday, on the first day of UK Construction Week (8 October 2019).

The UKCW Construction Awards celebrate innovation and excellence among a range of large and small contractors, architects, clients, suppliers and manufacturers serving the industry. The winners were announced by architect George Clarke at the UK’s largest construction event which is now in its fifth year.

The 10 winners were:

  • Contractor of 2019 – Sir Robert McAlpine
  • Construction Client of 2019 – Scape Group
  • Architectural Practice of 2019 – Grimshaw Architects
  • House Builder of 2019 – Swan Housing
  • Construction Supplier of 2019 – Ward
  • Construction Project of 2019 – Royal Opera House
  • Construction Employer of 2019 – Aylaa Exclusive
  • Digital Pioneer 2019 – Atkins
  • Modern Methods of Construction Pioneer 2019 – Mace
  • Product Innovation Award 2019 – Laing O’Rourke for its D-Frame demountable building system

Nathan Garnett, event director at UK Construction Week, said:

“We have wanted to host these awards for some time, but this year it was made possible by our industry Role Models who gave us their very honest and forthright views on who should receive these accolades.

“The businesses chosen as winners from a shortlist of more than 60 companies have convinced the toughest of judges – the people who are part of their delivery partners or supply chains, and the people who are inspiring others to join the construction industry.

“So it is great to be able to recognise the excellence we see all around us in this sector, and the businesses who are forging ahead on innovation despite the climate of uncertainty that is affecting construction so badly. They are beacons of light for the whole sector.”

The UKCW Role Model of the Year award, a separate celebration, is happening at the show today (9 October).

UKCW is one event with many sections, including Build sponsored by Easy-Trim, Building TechCivilsEnergy and HVACSurface and Materials, and Timber. It also features Concrete Expo (8-9 October only) and Grand Designs Live (9-10 October only). Single registration gives free access to all areas of the show.

Last minute tickets are still available via the website www.ukconstructionweek.com

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Aldi plans new supermarket every week

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Discount supermarket chain Aldi is stepping up its store opening programme with a focus on London within the M25.

Its target is to expand the existing 840 stores network to 1,200 stores by 2025.

Over the next two years alone, the German grocer will invest £1bn to double the number of stores inside the M25, from 45 to 100 and build a further 100 stores across the UK.

The stores will be a mix of standard-sized stores costing from £2.5-£4m and its smaller convenience stores often using existing high street property.

New stores opening soon include Sydenham and Blackheath in southeast London, and Watford.

In the pipeline, Aldi has plans to open standard stores in Ruthin, Wales; Cumnock, East Ayrshire; Glasgow; Salford; Wolverhampton; Derby; Leicester; Luton; Ipswich; Sittingbourne, Kent; and Feltham in London.

UK boss Giles Hurley said: ‘While our expansion will continue to reach every part of the UK, we’re increasing our focus on London, where our market share is just 3.4 per cent, compared to 8.1 per cent nationally.”

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