If you've followed any of our KEiBA coverage in recent years, then you know how we feel about award schemes in general. Entering an award scheme is about so much more than patting yourself on the back. It's about flying a proud flag for your business. It's about standing toe-to-toe with your competitors and shoulder-to-shoulder with your peers. It's a chance to share the passion that drives you and to learn from the successes and challenges of others. On an even broader scale, award schemes serve as a showcase for more than just your own business. By taking part, you're showing leadership in your field and actively working to shape your entire industry. If that's not the core of what innovation's all about, then what is?
This year, RIFT is honoured to serve as a judge and sponsor of the Constructing Excellence Awards, held throughout England and Wales with winners from the South and London being entered into the National Awards later in the year. This unique scheme is designed to recognise outstanding contributions to the UK's built environment, along with the businesses that made them possible. Our chosen category is Preservation and Rejuvenation, and this is what we're looking to reward with it:
Research and innovation in replacing, repairing and matching traditional methods and materials, along with with the evaluation of alternative options.
Appropriate procurement that reflects the risks in such work.
Well-considered and sympathetic technical solutions, both traditional and innovative.
Delivery of customer satisfying quality and enduring outcomes.
Clear commitment to the development of heritage skills and training opportunities to sustain heritage related works.
RIFT has been involved in the construction industry from our very beginnings, so we've got a wealth of experience and expertise to draw from in judging the category. The Preservation and Rejuvenation award is one that's very close to our hearts, as it really sums up the concept of “innovation with a purpose”. When people think about innovation in general, they too often miss a key point – that is can be used to preserve as much as to progress. Rejuvenation projects are about respecting the past and, quite literally, building from it. On a practical level, they offer valuable investment and employment opportunities. Just as importantly, though, they build on our sense of community and shared history. There's a slightly intangible but very real benefit to preserving as we revitalise – and that's why RIFT is so excited to sponsor and showcase this facet of the construction industry's work.
Here are the finalists in the Preservation and Rejuvenation category:
Academy House (ISG)
Caledonian Park Clock Tower and Heritage Centre (Clarkson Alliance)
Hackney Town Hall Phase 4 (Osborne Construction Limited)
The Royal Parks Brompton - Cemetery Conservation (Bolt and Heeks Ltd)
The Source BMX Skate Park, Hastings (Saville Jones Consultants)
‘Your New Town Hall’ Lambeth (Morgan Sindall)
The judging will take place on the 19th of April, with the main event set for the 28th of June at Nine Kings Suite, Royal Lancaster London, Lancaster Terrace, London W2 2TY. You can book tickets and tables here
We see so much innovation taking place day-to-day in the building trade. The revitalisation of heritage sites is a great example, with the need to match modern techniques and materials to their historic counterparts. Of course, the sad fact is that so much of this innovation flies under the radar – even to the people carrying it out. That's a major reason why so many are losing out on the R&D Tax Credits they should be getting. Problem-solving is so deeply ingrained in the industry that much of it isn't even thought of as R&D. With the Constructing Excellence Awards, we're aiming the brightest possible spotlight at the innovative work being done in construction. The brighter that light shines, the more businesses stand to reap the benefits their R&D work entitles them to.
As always, we had an amazing time at the KEiBA award show this year. Kent is a terrific place to build a business, and it's always inspiring to see so many innovative firms making their marks. There's...