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Billington scoops award

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Presenter Dara O’Briain (left) and the BCSA’s Gillian Mitchell present the award to Billington MD Steve Fareham

Billington Structures scooped the steelwork category in the inaugural Construction News Specialists in Construction Awards at a ceremony at Grosvenor House in London last month.

The awards, established with the National Specialist Contractors’ Council and the Specialist Engineering Contractors’ Group, recognise the “critical role played by specialist contractors of all sizes and types on this country’s construction projects, raising the profile of companies that are often the unsung heroes of the industry.”

Finalists were shortlisted on the basis of a written submission, and the winner selected following a rigourous panel interview. Companies had to demonstrate their credentials in areas such as technical expertise, business management, and health and safety.

Billington Structures received the award from Gillian Mitchell, deputy director general of the British Constructional Steelwork Association, which supported the steelwork category along with the Steel Construction Institute and Corus.

The high-profile panel of judges, chaired by Sir Michael Latham, described Billington Structures “as simply a superb company — its exceptionally high standards across the board tipped the balance in its favour”.

Fairfield-Mabey was highly commended. The judges described it as “a long-established company that has undergone a culture of change in order to face new challenges” and praised it “for having got to grips with key issues”.

Rowecord Engineering and Waagner Biro were also shortlisted.

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