This year Faithful+Gould in the UK & Europe has delivered some exceptional results, not just financially and strategically but some very individual and local ones as well. It’s an outstanding achievement of which we can all be rightly proud.
As ever it’s not just about the physical aspect of what we do and winning prestigious new work. Individual colleagues have been recognised in numerous awards and each success highlights how motivated and dedicated our people are, making Faithful+Gould an excellent place to work and a place where people thrive. We want to encourage talented people, from all communities, backgrounds and age groups to come and join us. We often refer to the sector’s skill shortages and how do we attract the best industry talent, well this repeat award success is a verifiable, independent way of encouraging this.
Our Birmingham office was in the press recently with its hat-trick of wins at the RICS West Midlands event. The University of Birmingham Chamberlain residences took the prize in the best residential category, reinforcing our position as the pre-eminent consultancy for student accommodation and residential schemes, while the Birmingham Institute of Forest Research (BIFoR) not only topped the best infrastructure category but was voted overall Project of the Year.
Faithful+Gould’s Leeds office also saw triple success at regional RICS Awards. The £25 million redevelopment of East Riding Leisure Bridlington scooped the Community Benefit and Tourism and Leisure categories in the Yorkshire and Humber area, with the new Airedale International Air Conditioning Ltd HQ in Leeds taking the prestigious Design through Innovation prize.
Elsewhere, our Cambridge office triumphed in the RICS East Anglia Awards; the Arthur Rank Hospice collected the Community Benefit and Project of the Year 2017. The Nottingham office was successful in the East Midlands Celebrating Construction Awards 2017, with the North Kesteven District Council - NK One Leisure Centre project claiming the Innovation award and being highly commended for Value. Our Nottingham office also saw its University of Derby project highly commended in the Preservation & Rejuvenation category. In Wales, Ysgol Bae Baglan in Neath Port Talbot was awarded Project of the Year at the Constructing Excellence Awards.
Completing the regional awards round up is the Stockton office with a triple win for the Highways England team working on the A1 Coal House to Metro Centre project. They picked up the Construction Excellence North East & ICE Robert Stephenson Award for Project of the Year, and achieved the Gold award at the Considerate Constructors Scheme’s National Site Awards.
Furthermore, we have the construction industry’s most sought after awards to prepare for. We have been announced as finalists in the Construction Consultant of the Year category (over 100 staff) at the Building Awards 2017 and hope to take back the prestigious title this year. We also still have the RICS Young Surveyor of the Year Award to look forward to, one that has provided us with much success in the past and an award that I think is one of the most important in the calendar. Good luck to our nine inspirational rising stars nominated this year, all of whom have a compelling story to tell.