The cream of Guernsey’s property and construction industry has celebrated success at this year’s Guernsey Property & Construction Awards 2017.
At a glittering event hosted by BBC Radio Guernsey’s Jenny Kendall-Tobias, 320 attendees were entertained on stage by TV comedian Lucy Porter, as well as a table magician and a goal-scoring competition against GFC’s reserve goalkeeper.
Tim Guilbert, president of the Construction Industry Forum, also announced some exciting new initiatives. Since taking the helm in April, the committee has worked hard to create a new constitution, a new funding model, and a new set of sub committees to specifically focus on key areas of importance to the future of the industry, such as education and procurement.
The new 2018 membership model will be based on only a £10 single membership fee and a Corporate offering of £50. CIF will generate other income through delegate attendance at CPD events, a full calendar of which will be available shortly, each event offering a discounted entry cost to prepaid CIF members. There are now also additional membership benefits including free tax advice, and discounts on other professional services
The CIF has also introduced the ‘Considerate Contractors’ scheme into Guernsey.
This scheme offers opportunities to learn from, and be compared with, construction sites throughout the UK with an independent off island assessor visiting local sites.
The award winners were:
Health & Safety Award
Ben Colley - Geomarine
Judges comments for winner - Exceptional work being done by Ben to keep on top of H&S on a daily basis. Ben looks for ways to achieve tasks in a safe environment and is an ambassador for H&S. Inspirational personal and born leader. Continuously meets the brief and goes above and beyond.
Tim Kaines – Geomarine
Judges comments for winner - His work in education tipped it. Tim came out on top with his 'can do' and team-playing attitude. Willing to learn new skills. He is a problem-solver, committed and multi-skilled.
Engineering Project of the Year
Guernsey Electricity Engine 3D Project
Judges comments overall for winner - 3D Project Guernsey Electricity best local impact. There were a number of natural, contextual to scale challenges. It is an unrivalled project on a major scale for the island.
Property Agent of the year – joint winners
Watts & Co
Judges comments overall for winner - Watts & Co and Mawson Collins both highly regarded companies within their fields. Praise to Watts & Co for continued growth and identifying gap in market when launched which has allowed their business to go strength to strength. Mawson Collins is a reputable company with traditional values, committed, quality but efficiency.
Construction Professional of the year
Jenny Giles - Geomarine
Judges comments overall for winner - Superb role model, working on many projects in her own time, and supporting the upcoming generation(s), credit to the profession, promotes knowledge through ongoing education. Young female within a male led industry, embraces latest technology.
Industry supplier of the year
Judges comments overall for winner - In depth knowledge across a vast amount of products, family run business. Friendly supportive service they offer to all independent customers and businesses.
Lifetime Achievement Award